Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership
Peggy Locke is currently adjunct faculty at the University of St. Thomas, part time faculty at Walden University, and the lead autism, developmental disability specialist in Bloomington, Minnesota. Prior to that Peggy was the Director of Technology at Courage Center, which is a national rehabilitation and resource center for people with physical disabilities, brain injuries, speech or vision impairments, and hearing loss. There she developed a technology center and helped many individuals with a variety of needs.
Peggy has both a business background and extensive experience working with and for persons with disabilities. Prior to Courage Center, Peggy was the Director of Educational Research and Development at AbleNet Inc, a Minneapolis-based company that designed and manufactured simple technology for people with severe disabilities. She traveled all over the world teaching professionals about using simple technology for individual with severe disabilities. She was also an active participant in sales, marketing, and product development. . Peggy earned a Ph.D. in special education with an emphasis in developmental disabilities, autism, and augmentative and alternative communication. She spent more than 15 of her 35-year career as a special education teacher of K-12 grade pupils with severe disabilities and autism. She focused many years on the inclusion of children and adults with severe/profound disabilities through the use of simple-to-use technology. In addition, Peggy has provided training and support to thousands of educators and families throughout the world who are interested in expanding the capabilities of their students and children through shared experiences that are accessible and enjoyable for all. Through Peggy’s involvement in international organizations she advocates for people with disabilities to gain independence, participate and have opportunities for inclusion.