Conversations in Special Education

Apr 25, 2014
9:00 am — 12:00 pm
Sullivan Hall, Sullivan Café, level G

The Department of Human Services and Counseling will host a conference, “Conversations in Special Education,” from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, April 25, in Sullivan Hall, Sullivan Café, level G.

This event will shed light on a few important topics in the field of autism.  Participants will share valuable information linking current research to practice.  The schedule of speakers is as follows:

 9–10 a.m.
"Factors Associated with Word Problem Solving of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders"

Speaker:  Young Seh Bae, Ph.D.
Young Seh Bae, Ph.D. is an adjunct assistant professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, and a project director at the Center for Opportunities and Outcomes for People with Disabilities at Teachers College. Bae also serves as vice president of the Korean American Behavioral Health Association. She is currently developing and coordinating a community-based project for Asian American parents in Queens, NY. 

10–11 a.m.
“Resisting Ableism, Renegotiating the Diagnosis”

Speaker:  Jennifer Scuro, Ph.D.
Jennifer Scuro, Ph.D., earned a doctorate in philosophy from The New School for Social Research and is currently an associate professor of philosophy and chair of the philosophy and religious studies department at The College of New Rochelle in Westchester, NY. She has published work on ecological feminism, phenomenology, oral history, and ethics. Her research interests include developing curriculum that incorporates philosophy with disability studies.

11 a.m.–Noon
"Sensory Processing Disorders: Functional Implications and Support Strategies"

Speaker:  Kerri Cohn, OTR/L
Kerri Cohn is a pediatric occupational therapist and the founder/former director of AchieveAbility OT, a pediatric therapy clinic in Bayside, NY. She is an expert on sensory integration modalities for children with a variety of neurodevelopmental delays and employs an eclectic, individualized, and evidence-based therapeutic approach in her practice. She is an active member of the Sensory Processing Disorders Foundation and the American Occupational Therapy Association, and is the vice president of the Red Robin Country Cares Foundation.

Registration is free. Please RSVP to Eileen Lewis at

For more information, please contact Ishita Khemka, Ph.D., at or Lina Gilic, Ph.D., at