Kimberly Weiner, a doctoral candidate in the Special Education, Disability, and Risk Studies emphasis at UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School, was awarded the 2010 Thomas G. Haring Fellowship. In addition to developing a specific training model comprised of research-based components of effective professional development for instructional assistants working in inclusion in three local school districts, Weiner also works as an Autism/Behavior Specialist for the Santa Barbara County Special Education Local Planning Agency (SELPA).
The Thomas Haring Fellowship was established by the Haring family as a memorial to their son who was a beloved professor at UC Santa Barbara. Thomas Haring (1953-1993) was an extraordinarily creative researcher and an advocate for people with disabilities as well as an excellent teacher and mentor and the award is presented to a doctoral student who embodies his enduring principles. This year’s recipient, Kim Weiner, receives the award in recognition of her personal passion for improving the lives of those with disabilities, her creative and searching intellect, her love of scholarship, and her talent for using these to bridge between the word of academia and the lives of real people with disabilities, their families, and their communities.
Previous Haring Fellowship awardees include: 2006, Nicolette Nefdt, who is currently clinical manager for STAR, Inc., Simi Valley, CA; 2007, Alexis Filippini, currently Assistant Professor at San Francisco State University and Executive Director of Mission Learning Center in San Francisco; and 2008, April Regester, who will be an Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri, St. Louis starting this fall.
[Kimberly Weiner is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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