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In this project I am investigating the use of family photographs and natural communication strategies to support the communication skills of children with developmental disabilities. Parents and teachers will be provided with free training, support, and materials to support their child’s communication abilities during everyday family routines.

Currently recruiting families/teachers of children diagnosed with a developmental disability and/or with complex communication needs between the ages of 3-8. Both English and Spanish speaking families can participate!

Diversifying the Educator Workforce in Special Education (DEWSE)

Although the percentage of students who identify as non-white exceeds the number of students who identify as white in the United States, over 79% of all public school teachers identify as white. This difference between teachers and students is particularly prevalent in the field of special education. Disparity of representation can lead to misidentification of students of color in special education. In this collaborative mixed-methods project, we are investigating the motivating factors and barriers to the recruitment and retention of special educators from historically marginalized backgrounds.

Currently Recruiting Special Educators for this Project

Special Education Services in Panama

In this qualitative project, we are exploring the enablers and current barriers to the provision of services for young children and adults with various disability in the Latin American country of Panama.