NLCSD Fellow

NLCSD Fellow - Sarah Ivy

Sarah Ivy

Vanderbilt University Peabody College -  B/VI

Sarah Ivy is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in special education in the Program in Visual Disabilities, Department of Special Education at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. She has been serving children and families with multiple disabilities for over ten years in various capacities. Ms. Ivy received her bachelors of science in psychology from the University of Kansas in 2002 and masters in education from Hunter College in New York City in 2007. She holds New York state certification for teaching elementary students in general education and students with disabilities, with an annotation in severe and multiple disabilities. Ms. Ivy was a special education teacher at Helen Keller Children’s Learning Center in Brooklyn and adjunct lecturer at Hunter College before coming to Vanderbilt. Her special interest in teaching and research focuses on children with visual impairment and multiple disabilities including deafblindness.

Ms. Ivy’s research experience has involved psychological and educational approaches to understand the development and learning characteristics of children with disabilities. Her current interests include intervention research to identify evidence-based practices for learners with blindness and additional disabilities in the areas of communication and cognitive development. Ms. Ivy hopes to positively impact students, families, and communities through science and education.