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Rooshey Hasnain

Project Director

Rooshey Hasnain, Ed.D., has over 12 years of experience in the special education and rehabilitation fields. Currently, she is project director of several initiatives that focus on underserved and unserved populations at the Institute for Community Inclusion. Her commitment to working with diverse communities has grown through active participation in several state and federal capacity building projects at ICI. Her interests include school-to-adult life transition, service delivery models, organizational capacity-building, and cross-cultural perceptions of disability. In this position, Rooshey also conducts workshops related to disability awareness, cultural brokering, proposal development, and self-determination & youth leadership. In addition, she has established working relationships and partnerships with several community-based ethnic agencies and advocacy groups in Massachusetts. She serves as a board member for the Somali Development Center and the Great Wall Center.

Rooshey originally came from Pakistan and has lived in various parts of the world, which has added to her multicultural perspective. She was awarded the Ansin Intercultural Research Fund Award for her dissertation at the Boston University School of Education. Her dissertation examined post-high-school outcomes for young adults with disabilities and their families from culturally and ethnically diverse backgrounds. Her combined academic, work, and personal experiences in the disability arena have motivated her to pursue projects at both a national and international level.

ICI publications by Rooshey Hasnain

Job Networking in Diverse Communities

While individuals with disabilities face many obstacles when seeking employment, there are usually additional challenges for those from diverse cultures. To address this issue, ICI formed partnerships with community immigrant organizations to teach networking techniques to job seekers. (4/2005)

Effective Career Development Strategies for Young Artists with Disabilities

One potential arena of employment for young people with disabilities is the arts. This brief reports on effective strategies that 47 young artists with disabilities used to gain access to arts-related experiences in order to further their educational and career pathways. Across program years 2002–2005, these young artists, all aged 16 to 25, were finalists in the VSA arts/ Volkswagen of America, Inc. Program, an arts competition that was intended to showcase their talents and accomplishments. As part of the overall evaluation, we were able to identify career development strategies based on a review of finalists’ program applications. This brief is mainly targeted at visual artists, although the strategies may also apply to other groups of artists. (6/2008)

Making Networking Easier for Job Seekers: A Guide

Networking is considered the most effective way to find a good job. However, sometimes people find networking difficult. This brief addresses common reasons why people might not be comfortable and offers possible solutions. Particular concern is paid to differences between cultures. (4/2005)

Select outside publications by Rooshey Hasnain

Hasnain, R., Sotnik, P., & Ghiloni, C. (2003). Person-centered planning: A gateway to improving vocational rehabilitation services for culturally diverse individuals with disabilities. Journal of Rehabilitation, 69(3), pp. 10-17.

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