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!Assistant Professor, Portland State University,
Amy Parker, Ed.D. & COMS