Division on Visual Impairments


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VIDBE-Q Volume 66, Issue 2 12 Katherine supported an individual with complex behavioral and communication needs throughout his transition from the school in Japan to a stateside school in Georgia. Working creatively with local and regional mentors, Katherine accepted coaching to create a thorough, data-driven O&M assessment which offered greater confidence to the family. In her work she thoroughly reflected on what would support her student's progress, combining compassion and high expectations for her student. From a scholarly perspective, Katherine has demonstrated a commitment to research, seeking opportunities to learn from researchers, including Dr. Lauren Leiberman. Katherine actively sought opportunities to partner with Dr. Amy Parker as a co-researcher on a study on distance consultation methods in O&M. Katherine has recently been elected as a member of the DVIDB board because she desires to continue to grow as a professional and to serve the field. Dr. Parker writes, "I recommend Katherine Ericson without hesitation as the 2021 Virginia Murray Sowell Student of the Year because of her collaborative approach with colleagues; because of her data-centered assessment practices; and because of her ability to synthesize knowledge to share with professionals and families."

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