Kentucky Vision Impairment Program

  • Collins, Belva (PI)

Grants and Contracts Details


The proposal for a Vision Impairment program at UK is in response to state need as substantiated by figures from the Kentucky School for the Blind and the American Printinghouse for the Blind. These figures show that, in 2009-2010, there were 562 students identified with visual impairments and 720 students identified as legally blind in Kentucky. These students were served by 77 teachers, half of whom are expected to retire within the next 10 years. At present, the University of Louisville has discontinued their program in vision impairments; 50 of the students in that program need to continue their coursework, and there is no other in-state option. Thus, a request has been made for the EDSRC at UK to provide a program to prepare teachers to serve students with vision impairments in Kentucky at the preservice and inservice levels. This will be accomplished through providing on-campus coursework, employing distance education technology to deliver coursework to distant students across Kentucky, and conducting summer institutes to teach Braille literacy and numeracy. It is anticipated that students will enroll in coursework across two academic years and two summers to complete the coursework necessary for certification. Funds are being requested for a start-up period of 4 months to recruit two project personnel (one clinical faculty and one clinical instructor), 1 year to develop and gain approval for program coursework, and for 1 year to implement the project. At the end of the project, additional funding will be requested to continue the program, and it is anticipated that funding will be ongoing, based on the success of the program in preparing personnel.
Effective start/end date3/15/126/30/12


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