Division on Visual Impairments


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VIDBE-Q Volume 66, Issue 2 14 Nominated by Tessa McCarthy This year the Deborah D. Hatton Dissertation of the Year was awarded to Dr. Rachel Schles a recent graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and a new Assistant Professor of the Practice of Special Education at the Peabody College of Education and Human Development, Vanderbilt University. Dr. Schles is most deserving of this award for her hard work on an outstanding dissertation which took important steps to answer a long-standing, elusive question in our field—how many students with visual impairments including blindness receive services in the United States? Dr. Schles showed great dedication by completing a labor-intensive, comprehensive, mixed-methods study to fully understanding the issues at hand so that ultimately, we can best support students with visual impairments. The results of Dr. Schles's dissertation provided a more detailed and accurate lens through which we can view data on the number of students we serve which, in turn, impacts policy and funding decisions at the federal and state levels as well as the day to day operations related to serving students with visual impairments. As a part of her work, Dr. Schles determined that the federal Child Count reports of the Deborah D. Hatton Dissertation of the Year Rachel Schles

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