Speaker Highlight – Dr. Meagan Orsag (PhD, MEd, BS)

Dr. Meagan Orsag and her family.

Biography

Meagan Orsag (PhD, MEd, BS) is the Associate Director at the Center on Disability and Development at Texas A&M University. She is the Director for the “Aggie Disability Awareness” project, “Purposeful Life Family Training” series, “Whose Life it is Anyway? Person-Centered Practice” project, and the “Success for Today and Tomorrow: Accessing Disability Resources” Conference. She established the think tank group “Statewide Partners in Transition” where agency leaders, family groups, UCEDD staff, and school district professionals meet to discuss emerging issues related to transition and program development. Meagan also serves on community boards and steering communities related to community education, outreach, and support services.   

She was previously the Program Coordinator for the Postsecondary Access and Training in Human Services (PATHS) program, a certification program for individuals with and without disabilities to become direct support professionals and child­care professionals. Meagan graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a PhD in Special Education Administration. She has been published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at national and international conferences. Her research interests include: access, equity, leadership development, program evaluation, transition, and diversity on college campuses. Meagan is married to Darren Orsag and they have three daughters (Natalie, Neely, and Nola) with one on the way!

 

Meagan and her colleagues, Joe Hartsoe and Nate Pooling,  will be bringing different disability workshops aimed at Aggies going above and beyond in the inclusion of students with disabilities. This will be a condensed version of the “Aggie Disability Awareness Workshop hosted by the Center on Disabilities and Development, Disability Services, and the Center for Teaching Excellence. The workshop focuses on developing knowledge on the social and medical models of disabilities, discussing how to work and support individuals with disabilities, and acquaint faculty with the Universal Design for Instruction principles. Meagan said that her favorite part of her job was changing the perceptions of people after they have attended the workshops.

“Nothing about us without us.” This quote encompasses the mentality that it is important to ensure that is decisions are to be made for people with disabilities, than individuals with disabilities need to be at the table in making those decisions.

Meagan got her start as a Special Education teacher and also worked with at risk youth in both San Antonio and College Station, Texas.

For more information on Meagan Orsag and the Center on Disabilities and Development visit:

www.cdd.tamu.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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