Kelly Hermann is the director of disability services in the Office of Collegewide Student Services, responsible for ensuring that all students with disabilities are granted equal access to the college’s programs and studies. She updates college faculty and staff on issues regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, lends support and expertise to the disability representatives at centers and reviews documentation and determines accommodations when necessary.
Hermann is an active member of the Association of Higher Education and Disability. She chaired the standing committee on public policy from 2008-2012 and currently chairs the online-learning and distance-education special interest group. She frequently presents at national conferences, including AHEAD and The Sloan Consortium Asynchronous Learning Networks, on serving the needs of students with disabilities in online courses and working with veterans returning to college after an injury. In November 2008, Hermann was appointed by former Governor David Patterson to the Instructional Materials Advisory Council. The council advises the State Department of Education on matters related to accessible textbooks and print materials for college students in New York. Prior to joining Empire State College, Hermann was the coordinator of special services at The College of Saint Rose, where she implemented academic accommodations for students with disabilities, coordinated academic support for students academically at risk and the English as a second language tutorial program, and provided inservices to the campus community on disability-related issues. She holds a B.S. and an M.S. Ed. in communication disorders from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, N.Y. and is pursuing a Ph.D. in educational administration and policy studies at the University at Albany.
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