NCATE - The Standard of Excellence in Teacher Preperation Special Education Teacher with students Mckee Hall at the University of Northern Colorado

Kay Alicyn Ferrell, Ph.D.

Kay FerrellProfessor of Special Education

School of Special Education
College of Education and Behavioral Sciences
University of Northern Colorado
Greeley, CO 80639
Office: 970-351-1653
kay.ferrell@unco.edu


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.

Education: 

  • 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 2008):

  • Ferrell, K. A., Smith, C. A., Henderson, B., & Boehm, A.  (2014).  Boehm test of basic concepts tactual edition.  Louisville, KY:  Ameerican Printing House for the Blind.
  • Ferrell, K. A.  (2013).  Appendix A: Best practices in educating students with low vision.  In M. Smith, Barraga visual efficiency program. Louisville, KY: American Printing House for the Blind.
  • Carver, W., Howell, J. J., Ferrell, K. A., Correa-Torres, S. M., Anthony, T., Matthews, D., . . . Smyth, C.  (2012).  Description enhanced assessment for students with visual and print disabilities [Final Report, Grant #S368A090019, U.S. Department of Education].  Salt Lake City, UT: Utah State Office of Education.
    Ferrell, K. A. (2011). Reach out and teach (2d ed.). New York:  AFB Press. [Susan Jay Spungin, Consulting Editor]
  • Banerjee, R., Bowen, S., Ferrell, K. (2011). Working with children with visual impairment, hearing loss, and severe disabilities (pp. 297-329).  In C. Groark (Series Ed.) & S. P. Maude (Vol. Ed.), Early childhood intervention: Program and policies for special needs children: Vol. 2. Proven strategies and instructional practices in EI/ECSE. Santa Barbara: Praeger.
  • Ferrell, K. A. (2011).  Guest editorial.  The Educator, XXIII (2), 05.
                                          [Guess editor, special issues on research]
  • Ferrell, K. A. (2011). What do we know, and how do we know it?  The Educator, XXIII (2), 13-19.
  • Ferrell, K. A., Dozier, C., & Monson, M.  (2011). Meta-analysis of the educational research in low vision.  Greeley, CO:  University of Northern Colorado. Available at http://www.unco.edu/ncssd/research/LowVisionMeta-Analysis.shtml
  • Ferrell, K. A. (2010). Visual development in normal and low vision children. In A. Corn, & J. Erin (Eds.), Foundations of low vision: Clinical and functional perspectives (2d ed.) (pp. 299-338). New York:  AFB Press.
  • Richert, M., LeMoine, B., Kelly, S., & Ferrell, K. (2009). Appendix A: It's the law: Q&A about assistive technology and special education. In Presley, I. & D'Andrea, F.M., Assistive technology for students who are blind or visually impaired: A guide to assessment (pp. 408-415). New York, NY: AFB Press.
  • Gould, B., Ferrell, K. A., O’Connell, T.  (2009). Accessible science: How to describe STEM images.  AER Journal: Research and Practice in Visual Impairment and Blindness, 2(1), 52-54.
  • Ferrell, K., A.  (2009). Scientifically-based practice in special education for infants, children, and youth with vision loss: Moving from folk art to profession.  Washington, DC: American Foundation for the Blind.
  • Ferrell, K. A., & Siller, M. A.  (2008). Background of the description key. Retrieved from http://www.dcmp.org/descriptionkey/background.html

Juried Presentations (since 2008):

  • April 6, 2013:  Raymond, E., Johnson, K., Ferrell, K. A., Anderson, S.  “Collaboration in support of learner development in light of the CRPD.”  Panel presentation at the Council for Exceptional Children Convention & Expo, San Antonio, TX.
  • April 6, 2013:  Dewald, H. P., Dewald, A., & Ferrell, K. A.  “Online video: Instructional tool for university personnel preparation programs in visual impairment.  Paper presented at the Council for Exceptional Children Convention & Expo, San Antonio, TX.
  • April 4, 2013:  Ferrell, K. A., Henderson, B., & Smyth, C.  “Mysteries of tactile development: When, why, and how.”  Paper presented at the Council for Exceptional Children Convention & Expo, San Antonio, TX.
  • November 17, 2012:  Ferrell, K. A., “Human/material resources challenges in achieving quality education.”  Education for All Strategic Planning Day, WBU-ICEVI General Assemblies: Achieving our vision through empowerment and partnerships, Bangkok, Thailand.
  • November 15, 2012:  Ferrell, K. A., “Expectations and self-fulfilling prophecies.”  Paper presented at the  WBU-ICEVI General Assemblies: Achieving our vision through empowerment and partnerships, Bangkok, Thailand.
  • July 23, 2012:  Ferrell, K. A.  “Development and Field Test of the Boehm-3 Preschool Tactile and Large Print Analogs.” Paper presented at the Association for Education & Rehabilitation of the Blind & Visually Impaired Biennial Conference, Bellevue, WA.
  • July 20, 2012:  Ferrell, K. A. “Development and Field Test of the Boehm-3 Preschool Tactile and Large Print Analogs. Paper presented at the Association for Education & Rehabilitation of the Blind & Visually Impaired Biennial Conference, Bellevue, WA.
  • July 19, 2012: Ferrell, K. A., Correa-Torres, S. M., Anthony, T., Botsford, K. D., Dewald, N. P., & Smyth, C. A.  “The Effects of Audio Description in High Stakes Testing: Preliminary results of the Description Enhanced Assessment Study.”  Paper presented at the Association for Education & Rehabilitation of the Blind & Visually Impaired Biennial Conference, Bellevue, WA.
                      
    April 16, 2012:  Ferrell, K. A., Howell, J. J., & Correa-Torres, S., “Description-Enhanced Assessment for Students with Visual Impairments.”  American Education Research Association, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
  • April 15, 2012:  Ferrell, K. A., Smyth, C., Henderson, B., & Boehm, A., “Development of Tactile Test Items Using Haptic Development Research.” American Education Research Association, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
  • April 12, 2012:  Ferrell, K. A., Correa-Torres, S., & Howell, J. J., “Description as an assessment accommodation.”  International Council for Exceptional Children, Denver, CO.
  • April 12, 1012:  Ferrell, K. A., & Smyth, C., “Assessment of concepts for young children with visual impairments.” International Council for Exceptional Children, Denver, CO.
  • April 26, 2011:  Ferrell, K. A., & Monson, M., “Moving the expanded core curriculum from theory to fact.” International Council for Exceptional Children, National Harbor, MD.
  • March 24, 2011:  Mason L. & Ferrell, K., “Quick and EZ ECC: Finding a way to fit it all in.”  2011 Kentucky AER Conference, General Butler State Resort Park, Carrollton, KY.
  • November 13, 2009:  Ferrell, K. A., “Promising solutions for access to curricular materials.” 9th Biennial Getting in Touch with Literacy Conference, Costa Mesa, CA.
  • November 12, 2009: Ferrell, K.A., Correa-Torres, S. M., & Mason, L., “Research-based literacy practices in blindness and visual impairment.” 9th Biennial Getting in Touch with Literacy Conference, Costa Mesa, CA.
  • July 22, 2009: Stark, B., Siller, M. A., & Ferrell, K. A., “The description key for educational media: guidelines for providing equal access for students with vision loss.” OSEP Project Directors’ Conference, Washington, DC.
  • April 2, 2009: Ferrell, K. A., & O’Connell, T., “Making Science Content Accessible.” International Council for Exceptional Children, Seattle, WA.
  • July 26, 2008: Siller, M. A., & Ferrell, K. A., “Promising Solutions for Access to Multimedia Instructional Materials in the Classroom.” International Conference of the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired, Chicago, IL.
  • July 26, 2008: Correa-Torres, S., & Ferrell, K. A., “Educational Outcomes for Students with Visual Impairments.” International Conference of the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired, Chicago, IL.
  • July 25, 2008: Gould, B., & Ferrell, K. A., “Accessible Science: How To Describe STEM Images.” International Conference of the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired, Chicago, IL.
  • April 14, 2008:  Siller, M. A., & Ferrell, K. A., “Multimedia Description for Children with Visual Impairment.” Pacific Rim Conference on Disabilities, Honolulu, HI.
  • April 4, 2008:  Ferrell, K. A., “Descriptive Video Guidelines for Children With Visual Impairment.” International Council for Exceptional Children, Boston, MA.
  • April 3, 2008:  Durando, J., & Ferrell, K. A., “Developmental Milestones in Young Children and Infants With Deaf-Blindness.” International Council for Exceptional Children, Boston, MA.
  • January 31, 2008: Ferrell, K. A., & Siller, M. A., “Guidelines for Educational Video Description.”  2008 Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) Conference, Orlando, FL.

Special Projects (since 2008):

  • 2011-current:  Consultant, Tactile and Large Print Analogs to the Boehm Test of Basic Concepts. American Printing House for the Blind. Field test and validation of tactile and large print analogs to the Boehm Test of Basic Concepts (3d ed.) and the Boehm-3 Preschool
  • 2005-current:  Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind Trustee, appointed by Colorado Governors Bill Owens (2005-07), Bill Ritter (2007-2011), and John Hickenlooper (2011-2014)
  • 2010-2012: Research Director, Description Enhanced Assessment for Students with Visual and Print Disabilities.  Enhanced Assessment Grant from the Office of Elementary & Secondary Education, US Department of Education, awarded to Utah State Office of Education.  http://ncam.wgbh.org/experience_learn/educational_media/describing-images-for-enhanced
  • 2009-2011:  Principal Investigator, The Relationship of the Expanded Core Curriculum to Post-School Outcomes for Young Adults with Visual Impairments.  Institute for Education Sciences. 
  • 2006-2008:  Director, Described and Captioned Media Program Description Guidelines, Office of Special Education Program, US Office of Education. http://www.dcmp.org/ai/descriptionkey/background.html
  • 2006-2008:  Lead evaluator, Effective Practices for Description of Science Content within Digital Talking Books. National Science Foundation award to the National Center