WSU professor re-elected as Board Secretary to the United States International Council on DisabilityApril 21, 2008
Barbara LeRoy Ph.D, Wayne State University professor and director of Wayne State's Developmental Disabilities Institute (DDI), has been re-elected to a two-year term as Board Secretary to the United States International Council on Disability (USICD). LeRoy is an Ann Arbor resident.
USICD is a non-profit organization that works to support disability rights worldwide and to promote self determination and economic self sufficiency, for all people living with disabilities. The council is uniquely positioned to serve as the conduit of information about worldwide disability issues for individuals and organizations in this country as well as from this country to the world. Council members help formulate positions and speak for the United States in Rehabilitation International, Disabled Peoples International and other international disability assemblies and conferences.
As Board Secretary, LeRoy will sit on the USICD Executive Committee and assist the organization with implementation of its mission.
LeRoy is a member of the Graduate Faculty in Wayne State's College of Education. She received her doctorate in Education and Rehabilitation Counseling at the University of Michigan in 1986.
In her more than 30 years of experience in disability policy and program development, she has implemented systems change projects in supported employment, inclusive education, aging and self-determination models for community support.
She is a member of more than 15 advisory panels and boards, including the Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities, the United States International Council on Disabilities, the Education Commission of Rehabilitation International and the World Health Organization's Special Interest Research Group on Disability and Aging.
LeRoy is the author of numerous professional articles, chapters, training curriculae and a recent book examining aging and women with disabilities from a cross cultural perspective.
Wayne State University's Developmental Disabilities Institute is the state of Michigan's University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), and is part of a nationwide network dedicated to the development of inclusive communities, the enhancement of the quality of life of people with disabilities and the enrichment of the field of disability research and service.
Wayne State University is a premier institution of higher education offering more than 350 academic programs through 11 schools and colleges to more than 33,000 students in metropolitan Detroit.
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