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Silvia M. Correa-Torres, Ed.D.

Dr. Correa-TorresAssociate Professor of Special Education

School of Special Education
College of Education and Behavioral Sciences
University of Northern Colorado
Greeley, CO 80639
Office: 970 351-1660

Silvia.CorreaTorres@unco.edu


Research Interests:

Education of individuals with visual impairment; Orientation and mobility for individuals who have visual impairment and additional disabilities; communication issues among students with deafblindness; second language learners; learning environments and cultural considerations; personnel preparation; family involvement.

Specializations:

  • Special Education / Teacher of Visually Impaired (Puerto Rico)
  • Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS) - ACVREP

Education:

  • Ed.D. University of Northern Colorado 2004 Special Education
  • M.Ed. Northern Illinois University 2001 Special Education
  • B.A. University of Puerto Rico 1995 Special Education, Elementary Education

Selected Publications:

  • Correa-Torres, S. M., & Howell, J. (2004). Itinerant teachers of students who are blind or visually impaired: Suggestions for improving teacher training programs. Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, 98, 420-433.
  • Rude, H., Jackson, L., Correa, S., Luckner, J., Ferrell, K., & Muir, S. (2005). Perceived needs of students with low-incidence disabilities. Rural Special Education Quarterly, 24(3).
  • Correa-Torres, S. M. (2007). Communication Opportunities for Students with Deafblindness in Specialized and Inclusive Settings: A Pilot Study. Manuscript submitted for publication.
  • Correa-Torres, S. M. (2007). The nature of social experiences of elementary students with deafblindness educated in inclusive classrooms. Manuscript submitted for publication.
  • Correa-Torres, S. M., & Hanline, M. F. (2007). An Ideal Model of an Inclusive Preschool: A Case Study.Manuscript in preparation.
  • Hanline, M. F., & Correa-Torres, S. M. (2007). The Social Experiences of Preschoolers with Multiple Disabilities Educated in Inclusive Settings. Manuscript in preparation.

Selected Presentations:

  • International Association of Special Education Presentations: Namibia 2011
  • Correa-Torres, S. M., & Hanline, M. F. (2007, April). Social Experiences of Preschoolers with Multiple Disabilities in an Inclusive Setting: A Model. International Council for Exceptional Children International Convention, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Correa-Torres, S. M., & Hanline, M. F. (2006, November). The Nature of Social Experiences of Preschool Students with Multiple Disabilities Educated in Inclusive Classrooms. TASH Conference, Baltimore, Maryland.
  • Correa-Torres, S. M. (2006, July). Tomorrow’s Vision Rehabilitation Specialists. Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired International Conference, Snowbird, Utah.
  • Correa-Torres, S. M., Howell, J., McCaleb, K., & Muir, S. (2006, April). Postdissertation Stress Syndrome: Career Choices for Doctoral Graduates. International Council for Exceptional Children Convention, Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • Correa-Torres, S. M. (2006, January). The Social Experiences of Students with Deafblindness, Center for Autism and Related Disabilities Annual Conference, Tampa, Florida.
  • Correa-Torres, S. M., Lahman, M., & Baker, J. (2005, February). Teaching and Learning Narrative Research. Advanced Qualitative Methods International Conference, Edmonton, Canada.
  • Correa-Torres, S. M. (2005, February).Using Qualitative Methods to Understand the Social Experiences of Students with Deafblindness. Advanced Qualitative Methods International Conference, Edmonton, Canada.
  • Correa-Torres, S. M., & Ferrell, K. A. (2004, July). Field-Identified educational needs in blindness and visual impairment. Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired International Conference, Orlando, Florida.
  • Correa-Torres, S. M., Ferrell, K. A., Jackson, L., Luckner, J., Howell, J., McCaleb, K., & Muir, S. April 15, 2004: All learners, all the time: Including Students with low-incidence disabilities. International Council for exceptional Children Convention, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Projects:

  • The preparation of orientation and mobility instructors who have competencies in rehabilitation teaching for adults with visual impairments. Rehabilitation Services Administration