Joanne is in her fourth year of a PhD program at UConn. Before this undertaking, she was a Special Education teacher working with adolescent, adjudicated girls at a residential facility here in Connecticut. Her educational focus is in improving the reading skills of adolescents who still struggle to read at grade level. She has joined LEND to gain experience working with families and professionals supporting other disabilities with a focus on autism and dyslexia. When she has completed her PhD, she anticipates becoming a teacher of Special Education teachers with a wider sensitivity to all disabilities which affect academic outcomes.