Lori Cooney, M.Ed.

Institute for Community Inclusion/ UCEDD
University of Massachusetts Boston
100 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125
Phone: 617-287-4300
Secondary Phone: 508-801-6382
Email: [email protected]
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Last Updated: June 29, 2021

Lori Cooney

Primary Activity Coordinators: Research
Discipline Coordinators: Self Advocacy
Special Education
Project/Program/Clinic Contacts: Future Quest Island
Future Quest Island-Explorations
Think College
Equity & Excellence
Discipline(s): Education: Administration
Education: General
Person with a disability or special health care need
Self Advocacy
Assistive Technology
Education/Special Education
Family Member/Community Member
Family/Parent/Youth Advocacy
AUCD Council Membership: Community Education Directors' Council
No Council Membership
Research: Possible Selves, instructional technology, UDL, universal design, universal design for learning, assistive technology, game-based design, educational technology, technology, gaming, curriculum, curriculum design, inclusion, inclusive design, inclusive education, post-secondary, intellectual disability, autism
Education: Masters in Education, Lesley University
Bachelors of Science and Speech, Emerson College


Lori Cooney, M.Ed., Program Director, Inclusive Education & Curriculum Design, coordinates a Federal Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) grant for Future Quest Island, a fully accessible college and career readiness adventure for elementary and middle school students. Lori works across multiple projects on the Education & Transition Team and is a local and national speaker on universal design (UDL), technology, transition & inclusion, and college & career readiness. Lori has received the 2012 MassCUE Pathfinder Award, a Technology Humanist Award from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and is recognized as a Christa McAuliffe Teacher by the Challenger Learning Center at Framingham State University.

Lori has over 20 years of extensive experience in designing and delivering professional development on universal design (UDL), inclusive education, individualized learning plans, curriculum development, course design, technology integration, and assessment strategies for pK-16 students.

Recently, Ms. Cooney also spearheaded 4 inclusive playgrounds on Cape Cod and consults with community members on other large inclusive outdoor play spaces.