Douglas Biklen is Dean of the School of Education; and is a Professor in Cultural Foundations of Education and Teaching and Leadership, faculty in Disability Studies, and the Senior Researcher at the Institute on Communication and Inclusion at Syracuse University. He is a founding faculty member of the Center on Human Policy, Law and Disability Studies. His work involves teaching and research on the sociology of disability, inclusive education, and communication.
He is Co-Producer of the Academy Award Nominated documentary Autism Is A World for CNN Presents (2004) and produced (with Rossetti) the documentary My Classic Life as an Artist: A Portrait of Larry Bissonnette (2005) which has appeared in multiple international film festivals (Vail, Sprout, Munich, Vermont). He was executive producer of the documentary Regular Lives (1988), about school inclusion, seen on PBS and was educational advisor to the HBO Academy Award winning documentary Educating Peter and its sequel Graduating Peter (HBO).
Biklen’s current research focuses on whole school reform, autobiographies of autism, disability policy, and school inclusion. He is author of Autism and the Myth of the Person Alone (NYU Press, 2005), and has published a dozen other books including; Schooling without Labels; Communication Unbound; Access to Academics (with Kluth and Straut) and Achieving the Complete School. He has written more than 100 articles which have appeared in a range of journals including: the American Education Research Journal; Teachers College Record; Mental Retardation; the International Journal of Inclusive Education, the Harvard Educational Review; the Journal of Social Issues; Disability and Society and Topics in Language Disorders. He is a member of the International Advisory Board of the International Journal of Inclusive Education.