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Huda Almumen

During my seven years of experience as a middle school teacher of English as a Second Language, in Kuwait, a country in the Third World, I taught many students with exceptionalities. Those students did not meet our expectations as many Kuwaiti educators were somehow attached to the definition of “normal”. Later, I realized those students were with disabilities rather than differences, and Special Education is just a service for them not a placement. For helping those students in accessing learning activities with their typically developing peers in an inclusive learning environment, to achieve my dream in being a changing agent in the Kuwaiti educational field, I pursued my Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction at Kuwait University. However, the Master’s program was not well enough to prepare me for improving the educational system in Kuwait, and for serving students with disabilities. I chose to continue learning and pursing my doctoral studies in Special Education.

I am now elated to have been accepted to the University at Buffalo, PhD program in Special Education. I have had ambitions of attaining my PhD, and now I feel blessed with such opportunity that has been presented to me. Pursuing my PhD in this program shapes my educational skills, increases my experiences in teaching and preparing future teachers for teaching individuals with special needs in my home. My gratitude is for Dr. Raimondi who believed in my potentials and chose me to be one of her doctoral students. I have interests in inclusion, technology and teaching students with exceptionalities, especially those with Autism Spectrum Disorders. My goals are to help Kuwaiti children with disabilities get their full educational rights in studying with their typically developing peers, and establish a Special Education program at Kuwait University when I get the degree.

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