People at ILR

Carol Blessing
people / faculty

Carol Blessing

Program Director, Community Inclusion
Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability


Carol Blessing, MSW is a Senior Extension Associate with the K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Institute on Employment and Disability. Since joining the faculty in 2000, Carol has been responsible for leading system’s impact projects aimed at supporting the full inclusion of people with disabilities in typical community life.

Throughout her career she has worked with individuals living with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, including those incarcerated in New York maximum security prisons, with individuals living with psychiatric disabilities, with families and with service provider staff/personnel.

Carol is a highly respected, sought after professional in the field of inclusion and equity for people with disabilities and other marginalized individuals.

Teaching Statement

Carol provides consultation, training and technical assistance in system change/system impact approaches to support disability service entities in designing and implementing individualized, community-based supports for individuals living with disability.

Carol has earned national and international recognition for her expertise in person-centered planning/practice and most notably, the design and implementation of a blended distance learning community of practice course of study called Citizen-Centered Leadership,

Research Statement

The focus for Carol's research has been to study the efficacy of the Citizen-Centered Leadership theory to practice blended learning model design and its impact on shifting the quality of life and community-based experience for individuals with disabilities.

Service Statement

Carol provides disability service design and implementation consultation and training services to a broad audience within the disability service delivery system under a variety of sponsored and fee-for-service contracts.

During this past year, Carol has been an active member of the Yang-Tan Institute's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee. This group, appointed by YTI's executive leadership, is engaging YTI staff and faculty in anti-racism and equity awareness learning opportunities. Carol has independently engaged in her own professional development by participating in anti-racism and social equity/social justice webinar trainings throughout the year.


Journal Articles

    Book Chapters

    • Carol J Blessing, Thomas P Golden, Sukyeong Pi, Susanne Marie Bruyere, Sara VanLooy. 2012. Vocational rehabilitation, inclusion, and social integration.. in Oxford Handbook of Rehabilitation Psychology. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2012.

    Professional Activities

    • Preventing Retraumatization in Systems for Justice-Involved Youth. Presented to Warren County Y-ReCONNECTS Community of Practice. Virtual. 2022.


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