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 http://www.instituteondisabilityculture.org/manifesto and is on Twitter @disculture.
Sheryl Burgstahler, Ph.D.
Besides teaching part-time for the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Sheryl Burgstahler is an Affiliate Professor in Education and the Director of Accessible Technology Services at the University of Washington in Seattle. She is the author of Universal Design in Higher Education: From Principles to Practice. She is a popular speaker on how universal and related proactive design strategies can promote an inclusive culture by making learning activities, technology, physical spaces and student services at postsecondary institutions welcoming and accessible to everyone. As Director of Accessible Technology Services she coordinates efforts to ensure that faculty, students, staff and visitors to the University have access to all of the services delivered using IT that includes websites, videos, documents, administrative applications, and online learning. She also founded and continues to lead the DO-IT Center, whose projects are funded by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, and other sources to promote the college and career success of individuals with disabilities, using technology as an empowering tool. DO-IT stands for Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking and Technology.
Megan Conway, Ph.D. (Program Coordinator)
Megan A. Conway is the Director of Instruction and Training at the Center on Disability Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. She is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal. She has been in the disability studies field for over 25 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 is Co-PI of the Unidescription Project, funded by the National Park Service and Google, developing mobile technology to audio describe multimedia for individuals who are blind and visually impaired. Dr. Conway also served as Co-PI 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.
Thomas Conway, M.B.A., Ph.D.
Thomas H. Conway is the Media Coordinator at the Center on Disability Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. Dr. Conway is Co-PI of the Unidescription Project, funded by the National Park Service and Google, developing mobile technology to audio describe multimedia for individuals who are blind and visually impaired. He also 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, Dr. Conway is interested in accessible educational technology. He received is doctorate in Educational Technology at the University of Hawaii in 2017. Dr. Conway 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. Dr. 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.
Caryl Hitchcock, Ph.D.
Caryl Hitchcock has worked at the Center on Disability Studies since 2007. She is an Associate Professor and also serves as Graduate Faculty in the College of Education. She is the Principal Investigator on the New Beginnings for ELL (NB-ELL) Project that designs and offers graduate level on-line courses through HI DOE PDE3 and Outreach College. These courses improve instructional practice for teachers and graduate students who work with students who are English Learners (EL). Her research interests include evidence-based strategies in language and literacy; professional development for teachers of linguistically and culturally diverse learners; and using video and computer technology to enhance learning. Dr. Hitchcock has recently become a member of the Teacher Education Committee (TEC) for Multi-Lingual Education.
Lauren Ho, MSW
Lauren Ho is a Assistant Specialist at the Center on Disabilities Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. She has a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work and is a current graduate student in the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa College of Education Learning Design & Technology (LTEC) program. Her research interests include accessible technology and instructional design.
Mautumua Porotesano, MS
Mautumua (Mua) Porotesano, MS is an instructor and educational technology specialist with the NB-ELL Project. Her background includes multimedia and graphic design, assistive technology, curriculum development, instruction, bilingual education, teacher training, and teacher professional development. Her interests include training teachers to use various assistive technology tools and strategies to support ELL students and students with disabilities in the classroom. She has worked with educators from Hawaii, from American Samoa, and through Micronesia. She has also worked with Pacific Island immigrant students in Hawaii.
Raphael Raphael, Ph.D.
Raphael Raphael is a film and media scholar whose work frequently looks at making connections between film and disability studies. His most recent book, Transnational Horror Cinema: Bodies of Excess and the Global Grotesque (2017), with Sophia Siddique, looks at intersections of the horror genre, disability and trauma across borders. Other writing includes Transnational Stardom: International Celebrity in Film and Popular Culture (2013) with Russell Meeuf and contributions to the Encyclopedia of American Disability History and writing on film and disability studies pedagogy in Modern Language Association's Teaching Film (2012). He currently serves at Associate Editor of Creative Works and Multimedia for the Review of Disability Studies. His scholarship is also informed by his own practice as transmedia artist. He is currently producing a filmed adaptation of Robin Wilde Hansen’s novel The World (2014), a work exploring mental illness. Dr. Raphael tweets on issues in film and technology @raphaelspeak.
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.