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Alice Bayerl is new director of Services
for Students with Disabilities

RELEASED: Oct. 12, 2010

Alice Bayerl
Alice Bayerl

EAU CLAIRE — Alice Bayerl recently was named director of Services for Students with Disabilities at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Bayerl previously worked in the SSD office as academic coordinator from 2002-06 and as interim director from June-October 2005.

"We are delighted to have Alice back in an expanded role," said Dr. Deborah Gough, UW-Eau Claire's director of Advising and New Student Initiatives. "Her extensive background working with both high school and college students with disabilities is invaluable. Her concern for students and her desire to help them succeed at UW-Eau Claire is obvious to all who work with her."

As SSD director, Bayerl will oversee programming focused on helping students with disabilities attain success at the post-secondary level by ensuring they receive appropriate accommodations to gain equal access to programs, activities and services. SSD assists students in developing positive self-advocacy skills and advocates for them within the university community. SSD also provides education and training for students, faculty and staff regarding the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act and UW System policy on individuals with disabilities.

"I continue to be impressed with our students' drive and determination to achieve their post-secondary education and future career goals," Bayerl said. "Students with disabilities bring a unique and inspiring diversity to our campus. I consider it an honor to assist them in their endeavors."

In recent years the SSD office has facilitated services and accommodations for approximately 250-280 students annually. In August, SSD received a grant that will total more than $1 million over five years and will enable more students with disabilities to benefit from SSD's services, Bayerl said. The grant, written by Kathleen Hurley, former SSD director, and Dr. Bruce Ouderkirk, Student Support Services director, will support the development of retention services specifically designed to improve the academic achievement of students with disabilities.

"It is exciting that Alice will be able to get our new grant for students with disabilities up and running," Gough said. "In the short time that she has been here she has already made a significant impact on the office and with students."

In addition to her previous work in UW-Eau Claire's SSD office, Bayerl was director of special education and pupil services in the Glenwood City and Elk Mound area school districts, a career coordinator in Student Support Services at UW-Eau Claire, and a school psychologist and special education case manager in the Menomonie, Glenwood City and Durand school districts. Bayerl earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Moorhead State University, Moorhead, Minn.; a master's degree in school psychology from UW-Stout; and educational administration certification from UW-Superior.

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