University of Alabama-Birmingham - DB
Ellen L. Bowman is a doctoral student at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, concentrating in the area of deaf-blind studies. Her interest in deaf-blindness and visual impairments was sparked by her own children. Her oldest son has Leber's Congenital Amaurosis and her younger son has dual sensory impairments due to the progression of Mucopolysaccharidosis disorder III-A. She is an interpreter for the deaf, a cued speech transliterator, teacher for students with visual impairments and a certified orientation and mobility specialist. In addition, she is a Fellow with the National Leadership Consortium for Sensory Disabilities as a recipient of a scholar grant through Salus University.
Bowman received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alabama in August of 2006 and was awarded the University of Alabama College of Arts and Sciences External Degree Program Outstanding Senior Project award in 2007. She received a Master in Arts in Special Education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in August 2009, and was awarded the Alabama AER Scholarship in 2008. In 2010, she received the UAB School of Education Outstanding Alumni Award. She has a currently pursuing a Braille Certification from the US Library of Congress American Federation of the Blind.
Bowman’s research interests are children with progressive neurological disorders who have dual sensory impairments and the educational effects on children with low vision. Professionally, she is currently researching and coordinating focus groups on the future of Alabama Industries for the Blind, under the supervision of Mary Jean Sanspree, PhD. In addition, Bowman is working on two NIH National Eye Institute funded research projects. The first is with Dawn DeCarlo, OD, MS, researching the Prevalence of Attention Deficit Disorder among Children with Vision Impairments. The second is a two year NIH National Eye Institute research project studying the Efficacy of Enhancing Low Vision Mobility through Visual Training in the Virtual World under the direction of Lei Liu, PhD.