A&M International Faculty Lauded For Work With Disabled Students

Two Texas A&M International University faculty members were recognized by the University's Office of Disabled Student Services for their outstanding work helping disabled students.

A&M International faculty, Dr. Peggy J. Hardman, Visiting Assistant Professor of History, and Dr. Carol Waters, Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science, were presented with certificates of recognition during a brief ceremony officiated by the University's Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. Stephen Brown.

The Coordinator of the Office of Disabled Student Services, Debra Russell, said her office recognizes two outstanding faculty members every semester who have an understanding of disabilities and are sensitive to the needs of disabled students. Nominations are submitted by students with disabilities who receive exceptional help from their professors.

"Dr. Hardman and Dr. Waters are to be commended for insuring that academic and personal success are viable for every student," said Russell.

A&M International has long recognized the importance of helping disabled students to attain their educational goal.

The University's commitment to help all students can be seen at all levels, from the creation of the Office of Disabled Student Services to the architectural design of the campus, which features curbless crossways, power-assisted doors, accessible elevators, public telephones, service areas, and restroom facilities, and lowered light switches, wall receptacles, fire alarm pull stations, elevator button panels, and water fountains in compliance with the American with Disabilities Act.

Services provided by the Office for Disabled Students include notetakers, tape recorders, close-captioned televisions, TTY telephones, counseling, testing accommodations, registration assistance, and help with state agency liaison.

For more information on the services offered by A&M International's Office for Disabled Students, please contact Russell at 326-2230 or visit offices in Canseco Hall room 312.

Office hours are 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday.

Journalists who need additional information or help with media requests and interviews should contact the Office of Public Affairs and Information Services at pais@tamiu.edu