Michael P. Brady, Ph.D.
May 24, 1954 - Dec. 16, 2021
Dr. Michael Brady served as chair of the Florida Atlantic University Department of Special Education for 21 years. In his career, he published over 120 articles and made 160 professional presentations. He earned both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the University of Hawaii and Doctorate in Special Education from Vanderbilt University-George Peabody College. In 2016, Dr. Brady and others started the Academy for Community Inclusion (ACI), a college certificate program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He also worked extensively to promote graduate education in special education, with a special emphasis on doctoral education. Mike was an avid diver, widely known as a highly skilled scuba instructor, serving as FAU’s scuba diving club advisor for many years. Most memorable is his strong advocacy for people with the most severe disabilities, his student-centered approach to any issue, and the fervor with which he approached mentoring many in his field.