Elisa Laird-Metke, JD is the Director of the Disability Resource Center at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, California. Elisa has an extensive background in law, disability, and public health. She has worked as a university sign language interpreter and deaf services coordinator, and later as a disability rights attorney and public health policy attorney, before subsequently returning to work in higher education.
Elisa is a regular trainer for AHEAD (the Association on Higher Education and Disability) through their Management Institutes and Master Classes, and also provides customized consulting and training services to universities around the country. Her publications include a number of articles and chapters, including several in The Guide to Assisting Students with Disabilities: Equal Access in Health Science and Professional Education. Elisa also serves as Legal Advisor for the Coalition for Disability Access in Health Science and Medical Education.