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Sandra Tsoenemawu Sikanku

PhD Student

University of British Columbia

Applied (Clinical and Engineering Applications)

Sandra Tsoenemawu Sikanku is a Ghanaian Special educator and an advocate for Persons with Disabilities with her specific interest in the education for the Visually Impaired. Currently, she is a first-year Special Education PhD student in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology and Special Education in the University of British Columbia which is ranked among the world's best universities. Prior to that, she holds a Master of Philosophy in Special Education from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana, and a Bachelor Degree in Special Education from the University of Education, Winneba-Ghana.  She worked as a Resource Teacher for students with Visual Impairment at all levels of education in Ghana. Her works include but not limited to: embossing print student reading materials and test items into braille, transcribing braille work, adapting and accommodating to facilitate the inclusiveness of students with visual impairment in mainstream schools. In 2013, she earned an award as the National Best Special Education Teacher conferred by Ghana’s Ministry of Education. She is also a member of the Council of Exceptional Children (CEC), and founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Trustworthy Foundation a non-profit organization that supports female students with visual impairment who are thought to go through double discrimination due to their disability and gender. As a first-generation female student, she intends to have deeper insight and broaden her knowledge on the best practices of supporting students who are visually impaired which is absent in Africa, as well as introduce them on the continent to improve their lives. She has research interests in Visual impairment, Disability studies, Early Childhood, Assistive Technology for students with disabilities and inclusive education.