Skip to main content


Contact Information
Student Accessibility Services
For Appointments:
Phone: (603) 646-9900
Notetaking Services:
Phone: (603) 646-9900
Adaptive Technology: Document Conversion & CART:
Phone: (603) 646-9900


Who We Are

The Student Accessibility Services office is located in the Main Library complex.  SAS staff and physical offices are in different locations:

Alicia Brandon, SAS Assistant Director; Ward Newmeyer, SAS Director; and Danise Olague, Office Manager
are in Carson Hall, Suite 125, which also contains the Case Management, First-Year Summer Enrichment, King Scholar, and Undergraduate Deans offices.
Larry Cusick, Adaptive Technology Specialist; Shannon McMahon, Adaptive Technology Assistant; Megan Nemeroff, Auxiliary Services Coordinator; and Joshua Smith, Adaptive Technology Assistant
 are in Suite 224, Baker Library, where the Academic Skills Center is also located.


SAS phone number, and to make an appointment, please call (603) 646-9900.


Mailing address:

Student Accessibility Services

6174 Carson Hall, Suite 125

Dartmouth College

Hanover, New Hampshire 03755 


Physical Deliveries to:  Carson Hall, Suite 125


Alicia Brandon is Student Accessibility Services' Assistant Director.  Alicia manages SAS auxiliary and technical services systems, and provides direct services to students with disabilities.  She brings over twenty years of teaching and administration experience specializing in the support of students with disabilities and promoting awareness of neurodiversity and universal design in pedagogy.  Most of her post-secondary experience is at Landmark College, where she was an Associate Professor; Chair of the Education Department; Lead Education Specialist and Project Director at the Landmark College Institute for Research & Training; Director of Pre-College Programs; Interim Chair of the Social Sciences Department; Chair of the Self and Community Department; and an Academic Advisor.  Alicia also has extensive experience in K-12 education for individuals with disabilities, most recently as the Special Education Coordinator/Supervisor for Brattleboro Union High School and the Brattleboro Area Middle School in Vermont.  Alicia has a B.A. in Psychology and a B.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders, both from the University of Vermont, and a Master's in Education from the Antioch New England Graduate School.  Alicia may be reached at (603) 646-9900 or via e-mail at  Alicia's office is in Carson Hall, Suite 125.

Larry Cusick is Student Accessibility Services' Adaptive Technology Specialist. He manages SAS technology-related services overall and is responsible for researching, training, and managing the delivery of adaptive technology and software. Major responsibilities include arranging the delivery of quality remote captioning services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students; supervising document conversion process managed by the Adaptive Technology Specialists (see below); and supporting SAS internal data and information systems. Larry works individually with students to help students assess and utilize the most supportive technological options. Larry received his B.S. in Environmental Science from Purchase College in New York State.  He has been with SAS since September, 2006.  Larry can be reached at (603) 646-8648 or via e-mail at  Larry's office is in Baker Library, Suite 224.

Shannon McMahon is one of two Student Accessibility Services’ Adaptive Technology Assistants (the other is Joshua Smith; see below). She co-manages the Document Conversion Services, which prepares course and other academic materials in alternate formats as needed by students. This includes digital text, audio output ("text-to-speech" technology), Braille, tactile representations, and the like. Before coming to Dartmouth, Shannon was an Adaptive Technology Trainer and JAWS Instructor at the District of Columbia Public Library’s Adaptive Services Division and then an Assistive Technology Trainer at the Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind and an Assistive Technology Specialist at TCS Associates. She has a B.A. from the University of Redlands (California) and a M.S. in Library Studies from the Catholic University of America (Washington, D.C.). Shannon may be reached at (603) 646-1031 or via e-mail at  Shannon is located at 224 Baker Library.

Megan Nemeroff is Student Accessibility Services' Auxiliary Services Coordinator. Auxiliary Services refers to services directly provided to a student with a disability by another person, including as note-takers, readers, amanuenses, and laboratory assistants. SAS Note-Taking Services are by far the largest aspect of this. Megan has an undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences with a concentration in Communication Disorders, from the University of Connecticut. She brings over five years of business and human resource management experience from the private sector. Megan may be reached at (603) 646-8664 or via e-mail at  Megan is located at 224 Baker Library.

Ward Newmeyer is the Director of Student Accessibility Services and promotes an inclusive, universally designed Dartmouth environment.  Ward advises students with disabilities, authorizes and arranges services and academic adjustments, and manages the Student Accessibility Services department.  He consults for faculty, administration, and student groups about disability-related issues and advocates for equal opportunities and routine, full inclusion of persons with disabilities in the Dartmouth community.  He serves on the Foreign Language Waiver Committee, Classroom Committee, Medical School Committee on Students with Disabilities, Case Management Group, and the Student Affairs Administrative Leadership Team.

Ward’s forty-year career in higher education and disability has been primarily at the University of California’s Davis (his alma mater) and Berkeley campuses.  After sixteen years in their service programs for students with disabilities, Ward was the ADA/504 Compliance Officer at U.C. Berkeley.  He came to Dartmouth in 2006. Ward was President of the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) and is currently on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability.  He has served on various other boards, committees, and the like, ranging from regional to international in scope.  He has published over 75 articles on disability-related matters and provided over 70 presentations, workshops, trainings, and the like at state, regional, national, and international conferences.  Ward may be reached at (603) 646-9900 or via e-mail at  Ward's office is in Carson Hall, Suite 125.

Danise Olague is the Student Accessibility Services Office Manager through June, 2017.  She is responsible for in-person and phone reception and is often the first person interact with students, staff, and faculty members who contact Student Accessibility Services to request information or to schedule an appointment.  Danise also provides administrative, fiscal, human resource, and data management support, and staffs Dartmouth College's Foreign Language Waiver Committee.  Danise holds a B.A. from University of California, Berkeley and her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from San Francisco State University.  She taught elementary school for 6 years, and worked with Dartmouth College's Summer Enrichment at Dartmouth (SEAD) Program and an educational technology company, ClassDojo.  Danise enjoys baking, running with her dog, doing crafts, and working with students.  Danise may be reached at (603) 646-9900 or via e-mail at  Danise's office is in Carson Hall, Suite 125.

Joshua Smith is the other of two Student Accessibility Services' Adaptive Technology Assistants (the other is Shannon McMahon, above). He co-manages the Document Conversion Services, which prepares course and other academic materials in alternate formats as needed by students. This includes digital text, audio output ("text-to-speech" technology), Braille, tactile representations, and the like.  Joshua is an Auburn University graduate, and has worked at various capacities in education for the last 4 years. In addition to working as an English teacher abroad, he has experience in special education, behavioral management, and worked as an assistant to the Director of Assistive Technology at The Howard School in Atlanta.  Joshua may be reached at (603) 646-9907 or via e-mail at  Joshua is located at 224 Baker Library.

Last Updated: 2/22/17