American Foundation for the Blind Recognizes UNC Professor with Highest Honor

Kay Ferrell

Kay Ferrell

The American Foundation for the Blind today announced that University of Northern Colorado Professor Kay Ferrell is one of two 2013 winners of the Migel Medals, the highest honor in the blindness field.

The Migel Medals will be presented to Ferrell in April at the 2013 AFB National Leadership Conference in Chicago.

Ferrell, Ph.D., is professor of Special Education at UNC and the author of Reach Out and Teach: Helping Your Child who is Visually Impaired Learn and Grow. She has taught all ages of individuals with visual and multiple disabilities, from infants through adults.

She holds a special interest in working with young children and their families, having written extensively for parents and professionals, and has published on topics including education, personnel preparation, distance education methodologies, and image description.

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, including the Mary Kay Bauman and Josephine L. Taylor Awards from the Association for Education & Rehabilitation of the Blind & Visually Impaired (AER), AFB's Corinne M. Kirchner Research Award, the Ray McGeorge Award from the National Federation of the Blind of Colorado, UNC's Winchester Distinguished Scholar Award, the Distinguished Service Award from the Council for Exceptional Children, Division on Visual Impairments, and the Alumni Award for Research in Special Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.

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