Dr. Beth Myers is the Lawrence B. Taishoff Professor of Inclusive Education and Executive Director of the Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education. She is a tenure-track faculty member in the Teaching and Leadership Department in the School of Education at Syracuse University, teaching in the Inclusive Elementary program where she started in 2014. She oversees InclusiveU, a federally-recognized model program for college students with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Professor Myers taught in the Lower Merion School District in Pennsylvania and helped to create a best-practice inclusive program there. She opened a regional center for autism services in 2006 and served as Executive Director before joining the center’s consultation team in 2011. Beth holds a dual appointment with the Kelberman Center for Autism Services as Director of Special Projects. She has provided school consultations for students with autism and staff development to over 60 school districts. Additionally, Professor Myers has been the faculty liaison to the Syracuse City School District for the SUITR Program, a Masters Residency program in urban special education.
Dr. Myers was awarded a $2 million grant from the US Department of Education for her work on Transition and Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities (TPSID). She has served on the Fit Families research team and has recently published several articles in that area and a forthcoming book chapter. Myers co-authored the recent special issue of TASH Connections: Post-secondary Education and Self-Advocacy. Her forthcoming book, Spectrum: Disability, Equity, and the Stories of Autistic Teens, is currently under contract with Teachers College Press.
Myers has conducted research to study the autobiographical works of adolescents with autism, which won the Ralph C. Preston Award for Scholarship and Teaching Contributing to Social Justice and Educational Equity. Myers currently serves on the National Down Syndrome Society Inclusion Committee. She is the founding Executive Editor of the Journal of Inclusive Postsecondary Education. Dr. Myers was recently awarded the CNY Business Journal’s Business Woman of the Year in Higher Education.
Dr. Myers holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in elementary education, special education, and literacy from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and a doctorate from the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.
Stanley “Bud” Buckhout is the Director of the InclusiveU program and Associate Director of the Taishoff Center. He has worked in education for over 20 years. He earned his Teaching Certificate, M.S. in Special Education and a C.A.S. from Le Moyne College. He has worked in exploring research and facilitation of groups to aid in the identification of student instructional needs at the collegiate, district and school level. He has implemented trainings at many educational levels to develop effective learning environments for students.
Diana “Dee” Katovitch” is the Coordinator of the Peer2Peer Project, and Assistant Director of the Taishoff Center. She graduated from Syracuse University (B.S. School of Education ’90; Certificate of Advanced Study in Disability Studies, ’14) and SUNY Cortland (M.S. in Reading ‘95). She is currently a doctoral student in the Higher Education program at Syracuse University. She worked for 21 years as a special education teacher in NYS public schools. What began as a personal research project on post-secondary education for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities resulted in her book The Power to Spring Up: Postsecondary Education Opportunities for Students with Significant Disabilities (Woodbine House, 2009). Her new book, Beautiful Children, about the first school for children with intellectual disability in the United States, was released in Fall of 2016. Dee is on the Fulbright Specialist roster for 2017-2020, with a specialization in inclusive higher education.
Brianna Shults is the Internship and Employment Coordinator for InclusiveU’s Project SEARCH program. She holds a B.S. in Biology (’09) and a MSed (’11), along with a teaching certificate, from Le Moyne College. She comes to Syracuse University from Exceptional Family Resources, where she worked to develop and establish employment and community programs in the Syracuse area to assist individuals to gain the skills they need to become employed. She continues to work to create innovative approaches when assisting students to identify their career plan and successfully obtain employment.
Sam Roux has worked at the Taishoff Center since 2014, first as the Coordinator of the ACCESS program through Onondaga Community Living and currently as the Student Support Coordinator, advising InclusiveU students on courses, campus life, and independent living. Sam graduated in 2013 from SUNY Fredonia with a dual degree in History and Social Studies Adolescent Education. Prior to his roles with the Taishoff Center, he worked as a campus mentor, supporting individual InclusiveU students as they navigated college life.