UMass Boston

Maria Paiewonsky

Institute Community Inclusion
Program Director
Bayside Floor 04

Areas of Expertise

Transition from high school to adult life, special education, youth development, postsecondary education for people with intellectual disabilities, Participatory Action Research


EdD, Leadership in Urban Schools/Special Education/Disability Policy, University of Massachusetts Boston
MEd, Severe Special Needs, Boston College
BS, Communication Disorders, Emerson College

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

Maria Paiewonsky coordinates and teaches in the Transition Leadership track in the master’s program at the School for Global Inclusion and Social Development (SGISD). This area of study involves the transition from high school to adult life for young people with disabilities.

Paiewonsky is a program manager for the Education and Transition team at the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI), a research and training institute housed within SGISD. Her work at the ICI is primarily focused on professional development and research that promotes transition and postsecondary education leadership and effective practices.

Paiewonsky works with policy makers, practitioners, families, and students on a number of state and local initiatives. In addition, she coordinates several professional development activities. Her area of specialization is inclusive research, evaluation, and dissemination with individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Learn more about how Maria Paiewonsky supports young people with disabilities.