Shamby Polychronis, PhD, is a passionate disability rights advocate with 20+ years of experience in the field. She has served on multiple grant projects, co-authored several articles, and presented at state and national conferences on a variety of her scholarly interests, such as post-school outcomes for students, family support services, and teacher education. Shamby advocates for social justice issues, including intersectionality, full inclusion in school and community environments, eliminating aversive interventions, and meaningful employment. She holds a doctorate in special education/students with extensive support needs from the University of Utah, where she is currently an assistant professor (clinical) in special education. She is the 2018 recipient of Westminster College’s Gore Excellence in Teaching Award and has taught courses about the disability rights movement, debunking myths and stereotypes of autism, inclusive educational practices, and effective methodologies for individualizing instruction.