Building a National Coalition of University Disability Service Offices


Wednesday, November 1


12 p.m. to 1 p.m.


James T. Herbert


A preliminary proposal shared with the AHEAD Executive Board has been presented for the purposes of creating a national research center of university disability service offices. The proposed center is intended to house a national data base that would inform evidence-based practice that contributes to persistence and graduation of college students with disabilities. The center would be analogous to an existing research center with over 450 university counseling centers across the United States: The Center for Collegiate Mental Health. In a similar manner, this presentation examines whether a center devoted to university disability offices should be created as well. The presentation examines several fundamental questions: (1) Why is there a need for a national center? (2) How might the proposed center assist individual university disability office personnel and administrators, students and the general public? and (3) What are current and future needs that will inform initial developmental directions of the center? As the proposed center is in preliminary stages, the nature of this presentation will be more of a participatory discussion regarding your reaction to the proposal and how the center might benefit university disability services.

Faciliator Bio(s)

James T. Herbert
Dr. Herbert is Professor-in-charge of the Rehabilitation and Human Services at Penn State University. He is principal author of nearly 150 juried articles and national presentations. His major research focus has been in the area of clinical supervision of rehabilitation counselors and, more recently, exploring post-secondary outcomes of students with disabilities. During his career, Dr. Herbert was awarded the Mary Switzer Distinguished Fellow for Outstanding Contribution to the Advancement of Rehabilitation Research on three occasions. In 2011, he received the James F. Garrett Distinguished Career in Rehabilitation Research Award by the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association and the President’s Award from the National Council on Rehabilitation Education. He is an editorial board member for several national journals (Journal of Rehabilitation, Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin and Rehabilitation Research, Policy and Education) and served as the journal editor for Rehabilitation Education. Dr. Herbert has also received several national and university awards for his teaching and professional service including: Rehabilitation Educator of the Year (National Council on Rehabilitation Education), Brahaney Endowed Professorship Award (Florida State University), Distinguished Service Award (American Rehabilitation Counseling Association), George N. Wright Award (University of Wisconsin) and the Cotterill Leadership Enhancement Award (Penn State University). Additional information regarding his professional background can be reviewed at: