Paul Cavanagh is the Assistant Dean and Director of Academic and Research for the NYIT Vocational Independence Program in Central Islip, NY. He has been a professional working with individuals with a developmental disability for over thirty years. Dr. Cavanagh has his PhD and MS from Columbia University with a focus on Social Welfare Policy. He is a Social Worker with his MSW from Stony Brook University. His masters concentration was in Planning, Administration and Research. Just prior to coming to NYIT Dr. Cavanagh was an Assistant Professor at Seton Hall University teaching in both the Master’s of Public Administration and the Master’s of Healthcare Administration programs. Earlier in his career he was the Executive Director for the Vincentian Service Corps – an AmeriCorps affiliate and was the Coordinator of Advocacy Services for AHRC-NYC. He has taught as an adjunct professor for schools of social work at Columbia, Fordham, Adelphi and New York Universities. Dr. Cavanagh’s current research focus is on identifying the outcomes of comprehensive transition programs that predict success for individuals with a diagnosis on the Autism spectrum. Along with Dr. Ernst VanBergeijk, the Associate Dean of the NYIT| Vocational Independence Program, his most recent writings have centered on the various post-secondary options for individuals with intellectual disabilities. In addition, they have been writing about the recent changes in federal law supporting the growth of post-secondary options for individuals with an intellectual disability.