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Project Family IMPACT

An Opportunity for Doctoral Study at the University of Illinois

The Department of Special Education at the University of Illinois is excited to announce a new doctoral training program. The purpose of this program is to prepare doctoral students to become leaders who understand and address the modern life-long experiences that families of individuals with disabilities face specific to Individualization, Mobility, Poverty, Adversity, Culture and Trauma (IMPACT).

Project Family IMPACT students will conduct methodologically rigorous research about and informed by families of individuals with disabilities across the life span, as well as prepare teachers and providers to forge strong relationships with families.

Doctoral students will acquire competencies via: coursework, a seminar series, and experiential learning including:

• Internship with an agency that services families of individuals with disabilities
• Traineeship involving research about families of individuals with disabilities
• Teaching and supervision experiences with pre-service teachers

To be eligible for Project Family IMPACT applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Full-time students funded through Project Family IMPACT will receive:

• Competitive monthly stipends
• Tuition waiver
• A waiver of most university fees
• Generous research and conference travel allowances

For more information about core requirements of the Ph.D. in Special Education, please see: 

For more information about Project Family IMPACT please contact:
Hedda Meadan (
Meghan Burke (

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