Portland State University - BVI
Jacki Daniels has been working with visually impaired students for over 25 years and is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in special education with an emphasis on visual impairment and blindness at Portland State University. Her advisor at Portland State University is Dr. James “Blue” Bickford. Jacki has served as an itinerant, resource room, classroom, and parent advisor. Her experience includes working at the New Mexico School for the Visually Impaired, Utah School for the Blind, Foundation for Blind Children (AZ), and the Colorado Deafblind Project . She spent fifteen years at the Foundation for Blind Children as an itinerant teacher and as the TVI/O&M/K-2 program coordinator.
She has had the joy of working with infants and parents, preschoolers, and school age students with visual impairment and those with additional disabilities. Her research interests are: inclusion and least restrictive environment, functional vision assessments, and the teaching of braille to beginning readers.
A special interest throughout her career has been teaching and mentoring pre-service teachers. Jacki has had the opportunity to co-teach courses for the University of Arizona masters program in visual impairment and supervise their interns.
Jacki has been active in AER throughout her career and served as state AER president in New Mexico and Arizona. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Chadron State College in Elementary Education and Masters of Education degree in Visual Impairment and Multiple Impairments from Texas Tech University. She has endorsements in Early Childhood Special Education and Educational Supervision.