Susan McMenamin

Susan McMenamin
Director, Disability Support Services
Rome Hall
801 22nd Street NW
Suite 102
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052

Susan brings to Disability Support Services a strong and extensive background in post-secondary disability support that links together the fields of education and diagnostics. She began her tenure at DSS as the associate director, where for over ten years she had the responsibility to determine disability eligibility and reasonable accommodations for students choosing to register with the office. Now as the director, she can focus on new initiatives in response to the university’s increasing commitment to diversity and inclusion. Susan’s objective is to see DSS more effectively address the unique needs of the university’s special populations, such as student veterans, as well as to develop a multifaceted program of enhanced individualized support for DSS students. Susan is also interested in fostering retention initiatives that assist first-year students with their transitions to university life. To that end, she will work to provide ongoing learning skills support for these students’ continued academic success, as well as to assist them in developing critical skills needed to prepare for the workforce.

From July 2009 to July 2011, Susan was the president of C-AHEAD, the Capital Area affiliate of the Association on Higher Education and Disability. Susan is also a regular presenter for a variety of professional organizations, most recently at the 2013 Physician Assistant Education Association Annual Conference, where she spoke about universal design for learning and participated on a panel titled “Accommodating Students from Classroom to Clinic.”

Susan offers her expertise within the GW academic community, routinely speaking as a guest lecturer on the Americans with Disabilities Act, disability documentation, and the nature of reasonable accommodation.  Susan also coordinates various faculty and student workshops at GW.