The Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University

Ed O'Leary

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Center for Persons with Disabilities
9620 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-9620\r\n\r\n5134 Meadowlark Drive
Rapid City, SD 57702

Specialist II,

Dr. O'Leary received his Doctorate from the University of Illinois in Vocational Technical Education/Special Needs (1991) and his Master's degree in Special Education from Drake University. His most recent experiences include working as a Program Assistance Consultant for TAESE and delivering presentations, trainings, and workshops in a number of States across the nation. Prior to his work with TAESE he worked for Mountain Plains Regional Resource Center and has spent over 40 years working as a special education consultant, transition specialist, high school special education teacher, and work experience coordinator. He has also been very involved with and has held leadership positions in the Iowa Governor's Planning Council on Developmental Disabilities, the Council for Exceptional Education (Iowa and National), the Iowa Association of Vocational Education Special Needs Personnel, the Iowa Division of Career Development, and ARC/Iowa. He has received distinguishing awards from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Developmental Disabilities, and Heartland Area Education Agency for leadership and exemplary professional practice and service delivery to students, parents, and professionals.

Dr. O'Leary has demonstrated leadership with a number of state, regional, and local education agencies providing technical assistance in educational program design, delivery, evaluation, and management. The areas of expertise that he is most noted for are secondary transition and vocational programming for youth with disabilities, IEPs, technology, monitoring, and systems change. Not only is he well known and respected in the MPRRC region, he continually receives requests from states, and districts across the U.S. for training and speaking.   His most current work involves training and demonstrating improvements in meeting Indicator 13 transition requirements for states and local districts through the Transition Outcomes Project (TOPs).  The TOPs Project (  has been implemented in over 28 states and nearly 1,000 school districts.  Results from the TOPs efforts continue to show improvements in meeting the requirements for transition and Indicator 13.  He also has developed a web based data entry, retrievial and analysis system for Indicator 13 (  This system is being used by a number of states and local districts for Indicator 13 analysis and reporting and has transition requirement information on over 44,000 IEP’s from 2005 to the present.

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