Leverage Your Liability!

Author: mthornt@uark.edu

Melanie Thornton is the Coordinator of Access and Equity Outreach at the University of Arkansas CURRENTS. In this position, she provides professional development and technical assistance on topics related to disability, diversity, digital access, leadership, and design. Previously, she worked at the Disability Resource Center at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where she served as the Associate Director and as the Director of Project PACE—a project focused on increasing capacity related to web accessibility and inclusive curricular design. She also served as a trainer for Project ShIFT—a project that focused on developing the leadership skills of professionals across the country and supporting them in infusing disability studies perspectives into their practices. Melanie has presented at state, national and international conferences on topics related to disability and access and has worked as an independent consulted in a variety of capacities for 10 years. She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas and a master’s degree in counseling from Gallaudet University in Washington, DC.