Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments/O&M
I love to teach early Braille literacy and wrote about this in "Introducing Braille," an iBook with 14 linked video clips of actual insturction, sold for $9.95 on the iTunes store at https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/introducing-braille/id876037547?mt=11. My other passion is inclusion (see "Classroom Collaboration," published by Perkins, and its companion poster, "Nineteen Ways to Step Back," published by the American Foundation for the Blind.) I live in Red Sox Nation and work as a consultant for Perkins International. Click here for a full list of Laurie's posts.
Speech language pathologist
I am a speech language pathologist who has special interest and experience in relationship-based programming for students who have visual and multiple impairments, including autism and deaf-blindness. I work in public schools and private practice, where my students never stop giving me new insights and fresh perspectives on their learning. I have authored two curriculum guides, both published through Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and enjoy sharing my work (and play) with others through workshops and writing.
Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments
I am a retired teacher of students with visual impairments, formerly coordinator of the Assessment Program at California School for the Blind and currently, working as a rehabilitation specialist at the U.C. Berkeley School of Optometry. Editor of the book, Learning to Listen/Listening to Learn, published by AFB Press and chapter author for several other books and journal articles, I maintain a strong interest in the development of literacy skills for young students with visual impairment, especially listening comprehension.
I retired from TSBVI in June 2013 after working there as a psychologist for 28 years. Now I am focused on traveling with my husband, balancing the demands of four generations of family, and generally enjoying life. I still maintain a small consultant practice that provides psychological and educational evaluation of children with VI as well as doing workshops.
Professor/TVI and COMS
I am a Professor at the University of Northern Colorado and coordinate the visual impairment and orientation and mobility programs. I am also a certified TVI and COMS and provide consultation to school districts in how to best meet the needs of their students with visual impairments. My specialty area is working with students who are in the process of learning English and have visual impairments.
Associate Professor of Practice
I am an Associate Professor of Practice in the Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies at the University of Arizona where I joined the faculty in August 1999. I prepare teachers to work with children with visual impairments (TVIs). In March 2012 I became the Project Director for an Institute of Education Sciences (IES) federal project, AnimalWatch-VI Suite: A comprehensive program to increase access to math for students with visual impairments. Visit our web site at www.awvis.org. I am a person with low vision who had struggles as a child learning to read and write.
Parent/ Website administrator for online parents support network
Specialist in VI education