Adjunct Assistant Professor
Zaccheus J. Ahonle, PhD, CRC is an adjunct assistant professor at the Texas Center for Disability Studies (TCDS) through the School of Social Work, at The University of Texas at Austin. He holds a master and a PhD in special education from The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Ahonle also holds a master’s degree in information science. Prior to his transition into the field of disability studies, Dr. Ahonle worked for about a decade in the field of information technology. He has taught disability studies classes through the Texas Center for Disability Studies (TCDS) and currently coordinates the Disability Studies Graduate Portfolio Program and teaches web-based coursework in social construction of disability, making systems work for people with disabilities, and aging and disabilities. Dr. Ahonle is currently the project manager of interdisciplinary training, TCDS at UT Austin. He heads the program evaluation team that is currently evaluating the Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) Money Follows the Person (MFP) Pilot Program. Dr. Ahonle is also a certified rehabilitation counselor and a vocational rehabilitation expert with remarkable counseling experience working with people with disabilities including veterans and active service members. Dr. Ahonle is a current board member of Texas Rehabilitation Counselors and Educators Association (TRCEA) and affiliated to other professional associations: the National Rehabilitation Association (NRA), International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals (IARP), and National Council on Rehabilitation Education (NCRE). His primary areas of research interest include, community re-integration (i.e. competitive employment and post-school outcomes) for individuals with disabilities, including veterans with PTSD and TBI; and post-school outcomes for transition-aged youths with disabilities, including youths with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). At UT Austin, he has received graduate awards, the M. B. Moran Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Education, and the Ruth Patton Connor & Paul DeWitt Endowed Scholarship in Education. Dr. Ahonle’s recent employment outcome research involved the examination of the effects of race/ethnicity, comorbid disabilities, and vocational rehabilitation services on employment outcomes of individuals with traumatic brain injury.
Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
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