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Brenda McGill, Ph.D.
Program Director
Knight Campus
Tel: 401-825-1232

Lisa Macaruso
Knight Campus
Tel: 401-825-2164

Helen Ducharme
Flanagan Campus
Tel: 401-333-7329

Michelle Lussier
Liston Campus
Tel: 401-455-6064

Leora Simon
CWCE Coordinator
Liston Campus
Tel: 401-455-6064

Liz Shea
Newport Campus
Tel: 401-851-1650

Kevin Novell
Website Content Manager

Disability Services for Students

Join Disability Services as we assess our program. Share with us how you view our services and where you feel we could improve through a brief online survey.  The data collected will be invaluable to move our department forward.

Welcome back students! DSS hopes your Spring 2016 semester will be fun, educational and productive. Continuing students are encouraged to submit their Request for Accommodations forms as soon as they have registered for classes.

DSS Welcomes staff to new positions:

Lisa Macaruso graduated from Community College of Rhode Island with an Associate’s Degree in Human Services with a concentration in Special Education in 2000, from Rhode Island College with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Education (dual certification in Special Education and Elementary Education) in 2004, and completed her Graduate Degree at The University of Rhode Island in Adult Education. Lisa’s professional interest is to use the Office of Disability Services as a platform to develop adult learners with disabilities to be strong self-advocates, to help them navigate the barriers they face, to facilitate equal access, and to use adult learning principals to improve their overall educational experience at CCRI.

Michelle Lussier is a Reading Specialist and a level 5 Orton-Gillingham certified instructor. She has a MS in Reading from Capella University. Michelle was a classroom teacher and Reading specialist in the public schools for over 10 years. For the past 7 years, she has worked as an instructor for The Institute for Multi-Sensory Education training and collaborating with teachers in the Orton-Gillingham methodology. Michelle is now one of the two Program Coordinators for Disability Services for Students at the Liston Campus. Her commitment is to student success through trust, guidance and coaching.

Leora Simon holds a masters in vocational rehabilitation counseling and has experience working with individuals with a variety of disabilities in a vocational and educational capacity. She enjoys being an advocate and assisting individuals meet their goals through a person centered approach. She is responsible for coordinating accommodations for CWCE programs as well as for students taking classes on the Providence campus.


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Last Updated: 5/5/16