Deborah Zuver is active in efforts to expand inclusive postsecondary education options in North Carolina. She co-facilitates the NC Postsecondary Education Alliance (NCPSEA) that she cofounded in 2009 at the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities (CIDD), University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. In her role as Education Consultant she directs a steering committee planning to launch HEELS UP [Higher Education, Education, Living Success-University Participant] Fall 2018.
Ms. Zuver introduced two new developments at the CIDD; the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program was one of the first in the country to include advocacy as a discipline among its trainee cohort and among the first to create an advocacy faculty position; she supervises these advances. Ms. Zuver is involved with other self-advocacy initiatives and directs Project STIR (Steps Toward Independence and Responsibility), an inclusive team of trainers that provides presentations on self-advocacy and leadership for diverse audiences. She leads evaluation activities for a range of projects. Ms. Zuver holds a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Antioch University West and she is licensed as a family therapist.
Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, N.C.