Brenda Smith is a Technical Assistance Specialist for the Center for Technical Assistance for Excellence in Special Education (TAESE). In her role she provides technical assistance and faciliation services for contracts with State Education Agencies and Local Education Agencies. She coordinates several projects, including Indicator 8 parent surveys, Indicator 14 postsecondary outcomes surveys, and program evaluations. She has a Phd in Disability Disciplines with a specialization in Disability Studies. Her research includes activism among college students with disabilities and representation of students with disabilities in charter schools compared to tradtional public schools.