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Fisher returns to Towson with plans for disability program

By: Ally McNamara
TU journalism student | Oct. 1, 2009

Prefessor Sandy Fisher created Towson University's Outreach Program 13 years ago for students with cognitive disabilities. (Photo taken by Ally McNamara, Sept. 29, 2009)

Prefessor Sandy Fisher created Towson University's Outreach Program 13 years ago for students with cognitive disabilities. (Photo taken by Ally McNamara, Sept. 29, 2009)

Professor Sandy Fisher developed the Outreach Program at Towson 13 years ago.

“I saw that there was a need for opportunity and diversity at Towson,” said Fisher.  “Especially for people with disabilities.”

Fisher always had an interest in working with people with disabilities.  After having a daughter with special needs, Fisher knew coming back to Towson to create the Outreach Program was necessary.

“In my day, people came to Towson for an education, mostly to become teachers,” Fisher said.  “But for those interested, there were no education classes dealing with special needs.”

Today, Towson not only has a special education major, but also offers many services to support people with special needs.  Among some of these services are: the Outreach Program, Disability Support Services, and the Student Occupational Therapy Association.

The Outreach Program has enabled students with cognitive disabilities to work and even take classes on Towson’s campus.  Many of Fisher’s students work at Newell Dining, Brickstreet Café, the post office, and the child care center.

Fisher remarked that she has seen a tremendous amount of growth on Towson’s campus, from the time she was doing her undergraduate studies here, until today where she runs the Outreach Program and teaches in the Family Studies department.

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