Maha Al-Hendawi is an Assistant Professor of Special Education in the College of Education at Qatar University, She received her Ph.D. in Special Education and Disability Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond. She received the Holmes Scholarship from the Virginia Commonwealth University. Her research interests include educational policies and reform initiatives in the region; academic interventions for children with special needs and children at-risk; and quality preparation and training programs for educators. Dr. Al-Hendawi has been the principal investigator of several research grants that promote special education and service for students with disabilities in Qatar and has published in the area of special education. She graduated with a BA in Education from Qatar University, and a Master’s degree from the University of San Francisco, California. Dr. Al-Hendawi has been active in community service activities; she has provided workshops and training for public and private entities in the country, and has been a guest speaker in various events and activities.