Dr. Karen Waldron is Professor of Education Emeritus and was the Director of Special Education at Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas, for 28 years. Currently, she is a consultant to school districts and families in the areas of at-risk youth, as well as children and adolescents with disabilities. She serves as a consultant for television, radio, and print media. Dr. Waldron's experiences have included the design of special education programs in Eastern and Western Europe, the Middle East, and Australia. She has taught students at Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle, and Secondary levels, both in general and special education. In addition to frequent presentations to audiences of parents and educators, she has written five books and numerous research articles. She has a Ph.D. in Special Education Administration and a M.S. degree in Reading from Syracuse University (New York), and a B.A. in Education from the State University of New York. Her certifications include Reading Specialist, Superintendent, Mid-Management/Principal, Special Education Supervisor, and Secondary English.
Dr. Michael Steer is Senior Lecturer in Vision Impairment at Renwick Centre, Royal Institute for Deaf & Blind Children, New South Wales, Australia. Prior experiences include Director of the New South Wales Office on Disability; Principal Advisor, Disability Policy for Community Services Victoria; Director of the Integration Unit, Ministry of Education in Victoria; and Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Health & Behavioural Sciences, Deakin University, Melbourne. Prior to his arrival in Australia, Dr. Steer was Director of Special Education, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador; Principal of the Psychoeducational Teaching Laboratory, Syracuse University; and Principal, Montreal Association School for the Blind. He has a Ph.D. in Special Education Administration, from Syracuse University (New York), with Masters Degrees in Public Policy with Honours (Melbourne), Vision Impairment (Boston College) and Education (Southern Illinois), BA (SGWU, Montreal), Teachers Certificate and Diploma from Exeter University, England. His professional associations include the Australian Society for the Study of Intellectual Disability, Council for Exceptional Children, Phi Delta Kappa, American Association on Mental Retardation, NSW State Counsellor, South Pacific Educators in Vision Impairment, Convenor, Australian Heads of Services (Vision Impairment), Convenor, Round Table on Information Access for People with a Print Disability and NSW State Representative for the Australian Deafblind Council, and NSW State Representative for the International Council for Education of Vision Impaired (ICEVI). Dr. Steer became a Member of the Order of Australia in 2009.
Dolly Bhargava is a Speech Language Pathologist and an Augmentative Communication Consultant. She has completed her Masters in Special Education (Sensory Disability) through the University of Newcastle (Renwick Centre). She is currently working with Ylana Bloom in her own business called 'Innovative Communication Programming'. She has worked with children and adults with intellectual and/or multiple disabilities in a variety of settings, including the 'Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children', Autism Association of Western Australia, Department of Ageing Disability and Home Care, as well as a number of schools, group and family homes, day care centres and vocational programs. She has provided assessment, intervention, consultation, and training services to individuals of all ages, addressing a wide range of educational, vocational, behavioural, communicative, and personal goals. She has co-authored a number of manuals with Ylana Bloom on a range of topics related to positive behaviour support, developing communication, vocational training, communication and literacy skills for children and adults. She has presented workshops on the use of AAC for developing communication, literacy, person centred planning and positive behaviour support nationally and internationally.
Vidya Ananthanarayanan designed this website while Instructional Support Manager at Trinity University. Passionate about technology and its applications in higher education, she holds a Master’s Degree in Digital Media and currently is pursuing her dream of a Doctorate. This website would not exist without her dedicated and creative efforts.
Michael McGlasson was a Computer Science and Art student at Trinity University who assisted Vidya in creating this website. On the computer, he incorporated his wonderful expertise both in web design and web programming. As he so eloquently stated, he “likes to make beautiful things that work.”
Robert Chapman became the Instructional Support Manager at Trinity University in 2008. He works as the instructional technologist in the AT&T Center for Learning & Technology (CLT). Wearing many hats, he works with faculty and students to integrate technology into their teaching and learning. He assists with updating and maintaining this resource.
Benjamin R. Harris is a Professor and Librarian at Trinity University.
Our special thanks to the following outstanding professionals:
Dr. Rod Beattie, for his significant encouragement and support for the completion of this project. Dr. Beattie is Head of Graduate Studies, The Renwick Centre for Professional Education and Research, Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children / The University of Newcastle;
Dr. Charles White, for his invaluable assistance with organizing the production of this web site. Dr. White is Vice President, Information Resources and Administrative Affairs at Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas;
Ronnie Swanner and his staff at the Center for Learning and Technology, Trinity University, for the months they spent in intense effort in web site creation. The project could not have been possible without their wonderful efforts;
Dr. Breda Carty, for her thorough reading and review of the chapters on Hearing Impairment, in support of Dolly Bhargava's Master's Project. Dr. Carty is Lecturer in Hearing Impairment, The Renwick Centre for Professional Education and Research, Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children / The University of Newcastle;
Mike Offord, at the Elmwood Visual Resource Centre, in Christchurch, New Zealand, for sharing invaluable information from the Centre's web site for teachers and parents of students with vision impairments. The site's address is http://crash.ihug.co.nz/~evrc/.
The many Trinity University graduates of the Special Education program, classes of 2004 and 2005, who conducted research, interviews, and wrote numerous chapters for the handbooks;
Benjamin Harris, a Professor and Librarian at Trinity University, who selflessly spent countless hours instructing graduate students in best research practices as they wrote chapters for these handbooks;
Dr. Phil Hatlen, Superintendent,Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and his faculty, who shared extensive curricular and teaching knowledge with graduate students from Trinity University in support of the students' completion of their chapters for this handbook. The web address for TSBVI's extensive site is http://www.tsbvi.edu;
Robin Feder, Executive Director, Central Institute for the Deaf, St. Louis, Missouri and her faculty for the extensive interviews and discussion concerning best practices in teaching students with hearing impairments;
The administrators and faculty at St. Joseph's Institute in St. Louis, for sharing enthusiasm and dedication, along with important information on instructional strategies for the hearing impaired;
Trinity graduate Laurie Hemberger, who completed numerous interviews in support of this project and collated the chapters of fellow graduate students in completion of handbooks on vision and hearing impairment.
Dedicated educators who supported Dolly Bhargava as she wrote chapters for the handbooks:
- Andrew Willis, Assistive Technology Consultant from Word of Mouth Technology;
- Karina Badcock, Early Childhood Trained Teacher of the Deaf (Oral Deaf and Auslan user);
- Margaret Haenke, Manager of Deafness Resources Australia;
- Staff at Cochlear Ltd.