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Special education educator

Young Woo Kang, American Special education educator. Certified teacher English as Second Language, special education; certified rehabilitation counselor. First blind Korean to earn a Doctor of Philosophy.


Kang, Young Woo was born on January 16, 1944 in Kyonggi, Republic of Korea. Arrived in the United States, 1972, naturalized, 1984. Son of Myung Ki Kang and Lin Hee Lim.


Bachelor, Yonsei University, Seoul, Republic of Korea, 1972. Doctor of Philosophy in Literature (honorary), Yonsei University, 2003. Master of Education, University Pittsburgh, 1973.

Doctor of Philosophy, University Pittsburgh, 1976.


Special education consultant Gary (Indiana) School Corporation, 1976—2004. Professor, dean Taegu University, 1978—2000, chair professor, since 2008. Adjunct professor Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, 1979—2000.

Vice-chairman World Committee Disability, since 1995. Senior advisor Roosevelt Institute, 1996. Presenter in field; presidential appointee United States Senate National Council Disability, 2001—2009.

Speaker in field.


  • Certified teacher English as Second Language, special education. Certified rehabilitation counselor.



President Education Rehabilitation Exchange Foundation International, since 1993. Presidential appointed member National Council Disability, since 2002. Board directors National Organization Disability, 1995—2003, Goodwill Industries International, since 1998.

Member of International Council Exceptional Children, Korean Central Presbyterian Church Washington, Rotary Club (Washington), Rotary (chairman international service and youth service committees district 6540 1983-1985, one of 75 candles in 75th anniversary celebration 1992, Meritorious Service citation 1982, Pual Harris fellow 1987, scholar 1973).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: public speaking, writing, reading, travel, advocating rights of disabled.


Married Kyoung Sook Suk, February 26, 1972. Children: Paul, Christopher.

Myung Ki Kang

Lin Hee Lim

Kyoung Sook Suk

Paul Kang

Christopher Kang