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Main Office

Department of Rehabilitation Psychology & Special Education
School of Education
Education Building
1000 Bascom Mall, Rm. 431
MadisonWisconsin  53706

Tel: 608/263.5970
Fax: 608/263.5970

Email: rpseinfo@education.wisc.edu
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Welcome to RPSE

Welcome to the Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education (RPSE) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the only department solely committed to improving the lives of people with disabilities.

Our programs prepare graduates in entry-level and leadership positions to work with, or on behalf of people with disabilities and their families in a range of health, human services, and educational settings. Graduates are employed in a variety of positions including: program coordinators, therapists, advocates, transition specialists, employment specialists, case managers, rehabilitation counselors, counselor educators, special education teachers, teacher educators, administrators, and researchers.
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Congratulations to Grand Challenges

Professor Taucia Gonzalez with Grand Challenges Poster

 Grant Recipients!

Faculty members Aydin Bal,  Bonnie Doren, Taucia Gonzalez, Melinda Leko, Andrea Ruppar and David Rosenthal have received grants from the School of Education Grand Challenges initiative in the 2017-2018 academic year. 

The School of Education Grand Challenges initiative funds innovative solutions for critical social and scholarly problems in education, health, and creative expression in Wisconsin and around the world. 

Funded projects with faculty in Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education include:

Building Capacity for Community-School-University Partnerships for SystemicTransformation - Toward a Culturally Responsive Indigenous Learning Lab

Sociocritical Literacy for Community Change and Equity: Participatory Action Research with Bilingual Hmong and Latino Youth with/out Disabilities 

Enhancing Mental and Behavioral Health for Children and Youth in Rural Wisconsin Communities

Exploring and Realizing the Equitable Inclusion of Immigrant Parents and Students in Educational Policy- and Decision-Making

For more information on Grand Challenges, see: https://grandchallenges.education.wisc.edu/

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