John Susa, PhD

Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities
Rhode Island College
600 Mount Pleasant Avenue
Providence, RI 02908
Phone: 401-444-5540
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Last Updated: June 08, 2010


Primary Activity Coordinators: Community Support
Discipline Coordinators: Parent/Family Resources
Specialty Resource Contacts: Individual and Family Support
Discipline(s): Family Studies
Disability Studies
AUCD Council Membership: No Council Membership
Research: parents with intellectual disabilities, community membership
Education: inclusive education, post-secondary education for students with DD
Service: aging parents, social support networks



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Norwich University, Northfield, VT                               B.S.                                              1966

Brigham Young University, Provo, UT                          Ph.D.                                            1973

University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI                          Postdoctoral Fellow                  1973 - 1975    



Individual and Family Support Coordinator; Sherlock Center for Disabilities at RI College

Associate Professor (Research) of Pediatrics, Brown University



Commissioner-Chairman, State of RI Commission for Human Rights

Co-founder of the Warwick Shelter for Families who are Homeless

President of the Rhode Island Arc [RI Arc]

Chair of the RI Developmental Disabilities Council [RIDDC]

Bishop of the Providence Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

President of Personal Lifetime Advocacy Networks of RI [PLAN RI]

Incorporator of The RI Parent Information Network [RIPIN]

Chair of the RI Coalition to Support Parents with Cognitive Challenges

Chair of the RIDDC Parent Empowerment Committee

Chair of the RIDDC Community Integration Committee

Chair of the RI Arc Least Restrictive Environment Committee

Chair of the Kent County Child and Adolescent Service System Project [CASSP]

First Counselor of the Warwick Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Co-chair of the RI Children's Mental Health Advisory Council

Co-chair of the RI Children's Behavioral Health Advocacy Council

Scoutmaster Warwick Troop 4, Boy Scouts of America

President of the Toll Gate High School PTSA

Vice-chair of the House of Delegates of the Easter Seal Society of R. I.

Providence RI Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints High Council

Member of the R. I. Developmental Disabilities Council

Board of Directors and Executive Committee of RI Arc

Beyond the Ladd Center Task Force

Member of the Rhode Island Department of Education LRE Advisory Panel

Family Advisory Council of Camp Dartmouth-Hitchcock

Executive Committee of the RI UAP Grant Project

New Pride School Advisory Committee           

Toll Gate High School Improvement Team

Board of Directors of Wheels and Heels of Rhode Island

RI Commission to Study Early Intervention

Council on Community Advocacy, Association of University Centers on Disability