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Mike Hoenig

Mike Hoenig


  1. What is your role in CDA and how long have you been a member?

  2. I’ve been active for approximately three years though I have attended meetings from as far back as the 1990’s.  I am working with Brian Manternach to develop an initiative to recognize individuals and programs on campus for their efforts to enhance accessibility for persons with disabilities.  I also serve as liaison between CDA and the Center for Disabilities and Development.

  3. What is your favorite thing about CDA?

  4. Interacting with and learning from our dynamic members, along with the positive energy which this interaction creates

  5. What is your position on campus?

  6. Program Coordinator at the Center for Disabilities and Development

  7. What is your disability or condition, if any, if you are comfortable sharing?

  8. Blindness due to a retinal condition called Leber’s Congenital Amaurosis

  9. What is your educational background?

    • M.A., Rehabilitation Counseling, The University of Iowa, 1987
    • B.A., Psychology, Central College, 1984

  10. What advice would you give to a colleague on campus who has a (DIS)ability?

  11. Work with your department to receive required accommodations.  This is a very receptive community-but oftentimes departments don’t know what accommodations are needed.  Use any opportunities you can to educate!

  12. What advice would you give to a student on campus who has a (DIS)ability?

  13. Learn about, and when necessary, utilize Student Disability Services to assist you with accommodations.  Don’t depend on SDS for everything, though.  You won’t have an SDS in your job, so it’s important to learn how to advocate on your own behalf.

  14. Where is your favorite place to eat in town?

  15. The Sanctuary.  There’s nothing better than a great pizza and an IPA after a long day’s work.  Atmosphere is terrific, too.

  16. What is your favorite activity to do at UI?

  17. Watch my Nittany Lions take down the Hawks

  18. What best disability-related practices or changes do you recommend to better our campus?

    I believe that the university needs to be more proactive in ensuring accessibility when it comes to purchasing software applications which impact significant numbers of employees.  The recent upgrade to ELMS, for example, presented accessibility problems for those of us who use screen readers.  We need to continue to address the issue of website accessibility, striving for 100% compliance.  Finally, we should centralize the production of materials in alternate formats.

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