We are delighted to announce that Dr. Kathleen Becht is joining the National Coordinating Center team to coordinate all of its technical assistance and training activities. Technical assistance is a cornerstone activity of the Think College National Coordinating Center, which has provided thousands of hours of direct technical assistance to date to TPSID model demonstration programs as well as other college programs for students with intellectual disability throughout the US, families, students, transition professionals and others.
Dr. Becht has lived, taught, and advocated in the field of Exceptional Education for over 35 years with a passion for the self-determination of students with disabilities. She has taught students with autism, learning disabilities, intellectual disability, emotional disability, hearing impairment, and significant disability. Most recently, Kathy was the director of Florida’s Consortium on Inclusive Higher Education (FCIHE) at the University of Central Florida, where she provided technical assistance and professional development related to inclusive higher education to institutions of higher education, community agencies, K-12 schools, and families throughout Florida. Her research focus lies in literacy at the secondary and postsecondary levels and inclusive postsecondary education for individuals with cognitive disability.
Kathy is also a mom, sister, and advocate for individuals with disabilities. Her sister Lori, with a killer sense of humor and significant cognitive support needs, as well as her courageous mom, have been her mentors for as long as she can remember. Her three children have opened her eyes to gifts and difficulties, laughter, and tears – but always, eventually supported independence. We feel so fortunate to have the skills, experiences and perspective of Dr. Becht on our team.
To reach out to her and all other members of the NCC technical assistance team, email us at thinkcollegeTA@gmail.com.
The Think College National Coordinating Center at the Institute for Community Inclusion, UMass Boston was recently awarded funding from the US Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education to continue to serve as the national coordinating center, a role it has held since 2010.