Stephanie Cawthon

The University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Stephanie Cawthon’s mission is to translate research into practices that help millions of deaf and disabled Americans succeed—at schools and colleges, at work or training programs, and most importantly at life. Her 28-year career in teaching and research has been dedicated to studying the different ways people achieve educational success, how it leads to life satisfaction, and what schools, governments, and parents can do to help make sure it happens. An internationally renowned expert who presents regularly at conferences and events, Dr. Cawthon’s research examines the multiple factors that affect how deaf and disabled people succeed after high school, investigates issues of equity and access in education, explores accommodations and accessible learning environments, and challenges systemic standards that may be holding some students back. Her research has been funded by over $25 million in federal, state, and private foundation grants.

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