Faculty Feature: Jeanna Zobel-Lachiusa
Jeanne Zobel-Lachiusa, adjunct assistant professor in disabilities studies and inclusion, MA, OTR/L, Ed.D., ABD, received a B.A. in Rehabilitation Counseling from Springfield College in 1979; a M.A. in Occupational Therapy from University of Southern California in 1986 and is completing an Ed.D. at the University of Massachusetts’ School of Education, Children, Families and Schools concentration.
Zobel-Lachiusa has been an occupational therapist for over twenty years, specializing in pediatrics and special education. Her current research focuses on children with autism. She has published in O.T. Practice, Pioneer Parent, American Journal of Occupational Therapy. She has taught a variety of courses at local institutions including University of Massachusetts, Springfield College, Baypath College and numerous presentations and trainings including state and national conferences, teacher and parent trainings/ in-service presentations.
Fall 2012 Creating Inclusive Classrooms: Education for Students with Special Needs
This course is designed for students interested in general education and/or special education. The course objectives are to introduce students to terminology, legislation, types of special needs and teaching strategies relevant to addressing the needs of all learners in the general education classroom. By exploring inclusion, we will be addressing often unexamined notions of what it means to be “normal” and we will consider the rights of individuals with special needs to the least restrictive environment and access to the best possible education. This course is organized to serve as a model for creating an inclusive learning environment in the general education classroom. Although it is useful for any working with individuals with special needs, it is particularly geared towards teacher education candidates and those interested in exploring issues relevant to early and elementary education.