Division on Visual Impairments


A quarterly newsletter from the Council for Exceptional Children's Division on Visual Impairments containing practitioner tips for Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists, and other professionals.

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VIDBE-Q Volume 66, Issue 2 20 disabilities. Mark continues to advocate with the U.S. Department of Education to implement key components of the CMA within their regulatory structure. A second area of contribution is through his mentorship. Throughout his career, Mark has been a mentor to multiple scholars and professionals in the fields of visual impairment and deafblindness. Mark has mentored many professionals including Tiffany Wild, Holly Lawson, Stacy Kelly, Amy Parker, Rebecca Sheffield, Eric Caruso, Kathryn Botsford, Sean Tikkun, and many others. He loves advocacy and this love pervades his professional life to the benefit of our entire field. A third arena where his leadership shines, is within national organizations. This is Mark's second time directing AER and his knowledge during a time of change in our field is invaluable. Mark has been working to provide guidance, create connections and to bring the field forward through his communications, outreach, and innovations. Leadership in the best of times is challenging but it is doubly so when the field is dealing with COVID-19 and profound changes in the way teachers must teach. Amy Parker writes, "Mark exemplifies what effective advocacy, coalition building, mentoring, and leadership means. He brings his keen knowledge as an attorney together with his lived experience as an individual who happens to be blind to co-create a better world for all people with visual impairments."

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