Dr. Mason is an international advocate and leader in creating access to education, training and technology for people with disabilities. She conducts training in inclusive governance and inclusive community development to break down barriers to equality and human rights for women, children and people with disabilities. Her passion is to help governments, businesses, universities and individuals in supporting the vision that every person deserves the opportunity to shape his/her own destiny and make a meaningful contribution to society.
She has developed educational programs and partnerships from the ground up for students in the U.S.A., China, Panama and the United Arab Emirates. Dr. Mason is a sought after speaker and consultant to countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East and South America. She serves as an adviser on disabilities to the U.S. State Department Education and Cultural Bureau, World Human Rights Forum, and UNICEF to name a few. She has appeared in numerous television and radio interviews as an expert on international education and disabilities topics.
Dr. Mason’s dedicated involvement to improving the lives of our world’s youth has resulted in many accolades, from President Obama’s 100,000 Strong Initiative Grants for China and Latin America, the State Department’s Top Ten Universities in Promoting Citizen Diplomacy (Gallaudet University), and recognition from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for creating an “exemplary international education partnership between the USA and China.”
She studied Clinical Psychology and Business at Western Michigan University, where she earned her PhD. Her career has included stints as scientific researcher, clinical psychologist for adolescents, and professor at Gallaudet University as well as building and leading sustainable organizations. She has published, researched and authored scholarly articles on many diverse subjects including educational challenges for children and youth with disability, human sexuality, diversity, and the impact of discrimination in education.