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.
Abby Morris has a master's degree from the University of Missouri in Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology. Prior to Missouri, she received her undergraduate degree from Minnesota State University in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. Before joining the Office of Student AccessAbility in June of 2013, Abby served as an Assistant Learning Specialist working with student-athletes, as well as serving as an Academic Coordinator. She has also served as a remedial counselor working with students who had learning, psychological, and social disorders.
Abby currently serves as the adviser for Delta Alpha Pi. She grew up in the Midwest and recently moved to the Plano area. Abby is enjoying Dallas' diversity and the various sites to see.
- 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.