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School of Education, Partnership host leaders from US DOE’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

Secretary Richey and Acting Director Ruth Ryder

Administrators visit the offices of the Partnership for People with Disabilities. From left: Kimberly M. Richey, deputy assistant secretary and acting assistant secretary of OSERS; and Ruth Ryder, acting director of OSERS’s Office of Special Education Programs.

Two administrators from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) met recently with leaders from the VCU School of Education’s center, Partnership for People with Disabilities, as well as School academic and policy leadership, grant recipients, and doctoral students. The goal of the meeting was to learn about the variety of activities that faculty, staff and doctoral students perform that result in positive outcomes for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Kimberly M. Richey, deputy assistant secretary and acting assistant secretary of OSERS, and Ruth Ryder, acting director of OSERS’s Office of Special Education Programs, met with Partnership leadership and staff to learn about the center’s activities in education, early intervention/early childhood, community living and health.

The meeting, facilitated by Dr. Donna Gilles, associate professor and executive director of the Partnership, also included representation from the School’s Rehabilitation Research and Training Center to discuss the ACE-IT in College program, an inclusive VCU learning and training program for transition-age adults with intellectual disabilities.

Richey and Ryder also met with key recipients of U.S. Department of Education grants from Counseling and Special Education to learn about the School’s initiatives, with doctoral students who are benefiting from federal special education leadership funding, and to hear about the Richmond Teacher Residency program.

“Ms. Richey and Ms. Ryder were excited about what they heard throughout the day, and expressed their desire to return. We were honored to have been able to host their visit, and hope that they look to the School of Education, and the Partnership, for examples of exemplary work in the field of special education and disability policy,” Gilles said.

View a photo gallery from the meeting at the Partnership.