The Office of Student AccessAbility aims to enhance the quality of life for students by removing disability barriers and providing equal access to help them reach their academic goals.
Kerry S. Tate, MS
Kerry Tate has a master’s degree from Texas A&M-Commerce in special education and psychology. She received her undergraduate degree from Cottey College and Texas Woman’s University and is working on an advanced degree at UT Dallas. Kerry spent several semesters studying abroad in Scotland and England. She joined the UT Dallas as the Student AccessAbility coordinator in 2000.
Kerry is currently serving on the Texas AHEAD board and is actively involved with the International AHEAD organization. She enjoys visiting the Disney Parks and collecting Mickey Mouse memorabilia.
- Coordinates the University’s program of service for students with disabilities.
- Responds to requests for general information from enrolled students, and program information from potential students and family members.
- Responds to requests for interpretation of legal mandates on campus-specific issues related to ADAAA.
- Interprets Federal laws (Section 504/ADAAA) and court rulings and interpretations affecting services for students with disabilities.
- Assists in establishing and enforcing goals and objectives and developing policies, procedures and guidelines for students with disabilities to obtain services.
- Performs intake interviews of students with disabilities and determines need for accommodations.
- Counsels, coordinates and analyzes academic support services.
- Analyzes neuropsychological documentation to determine eligibility for accommodations.
- Provides interpreting services to students who are deaf and hard of hearing.
- Screens, evaluates and recommends hiring of interpreters or contract agencies to maintain qualified services.
- Coordinates interpreting services for meetings, programs and special events.
Lori Pinon, MS
Lori Pinon has a master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Webster University. Prior to graduate school, she received her undergraduate degree from University of Texas at El Paso in English and minor in Sociology. Before joining Student AccessAbility, Lori was a scholarship probation advisor for Undergraduate Education at UT Dallas as well as a student outreach academic retention advisor. She also was a counselor at New Mexico Border Area Mental Health Hospital and Child Protective Services. She was a director at University of Phoenix for Graduate Education with Secondary Education in New Mexico. She has also been a faculty member for over twenty years working with students with disabilities for undergraduate and graduate school at El Paso Community College, University of Texas at El Paso, University of Phoenix, and Idaho State University.
- Maintains adaptive technology, monitors software for needed updates.
- Provides instruction and training for students with disabilities on the use of assistive/adaptive software.
- Analyzes, designs, develops, implements and evaluates disability related trainings.
- Conducts assessments and program evaluations in an effort to promote continuous quality improvement.