News & Headlines

2010

DS Gets a New Name – Effective July 1, 2010, the Office of Disability Services became the Disability Resource Center.

 

2009

Katheryne Staeger-Wilson, director of disability services, has been selected to participate in the Project ShIFT grant program…

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Faculty member, Janice Hendrix, was awarded the 2009 SUCCESSability Award for going above and beyond in providing equal access to students with disabilities.


Katheryne Staeger-Wilson, director of disability services, was selected as one of Springfield Business Journal’s 40 Under 40. These individuals are selected based on their contributions to our local business community and the community in which they have chosen to reside.


Tabitha Haynes, assistant director of disability services, was selected for the Disability Compliance for Higher Education advisory board

 

2008

Katheryne Staeger-Wilson, director of disability services at Missouri State University, was appointed to serve on the Missouri Statewide Independent Living Council (MOSILC).

“I am very humbled and honored to be appointed to the Missouri Statewide Independent Living Council,” said Staeger-Wilson. “I am excited about the opportunity to make a difference in the statewide policies developed for people with disabilities and educating others about disability issues.”

MOSILC is a governor-appointed board responsible for developing, submitting and supervising the implementation of the State Plan for Independent Living. MOSILC advocates for disability rights, conducts studies and works to expand Independent Living Services.


Tabitha Haynes, assistant director of disability services, received an appointment to serve as web master for the Missouri Association on Higher Education and Disability (MOAHEAD) Executive Board.

MOAHEAD is a professional association which works to provide full participation for persons with disabilities in higher education by sponoring workshops, developing resource materials and making presentations to community and professional organizations.


Katheryne Staeger-Wilson, director of disability services, received the 2007 Governor’s Council on Disability Inclusion Award for Educator of the Year on January 4, 2008. The Inclusion Awards are presented annually to recognize private and public employers, individuals, and organizations that have successfully included people with disabilities in education, employment, housing, and leisure activities. Individuals are also encouraged to nominate state and local government divisions of employees that they feel truly excel in inclusive practices.


Tabitha Haynes, assistant director of disability services was appointed as Secretary for the Missouri Association on Higher Education and Disability (MOAHEAD) Executive Board.

MOAHEAD is a professional association which works to provide full participation for persons with disabilities in higher education by sponsoring workshops, developing resource materials and making presentations to community and professional organizations.


Faculty member, Dr. Michael Carlie, was awarded the SUCCESSability award fro going above and beyond in providing equal access to students with disabilities.


 

2007

Inclusive Business of the Year Awards Presented – “Inclusion, Universal Design, and Disability Pride” were noted as the Southwest Center for Independent Living (SCIL) presented awards to both the Office of Disability Services and Katheryne Staeger-Wilson at SCIL’s annual meeting and banquet, held November 2. SCIL recognizes initiatives that involved on-campus and off-campus collaborations which included the disability pride poster campaign, initiating a paradigm shift to incorporate universal design on campus, the establishment of Delta Alpha Pi Honor Society for students with disabilities mentoring youth with disabilities, and Staeger-Wilson’s “white paper” written to establish the University’s commitment to using the principles of universal design to make our curricula, programs, services, and architecture usable for everyone.

SCIL is non-profit agency that serves the surrounding eight counties. The mission of SCIL is to promote a barrier-free environment for all disabilities through public education and advocacy for social change, and to provide a full range of independent living services which will assist each in meeting his or her goals for independence.

from the Office of the Provost’s website

Dr. Rebecca Woodard, associate professor of health, physical education and recreation, recently received the Rich Walker Award of the Southwest Chapter of the Missouri Rehabilitation Association.

“I nominated Dr. Rebecca Woodard for this award because she has been a significant support to me in my endeavors and in the changes we have tried to make on our campus,” said Katheryne Staeger-Wilson, director of disability services at Missouri State.”She is a leader, advocate and mentor for people with disabilities and is so deserving of this award.”

The award is the highest honor of the chapter and was created to recognize a distinguished member of the professional rehabilitation community.


Nate Johnston, student, was one of 45 our of 1500 speakers who were chosen to participate in this semester’s Public Speaking Showcase on May 9, 2007.


Nine Students Inducted into Delta Alpha Pi Honor Society

Nine students at Missouri State University were initiated as charter members of Delta Alphi Pi, an international honor society for students with disabilities. Missouri State’s group, sponsored by the office of Disability Services, is the seventh chapter established worldwide and the only chapter in Missouri.

“I have very high expectations for this organization,” said Katheryne Staeger-Wilson, director of disability services and advisor of Missouri State’s chapter of Delta Alpha Pi. “The new student initiates are strong scholars, leaders, and advocates. Many people in the disability field are moving to change how we perceive disability, how we think about disability, how we do things in our society regarding disability. I see these new Delta Alpha Pi members being a part of creating this change and incorporating universal design principles in our campus and the surrounding community.”

The first Delta Alpha Pi Chapter was originated by Dr. Edith Miller at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania in April 2004. To become a member of the organization, a student must meet a list of established criteria, including maintaining a high cumulative GPA and demonstrating interest in disability issues.

For more information, contact Katheryne Staeger-Wilson at (417) 836-4192


Faculty member, Dr. Wayne Mitchell, was awarded the SUCCESSability award for going above and beyond in providing equal access to students with disabilities.

 

2006

“For some reason, I feel as though the disability civil rights movement has had a great deal of difficulty gaining momentum,” Staeger-Wilson says. “I believe one of the many reasons this movement is lagging behind is because of how our society perceives those with disability. There are a lot of myths and stereotypes surrounding disability that are still very prevalent. I am trying to change how we perceive disability though my work which, I believe, will allow equal access to follow.”

As a member of the Mayor’s Commission, Staeger-Wilson will help investigate discrimination complaints that occur in Springfield. The majority of the complaints are employment related, Staeger-Wilson says, although the Commission also accepts discrimination complaints regarding housing and public accommodation issues. Commissioners interview the complainants and respondents and provide a report on their findings.

The mission of Missouri Protection and Advocacy Services is to protect the rights of individuals with disabilities by providing advocacy and legal services. It is a federally mandated system in the state of Missouri which provides protection of the rights of persons with disabilities through legally based advocacy.

“People with disabilities are the largest minority population and a group that anyone can become a member,” Staeger-Wilson says. “It is important that we change how we perceive disability and make certain that everyone’s right to equal access is provided. It is not the disability that is limiting, it is how we view the person who has the disability that is limiting. It is the design of our architecture, programs and services that is limiting. It is merely a difference and as we continue to work toward increasing diversity, we need to keep disability in mind. As a childhood burn survivor, I am very passionate about these issues.”


Katheryne Staeger-Wilson, director of disability services, participated in AHEAD’s Universal Design Institute.


Katheryne Staeger-Wilson, director of disability services, presented a symposium – “Universal Design: Evolving the Traditional Role of the Disability Service Office” – at the annual Association of Higher Education and Disability conference in San Diego, CA.


Carol Van Rhein, student, has been accepted into the National Association of Student Personnel Administration (NASPA) Undergraduate Fellows Program. Carol will be working with Dr. Earle Doman in the Student Affairs Division of Missouri State University.


Rob Freeman, student, was awarded the James Dykes’ Award/Scholarship for Courage and Determination on behalf of his academic achievements. The James Dykes Scholarship was established by Professor Phillip Rothschild in honor of James’ inspiration and determination to succeed.


Faculty member, Erwin Mantei, was awarded the SUCCESSability award for going above and beyond in providing equal access to students with disabilities.

 

2005

Katheryne Staeger-Wilson, director of disability services, presented Reconstructing Disability Through Universal Design at the National Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) conference.


Director of disability services, Katheryne Staeger-Wilson, is one of sixteen members selected internationally to advance universal design and the socio-political model of disability in higher education by participating in AHEAD’s Universal Design Institute.

 

2004

Sara Clark, director of web services, was awarded the Excellence in Universal Design and Technology by the Governor’s Council on Disability.


Director of disability services, Katheryne Staeger-Wilson, presented on Transitioning from High School to College for Students with Learning Disabilities at the Missouri Learning Disabilities Association conference.

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