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Staff Profile

Barry Whaley, M.S.,
Project Director

Barry Whaley is the Project Director for the Southeast ADA Center, a project of the Burton Blatt Institute of Syracuse University. Funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research, the Southeast ADA Center is one of ten regional centers that provide guidance, publications, research, and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Previously, Barry was Project Director of the Supported Higher Education Project at the University of Kentucky (UK) Human Development Institute (HDI).  This project, one of twenty-six original Transitional Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities, explored the supports necessary for students with significant impact of disability to be successful in the post-secondary college environment.   At the University of Kentucky, he also provided ADA Title I employment consultation for employers, service providers, people with disabilities, and families. Additionally, he provided analysis of “Year one Year out” data for the Kentucky Post-School Outcomes Center.

Previously, he worked as a consultant for Atlas Research providing technical assistance and training for the Homeless Veterans Supported Employment Project at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers. For many years, he was the Executive Director of Community Employment Inc., a non-profit supported employment provider that focused exclusively on providing integrated competitive and customized employment and self-employment opportunities for people with significant disabilities. He has also worked for the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation and began his career with the “New Neighbors” de-institutionalization project. He is a founding board member and past president of the Kentucky Association of People Supporting EmploymentFirst (APSE).


Barry holds two Bachelor of Arts Degrees from Indiana University and a Master of Science in Mediation, Arbitration and Dispute Resolution from Sullivan University.



Sheppard-Jones, K., Kleinert, H., Butler, L., Whaley, B. Volume 56 Number 1, (2018) 69-74. Life Outcomes for Young Adults with Intellectual Disability in Higher Education. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.


Whaley, B.A., Walters, C., (2017) Service Animals in the Workplace, America’s Job Exchange Employer’s Blog.

Whaley, B.A., (2017) When Things Aren’t As They Seem (Non-Obvious Disability and Employment, America’s Job Exchange Employer’s Blog, Boston, MA.


Grigal, M., Whaley, B. (2016). What is inclusive higher education for people with intellectual disabilities, and how does it connect to vocational rehabilitation? A primer for VR leaders and practitionersVR and Youth Rehabilitation Research and Training Center Practice Brief, Issue No. 01. Rockville, MD: TransCen, Inc.

Butler, L., Sheppard-Jones, K., Whaley, B., Harrison, E. & Osness, M. volume 44 (2016) 295-298. Does Participation in higher education make a difference in quality of life for students with Intellectual disability? Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation.

Whaley, B. (2016) Should I Disclose my Disability During a Job Search? America’s Job Exchange Employer’s Blog


Whaley, B.  (2001). Chapter 15, Transition to Employment.  Transition Planning for Secondary Students with Disabilities.  Upper Saddle River, NJ.  Merrill-Prentice Hall.

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