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Summer West
MEd TESOL


Summer West has worked with UCSD Extension on a part-time basis since 2010. She currently works in Hessen, Germany as a research associate in Social Work and a PhD candidate in Linguistics, teaching courses in both programs. Her current research merges autism, ADHD, and dyslexia with language and writing studies. She has taught writing since 2008 across four different countries; however, after receiving a very late autism diagnosis in 2018, she transitioned into disability/neurodiversity studies and advocacy for higher education. She tutors undergraduate and graduate students with learning differences from varied language backgrounds in their academic writing coursework and is a newly elected co-chair of the Accessibility Committee for the Writing Program Administration Graduate Organization (WPA-GO). She is very passionate about accessibility and inclusion for adults with disabilities and learning differences in education and the workplace. She is pursuing the Americans with Disability Act Coordinator Training Certificate (ADATC) and intends to assist in training employers and educators in accommodating and including adults with disabilities and different abilities.