Barbara LeRoy, PhD

Developmental Disabilities Institute (DDI)
Wayne State University
4809 Woodward Avenue
268 Leonard N. Simons Building
Detroit, MI 48202
Phone: 313-577-0334
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Last Updated: February 04, 2016

Barbara LeRoy

Primary Activity Coordinators: Community Support
Research Director
Specialty Resource Contacts: Inclusive Education
University Governance
Discipline(s): Disability Studies
Rehabilitation Counseling
AUCD Council Membership: Council on Community Advocacy
Council on Research and Evaluation
Research: Aging, Family Issues, Welfare Reform
Education: Rehabilitation Counseling, Interdisciplinary Training
Service: International



Director, Developmental Disabilities Institute, Wayne State University


1973    BA      English   St. Mary's College of Maryland

1979    MA      Guidance & Counseling in Comm. Agencies   The University of Michigan

1986    PhD     Rehabilitation Counseling   The University of Michigan



  • Consultant, Wyandotte Public Schools, Wayne-Westland Community Schools, TMI Programs
  • 1983-1986  Consultant, Educational Resources and Information Clearinghouse - University of Michigan
  • Consultant, Supported Employment Technical Assistance Project, Michigan State University
  • Special Education Consultant, Michigan Department of Education
  • Program Director, Inclusive Education, Developmental Disabilities Institute, Wayne State University
  • Associate Professor (Research), Wayne State University
  • 1992-present  Graduate Faculty, College of Education, Wayne State University
  • 1994-present  Director, Developmental Disabilities Institute, Wayne State University


  • 1991-present  Advisory Council, Rehabilitation Counseling Program, Michigan State University
  • Admissions Committee, Rehabilitation Counseling Program, Wayne State University
  • 1993-present Advisory Council, Rehabilitation Counseling Program, Wayne State University
  • 1996-present Advisory Council, Skillman Center for Children, Wayne State University
  • Advisory Council, Center and Institute Committee, VP for Research, Wayne State University
  • 1997-present Advisory Council, Early On Collaborative, Children's Hospital of Michigan
  • Delegate, OSE/OECD International Symposium on Personnel Development
  • Delegate, NIH 5th International Congress on Serving Children with Disabilities in the Community


  • 1994-present Board Member, Association for Community Advocacy, Ann Arbor
  • 1995-present Governor's Appointee, Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council
  • 1998-present Board Member, Arcadia Institute, Kalamazoo
  • Expert Reviewer, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
  • 2000-present Board Member, United States International Council on Disabilities
  • 2000-present Board Member, American Association on Mental Retardation, Michigan chapter
  • 1998-present  US Delegate, Education Commission, Rehabilitation International


  • 1986 Michigan Model Special Education Program.
  • 1990 Featured in Michigan Woman as a leader in special education.
  • 1998 DDI featured in New Science, 12, 22-25.  Publication of the Office of the VP for Research, WSU
  • 1999 Distinguished Alumna Award, St. Mary's College of Maryland
  • 1999 President's Exceptional Service Award, WSU
  • 1999 DDI featured in New Science, 13, 32-35.
  • 2003 Eisenhower Ambassador to Cuba for rehabilitation exchange.


Walsh, PN & LeRoy, B. (June 2004).  Women with disabilities aging well:  A global view.  Baltimore:  Brookes Publishing Co.

LeRoy, B. & Walsh, PN (2004).  Retreat and resilience:  Life experiences of older women with intellectual disabilities.  American Journal on Mental Retardation.

LeRoy, B. & Wolf-Branigin, M. (2004).  Designing accessible managed care services for people with physical disabilities:  Consumer suggestions within an emergent design process.  Journal of Social Work in Disability and Rehabilitation.

LeRoy, B. (2004).  The perceptions of welfare reform by Michigan families whose children have disabilities and welfare caseworkers.  Social Policy Journal.

LeRoy, B. (2003).  Mothering children with disabilities in the context of welfare reform.  In S. Esdaile & J. Olsen (Eds).  Mothering Occupations, Philadelphia:  F.A. Davis, p. 372-390.

LeRoy, B. & Johnson, D. (2002).  Open Road or blind alley?:  Welfare reform, mothers and children with disabilities.  Journal of Family and Economics, 23(4), 323-338.

Milberger, S. & LeRoy, B. (2002).  Osteoporosis and women with Down Syndrome.  Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 27(4), 273-280.

Wolf-Branigin, M. & LeRoy, B. (2001).  Measuring physical inclusion of people with developmental disabilities:  Evaluation of the Macomb-Oakland Regional Center.  American Journal on Mental Retardation, 106(4), 368-375.

LeRoy, B & Kulik, N. (2001).  Human and economic costs of autism.  Percorsi di Integrazione, X(27), 81-86  (Como, Italy).

LeRoy, B. & Kulik, N. (2002).  Students of color and inclusive education.  CollabNews, 7(1), Newton, MA.

LeRoy, B. (2001).  Poverty and Education in America.  Hans Knutsen Instituttet Journal, Copenhagen, Denmark.

LeRoy, B. & Kulik, N. (2001).  Who's There?  Special education placement characteristics in Michigan school districts.  CD ROM.  Detroit:  DDI, Wayne State University.

LeRoy, B. (2000).  Collaborative practice and inquiry:  University-school partnership.  In B. Doll (Ed) Proceedings of the 1998 invitational symposium on personnel preparation and professional development.  Washington, D.C.:  OSERS.

LeRoy, B. (1999).  Welfare reform and families whose children have disabilities.  Detroit:  Skillman Center for Children, Wayne State University.

LeRoy, B. (1999). Women's health and related issues.  Working paper of the 10th International Roundtable on Aging and Intellectual Disabilities, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland.

LeRoy, B. (1998).  Improving student outcomes through inclusive education.  Bridging the Continents.  Minot, North Dakota:  Minot State University.

LeRoy, B. (1998).  Integrated/Inclusive Education:  Issues, concerns, and controversies, Invited Keynote:  11th Rehabilitation International Asia and Pacific Regional Conference.

LeRoy, B. (1997).  Achieving equality through participation in inclusive education.  Saudi Journal of Disability and Rehabilitation, 3(4), 264.

LeRoy, B. et al (1996).  Redesigning social work in inclusive schools.  Social Work, 41(6), 668-676.

LeRoy, B. & Simpson, C. (1996).  Improving student outcomes through inclusive education.  Support for Learning, 11(1), 32-36.

LeRoy, B. (1996).  Systems change for inclusive education in Michigan.  ERIC Document #ED391-299.

LeRoy, B. et al (1994).  Meeting functional curriculum needs in middle school general education classrooms.  Teaching Exceptional Children, 26(2), 40-43.

Peterson, M. LeRoy, B. et al. (1991).  Community referenced learning in inclusive schools:  Effective curriculum for all students.  In Stainback, S. & Stainback, W. (Eds).  Curriculum considerations in inclusive classrooms.  Baltimore:  Brookes Publishing.