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Kathryn Wolff Heller, R.N., Ph.D.

Professor    Special Education- Physical/Health Impairments Project Director, Georgia Sensory Assistance Project    

Ph.D. Georgia State University (1992)
M.Ed. Georgia State University (1986)
B.S.N. Vanderbilt University (1979)


Assistive technology
Physical and health disabilities
Orthopedic impairment
Health issues


Select books:

Best, S., Heller, K.W., & Bigge, J. (2010). Teaching individuals with physical, health, or multiple disabilities, 6th Edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Merrill/Prentice Hall.

Heller, K.W., Forney, P.E., Alberto, P.A., Best, S. & Schwartzman, M.N. (2009).Understanding physical, health, and multiple disabilities, 2nd Edition. Upper  Saddle River, N.J.; Merrill/Prentice Hall.

Current grant:

Georgia Sensory Assistance Project, OSERS 2008- 2013. ($1,519,928). (Heller, Project Director and Author of Grant)

Sample articles with my doctoral students:

Heller, K. W. & Avant, M. J. (2011) Health care Procedure Considerations and Individualized Health Care Plans. Physical Disabilities: Education and Related Service, 30, 6-29.

Garrett, J. T., Heller, K.W., Fowler, L. P., Alberto, P. A., Fredrick, L.D., & O’Rourke, C. M. (2011). Using speech recognition software to increase writing fluency for individuals with physical disabilities. JSET, 26, 25-41.

Avant, J., & Heller, K.W. (2011). Examining the effectiveness of Touch Math with students with physical disabilities. Remedial and Special Education, 32, 309 – 321.

Coleman, M. B., & Heller, K. W. (2010). The use of repeated readings with computer modeling to promote reading fluency with students who have physical disabilities. Journal of Special Education Technology (25), 29-41.

Sample Presentations:

Heller, K. W. (2012) When Students are Dying: Providing Support in Educational Environments. Keynote  address at CAPHI Conference, Santa Barbara CA.

Heller, K. W.,&  Avant, J. (2011). Addressing Health Care Procedures and Individualized Health Care Plans, International CEC Convention, National Harbor, MD.

Heller, K.W. (2010). Promoting Literacy with students who have physical disabilities, DPHMD Showcase presentation, International CEC Convention, Nashville, TN.