Meet the SDS Staff
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.
As the Adaptive Technology Specialist, my primary duties when working with students with disabilities is Assistive Technology training and creating Accessible Format. Some of my other duties include training staff in creating accessible materials, testing University department websites for accessibility issues, accessible web design, and any other duties that may require my experience in accessibility and Universal Design.
Prior to coming to the University of Mississippi, I was the Adaptive Technology Specialist at St. Louis Community College for over 9 years. Also, at that time I owned a small business in IT Consulting and Web Design for over 10 years.
I am originally from Belleville, Illinois and earned a B.S. in Biology from St. Louis University in 1992. In 2002, I received an A.A.S. in Network Technology from Sanford-Brown College.
When I’m not working as an Adaptive Technology Specialist, in my spare time my hobbies include collecting Thundercats memorabilia, computers/networking, collecting Illinois Central N-Gauge trains, astronomy, and hiking when I get a chance.
Being a graduate assistant here at Student Disability Services, my primary duties include: assistance with our testing program, meeting with students, and developing outreach opportunities for the office.
I’ve been a student here at the University of Mississippi since 2011. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and am continuing my education to become a Clinical Mental Health Counselor. I am currently enrolled in Ole Miss’s Professional Counselor program and plan to graduate August 2018. Someday I hope to open my own practice, but for now, I just look forward to working with a diverse clientele and empowering people to become their best selves. I am honored to work here at the university so I can give back to a community that has provided me with so much.
When I’m off the clock, I love to read, run with my doodle, or take weekend adventures.