The following news release was issued by the University of Pittsburgh news bureau.
Theresa Horner, director of the Office of Disability Services at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, has been selected as the recipient of the 2008 Chancellor’s Affirmative Action Award, given annually to an “outstanding University program area or individual that has made a significant contribution in Affirmative Action.”
Pitt Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg will present Horner with the $2,500 award during the University Senate’s June 11 meeting.
Since joining the Office of Disability Services six years ago, Horner has reinvigorated the program by establishing highly supportive services that allow students with disabilities to fully participate in all aspects of campus life at Johnstown, thereby increasing diversity at UPJ. The award committee was particularly impressed with the accomplishments of the Office of Disability Services, as Horner is the sole service provider for students with disabilities attending Pitt’s Johnstown campus.
Horner acts as a counselor and mentor to address the academic issues and other challenges faced by the students she serves. She established an effective working relationship with UPJ Physical Plant and other offices to ensure appropriate accommodations are made for students with disabilities. Horner also has created strong relationships with diagnosticians, parents, caregivers, and other service providers, including proactively working with the Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation and the U.S. Office of Civil Rights.