Ellen Cadigan Mazel, M.Ed. CTVI, Cortical Visual Impairment Advisor
Ellen works for Concord Area Special Education Collaborative (CASE Collaborative) in Concord, Massachusetts as a teacher of students with visual impairments, deafblindness and cortical visual impairment. She works with the Minuteman Early Intervention Program in Concord supporting infants and toddlers with visual impairments and their families. She teaches Cortical Visual Impairment: Assessment and Education in the Vision Studies graduate program at the University of Massachusetts Boston.
Ellen worked for 10 years in Educational Partnerships at Perkins School for the Blind with infants and toddlers as well as school age children. In 2008, Ellen was named National Teacher of the Year for Children with Multiple Disabilities by the Council of Schools for the Blind (COSB). She worked for 9 years in Melrose, Massachusetts as an integrated preschool teacher. She began her career as a teacher of teenage students with deafblindness supporting functional academics for independent living and working. Ellen has expertise in the area of visual impairment, deafblindness, early intervention, multiple disabilities, cortical vision impairment, and transition. After studying cortical visual impairment with Christine Roman-Lantzy for 10 years, she became interested in the most recent brain science information, how children with visual impairments build compensatory skills and how children’s experiences relate to children’s growth and development.
She hopes blogging will generate more referrals for children so they can improve visual skills. Ninety percent of learning is visual!