Kim Ochsenbein, assistant director of Disability Services and adjunct instructor for Tennessee Tech University, is the new president-elect of the Tennessee Association on Higher Education and Disability.
Ochsenbein has served two terms as education chairperson for the TNAHEAD organization and has represented Tennessee at national and state AHEAD affiliated conferences. According to Ochsenbein, the highlight of the state conference held at the University of Memphis was the annual keynote with Dan Goldstein, who serves as chief counsel for the National Federation of the Blind.
"It really was amazing to hear Dan Goldstein discuss landmark cases such as the Amazon Kindle case and the recent Penn State/OCR resolution," said Ochsenbein. "Technology has brought us a long way toward accessibility, but it has also brought us greater awareness of civil rights issues."
Ochsenbein has experience working in both university and community colleges settings as well experience working in mental health and prison settings. All combined, Ochsenbein has more than 20 years of experience working with individuals with disabilities. She holds two master's degrees in both curriculum and instruction and educational psychology and is currently a doctoral student studying educational leadership. Her research focus is higher education access issues as they relate to disabilities and veterans.
The Tennessee Association for Higher Education and Disability consists of professionals from public and private postsecondary institutions in Tennessee. Currently, 47 institutions hold membership in the TNAHEAD organization, including TTU, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Vanderbilt University, Belmont University, and other universities, community colleges and technology centers.