Helen McCabe, assistant professor in the education department, recently returned from a four day trip to Washington, D.C. as a fellow on the National Committee on US-China Relations Public Intellectuals Program.
This was her second trip as a member of the Committee, whose purpose is to: “help American scholars of China deepen and broaden their knowledge about China’s politics, economics, and society, and encourage them to use this knowledge to inform policy and public opinion.
On this trip, McCabe met with various American and Chinese leaders, including the Chinese Ambassador to the U.S., Zhou Wenzhong. “It was really exciting to also meet with members of China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and talk with them about my work supporting individuals with autism in China, said McCabe. “Several of them expressed an interest in that work, and so I think that my goal of raising awareness about autism among higher level policymakers was met.
While in D.C., McCabe also gave a more formal presentation about autism and disability to the other fellows, as well as the advisors of the program.
This summer, McCabe plans to travel to China as part of the Committee, where she will continue to meet with policymakers.
McCabe, who has been with HWS since 2004, holds a Ph.D. from Indiana University where she studied special education and international/comparative education. She also holds a master’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College, both in East Asian Studies.