Mike Hoenig

Emeritus member (CDA), Program Coordinator, University Center for Excellence in Disabilities, Center for Disabilities and Development,
"Disability Exchange" Podcast CoHost

Disability Exchange Podcast

What is your role in CDA and how long have you been a member?  Past Co-Chair.  Not sure precisely how long I’ve been a member but I’d say I’ve been active for the past seven years.

What is your disability or condition, if any, if you are comfortable sharing? Blindness as the result of a retinal condition called Leber’s Congenital Amaurosis.

Why are you passionate about disabilities?  I’ve lived with one my entire life and still believe that there is a great deal of public education needed to convince “the world” that people with disabilities should be fully integrated in society.

What is your educational background?  BA in psychology from Central College, Pella, IA; MA in Rehabilitation Counseling, University of Iowa

What advice would you give to a colleague on campus who has a (DIS)ability?  Get to know the leadership within your department.  As your leaders and peers get to know you as a capable human being, they’ll go to bat for you if you come up against discrimination.  Also get to know resources on campus such as Faculty and Staff Disability Services and UIHC Leave and Disability Program.  They’re great allies.

What advice would you give to a student on campus who has a (DIS)ability?  Utilize Student disability Services as a resource.  Connect with UISDAA (UI Students for Disability Advocacy and Awareness).  Learn about and utilize assistive technology.

What best disability-related practices or changes do you recommend to better our campus?  Stronger enforcement of UI accessibility policies; educate procurement facilities to ensure that all products and services purchased meet accessibility guidelines.

Three Facts: 

  • I’m a St. Louis Cardinal baseball fan. 
  • I love the outdoors. 
  • I plan to live in Florida when I retire.