Wheels on the Summit
Sandy Lahmann

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                       My Resume and Qualifications

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Independent Disability and ADA Consultant, Dillon, CO

5/2013- present

Subcontractor to Meeting the Challenge, Inc. and the Rocky Mountain ADA Center. Provide ADA and disability etiquette trainings for diverse audiences.  Team member for FTA compliance reviews to determine transit agency compliance with the ADA.

Member of the Colorado Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC)

4/2013 – present

Treasurer, chair of Finance Committee, member of Executive Committee. Represents the SILC on the compliance review team which audits state independent living centers..


Freelance Writer and Novelist
, Dillon, CO

3/2013 – present

I am currently spending most my time working on a mainstream fiction novel, The Private Musings of a Crazy Person, which I hope to get published by a national publisherI also am working on children’s picture books related to adaptive sports which I hope to get published by a national publisher. Additionally, I would like to restart my disability awareness and etiquette column, Disability 101, and get it in a national publication.

ADA Information Specialist, Trainer, and Writer, Meeting the Challenge, Colorado Springs, CO

11/2008 – 2/2013   Projects included:

     Rocky Mountain ADA Center

  • Individualized technical assistance and implementation guidance on all aspects of the ADA including employment (Title I), state and local government programs (Title II), places of public accommodation (Title III), the role of the ADA coordinator, public transit, education, emergency management, effective communication, service animals, standards for accessible design, the revised Title II and Title III regulations, and website accessibility. Included some guidance on other disability rights laws such as the Fair Housing Act, FMLA, and the Air Carrier Access Act.
    • Provided self-advocacy guidance to individuals with disabilities
    • Provided information and referral to appropriate community resources
    • Provide ADA implementation guidance to employers, state and local government programs and private businesses and organizations and guidance on disability etiquette
  • Customized ADA trainings
    • In person and via webinar
    • Provided trainings to consumers of the Colorado Springs Independence Center on the ADA, self-advocacy, and the history of the disability civil rights movement
    • Provided ADA transit training to consumers in the transit advocacy group at Connections for Independent Living in Greeley
    • Provided ADA and self-advocacy trainings individuals with disabilities including National MS Society support groups, the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind, stroke support group, TBI support group, transition students in Colorado Springs Academy School District #20, high school students at the Denver Academy, NAMI support group, Silver Key Senior Services, Pueblo ADA Advisory Committee
    • Provided trainings at national and regional events including the National ADA Symposium, National ADA Audio Conference Series, ADA National Network technical assistance staff trainings, Association of Travel Instruction national conference (co-presenter for keynote), Accessing Higher Ground national conference, South West Transit Association regional conference, Dakota Transit Association regional conference, Colorado Association of Transit Agencies state conference, Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council state conference.
    • Provided trainings to state and local government programs, transit agencies, school districts, postsecondary education professionals and employers
    • Topics: ADA basics, employment, state and local government programs, ADA coordinator responsibilities, accessible integrated public transit, postsecondary education, transitioning from IDEA to ADA, creating student leaders in the ADA, the revised Title II and III regulations, ADA Amendments Act, effective communication, service animals, medical providers and the ADA, wheelchairs and other power-driven mobility devices, individuals with intellectual disabilities in the criminal justice system, seniors and the ADA,  history of the ADA, and disability etiquette
  • Outreach activities
    • Participation in emergency management meetings related to the Waldo Canyon fire as a person with a disability who was evacuated for the Waldo Canyon fire
    • Resource fairs in schools and with employers
  • ADA materials development
  • ADA Leadership Network liaison supporting ADA professionals in a six state region including supporting ADA coordinators and independent living specialists.
  • Continuing professional development
    • 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 National ADA Symposium
    • 9/2010 – Department of Justice internal training for staff and selected ADA National Network staff in Washington D.C. on revised Title II and III regulations and 2010 ADA Standards
    • 2010 Colorado Chapter International Code Council Educational Institute
    • 2009 Accessible Outdoor Recreation Areas, Programs and Facilities – Janet Zeller, U.S. Forest Service
    • 2009 Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Denver Technical Assistance Seminar
    • 2009 Introductory American Sign Language course given by Cindy Powell at Meeting the Challenge

   Transit Access Project (Cooperative agreement with the FTA)

    Invisible Voices: New Perspectives on Disability

  • One of six featured performers in the Invisible Voices stage production and DVD telling the stories of six individuals with disabilities who have adapted to and thrived with their disabilities. Co-written and directed by internationally acclaimed playwright Ping Chong as part of his Undesirable Elements series. Produced by Meeting the Challenge.

 

Independent ADA Transit Accessibility Consultant, Summit County, CO

2008

For Summit Stage Transit. Evaluated fixed route driver compliance with the ADA and reported to director. Provided ADA and disability etiquette training to fixed route drivers both one-on-one and in workshops. Wrote sensitivity training manual.

Special Education Teacher, Summit County School District, Frisco, CO

2004

At Summit Middle School teaching 7th graders with learning and psychiatric disabilities.

Special Education Teacher, Buena Vista School District, Buena Vista, CO

1999-2004             

At Buena Vista High School and McGinnis Middle School teaching 6th – 12th graders and transition students with intellectual, learning, psychiatric and physical disabilities. Team leader coordinating  services with speech, occupational, physical and vision therapists, regular education teachers, school psychologist, counselors, administration and paraprofessionals. Direct supervisor for five paraprofessionals. Collaborated with regular education teachers for inclusion. Taught self-contained classes in reading language arts, math, science, social studies. Provided independent living skills training to high school and transition age students including instruction in employment skills, health, budgeting and self-advocacy. Provided transition services including job placement and job coaching.

 

Special Education Teacher, Lake County School District, Leadville, CO

1998-1999

At Lake County Intermediate School, teaching 4th – 7th graders with moderate to severe psychiatric disabilities in self-contained and resource programs.

                              

PUBLISHED WRITER ON DISABILITY AWARENESS AND ETIQUETTE TOPICS

Guest Columnist for the Summit Daily News, Summit County, CO

2007-2010

Disability 101 – a disability awareness and etiquette column  reflecting my experiences as a person with a mobility disability. Includes 60+ columns on topics such as disability culture, disability law, the disability rights movement, disability etiquette, community accessibility, disability in the arts, politics and disability, adaptive sports, monoskiing, and handcycling.

Guest Contributor for Peak Region Cyclist, Colorado Springs, CO

5/2009

Feature length article and photos on adaptive cycling.

EDUCATION

28.5 Credit Graduate Work in Special Education and Elementary Education

 University of Northern Colorado, Colorado School of Mines, Adams State College, Colorado Mountain College

Focus on teaching students with intellectual, psychiatric and learning disabilities.

B.A. Special Education (Severe Needs Cognitive K-12) and Elementary Education 

 University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO

Graduated summa cum laude with a 4.0 GPA

 

PASSIONS

Hiking with forearm crutches (I climbed Quandary Peak at 14, 265 ft using forearm crutches on 9/1/13)

Adaptive skiing (monoskiing and 4-tracking) with Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC)

Handcycling

Previous participant in wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby

 

AWARDS

2007 Colorado Ski Country USA Adaptive Athlete of the Year

 

AFFILIATIONS

Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers

Pikes Peak Writers

Outdoor Mindset

Colorado Cross Disability Coalition

American Association of People with Disabilities

United Spinal Association

ADAPT

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