About Us
Hickson.jpgDr. Linda Hickson is Professor Emerita at Teachers College, Columbia University since 1968. As a long-time Coordinator of the Programs in Intellectual Disability/Autism, Dr. Hickson taught and mentored many masters and doctoral students preparing for careers in the education of people with disabilities. Dr. Hickson has published numerous chapters and articles on a wide array of topics pertaining to the education of people with disabilities. The research of Dr. Hickson and her colleagues has focused on finding ways to reduce the social vulnerability of adolescents and adults with intellectual disabilities and autism by increasing their ability to make self-protective and effective decisions. Dr. Hickson has directed a series of projects, funded by the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation, the Williams Syndrome Association, and the New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, that resulted in the development and evaluation of ESCAPE-NOW, an evidence-based curriculum to decrease the vulnerability of women and men with developmental disabilities.

1476_ishita.jpgDr. Ishita Khemka earned her PhD in Intellectual Disabilities and Autism from Columbia University, New York and is presently an Assistant Professor, School of Education at St. John’s University, New York. Her program of research focuses on the promotion of effective, evidence-based, decision-making based interventions, aimed at preventing abuse in adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Dr. Khemka is the co-author of the ESCAPE curriculum, which is a well-recognized and widely used abuse prevention program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and predecessor to the current ESCAPE-NOW Curriculum. Dr. Khemka has published numerous research articles and book chapters on decision making and prevention of abuse and youth victimization.