Dr. Lisa Sigafoos


Dr. Lisa Sigafoos is an assistant professor of practice in the Department of Special Education at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Sigafoos teaches undergraduate courses related to special education/inclusive education and disabilities including courses such as Individual Differences and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Within her courses, she educates students on disability empowerment, disability language and treatment, and inclusive teaching practices. She is also the coordinator of the undergraduate special education program. 
Dr. Sigafoos earned all her degrees from the University of Texas at Austin (UT), starting with a bachelor’s in education, a master’s in special education- high incidence disabilities, and a doctoral degree in special education with a focus on postsecondary students with disabilities. She also earned a doctorate portfolio in disability studies with a focus on adults with disabilities and inclusive higher education. Dr. Sigafoos serves as the faculty advisor for the UT chapter of Best Buddies and partners with UT’s certification program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), as an inclusive teaching instructor. She also teaches classes aimed at adults with IDD through a UT-sponsored inclusion program. Additionally, Dr. Sigafoos serves on the Austin Resource Board for Special Olympics of Texas. 

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Empowering Disability Identity and Fostering Inclusivity in Postsecondary Classrooms