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Shaping the Future

Olivia Raynor

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Adjunct Professor, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences

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For over 30 years Dr. Raynor has been engaged in projects addressing the inclusion of individuals with disabilities in schools, post secondary education, employment, volunteerism and the arts. She is responsible for the overall leadership of the Consortium on Postsecondary Education Options for Students with Developmental Disabilities, a statewide group dedicated to improving access to college by students with intellectual disabilities and autism. Dr. Raynor chaired the UCLA Committee that lead to the establishment in 2006 of Pathway at UCLA Extension, a ground breaking 2-year postsecondary program for students with intellectual disabilities.

In 2007, Dr. Raynor began Open the Doors to College, the Tarjan Center's postsecondary education initiative that

  1. Facilitates program development through technical asssitance and training
  2. Interagency collaboration for transtion age youth from K-12 to college and needed system and policy changes.

Dr. Raynor holds degrees from Boston University and the University of Southern California in Occupational Therapy and a doctorate from the University of California Los Angeles in Educational Psychology. Dr. Raynor is a Governor appointed member of the State Council on Developmental Disabilities as well as Chair of the Strategic Planning Subcommittee and member of the Executive Committee of the Council. In 2006, Dr. Raynor was a recipient of a Visionary Award by Kern County Regional Center, California.

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