The primary purpose of this Division shall be to advance the education of individuals with visual impairments and to promote related educational, scientific, and charitable purposes. Specifically, the Division intends: to assist and provide support to The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) in all its efforts on behalf of persons with exceptionalities, and to participate in all appropriate governance activities of CEC subject to the general supervision and control of CEC.
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Constitution and Bylaws
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History of the Division on Visual Impairments
In 1968 at the request of the membership, Mrs. Dorothy Bryan prepared a history of the first twenty years of what is now the Division on Visual Impairments and Deafblindness (DVI Newsletter, Vol. 22, No. 2, pp. 8-9). That history relates that the first formal meeting of persons interested in education of partially seeing children took place during the 1948 CEC Convention in Des Moines, Iowa. The small group of teachers that convened for luncheon and discussion that year met informally at each CEC convention for the next several years to focus attention on improving services for partially seeing children. By the 1957 Convention the group, then known as the Council for the Education of the Partially Seeing, had requested and received recognition by CEC Headquarters as an official CEC unity with a membership of 123.
By 1967 the interests of the Council members had expanded to include concerns for the education of blind children, and the name of the organization was officially changed to the Division for Visually Handicapped: Partially Seeing and Blind. Membership had reached 378.
Since that time interests have broadened and encompass curriculum development, parent counseling, development and selection of appropriate materials, research needs, teacher preparation, career education and vocational preparation of infants, children and youths with Visual Impairments.
In 1980 the Division membership reached over 1,000 with members coming from day and residential public and private school programs, state departments of education, teacher education, and related fields. Division activity currently shows concern for federal, state, and local issues and policies related to education of infants, children and youths with Visual Impairments. The Division continues to grow and diversify in its activity and membership and is now known as The Division on Visual Impairments and Deafblindness.
Former DVI(DB) Presidents
Past records indicate that the following persons have served as DVI(DB) Presidents since 1954:
|1954 to 1956||Wilma Schneider||Illinois|
|1956 to 1957||Ruth Hawkins||Pennsylvania|
|1957 to 1958||Hazeldene Ray||Missouri|
|1958 to 1959||Rosalie Calone||California|
|1959 to 1962||Frederica Bertram||California|
|1962 to 1964||Mildred Moon||Indiana|
|1964 to 1965||Joyce Bromley||Tennessee|
|1965 to 1967||Madge Leslie||Oregon|
|1967 to 1968||Randall Harley||Tennessee|
|1968 to 1969||Clara Robertson||Kansas|
|1969 to 1970||Lou Alonso||Michigan|
|1970 to 1971||Ralph Peabody||Peabody|
|1971 to 1972||Charles Woodcock||Oregon|
|1972 to 1973||Phil Hatlen||California|
|1973 to 1974||Carol Halliday||Switzerland|
|1974 to 1975||Gloria Calovini||Illinois|
|1975 to 1977||Richard Umsted||Ohio|
|1977 to 1978||Marjorie Ward||Pennsylvania|
|1978 to 1979||Margaret Niederer||Illinois|
|1979 to 1980||Phil Vedovatti||Illinois|
|1980 to 1981||Nancy Bryant||Michigan|
|1981 to 1982||Rosanne Silberman||New York|
|1983 to 1984||Myrna Olson||North Dakota|
|1984 to 1985||Evelyn Rex||Illinois|
|1985 to 1986||Anne Corn||Texas|
|1986 to 1987||Vince McVeigh||Pennsylvania|
|1987 to 1988||Virginia Sowell||Texas|
|1988 to 1989||Jonathan MacIntyre||Pennsylvania|
|1989 to 1990||Rita Livingston||Texas|
|1990 to 1991||Kay Ferrell||New York|
|1991 to 1993||Alan Koenig||Texas|
|1993 to 1995||Jane Erin||Texas / Arizona|
|1995 to 1997||Roseanna Davidson||Texas|
|1997 to 1999||Donna McNear||Minnesota|
|1999 to 2001||Stuart Wittenstein||California|
|2001 to 2003||Mary Jean Sanspree||Alabama|
|2003 to 2005||David Ross||Pennsylvania|
|2005 to 2007||Ellyn Ross||Pennsylvania|
|2007 to 2009||Phyllis T. Simmons||Maryland|
|2009 to 2011||Loana Mason||New Mexico|
|2011 to 2013||Derrick Smith||Alabama|
|2013 to 2015||Diane Pevsner||Alabama|
|2015 to 2017||Tiffany Wild||Ohio|
|2017 to 2019||Amy Parker||Oregon|