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ACCESS Main Street Staff

Wisconsin Department of Health Services
Pathways to Independence Program:

Ellen S. Felix, M.S.
Senior Policy Analyst

The ACCESS Main Street Team
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee:

Aura M. Hirschman, M.S., C.R.C.
Universal Design Field Coordinator and Trainer
background: Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling

Melissa R. Lemke, M.S.
Research Specialist
background: Biomedical Engineering

Cheryl Locher, M.S.
Research Program Manager
background: Human Resources and Labor Relations, Business Management

Roger O. Smith, OT, Ph.D., FAOTA, Fellow RESNA
Director, Rehabilitation Research, Design and Disability Center (R2D2)
background: Occupational Therapy and Industrial Engineering

Tereza Snyder, B.F.A.
Web Developer
background: Programming and Graphic Design

Keith Edyburn, B.S.E.
Technical Services Professional
background: Engineering and Computer Science

Student Staff:

Crystal Schaaf, B.S.
Graduate Assistant
background: Occupational Therapy

Amy Erfurth, B.S.
Student Assistant
background: Occupational Therapy

Carrie Jennerjohn, B.S
Student Assistant
background: Occupational Therapy

Kati Liegl
Student Assistant
background: Occupational Therapy

Kristen J. Lueck
Student Assistant
background: Occupational Therapy

It took me several years of struggling with the heavy door to my building, sometimes having to wait until a person stronger came along, to realize that the door was an accessibility problem, not only for me, but for others as well. And I did not notice, until one of my students pointed it out, that the lack of signs that could be read from a distance at my university forced people with mobility impairments to expend a lot of energy unnecessarily, searching for rooms and offices. Although I have encountered this difficulty myself on days when walking was exhausting to me, I interpreted it, automatically, as a problem arising from my illness (as I did with the door), rather than as a problem arising from the built environment having been created for too narrow a range of people and situations.

Susan Wendell, author of
The Rejected Body: Feminist Philosophical Reflections on Disability