Tuesday, September 9, 2014

UNO Professor Receives
$1.2 Million Grant to Train Early
Intervention Educators

UNO Special Education Professor Linda Flynn-WilsonUniversity of New Orleans special education professor Linda Flynn-Wilson has received a 5-year $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to train educators to work with young children with disabilities.

University of New Orleans special education professor Linda Flynn-Wilson has received a 5-year $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to train educators to work with young children with disabilities. Flynn-Wilson, a professor of special education and habilitative services, will prepare educational personnel to be fully credentialed to work with infants, toddlers and preschoolers with disabilities and their families.

The preparation will focus on racially, culturally and linguistically diverse families as well as families living in poverty. Students enrolled in the program will earn certification and/or a master's degree in early intervention. Early intervention is a system of services that helps young children with developmental delays or disabilities and their families. The students who receive this highly specialized training will be paid a stipend.

By enhancing an existing early intervention program, the project will improve the quantity and quality of birth-to-five providers through a comprehensive training program with coursework and extensive field experiences. Students will be mentored by individuals who are certified in early intervention.

The grant comes from the Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs.

Flynn-Wilson is the chair of the Department of Special Education and Habilitative Services and the coordinator of the Early Intervention Program. Her research focuses on concerns, priorities and resources of families who have young children with disabilities.

 

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