DVI History

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 (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.

Former DVI Presidents

Past records indicate that the following persons have served as DVI Presidents since 1954:

Term Name State/Province

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