Heather E. Wizikowski, an assistant professor in the College of Education & Integrative Studies, received the Outstanding Presentation Award at a conference in Poland that attracted delegates from 31 countries.
Wizikowski presented her research titled “Postsecondary Students with Disabilities: The Need for Advocacy and Transition Education” at the 14th Biennial Conference of the International Association of Special Education.
She presented the results of a survey in which college students with disabilities evaluated the quality of the support offered to them at the college level. Students were also surveyed on their self-advocacy education in high school and their experiences transitioning to college.
Her research evaluated a private and a public institution. She says that while the assumption would be the private school has more resources, students were equally satisfied with the resources offered to them at their public schools.
“My goal is to continue the research so that we can better prepare students to be their own advocate when they enter college,” says Wizikowski, who is part of the education specialist program.
The conference, titled “New Dimensions Towards Education, Advocacy, and Collaboration for Individuals with Special Needs,” was held at the University of Lower Silesia in Wroclaw, Poland, June 21-25.