Postsecondary Disability Specialist
ADD & Life Coach
Dr. David Parker earned a Ph.D. in Special Education with a focus on postsecondary programming for students with disabilities from the University of Connecticut. He specializes in working with high school and college students with learning disorders and ADHD but also coaches adults in many types of professions/life circumstances. A former high school Special Education teacher, Dr. Parker has run Disability Services offices since 1991 at UNC-Chapel Hill, the University of Connecticut, and Washington University in St. Louis. He helps students develop more effective learning strategies (such as test-taking, note taking, and reading comprehension) and organizational strategies (such as time management) with his Strategy Instruction Services. Dr. Parker also helps students and families individualize their search for a “good fit” college environment with the services and support needed to thrive in higher education with his College Search services. He also helps teens and adults develop more productive and thriving lives with his ADD/Life Coaching services. He has published widely, maintains an active research agenda, and serves on the editorial board of four peer-reviewed disability journals; additionally, he served as the Executive Editor of the Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability from 2010 to 2015. Dr. Parker is a frequent speaker at state, national, and international conferences. He is available for presentations about self-determination, transition to college, ADHD coaching, Universal Design for Instruction and the power of resilience/grit. Dr. Parker has conducted training on the intersection of disability and cultural issues in Italy, Japan, Austria, and Kuwait.
Dr. Parker offers the following services:
– Social Skills, Support & Educational Groups
– Strategy Instruction
– College Search/Transition Services
– CRG Speaker’s Bureau
– ADD/Life Coaching
– College/Testing Accommodations Intake
– Gap Year Services
– Career Assessments
Beth Waite-Lafever, MA-CCC/SLP-ATP, has 25 years of experience as a speech-language pathologist and assistive technology provider. She has been certified by RESNA (Rehabilitation Engineering and A.T. Society of North America) and is a frequent presenter at state and national conferences. She is recognized as an expert in the areas of augmentative communication (A.C.) and assistive technology (A.T.) with emphasis in strengthening students’ academic success. Her services include A.T. and A.C. consultations, comprehensive evaluations, and follow-up training sessions for customized technology solutions.