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I am a doctoral candidate at Texas Tech University. I recently defended my dissertation for my Ph.D. in Special Education with special emphasis in visual impairments. I am also involved and interested in international special education issues.
I am a passionate advocate for the rights of persons with disabilities. Currently, I am involved in the campaign to see the U.S. ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Learn more about the CRPD at www.disabilitytreaty.org
2013 EGSO Meeting: Olaya Landa-Vialard (Vice President) and Rebecca Sheffield (President)
Successfully defended June 19th! My project is an initial step towards what I hope will be a long line of research into quality of life for people with disabilities! The final version of my dissertation will be posted here in an accessible format.
2012 National Call-in Day for CRPD
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Presentation on Article 24 of CRPD at 2013 CEC Convention
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I recently earned my Ph.D. at Texas Tech University (official graduation August 9th), studying Special Education with an emphasis on the education of individuals who are blind or visually impaired. My research interests are in international efforts to empower and improve the lives of persons with disabilities, and especially in the use of quality of life measurements to evaluate the impact of international interventions. I have worked for a central Texas school district as a teacher of students with severe and profound disabilities and as a teacher of students with visual impairments. I have also been recognized by the sensory disabilities field through the National Leadership Consortium in Sensory Disabilities fellowship. In August, 2014, I will begin a new career as the Senior Policy Researcher at the American Foundation for the Blind.LEARN MORE