PresenterPhotoLeigh Davis Fickling is the Director of the Disability Resource Center at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

With over 25 years of executive higher education leadership administration experience, Leigh's area of expertise is in disability management and the implementation of reasonable accommodations in the classroom and the workplace. Leigh holds a Juris Doctorate degree from the Charleston School of Law. Leigh holds a Master of Education degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Master of Science in Strategic Leadership from Mountain State University. In addition to her student affairs and higher education background, Leigh was also a solo legal practitioner with a small practice focusing on education law, disability law, and domestic relations. Leigh has served as a private Accommodations Consultant to Title II and Title Ill Colleges and Universities and Places of Public Accommodation and is a subject matter expert in the interactive reasonable accommodation process, trends in disability management, accommodations in event management, and investigation and resolution of disability discrimination claims.

Leigh has over 26 years of executive leadership in higher education and has served in the role as Director of Student Activities, Dean of Students and Campus Life (operational areas of housing, student conduct, advising, disability, student activities, testing center), Dean of Student Development (operational areas of counseling center, disability, testing center, student activities, student success centers, enrollment management), and the Executive Director of a Disability Management System (of a university and health system facilitating student, faculty/staff, and visitor and facility accommodations). Leigh also served as a Law Clerk for the 9th Judicial Circuit Family Court in Charleston County and worked as solo legal practitioner focusing on court appointed Guardian ad Litem work for Domestic Relations cases (Education Law, Divorce and Custody Law, Disability Law).