University of Vermont

The Center on Disability and Community Inclusion (CDCI), Universal Design for Learning

About Us

Our Staff

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Susan Edelman, Ed.D., PT - Address: Center on Disability & Community Inclusion University of Vermont Mann Hall, Room 317, 208 Colchester Ave. Burlington, Vermont 05405-1757 Phone number: 802-656-8554 Email address: susan.edelman@uvm.edu Fax number: 802-656-1357. Bio: Susan is the co-principal investigator on the UDL grant. She holds the title of Research Associate Professor in the Center on Disability and Community Inclusion department of the College of Education and Social Services. She provided assistance and expertise during the initial work of the Equity and Excellence grant on UD topics.


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Larry Shelton, Ph.D. - Address: Human Development and Family Studies Living/Learning C-150 University of Vermont, Burlington, VT 05405-0384 Phone number: 802-656-2008 Email address: Lawrence.Shelton@uvm.edu Fax number: 802-656-2687
Bio: Larry is the co-principal investigator on the UDL grant. He holds the title of Associate Professor in the Integrated Professional Studies department of the College of Education and Social Services. He provided assistance and expertise during the initial work of the Equity and Excellence grant on UD topics.

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Zack Ahrens- Address: Address: 208 Colchester Ave. Room 317 Mann Hall, Burlington, VT 05405 and Bailey Howe, -or- University of Vermont, Room 303 Bailey/Howe Phone number: 802-656-0692 Email address: ahrens.z@gmail.com Fax number: 802-656-1357
Bio: Zack is a member of the consultation and design teams of the UDL Project and a TechCat assistant. He is currently about to graduate with a major in Community Entrepreneurship. He is a mentor and member of the DREAM program and is the volunteer coach of the UVM club swim team. He is very interested in learning and applying new teaching methods to prepare teachers and students for a more global environment.
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Puja Gupta - Address: Center on Disability & Community Inclusion, University of Vermont, Mann Hall, Room 317, 208 Colchester Ave. Burlington, Vermont 05405-1757 Phone number: 802-656-0692 Email address: puja.gupta@uvm.edu Fax number: 802-656-1357
Bio:Puja is a Graduate Research Assistant on the UDL grant.  She is a member of the consultation and design teams.  She is pursuing a Masters in Mental Health Counseling at UVM.

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Cristal LeGault, M.Ed. - Address: Center on Disability & Community Inclusion, University of Vermont, Mann Hall, Room 317, 208 Colchester Ave. Burlington, Vermont 05405-1757 Phone number: 802-656-0692 Email address: cristal.legault@uvm.edu Fax number: 802-656-1357
Bio: Cristal is the program coordinator on the UDL grant. Her position is in the Center on Disability and Community Inclusion department of the College of Education and Social Services at University of Vermont. Cristal's background is in Higher Education Administration.

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Ellen McShane, Ed. D. - Address: University of Vermont, 244 Living and Learning, Burlington, VT 05405 Phone number: 802-656-4185 Email address: Ellen.McShane@uvm.edu Fax number: 802-656-7957
Bio: Ellen is the Director of Academic Support Programs at University of Vermont, which includes the ACCESS, Learning Cooperative, TRIO/SSS, and TRIO/Upward Bound programs. She is currently a member of the Design Team for the UDL grant.

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Patricia H. Mueller, Ed.D. - Address: Evergreen Educational Consulting, L.L.C., 16 Bradley Bow Road, Jericho, VT 05465 Phone number: 802-434-5607
Email address: eec@gmavt.net Fax number: 802-813-1004
Bio: Patricia H. Mueller, Ed.D. is President of Evergreen Educational Consulting, L.L.C. an evaluation and educational consulting business. Dr. Mueller has 30 years of experience working in the field of special education and has demonstrated experience in the planning, and coordination of evaluation activities including the development of progress and annual reports to the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), as well as assisting in evaluation of technical assistance activities (Northeast Regional Resource Center). During the past five years, EEC has been awarded sub-contracts to implement external evaluation components of state special education grants funded by OSEP in three states, VT, NH and MS.

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Nick Ogrizovich - Address: Universal Design Technology Lab, Bailey-Howe Library (second floor, directly to your right off the stairs), Burlington, VT 05405
Phone number: 866-327-2014 Email address: Nick.Ogrizovich@uvm.edu
Bio: Nick Ogrizovich has been involved in Universal Design principle integration since 2002, when he first started working for UVM in the Lab formerly known as the "Adaptive Technology Lab", which has since evolved into "The Universal Design Technology Lab" which more clearly resembles its function. Nick specializes in finding ways to apply UD concepts to anything. While he originally dealt with assistive technology and matching it to users, he has seen his role focus more on incorporating UD aspects into all areas of the working environment. An example is the note taking program he also coordinates. He has been working on finding creative solutions that professors can integrate into the classroom experience which will eliminate the need for an actual "note taking accommodation" as an afterthought. When such "accommodations" are built into the course, everyone wins! Disability support, students, and professors.

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Holly Parker - Address: University of Vermont, Room 303 Bailey/Howe Library, Burlington, VT 05405 Phone number: 802-656-1124 or 802-656-9281 Email address: Holly.Parker@uvm.edu Fax number: 802-656-0692
Bio: Holly is a Faculty Development Specialist at the University of Vermont's Center for Teaching and Learning(CTL). As part of her work at the CTL, she coordinates the Tech CATs program on campus to team up faculty with a student to mentor them in classroom technology integration. Holly is very interested in working with faculty on the implementation of Universal Design for Learning on the UVM campus. Holly is a member of the Design Team for the UDL grant and will also be working with the Universal Design Consulting teams.

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Charlie Rathbone, Ph.D. - Address: 208 Colchester Ave., Room 317 Mann Hall, Burlington, VT 05405 Phone number: 802-656-9080 Email address: charles.rathbone@uvm.edu
Bio: Charlie is a member of the consultation and design teams of the UDL Project. He recently retired from his career at UVM as an elementary educator in the Department of Education. His work in teacher education has focused primarily on the processes of activity based learning, with a particular interest in how cooperative learning environments boost learning, achievement, and self regard for all learners.

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Wendy Verrei-Berenback - Address: 406 Lafayette, Burlington, VT 05405, Phone number: 802-656-7992 Email address: wverreib@uvm.edu
Bio: Wendy Verrei-Berenback is the Interim Director for the Center for Teaching and Learning and part of UDL@UVM design team. CTL has expertise in developing professional development for UVM faculty and graduate teaching assistants,working collaboratively with faculty and historically enrolling approximately 500 faculty and graduate teaching assistants annually in our programs. CTL has 10 years of experience working with faculty to design quality online instruction.
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