2019 Inclusion Alberta Family Conference
April 5-6, 2019
Fantasyland Hotel, Edmonton, Alberta
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Erik Carter

Cornelius Vanderbilt
Professor of Special Education
Nashville, Tennessee
Erik Carter’s research and teaching focuses on evidence-based strategies for supporting access to the general curriculum and promoting valued roles in school, work, community, and congregational settings for children and adults with intellectual disability, autism, and multiple disabilities. He cares deeply about designing effective peer-mediated supports that enable students with disabilities to flourish in the classroom and extra-curricular life. Prior to receiving his doctorate, Dr. Carter worked as a high school special education teacher and a transition specialist.

He has published widely in the areas of educational and transition services for children and youth with disabilities, including authoring or contributing to nearly 200 articles and book chapters and also writing six books, which include the following, among others: I never truly thought about them having friends: Equipping schools to foster peer relationships (2017), Implementation and generalization of peer support arrangements for students with significant disabilities in inclusive classrooms (2016), Promoting inclusion, social relationships, and learning through peer support arrangements (2015) and Effects of peer networks on the social interactions of high school students with autism spectrum disorders (2014).

He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Distinguished Early Career Research Award from the Council for Exceptional Children and the Research Award from the Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities.