William designed and teaches (part-time) IST-564 Accessible Library & Information Services with the iSchool. He has worked in the fields of education and law over 25 years, collaborating with and providing services for diverse individuals with disabilities and cultural/linguistic differences through extensive research, teaching, and advocacy. He has a lifetime of personal experience with disability. Previously, in collaboration with the iSchool, William was co-PI for Project ENABLE (2010-15), where he co-developed and taught its curriculum and resources for creating inclusive library programs in collaboration with the Center for Digital Literacy. As Director of Legal Research and Writing at the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) and adjunct professor of law at Syracuse University (SU), William has overseen the Institute’s disability law and policy research initiatives, and supervised law student research and writing across numerous BBI projects. Presently and since February 2018, he has been serving as the University’s Interim ADA/503/504 Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity, Inclusion, and Resolution Services. Additionally, William collaborates with Onondaga Community College (OCC) by providing training to faculty and staff on implementing of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles as part of the Onondaga Pathways to Careers (OPC) project – a federally-funded joint project of BBI and OCC awarded by the Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor.
William is a member of the Disability Rights Bar Association – an organization of dedicated disability civil rights attorneys and scholars – and served on its Board of Directors (2011-2017). Formerly, William served as a special education teacher, facilitating, implementing and assessing individualized education programs for children with a range of disabilities, and as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Papua New Guinea.
William enjoys running, healthy eating, hanging out with his family, animals of all kinds, and jigsaw puzzles.
William’s research interests include legal and policy developments affecting children with disabilities and their transition to the post-secondary world; assistive technology and accessible electronic & information technology; inclusive library programs and services; inclusive higher education and employer practices, disability civil rights across the lifespan, reasonable accommodations, and implementation of universal design principles. He has published extensively on these issues, including: Disability Civil Rights Law and Policy: Cases and Materials (3rd Ed., 2014); Legal Rights of Persons with Disabilities: An Analysis of Federal Law; Disability and Ethnic Diversity; Multicultural America: A Multimedia Encyclopedia.
William’s teaching interests include disability, education, and special education law, inclusive library services, and Universal Design (for Learning) principles.