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Faculty receive funding for blindness, low vision tuition program

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The following faculty from the department of counseling, leadership and special education received funding totaling $100,000 from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for Missouri State’s blindness and low vision and orientation and mobility tuition programs:

  • Dr. Tamara Arthaud, department head
  • Dr. Paul Ajuwon, associate professor
  • Ian Shadrick, instructor

This tuition program is offered to students enrolled in the graduate special education program for certification to become teachers of the visually impaired (TVI) or orientation and mobility specialists (O&M). Approximately 16 candidates will receive funding.

According to Arthaud, it is often difficult for schools serving children with blindness and low vision to find qualified professionals. This tuition program provides more students with the opportunity to become highly trained TVIs and O&Ms and enhance education to students nationwide.

“Our mission is to increase the level of expertise in education and services for persons with blindness and low vision across the state and nationally,” said Arthaud. “As a result, this tuition grant provides a great benefit to our mission as we are able to provide much-needed funds for persons seeking this type of expertise.”

For more information, contact Arthaud at (417) 836-6951.


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