NCLVI Research/Project Showcase

AER International | Chicago, Illinois , July 2008

Tilly R. Steele

Tilly Steele, Florida State University Thanks NCLVI Contributors on Behalf of all the NCLVI Fellows

Thank You Speech from the NCLVI Fellows

Delivered by Tilly R. Steele, Florida State University

Gladys Brown Stern once wrote, “Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone." There’s a lot of truth to that statement. Sometimes a person just needs to say thank you. That is what I am here to do on behalf of the NCLVI Fellows.

It seems like just yesterday we were having our first meeting in Louisville, KY. We were all trying to figure out who was who, not only amongst ourselves, but trying to put names with the faces of the people that made NCLVI reality. I think that it is safe to say that we all felt a little nervous during that first meeting. We’ve come along way since that first meeting. So, it seems appropriate that at this moment as we all gather around to celebrate the collective NCLVI achievements, to take this opportunity to say thank you for making NCLVI a reality.

Helen Keller once said that, “No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.” We the NCLVI Fellows appreciate the pioneering efforts of all the individuals who helped conceive the idea of NCLVI and then tirelessly worked to open the doorway for the next generation of leaders in this field.

We know and understand what a tremendous undertaking that this was for you to be daring enough to sail the uncharted waters of submitting an unsolicited fellowship. Most of you in this room gave generously of your time without compensation. Thanks to all of you that contributed in making NCLVI a success.

We want to take a moment to recognize the Office of Special Education Programming (OSEP) and especially Lou Danielson and Glinda Hill for the funding and support of this fellowship. Many of us Fellows probably would not have been able to obtain our doctorate degrees without this Opportunity of a Lifetime.

We especially thank the PAC members and the University Consortia for everything you have contributed. I couldn’t possibly name everyone or every organization or else we would be here the rest of the week and then some. We want you all to know how much we appreciate your collective efforts and resources.

Thanks for your support, time on the discussion boards, and internship opportunities that made this fellowship truly unique. Thanks for helping us get through the tough times, for wiping our tears, picking us up when we were down, pep talks, patting us on the back for a job well done, and celebrating our achievements with us. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to chase our dreams. Thank you for preparing us for the challenges that lie ahead. We are all extremely grateful for your examples of what leaders should be, but most of all we are appreciative of the relationships that we have formed since becoming an NCLVI Fellow. I think that it is safe to say that friendships have been made that will last a lifetime. We look forward to calling you colleague, working with you, and we hope to continue the work that you have started with us.

Beth Harris, MSEd, COMS

Is Paraprofessional Proximity a Problem for Students with Visual Impairments?

Dissertation Research by
Beth Harris, MS Ed., COMS,
Doctoral Candidate,
University of Arizona.
See Presentation

Julie Durando, NCLVI Fellow

A Training and Implementation Survey: The Individualized Meaning-Centered Approach to Braille Literacy.

Julie Durando, NCLVI Fellow, University of Northern Colorado
In collaboration with:
Diane P. Wormsley, PhD
North Carolina Central University
See Presentation

Home Literacy Experiences of Children
with Visual Impairments and Multiple Impairments.

Julie Durando, MEd, National Center for Leadership in Vision Impairment Fellow, University of Northern Colorado
See Presentation

Stacy Kelly Ed.D

Correlates of Assistive Technology Use by Students Who Are Visually Impaired in the U.S.:  Multilevel Modeling of the Special Education Elementary Longitudinal Study

Stacy Kelly, Ed.D., Policy Research Associate,
American Foundation for the Blind Public Policy Center, (
See Presentation

Holly Lawson

A Formative Evaluation of a Summer Transition Program for Youth with Visual Impairment Ages 14-21.

Holly Lawson,
University of Arizona
See Presentation

Amy Parker

Adapting Picture Exchange Communication (PECS) a  Child with Blindness and Autism: A Case Study

Amy Parker
Texas Tech University
See Poster

Sharon K. Summer, ABD, M.Ed.

Sensory Room Use: An Intervention Tool for for Developing Visual Fluency in Children with Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI)

Sharon K. Summers, ABD, MEd 
Texas Tech University
See Poster

Martin Monson

Phonological Awareness and Braille: How Do They Interact? Martin Monson University of Northern Colorado


See Presentation

Tilly R. Steele

The Federal Government’s Role in the Field of Visual Impairment and Blindness: 1918-1963

Tilly R. Steele, Florida State University

See Presentation

Amy Freeland and her Dad

Amy Freeland and her Dad.


An Analysis of the National Longitudinal Transition Study 2 Exploring the Relationship between Access Technology Services and Standardized Test Scores in Secondary Education

Amy Freeland
Western Michigan University
See Poster

Tessa Wright Carlsen

Tessa Wright Carlson explains the research to Carol Castellano first vice president of the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children and president of New Jersey Parents of Blind Children

Best Evidence: O&M for Individuals   

by Tessa Wright Carlsen, Vanderbilt University,
Beth Harris, University of Arizona and
Eric Sticken, University of Arizona
See Poster

Rebecca Renshaw

Penn-Del AER Membership Committee Survey: Demographics of Professionals

Rebecca L. Renshaw, MEd, COMS, NCLVI Fellow, University of Pittsburgh - See Poster

Using a Tactile Map with a Young Child in an Outdoor Play Environment

Rebecca L. Renshaw, MEd, COMS, NCLVI Fellow, University of Pittsburgh - See Poster

Frances Mary D'Andrea

A Pilot StudyThe Use of Braille and Access Technology Among Young Adults Who are Blind: Practices, Tools, and Attitudes

Frances Mary D’Andrea. University of Pittsburgh. - See Presentation

Dr. Deborah Hatton, Early Intervention Training Center for Infants and Toddlers With Visual Impairments, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill along with Donna Brostek and Lori Johnson, NCLVI Fellows, University of Louisville.

Dr. Deborah Hatton, Early Intervention Training Center for Infants and Toddlers With Visual Impairments, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill along with Donna Brostek and Lori Johnson, NCLVI Fellows, University of Louisville

High-Teach Travel: The New Generation of Primary & Secondary Electronic Travel Aids (ETAs) for the Blind 

Donna M. Brostek, University of Louisville - See Poster

Dr. Tiffany Ann Wild

The Ohio State University Program in Visual Impairment: Educating Future Teachers of Children and Adolescents with Blindness and Low Vision Across Ohio

Dr. Tiffany Ann Wild - see presentation

Barnard and Brostek Meta-Analyses Work

Shawn Barnard, University of Northern Colorado and Donna Brostek, University of Louisville represented the NCLVI Fellows Meta-Analyses work at the 2007 Josephine L. Taylor Leadership Institute,  Dallas, Texas, Saturday March 24 at the Marriott Dallas/Addison Quorum I. 

The Institute focus was on  Evidence-based Research.  Shawn and Donna presented at a Research-to-Practice session, "Applying Evidence-Based Research in Programs", a discussion of research-to-practice techniques: how to glean from written research reports published in JVIB and similar journals what you need to know as an administrator or program coordinator to effectively apply what the researchers have learned through their work. JVIB editors described how to make sense of research articles so that the information reported can be used to support replication studies, improve programming, and justify ongoing fiscal support of programs. This session included a report from two NCLVI Fellows, Shawn Barnard (from University of Northern Colorado) and Donna Brostek (from the University of Louisville) on their meta-analyses of 50 years of educational literature, emphasizing transition, orientation and mobility, and assistive technology.  Moderator: Karen Wolffe, PhD, Director, Professional Development Department, AFB, Panelists: Duane Geruschat, PhD, JVIB Editor-in-Chief; Jane Erin, PhD, JVIB Editor Emeritus, and Respondent: Chris Tompkins, Executive Director, Foundation for Blind Children.  See attached document for the full report. NCLVI Meta-Analyses.doc

Perspectives and Challenges in Training Personnel to Serve Low Incidence Populations: Blindness & Visual Impairment

2006 OSEP Project Directors' Conference, Washington, DC - August, 2006 - Power Point Presentation 

The National Center for Leadership in Visual Impairment - A Model of Collaboration

AER 2006, Snowbird, Utah - Power Point Presentation

Kathleen M. Huebner, PhD, Co-Director of NCLVI

Photo of  Kathleen M. Huebner, PhD Co-Director of NCLVI and Associate Dean of the Department of Graduate Studies at PCO giving NCLVI presentation in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia at the ICEVI 12 International Conference which was attended by 1200 people from 96 Countries. She was also elected Chairperson of the North American Caribbean Region for ICEVI.

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