Duane Bonifer  |   Published October 22, 2020

Serving Students’ Needs

Cindy Beadles named director of counseling and accessibility services to meet students’ evolving needs.

MONMOUTH, Ill. – A new position at Monmouth College will help the residential liberal arts college better serve students with special needs.

CINDY BEADLES: Has served as the College's director of counseling for the last decade. CINDY BEADLES: Has served as the College's director of counseling for the last decade.Cindy Beadles has been named Monmouth’s director of counseling and accessibility services.

Most recently the College’s director of counseling services, Beadles will now oversee its counseling and accessibility services.

“We had split those responsibilities, but we realized that we could better serve our students’ needs if counseling and accessibility services were under the direction of one person,” said Michelle Merritt, associate vice president of student life and co-dean of students. “Cindy has the expertise for this position, and she also works extremely well with students and their families. She is particularly good at helping students who are concerned about their ability to persist.”

In addition to counseling, Beadles’ responsibilities include overseeing the College’s compliance with the regulations of the Americans with Disabilities Act, such as documenting students who require special accommodations in the classroom or while living on campus.

“There is an alignment between accessibility services and counseling services because mental health is an aligned area that involves issues and diagnoses that are covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act.”
– Cindy Beadles

“Disability and accessibility services have been a specialization for me throughout my career,” said Beadles. “There is an alignment between accessibility services and counseling services because mental health is an aligned area that involves issues and diagnoses that are covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act.”

The College’s accessibility services office is housed in the Academic and Career Excellence Center in Hewes Library. Known as the ACE, it also includes the Registrar, Wackerle Center for Career, Leadership & Fellowships, Student Success and Accessibility Services, and the Office of Global Engagement.

“My first master’s degree is in special education,” said Beadles. “I specialize in behavior disorders, emotionally disturbed and learning disabilities – and there is a connection between student accessibility services and counseling services. It is a mental health diagnosis, but it is also what we need to address in order to set students up for academic success.”

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