It is election time for the board.  We need your help.  With many hands, the load is much lighter.  This is a wonderful way to advocate for the students we love and the field we are all so passionate. 

This year we are looking for members to run for the following positions:

  • Treasurer (1)
  • Representative Assembly Member (1)
  • Directors (5)

Please send a short (1 paragraph) bio to Tiffany Wild (wild.13@osu.edu) by September 1, 2018 if you are interested in running for a board position. For more information about the responsibilities of the above positions, visit our Leadership page.


It is time to honor the wonderful people of our field who do so much to ensure our students are receiving access to the education they deserve as well as the services they need.  Please take time to honor an amazing person in your life. 

We have 5 awards that we like to give out each year: 

  • DVIDB Distinguished Service Award
  • Exemplary Advocate Award
  • Teacher of the Year
  • Virginia M. Sowell Student of the Year Award
  • Outstanding Dissertation of the Year Award

Nominations are easy just visit our Awards page. Nomination forms are are due to Tiffany Wild (wild.13@osu.edu) by September 1, 2018

Research Opportunity

Recruitment for Research Study

IRB Approval #18-230

Protocol Title: Language Environments of Learners with Deafblindness

  • Are you the teacher of students with deafblindness between the ages of 5 and 18 years old?
  • Are you an intervener of a child with deafblindness between the ages of 5 and 18 years old?
  • Are you the parent of a child with deafblindness between the ages of 5 and 18 years old?
We are conducting a study to better understand language environments for learners with deafblindness in classrooms.

Study involves video recording a classroom during normal routines two times over the course of one week for 20 minutes (40 minutes total). Classroom teachers will also be asked to complete a brief survey and communication assessment on one student.

Classroom teachers will receive a $10 Amazon.com gift card in appreciation of their participation.

If interested, please contact the lead researcher, L. Beth Brady at Leb2206@tc.columbia.edu

Please forward to all who may be interested.


Updated TVI Standards

Updated Draft Specialty Set Standards for Initial Licensure of Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments 

Submitted to CEC for Review on March 31, 2017

Draft of TVI Standards for Initial Licensure


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Message from DVIDB President Amy Parker

Welcome to a new year and to newly elected leadership within our compact but vibrant division in the Council for Exceptional Children! As President of DVIDB, I want to congratulate new members of our board and returning members. Nicole Johnson is serving as our President-Elect, Tessa McCarthy is our Secretary, and Lane McKittrick is our Treasurer. Katie Farrand continues to serve as both our representative within the CEC Assembly and our capable editor of Visual Impairment and Deafblind Education Quarterly. Newly elected Directors include Karen Vay Walker, Joan Allison, Chris Martin, Angel Perez, and Carol Rimka. Continuing Directors include Adam Graves, Karen Koehler, Kathleen Stanfa. Our student ambassadors are Brittany Larkin and Abby Gifford. I’d like to share special thanks to our Past- President Tiffany Wild for her leadership. Our board members also thank Christine Bischke, Danene Fast, Mackenzie Savaiano, and Julie Bardin, who served as Directors for the 2016-2017 term. Our gratitude extends to Deborah Hatton for her leadership on the DVIDB position papers, as well as serving with Tiffany Wild on the update of the Teacher of the Visually Impaired Standards. Thank you to Sarah Ivy for her work on the membership committee.

As the new president of DVIDB for 2018-2019 term, I look forward to increasing our engagement and opportunities to connect with diverse people, to strengthen our communication, and to lead the validation of our standards for teachers and interveners in the field of deafblindness. To begin, next month we are hosting a program packed with purpose in Tampa, Florida and are trying something new by hosting a pre-convention workshop in partnership with the American Printing House for the Blind, led by the wonderful Milllie Smith. By hosting a pre-convention just before the main event, we hope to maximize our members’ travel expenses and make a local impact for educators who may not be able to attend the entire convention.

The DVIDB within the Council for Exceptional Children represents a passionate group of researchers and practitioners from the fields of visual impairments and deafblindness who champion the needs of geographically widespread, low-incidence group of students. We are a part of the larger CEC body because of the work that may be accomplished around the development and sustainability of teacher and paraeducator, including intervener, standards.  We both glean and contribute to the efforts of the larger organization. We invite you to share your talents, to get energized with us, and to co-create change by leading and  joining the Division of Visual Impairments and Deafblindness!
Headshot of Amy Parker Amy Parker, Ed.D. & COMS
Assistant Professor, Portland State University,