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I am the parent of a college student who is legally blind, due to shaken baby syndrome, which resulted in optic nerve atrophy, strabismus, nystagmus and central scotomas. My discovery of CVI has generated numerous “ah ha” moments and has helped to explain many of my son’s learning experiences over the years. The more I learn about CVI, the more I want to share with other parents.
I received my Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Social Policy, with a concentration in Psychology and specialization in Child Development, from Northwestern University where I stayed to pursue a Masters in Elementary Education. I was certified in Illinois and Colorado where I taught Elementary School for six years.
I was the President of the Michigan Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (MPVI), a 501c3 non-profit organization for six years. During my twelve years on the board, I planned three educational and recreational family retreats a year with a focus on developing skills within the Expanded Core Curriculum.
I am currently working as an Expert Substitute teacher for the Washtenaw Intermediate School District teachers for the visually impaired team. In this role I create and adapt a variety of educational materials for students with visual impairments and CVI, as well as provide direct services.
I also work part-time as a Parent Liaison for the MI Department of Education Low Incidence outreach. In this role I provide outreach and share resources with families. I also collaborate with our VI consultants to plan and present at statewide events and professional development workshops for teachers and parents. I was recently, one of three presenters for two half day professional development workshops on an Introduction to Neurological Visual Impairment and Literacy Accommodations for Students with Neurological Visual Impairments.