Chiaki Gonda Kotani received her master's degree from KU's department of Applied Behavioral Science and now lives in Japan. She is collaborating with Dr. Glen White on the international component of the project“CIL Services Effect on Community Participation,” and she worked on the U.S. study as a graduate research assistant at the RTC/IL. Her graduate thesis was Effects of an Information and Skills Training Package on Increasing Community Participation of Consumers with Mobility-Related Disabilities.
She came to study at the University of Kansas from Nagano, Japan, and joined the RTC/IL in 2005 as an undergraduate student research assistant. Her work experience as an undergraduate included assisting with the special research projects “Nobody Left Behind” and “Assessing the Impact of Hurricane Katrina on Persons with Disabilities.” Since 2006, she has served on the executive board of Ablehawks, a student organization at KU that raises disability awareness on campus. Gonda has also interned at Independence, Inc., a center for independent living, and the GaDuGi SafeCenter, both in Lawrence, Kansas.