Bryan Dague, Ed.D has been with the Center on Disability and Community Inclusion (CDCI) at UVM for over 25 years. He provides training and technical assistance in the areas of supported employment and transition for people with disabilities. Dr. Dague earned his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from UVM. His dissertation entitled “Sheltered Employment, Sheltered Lives: Navigating the New Realities of Community Employment” focused on the last sheltered workshop in Vermont, and the impact the conversion had on the families and participants. Bryan is the current program director for Think College, an inclusive college certificate program for youth with developmental and intellectual disabilities.
Winnie Looby, Ph.D. is Core-Function Coordinator for Academics and Disability Studies Project Coordinator for the Center on Disability and Community Inclusion (CDCI). She is also a lecturer for UVM courses that address intersectional issues related to equity and inclusion. She earned her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies with a concentration in Special Education, and her M.Ed. in Early Childhood Special Education, both here at UVM. Dr. Looby’s professional interests focus on Interdisciplinary Collaboration, Disability Studies, Early Childhood Special Education, Technology in Education, and Family-School Partnerships. As a longtime Vermont resident, her investment in education and her local community began with her work in the Burlington schools as a parent, volunteer, and educator. She is also an artist trained in multiple disciplines. Her research interests infuse her arts training together with her interdisciplinary interest in supporting diversity and equity broadly, and specifically for students and community members with exceptionalities.