Dot Nary received her doctorate in developmental and child psychology from the University of Kansas. Prior to pursuing graduate studies, she worked at several community disability organizations in upstate New York and was active in promoting passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Her research interests focus on health promotion, community participation, access to recreation, and advocacy training for people with disabilities, and on creating accessible communities for all. She currently serves on the executive committee of the Disability Section of the American Public Health Association. Under a fellowship from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, she is currently completing research that explores the impact of inaccessible homes of friends and family members on wheelchair users. She is a research associate at the Research and Training Center on Independent Living at KU, and serves as staff advisor to the student campus group to increase disability awareness, Ablehawks and Allies.