Disability Leadership Institute

The Institute uniquely provides elementary, middle school and high school teachers, school counselors and school nurses with an understanding of the critical intersections between contemporary theory and effective learning and service practices, examining them within the context of disability rights narrative, special education and social theories of marginalization.

By the conclusion of the Institute professionals will expand their knowledge about serving the needs of each individual learner as they explore how to: understand each students most pressing needs, evaluate organizational structures as they apply to the students experience and design methods of practice based on a whole child approach.


Course/Important Information

Course: SPED 601
CRN: 3761
Location: WM. H. Bolger Conference Center/University Room
Meeting Dates: June 18 - 22, 2018
Meetings Times: 8:00am - 4:30pm

Summer Institute

Learn about the Millersville University Summer Institute with Alicia Williams, MU Summer Attendee.

Exclusive Pre-Screening For The Disability Institute Students

We are happy to announce that participants of the Disability Institute will attend an exclusive pre-screening of Dan Habib's Intelligent Lives documentary on June 20, 2018. Follow the links below for more information about the film and for the Intelligent Lives website.

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Intelligent Lives

Institute Director

Dr. Thomas Neuville
(717) 871-4880

Dr. Thomas Neuville

Thomas Neuville is Professor of Special Education and Disability Studies in the Department of Educational Foundations at Millersville University in Millersville, PA.  He has more than forty years’ experience in education, community, and organizational development. He is recognized internationally for preserving and archiving the work of Dr. Wolf Wolfensberger in video format. Dr. Neuville’s keynote address, 40 Years of Inclusion in North America, at the International Inclusion Conference at Moscow State University in Moscow Russia, continues to be used internationally.

Dr. Neuville’s current work is centered on designing coherent models of planning and program development within the systems of Education. Specifically, he is working with teacher candidates to develop strategies that are founded on social justice and focused on true personalization. He serves as founder and Director of Integrated Studies, an inclusive post-secondary program for students with an intellectual disability at Millersville. Dr. Neuville created and serves as the advisor for the first approved BA-MDST – Applied Disability Studies at Millersville University. He also serves as Principal Investigator  Office of Postsecondary Education funded TPSID and the PA Inclusive Higher Education Consortium 


Dan Habib, Filmmaker at the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability

Dan Habib

Dan Habib is the creator of the award-winning documentary films Including Samuel, Who Cares About Kelsey?, Restraint and Seclusion: Hear Our Stories, and many other short films on disability-related topics. He is currently working on a new documentary, with the working title of Intelligent Lives, which will examine our society’s narrow perceptions of intelligence. He is a six-time New Hampshire photographer of the year and his freelance work has appeared in Time, Newsweek, and the New York Times. In 2012, Habib received the Champion of Human and Civil Rights Award from the National Education Association, and in 2013 he received the Justice for All Grassroots Award from the American Association of People with Disabilities. In November 2013, Habib delivered a TEDx talk titled “Disabling Segregation” on the benefits of inclusion to students without disabilities. In 2014, Habib was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities—a committee that promotes policies and initiatives that support independence and lifelong inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities.

Betsy Neuville, Executive Director, Keystone Institute & Director, Keystone Institute India

Betsy Neuville

Elizabeth “Betsy” Neuville serves dual roles as Executive Director of the Keystone Institute, a US-based educational Institute, and Director of Keystone Institute India. She has over 30 years of experience as a human service worker, administrator, agency director, evaluator, educator, and personal advocate, as well as extensive experience in designing and developing supports for very vulnerable people, meaningful quality measurements, and extraordinary employee development programs. She has worked for Keystone Human Services for 30 years.

Theotis W. Braddy, MSW


Theotis W. Braddy graduated from Temple University with a Masters degree in Social Work in 1988. Mr. Braddy has taught at Temple University as an Adjunct Professor Teaching Social Welfare Policy I & II at the Temple University Harrisburg Campus. Mr. Braddy is a current Adjunct Professor at Millersville University teaching Discrimination and Oppression of Persons with Disabilities. At the early age of 15, he became a person with a disability due to a high school football accident. For over 25 years, Mr. Braddy has advocated on behalf of persons with disabilities. Mr. Braddy works diligently towards ensuring that the Americans with Disabilities Act is fully implemented to allow for full participation of all citizens with disabilities.

Dr. Ann Marie Licata


Dr. Ann Marie Licata serves as the Director of the Pennsylvania Inclusive Higher Education Consortium. She comes to her role with a breadth of experiences including classroom teaching, elementary and middle school principalships in both public and private schools, teaching in higher education and served as the Assistant State Director for a non-profit organization, Communities In Schools. With nearly 30 years of service to students, families, and the communities enable her to dynamically lead the activities of the Consortium. Her research interest in disability studies and advocacy, leadership, and institutional mission are a natural fit for the worthy work she pursues. Dr. Licata has successfully presented her research at state, national, and international levels.  Her most recent publication “Focus on Down Syndrome…. A Case Study” is featured in Pediatric Physical Therapy, 5th edition.  Inspired by her loving family which includes six children, Dr. Licata resides in Hummelstown, PA.

Dr. George Drake

Dr. George Drake

Dr. George Drake is Professor and Founding Dean of the College of Education and Human Services, and School of Social Work at Millersville University.  Prior to joining the MU campus community, he served as faculty member, associate dean, and interim dean in the College of Education at West Chester University.

Dr. Drake is a member of the board of directors and president-elect of the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators, holds a gubernatorial appointment to the Pennsylvania Professional Standards and Practices Commission, and is a member of the Committee on Professional Preparation and Accountability of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.  He also served two terms as an elected member and officer of the Board of School Directors of the Kennett Consolidated School District in Chester County, PA.

Prior to moving into higher education, Dr. Drake taught special education in New Jersey for ten years.  He earned a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, an M.Ed. from The College of New Jersey, and a B.S. from West Virginia University.  He holds NJ teacher certifications in special education, elementary education, and early childhood education. 

Dr. Drake’s research interests include supporting the needs of students with disabilities in inclusive settings, applied behavior analysis, the clinical preparation of educators, and innovative approaches to educator preparation in the 21st century.

Jan Betchel, MSW

Jan Bechtel

Mx. Bechtel, MSW has been a part of the Millersville University community for 6 years, obtaining a Masters in Social Work in 2015. Mx. Bechtel is currently the Director of Integrated Studies at Millersville University. Previously, Mx. Bechtel served as the Interim Director of the Office of Diversity & Social Justice at Millersville University. In addition, Mx. Bechtel is an adjunct faculty for the School of Social Work and Educational Foundations Department.

  • 2018 Schedule

    Credits: All participants will receive 3 graduate credits for the summer institute. 

    Tuition/Fees: Institutes are unique 3 credit graduate courses, that highlight renowned experts in the field. Institutes include breakfast and lunch throughout the day, as well as handouts and materials. Books may be required for certain courses, please check with the university bookstore. Millersville University graduate tuition and fees can be found on the Office of Student Accounts page. In addition, a $165 institute fee is required.

    Note: If you have not taken any graduate-level course or workshop at Millersville University within the past 5 years, you must complete the online non-degree admission form; this information is necessary to admit you to the university.

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