Experienced Special Education and Family Researcher / Deafblind Advocate
I’m Lanya McKittrick (Lane), Ph.D. I earned my doctorate in Special Education from the University of Northern Colorado, I am a Research Analyst at the Center on Reinventing Public Education, where I focus on special education and family research. 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 special education 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; post-secondary 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.
My husband and I founded the Hear See Hope Foundation to raise awareness and funding for Usher research and to support families through their Usher journey.
I enjoy helping families advocate for their children and work with their IEP teams. In 2020, I started Lane of Inquiry to more intentionally focus on special education research that is important to families of children who are deafblind. At Lane of Inquiry, I conduct deafblind education research and provide family support.
My goal is to share my experiences in hopes that it helps others. To see what I’ve been up to please browse my site.