Deborah McCarthy is currently the Director of Students with Disabilities Services at USF. She has more than 20 years of experience in Higher Education including academic advising, campus housing, teaching, admissions and disability advocacy. Prior to coming to USF in 2009, Deborah lived in Austin, TX and worked for a variety of schools in the Austin area including The University of Texas at Austin and Southwestern University. Deborah has a Master’s in College Student Personnel from Miami University in Ohio. In addition to Deborah has a variety of publications which focus on her own experience as a professional with a disability and/or the experiences of students with disabilities. She is committed to a “one step at a time” philosophy of self-advocacy.