I’m Lanya McKittrick (Lane), Ph.D. I earned my doctorate in Special Education from the University of Northern Colorado, specializing in Deafblindness, Blindness/Visual Impairments, Deaf Education, Family-Professional Partnerships, and IEP’s. My dissertation,  Strategies that Parents of Children who are Deafblind Employ to Foster Collaboration within IEP Teams, earned the UNC’s 2019 Graduate School Outstanding Dissertation Award.

My research interests include collaboration and family-professional partnerships; services and supports for students who are deafblind and their families; self-determination; student-led IEP’s; transition; inclusion; and disability studies.

My research is rooted in my own personal experience as a mom to four sons, including two who have Usher Syndrome, the leading cause of deafblindness in the U.S. I co-founded the Hear See Hope Foundation to raise awareness and funding for Usher research and to support families through their Usher journey. Now I help them advocate for their children and navigate IEP plans. I’m also an experienced higher education teacher, administrator, and grant writer.

CONTACT ME: lanyamck@gmail.com