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Even as a little girl I had an interest in the area of blindness and low vision being the only one in my brownie troop to take my Braille badge. This passion has continued into my adult life and I have worked in the field of Blindness and Low Vision in New Zealand for over 20 years. Initially I worked for the Blind Foundation as an Orientation and Mobility and Activities of Daily Living Instructor and enjoyed working with children and helping them to understand and move in their world. My Masters degree was on the efficiacy of using an interactive model to teach children with a vision impiarment environmental concepts. For the last 10 years I have taught in both the area of health and rehabilitation, as well as education. I am presently working on the Specialist Teaching programme as the Coordinator for the Blind and Low Vision Endorsement. I am also currently working with Blind and Low Vision Network New Zealand (BLENNZ) providing short courses for Resource Teachers:Vision to help support Developmental Orientation and Mobility programmes. My other interest in this field are that I am on the board of the Braille Authority of New Zealand Aotearoa (BANZAT) and the Orientation and Mobility Association Australasia (OMAA) and am a peer reviewer for the International Journal of Orientation and Mobility (IJOM).
When first working within acadmia I became aware how academics in different disciplines were talking past each other, particularly in the area of disability. This spark my interest in how different disciplines or paradigms could work together to develop integrated resolutions for those experiencing dissability. This then became the focu of my doctoral studies. I used design based research methodology to develop an approach to promote cross-disciplinary collaboration when studying complex real-world issues or what are sometimes called wicked problems. I have an interest in how cross-disciplinary collaboration can be used to increase equity for those experiencing disability.
I am also an Anglican Priest and have an interest in spiritual wellbeing and am currently supervising a student who iis studying the use of contemplative pedagogies in tertiary teaching. I am also on the Borad of the Chaplaincy Centre at Massey university.
I have worked, taught and researched in the area of blindness and low vision for over 20 years. I currently teach on the Specialist Teaching programme and am the coordinator for the blind and low vision endorsement. My doctoral study was in the area of cross-disciplinary collaboration. I am presently researching in cross-disciplinary collaboration, blindness and low vision and functional profiles for learners. My present supervision is in the area of inclusive education and the use of contemplative teaching strategies in the tertiary sector .
Blindness and Low Vision Education and Rehabilitation
Approaches to Cross-disciplinary Collaboration
21st Century Citizenship, Health and Well-being
Field of research codes
Medical And Health Sciences (110000): Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified (119999): Other Medical and Health Sciences (119900):
Special Education and Disability (130312): Specialist Studies in Education (130300)
Blindness, Blind, Vision, Low Vision, Rehabilitation, Education
Cross-disciplinary Collaboration, interprofessional, interprofessionality, interdisciplinary, interdisciplinarity, transdisciplinarity,transdisciplinary
Wicked Problems, complex real world issues, complex real-world issues
Design-based Research, qualitative,
Teaching and Supervision