Written by Michael Castellon

Date: Nov. 15, 2005
CONTACT: Michael Castellon,

LUBBOCK – The Texas Tech College of Education will host a symposium that will highlight distance education models geared toward students with low-incidence disabilities.

Low-incidence disabilities include those disabilities involving deaf blindness, deaf education, visual impairment, and orientation and mobility.

Faculty will present the distance education models to The Southeast Regional Resource Center and the Southeast Regional Consortium in Low Incidence Disabilities, two national organizations specializing in the advancement of students with disabilities.

“In preparing teachers serving students with deafblindness, deaf hard of hearing and those with visual impairments, more distance education programs are being used to acquire the necessary course work needed to meet the requirement in the fields of study,” said Shirley Johnson-Wilson, Educational Specialist in the Virginia Murray Sowell Center for Research and Education in Visual Impairments.

The Southeast Regional Resource Center is one of six Regional Resource Centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs. The SERRC assists states in carrying out activities that support programs for special education and related services for children with disabilities. The organization operates in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Texas and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The Southeast Regional Consortium in Low Incidence Disabilities is a regional community of practicing professionals and consumers invested in identifying avenues that will increase the number of highly qualified personnel serving students with low-incidence disabilities.

The symposium, which will include numerous resource professionals and national partners, will take place Nov. 16-17.

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CONTACT: Shirley Johnson-Wilson, Educational Specialist, The Virginia Murray Sowell Center for Research and Education in Visual Impairments Deaf-Blind Education, (806) 742-1997 Ext. 231,