By Scott Bigelow
Jennifer Lowry joined UNC Pembroke's Office of Disability Support Services (DSS) this spring to assist students with learning disabilities and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorders (ADHD).
A Maxton native and 1996 UNCP graduate, Lowry is also an adjunct professor in the School of Education. She earned a master's degree in special education from NC State University in 1999 and has eight years of experience in special education classrooms.
Lowry serves more than 200 students with disabilities.
"My role is to provide accommodations that level the playing field for students with learning disabilities," Lowry said. "We determine eligibility of each student and provide accommodations according to their individual needs."
Those educational aids may include assistive technology, tape recorded lectures or extended time on tests, she said. Lowry has been an important addition to the Office of Disability Support Services, said Director Mary Helen Walker.
"This added position in DSS has given all students registered for our services more individualized attention," Walker said. "Learning disabled and ADHD students now have their own service provider on campus, and it's from someone who understands their academic needs explicitly."
"Jennifer's caseload has lessened mine and facilitated more planning and individual attention for all students registered for our services," Walker said. "We look forward to better serving our students as we plan seminars and workshops for the students during the 2004-05 academic year."
Lowry said she is working on several new projects, including a new disabled student orientation, a leadership training program and several workshops. Since her undergraduate years, Lowry said she "always wanted to work at the University."
"It's been wonderful, and I have had a great start," Lowry said. "I really enjoy working with the students."
Lowry said a lot has changed at UNCP, but some things remain the same.
"The campus is very beautiful and growing, but the feeling is the same," she said.
She is married to Tres Lowry, a pharmacist for Healthkeeperz in Pembroke, and they have one son, Solomon, age 16 months.