University Consortium Member

Dr. Jane Erin, NLCSD University Consortium Member

Dr. Jane Erin

University of Arizona

Dr. Jane Erin is a professor at The University of Arizona, where she has coordinated the program in Visual Impairment since 1994. From 1984 to 1994 she prepared teachers of visually impaired students at the University of Texas, and previously she was a teacher and supervisor at the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children. At The University of Arizona, she has served as Department Head of Special Education, Rehabilitation, and School Psychology and as Interim Associate Dean of the College of Education. Since 1994, the Program in Visual Impairment has attracted more than $3,500,000 in funding to support the preparation of teachers and research projects related to visual impairment.

In 1996 she received the Mary K. Bauman Award as the Outstanding Educator in Visual Impairment. In 2003 she received the Distinguished Service Award from the Low Vision Rehabilitation Section of the American Optometric Association. She has served as Editor in Chief of the Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness from 1998-2001 and was an Executive Editor of RE:view. She is currently chair of the Publication Committee of AER, and she has served as president of the Texas and the Arizona chapters of AER.

Dr. Erin had published more than 25 peer-reviewed articles, 15 book chapters. She co-authored the book Visual Impairments and Learning with Dr. Natalie Barraga, and she was the co-author of Diversity and Visual Impairment with Dr. Madeline Milian. Her most recent publication, When You Have a Visually Impaired Child with Multiple Disabilities in Your Classroom: A guide for Teachers (American Foundation for the Blind, 2005, is a basic guide for professionals and school personnel who have not had specific training in visual impairment. Her research interests are in instruction of students with multiple disabilities and in auditory and tactile learning media for visually impaired children.

As a university faculty member in teacher preparation, she has a commitment to encouraging individuals with visual impairments and their families to consider professional roles in the field. The proposed presentation reflects an interest that she developed from her contact with past students who were parents of visually impaired students and who have made significant contributions to the professional field. Her hope is that the results of this study will encourage family members to consider careers in working with visually impaired individuals.