Disability Leadership Institute

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: McNairy Library 104A/B
Meeting Dates: June 18 - 22, 2018
Meetings Times: 8:00am - 4:30pm

Institute Director

Dr. Thomas Neuville
(717) 871-4880

Dr. Thomas Neuville

Thomas Neuville is an Associate 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 the Career & Life Studies program, an inclusive post-secondary program for students with intellectual disability at Millersville. Dr. Neuville created and serves as advisor for the first approved BA-MDST – Applied Disability Studies at Millersville University.

Invited Speakers

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.

Darcy Elks, M.A.

Darcy is an educator, consultant, human service evaluator, and advocate on behalf of people who are societally devalued. Darcy is also a parent of 3 children one of whom has an intellectual disability.  Darcy has traveled internationally for 35 years and has worked with many different groups of people, including persons who have themselves been marginalized by society, family members, professionals from different disciplines such as teachers, psychologists, social workers, members of faith communities, and human service providers from a number of fields (intellectual disability, mental health, and aging).

Dr. George Drake

Dr. George Drake

Jan Bechtel, MSW

Jan Bechtel

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 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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