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Joshua Kaufman

Joshua Kaufman, Director

303-871-3241
Joshua.Kaufman@du.edu

About Joshua

Joshua joined DSP from the Office of Academic Accessibility at the University of North Carolina Asheville where he was director and ADA coordinator. While in North Carolina he served in multiple roles that fostered and created a more inclusive and equitable experience for members of the campus and wider community. Some of his work included serving as President of the North Carolina Association on Higher Education and Disability, voting member of the Statewide Independent Living Council as well as Chair of the Policy Committee, lead the university in the creation of their first campus wide accessibility committee and partnered with the Humanities Program to embed the disability identity into their curriculum. He plans to bring his experiences and knowledge to the University of Denver to create a comprehensive approach to equitable access for students with disabilities thus enhancing all students experiences on campus. He has a BA in Psychology from Western State College in Gunnison, CO and a MS in Counseling and Human Development from Radford University in Radford, VA. In his free time Joshua is also an avid outdoorsman who enjoys kayaking, mountain biking, adventure motorcycling, and spending time with his partner and pets.

Paul Arithi

Paul Arithi, Associate Director

303-871-7432
Paul.Arithi@du.edu

About Paul

Paul has a passion and firm belief that disability is not inability – with the right attitude, appropriate accommodations and hard work all students/adults with disabilities are able to attain their full academic potential and create a solid pathway to succeed in their current and future careers. Paul holds a postgraduate Certificate in Legal Studies from Metropolitan Community College in Omaha, NE, a Master of Arts in Teaching (Special Education) from Webster University, Saint Louis, MO, and a Bachelor of Education (Arts) from Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya. For several years prior to coming to University of Denver, he worked as the Director, Disability Resource Center at Bellevue College in Bellevue, WA and a Disability Services Specialist at Bellevue University, in Bellevue, NE. Paul is also multilingual and has valuable teaching experience at the University level and both high school general education and special education. At the university level he has taught courses like One World: Many People, Many Cultures, Many Faiths; and at the high school level classes such as World Economic History, African History, and Kiswahili Language and Literature. Over the years, he has worked collaboratively with others to create inclusive educational environments for university students with disabilities. Also, he has extensive experience in interpreting and applying all disability laws in higher education, advocating for disability rights in education, assistive technology and media, universal design, instructional design, instructional methods, and curriculum design. Paul’s special interests are the areas of social justice and disability, disability laws, educational politics, diversity, multiculturalism, religion, international relations, peace-building, and conflict resolution. During his free time he enjoys spending time with his family and travelling to explore new places. He looks forward to sharing every aspect of his professional life and interests with the University of Denver community.

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Michele McCandless, Accommodation Specialist

Ruffatto Hall #441
303-871-2278
michele.mccandless@du.edu

About Michele

Michele started at DU in November 2000. Her background includes work in journalism and non-profits. She completed her Bachelor's in Journalism from Colorado State University and her Master’s in Social Work at DU in June 2005. Michele works with all DU students who have documented disabilities. Her favorite part of working in DSP is watching students as they realize that they have the power to create change, not only for themselves, but for others with disabilities.

Alice Ordover

Alice Ordover, Accommodations Specialist

Ruffatto Hall #442
303-871-4311
alice.ordover@du.edu

About Alice

Alice Ordover graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Educational Policy Studies. She has worked in nonprofit services for more than twenty years in the San Francisco Bay Area, Santa Cruz and New York. The programs she managed, developed and /or provided direct services, served people living with HIV Disease; psychiatric, cognitive, medical, physical and sensory disabilities; and addiction. Her passion for civil rights/social justice for the disability community was ignited when she began her work at Independent Living Resource Center San Francisco, where she had oversight of housing, assistive technology, benefits, employment, transportation, information and referral, peer counseling, and Chinese and Latino services. The agency embraced Independent Living philosophy – supporting consumer education, decision making, and management of one’s own resources. She has also provided training and technical assistance to HIV housing services providers in New York during her tenure at the Center for Urban Community Services.

Ellen Hogan

Ellen Hogan, Accommodations Specialist and Alternate Format Text (AFT) Manager

Ruffatto Hall #445
303-871-2269
ellen.hogan@du.edu

About Ellen

Ellen has had a life-long dedication to supporting and empowering individuals with diverse needs in this ever-changing world around us. Ellen grew up outside of the Chicagoland area, where she was a volunteer for Special Olympics and spent her high school career as a staff member for her local Special Recreation. As an undergraduate, Ellen attended Illinois State University and received a bachelor’s degree in Special Education Learning and Behavior Sciences. During her studies, she also minored in psychology, as it was evident to her how crucial it was to understand both the educational and psychological perspectives of teaching in order to support students in the classroom. She spent the first three years of her professional career teaching in Illinois before relocating to Colorado to work in Denver Public Schools. Ellen devoted her time as a teacher advocating for positive change for her students and teaching them to be self-advocates. She believes that all students in education today should have access to 21st century learning, the appropriate assistive technology, and to teachers who are trained on culturally responsive practices. Her favorite parts about being a teacher were talking with her students about their future aspirations and implementing assistive technology in the classroom.

As an Accommodations Specialist and the Alternate Format Text (AFT) Manager, Ellen is eager to continue developing her skills in order to empower the students and staff that utilize the resources available within DSP. She encourages individuals to own their knowledge of their access to assistive technology and accommodations. She believes that with the proper training and implementation, one can access their education in ways they never accessed before. Ellen looks forward to the collaboration, partnership, and growth with all that seek support from DSP. Ellen is an avid Cubs fan, enjoys hiking, and loves to travel. Fun fact: she's been to 9 countries and hopes to see as many different parts of the world as possible. Don't be shy about asking her to share a story from her travels! Ellen welcomes you and looks forward to discussing your accommodation/AFT needs so that you can have proper access to a great experience here at DU!

Mary-Beth Rose

Mary-Beth Rose, Academic Testing Coordinator

Ruffatto Hall #446
mary-beth.rose@du.edu
Testing questions should be sent to dsp@du.edu

About Mary-Beth

Mary-Beth began working as the Academic Testing Coordinator in October 2014 after spending one year as the administrative assistant in DSP. 

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Beth Cartwright, Business Coordinator

303-871-3241
beth.cartwright@du.edu

About Beth

Beth graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Communications, Broadcast News. She moved to Colorado 22 years ago and started worked for Janus Funds, settling domestic and foreign trades. After her son, Jack was born, she stayed home for a time until she started working as a preschool teacher at Christ Lutheran Church Preschool, in Highlands Ranch and worked there for 15 years. Two years ago she started working as an Admissions Counselor for Southern New Hampshire University’s online degree programs. What she enjoyed most was working with students from all different walks of life and helping them in achieving their goals and dreams of getting their undergraduate degree. Beth loves to read, practice yoga, and loves spending time with her family and friends. Her son attends DU and is a Junior this year.