A new program in the University of Arizona College of Education will focus on increasing the number of teachers serving K-12 students who are visually impaired and ensuring those students get the most comprehensive support possible.
"Teachers who work with visually impaired students address a critical need in K-12 education and ensuring Arizona's districts can meet that need is part of the university's role as a land-grant institution," said the University of Arizona President Robert C. Robbins. "I am proud that the U.S. Department of Education is recognizing the expertise at the University of Arizona to train the next generation of special education teachers, and I look forward to the progress Drs. Garrison Tsinajinie, Sunggye Hong and Stephanie MacFarland will make with this new program."
The program – called Project COMPASSS, or Culturally Responsive Orientation and Mobility Professionals and Specialists in Sensory and Severe Education – was established with a $1.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education.