William N. Myhill, M.Ed., J.D.

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Director of Legal Research and Writing (on leave serving as the SU Interim ADA/503/504 Coordinator)

Email : wmyhill@syr.edu
Phone : (315) 443-1367
Fax : (315) 443-9725

William has worked in the fields of education and law over 25 years, collaborating with and providing services for diverse individuals with disability and cultural/linguistic differences through extensive research, teaching, and advocacy. He has a lifetime of personal experience with disability.

Presently he has stepped out of his role at the Burton Blatt Institute to serve the University part-time in the  capacity of the Interim ADA/503/504 Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity, Inclusion, and Resolution Services. In this role, William coordinates University compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and other federal and state laws and regulations pertaining to persons with disabilities. Additionally, he has joined SU Chancellor Syverud’s Council on Diversity and Inclusion, and the Disability Cultural Center’s Advisory Board.

As Director of Legal Research and Writing at BBI, William has overseen the Institute’s disability law and policy research initiatives, and supervised law student research and writing across numerous BBI projects. In collaboration with Onondaga Community College through a grant partnership with BBI – the Onondaga Pathways to Careers (OPC) project funded by the Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor - William provides training and technical assistance to OCC faculty and staff for implementing inclusive pedagogical practices and programmatic services.

William is an Adjunct Law Professor at Syracuse University, and a Faculty Associate with the Center for Digital Literacy (SU School of Information Studies). He is the Executive Editor of the Disability Law & Policy e-Newsletter and was Managing Editor for the Iowa Law Review (2003-04). He is a member of the Disability Rights Bar Association, an organization of dedicated disability civil rights attorneys and scholars, and previously served on their Board of Directors (2011-17). He also served on the Board of Directors and in several officer positions for Onondaga Community Living (2005-11, 2016-17), an agency providing highly individualized services and supports for independent living and employment for individuals with intellectual or developmental disability.

William's research interests include legal and policy developments affecting children with disabilities and their transition to the post-secondary world; assistive technology and accessible electronic & information technology; inclusive library programs and services; inclusive higher education and employer practices, disability civil rights across the lifespan, reasonable accommodations, and implementation of universal design (for learning) principles. He has published extensively on these issues.

Formerly, William served as a public educator (1989-2001), facilitating, implementing and assessing individualized education programs for children with diverse needs, and as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Papua New Guinea.

Curriculum Vita: Adobe Acrobat (.pdf)


  • 2015-2016

  • 2013-2014

    • Peter Blanck, Michael Waterstone, William N. Myhill & Charles D. Siegel . (2014). Disability Civil Rights Law and Policy: Cases and Materials. (3d Ed., 2014).
    • Peter Blanck, Bruce Goldstein, William N. Myhill. (2013). Legal Rights of Persons with Disabilities: An Analysis of Federal Law 2d Ed.. Horsham, PA: LRP Publications, Vol. 1.
    • William N. Myhill & Kate Battoe. (2013). Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka (1954). Carlos E. Cortes, ed., Multicultural America: A Multimedia Encyclopedia. pp. 398-403.
    • Kelly J. Bunch & William N. Myhill. (2013). Disability and Ethnic Diversity . Carlos E. Cortes, ed., Multicultural America: A Multimedia Encyclopedia. pp. 709-714.
  • 2011-2012

  • 2009-2010

    • William N. Myhill. (2010). Law & Policy Challenges for Achieving an Accessible eSociety: Lessons from the United States. L. Waddington & G. Quinn, eds., European Yearbook on Disability Law, 2, Oxford, UK: Intersentia, 103-129.
    • William N. Myhill. (2009). The First One Hundred Years of Special Education in America? 1817 to 1925. Knol (Aug. 2008), reprinted in eJournal of Disability Law and Policy (Nov. 2011),
    • William N. Myhill. (2009). Voice Recognition Software. Susan Burch, ed., in Encyclopedia of American Disability History 937,
    • Peter Blanck, William N. Myhill, Janikke Solstad Vedeler, Joanna Morales, Paula Pearlman. (2009). Individuals with Cancer in the Workforce and Their Federal Rights. M. Feuerstein, ed., Work and Cancer Survivors, Springer Publishing, 255-276.
    • Paul M.A. Baker, Jarice Hanson, William N. Myhill. (2009). The Promise of Municipal WiFi and Failed Policies of Inclusion: The Disability Divide. Information Policy, 14(1-2), 47-59.
    • Naomi Schreuer, William N. Myhill, Deepti Samant, Tal Aratan-Bergman, Peter Blanck. (2009). Workplace Accommodations: Occupational Therapists as Mediator in the Interactive Process. Work, 34(2), 149-160.

      Workplace Accommodations: Occupational Therapists as Mediator in the Interactive Process(.pdf)
    • William N. Myhill, Peter Blanck. (2009). Disability and Aging: Historical and Contemporary Challenges. The Marquette Elder's Advisor Law Review, 11, 47-80.
  • 2007-2008

    • William N. Myhill, Derrick L. Cogburn, Deepti Samant, Benjamin Addom, Peter Blanck. (2008). Developing Accessible Cyberinfrastructure-enabled Knowledge Communities in the Disability Community. Assistive Technology Journal, 20(3), 157-174.
    • Kevin Cullen, Lutz Kubitschke, David McDaid, Peter Blanck, William N. Myhill, Gerard Quinn, Patrick O'Donoghue, Rune Halverson. (November 2008). Accessibility of ICT Products and Services to Disabled and Older People: Evidence-based Analysis for a Possible Co-ordinated European Approach to Web Accessibility. European Commission, 1-129.
    • William N. Myhill, Deepti Samant, David Klein, Shelley Kaplan, Maria Veronica Reina, Peter Blanck. (2007). Distance Education Initiatives and Their 21st Century Role in the Lives of People with Disabilities. E.P. Bailey, ed., Focus on Distance Education Developments, London, UK: Nova Science Publishers, 1-38.
    • Peter Blanck, Meera Adya, William N. Myhill, Deepti Samant, & Pei-Chun Chen. (2007). Employment of People with Disabilities: Twenty-five Years Back and Ahead. Law & Inequality: A Journal of Theory & Practice , 25(2) 323–53.
  • 2005-2006

    • Peter Blanck, William N. Myhill, Phoebe Ball, Michael Morris & Steve Mendelsohn. (2006). Asset Accumulation & Economic Security. in Employer Perspectives on Workers with Disabilities: A National Summit to Develop a Research Agenda (September 19–20, 2006), at 93–102 (Interagency Committee on Disability Research, Sept. 2007).
  • 2003-2004

    • William N. Myhill. (2004). No FAPE for Children with Disabilities in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program: Time to Redefine a Free Appropriate Public Education. Iowa Law Review, 89(3), 1051-1092.
    • William N. Myhill. (2004). The State of Public Education and the Needs of English Language Learners in the Era of 'No Child Left Behind'. Journal of Gender, Race & Justice, 8(2), 393-447.
    • David Klein, William N. Myhill, Linda Hansen, Gary Asby, Susan Michaelson, Peter Blanck. (2003). Electronic Doors to Education: Study of High School Web Accessibility in Iowa. Behavioral Sciences & the Law, 21(1), 27-49.