Kathy Kaluza Morris has been an educator for 45 years specializing in autism and behavior disorders as well moderate to severe cognitive disabilities. As a speech therapist for students with severe disabilities, a teacher of students with behavior disorders, including autism and emotional disturbances, she was mentored and supported by many national/international experts from whom she gathered many practical experiences and suggestions which she implemented. Her favorite classroom was a self-contained classroom for students with severe physical disabilities, including cerebral palsy. There she was attracted to technology and assistive devices to help support communication and independence.
As a resource teacher and regular education teacher, she was concerned with the lack of including students with disabilities and she was an advocate for more inclusive strategies. She was also a diagnostician and a supervisor that started two of the first LIFE Skills programs in Texas.
In Texas there are 20 education service centers which support school districts in their areas. Kathy was the autism, behavior and assistive technology consultant for 42 districts, providing seminars and technical assistance across all grade levels.
She left the service center to continue her doctoral program in educational psychology and started her own business, igivuWings, providing seminars and technical assistance nationally as well as internationally for the last 20 years.
Kathy and husband, Guy, “walk the walk and talk the talk” after the birth of their twin sons 32 years ago with autism and cerebral palsy. It has given them a 360 degree perspective of life as parents of children with disabilities as well as of educators.