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Liz Drame

Dr. Drame is currently professor and chair of the Department of Exceptional Education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She prepares secondary special educators and coordinates the Autism Spectrum Disorders Certificate Program. Dr. Drame earned her PhD in Learning Disabilities/Communication Sciences and Disorders from Northwestern University in 2000. She served as a U.S. Fulbright Senior Research Fellow in the African Regional Research Program from 2011-2012 in Dakar, Senegal and has continued her research and professional development in Senegal, as well as Kenya and Ghana. Dr. Drame teaches courses in behavioral supports, assessment of students with disabilities, curriculum accommodations, foundations of autism spectrum disorders, action research and collaborative strategies. Prior to her teacher preparation work in nonprofit organizations and universities, Dr. Drame worked as a special education teacher in Chicago Public Schools and Milwaukee Public Schools. Dr. Drame leads the planning of the annual Milwaukee Urban Autism Summit and her ongoing advocacy to address racial disparities in diagnosis and intervention for diverse children on the autism spectrum has been featured in programs, such as MPTV’s “Black Nouveau,” “Top of the Mind with Julie Rose,” and WUWM “Lake Effect.” Her research centers on fostering positive educational outcomes for students with disabilities in inclusive schools, and social justice and equity issues in special education locally, regionally and internationally with a focus on the African Diaspora. Dr. Drame publishes widely in various journals and has published the following co-edited books, “Black Participatory Research: Power, Identity, and the Struggle for Justice in Education” (2017) and “Collaborative Practitioners, Collaborative Schools” (2012).


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