AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas Center for Disability Studies is excited to welcome Dr. Anita Swanson as the new Project Coordinator for the Texas Technology Access Program (TTAP). Dr. Swanson will work with current TTAP staff to increase connections and awareness locally and across the state.
“I’m excited to take this position and to tie all of my previous research and work together,” said Swanson. “I really love connecting with people, building relationships, and finding assistive technology that works for them.”
Dr. Swanson brings experience as a practitioner and professor of music therapy. She received her Bachelor’s in Music Therapy from Southwestern Oklahoma State University, her Master’s in Music Therapy from Texas Women’s University, and her Doctorate from the University of Kansas. Dr. Swanson has a wide range of experience including utilizing Assistive Technology (AT) with individuals on the autism spectrum, persons with developmental and intellectual disabilities, and adults with neurological challenges. After working at different colleges and practices, Dr. Swanson returned to Texas, where she worked with children who faced homelessness as well as children whose parents are incarcerated. Dr. Swanson is published in several journals and frequently presents across the US and internationally. As of July 2020, Dr. Swanson has been elected President of the World Federation of Music Therapy.