Department Chair Special Education
College of Education
1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
Christi Kasa is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Special Education and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. She received her Ph.D. in Teaching and Leadership from Syracuse University in 2002.
Christi began her career in education as an elementary school teacher in the public schools of Southern California. Her primary role was to serve as an inclusion facilitator for students with significant disabilities. Although she has left her role as a classroom teacher Christi remains active in schools through research and volunteer activities.
Christi’s research interests include inclusive schooling, access to academics for students with significant disabilities, and access to meaningful communication. Christi is currently conducting a qualitative research project funded by the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services titled: The Early Childhood Literate Community: Supporting Citizenship for Young Children with Significant Disabilities
In addition Christi is a team leader in the Breaking the Barriers project funded by the NLM Family Foundation. This project supports self-advocates to educate and advocate for the right to communicate for all citizens. See www.breaking-the-barriers.org for more information.
Ph.D., Teaching and Leadership
Syracuse University - 2002
M.A., Special Education
Chapman University - 1998
B.A., Liberal Studies
California State University Long Beach - 1993
Current Topics in Special Education
Teaching Students with Significant Support Needs
Professional Seminar in Special Education
Christi is published in the American Educational Research Journal (AERJ), The International Journal on Inclusive Education, Disability and Society, and The Journal of the Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps. Christi is a co-producer of the award winning documentary, Inside the Edge: A Journey to Using Speech through Typing.