We are happy to announce Sara Pound as the new knowledge translation associate for the Think College National Coordinating Center and Inclusive Higher Education Network. Sara coordinates, creates, and publishes materials on best practices for the education and self-determination of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Prior to joining Think College, Sara worked with an IPSE program in South Carolina while pursuing her doctoral degree in Special Education Research and College Teaching. Her work focuses on increasing equitable access to inclusive educational and independent living opportunities for multiply marginalized students.
“Throughout my winding career path, I have had the opportunity to work as a public-school elementary classroom teacher in South Carolina, a board-certified behavior analyst providing home and community-based supports individual and family centered support, an adjunct instructor in higher education, and an assistant director for an IPSE program. The evolution of my career has given me insight into various systems designed to support the development of independence and self-determination for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as the significant barriers these individuals are charged with overcoming. After beginning my doctoral journey in 2018 at the University of South Carolina, I found myself exploring the utility of qualitative research in identifying, analyzing, and challenging inequity that creates barriers for multiply marginalized individuals, specifically related to race and disability identity. As a practitioner, I have worked for over 10 years to create access to safe spaces for marginalized individuals to access supports that promote inclusion and independence in various aspects of life. I am excited to be joining the KT team and for the opportunity to work across multiple teams at the NCC and IHE Network. As a KTA, I am eager to create and disseminate engaging, accessible content in the hopes of increasing the access to inclusive post-secondary opportunities for individuals with IDD and the folx who support them."