Meet the SDS Staff
Coordinator of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services and Note Taking Program Supervisor
Corey Blount is originally from Tupelo, Mississippi, but has lived in Oxford for the past seven years. He has served at the University of Mississippi since August, 2010 in various positions, including contract interpreter, Disability Specialist and, mostly recently, Coordinator of Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services. He earned an Associate’s degree in Interpreting from Hinds Community College in 2004, a B.A. in Linguistics at Ole Miss in 2012, a Master’s in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) at Ole Miss in 2015, and is now completing his PhD in Special Education with a specialization in bilingualism and d/Deaf learners of English. He is also an adjunct ASL instructor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Corey has been in the interpreting field for a combined 13 years with specializations in educational, community, platform, and medical interpreting. Corey’s primary duties as Coordinator of Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services consist of arranging and providing interpreting and captioning services for students who are d/Deaf or Hard of Hearing. As the Coordinator of the Note Taking Program, Corey facilitates communication between students and faculty in order to provide supplemental note takers for students registered with SDS. In addition to his regular duties, Corey presents at staff meetings, classes, and conferences on Deaf culture, linguistics of ASL, and linguistic rights of people who are d/Deaf or Hard of Hearing.
Adaptive Technology Specialist
James Weier is originally from Belleville, Illinois. He started at the University of Mississippi in August, 2014 and currently serves as the Adaptive Technology Specialist in Student Disability Services. He earned a B.S. in Biology at St. Louis University in 1992 and an A.A.S. in Network Technology in 2002. Prior to becoming an Adaptive Tech Specialist, James has worked in the computer/networking field for many years. He refined his computer/networking skills as a part-time home and small business IT consultant, senior helpdesk technician, and as an instructor of Novell Netware client/server software. Eventually, based on his diverse computer/networking knowledge and experience, he was hired as an Adaptive Tech Specialist at St. Louis Community College and was employed there for over 9 years. Currently, his primary duties as an Adaptive Tech Specialist at the University of Mississippi include alternate format conversion, assistive technology training, and accessible web design. In addition to these duties, James has presented to staff, techniques and best practices in alternate format conversion of print and electronic documents accessible to persons with disabilities, as well as testing the University website for accessibility issues, and any other duties that may require his experience in accessibility and Universal Design.