School of Education

Personal Page

Betty Fry Williams, Ph.D.
Professor of Education
300 W. Hawthorne Road
Spokane, WA 99251
Phone: 509.777.4688
bwilliams@whitworth.edu

Office Location: Dixon Hall 310

Special Education Page


Williams began her work with persons with disabilities before federal law mandated their public schooling. She worked with institutionalized children and adults in programs for the retarded, the emotionally disturbed, and the behaviorally disordered. Later she helped to form one of the country's first comprehensive school programs for children with multiple disabilities and their families. She then moved on to Kansas to train Head Start teachers who were just learning to integrate children with disabilities into their preschool programs. She directed training and resources for Head Start staff in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. She also was a program coordinator for Project Follow Through which provided model programs for low income children from Kindergarten through grade 3. After coming to Washington, she was part of the faculty at Gonzaga University's special education program for 19 years then joined Whitworth's teacher education program in 1998. As coordinator of Whitworth's special education program, Williams has established new endorsement programs in special education, early childhood special education, and deaf education.  Williams also established Whitworth’s Host Family Program and the Whitworth Literacy Center, both giving Whitworth students more direct service opportunities with children with disabilities. Williams is co-author of a text on early childhood special education,. has edited a text on early intervention with the Spokane Guilds’ School, and most recently published a 2010 text on treating autism spectrum disorder.