Dianne Zager, Ph.D.

Founding Head of School Emerita

Dr. Dianne Zager, Chair of the Advisory Committee, founded and headed Shrub Oak International School through its first years, creating and overseeing development of the school’s mission, philosophy and curriculum. She is internationally recognized as a pioneer in autism education. In addition to her leadership at Shrub Oak, she has consulted with school districts across the U.S. to develop autism educational programs and founded one of the nation’s first college support programs for students with autism. She has served as president of the International Council for Exceptional Children’s Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities, and has over 30 years’ experience directing graduate and post-graduate programs to train school personnel in autism. Dr. Zager has done extensive work in the transition of students with autism to adulthood and employment. She was founding editor of Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, one of the most widely read autism journals in the nation, and has authored numerous books, chapters, and research papers on topics related to the education of students with autism spectrum disorders.

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