About Us

About Us

Our Story
We provide high quality information to people navigating the world of disability. We are located at the Warner School of Education in LeChase Hall on the River Campus of the University of Rochester.  Our work is supported by the U.S. Department of Education, the Warner School of Education, and Friends of the Warner School.

Our work began in 2008 through a partnership with the B. Thomas Golisano Foundation and the University of Rochester.  Formerly known as the Institute for Innovative Transition, our work was made possible thanks to the generous support of the B. Thomas Golisano Foundation, an investment of over $2 million dollars. Additional funders included the New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, the U.S. Department of Education, and Friends of the Warner School of Education. 

Our Team

Martha Mock, PhD

Martha Mock, PhD, is a professor and director of the Center for Disability and Education at the Warner School of Education and Human Development at the University of Rochester. Mock has worked alongside and on behalf of individuals with disabilities and their families as a special education teacher, professor, and advocate for over two decades. Mock is widely known for her work in the area of college options for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). She teaches courses in inclusion, disability, and early childhood. Mock earned her BS in Psychology from the University of Richmond, her MEd from Virginia Commonwealth University, and her PhD in Special Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Mary Judge, MS

Mary Judge, MS, is the assistant director for the Center for Disability and Education, as well as the access coordinator for the Warner School of Education and Human Development at the University of Rochester. She brings over 20 years of experience working with people with disabilities and their families in the greater Rochester community. Mary earned her MS degree from Saint John Fisher College in Human Service Administration. She is the Project Coordinator of the NYC TPSID Consortium and facilitates a number of the Center’s initiatives, including  partnerships coordination and training development.  Mary is committed to individuals with disabilities having opportunities to further their education after high school, self-advocacy, policy, and systems change.

Holly Manaseri, PhD

Holly Manaseri, PhD, is an associate professor and chair of the Education Leadership department at the Warner School of Education and Human Development at the University of Rochester. She is the director of the Advanced Certificate in Leadership for Disability and Inclusive Practices and Education Discipline coordinator of the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

Manaseri has developed numerous training programs to support school staff, teachers and administrators in inclusive practices including a Special and Inclusive Education certificate for paraprofessionals and behavioral health para-professionals, an undergraduate certificate in Disability Studies and the advanced certificate for Leadership in Disability and Inclusive Practices. She has taught courses in inclusive education, diversity and school leadership. Manaseri earned her BS in Music Education from Nazareth College of Rochester, her MEd and C.A.S in Educational Administration from SUNY Brockport and a C.A.S. in Disability Studies and PhD in the Cultural Foundations of Education from Syracuse University.