UNC Professor to be Presented with Two National Awards

Kay Ferrell

University of Northern Colorado Special Education Professor Kay Ferrell will be honored by a national organization for her contributions to the field of special education.

The Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired will present Ferrell with two awards.

  • On Thursday, July 19, she will receive the Josephine L. Taylor Award. The award is presented to an individual who has significantly contributed to the preparation of personnel in the fields of rehabilitation, orientation and mobility, and teaching students with visual impairments through: innovative practices that have led to increased or improved services; preservice training of parents, professionals, or paraprofessionals; and/or in-service training of parents, professionals, or paraprofessionals. Taylor was a project officer at the Office of Special Education Programs in Washington. "I knew her, so this is an especially exciting award - to say nothing of being recognized by my colleagues in this way," Ferrell said.
  • On Friday, July 20, AER will present Ferrell with the Mary Kay Bauman Award "to honor an individual who has made significant and outstanding contributions to the education of children and youth who are blind or visually impaired. These leadership contributions have had an impact on a national or international level through their direct effect on visually impaired children or through the example, insight and inspiration that they provided to educators of visually impaired children in other states or nations."

Last week, Ferrell was selected to serve on a national panel to review research grants. During her career, Ferrell has collaborated on 69 external funding proposals resulting in grant funding of nearly $15 million since 1982. Her research focuses on development of young children with visual impairments; cross-modal abilities of infants with disabilities; outcomes for students with visual impairments; distance education; personnel preparation; and policy analysis.