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Disability and COVID-19 Working Group

Dr. Stough and a group of scholars and practitioners have been selected as a Disability and COVID-19 Working Group by the Natural Hazards Center The group includes 14 members from 9 universities and centers representing the 8 disciplines of: Communication, Disability...

Student Highlight – Kathryn Kaimana

Kathryn Kaimana is an Interdisciplinary Studies major with a concentration in Special Education at Texas A&M University from Burleson, Texas.
When I was looking at colleges, I was having a really hard time. All the schools that interested me were either too far away or an Ivy League that I knew I just didn’t have the grades for. After talking to one of my friends about how discouraged I was becoming, they encouraged me to apply to Texas A&M.

Student Highlight – Adonay Mendoza

Adonay Mendoza was born in Houston, Texas but raised in El Salvador. His father brought he and his brother back to the United States to get a sound education at the beginning of his 6th grade year. He remembers having a hard time understanding the new content and teachers because of the language barrier and previous lack of adequate education.

Dr. Zhang named Director of Faculty Development

The CEHD Faculty Advisory Council (FAC) has completed its search process for the Director of Faculty Development, and Dr. Dalun Zhang has accepted the position beginning September 1, 2019. (Dr. Zhang formerly served as chair of FAC, and so recused himself from the review process.)

Statewide Capacity Building Conference

The Center on Disability and Development at Texas A&M University, in partnership with Texas Workforce Commission and Texas Education Agency, invites you to attend the inaugural “Gear Up -Texas” Statewide Capacity Building Conference, in Austin, TX on September 23-24, 2019.

Student Success Story: Armando J. Bernal

Armando Bernal has taught special education for the past three years. In August, he will begin a resource special education teaching position for fifth graders in Conroe ISD. He plans on becoming a board certified behavior analyst and eventually join a behavioral clinic where he can teach more individuals who are in need of support and independence.

2019 Aggie Autism Forum Focuses on Improving the Quality of Life for Individuals with Autism

Andrew Patterson, a research specialist with the department of educational psychology and Dr. Jennifer Ganz, professor of Special Education at Texas A&M University organized the Aggie Autism Forum. Bringing together people of different experiences and backgrounds to have conversations about improving the quality of life for individuals with autism.

UNT Kristin Farmer Autism Center Conference

Call for Presentations:
11th Annual University of North Texas Adventures in Autism Intervention & Research Conference
Saturday, July 20th, 2019 (8:30 am – 3:30 pm)
University of North Texas – Gateway Center
Denton, TX

Texas A&M University Alternative Spring Break

Students from Texas A&M University in College Station participated in various alternative spring breaks. There were four groups of students volunteering at four different locations – John L. McClellan Veterans Memorial Hospital at Little Rock, Arkansas, Jefferson Parish West Bank Animal Shelter at New Orleans, Louisiana, Living Lands & Waters at Memphis, Tennessee, and the Sedgwick County Zoo at Wichita, Kansas. The students paid to go on a service based spring break trip.

Recovery After Disasters

Of the phases of the disaster cycle, the recovery phase is the longest but the least explored with respect to the experiences of people with disabilities. This session will provide an overview of what research reveals about the needs of people with disabilities and their families post-disaster. Barriers to the recovery process as well as the resource and service roles of state and local agencies, FEMA, and voluntary organizations post-disaster will be discussed.