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Special Education professor emeritus receives the 2015 Robert Dole Humanitarian Award

May 4, 2015

Ed Meyen, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Special Education was the 2015 recipient of the Robert Dole Humanitarian Award. The Dole Humanitarian Award, given by KU’s Department of Special Education, recognizes individuals with Kansas connections whose efforts have enhanced the quality of life of individuals with disabilities and their families. The inaugural award was presented in 2008 to native Kansan and former U.S. Sen. Robert Dole in recognition of his lifetime of distinguished public service to the disability community.

Professor Meyen, was the co-director for the e-learning Design Lab. His achievements include: directing federally funded projects totaling in excess of $24 million, as well as conducting research and model development pertaining to the education and support of children with disabilities. Dr. Meyen developed six computer software programs and produced five films. He served on eight editorial boards and 28 professional committees including Who’s Who in American Education and was the co-chair of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce Education Task Force. A dinner reception was held in his honor on April 24, 2015 at the Dole Institute of Politics in Lawrence, Kansas.

KU has been the home to some of the most significant researchers and innovators in the world who have made the study of individuals with developmental disabilities their life work. KU’s Department of Special Education has been repeatedly ranked first in the nation (amongst public universities) through independent research and annual national surveys, including U.S. News and World Report.

The Department of Special Education is housed in the KU School of Education, located in Lawrence Kansas. The KU School of Education is a nationally-ranked School, preparing educators and health/sport/exercise professionals as leaders.

-Content provided by Shaunna Price, Special Education Department


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