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CDA Member, Co-Chair
Teresa Kout

Teresa Kout


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

  2. I joined CDA in 2011 and am currently the co-chair with Carly Armour.

  3. What is your favorite thing about CDA?

  4. There are so many aspects of diversity represented on this committee, we all have our own points of view. Coming together to address issues and challenges at UI is very rewarding. I am thankful to be a part of this amazing group.

  5. What is your position on campus?

  6. My title is Participant Services Coordinator in Study Abroad in UI International Programs. I help to centralize some of the aspects of students studying abroad, oversee scholarship competitions, advise students on scholarship options and also advise for visa needs (among other things).

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

  8. I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in July 2000 and lived quietly with that knowledge for seven years. At that time, little things became more apparent, difficulty walking, numbness, weakness, etc. In 2010 I began using the wheelchair full time.

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

  10. Even though it is completely you decision when and what you share with others, be sure to discuss any concerns you have with your HR representative, Faculty and Staff Disability Services, or others. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act you can discuss accommodations that can help you be more productive. Don’t be afraid to advocate for yourself.

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

  12. Don’t wait until things are feeling out of control to seek out assistance. There are many on campus who want to see you succeed and have tools that can help.

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

  14. Well, that would need to rephrase to “drink” – I LOVE T-Spoons and Java House. Coffee is my guilty pleasure!

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

  16. I enjoy Iowa Hawkeye football, I don’t go to many games, but I love to watch it!

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

    As the design process goes forward, it is so much more important to look beyond the ADA compliance rules. I think it would be incredibly helpful if a person who lives, day to day, with varieties of (DIS)abilities to speak into HOW the function actually accommodates the clients. Stop focusing totally on meeting the criteria to ensuring the criteria is function for its use.

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