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Disability Support Services
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The goal of the Disability Support Services staff is to assist students who can benefit from higher education and assist them in reaching their academic potential. The DSS office provides a comfortable transition from high school to the SIUE campus. Students are encouraged to frequent the DSS office and enjoy the opportunity to meet other students in a relaxing atmosphere.
Phil Pownall, Director

Phillip A. Pownall has been the Director of the SIUE Disability Support Services since January of 2008. Before coming to SIUE, he was the Director of the Office of Disability Services at Western Oregon University in Monmouth, OR from 2004 - 2007. Prior to that time, Phil was the Coordinator of Disability Services at the University of Nevada Las Vegas from 1997 - 2004. In addition, he was a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor for four years. Phil received his BA in Psychology from West Virginia University in 1992 as well as his MS in Rehabilitation Counseling in 1994.

Contact Phil at (618) 650-3782 or by e-mail at


James (Jim) F. Boyle

James (Jim) F. Boyle is the Learning Disabilities Specialist at Disability Support Services and has been serving in that capacity since August of 2000. Before coming to SIUE, Jim worked at a residential facility for people with developmental disabilities for 12 years. Jim received his BA from Illinois College in 1985 and a MA degree in Clinical Adult Psychology in 1997 from SIUE.

Contact Jim at (618) 650-2568 or by e-mail at


Andrew (Andy) Koch is the Office Support Specialist in Disability Support Services. He joined the office staff on March 12, 2012. Prior to being employed at SIUE, he served as the editor of the Times-Tribune newspaper in Troy.

Contact Andy at (618) 650-3726 or by e-mail at


Lawrence Martin is the Accommodations Clerk at Disability Support Services. Lawrence's primary duties include scheduling/proctoring students' exams and converting textbooks into various alternate formats. Lawrence joined the DSS team on March 4, 2013.

Contact Lawrence at (618) 650-5692 or by e-mail at

Test or textbook information should be submitted to the DSS office at


Mary Ryan has been selected to serve as the new Graduate Assistant here at DSS. Mary's first day as the new GA was August 1, 2012. Her primary duties consist of coordinating programming such as October's Disability Awareness Month, the Access The World Study Abroad Trip, and March's Great Disability Challenge, as well as conducting research and analyzing data trends.

Mary received her B.S. in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology this past May from SIUE. She is continuing her studies at SIUE while pursuing her M.S. in Speech Language Pathology. Mary first joined the DSS team in January 2009 as a student worker. In recognition of her dedication and commitment to her job, Mary was named SIUE's Student Worker of the Year for 2011.

To contact Mary, call (618) 650-3726 or email her at


Our student workers are an integral part of the Disability Support Services office. They greet and assist students with disabilities through test proctoring, computer assistance, and helping provide various other accommodations.

Rachael  Hass joined the DSS staff during the Fall 2013 semester. Rachael is a senior from Geneva, Illinois who is planning to graduate in Spring 2015 with a degree in Special Education.