Hauss’ research and teaching background covers many areas including family support, assistive technology, education, and community living.
Hauss retired from Indiana University and the Institute in 2013 after 23 years of service as a research associate. Hauss also taught in the School of Education during that time, focusing on teaching students with disabilities in the general education classroom and the use of assistive technology. Hauss has returned part time to the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community as a Parent Advocate.
Hauss holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education (1992) and a Master’s in Education (1997), both from Indiana University.
Throughout my career at the IIDC, I have provided both professional and family perspectives on disabilities. My interest in the field of disability stems from having a son with a severe physical disability. Over the years, families, teachers and professionals in the field throughout Indiana and beyond have contacted me for support and information. I taught in the School of Education for over 25 years, teaching future teachers about disability, disability history, education law, assistive technology, and including students with disabilities into the general education classroom. Additionally, I was the co-chair of an Association of University Center on Developmental Disability (AUCD) Council on Community Advocacy (COCA) for six years. As co-chair, I served on the National Board of Directors of AUCD.
I am a parent of three sons. My youngest son has a severe physical disability, cerebral palsy. My son Michael uses a communication device for his speech and a power wheelchair for mobility. Michael graduated from Bloomington High School North in 2001 and then graduated from Ivy Tech with an Associate’s Degree in Computer Technology.
My retirement has included volunteering at the Habitat for Humanity Restore and the Endwright Center, part of the Area 10 Agency on Aging.