Education, disAbility, Advocacy, Human Rights

expertise in visual impairments, social media, accessibility, research


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I am a doctoral candidate at Texas Tech University, studying Special Education with special emphasis in visual impairments as well as in international special education issues.

Teaching Philosophy (PDF)

Research Agenda (PDF)

photo of Olaya Landa-Vialard and Rebecca Sheffield at an EGSO meeting

2013 EGSO Meeting: Olaya Landa-Vialard (Vice President) and Rebecca Sheffield (President)


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.

photo of Rebecca Sheffield with a lake and hillside in the background

2012 DISES Round Table in Sligo, Ireland


Working on it! 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!

photo of Rebecca Sheffield standing behind table with sign 'Be a Hero, Support CRPD Ratification'

2012 National Call-in Day for CRPD

View a Wordle of my dissertation proposal


Some of my recent work

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Advocacy video for Anne Sullivan Macy Act (AFB)
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YouTube video - Anne Sullivan Macy Act

Presentation on Article 24 of CRPD at 2013 CEC Convention
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Screenshot of presentation titled "Educational Rights of Persons with Disabilities"

Virtual Autoethnography Project: "Letter from a Teacher"
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Students4CRPD Facebook Page
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screenshot of Students4CRPD Facebook page

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About Me

I am a doctoral candidate at Texas Tech University, 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.

“Be pretty if you can, be witty if you must, but be gracious if it kills you.” - Elsie De Wolfe
"I said 'Somebody should do something about that.' Then I realized I am somebody." - Lily Tomlin
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world." - Mahatma Gandhi
Favorite quotes!