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M.B.A. Class and College of Education Partner to Help Individuals with Disabilities


Rita Langdon ’91 ’95 (M.A.),Associate Provost/Director of Public Relations & Marketing
LIU Post,
Long Island University

Brookville, N.Y. -- Graduate students studying social entrepreneurship in LIU Post's M.B.A. program are partnering with the College of Education and Information Sciences on two upcoming projects this semester. The partnership will include implementing business plans for the Down Syndrome Advocacy Foundation, as well as LIU Post's Center for Community Inclusion, which serves children and adults with disabilities. Dr. Kathleen Feeley, associate professor of education and director of the Center for Community Inclusion, and Dr. James Freeley, associate professor of management, will head up the joint cooperation.

As in previous semesters, the students will serve as consultants to both the Center for Community Inclusion as well as the Down Syndrome Advocacy Foundation, providing business advice and partnering in such areas as operations, finance, sales, marketing, human resources and training techniques. The students will create business plans which will improve overall operations and financial ability.

James Freeley"Social entrepreneurship is becoming a major component of the business world," said business professor and course instructor James L. Freeley, Ph.D. "Where most entrepreneurs start a business to make a profit, social entrepreneurs set up a business that will make a profit and benefit society."

For more than 25 years, Dr. James Freeley has been involved with various aspects of the field of entrepreneurship and is the author of articles, papers and books on the subject. The Social Entrepreneurship project Dr. Freeley conducts with his M.B.A. class has been featured in Long Island Business News and Entrepreneur magazine.

Kathleen FeeleyDr. Kathleen Feeley is a prominent researcher examining intervention strategies to address communicative impairments in children with developmental disabilities and her co-authored a book on communication strategies for learners with severe disabilities was released this past fall. The Center for Community Inclusion is also the proud sponsor of the Long Island Parent Center, a state funded project that provides training to families of children in special education. Dr. Feeley has been awarded grants for the Center for Community Inclusion from Autism Speaks and the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism.

For more information contact the LIU Post Public Relations Office at 516-299-2333 or email

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Posted 02/14/2012

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