Services for Students with Disabilities Personnel

Barbara Jean Fairbairn - Director



Jean Fairbairn is responsible for the overall direction of the office in the fulfillment of its mission. She provides direct support to students through counseling, advising, consultation, advocacy and the coordination of appropriate University accommodations, and works with staff throughout the University to ensure effective disability access and enhance educational opportunities. Fairbairn has been director of Binghamton University's Services for Students with Disabilities Office since April 1977. She earned her Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling from West Virginia University, and is a long-standing member of the international Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD). She was the first president of the State University of New York's Disability Services Council and continues to be dynamically involved in its professional development and collaboration activities. She and the director of affirmative action monitor University compliance with Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act and the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act.

Dianne Gray - Assistant Director/Learning Disability Specialist



Dianne Gray joined the Services for Students with Disabilities Office in August 2014. She reviews disability documentation to determine and authorize appropriate accommodations for students with disabilities, and works directly with students to coordinate academic accommodations. She also conducts coaching sessions for students focusing on specific learning, organizational and study strategies. She received her bachelor's degree from SUNY Fredonia, and her Master's degree from The George Washington University, and acquired post-graduate New York State certification in special education. In addition to extensive classroom teaching experience, Gray's professional background includes work as a literacy and reading specialist, national certification in Smart technology, and educational trainer with an emphasis in assistive technology applications. Dianne is dedicated to supporting Binghamton University students as they strive for success and prepare themselves for life beyond college.

Nazely Kurkjian - Adaptive Technology Specialist


Nazely Kurkjian

Nazely Kurkjian began her duties assisting the Services for Students with Disabilities Office in spring 2013. She worked as an undergraduate student assistant for the office during her junior and senior years. Nazely received her bachelor degree in Philosophy from Binghamton University in December 2013. Currently, she is responsible for consulting with students, faculty, and staff in regards to alternate format textbook production and adaptive technology. She also collaborates with various campus partners on a variety of accessibility related projects. This Fall, she began graduate school in the College of Community and Public Affairs for Student Affairs Administration. Nazely is committed to promoting equal access to programs, activities, and services at Binghamton University.

Last Updated: 4/23/15