Sheida K. Raley, MEd

Schiefelbush Institute for Lifespan Studies, Kansas UCEDD

Sheida K.  Raley, MEd

Sheida is a doctoral student with over six years of experience serving people with disabilities in a variety of roles. She began her experience in the disability field as a special education teacher for elementary-aged students with ASD in California. After some years teaching, Sheida had the opportunity to join the Vanderbilt University UCEDD and assumed an active role in creating and disseminating information to individuals with disabilities, their families, and employers in an effort to enhance employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities across the state of Tennessee.

Upon graduation, Sheida pursued a research assistantship at the University of Kansas' (KU) UCEDD, the Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities, where her projects focused on the development and validation of a new assessment of self-determination. Recently, she joined the KU Special Education doctoral program and her areas of interest include self-determination and strengths-based approaches to inclusive education.

Through these experiences, Sheida has gained experience in project management, community organization, and leadership that she utilizes to influence educational and social institutions to promote the inclusion, participation, and independence for individuals with disabilities.

Sheida earned her MEd from Vanderbilt University's Peabody School of Education, with an emphasis on Severe Disabilities. She holds a BS in Severe Special Education with a minor in Math Education from Boston University.