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Karalyn McGrorty Derstine, Ed.D.

CVI Mom; Associate Director of Disability, Access and Section 504 Coordinator, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Education and American Studies in Suburban Philadelphia


In addition to being Mom of three amazing children and advocate, Dr. Karalyn McGrorty Derstine is a professor of Education and American Studies in Suburban Philadelphia. Her teaching focuses on teaching and learning, inequity, and justice in Education and Public Health. In addition to teaching Education Inequity she has used her expertise to create a course in Health and US Diversity. The course, taught at Thomas Jefferson University, explores significant historical and contemporary issues as they relate to disparity and issues of social justice in public health and medicine in the United States. In her advocacy work Dr. Derstine works with local district, state and federal legislators to advocate for improvements to early intervention, increased funding and the removal of barriers to access and care for disabled individuals in her community, state and country.


Disclosures for 2024 CVI Conference: Building Meaningful Recognition
Karalyn McGrorty Derstine is not being paid for her presentation, but her registration fees are being waived.

Karalyn McGrorty Derstine does not have any nonfinancial relationships to disclose.