Meet Ms. Susan Klein, Professor Emeritus of Special Education at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.

Susan is an alumni of “Camp Jawonio,” today known as the Summer Education Program.  Susan was a camp counselor from 1956 – 1959 when she was a teenager.  Her experiences at Jawonio helped to shape her interests and vocation in the special education field.

“My passion for families of children with developmental disabilities arose out of my summer camp experiences at Camp Jawonio. I fondly recall the weekly seminars that I attended in the camp director’s cabin where we learned about handicapping conditions, how to collaborate with others, and how to support children and their families,” said Susan.

After graduating high school, Susan attended the University of Rochester and the Eastman School of Music, studying piano and psychology.  After considering a career as a professional accompanist, she decided instead to pursue her career in Special Education.  She attended Boston University where she studied under Burton Blatt, and earned her Master’s Degree.  After a year of teaching in a public school in Brookline, Massachusetts, she went on to university teaching at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.  She then went on to complete her doctorate at the University of Illinois.

She served on the faculty of Indiana University for thirty-five years until she officially retired in 2004.  While at Indiana University, Susan served as the Discipline Coordinator for Special Education in the Riley Child Development Center at the Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis. There, she directed the Special Education Teacher Education sector in the School of Education, and directed state and federally-funded projects. Those projects were in place to enhance the expertise of Early Intervention professionals and physicians to build inclusive systems of support for families.

Susan continues to mentor younger faculty, advocates for individuals with disabilities and their families, and conducts research. We are so happy to have reconnected with Susan this year, especially since it is our 70th Anniversary! Susan hopes to be able to join us for a Camp Jawonio Reunion Event in the near future.

Please join our Facebook group and reconnect with other alumni campers and staff by clicking here: Camp Jawonio Connections

If you are interested in getting involved with the Jawonio Alumni Committee you can contact Dana Ferraro in the Jawonio Foundation office at 845-708-2000 ext. 1332 or by email: