Barbara Getty, BA, MAT is an internationally recognized calligrapher and authority on italic handwriting. Her enthusiastic teaching has inspired people of all ages—including over 4,000 doctors—to write with legibility and ease. Getty is co-author with Inga Dubay of ten books on letter arts, including the eight-volume Getty-Dubay® Italic Handwriting Series for K-6 and WRITE NOW™: the Getty-Dubay® Program for Handwriting Success™ for adults, and has been featured on Good Morning America as well as in over 75 publications including TIME, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.
Barbara was an adjunct professor at Portland Community College where she taught calligraphy and handwriting for thirty years. She was an elementary school teacher for fourteen years and also taught at Portland State University and Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. She and co-author Inga Dubay presented 170 "Rx for Handwriting Success™" seminars for medical professionals across the United States, and also have presented at the World Health Organization in Copenhagen, Denmark, and the International Patient Safety Conference in Florence, Italy
From 2000 to 2012, handwriting experts Barbara Getty and Inga Dubay presented 170 seminars to over 4,500 medical professionals, helping improve patient safety with better handwriting. Following their seminars, callbacks to MDs due to illegible prescriptions
fell by 65%.
The documented success of Getty and Dubay’s handwriting seminars for patient safety could inform methodologies for elementary schools that adopt handwriting instruction as an integral part of their language arts program.