About Us: Disability Services Program

At the University of Denver Disability Services Program, it is our mission to help students with disabilities receive the support and accommodation they deserve.

If you think that you, your child, or someone in your care network may benefit from our services, please don't hesitate to reach out as soon as possible. Get in touch during normal business hours via phone 303-871-3241 or by email dsp@du.edu at any time. We'd love to hear from you and help you thrive!

Meet the DSP Staff Members!

Our Staff
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How We Help Students

We are excited to help you thrive! The DSP provides or facilitates a range of accommodations, including, but not limited to:

  • Test accommodations (extra time, minimal or reduced distraction)
  • Alternate format texts and materials
  • Course substitutions
  • Classroom changes
  • Audio recording of lectures
  • Meal plan modification
  • University-managed housing accommodations
  • Early registration (also known as priority registration)
  • Peer Notetakers
  • Sign language/oral interpreters
  • Speech-to-text (STS) or text-to-speech (TTS) technology
  • Referrals to other services and programs

Additionally, we work in concert with the Learning Effectiveness Program (LEP) to ensure we are able to provide second language accommodations and more.

Types of Accommodations

Our Staff

The Disability Services Program staff contributes a wealth of knowledge and experience in their dedication to ensuring all DU students have equitable access to everything the University has to offer, regardless of disabilities. Get to know them below!

Paul Arithi, Interim Director - Associate Director

303-871-7432
Paul.Arithi@du.edu

  • About Paul

    Paul has a passion and firm belief that disability is not inability. With the right attitude, appropriate accommodations, and hard work, all students and adults with disabilities are able to attain their full academic potential and create a solid pathway to succeed in their current and future careers. Paul holds a postgraduate Certificate in Legal Studies from Metropolitan Community College in Omaha, NE, a Master of Arts in Teaching (Special Education) from Webster University, Saint Louis, MO, and a Bachelor of Education (Arts) from Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya. For several years prior to arriving at DU, he worked as Director of the Disability Resource Center (DRC) at Bellevue College in Bellevue, WA, and as a Disability Services Specialist at Bellevue University in Bellevue, NE. Paul is also multilingual and has valuable teaching experience at the both university and high school's general education and special education. At the university level he has taught courses like One World: Many People, Many Cultures, Many Faiths, and at the high school level classes such as World Economic History, African History, and Kiswahili Language & Literature. Over the years, he has worked collaboratively with others to create inclusive educational environments for university students with disabilities. He has extensive experience in interpreting and applying all disability laws in higher education, as well as advocating for disability rights in education, assistive technology and media, universal design, instructional design, instructional methods, and curriculum design. Paul’s interests lie in social justice and disability, disability laws, educational politics, diversity, multiculturalism, religion, international relations, peace-building, and conflict resolution. He enjoys spending free time with his family and traveling to explore new places. He has worked diligently to share every aspect of his professional life and interests with the world and University of Denver community.

Beth Cartwright, Business Coordinator

303-871-3241
Beth.Cartwright@du.edu

  • About Beth

    Beth graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor of Science in Communications: Broadcast News. She moved to Colorado more than 22 years ago and started worked for Janus Funds, settling domestic and foreign trades. After her son, Jack, was born, she stayed home for a time until she became a preschool teacher at Christ Lutheran Church Preschool in Highlands Ranch, where she worked for 15 years. Most recently, she spent two years as an Admissions Counselor for Southern New Hampshire University’s online degree programs. What she enjoyed most was working with students from all different walks of life and helping them in achieving their goals and dreams of earning an undergraduate degree. Beth loves to read, practice yoga, and spend time with her family and friends.

Caroline Newcomb, Accommodations Specialist

Ruffatto Hall #445
303-871-4465
caroline.newcomb@du.edu

  • About Caroline

    Originally from Richmond, Virginia, Caroline graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in Psychology and Anthropology. She went on to study at Vanderbilt University, where she earned a Masters of Education. She has spent the last six years working for Denver Public Schools, where she became passionate about working with students and mentoring them to advocate for their emotional and educational needs. Through this work, Caroline gained first-hand experience in supporting students with a wide range of physical, emotional, and behavioral needs. She has been particularly passionate about supporting students who fall on the neurodivergent spectrum, as well as supporting students with mental health disabilities. She firmly believes that all students should be given the opportunities they need to gain equitable access to education. 

    In her free time, Caroline enjoys hiking and exploring with her partner and her dog. She loves traveling and practicing her Spanish skills to be able to better communicate with her partner’s family. Outside of work, you can almost always find her with a book in her hands. Caroline truly looks forward to meeting you and supporting you during your time at DU! 

Alice Ordover, Accommodations Specialist

Driscoll Commons, Suite 30, Office #49
303-871-4311
alice.ordover@du.edu

 

  • About Alice

    Alice graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Educational Policy Studies. She has worked in nonprofit services for more than 20 years in the San Francisco Bay Area, Santa Cruz, and New York. The programs she managed, developed and/or provided with direct services, served people living with HIV and addiction, as well as psychiatric, cognitive, medical, physical, and sensory disabilities. Her passion for civil rights and social justice for the disability community was ignited when she began her work at Independent Living Resource Center San Francisco, where she had oversight of housing, assistive technology, benefits, employment, transportation, information and referral, peer counseling, and Chinese and Latino services. The agency embraced an Independent Living philosophy — supporting consumer education, decision making, and management of one’s own resources. She has also provided training and technical assistance to HIV housing service providers in New York during her tenure at the Center for Urban Community Services.

     

Emily Hirsch, Accommodations Specialist

Ruffatto Hall #444
303-871-4139
emily.hirsch@du.edu

 

  • About Emily

    Emily has worked in the education and non-profit sector in the Denver Metro Area for the past several years, helping students with disabilities make the transition from high school to college and learn how to self-advocate on a college campus. She started her professional and educational career earning her bachelor’s degree in Family Studies & Human Development at the University of Arizona. Shortly after moving to Denver, Emily started working at the Colorado "I Have a Dream" Foundation, where she spent four years providing in-depth case management to students, focusing on social–emotional support and career/college readiness. She became very passionate about helping all students gain access to an equitable education, and began a three-year stint with Denver Public Schools as an Employment Specialist with the School to Work Alliance Program. She gained firsthand experience helping students with disabilities reach their career and educational goals through work based learning opportunities. Emily likes to spend free time outside mountain biking, skiing, and hiking with her dog. She looks forward to meeting with you and supporting your educational journey here at DU.

Eileen Fair, Accommodations Specialist

Ruffatto Hall #441
303-871-2278
eileen.fair@du.edu

 

  • About Eileen

    Eileen began learning about accessibility in everyday life from two important people: a Deaf friend she met in grade school and her grandpa who became blind when she was six years old. Learning small phrases in American Sign Language (ASL) from her friend instilled a passion for the language, and spending time with her grandpa gave her a desire to work with people who are visually impaired. From these experiences Eileen decided to pursue a bachelor's degree in ASL and Psychology from Northeastern University in Boston. After completing her bachelor's program, Eileen worked at Beverly School for the Deaf as a Bilingual Paraprofessional supporting students with a range of abilities and sound access. Eileen went on to earn a master's degree in Social Work from the University of Denver and complete the Graduate Certificate of Animal Assisted Social Work at the DU Graduate School of Social Work, gaining a passion to better understand how animals can positively impact mental health. After graduating, Eileen began work as a Student Success Counselor at Colorado State University Global while also providing assistance in their Disability Services Office.

    Eileen's experiences have provided her with an enthusiasm and passion to help make the world a more accessible place. She is also a PRN therapist at an inpatient behavioral health organization, which allows her to bring empathy, understanding, care, options, and solution-focused thinking to those she connects with. In Eileen's free time she loves to hike, brush up on her German language skills, and explore new places in Colorado and abroad. Eileen very much looks forward to meeting you!

Alicia Roman, Accommodations Specialist

Ruffatto Hall #442
Alicia.Roman@du.edu
303-871-7562

  • About Alicia

    Alicia has over 10 years of experience working in education and disability advocacy. Alicia currently holds a master’s degree in Educational Counseling from the University of Southern California and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Clark University. Her studies have focused on support services for students with disabilities and exploring the narratives of college students who live with a disability. Her goal has been to improve student motivation and retention. She is currently working on her Doctoral Degree in Education and Human Development at the University of North Dakota.

    Alicia has worked in a variety of educational settings. After completing her MBA, Alicia moved to Taipei, Taiwan, and taught English and Art in the K-12 environment. Once she returned home, she transitioned into the field of higher education. She worked with students who were registered with disability services at the community college level. She has also had several years’ experience as an academic advisor. Alicia is very passionate about teaching and leadership. She currently holds a position as an adjunct professor for the Colorado Community College System. Her curriculum follows the principles of Universal Design for Learning.

    Alicia is thrilled to be working in the Disability Services Program (DSP) at the University of Denver (DU). She follows a strength-based approach with students and is excited to help students see the value in themselves. In Alicia’s free time, she loves to travel, hike, compete in triathlons, and create artwork. Alicia is looking forward to being a part of your educational journey!