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Published: March 20, 2018 Author: Staff reports

The Office of Student Accessibility Services is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Accessibility Ally Award to recognize Ohio University faculty and staff members who show a high level of inclusivity toward students with disabilities and their success.

Recipients of this award should demonstrate a high level of respect for all members of this community, incorporate multiple perspectives to understand the impacts of disabilities, express flexibility and empathy with new issues, openly discusses disabilities and reference the Student Accessibility Center, provide full access to accommodations, and does not have the primary job responsibility of working with disabilities.

“We often hear stories from students about instructors or staff that go out of their way to support an accessible and inclusive experience for them,” said Accessibility Coordinator Christy Jenkins. “Through this award, we’ve been able to show our appreciation for work that often goes unrecognized. Although accessibility is an institutional responsibility, nominees are often individuals who have taken it upon themselves to make sure students with disabilities feel included and have a positive experience at OHIO.”

Recipients of the 2018 Ally Award will be honored with a plaque and a celebratory lunch with the Student Accessibility Services staff.

Last year’s winners included MariaPaz Hermosilla (Learning Systems Analyst II, IT Support Services, Athens) and Robert Pleasant (Associate Director Student Resource Commons, Ohio University Southern). According to last year’s nomination forms, MariaPaz was able to recognize where students were struggling and worked to lend an extra pair of hands Likewise, Robert created a more inclusive culture by keeping disability as a part of the conversation and developed programming related to diversity.

Nominations for the Accessibility Ally Award will be accepted through Friday, April 6.

To make a nomination, complete and submit this nomination form.

Contact Christy Jenkins with any further questions.