Professor Therese Willkomm Recognized by Community for Her Work with People with Disabilities
AWARD from the Commission on the Status of People with Disabilities
Each year, the UNH President’s Commission on the Status of People with Disabilities presents awards to honor those whofoster understanding, working to make UNH a more welcoming and inclusive campus.
Dr. Therese Willkomm was presented with one of the 2018 Commission awards by Commission Co-chair Michael Shuttic, Director of UNH Student Accessibility Services. Dr. Willkomm,director of NH Statewide Assistive Technology with the Institute on Disability and clinical associate professor in the UNH Department of Occupational Therapy, was recognized for her work “above and beyond” what her positions require in helping build a community of universal access and opportunity. Her nominators reported the remarkable number of inventions to her credit: 1200 problems solved to improve lives.
Michael Shuttic commended her life of volunteerism: initiatives in rural rehabilitation technology, helping farmers, firemen adapt to new disabilities as well as her inventions designed for people who have been living with disabilities all of their lives. She introduces them to devices and programs that give them more choices and control.
The audience of nearly two hundred students, faculty and staff were introduced to Dr. Willkomm’s work with ATinNH, her grant for High Impact Innovation Assistive Technology through the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, as one more example of the result of her brilliance and hard work. In closing, Director Shuttic quoted the Coordinator of the Governor’s NH Leadership Series saying, “Dr. Willkomm gives to this community from her heart and soul. Congratulations and gratitude to Dr. Willkomm.”