About

My mission is to provide students with physical disabilities and health conditions and their families with supports to ensure a successful transition to higher education.

I understand the unique needs of students with physical disabilities and health conditions and the challenges that may arise as they plan for their transition to college. Because colleges and universities provide varying levels of support for students with disabilities and health conditions, Accessible College’s services help to bridge the gaps, empowering students and families to effectively work together to create positive educational experiences for students.

The student’s needs come first, and there are many issues to consider. My goal is to provide the student and families with guidance, using a step-by-step process to help ensure a successful transition into higher education and a lifetime of transferable tools.

Annie Tulkin, MS: Founder and Director

Annie is the Founder and Director of Accessible College. Annie found her passion for working with students with disabilities when she was the Associate Director of the Academic Resource Center at Georgetown University. For over 5 years, she assisted undergraduate, graduate, medical school students with physical disabilities and health conditions with the accommodations process; provided one-on-one consultations to students experiencing academic challenges; coordinated tutoring services for undergraduate students; scheduled and taught study skills workshops; and worked collaboratively with Residential Living to assist students with physical disabilities and health conditions who were seeking housing to meet their needs. While at Georgetown, Annie discovered that many of the students she worked with had not received transition supports to prepare them for the transition to college with a physical disability and/or health condition.

Annie has worked in the disability field for most of her professional career. Most recently she was a Regional Disability Coordinator for Humanitas, Inc. working on the Job Corps disability support contract. In that role she provided trainings and oversaw disability compliance at Job Corps centers across the United States.  Annie was also a Project Specialist with the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD). She worked with both the National Service Inclusion Project (NSIP) and University Centers of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) Technical Assistance projects. Prior to working for AUCD, Annie was a Fulbright Fellow in Mongolia, where she conducted research on Mongolian teachers’ perceptions of disability in the classroom.

Annie earned a certificate in Health Coaching from Georgetown University in 2014. She completed a Master’s degree in Special Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2008. Annie graduated from DePaul University, Chicago with a degree in Secondary Education in 2003, and served in the United States Peace Corps, Choibalsan City, Mongolia 2003-2005. She is also a certified Spin (indoor cycling) instructor. When she is not doing arts and crafts with her daughter and husband, she enjoys gardening, cooking, and hiking.

Memberships:

  • Potomac and Chesapeake Association for College Admission Counseling (PCACAC), Professional Member
  • Washington Independent Services for Educational Resources (WISER), Individual Member

Publications and Presentations:

  • Presentation, Arranging Disability Related Accommodations Abroad, Mobility International USA, Joining Hands Symposium, Washington, DC, 2018
  • Presentation, Transition from High School to College: Planning and Best Practice, Archdiocese of Washington, Faith, Deafness, and Disabilities Conference, Hyattsville, Maryland 2015
  • Presentation, “Mongolian Teachers Perceptions of Disability” Council for Exceptional Children International Conference, Riga, Latvia 2010
  • Presentation, “Education for Students with Disabilities in Mongolia: Teachers’ and Stakeholders’ Perspectives”, Contemporary Mongolia Conference, University of British Columbia, November 2008
  • Publication, “A Preliminary Look At Mongolian Teachers and Stakeholders Perceptions of Disability in the Classroom,” Journal of Mongolian Studies, Volume XXXII, 2010,  https://www.jstor.org/stable/43193599?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents