Kay Alicyn Ferrell, Ph.D.
National Center on Severe and Sensory Disabilities
University of Northern Colorado
OFFICE: McKee Hall 007
PHONE: 970-351-1653 [voicemail]
Kay Ferrell has taught all ages of individuals with visual and multiple disabilities, from infants through adults. She admits to a particular interest in working with young children and their families and has written extensively for parents and professionals. Ferrell has received numerous state and national awards for her work with and on behalf of children and youth who are blind and visually impaired. She thinks the best thing she ever wrote is the preface to Equals in this Partnership (Crane, Cuthbertson, Ferrell, & Scherb, 1997). Check it out and see if you agree with her.
E-mail is your best chance for contacting me, because of my administrative obligations. I usually check my messages at least once a day, even when I am out-of-town. I promise a response to your e-mail message within 24 hours of your sending it.
AREA OF SPECIALIZATION: Education of individuals with visual disabilities; early intervention with infants with disabilities; working with families.
RESEARCH AREAS/INTERESTS: Development of young children with visual impairments; cross-modal abilities of infants with disabilities; outcomes for students with visual impairments, distance education.
WRITINGS BY DR. FERRELL:
- Questions to ask about preschool and early intervention services for children
who are blind or visually impaired
- Crane, P., Cuthbertson, D., Ferrell, K. A., & Scherb, H. (1997). Equals in partnership: Basic rights for families of children with blindness or visual impairment. Watertown, MA: The Hilton/Perkins Program and the National Association for Parents of the Visually Impaired.
- Ferrell, K. A. (with A. R. Shaw & S. J. Deitz). (1998). Project PRISM: A longitudinal study of developmental patterns of children who are visually impaired. Final report (Grant H023C10188, US Dept. of Education, Field-initiated research, CFDA 84.023). Greeley, CO: University of Northern Colorado.
- Ferrell, K. A., & Muir, D. W. (1998). Preparation of educators and orientation & mobility specialists to teach individuals with visual/multiple disabilities (Final report, Grant H029A50051, US Department of Education, Personnel Preparation for Individuals with Disabilities, CFDA 84.029A). Greeley, CO: University of Northern Colorado.
- Milian, M., & Ferrell, K. A. (1998). Preparing special educators to meet the needs of students who are learning English as a second language and are visually impaired: A monograph (Final report, Grant #H029B30137, US Department of Education, Personnel Preparation for Individuals with Disabilities, CFDA 84.029B). Greeley, CO: University of Northern Colorado.
PUBLICATIONS SINCE 2000:
- Ferrell, K. A. (2000). Growth and development of young children with visual impairments. In M. C. Holbrook & A. M. Koenig (Eds.), Foundations of education for children and youths with visual impairment (pp. 111-134). New York: AFB Press.
- Ferrell, K. A. (2000). Technology as an aid for personnel preparation. In C. Stuen, A. Aditi, A. Horowitz, M. A. Lang, B. Rosenthal, & K. R. Seidman (Eds.), Vision rehabilitation: Assessment, intervention and outcomes (pp. 809-811). Lisse: Swets & Zeitlinger Publishers.
- Ferrell, K. A., Wright, C., Persichitte, K. A., & Lowell, N. (2000). Capitalizing distance technologies to benefit rural children and youth with visual disabilities. In J. Lemke (Ed.), Annual Council on Rural Special Education, 2000 Conference Proceedings (pp. 153-157). Alexandria, VA.
- Persichiite, K. A., Ferrell, K. A., & Lowell, N. (2000). Distance learning and the visually impaired: A success story. 2000 Conference Proceedings: 7th Annual Distance Education Conference (pp. 133-136). Austin, TX The Center for Distance Learning Research.
- Corn, A. L., & Ferrell, K. A. (2000). External funding for training and research in visual disabilities at colleges and universities, 1997-98. Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, 94, 372-384.
- Persichitte, K. A., Ferrell, K.A., & Lowell, N. (2000). Distance learning and the visually impaired: A success story. Current Issues in Technology and Education, 1(1), [Online]. Available: http://www.citejournal.org/vol1/iss1/current practice/article2.htm
- Ferrell, K. A., & Griego, P. (2001). Gays and lesbians with visual impairment. In M. Milian & J. Erin (Eds.), Diversity and visual impairment: The influence of race, gender, religion, and ethnicity on the individual (pp. 315-340). New York AFB Press.
- Ferrell, K. A., Persichitte, K. A., Lowell, N., & Roberts, S. (2001). The evolution of a distance delivery system that supports content, learners, and pedagogy. Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, 95, 597-608.
- 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). Issues in the field of blindness and low vision. Published online at http://www.unco.edu/ncssd/issues_bvi.shtml.
- Ferrell, K. A. (2003). Promises to keep: Early education in the United States. The Educator, XV, pp. [Invited]
- Ferrell, K. A., Luckner, J. L., & Muir, S. A. (2004, Spring). “Can children with low-incidence disabilities be left behind?” Counterpoint, p. 10.
- Ferrell, K. A. (2004, Fall). What every administrator should know about students with visual impairments. Counterpoint, p. 8.
- 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. (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.
- Ferrell, K. A. (2006). Evidence-based practices for students with visual disabilities. Communication Disorders Quarterly, 28(1), 42-48.
- Ferrell, K. A. (2006). Meta-analysis 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. Iinvited]
- 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://www.unco.edu/ncssd/research/MathMetaAnalysis/math_meta_analysis.shtml
- 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., & 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. (2007). This mattered to me. Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, 101, 727-728.
- 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.
The photographs were
taken in the Australian outback.
Kay and husband Richard visited there in 1995.