From a Military Mindset to Disability as Diversity – Shifting the Paradigm for Student Veterans

Author: lmacaruso@uri.edu

I am the assistant director of Disability Services for Students at the University of RI and hold a B.S with dual certification credentials in the areas of education and special education. My graduate degree focused on adult education theory and practice with a concentration in the intersection of higher education and disability. Besides coordinating, developing, and delivering university accessibility services and support for students with disabilities, I also advise individual students, and groups, faculty, and staff concerning disability civil rights. Additionally, I am a nationally certified as a Mental Health First Aid Instructor and have taught many 8-hour courses resulting in the MHFA certification of over 100 students, staff, and faculty. At the national level, I was selected to present my research at the 2013 American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE) conference in Lexington, Kentucky: “How Barriers become Opportunities: Retaining the Student Veteran.”