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Disability Resources and Services

  Lisa McGill, Director 

Lisa McGill, Dire​ctor

CU Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus, CU South Denver

Lisa, the Director of our office, oversees all aspects for Disability Resources & Services. This includes the provision of accommodations for qualified students with disabilities, referrals to campus and community resources, advocacy and assistance in addressing any attitudinal and/or physical barriers.

 Lisa has a Master's​​ Degree in Counseling from Oakland University and   is a nationally certified counselor. Prior to working in higher education,   she worked in both in-patient and out-patient psychiatric settings.     She has worked in higher education and specifically the field of   disability resources & services approximately 20 years.

 Lisa is the Past-chairperson of the Board of Directors for Recording   for the Blind & Dyslexic and is the past National Coordinator of the   Disability Concerns Knowledge Community for NASPA –  Student   Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.​

 Elizabeth Danaceau, Coordinator

CU Denver 

Elizabeth is a part-time Coordinator for the office of Disability Resources and Services since August, 2010.Her responsibilities include meeting with students to determine eligibility for accommodations, facilitating accommodations between faculty and student and making referrals to appropriate resources specific to student’s needs.

Elizabeth is the Veteran Liaison for our office and works directly with the Office of Veteran Student Services (OVSS) to streamline coordination of accommodations for veteran students with disabilities.

Elizabeth graduated from the University of Colorado Denver, Counseling Psychology Counselor Education program in May 2000. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor by the State of Colorado and is a National Certified Counselor. Elizabeth began working at Auraria Higher Education Center upon her graduation from CU Denver in May, 2000. Elizabeth’s background includes operating a private counseling practice for 5 years serving young adults with depression and anxiety as well as relationship issues.As an alumna of CU Denver, Elizabeth is proud to represent the University and feels privileged to continue serving the student population CU Denver Disability Resources and Services. ​​


Selim Özi, Assistive Technology Specialist & Accommodation Coordinator

CU Anschutz Medical Campus

Selim, oversees the implementation and support of Assistive Technology, Information Technology accessibility for students with disabilities at CU Anchutz. He has a bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering and has over 17 years’ experience with systems administration, application development, network, server, database administration and extensive user support experience within the information technology field. The last 10 years, Selim has focused on improving Information Technology accessibility for persons with disabilities. Selim’s current responsibilities include implementation and design of accommodations and support of Assistive Technology for students.

Selim has presented at numerous local and national conferences, seminars and workshops in IT systems management, IT, Web accessibility, Assistive Technology and consulted widely with school districts and Higher education entities on IT and Assistive technology. Selim has been an active member with RESNA, ATIA, AHEAD and is currently a consultant member of the Coalition for Disability Access in Health Science and Medical Education.

In his spare time, Selim enjoys, travelling, sailing, swimming and hiking.

Sherry Holden, Coordinator 

Sherry Holden, Coordinator

CU Anschutz Medical Campus

Sherry, our Coordinator for the CU Anschutz, earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Therapeutic Recreation. Prior to working in higher education, she worked in the Independent living movement advocating for persons with disabilities. For the past 20 years she has worked as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist on Oncology, Burn, Brain Injury and Rehabilitation units.

Sherry has published numerous articles in Programming Trends in Therapeutic Recreation on disability-related issues. In addition, she also has been a national speaker on Disability Rights.

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