Our Office and Staff

The Disability Services mission is to:

Promote Equal Access

for students with disabilities in curricular and co-curricular activities within the university experience

Foster Partnerships

with students, faculty, and staff to create environments that are accessible, diverse, and inclusive

Empower Students

to participate fully in the university community

Our Vision

George Mason University is committed to non-discrimination of students with disabilities and strives to ensure that they have equitable access to higher education, programs, activities, and services in order for them to participate fully in the university. As a continuing commitment to upholding the letter and spirit of the laws, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 that ensure equal treatment of people with disabilities, the university established and maintains Disability Services.

Disability Services provides a variety of support services and reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities, as defined by the ADA and Section 504, which affords equal access to university programs and activities. 

Disability Services is available to serve all students with disabilities, including those with cognitive, learning, psychological, sustained head injuries, sensory, mobility, and other physical impairments.

As part of University Life’s commitment to recognizing and honoring the richness of diversity at George Mason University, Disability Services staff members actively participate in the campus-wide diversity dialogue. The office welcomes and encourages all students with disabilities, whether registered with Disability Services or not, to identify themselves as members of the disability community and to engage in the diversity dialogue on campus by getting involved with Disability Services and other multicultural programs and activities.

The Disability Services Team

Naomi Martinez-Jones, Director


Jamilah Anderson, Associate Director


Jennifer Torrance, Associate Director of Mason Autism Support Initiative (MASI)


Skye Berg, Assistant Director of MASI/EFP


Aja Puopolo, Specialist and Manager for Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services


Lisa Coats,
Senior Access Consultant


Kim Dao, Access Consultant


Shruti Mohan, Access Consultant


Lorraine Matier, Access Consultant


Jocimara Santos Patterson, Access Consultant


Rachel Carter,
Test Administrator


Maureen Breen,
Administrative Assistant


Marcel Assink, Business Manager