Debra Bauder

Debra Bauder
Associate Professor
Department of Special Education
Room 156 - College of Education and Human Development
Office: 502-852-0564
Fax: 502-852-1419
debra.bauder @

Dr. Bauder's curriculum vitae [PDF]

Publications written by Debra cover many areas of the special education field including learning disabilities, general special education, and specialization in assistive technology. Recent publications include Assistive technology guidelines for Kentucky schools, Supported living in Kentucky and Assistive technology: Learning devices for special needs students and currently in preparation, Technology and Transition, a chapter in the forthcoming textbook, Transition Planning Across the Life Span, by Flexer, Simmons, Baer & Luft.

Committee membership included participation at the, Speech Proficiency Exam Committee, University of Louisville among others.

Debra is also coordinator of the Learning and Behavior Disorder Professional year program.

Educational Background

  • EdD, 1999, University of Kentucky
  • EdS, 1990, University of Kentucky
  • MEd, 1981, Vanderbilt University
  • BS, 1975, Mankato University

Teaching Areas

  • Assistive technology
  • Learning behavior disorders
  • Moderate and severe disabilities

Research Interests

  • Assistive technology
  • Web-based instruction
  • Learning and behavior disorders
  • Universal design for learning
  • Cognitive disabilities

Professional Organizations

  • Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
    • Division of Learning Disabilities (DLD)
    • Division of Technology and Media (TAM)
  • National Special Education Association
  • International Society of Technology and Education (ISTE)
  • Council for Learning Disability (CLD)

Professional Activities

  • Editorial Review Board, Assistive Technology Outcomes & Benefits, 2007-2010.
  • Board of Directors, Alliance for Technology Access (ATA).
  • Chair, CEHD Curriculum Committee Spring 2007- Fall 2007.
  • Member, Standard 1 NCATE Committee
  • Developer of the Program Review Document (NCATE) for Communication Disorders Program
  • Member, Speech Proficiency Exam Committee, CEHD

Awards and Honors

  • Provost’s Award for Exemplary Advising, Nominee, Spring, 2005
  • Favorite University Instructor Nominee, Delphi Center, 2004, 2005, 2006
  • Who’s Who in Education, 2003-2004 & 2005 -2006.
  • Special Recognition for Dedicated and Loyal Service, (July 2003). Bluegrass Technology Center.

Selected Publications

  • Ender, K. E., Kinney, B. J., Penrod, W. M., Bauder, D.K., & Simmons, T. (2007). Achieving systemic change with universal design for learning and digital content, Assistive Technology Outcomes, 4(1), 115 – 128.
  • Baer, R., Bauder, D. K., & Simmons, T. J., (2007). Curriculum and transition, In the Flexer, Baer, Luft, & Simmons,(Eds.) Transition Planning for Secondary Students with Disabilities, 3rd Edition, Merrill Publishing Co., Columbus OH
  • Penrod, W., Bauder, D. K., Simmons, T. J., Belcher, L. & Corley, J. W. (Dec 2006/Jan. 2007). A product evaluation and pilot study to determine the efficacy of the UltraCane™ in outdoor environments, Closing the Gap, 25(5).
  • Abell, M. M., Bauder, D. K., & Simmons, T. J., (2005). Access to the general curriculum: A planning guide for educators. Intervention in School and Clinic, 11(1) 82-86.
  • Bauder, D. K. & Simmons, T. J. (2005). UDL approaches to an inclusive education. In Enabling Education Network (eds.) ISEC 2005. Manchester, England: Inclusive Technology Ltd.