Danielle Drazen received her B.S. in American Studies from Charter Oak State College, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude.
She is currently in the M.S. program in Special Education with an area of specialization in Assistive Technology at Southern Connecticut State University where she received her Initial Certification in Special Education.
Danielle is a member of Alpha Sigma Lambda Honors Society, Council for Exceptional Children, and Connecticut Transition Community of Practice Assistive Technology Focus Group. She recently traveled to Guatemala to volunteer and complete an international field study focusing on Special Education in a developing country with attention to policies, availability, accessibility, professional development and the impact of culture. Danielle received a certificate in Disability Advocacy from George Washington University and American Association of People with Disabilities. She has experience as an intern at Institute for Educational Leadership in their National Collaborative on Workforce Development and Youth, where she worked on policy and institutional changes surrounding transition. In her spare time, Danielle has volunteered as a Puppy Raiser for Canine Companions for Independence since 2010 and is currently raising her 7th assistance dog. She is also an avid board game enthusiast, serves as an event coordinator for multiple clubs in Connecticut, and has attended extensive training in bringing board gaming into the classroom to promote social and soft skills.