Kay Alicyn Ferrell, Ph.D.
Professor of Special Education
School of Special Education
College of Education and Behavioral Sciences
University of Northern Colorado
Greeley, CO 80639
Research Interests and Specializations:
Development of young children with visual impairments; cross-modal abilities of infants with disabilities; outcomes for students with visual impairments; distance education; personnel preparation; policy analysis.
- Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh 1983 Special education
- M.A. Teachers College, Columbia University, 1975, Special Education for the Blind and Visually Impaired
- B.A. George Washington University 1970 Russian Language and Literature
Selected Publications (since 2003):
- Ferrell, K. A. (In press). Visual development in normal and low vision children. In A. Corn, A. Koenig, & J. Erin (Eds.), Foundations of low vision: Clinical and functional perspectives (2d ed.). New York: AFB Press.
- Ferrell, K. A., & Stotland, J. L. (2007). It takes a city. DVI Quarterly, 52(3), 7-9.
Spungin, S. J., & Ferrell, K. A. (2007). The role and function of the teacher of students with visual handicaps: CEC-DVI position statement [Adopted]. Retrieved October 16, 2007 at http://www.cecdvi.org/Postion%20Papers/index_position_papers.htm.
- Ferrell, K. A. (2006). Evidence-based practices for students with visual disabilities. Communication Disorders Quarterly, 28(1) November 30, 2007 of the research literature in literacy and mathematics to determine best practices for students with visual impairments. Proceedings of the 12th World Conference of the International Council for Education of Persons with Visual Impairment, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. [CD]
- Ferrell, K. A. (2006). The evolution of evidence-based practice in education: What do we know, and how do we know it? EnVision, 11(1), 16-17. [invited]
- Ferrell, K. A. (2006). Your child's development. In M. C. Holbrook (Ed.), Children with visual impairment: A parents' guide (2d ed.). Rockville, MD: Woodbine House.
- Ferrell, K. A., Buettel, M., Sebald, A. M., & Pearson, R. (2006). American Printing Hosue for the Blind mathematics research analysis [Technical Report). Greeley, CO: University of Northern Colorado, National Center on Low-Incidence Disabilities. Available at http://nclid.unco.edu/rch/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1358&Itemid=
- Ferrell, K. A., Mason, L., Young, J., & Cooney, J. (2006). Forty years of literacy research in blindness and visual impairment [Technical Report]. Greeley, CO: University of Northern Colorado, National Center on Low-Incidence Disabilities. Available at http://nclid.unco.edu/rch/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=650&Itemid=2
- Ferrell, K. A., & Sacks, S. (2006). Speaker’s corner: Are we ready for related services? Do we want to be? Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, 100, 603-605.
- Rude, H. A., & Ferrell, K. A. (2006). Online delivery of low-incidence programs to meet statewide and national needs. In B. Ludlow, B. Collins, & R. Menlove, Online instruction for distance education delivery: Preparing special educators in and for rural areas [ACRES Monograph Series] (pp. 98-111). Victoria, BC: Trafford Publishing.
- Ferrell, K. A. (2005). The impact of the No Child Left Behind Act on children with visual disabilities. Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, 99. Available at http://www.afb.org/jvib/jvib991102.asp#P5.
- Ferrell, K. A. (2005). Jenseits des klassenraums. Blind Sehbehindert, 125, 151-154.
Rude, H., Jackson, L. B., Correa, S. M., Luckner, J. L., Muir, S. L., & Ferrell, K. A. (2005). Perceived needs of students with low-incidence disabilities in rural areas. Rural Special Education Quarterly, 24(3), 3-14.
- Ferrell, K. A. (2004, Fall). What every administrator should know about students with visual impairments. Counterpoint, p. 8.
- Ferrell, K. A., Luckner, J. L., & Muir, S. A. (2004, Spring). “Can children with low-incidence disabilities be left behind?” Counterpoint, p. 10.
Bowen, S., & Ferrell, K. A. (2003). Assessment in low-incidence disabilities: The day-to-day realities. Rural Special Education Quarterly, 22(4), 10-19.
- Ferrell, K. A. (2003). Promises to keep: Early education in the United States. The Educator, XV, pp. [Invited]
- National Center on Severe and Sensory Disabilities, U.S. Office of Special Education Programs, 2001-present
- Development of Guidelines for Descriptive Video Services, American Foundation for the Blind, 2006-08
- Preparation of Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments and Orientation and Mobility Instructors to Meet the Needs of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students, U.S. Office of Special Education Programs, 2005-09