Penny Seay, PhD

Texas Center for Disability Studies
The University of Texas at Austin
Commons Learning Center
10100 Burnet Road
Austin, TX 78758-4445
 
Phone: 512-232-0745
Email: penny.seay@austin.utexas.edu
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Last Updated: August 29, 2012

Penny Seay
 

Leadership: UCEDD Director
Primary Activity Coordinators: Research Director
Distance Learning
Specialty Resource Contacts: Inclusive Spiritual Supports
End-of-Life Care
 
Discipline(s): Education/Special Education
Disability Studies
Pastoral
 
AUCD Council Membership: No Council Membership
Council on Research and Evaluation
 
Research: Person centered thinking, inclusive spiritual supports, end of life care
Education: Disability Across the Lifespan, Web Based Curriculum Development
Service: Community Based Supports

Vita/Bio

 

EDUCATION

Ph.D., Special Education, The University of Texas at Austin, 1993; concentration in Severe Disabilities
M. S., Special Education, University of Kansas Medical Center, 1976; concentration in Severe and Profound Disabilities and Crippled and Other Health Impaired; and Deaf Education.
B. S., Elementary Education. University of Kansas, 1975.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Executive Director, Texas Center for Disability Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, 1989 to present
Educational Consultant, 1992 to present
Director of Education, Healthcare Rehabilitation Center, Austin, TX, 1989
Teaching Assistant, Department of Special Education, University of Texas at Austin, 1988 - 1989.
Instructional Supervisor, Multihandicapped Deaf Department, Texas School for the Deaf, 1986 -1988.
Instructional Supervisor, Multihandicapped Department, Oklahoma School for the Deaf, 1983 - 1986.
Instructor, Park Hill School District, Kansas City, MO, 1982 - 1983.
Adjunct Faculty, St. Mary College, Leavenworth, KS, 1983.
Instructor, Kansas School for the Deaf, 1980 - 1982.
Instructor, Joan Davis School for Special Education, Kansas City, MO, 1976-1979.

COURSES TAUGHT

Introduction to Disability Studies: Making Systems Work for People with Disabilities, School of Social Work, Graduate and Undergraduate, Fall Semesters 2002 to present, Web-based.
Disability and Aging, School of Social Work, Graduate and Undergraduate, Spring Semesters 2004 to present, Web-based.
Serving Young Children in Inclusive Settings, Department of Special Education, Graduate and Undergraduate, Spring 2002.
Collaborative Consultation Skills, Department of Special Education, Graduate, Fall 1996, Fall 1997, Summer, 1998, Fall 1998, Fall 1999, Fall 2000.
Leadership in Developmental Disabilities, Department of Special Education, Graduate, Spring 1997.
Community Supports for Individuals and Families, Department of Special Education at UT Austin and Texas A & M University, Graduate, Spring, 1996.
Whole Life Planning, Department of Special Education, Spring 1995.
Transition and the Exceptional Learner, Department of Special Education, Undergraduate, Fall, 1995.
Developmental Disabilities, Department of Special Education, Graduate, Summer 1993.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Dumas, S., De La Garza, D., Becker, H., & Seay, P. (2002). Perceptions of people with mental retardation and their family members in using a person-centered planning process to access services and supports. In Holburn, S., & Vietze, P. (eds.) Research and practice in person centered planning, pp. 223 - 246. Paul Brookes, Baltimore.
Becker, H., Dumas, S., Seay, P., & Houser, A. (2000). How organizational factors contribute to innovations in service delivery. Mental Retardation, 38(5), pp. 385-394.
Bryant, B., Seay, P., & Bryant, D. (1999). Assistive technology and adaptive behavior. In R. Schalock (Ed.) Adaptive Behavior and its Measurement, pp. 81 - 98. Washington, DC: AAMR.
Bryant, B., & Seay, P. (1998). The Technology-Related Assistance to Individuals with Disabilities Act: Relevance to individuals with learning disabilities and their advocates. Special series, Journal of Learning Disabilities, (31), pp. 4 -15.
Roberts, G., Becker, H., & Seay, P. (1997). A process for measuring adoption of innovation within the supports paradigm, Journal of the Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps, 22(2), 109-119.
Bryant, B., Seay, P., O'Connell, M., & Comstock-Galagan, J. (1996). The Texas Assistive Technology Partnership and Advocacy, Incorporated: A cooperative partnership between Texas' Tech Act state project and its protection and advocacy system. Assistive Technology, pp. 275 - 282.

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS AND TRAINING

Roberts, G., Becker, H. & Seay, P. (May, 2003). Doing research and developing policy: the interplay of research, program development, and policy in Project ACTIONS. Presentation at the National Institute for People with Disabilities 24th annual Conference on MR/DD, New York, New York.
Seay, P. & De La Garza, D. (2002, October). Designing an on-line curriculum in the field of developmental disabilities. Presentation at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities Annual Meeting, Bethesda, MD.
Seay, P. (2002, October). Collaborating to create family-based alternatives for children in institutions. Presentation at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities Annual Meeting, Bethesda, MD.
Seay, P. (October, 2002). Best practices in services for people with disabilities. Presentation at the School of Social Work, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX.
Seay, P. & De La Garza, D. (November, 2000). Web-Based Training: Rehabilitation Specialist. Presentation at the Mental Health Directors Regional meeting, New Braunfels, TX.
Seay, P. & Escamilla, A. (1999, January). Leadership Agent Teams: Self Advocacy Training. Presentation at the Mental Retardation Center Directors Meeting, San Antonio, TX.
Seay, P. & McCarthy, M. (1998, August). School Inclusion: What makes it work?. Presentation at the Annual Texas Fiesta Educativa conference, San Antonio, TX.
Seay, P. (1998, August). The Human Service System: Successfully Negotiating the Maze. Presentation at the Annual Texas Fiesta Educativa conference, San Antonio, TX.
Seay, P. (1998, April). Strategies for successful school inclusion. Presentation at the College of Education, the University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX.
Seay, P. & McCarthy, M. (1998, April). Statewide Strategic Plan for the Prevention of Secondary Conditions Related to Disability. Presentation at the Texas Department of Health, Austin, TX.
Seay, P. (1996, December). Enhancing self determination in people with disabilities. Presentation at the College of Education, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX.
Seay, P. (1996, July). Americans with Disabilities Act. Presentation at the University of Texas at Austin Employee Assistance Program, Austin, TX.
Seay, P. (1996, March). Developmental Disabilities: Future Issues, Keynote Address at the 39th Annual Nutrition and Food Service Management Seminar, Texas Mental Health and Mental Retardation, Austin, TX.
Seay, P. (1996, March). School Inclusion: The role of social workers. Presentation at the School of Social Work, the University of Texas, School Social Work Annual Conference, Austin, TX.
Seay, P. (1996, February). Strategies for successful school inclusion. Presentation at the College of Education, the University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX.
Bergman. A. & Seay, P. (1995, May). Issues in Personal Preparation. Presentation at the American Association on Mental Retardation Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA.
Seay, P., Dumas, S., & Robinson, S. (1995, April). Choosing inclusion: Research on inclusion and instruction. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Inclusion Works! Project, Arc of Texas, Corpus Christi, TX.
Seay, P. & Dumas, S. (1994, October). Collaboration and cooperative learning. Faculty in-service training at the Mansfield Independent School District, Mansfield, TX.
Seay, P. & Soffer, R. (1994, October). School inclusion issues and strategies. Presentation at the Texas Education Agency Professional Development Conference, Austin, TX.
Seay, P. & Dumas, S. (1994, May). Strategies to include students with disabilities in the general education classroom. Faculty in-service training presentation at Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, TX.
Seay, P. & Dumas, S. (1994, February). Strategies to include students with disabilities in the general education classroom. Faculty in-service training presentation at Bedichek Junior High School, Austin, TX.