About the DRC

“The Disability Resource Center (DRC) has been a part of the Northeastern University campus since 1978.  We recognize the inherent value and diversity of all individuals. Our purpose is to ensure that those students with disabilities have equal access to the academic experience at Northeastern University. The DRC provides students with appropriate services and can advocate as needed within the wider University community. At the same time, our goal is to promote independence and self-advocacy within each individual.” ~Mary A. Barrows, Senior Director

Who We Serve

The Disability Resource Center serves Northeastern students who have documented disabilities as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act as Amended (ADAAA) of 2008. Under this definition, a person with a disability is one with a physical, mental, emotional, or chronic health impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity.

Our staff members regularly work with students who have a variety of types of disabilities, including:

  • AD(H)D
  • Asperger’s Syndrome and related disorders
  • Chronic and degenerative disorders
  • Hearing loss
  • Learning disabilities
  • Mobility impairments
  • Psychiatric disorders
  • Traumatic or acquired brain injuries
  • Vision impairment

“I am pleased to welcome you to this website for our Disability Resource Center (DRC). One of our longest-held values here at Northeastern is that our university community is at its best when we foster a welcoming and supportive environment that enables each one of our students to fully benefit from the wide array of experiences we have to offer. The DRC can be a vital resource toward that end for those of us who have a disability. By taking advantage of the services the DRC offers, and by supporting the work of the DRC, we help Northeastern uphold one of its most fundamental values.”

~Joseph E. Aoun
President, Northeastern University

Who We Are

Mary Barrows, M.Ed., C.A.G.S.

Mary Barrows, M.Ed., C.A.G.S.

Senior Director Learning Strategies and Student Success

Mary administers the DRC’s programs and services, establishing project priorities, monitoring service delivery, and addressing the needs and services of students with disabilities. Mary also provides leadership and oversight for related student support programs, including the Learning Disabilities Program and Student Athlete Support Services. Contact Mary at m.barrows@northeastern.edu or (617) 373 – 4525.

Jacqueline Kendrick, M.A., CRC

Jacqueline Kendrick, M.A., CRC

Assistant Director & Learning Disability Specialist

Jacqueline provides disability-related support services to students with learning disabilities and/or AD(H)D, ensuring the student’s equitable participation in the academic experience. She helps students understand their disability, and the impact it has on their academic lives. She offers one-on-one, specialized advising and instruction on academic skills, and other compensatory strategies specific to each student’s needs. Contact Jacqueline at j.kendrick@northeastern.edu or at (617) 373-3525.

Abbey Kidder

Abbey Kidder

Academic Assistant

Abbey coordinates daily operations, scheduling, and test administrations at the DRC. In addition, she hires, trains, and supervises front desk student workers. Contact Abbey at a.kidder@northeastern.edu or by phone at (617) 373-4708.

Exam-related correspondence should be directed to DRC@northeastern.edu or (617) 373-2675.

Hannah Kaplan Huynh, MAT

Hannah Kaplan Huynh, MAT

Disability Specialist

Hannah provides disability-related support services to students with mental health diagnoses and psychiatric conditions and works to ensure that students have equitable access to their academic experience. She helps students understand and manage their disability, and the impact it has on their academic lives. She offers one-on-one meetings, specialized advising and guidance on academic skills, and other compensatory strategies specific to each student’s needs. Contact Hannah at h.huynh@northeastern.edu or 617-373-4426.

Caroline Scannell, M.Ed.

Caroline Scannell, M.Ed.

Disability Specialist

Caroline received her M.Ed. in School Counseling, and her B.A in Human Development/Human Services and Sociology from Merrimack College. In graduate school, Caroline’s Capstone focused on student engagement in the postsecondary process. Before coming to Northeastern, Caroline was a school counseling intern at Weston High School, and a special education teaching assistant for middle and high school students in the Wayland Public Schools. With a passion for education and mental health, she is excited to work and build relationships with her students! Contact Caroline at c.scannell@northeastern.edu or 617-373-3388.

Brittany Brown, M.A., Ed. S

Brittany Brown, M.A., Ed. S

Disability Specialist

Brittany provides disability-related support services to DRC students and works to ensure that they have equitable access to their academic experience. Brittany’s background is in school psychology, and she is committed to helping students understand, manage, and advocate for their learning needs in the university setting. She offers one-on-one meetings, specialized advising, and guidance on academic skills and other compensatory strategies specific to each student’s needs and academic goals. When Brittany is not at the DRC, you can find her hiking, kayaking, biking, and enjoying the outdoors! Contact Brittany at br.brown@northeastern.edu or 617-373-8014.

Kyle Droz, M.Ed.

Kyle Droz, M.Ed.

Director

Kyle serves as the Director of of the DRC. He oversees the Notetaking Services Coordinator, the Academic Assistant, and the Service Coordinator. In addition, he carries a case load of students who are Deaf, hard of hearing, blind or have low visions. He also provides accessible text materials and digital accessibility support. Contact Kyle at k.droz@northeastern.edu or (617) 373-5137.

Debbi Auerbach

Debbi Auerbach

Service Coordinator

Debbi serves as the contact person for prospective students and their families to provide information about the DRC and its services. She reviews diagnostic documentation for adequacy and provides guidance in obtaining additional documentation when needed. Debbi also handles requests for certain support services. Contact Debbi at d.auerbach@northeastern.edu or (617) 373-4428.

Katey Almeida

Katey Almeida

Notetaking Services Coordinator

Katey serves as the Coordinator of Notetaking Services for the DRC. She and her staff of assistants process student requests for this accommodation, and also hire and train all notetakers. She also coordinates the DRC’s captioning services program and provides digital accessibility support to students and staff. Contact Katey by email at k.almeida@northeastern.edu or by phone at (617) 373-3558.

Please direct notetaking-related queries to DRCnotetakers@northeastern.edu.

Betsy Ireland

Betsy Ireland

Access Coordinator

Betsy provides disability-related support services to Deaf, blind, hard of hearing, and low vision students and works to ensure that students have equitable access to their academic experience. She helps students understand and manage their disability, and the impact it has on their academic lives. She offers one-on-one meetings, specialized advising and guidance on academic skills, and other compensatory strategies specific to each student’s needs. Contact Betsy at e.ireland@northeastern.edu or (617) 373-2256.

Emma Lang, M.Ed.

Emma Lang, M.Ed.

Disability Specialist

Emma provides disability-related support services to DRC students and works to ensure that they have equitable access to their academic and campus experience. She helps students understand and work with their disability, and the impact it has on their academic and college careers. Emma is also passionate about helping students develop a sense of self-advocacy. She offers one-on-one meetings, specialized advising and guidance on academic skills, and other compensatory strategies specific to each student’s needs and goals. When Emma is not in the DRC, you can find her by the ocean or in a yoga class. Contact Emma at e.lang@northeastern.edu or 617-373-3385.

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