Joshua Baker

Assistant Professor of Special Education
Director of Project F.O.C.U.S.
Expertise: Autism, Intellectual Disability


Josh Baker has been an assistant professor of special education at UNLV since 2012. Prior to joining UNLV, Baker taught students with autism in West Virgina, and later was a research associate on an Institute of Education Sciences grant at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Baker's research focus is on inclusion and accessing the general education curriculum for students with intellectual disability and autism. Since joining UNLV, Baker has worked with a state coalition to improve the post-school outcomes for young adults 18 and up with intellectual disability and autism across the state of Nevada. In 2014, Baker started Project F.O.C.U.S. (Forming Occupational and Community Understanding for Success), an inclusive post-secondary education program for students with intellectual & developmental disability and autism. In only its second year, Project F.O.C.U.S. has built a number of campus and community partners and provides inclusive social, academic, and employment support for 10 students with autism or intellectual disability. 

In addition to research and teaching, Baker is active in the intellectual disability and autism community, and is currently a member of the Governor's Taskforce on Integrated Employment. He is also a member of the Nevada State Rehabilitation Council. 


  • Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • M.A. Marshall University
  • B.A. Marshall University

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Joshua Baker In The News

K.N.P.R. News
March 9, 2017
Desert Companion’s December feature "Just like anyone else" (above) profiled a local program that helps adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities get job training and, in some cases, permanent employment. In it, UNLV Assistant Professor of Special Education Joshua Baker said: “The world is inclusive, so why do we separate them? … At 18, we talk about the least restrictive environment. I argue that’s college. So why do people with intellectual disabilities have to watch their peers go off to college while they’re not allowed?”

Articles Featuring Joshua Baker

daughter and father on couch
People | November 21, 2017

Seed money creates stability for program that helps people with intellectual disabilities.