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Wehman Named Among the Most Influential Persons in Field of Special Education

by Laura Arbogast

University News Services

Paul Wehman, Ph.D., director of the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center at Virginia Commonwealth University, has been named as one of the past millennium's most influential persons in the field of special education. Wehman was recognized for his unique contributions in the area of supported employment and promoting work opportunities for people with severe disabilities. Wehman and 54 others, including Helen Keller and former President John F. Kennedy, were named in the journal Remedial and Special Education. Since the early 1980s Wehman has pioneered the development of supported employment for people with disabilities and has been the principal investigator of more than $20 million in federal grants awarded to VCU. He serves as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation and has written extensively on issues such as special education and the transition from school to adulthood for people with disabilities. Wehman has received numerous awards for his work, including the Distinguished Service Award from the President's Committee on Employment for Persons with Disabilities in 1992. He also was named the Mary Switzer Fellow for the National Rehabilitation Association in 1985.