UNC Special Education Professor Kay Ferrell was presented the C. Warren Bledsoe Award by the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired in recognition of her book, Reach Out and Teach.
Ferrell received the award at the AER's international conference held July 30-Aug. 3 in San Antonio.
Now in its second printing, the book guides parents and teachers in promoting the development of young children with visual and multiple impairments.
The award is named after Warren Bledsoe, who dedicated his life to the education and rehabilitation of the blind and visually impaired during his tenures with the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Ferrell, who is the recipient of the 2014 M. Lucile Harrison Award, the university's top faculty honor, has received more than 20 local, state, national and international awards for her service and contributions to her field. The American Foundation for the Blind in 2013 awarded Ferrell the Migel Medal, the highest honor in the visually disabilities field.