Meet Our Team

Welcome to the Accessibility & Disability Services department!

Our accessibility and disability services staff go through extensive professional training throughout the year to ensure they are providing you with the most up-to-date services and information related to disability access and postsecondary higher education accommodations. Our professional staff have been serving the disability community for many years professionally, and have both a professional and personal commitment, connection, and passion for the work we do to support equal access and disability inclusion and awareness.

The first step to success is access!

For general inquiries, contact us at or (410) 455-2359.

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Tawny L. McManus
Assistant Vice Provost for Accessibility & Disability Services
Office of Accessibility & Disability Services (ADS) & Student Disability Services (SDS)
UMBC main & UMBC-USG campuses for students (SDS)
UMBC main campus for employees and visitors (ADS)   410-455-2459
  • Administrator for Accessibility and Disability Services (ADS & SDS offices) with oversight for student and employee accommodations, disability services’ operations for students/staff/visitors, and ADA/Section 504 compliance and initiatives
  • Responsible for managing policies, procedures, training, grievance and appeals process, staffing, and all fiscal operations/financial and budget management for the unit
  • Primary liaison and consultant to University Committees, Provost’s Office, VPs & Deans, Office of Equity & Inclusion (OEI), Human Resources, Student Affairs, Faculty Senate, General Counsel, Library, DO-IT, the Academic Success Center (ASC), Facilities Management, and the University of Maryland System (USM)
  • Specialized training in psychoeducational and neuropsychological assessment, digital accessibility, ADA(AA), Section 504 & Title IX laws, and higher education administration
Michael Canale
Michael Canale
Assistant Director, Office of Student Disability Services (SDS)
410-455-6358 (Desk)
410-688-5088 (Text, Facetime for DHOH students using ASL)


  • Student Disability Services’ administrator responsible for assistive technology, IT accessibility consultation, and faculty liaison for course accessibility support
  • Coordinator for Deaf and hard of hearing (DHOH) services and supervisor of ASL interpreter contractors
  • Accessibility specialist with specialization in sensory disability challenges and accommodations (e.g.; vision, hearing, and autism)
  • Assists Director in student grievance resolution, access concerns, and academic success planning for students with disabilities
  • Trainer/Supervisor of SDS Graduate Assts for digital course material accessibility and special projects
  • UMBC Inclusion council representative

Cassie Kilroy Thompson

Cassie Kilroy Thompson
Assistant Director, SDS Services & Operations
Office of Student Disability Services (SDS)
Cassie KT’s Virtual Office
  • Student Disability Services’ administrator responsible for SDS accommodated testing administration
  • Liaison for Orientation, Advising, and the Academic Success Center (ASC) offices assisting in resources and referrals for students with disabilities
  • Responsible for disability services data management and serves as the Accommodate software administrator
  • SDS representative to UMBC-USG campus (Universities at Shady Grove)
  • DAPi Honor Society Co-Advisor
  • UMBC Inclusion Council subcommittee member

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Valerie D. Valentine
Disability Specialist, Office of Student Disability Services (SDS)
  • Intake & accommodation specialist
  • Responsible for faculty, Residential Life, Counseling/Health, & Dining Services consultations
  • Point of contact for disability services verification/eligibility accommodation forms (e.g., ETS, Graduate Admissions exams, and military requests)


Stephanie Lazarus

Stephanie Lazarus
Accessibility Manager & Campus ADA Coordinator
Accessibility & Disability Services (ADS): UMBC main campus for employees, visitors, and general campus access inquiries
  • Manager of faculty and staff (employee) accommodations and disability access consultant for campus visitors
  • Responsible for collaborations on campus accessibility initiatives, partnerships, training, access concerns/suggestions, and resource referrals
  • Liaisons to multiple departments including Facilities Management, Environmental Safety & Health, Human Resources, Office of Institutional Advancement (OIA), General Counsel, Event planning, and University committees and academic departments/faculty for accessibility and inclusion initiatives and training campus-wide
  • Maryland Department of Disabilities (MDOD), Access Maryland, and State ADA Coordinators liaison
  • DAPi Honor Society Co-Advisor
  • UMBC Inclusion Council subcommittee member


Erin Minnigh
Administrative Assistant II/Office Manager
Office of Accessibility & Disability Services (ADS) & Student Disability Services (SDS)
  • Administrative support to ADS & SDS staff
  • Responsible for all office business services, financial, payroll, procurement, billing/payment, maintenance and inventory operations
Sunny Warden
Program Management Specialist and Testing Manager
Office of Student Disability Services (SDS)
  • Administrative support for the Office of Student Disability Services (SDS) front office
  • Manages accommodated student testing, procedures, and reception office operations
  • Responsible for hiring, training, and supervision of student worker office staff
  • Coordinator of SDS communications and inquiries

Part-Time SDS Staff

Priya Rajasagi  (HCC PhD graduate student)
Graduate Assistant, SDS Assistive Technology support
  • Accessible course materials, assistive technology, and special project support
Garvit Patwa (HCC MS graduate student)
Graduate Assistant, SDS Accommodated testing and special projects support
  • Accommodated testing administration, accessible course materials, database and website support
Julie Rosenthal
Program Management Specialist (temporary)
  • Website and Social Media Management
  • Testing & reception desk support

Liz Thompson
General Assistant (SDS)

  • Data entry and office reception support

Student Staff 2023:

Sumra Afzal               Ikeoluwa Adeloye          

Jason Cummings       Vidhi Panchal 

Rebecca John             Anita Kagbude

Bargav Katikey          Sivaji Konka

Alexander Marc         Vaishnavi Patil

Abdul Wahed            Shreya Salgia

Kimi Cease                Harshitha Yentrapragada

Note-taking inquiries: (also see SDS notetaking webpage for questions)