Gender matters: training for educators working with students with disabilities

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WEEA Equity Resource Center, Education Development Center, 2002 - Education - 202 pages
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Harilyn Rousso is executive director of Disabilities Unlimited Consulting Services, and an educator, social worker, psychotherapist, and advocate who has worked in the disability rights field, with a particular emphasis on issues of women and girls with disabilities, for more than 20 years. She is also a painter, incorporating disability-related themes into her work. A Woodrow Wilson fellow, her educational background includes an undergraduate degree in economics from Brandeis University, graduate studies in economics at Harvard University and a degree in social work from New York University. Ms. Rousso is the founder of the Networking Project for Disabled Women and Girls of the YWCA/NYC, a unique mentoring program begun in 1984 the has been replicated widely, the executive producer of the documentary, "Positive Images: Portraits of Women with Disabilities," author of numerous publications, including, "Disabled, Female and Proud," and co-editor of "Double Jeopardy: Addressing Gender Equity in Special Education." Ms. Rousso is also the co-chair of the Gender Equity Expert Panel authorized by the Office of Educational Research and Improvement of the U.S. Department of Education. In addition, Ms. Rousso is a member of the board of directors of the National Women's Hall of Fame and the Center for Women Policy Studies, a former board member of the Ms. Foundation for Women, the Sister Fund, and Educational Equity Concepts, and a former commisioner with the New York City Commission on Human Rights.

Michael L. Wehmeyer, Ph.D. is associate professor, Department of Special Education, and associate director, Beach Center on Disability, at the University of Kansas. Prior to joining the KU faculty, Dr. Wehmeyer was director of the Bill Sackter Center on Self-Determination at The Arc of the United States, and assistant director of The Arc's Research and Program Services department. He has also worked for a number of years as a psychologist, and as a classroom teacher. Dr. Wehmeyer is the author of more than 80 articles or book chapters on self-determination, student involvement, transition and assistive technology, has authored, co-authored, or co-edited 10 books on topics including self-determination, student involvement, gender equity, and mental retardation, including co-editing "Double Jeopardy: Addressing Gender Equity in Special Education," and is a frequent conference speaker. Dr. Wehmeyer serves on numerous editorial boards and is co-editor tof the American Association on Mental Retardation's research-to-practice publication, "Innovations." In 1999 he was the inaugural recipient of the Distinguished Early Career Research Award from the Council for Exceptional Children's Division for Research. Dr. Wehmeyer holds an undergraduate and master's degree in special education from the University of Tulsa and a master's degree in experimental psychology from the University of Sussex in Brighton, England, where he was a Rotary Teacher of the Handicapped Fellow. He earned his Ph.D. in human development and communication sciences from the University of Texas at Dallas.

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