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APSU Office of Disability Services recognized as leader in Tennessee


CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – In late March, the Tennessee Association of Higher Education and Disability (TN-AHEAD) recognized Austin Peay State University’s Office of Disability Services as one of the top collegiate service organizations in the state.

During the TN-AHEAD Spring Conference and Business Meeting at East Tennessee State University, Janet Norman, associate director of the APSU Office of Disability Services, was presented with the Dona Sparger Professional Service Award for advocacy, education and service to individuals with disabilities. This is the highest honor in the professional organization.  

 In addition to this achievement, APSU student Tracy Bettencourt received the organization’s “Outstanding Student Award,” and APSU student James Noar was presented with a TN-AHEAD scholarship for a student with a disability attending a four-year university.

TN-AHEAD is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting professional educators and service providers in higher education through education, communication and professional development. The APSU Office of Disability Services is committed to providing leadership to promote a comprehensively accessible university experience where individuals with disabilities have the same access to programs, opportunities and activities as all others by improving usability for everyone.

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Photo cutline: James Noar, Janet Norman and Tracy Bettencourt were all recently honored by the Tennessee Association of Higher Education and Disability. (Photo by Taylor Slifko/APSU).