Scott Kupferman, PhD

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Scott Kupferman, PhD

Associate Professor
Teaching and Learning

Biographical Information

Scott Kupferman, Ph.D., CRC is an Associate Professor with tenure and Special Education Program Coordinator at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS). He is also Director of the National Collaborative for Disability and Technology (NCDT), which is a federally funded network of 300+ people with disabilities, researchers, and technology companies who co-develop and co-research accessible technology. Dr. Kupferman's lines of research include: (1) accessible and educational technology, (2) accessible and inclusive education, and (3) transition from K-12 to postsecondary education, employment, and independent living. He is an internationally recognized scholar with current projects in Japan, India, Argentina, South Korea, Nepal, United Arab Emirates, and South Africa. His research, teaching, and service efforts have led to several awards, including invitations to be a delegate with the National Council on Disability, research fellow at Apple, specialist and fellow with the U.S. Department of State, and recipient of the U.S. Department of Education's Commissioner's Award for Excellence.


Ph.D., Utah State University, Special Education and Rehabilitation


CURR 5170, EDUC 2100 - Introduction to Technology in Education

CURR 9603 - Independent Study Educational Computing/Technology

IELM 3200 - Designing Transition and Inclusive Futures

IELM 3250/4070 - Students with Complex Support Needs

SPED 3000/5000 - Disability Studies in Education

SPED 3001/5001 - Introduction to Special Education

SPED 3004/5004 - Transition and Self-Determination

SPED 4020/5020 - Significant Support Needs

SPED 9500 - Independent Study Special Education

Multiple Dissertation Committees (Education; Computer Science)


Dr. Kupferman's scholarly work includes 30+ articles and book chapters, 100+ conference presentations, and 20+ widely used educational and assistive technology products (software and hardware). He has been principal investigator, co-principal investigator, or grant writer for 7+ million dollars in grant funding.

International collaborators (36 total): Japan, Ukraine, Russia, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Argentina, Nigeria, Bahrain, Philippines, Brazil, Rwanda, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Israel, Botswana, Cameroon, Chad, Haiti, Mali, Niger, South Africa, Togo, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, Poland, Belgium, Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco, Saubi Arabia, Tunisia


  • Specialist (Phase One and Two), U.S. Department of State, Washington DC
  • Teaching Fellow, UCCS
  • Fellow, U.S. Department of State - Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Washington DC
  • Outstanding Teacher Award, UCCS College of Education
  • Outstanding Researcher Award, UCCS College of Education
  • President's Award, National Council on Rehabilitation Education
  • Research Award, Association on Higher Education and Disability
  • Dean's Award for Innovation, UCCS College of Education
  • Research Award, American Association for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • President’s Award, National Council on Rehabilitation Education
  • Invited Attendee, President Barack Obama’s 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act White House Ceremony, Washington, DC
  • Delegate, National Council on Disability
  • Scholarship Award, National Council on Disability
  • Accessible Technology Initiative’s Champion Award, California State University Chancellor’s Office
  • Alfred R. Thompson Outstanding Service Award, Center for Independent Living
  • Commissioner’s Award for Excellence, U.S. Department of Education