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Education Archive

Improving Access to Transportation to Support the Transition of Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: Strategies at Multiple Levels

  • Dates: 22 – 22 Jul, 2014
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Attendees will:
1. Acquire practical strategies to integrate transportation content in instruction;
2. Identify opportunities to connect with community transportation professionals to build transportation supports; and
3. Learn about what schools and communities are doing to ensure that students with ID/DD have access to transportation to facilitate their participation in jobs, college, and community living.

Judy L. Shanley, Ph.D. is the Director, Student Engagement & Mobility Management at Easter Seals and provides technical assistance, conducts research, and develops materials regarding youth transition and accessible transportation. Shanley developed a curriculum for educators, families, human services, and transit to facilitate knowledge and skill around transportation education. Her work to ensure that students with ID/DD have transportation supports are guided by the principles of universal design for learning.  Judy serves as Project Director of national centers, funded by the US Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, and the US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living. Shanley also served as the instructor for a transition leadership online course offered by the University of Massachusetts – Boston.

Shanley worked at the US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and the Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE). She helped identify evidence-based practices and assisted educators at the State and local levels to implement capacity-building systems related to youth transition, including self-determination and school-based supports. At OPE, Shanley had a key role in implementing the provisions of the Higher Education Opportunity Act related to opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities to attend college. During her Federal service, Shanley served on interagency committees pertinent to youth transition, disability research, and transportation. Prior experience includes eight years at the American Institutes for Research (AIR) as a project director of various Federal centers focused on improving student outcomes. She worked for several years at the ARC in Westchester County, NY.

Shanley earned her Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of Florida and an M.B.A. and a Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling, both from Syracuse University.