About Dr. LaRoque

Dr. LaRoque is the founder and president of Mansfield Hall, an innovative residential college support program for diverse learners. He earned his doctorate in special education from the University of Wisconsin and has served in a variety of leadership roles serving at-risk youth and people with disabilities. Before returning for his doctoral work, Dr. LaRoque worked in an assisted-living care facility for adults with intellectual disabilities and taught special education in several public schools.

Upon returning for his doctoral studies, he continued his service in the field and served as a teacher and mental health specialist in a children’s residential psychiatric program at Meriter Hospital in Madison, WI. Dr. LaRoque is also the co-founder of the College STEPS Program, a non-profit with a mission of providing post-secondary education to students with development disabilities in various locations across the East Coast.

Dr. LaRoque has served as an Adjunct Professor at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and University of New Hampshire and as an Assistant Professor at the State University of New York at Potsdam. He is published in several major education journals for his work on educating students with disabilities and has presented at numerous national and international conferences.

Dr. LaRoque also served on the Vermont Special Education Advisory Council, which is an appointed position by the Governor. Most recently, he was an Associate Professor and the Special Education Program Director at Johnson State College in Vermont, where he was instrumental in creating the first dual-certification Elementary Education program in Vermont and also started the Think College Program at Johnson State College.

Speaking, Consulting, and Wokrkshop Opportunities

Speaking and Keynotes

Dr. LaRoque has had the opportunity to speak to students, parents, and schools throughout the country. His message of recognizing disability as diversity has resonated with audiences across the country. Dr. LaRoque is able to speak frankly, but with compassion about the challenges of disability in our society and has enlisted his audiences to join his movement of inclusivity. His talks have been called inspirational, humorous, engaging, and full of pragmatic information. If you are interested in having Dr. LaRoque speak at your school, community, group, or college, please contact him below. 

Workshops for Schools, Faculty, and Beyond

As a former teacher and associate professor, Dr. LaRoque provides enlightening and in depth workshops on a variety of topics. He has provided numerous trainings to faculty on pedagogy, Universal Design for Learning, and addressing diverse learners in the college classroom. Additionally, Dr. LaRoque has provided workshops on topics regarding inclusive practices in schools, transition to college, preparing families for college, and much more. If you are interested in having Dr. LaRoque provide a workshop for your organization, please contact him below.

Dr. LaRoque is available for some select consulting opportunities. If you are interested in how your organization can improve its services for diverse learners, how to create more inclusive programming, or how your college can meet the needs of diverse learners on campus, contact him below.

Media Inquiries
For media inquiries contact Darcie Rowan  
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