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University of North Alabama Disability Support Services Receives Commendation from Governor Ivey

Oct. 11, 2018



By Bryan Rachal
University Communications

 

FLORENCE, Ala. – The University of North Alabama Disability Support Services (DSS) received a certificate of recognition from Alabama Governor Kay Ivey for their amazing work with UNA’s students.

The certificate was awarded during a panel discussion that was held by DSS as part of UNA’s homecoming events.  UNA class of 1987 graduate Dr. Graham L. Sisson, Jr., Executive Director for the Governor's Office on Disability, was on hand to present the certificate.

According to the certificate of recognition from Gov. Ivey, UNA’s knowledge and expertise in identifying and implementing accommodations for students with disabilities is exemplary.

Jeremy Martin, UNA’s director for Disability Support Services and ADA Compliance, said the recognition is an honor and he believes UNA was selected because of the willingness of administrators, faculty and staff to partner with, and support, the DSS office.

“I think this recognition from Governor Ivey says that UNA is committed to creating an equally accessible environment for all students, including students with disabilities,” he said.

In addition to collaborating with programs throughout the UNA community, Martin said DSS has also launched a peer-mentoring program for students with disabilities. The foundation of this program is students helping students from their personal experiences or helping them get connected so they feel like they’re part of the UNA Community. 

“We’ve also started a self-advocacy workshop for students with disabilities to help them better understand their rights and responsibilities, and how to go about requesting accommodations while they’re here at UNA,” said Martin.

Pictures from the event can be found here:

https://northalabama.smugmug.com/Events/Community/Disability-Services-Panel-Discussion-and-Open-House/ 

For more information on UNA’s Disability Support Services: https://www.una.edu/disability-support/

 

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH ALABAMA

The University of North Alabama is an accredited, comprehensive regional state university offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs through the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Human Sciences, and the Anderson College of Nursing and Health Professions. Occupying a 130-acre campus in a residential section of Florence, Alabama, UNA is located within a four-city area that also includes Tuscumbia, Sheffield and Muscle Shoals. UNA Athletics, a renowned collegiate athletics program with seven (7) Division II National Championships, is now a proud member of the NCAA Division I’s ASUN and Big South Conferences.  The University of North Alabama is an equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate in the admission policy on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, disability, age or national origin.

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