Michael L. Wehmeyer, Ph.D. is Professor of Special Education; Director, Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities; and Associate Director, Beach Center on Disability, all at the University of Kansas. Dr. Wehmeyer is engaged in teacher personnel preparation in the area of severe, multiple disabilities and directs multiple federally funded projects conducting research and model development in the education of students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He is the author of more than 180 articles or book chapters and has authored, co-authored or co-edited 19 books on disability and education-related issues, including issues pertaining to self-determination, transition, universal design for learning and access to the general curriculum for students with significant disabilities, and technology use by people with cognitive disabilities. He is a Fellow of the American Association on Mental Retardation, a past president of the Council for Exceptional Children's Division on Career Development and Transition, and is Editor-in-Chief for the journal Remedial and Special Education. In 1999 Dr. Wehmeyer was the inaugural recipient of the Distinguished Early Career Research Award from the Council for Exceptional Children's Division for Research. In May, 2003 he was awarded the American Association on Mental Retardation's National Education award. Dr. Wehmeyer holds undergraduate and Masters degrees in special education from the University of Tulsa and a Masters degree in experimental psychology from the University of Sussex in Brighton, England, where he was a Rotary International Teacher of the Handicapped Fellow. He earned his Ph.D. in Human Development and Communication Sciences from the University of Texas at Dallas.
Ann Turnbullis co-author of Exceptional Lives: Special Education in Todayrsquo;s Schools, Fifth Edition, and of more than 200 other publications about disability, professional-parent partnerships, and family quality of life. nbsp; Rud Turnbullis also a co-author of Exceptional Lives, and of more than 200 other publications about disability policy, special education law, and the effect on policy on families and individuals affected by disability. nbsp; Elizabeth Erwinis a co-author of books and articles about parent-professional partnerships and evidence-based implementation of special education policies, especially related to families and individualized, inclusive education of students with disabilities. nbsp; Leslie Soodakis a co-author of books and articles about parent-professional partnerships and evidence-based implementation of special education policies, especially related to families and individualized, inclusive education of students with disabilities. nbsp; Karrie Shogrenrecently graduated from The University of Kansas, and until taking her present position as assistant professor at The University of Illinois, was assistant professor of special education at The University of Texas at Austin.