Christy Ashby is an Associate Professor in the Teaching and Leadership Department of the School of Education at Syracuse University. She teaches in the Inclusive Elementary and Special Education Program and coordinates the 1-6 and 7-12 Inclusive Education Masters’ Programs. She is also the Director of the Institute on Communication and Inclusion (ICI), which conducts research, training and dissemination of information on communication strategies for individuals with disabilities who are non-speaking or who have limited speech. This work focuses on enhancing participation of people with disabilities in inclusive school and community settings.
Professor Ashby’s teaching and research focus on inclusive education broadly, with specific emphasis on supports for students with labels of autism and other developmental disabilities, facilitated communication, disability studies, and clinically rich teacher preparation. A consistent theme throughout her research and writing is the challenging of the construct of mental retardation and a consideration of the social construction of competence. Her work seeks to disrupt dominant notions of disability as deficiency and underscores the importance of considering the lived experiences of individuals considered to have significant disabilities. Ashby’s work has been published in journals including the International Journal of Inclusive Education, Disability and Society, Teacher Education and Special Education, and Intellectual and Developmental Disability.
Honors and Awards:
Inclusive education and teacher preparation, Autism and communication, and Disability Studies