The University Record, January 7, 1997


Photos by Bob Kalmbach

The Council for Disability Concerns in October acknowledged those who had made special contributions significantly benefiting those with disabilities on our campus. Those selected by the Council's task forces received a certificate of appreciation. Twelve individuals were honored this year for their contributions. Eight of them were featured in earlier editions of The University Record, and the remaining four are featured here.

Sally York, area manager for plant building services, has supported and promoted programs for early return to work following illness or injury. She has often sought `alternative work for those unable to perform their usual tasks due to illness, injury or work-related disability.' Her creativity has led her to modify or create jobs to allow employees with medical restructions to continue to work, leading to a more caring environment for employees and a cost savings for the University.

Ken Brooks, general foreman for plant sheet metal, roofing and electrical shops, has `created or modified jobs to allow emplyees with medical restrictions to continue at work' throughout Plant Maintenance by coordinating a return-to-work program. His efforts have resulted in an early return to work, which leads to more satisfied employees, more productive units and better use of University resources.


Bruno Giordani, associate professor of psychology in the Medical School, has worked with both graduate and undergraduate students to `obtain prompt and thorough psychological evaluations at a cost they can afford.' He has shown great sensitivity to the needs of students with disabilities and has been readily available to consult with others on campus who work in the area.

Over the past several years, the University has provided funds for the installation of a large number of automatic doors in order to make buildings more accessible. Rick Hadden, supervisor of University Key Systems, was recognized because he has `been very responsive to the need to install power doors and to keep them operating properly,' thereby improving accessibility on campus