March 27-29 in Orlando, FL
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Sean Joseph Smith

University of Kansas
Lawrence, Kansas

I am a Professor in the Department of Special Education here at the University of Kansas.  I am the Past-President of the technology division for the Council for Exceptional Children, Innovations in Special Education Technology (ISET), and member of the Board for the National Down syndrome Congress. My research interest focuses on innovations and technology solutions to support struggling learners and those with disabilities, particularly interventions aligned with the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Framework. At present, I am the Principal Investigator on a federally funded project exploring the impact of virtual reality on struggling learners in the area of social emotional development. I have been fortunate to author over 100 books and articles, given hundreds of scholarly presentations both nationally and internationally, and serve on various boards for journals, organizations, and parent groups focused on enhancing the lives of individuals with disabilities. With a variety of collaborators, I have received and managed over $30 million of external research and development funds. Most important, I am the father of four children, one having Down syndrome.  It is through this work as a Father that I have been able to apply knowledge of effective practices with parents, family members, and similar stakeholders as we look to enhance the lives of our children. ALL our children!