Dr. Eileen Luddy and her colleagues Donald Hernberg and Karin McMahon, have extensive experience in the areas of education and positive behavioral supports, curriculum and instruction, team training and resource development. They are skilled at collaborating with related service agencies to support transition, family training and support as well as creative resource development to meet the unique needs of individual students.
Eileen F. Luddy
PH.D., Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI
(Educational Leadership) 2002
M.Ed., University of Kansas (Special Education) 1980
B.S., University of Connecticut (Special Education) 1977
A.A., Mattatuck Community College (Liberal Arts) 1975
Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, University of California, Irvine 1984
Graduate Courses in Special Education Administration (Connecticut) 1993
Connecticut Special Education Administration, 1995
Connecticut Special Education (MR, ED, LD), 1978
Connecticut Elementary Education (K-8), 1983
California Community College, 1983
California Severely Handicapped, Multiple Subject, 1984
Kansas Special Education (Severely Handicapped), 1980
Summary of Published Papers:
Falvey, M.A., Grenot-Scheyer, M.A., Luddy, E.F., (1987). Developing and implementing community-referenced curriculum. In D.J. Cohen, and A.M. Donnellan, Handbook of Autism and Pervasive Development Disorders. Wiley Publishing, New York, New York.
Luddy, E.F., A quantitative assessment procedure for measuring standing and sitting behaviour (Master’s Thesis). University of Kansas, 1980
Luddy, E.F., A case analysis of three middle-school boys who have Down syndrome and have been in regular education classes since preschool (Dissertation, Doctor of Philosophy). Andrews University, 2002.
Eileen Luddy, Ph.D., has over 40 years of experience in education and the development of integrated services for students who have significant disabilities.
For more than 30 years Dr. Luddy has provided educational consultation to students with disabilities, their families and the agencies who support them. She has worked with hundreds of children who have complex learning needs, including children with Autism, Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, rare disorders, and children who have multiple disabilities or complex learning needs.
Dr. Luddy specializes in working with educational teams who support students with complex communication and learning profiles. Her expertise includes the development of inclusive educational resources in public schools, IEP development for children with complex learning needs, teacher training in inclusive practices, modifications and accommodations, systems change in public schools, positive behavioral supports, and multi-agency collaboration.
Dr. Luddy has been certified as an expert witness in federal court, has testified as an expert in several due process hearings, and has facilitated many settlement agreements subsequent to a resolution reached by families and public schools.
Dr. Luddy has a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Andrews University, MI, a Master's degree from The University of Kansas and a Bachelor's degree in Special Education from The University of Connecticut. She lived in California and attended California State University in Irvine, and completed her PhD at Andrews University in Michigan in 2002.
She has presented at many local, regional and national conferences, and is currently involved in training and systems change projects in public schools in Connecticut and New York.
Karin M. McMahon
M.S. Southern Connecticut State University, Special Education,
Adaptive Technology Concentration.
B.S. University of Texas of Dallas, Special Education.
CT Teacher Certification, Special Education K-12
TX Teacher Certification, Secondary Generic Special Education, English
Discovery Process Certification, Marc Gold & Associates
Employment Services with Emphasis in Customized Employment Certificate, ACRE
Karin McMahon, M.S. Ed., has over 35 years experience in providing special education and adult employment services to students and young adults with developmental disabilities.
Karin earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education at the University of Texas at Dallas and received her Master's Degree in Special Education with an Adaptive Technology Concentration from the Southern Connecticut State University. She is a K-12 Certified Special Education teacher. Karin has worked as a consultant in CT schools with Luddy & Associates since 2000.
Karin’s area of expertise includes comprehensive transition planning, assessments, and services for middle and high school students. She works with students, families, school staff and adult agencies to collaboratively develop transition plans focused on a student's post-school outcome goals. She is an experienced facilitator of Person Centered Planning and provides training to school teams on PATH and MAPS. Karin also provides consultation on work-based learning and secondary transition services for 18-21 year olds.
Karin has extensive training and experience in providing competitive integrated employment services including supported employment, customized employment, and the Discovery process. She assisted in the development and management of one of the first supported employment programs in Texas through state and federal grants. Karin consulted with the CT Department of Developmental Disabilities on the state's Employment First initiative. Karin is certified in the Discovery Process and is a Discovery mentor for Marc Gold & Associates. She has ACRE certification in Employment Services with an emphasis in Customized Employment.
Karin is an active member of the CT Transition Community of Practice and the CT Transition Task Force. She is a professional member of the Association of People Supporting Employment First (a national organization founded in 1988 known as APSE). Karin is currently a board member, past president, and a founding member of the CT APSE Chapter.
Donald T. Hernberg
M.S. in Special Education - Southern Connecticut State University - 2012
B.A. Eastern Connecticut State University - History/Social Studies, Secondary Education – 1984
Institute for Applied Behavior Analysis - Applied Behavioral Assessment Training – 1988
Donald Hernberg has more than 35 years of experience working with people who have disabilities. He worked for DDS at Mansfield Training School and in the Hartford Region developing support strategies for individuals living and working in the community.
Don was a consultant for Common Green during the 1980s, introducing person-centered planning and community-based resources for individuals who had significant behavioral and support needs. He has worked with some of the most behaviorally challenged individuals in the State, leading to insight and knowledge relevant to human behavior, group dynamics and service delivery.
Since joining Luddy & Associates in 1993, Don has worked with students, families, school systems and many state agencies, providing behavioral consultation and program development for children and adults with complex learning needs.
Don has a MS in Special Education from Southern Connecticut State University and a BA from Eastern Connecticut State University. He was trained in Behavioral Assessment and Positive Behavioral Supports through The Institute for Applied Behavior Analysis in California.
Don's expertise includes training and facilitation of behavioral strategies for individuals and families receiving DDS services and other state agencies, and facilitating multi-agency collaborations to meet the needs of individuals with complex learning needs. Don currently works as a DDS provider and also serves as a provider in the Division of Autism Spectrum Disorder Services.