Dr. Stephanie MacFarland is currently the Director of the Teacher Preparation Program in Severe and Multiple Disabilities at the University of Arizona in the Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation and School Psychology. This is a graduate level program, which leads to a Master's Degree and certification in severe disabilities in the State of Arizona and prepares teachers to be inclusion educators. Also, Dr. MacFarland specializes in preparing teachers and consulting in the field of deaf-blind education with an emphasis in communication development. She was a Fulbright Scholar and studied with Dr. Jan van Dijk in The Netherlands who is a renowned educator and researcher in deaf-blind education. Dr. MacFarland documented van Dijk's theory and curricular approach through her doctoral research and has given numerous presentations and technical assistance regarding the use of the Van Dijk approach in America and abroad.