GSE’s Amy Parker receives transportation honors

Amy ParkerThe Portland chapter of the Women in Transportation (WTS) has awarded Special Education Assistant Professor Amy Parker an honorary membership to their organization for one year. She joins Governor Kate Brown and five others with this distinction.

Parker came to PSU in 2017 to coordinate the Orientation and Mobility (O&M) Program in the Special Education Department, which can be taken alone as a certificate, be taken in concert with teacher preparation in PSU’s Visually Impaired Learner license or endorsement, or infused as an area of specialization in the Master of Science in Special Education.

Last year, Governor Brown championed a $5.3 billion transportation package to upgrade Oregon’s highways and infrastructure to withstand earthquakes and to create safer crossings and signals. It passed the legislature in 2017, and she signed House Bill 2017 in August of that year.

Since launching the O&M program at PSU, Parker has partnered with the Transportation Research Education Center (TREC) on projects to improve mobility in urban environments for individuals with disabilities and/or vision impairment. TREC, the Transportation Research and Education Center for Portland State University, houses the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC) and the archives of its predecessor grant program, the Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium (OTREC).

WTS Portland was established in 1985 and provides career and technical support to women in transportation throughout Oregon. WTS Portland is a local branch of a national organization consisting of 79 chapters and 6,500 members throughout the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

This year’s WTS Portland honorees include:
Kate Brown, Governor of the State of Oregon; Brendan Finn, Transportation Policy Advisor; Doug Kelsey, General Manager, TriMet; LaQuida Landford, Outreach and Engagement Specialist, Urban League; Amy Parker, PSU Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Orientation and Mobility Program; Momoko Saunders, Operations Director, BIKETOWNpdx, and cofounder, Bike Farm; and Alando Simpson, VP City of Roses Disposal and Recycling and Commissioner, Oregon Transportation Commission.

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