Dr. Wells' background in studio arts coupled with her extensive experience in direct services has given her a unique and powerful perspective for developing multimedia teaching programs for people with disabilities. Her background and talents allow her to think outside the box when looking at the needs of people with disabilities.
Dr. Wells also realized early on that people with intellectual disabilities had much more potential than commonly acknowledged. She says, "An intellectual disability is slowed learning, not lack of potential to learn. Over the last 35 years, the field of intellectual disability has changed dramatically, recognizing the value of life-long learning for people in this target group. Also, the philosophy that drives the field has been grounded in the philosophy of normalization, leading to such goals as mainstreaming, full integration into the community, and full participation in life through person-centered planning and other methods to assure the individual with an intellectual disability is making their own choices and decisions, and living as independently as possible."
Dr. Wells understands that people with disabilities need support that helps them live the most independent and autonomous lives possible. Her focus at Tech-Aid is to provide this special, yet often forgotten, population of people access to information that will help them take care of themselves by teaching them about staying safe and out of harm's way.
Dr. Wells' recent work is in the areas of setting and maintaining appropriate interpersonal physical boundaries; HIV/AIDS prevention for men, for women, and for youth; substance abuse and crime prevention; emergency and disaster preparedness; reducing abuse; sex and sexuality for women; communication in intimate relationships for women; and healthy development for girls and adolescents.