Dr. Styer has worked in the field of special education for over 35 years. She received her teaching certification, M.Ed., and Ph.D. at the University of Oregon. She has developed curriculum over the last 30 years while teaching middle school through transition age students with moderate and severe disabilities.
She continues to train a number of school districts to administer the assessment and implement the curriculum. She has also trained teachers and paraprofessionals in the areas of Transition Planning, Behavior Management, and Curriculum Development. She has been an adjunct faculty member in teacher training programs at the University of Oregon, Western Washington University, and Seattle Pacific University.
In addition to her years in the classroom, she has worked as a consultant and trainer for the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) at the University of South Florida. Dr. Styer has been a Special Education Director and has worked as a case manager for the Developmental Disabilities Department.
Candice is the author of Life After School: Transition Planning for Students with Disabilities
Suzanne Fitzgerald is the president of Specially Designed Education Services (SDES) where she specializes in writing curriculum and providing functional academic training and consultation related to programming for students with disabilities.
Suzanne has worked with children and adults with developmental, physical, emotional, and behavioral disabilities in classroom, vocational, residential, and recreational settings for over 25 years. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Services from Western Washington University and her Masters in Special Education degree from the University of Washington. Suzanne was a paraeducator prior to becoming a middle and high school special education teacher.
In addition, Suzanne serves as a Project Partner with Washington Sensory Disability Services where she assists children who have significant disabilities including deaf-blindness. In that role, she provides training and other support to families and service providers. She has also been a Special Education Cadre Trainer with the Washington Education Association. As a cadre trainer, she was responsible for providing requested trainings in areas pertinent to the provision of special education services.
Suzanne is the author of Beyond Expectations, a user-friendly framework for programming and teaching students with the most complex disabilities. Beyond Expectations is a work in progress.
The Styer-Fitzgerald Program was first published in 2009 as a result of the authors’ vast and varied teaching experiences, as well as educators’ suggestions and feedback through the years.
SDES has teamed up with Mundo Pato, Inc., our cloud publishing partner, to create a simple and affordable solution for special educators to use during this critical time.
The Virtual Teaching Materials are a separate supplemental purchase that will greatly enhance the Styer-Fitzgerald Program for Functional Academics or can be used on its own.
Virtual Teaching Materials Pricing 1st year: $1000 non-recurring configuration fee plus 12 x monthly charge.
SDES has teamed up with Mundo Pato, Inc., our cloud publishing partner, to create the full Styer-Fitzgerald Program for Functional Academics in the cloud. *The Styer-Fitzgerald Program in the Cloud Start-Up Fee: a $6000 non-recurring start-up fee will be added to the first year subscription only.