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Disability and Diversity Studies Faculty at the University of Hawaii at Manoa

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Steven Brown, Ph.D.

Historian Steven E. Brown is a retired Professor and Disabilities Scholar, Center on Disability Studies, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa (currently Affiliate Faculty); Co-Founder of the Institute on Disability Culture, and 2015 Diversity and Inclusion Fellow for the Association of University Centers on Excellence in Disabilities (AUCD) Diversity and Inclusion Initiative. Dr. Brown, a former editor of the Review of Disability Studies, has published many articles about disability rights and disability culture and is a national and international speaker. His books include Movie Stars and Sensuous Scars: Essays on the Journey from Disability Shame to Disability Pride and Surprised to be Standing: A Spiritual Journey. Dr. Brown relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2014, where he continues to write, advocate, and teach. A Middle Grade biography, Ed Roberts: Wheelchair Genius, will be published in 2015. Dr. Brown blogs at and is on Twitter @disculture.

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Megan Conway, Ph.D. (Program Coordinator)

Megan A. Conway is an Assistant Professor and Interdisciplinary Training Coordinator with the Center on Disability Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. She is also the Editor of the Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal. She has been in the disability studies field for over 20 years. She teaches graduate level disability studies courses via distance education, and also conducts in-person and web-based professional development seminars on numerous disability and diversity topics. Her interests include disability studies in education, universal design, sociological aspects of disability, technology, deafblindness and multicultural issues. Dr. Conway recently served as co-Principal Investigator of EmployAble: A World Without Barriers, a virtual employment center for people with disabilities, funded by the Kessler Foundation. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area and a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, Dr. Conway moved to Hawai‘i in 2001.

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Thomas Conway, M.B.A.

Thomas H. Conway is the Media Coordinator at the Center on Disability Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. He recently served as the Project Director for EmployAble: A World Without Barriers, a virtual employment center for people with disabilities funded by the Kessler Foundation. With a background in photography and media production, Mr. Conway is interested in accessible educational technology. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in Educational Technology at the University of Hawaii. Mr. Conway recently developed a set of virtual tools in Second Life aimed at increasing postsecondary faculty and student awareness about access to technology for persons with disabilities. The tools are featured in the UH Manoa College of Education’s new Second Life Island. Mr. Conway grew up in Hawai‘i, and returned here after a stint on the Mainland including a degree from the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara. He still enjoys photographing the beautiful Hawaiian landscape.

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Kelly Roberts, Ph.D.

Kelly Roberts is a Professor with the Center on Disability Studies at the University of Hawai`i at Manoa. She has worked at CDS since 1997. She has been the director of the Pacific Basin UCEDD since 2006. She has served as the Vice-Chair for the AUCD Council on Research and Evaluation (CORE) since 2009, and currently serves as the Chair. Dr. Roberts' professional history spans multiple fields. She has taught in grades 6 through 12, both general and special education, and in adult education settings. She has worked in the mental health field and is currently conducting research on improving health outcomes for Hawaii’s youth. She is also a lead instructor in the CDS Disability Studies Certification program. Her research agenda is extensive and presently includes two large scale randomized control trials and research on promoting access and retention of individuals with intellectual disabilities in postsecondary education.

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Kiriko Takahashi, Ph.D.

Kiriko Takahashi is an Assistant Specialist at the Center on Disabilities Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. She has a Master’s degree in Learning Disabilities from Northwestern University, and a Doctoral degree in Exceptionalities from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. Her research interests include assistive technology, culturally-based education, and mathematics.