Dot Nary recognized by student group

Tue, 04/30/2013

LAWRENCE — Dot Nary has received the Ann Eversole Advisor of the Year Award at the University of Kansas from the Student Involvement Leadership Center. The award recognizes her service as adviser to AbleHawks and Allies, a student group that raises awareness of disability issues at KU.
 
Nary is a research associate at the Research and Training Center on Independent Living. The honor was presented at the Jayhawk Choice Awards ceremony on Wednesday, April 24.

Nary’s research experience includes assessing accessibility of community fitness centers; devising and testing a home fitness routine for persons with mobility-related disabilities impairments; and serving as a staff member on a randomized controlled trial to test an exercise intervention for wheelchair users. She is interested in the intersection of disability and aging, and how this phenomenon is changing society. She teaches courses on disability at several universities and is a frequent guest lecturer on topics related to health and independent living for people with disabilities.

In 2011 she was awarded a NIDRR Switzer Merit Fellowship to conduct a study titled “Is there really no place like home?: An exploratory study of the impact of non-visitable homes on wheelchair users.”
 



Without a Wounded Warrior scholarship, Timothy Hornik probably wouldn’t be at KU pursuing a doctoral degree in therapeutic sciences. And he definitely wouldn’t have led the Pledge of Allegiance during President Barak Obama’s visit to the university in January — a moment he will never forget. Hornik, a retired Army officer, lost his sight while serving as an air defense artillery platoon leader in Iraq. The Wounded Warrior Educational Initiative, launched at KU in 2008, provides financial support and specialized training to help injured veterans and their family members pursue advanced degrees. With his education, Hornik plans to counsel soldiers through trauma. “All of the opportunities and services I’ve received originated from the efforts of someone else paying it forward or back,” he says. “I simply hope to continue this cycle and change the lives of others.” Learn more about the Wounded Warrior Scholarship: http://bit.ly/1xhbaxy

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