Black woman with short curled dark brown hair with highlights. She is smiling with her teeth showing. She’s sitting in a black leather office chair with a cream background. She is wearing a thin gold chain necklace with a dolphin charm and a bright red blazer jacket.

Sharon McLennon Wier, Ph.D., MSEd., CRC, LMHC – Executive Director

Dr. Sharon Melisse McLennon Wier has been working in the field of rehabilitation counseling and mental health for over 25 years. Dr. McLennon Wier received her Ph.D. degree from Seton Hall University in Counseling Psychology in 2012. She obtained a US Law and Methodology Certificate from New York University’s School of Continuing Education in 2003, her MS degree in Rehabilitation Counseling at Hunter College, City University of New York in 1998, and her BS degree in Biology from Syracuse University in 1993.

Dr. McLennon Wier is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and a New York State Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Currently, she works for the Center for Independence of the Disabled, New York (CIDNY) as the Executive Director. Her employment history includes working for Berkeley College as the Director of Disability Services for their New York and New Jersey campuses, District Manager for the Harlem Office for the New York State Commission for the Blind, and as a Rehabilitation Consultant for Ultimate Consultation and Evaluation just to name a few.

Dr. McLennon Wier taught as an Adjunct Psychology Professor for over 15 years. She provides training and presentations regarding psychological topics associated with the aspect of disability. She has presented at numerous conferences through Division 22 and Division 33 of the American Psychological Association, the Learning Disability Association of America, the National Rehabilitation Association and City University of New York (CUNY). Her research interests are in the areas of sexuality and disability. She has published several articles and book chapters regarding this subject matter. In addition, she has served the rehabilitation professional community by her service to the National Rehabilitation Association’s Metro New York chapter. She is a current board member and Past President of the Metro New York NRA Chapter 2001 to 2002 and was the co-chairperson for exhibits of the NERA conference held in New York in 2003 and 2013. Dr. McLennon Wier is a current board member for the Lavelle Fund. Dr. McLennon Wier is a disability rights advocate and believes that access to one’s environment is crucial especially in the voting booths and the world of work.


Below are some recent media appearances featuring Dr. McLennon Wier.

CIDNY maintains a monthly column in Able Newspaper, of which Dr. McLennon Wier is a frequent contributor. Those columns can be read here:

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