NLCSD Fellow

Kimberly Avila, NLCSD Fellow

Kimberly Avila

George Mason University - BVI

Kimberly is an experienced teacher of students with visual impairments, ACVREP Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist and adjunct faculty member at George Mason University and the Virginia Consortium for Teacher Preparation in Vision Impairment.  Kimberly is currently pursuing a PhD in special education at GMU and is a 2011 recipient of the NLCSD Fellowship.

A native of Colorado, Kimberly earned her Social Sciences bachelor’s degree and teacher certification in 1998 from Colorado State University, Pueblo and master’s in education for blindness and visual impairment and O&M from the University of Northern Colorado in 2000.  Kimberly has over 14 years of experience serving persons with visual impairments from extremely premature infants to senior citizens and every age in between. She served as a teacher of students with visual impairments in Virginia and as a private VI service provider and contractor for various government and private entities.   Kimberly’s diverse and extensive background also include working for a U.S. Senator in Washington DC, congressional advocacy and international initiatives to improve possibilities for persons with visual impairments in developing countries.  

Kimberly has created numerous research projects and curricula, is a published author and guest presenter.  Her current research interests include: methods for promoting developmental growth for infants and toddlers with visual impairments, strategies for pre-braille literacy, facilitating parental involvement in early intervention and considerate practices for early intervention service providers.