Debra Hart

Educational Coordinator

BS, Boston University MS, Simmons College PhD (ABD), Brandeis University, Heller Graduate School

Debra Hart has over 20 years of experience working with children, youth, and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Debra has directed over 20 federal and state projects, many of which have focused on improving access to postsecondary education and employment outcomes for students with IDD. She has provided training around universal design for learning and technology, media, and materials for school districts in Massachusetts, as well as training and technical assistance on creating access to college for students with significant disabilities statewide. She also has worked with the National Center for the Study of Postsecondary Educational Supports, a Rehabilitation Research and Training Center at the University of Hawaii. Debra has directed several statewide systems change projects on the transition of youth with disabilities into adult life and the inclusion of students with significant disabilities in all aspects of school life (K-12).