Free lecture Oct. 21: Over-representation of children in Special Education

October 21, 2010

Parents and teachers interested in special education issues are invited to the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE) Scholarship in Action lecture on Thursday October, 21 from 7 to 8 pm at the Community Engagement Center in east Austin.

Dr. Sorrells is the Associate Dean of Students at The University of Texas at Austin and has a background in learning disabilities and special education.

Dr. Audrey Sorrells, associate dean of students and associate professor of special education at the College of Education, and Heather Cole, PhD candidate in special education will present “Getting the Right Services for Your Child: Engaging Schools to Address Disproportionality in Special Education.” The free program is open to the public and targeted to parents of school age children, or anyone interested in special education.

The aim of the program is to inform the community about research on current issues that families and individuals are facing. “It’s an area of interest in schools for African American families,” said College of Education Professor and DDCE Faculty Fellow Louis Harrison, Jr. “There’s an over-population of these kids placed in special education.”

Sorrells is co-author of Critical Issues in Special Education: Access, Diversity and Accountability and a forthcoming book, Assessment and Intervention Trends and Issues in Special Education. Cole holds a law degree and has worked as an educational advocate for people with disabilities and in various public service roles for more than a decade.

The DDCE Community Engagement Center is located at 1009 E. 11th Street in the Marvin C. Griffin Building.

For more information about the lecture please contact: Louis Harrison Jr., Professor, Department of Curriculum & Instruction, The University of Texas at Austin, 512-232-4785,

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