The Coalition for Disability Access in Graduate Health Science and Medical Education consists of disability providers from some of the most prestigious medical schools in the country. Hosted by UCSF, the Coalition facilitates a list-serv to assist disability service providers and administrators with disability related questions. The coalition also hosts a yearly symposium addressing the unique needs of disability providers in the health sciences.
This webinar, recorded on April 14, 2015 first in a series, introduces medical schools to the coalition and provides an overview about the prevalence of SWD in medical education, legally mandated services, effective collaboration, the need for disability expertise in medical education, the mission and initiatives of the coalition, as well as information about joining the list-serv.
Lisa Meeks, PhD
University of California, San Francisco
Lisa is currently on staff with the University of California, San Francisco where she is the Director for Student Disability Services and a Deputy Title IX Officer for the campus. She is also a co-founder and President elect of the Coalition for Disability Access in Health Science and Medical Education and co-chair of the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) Autism Spectrum Disorder Special Interest Group (ASD SIG). In addition to her work in higher education, Lisa has developed specialized trainings for the National Security Agency (NSA), the Department of Defense (DOD), the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the Association of Higher Education and Disabilities (AHEAD), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Currently her work focuses on developing computer simulations for use in remediating medical students’ communication skills.
Lisa is a published author of multiple books on Autism Spectrum Disorder and is the co-editor and an author of The Guide to Assisting Students with Disabilities: Equal Access in Health Science and Professional Education (Springer Publishing). She recently presented on the topic of Disability and Medical Education at Grand Rounds for the Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine — New York City and was also recently interviewed about the development of the Coalition and the future of disability in medical education for the NPR supported Story Corps-Disability Visibility project.
Tim Montgomery, MA
Tim is the Assistant Director of AccessibleNU at Northwestern University – Chicago campus. In this role he works with the Feinberg Medical School, Physical Therapy, Physician’s Assistant, and Prosthetics and Orthotics programs, along with the Law School, Kellogg PT/MBA, the School of Professional Studies, the Graduate College and Distance Learning. For the last 12 years, Tim has been working in the areas of academic support/disability services in higher education. Before moving to higher education, he spent 20 years in teaching and in administrative roles for middle/high school special education programs.
Tim is a co-founder and President of the Coalition for Access in Graduate Health, Science and Medical Education and was the lead author of a chapter on myths about students with disabilities in the forthcoming, The Guide to Assisting Students with Disabilities: Equal Access in Health Science and Professional Education (Springer Publishing).
Gregory Moorehead, EdD
University of Chicago
Greg is the Director of Student Disability Services at the University of Chicago. He has worked in higher education for more than 20 years with a focus on underrepresented populations. He has successfully co-authored several federal and state grants and is a recognized leader in the area of disability.
Prior to arriving at the University of Chicago in 2011, Greg worked for nine years at Rutgers University where his commitment to underrepresented populations was honored by the state of New Jersey. He is a co-founder and Vice-President of the Coalition for Access in Graduate Health, Science and Medical Education and co-author of a chapter on legal aspects of working with students in health science programs in the forthcoming The Guide to Assisting Students with Disabilities: Equal Access in Health Science and Professional Education (Springer Publishing). Most recently, Greg was interviewed for the NPR supported Story Corps-Disability Visibility program speaking about the Coalition and the future of disability in medical education.
Elisa Laird-Metke, JD
University of California, San Francisco
Elisa is the Associate Director of Student Disability Services at the University of California, San Francisco, where she is the primary service provider for students with disabilities in the Schools of Nursing, Pharmacy, and the Physical Therapy joint UCSF/SFSU program. Elisa’s extensive background in law, disability, and public health provide her with a unique perspective on the future of disability in the health sciences. She worked first as a sign language interpreter and Deaf Services Coordinator, and later as a disability rights attorney and public health policy attorney, before subsequently returning to university disability resources.
Elisa is a seasoned presenter and co-author of several publications on disability and public health. She most recently served as the legal editor, as well as primary author of three chapters in The Guide to Assisting Students with Disabilities: Equal Access in Health Science and Professional Education (Springer Publishing) and is the Legal advisor for the Coalition for Disability Access in Health Science and Medical Education.