CEC Division on Visual Impairment and Deafblindness seeks to provide $1,000 to provide support for innovative teaching practices, research, or programs for children with visual impairments. Eligible applicants must be a member of a DVIDB and work in the field of visual impairments.
2021 winner: Erika Fundelius
Project Title: Do all paths lead to the same destination? Impact of preparation on working knowledge of self-determination for teachers of students with visual impairments
Erika is beginning her third year this fall as a doctoral student at Florida State University’s Visual Disabilities program. Through two decades of working in the field of education in a variety of capacities, she has developed an interest in early intervention and service delivery to children with visual impairments. She finds working in the field of providing services to students who are blind and who have low vision a challenge due to its low incidence status and society's lack of understanding towards its complexities. Her dissertation research focuses on current working knowledge of self-determination and instructional strategies used for instruction of self-determination by teachers of students with visual impairments. Twitter: Erika_TVICOMS