2019 DISES Distinguished International Leadership Award:

Dr. Suzanne Martin

The 2019 DISES Distinguished International Leadership Award was presented to Dr. Suzanne Martin. Suzanne currently works as a professor at University of Central Florida in Orlando. She started her career in 1972 as a teacher of students with special needs. She has served in the field for almost five decades in various positions as an Assistant Dean, Associate Professor, Acting Branch Chief and Education Program Specialist, Consulting Scholar, etc. She has received several national and international awards and has also served in leadership capacity at the national and international level. Her recent accomplishments included being a member of the Teachers Advocating to lead Great change (T.A.G.) Program, Delta Research and Education Foundation and founding member and current Vice-President of the Executive Board for the World Academy for the Future of Women. She also served as the President of Council for Exceptional Children. She has published several books, book chapters, journal articles and manuals. Additionally, she has been featured in video productions on different topics on Leadership in the times of change. She has received funding for research from but not limited to U.S. Department of Education, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Here is what the nominees have said about Suzanne: “I am certain I could talk about Dr. Martin’s work both locally in Orlando and globally including in Serbia, China, and Mexico among others. She is the true essence of a global educator pulling best practices from everywhere. However, my favorite thing about Dr. Martin is she demonstrates that you can be located in the U.S. and still have a huge global impact. Through both her own work abroad or helping students (like myself) see the possibilities, pursue opportunities, and guide us along the way, Dr. Martin has always been distinguished. I have learned under and have worked for many educators. Few have had the impact on my professional life and how I see the world as Dr. Martin.”

2019 DISES Distinguished Student Research Award: Dr. Aseel Alsuhaibani

The 2019 DISES Student Research Award was presented to Dr. Aseel Alsuhaibani. Here is what the nominees have said about Aseel: “Aseel’s dissertation titled “Arabic Version of the Arc’s Self-Determination Scale for Female Adolescents with Intellectual Disabilities, Learning Disabilities, and Multiple Disabilities in Saudi Arabia: Validation Study” is a great example of excellence in academic achievement. Aseel’s dissertation was well written and received George Mason University PhD in Education award. She demonstrates a strong potential for contributing to the field of international special education.”