Faculty Profiles

Pavan J. Antony

The School of Education, Ruth S. Ammon College of Education and Health Sciences

Alumnae Hall 244

General Information



Ed.D., Washington State University (2009)

Post Graduate, : Kerala University, India (2005)

MA Public administration, Kerala University, India (2004)

Personal Statement

Personal Statement

I started my career in special education by working with children with disabilities in a special school. After completing a Masters degree in Public Administration, I served as an administrator and teacher for a special school for children with disabilities. After three years of working with children with special needs, I pursued my doctoral degree in special education at Washington State University, where my philosophy of educating children with disabilities changed from emphasizing the segregation of these children for special attention to including them as far as possible in a regular school setting. I strongly believe that no child should be segregated on the basis of his or her disability. It is the mindset of normal people which tells us whether or not to segregate or include an individual. While it takes a lot of effort and often great expense, inclusion of all children with disabilities in a school setting together with typically developing children is crucial for their future success as adults and citizens.

My purpose as a Professor of Special Education is to be a strong advocate for inclusion.
If we were to follow the opposite path, to continue segregating children with disabilities from attending a regular classroom due to his or her disability, we would be building communities that are not inclusive. Educational institutions should serve as strong pillars of every community. We should instill the ideal of inclusion in every child from the earliest age. In this way teachers will build strong, inclusive communities instead of walls of separation. Let's remember that:

Many of the things we need can wait. But the child cannot. Right now is the time his bones are being formed, his blood is being made and his sense being developed. To him, we cannot answer, Tomorrow. His name is (Iyer cited in Siddiqui, 2007, p.163).

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