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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.


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Dominic Dorsey is the Director of the Disability Support Services Office. He joined the office staff on January 29, 2018, after serving in previous roles as the Associate Director for Adaptive Educational Services at Indiana University Purdue University – Indianapolis(IUPUI) and Director of Accessibility at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC). He has worked with students with disabilities for over a decade and in doing so has developed a philosophy that pushes the conversation from one of limitations, to one of accessibility. One which focuses on removing the gatekeepers to student success through interactive processes instead of boilerplate accommodations. Acutely aware of the afterthought of equity, Dominic is passionate about being an accomplice to individuals with major life impairments. His favorite phrase is that "Accommodations are the floor, but accessibility is the ceiling". A statement he frequently brings up administratively, while demonstrating his commitment to achieving a welcoming and inclusive campus environment for all.

Dominic earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from IUPUI in Spring 2009. He also completed a Master of Science Education degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) at Indiana University in 2011 and a Certification in Behavior Analysis from the University of Cincinnati in 2016.

Contact Dominic at (618) 650-3726 or by email at


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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 email at


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Andrew (Andy) Koch is the Program Coordinator for the Disability Support Services Office. He joined the office staff on March 12, 2012, first serving as the Office Support Specialist before moving into his current position on February 1, 2016. Andy works one-on-one with students seeking to improve time-management skills and study habits through Academic Success Planning. With the Graduate Assistant, he coordinates the disability awareness programming for the office. He also serves as the staff advisor to New Horizons, SIUE's student organization dedicated to issues surrounding disability awareness, access, inclusion, and intersectionality.

Andy earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Eastern Illinois University in Spring 2003. He is currently pursuing a Master of Science Education degree in College Student Personnel Administration (CSPA) at SIUE.

Contact Andy at (618) 650-5692 or by email at


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Michelle Nickerson is the Office Support Specialist for the Disability Support Services Office. She joined the office staff in May 2016. Michelle's duties consist of supporting the professional staff of the office and maintaining records, handling purchasing, and monitoring the budget, in addition to staffing the front desk, assisting the clerk, and supervising DSS's student workers. Prior to joining the DSS team, Michelle served in a variety of roles in other campus offices.

Contact Michelle at (618) 650-3726 or by email at


Calandra Mitchell

Calandra Mitchell is the Testing Clerk at Disability Support Services. Her primary duties include scheduling/proctoring students' exams. Calandra joined the DSS team in September 2015

Contact Calandra at (618) 650-3766 or by email at

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


Berthine Blanc

Berthine Blanc is the Accommodations Clerk at Disability Support Services. Her primary duties include converting textbooks into various alternative formats and managing volunteer note-takers. She joined the staff in October 2017.

Contact Berthine at (618) 650-3747 or by email at


Husna Ibrahim

Husna Ibrahim has been selected to serve as the new Graduate Assistant here at DSS. Husna started to work as the new GA in August 2017. Her primary duties include programming and outreach and working one-on-one with select students.

She got her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in Spring 2017. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Sociology at SIUE. Her area of interests include race, class, gender and sociology in workplace.

Contact Husna at (618) 650-3726 or by email at



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