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William Kiernan

Dean, School for Global Inclusion and Social Development

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Ph.D., Rehabilitation and Special Education, Boston College
M.S., Rehabilitation Counseling, Boston University
M.B.A., Health Care Management, Boston University

William Kiernan is the dean of UMass Boston’s School for Global Inclusion and Social Development. For the past 40 years, Kiernan has served in a variety of capacities at the Institute for Community Inclusion, as well as a senior staff member of Boston Children’s Hospital. He has been a member of the UMass Boston faculty for more than 20 years.

Kiernan has served as an international consultant in seven countries in the development of adult service systems for people with disabilities, and has provided training and technical assistance in more than 45 states. He is the author of more than 130 articles and reports in the field of disabilities, covering topics such as transition from high school to adult life, employment, public policy development, workforce development, and systemic change.

Kiernan has been a member of several national boards, and has served as the president of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, as well as the president of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities.

In addition to holding a PhD in rehabilitation and special education from Boston College and a master’s in rehabilitation counseling from Boston University, Kiernan holds a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in health care management from Boston University.

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ICI publications by William Kiernan

Press Release: Director of Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston to Receive Award at MAB Community Service Gala

William Kiernan, the Director of the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI), received the Joseph M. Collins Human Service Award at the Massachusetts Association for the Blind (MAB) Community Service Gala on April 25, 2007. (4/2008)

Economic Engagement: An Avenue to Employment for Individuals with Disabilities

This report summarizes the findings of a panel of experts convened by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and charged with identifying key strategies that would support increased workforce participation by persons with disabilities served and supported through state-based Medicaid Buy-In programs. (10/2004)

Select outside publications by William Kiernan

Kiernan, W.E. & Lynch, M.S. (1992). Employment opportunities for people with disabilities in the years to come. American Rehabilitation, 18 (3), 12-19.

Kiernan W.E., Butterworth, J.B., McNally, L., Gilmore, D., & McGaughey, M. (1996). Integrated employment: Provider perspectives and implications. Journal of Rehabilitation Administration, 20 (1), 47-62.

Kiernan, W.E. (1996). Are we there yet? Presidential address. Mental Retardation, 34 (6), 387-394.

Kiernan, W.E. (2000). Where are we now? Perspectives on employment of persons with mental retardation. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 15 (2), 90-97.

Kiernan, W.E. (in press). Factors affecting individuals with developmental disabilities or significant mental illness. ProEd.

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