Guy Caruso, PhD

Institute on Disabilities/UCEDD
UCEDD Western Office
8500 Brooktree Road, Suite 100
Wexford, PA 15090
Phone: 724-934-1142
Email: [email protected]
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Last Updated: August 16, 2013

Guy Caruso

Project/Program/Clinic Contacts: Western Office Coordinator
Discipline(s): Education/Special Education
AUCD Council Membership: No Council Membership


Guy Anthony Caruso, Ph.D.

To work toward a society where all people are included, afforded valued roles, and where their gifts can be shared with others.


Job Title: Western Coordinator2001-present

Temple University, Institute on Disabilities, Center for Excellencein Developmental Disabilities Western Region

Provide training/consultation, develop projects in Western Pennsylvania

Job Title: Consultant (self employed)1982-present

Human Service ConsultingBaden, PA

Do evaluations, research, group facilitation, personal futures and strategic planning, trainings in self advocacy, quality assurance, self determination, Social Role Valorization (SRV).

Job Title: Technical Advisor1998-present

Pennsylvania OMR Independent Monitoring for Quality Program Statewide, PA

Provide technical assistance to 42 monitoring programs across the state.

Job Title: Consultant1992-present Commonwealth InstituteBaden, PA

Provide consultation, training to organizations, agencies, and consumers.

Job Title: Coordinator Vision to Reality Project1994-1996
Allegheny County MH/MRPittsburgh, PA

I worked with providers, consumers, government to change the service system. I co-wrote yearly plan.

Job Title: Founding Member /Consultant 1988-1994


Conduct training events, provided consultation to organizations, and held retreats to foster change in human services, promote community inclusion and relationship building.

Other Work Experiences:

Senior Extension Associate1983-1993
Cornell UniversityIthaca, NY

Rehabilitation Specialist1985-1986
Industrial Rehabilitation Specialists, Inc. Syracuse, NY

Adult Service Planner 1984
Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities CouncilHarrisburg, PA

Director of Community Residential Services 1978-1982
Onondaga Association for Retarded Citizens Syracuse, NY

Senior Project Officer 1977-1978
Syracuse University Training Institute - Pennsylvania Evaluation Project Syracuse, NY

Rehabilitation Counselor 1976-1977
Sullivan Industries - Sullivan County Association for Retarded Citizens,S. Fallsburg, NY


Ph.D. 1994

Syracuse University Syracuse, NY

Major:Rehabilitation with emphasis on normalization and developmental disabilities
Minor:Special Education with emphasis on policy and advocacy

M.S. 1976
Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

Major:Rehabilitation with emphasis on counseling
Minor:Special Education with emphasis on program structures and evaluation

Graduate Credits (27) 1974

C.W. Post College, Greenvale, NY

Major: Special Education and Emotional Disturbance
Minor: Social Studies

B.S. 1971

Union College, Schenectady, NY

Major: Psychology
Minor: Social Studies

Bachelor Credits 1970

City of London College, London, England


-Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (since 1977) (#11162)

-Competent/Qualified Trainer - Senior SRV Trainer

- National Partners in Policy Making Trainer

-Experienced Consultant/Technical Assistance Provider in:

- Leadership Development and Advocacy (e.g., self, citizen, collective, personal)

- Person Centered Approaches

- Board Development and Functioning

- Planning (individual, program, system, person centered)

-Facilitator of retreats, strategic planning sessions, and of group events

-Dynamic and Consciousness Raising Conference Presenter and Planner

- Experienced Evaluator of Human Services (especially using PASS/PASSING/CAPE)

- Facilitator of Person Centered Plans

- Experienced and Successful in Working with Parent and Consumer Advocacy Groups


AAMD Member, since 1986.

Consulting Editor for Mental Retardation (1994-present).

The Association for the Severely Handicapped (TASH) member, since 1985.

Pennsylvania Citizen Advocacy Inc., Board member, since 1998; President, 2000.- present.

L'Arche of Syracuse, NY, Treasurer - 1983-84, President - 1984 - 94.

Syracuse University Training Institute for Human Service Planning, Leadership and Change Agentry (Wolf Wolfensberger, Ph.D., Director), Associate, since 1978.

SRV (Social Role Valorization) Development, Training, & Safeguarding Council, since 1992

National "Partners in Policy Making" Consultant, since 1993.

Union College Chi Psi Fraternity, Alumni, since 1971.


Normalization 1977

Sullivan County Community College, Fallsburg, NY

Orientation to Rehabilitation Resources (Four times) 1982-85

Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

Nature of Rehabilitation Services (Two times) 1985-87

Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

Orientation to Community Residences 1987

North Country Community College, Malone, NY

Social Role Valorization (Three times) 1994-2000

Relationships & Friendships for People Labeled

as Mentally Retarded (Two times)

Blue Ribbon Standards - Values Directing Change

Community College of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, PA

Management Seminar in Developmental Disabilities 1996-2001

(First in a series) (Assisted in course development and taught)
University of Pittsburgh, School of Social Work, Pittsburgh, PA

Mentorship in Developmental Disabilities Management 1997

(Second in the series)(Assisted in course development & will teach)
University of Pittsburgh, School of Social Work, Pittsburgh, PA

Introduction to Special Education 1997

Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA


"Normalization: The Principle and its Application to 1976

Rehabilitation Counselors and Other Human Service

Workers" (a slide/tape presentation), Sargent College, Boston, MA

"Perspective on ICF/DD Controversy" 1981 (Sept)

Our Children's Voice, NY State ARC publication

"Keeping on with Normalization" 1981 (May)

National Association of Private Residential Facilities for the Mentally

Retarded (NAPRFMR), Links, vol. XI, No.5, NY State's OMR Giant Steps.

"Best Boy Review: Some Quick Philosophical Comments" 1981 (June)

NAPRFMR, Links, Vol., XI, No. 6.

"Thoughts While Attending a State Meeting for Providers" 1981 (July)

NAPRFMR, Links, Vol. XI, No 7.

Staff Training Resource Manuals (contributing author NYS OMR) 1981-82

"A Checklist for the Evaluation of Proposed Projects and Ideas" 1985

Advocacy for Training: A Manual for Members of State Councils on

Developmental Disabilities.

"Community Residence Management Simulation Manual" 1984

(contributing author), Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Research on the Economics of Residential Services: An Annotated 1987

Bibliography, Center on Human Policy, H. Bersani, J. Knowles, & G.

Caruso, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

"Person Centered Planning and Implications for Organizational Change - 1991

Reconceptualizing the Community Residence Model" (contributing author)

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

"Insights and Perspectives on Relationships & Friendships: 1994 (May)

Views From Adults Who are Labeled as Mentally Retarded"

Doctoral Dissertation, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

"Some of the Universal "Good Things in Life" Which the Implementation 1996 (Fall)

of SRV Can be Expected to Make More Accessible to Devalued People,"

Wolfensberger, W., Thomas, S. & Caruso, G., The International Social Role

Valorization Journal, 2, (2), 12-14.

"A Journey of Relationship and Community Builders," a report for the 1998

Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council.

"The Art of Welcoming", Pa Developmental Disabilities Council 1999

Pennsylvania's Independent Monitoring for Quality Protocol & Guidelines 2002

"Independent Monitoring for Quality: Pennsylvania's Experience," in Quality 2003

Enhancement in Developmental Disabilities, Val J. Bradley & Madeleine H. Kimmich, Paul H. Brookes, Md. Co-author.


Values: The Key to the Future 1986-90

Co-presenter of statewide training project to 3000 direct service and management workers orienting them to the history of services and values for providing services.

Everyday Lives: Pennsylvania OMR Direction & Values Document 1989

Co-facilitated the PA OMR Program Advisory Committee retreat which led to the widely distributed Everyday Lives state planning document.

Leadership 2000 - A Statewide Leadership Institute 1990

Consultant/facilitator for the first year long State OMR leadership project. Fifty individuals were involved (parents, consumers, advocates, professionals) for eight, two day sessions, with National and International presenters.

Everyday Lives Technical Assistance Project 1991-93

Consultant/Facilitator for five counties (Allegheny, Fayette, Berks, Luzerne- Wyoming, Lackawanna-Susquehanna-Wayne) to help them move from aprogram centered orientation of services to a person centered/directed focus.

Allegheny County - Vision to Reality Project1994-1996

Coordinator of Technical Assistance Project funded by Allegheny County MH/MR to work with providers, consumers, and government to change a system of services from being program to person centered. In addition, coordinated the yearly County Everyday Lives Conference.

Quality Enhancement Project 1995

Facilitator to seven County MH/MR Offices to help develop consumer monitoring practices, consumer and family satisfaction surveys, and aprocess for reporting to the County MH/MR Board.

Somerset Evaluation/Assessment Project 1997

Development of satisfaction surveys and interviewing of 53 former Somerset Center residents whom have moved into community settings and of some of their family members. Report developed for PA-OMR.

Robert Wood Johnson Self Determination Project 1998-1999

Facilitator of strategic planning for Lehigh and Northumberland Counties.

Independent Consumer/Family Monitoring Project1998-present

Staff for developing protocol, interview tool, & implementation of 10 county monitoring pilots. Now technical advisor for 42 county projects.