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About Accessibility Services

Mission Statement

The Office of Accessibility Services exists to promote and uphold the values of Saint Leo University by ensuring all members of the University community and guests have equitable access to the programs, opportunities, and activities available at Saint Leo. We do this by working collaboratively with the University community to provide reasonable accommodations; empowering students to be independent, self-advocating, and self-determined; and promoting access, awareness, and advocacy for students with disabilities on the University Campus, at our education centers, and for those who are enrolled in online programs.

Staff

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Dr. Michael Bailey, Director

Michael Bailey has worked in the field of education supporting students with disabilities since 2007. He has earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership and Master of Arts in Special Education from the University of South Florida, as well as a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from the American College of Education. Dr. Bailey has presented his research at several conferences including the University Council for Educational Administration, the Education Law Association, and the American Association for Teaching & Curriculum and has published a number of articles in internationally recognized, peer-reviewed journals. His areas of expertise include educational policy, programming for students with disabilities and English language learners, behavior disorders, autism spectrum disorder, and intellectual/developmental disabilities. Read Q&A with Office Accessibility Services Director Michael Bailey here.

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Maria Santos, Assistant Director

Maria Santos has been a social worker since 2017. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in social work with a focus in child welfare, Maria served as a Child Protective Investigator before going on to earn her master’s degree in clinical social work from Florida State University. During her graduate studies, Maria worked for Tallahassee Community College’s (TCC) Eagle Connections Program. In this role, she served as a mentor, facilitator for person-centered planning sessions, and curriculum developer, focusing on social, independent living, and employability skills for students with intellectual disabilities and autism spectrum disorder. After receiving her MSW, Maria went on to create TCC’s first ever case management department utilizing social work theory and practices to address barriers to student success such as poverty, homelessness, former foster care involvement, and other common issues experienced by historically neglected student populations. Maria is currently working towards her LCSW in order to diagnose and treat mental health disorders under her own license.

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Janet VanGuilder, Senior Coordinator

Janet VanGuilder joined Saint Leo University in the Fall of 2007 as a student and graduated with her BA in business management with a minor in accounting in 2011. In the summer of 2011, following her graduation, Janet became an employee of the University, working as the Senior Coordinator for Student Services. Since the fall of 2018, she has served as the Senior Coordinator for the Office of Accessibility Services and Career Services. Janet has been an advisor for the Leo for St. Jude organization on campus since 2012. While working for Saint Leo, Janet has been awarded the Beth G. Evans Outstanding Staff Member Award 2012-2013 and Outstanding Club Advisor 2013-2014.

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