Hello! Happy September!
Well. We are officially post-Labor Day, which means time to get busy, get involved, get excited, and get to know your students!
I am editing this posting and forgot to introduce myself, as I am not Dr. Lisa Dieker. My name is Kimberly (Kim) Pawling. I am one of the second-year Ph.D. students in Exceptional Education at the University of Central Florida under the leadership of Dr. Dieker and other UCF Faculty.
So, who am I? In short, I am an ACVREP Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist as well as an ACVREP Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist. I also have a Florida Professional Teaching license in Exceptional Education: varying exceptionalities (ESE:VE K-12) and English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL K-12). I have a Masters in Visual Impairments: orientation & mobility and rehabilitation therapy from Florida State University (2001). I have a Bachelors and Masters in Special Education: learning disabilities & emotional disorders from Florida State University (1998). I have taught high school students with learning disabilties, behavioral disorders, moderate cognitive impairments, ADHD, and combinations of the above disabilities. I was the Dean of Students overseeing disciplinary decisions, actions, and procedures for students with disabilities in a high school. I also taught adolescents and adults with visual impairments, both orientation & mobility and rehabilitation therapy.
So what is the purpose of this blog post? To get you to think about how you would experience the curriculum or activities in your classroom if you had difficulty hearing and/or seeing. When you think about your instruction and daily activities with that challenge in mind, or better yet, you put ear plugs in your ears and/or dirty glasses on your face, you will be well prepared to assist the students with vision or hearing loss in your classroom.