Dr. Wehmeyer is the Ross and Marianna Beach Distinguished Professor in Special Education and Chairperson of Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas (KU). He serves as Director and Senior Scientist at KU’s Beach Center on Disability, and is former director of the Center on Developmental Disabilities. His research focuses on self-determination, the application of positive psychology and strengths-based approaches to disability, and the education of students with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Dr. Wehmeyer has co-authored or co-edited 32 books in special education and psychology, and has written more than 325 book chapters and journal articles. He is a Fellow and Vice-President of the Americas for the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, and a fellow of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD), of which he is also a past president. Dr. Wehmeyer is past president of the Council for Exceptional Children’s Division on Career Development and Transition, and former editor-in-chief of the journal Remedial and Special Education. Dr. Wehmeyer has been recognized with national and international honors for his work on intellectual and developmental disabilities, including the Distinguished Researcher Award from The Arc of the United States; American Psychological Association Distinguished Contributions to the Advancement of Disability Issues in Psychology Award; Council for Exceptional Children, Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities Burton Blatt Humanitarian Award; Higuchi-KU Endowment Research Achievement Awards; Balfour S. Jefferey Award; and the 2016 Special Education Research Award from the Council for Exceptional Children.