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Stacy Kelly, Ed.D.
Associate Professor, Special Education


Special and Early Education (SEED)


  • Ed.D., Northern Illinois University
  • M.A., Concordia University
  • B.S., Illinois State University


Dr. Stacy Kelly is a faculty member in the Special and Early Education Department in the area of Visual Disabilities at Northern Illinois University. Dr. Kelly is a graduate of Northern Illinois University in the area of Visual Disabilities. She completed her doctoral degree at Northern Illinois University as a National Center for Leadership in Visual Impairment (NCLVI) Doctoral Fellow. Prior to coming to Northern Illinois University, Dr. Kelly worked as a faculty member at Illinois State University and a disability policy researcher in Washington, DC. She taught students who were blind or visually impaired as a teacher of students with visual impairments (TSVI) in the Chicagoland area. She is also a Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS) and a certified school administrator. Most recently, Dr. Kelly has been appointed as an Assistive Technology Certification Subject Matter Expert (SME) by the leading credentialing organization for vision rehabilitation and educational professionals.

Research Interests:

  • Assistive technology for people with visual impairments
  • Implications for instruction in the Expanded Core Curriculum
  • Secondary analysis of large scale databases


  • SEVI 420/SEVI 520 Literary Braille
  • SEVI 421/SEVI 521 Advanced Braille
  • SEVI 450/SEVI 550 Assistive Technology for Persons with Visual Impairments
  • SEVI 551 Advanced Assistive Technology for Persons with Visual Impairments
  • SEVI 442/SEVI 542 Instructional Systems for Teaching Students who are Visually Impaired
  • SEVI 552 Collaboration Principles and Skills for Professionals Working with Persons with Visual Impairments

Recent Publications:

Smith, D. W., & Kelly, S. (2015). A research agenda for assistive technology used by students with visual impairments. Journal on Technology
& Persons with Disabilities, 2(1), 1-12. Retrieved from

Kelly, S. M., Wolffe, K., & Ajuwon, P. (2015). The recreation and leisure pursuits of employment adults with visual impairments in Nigeria: Part
1. Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, 109(1), 19-30.
Ajuwon, P., Kelly, S. M., & Wolffe, K. (2015). The recreation and leisure engagement of employed adults with visual impairments in Nigeria:
Part 2. Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, 109(1), 31-41.

Smith, D. W., & Kelly, S. M. (2014). Assistive technology for students with visual impairments: A research agenda. In D. Hatton (Ed.), Current
issues in the education of students with visual impairments, Vol. 46, (p. 23-53). Burlington: Academic Press.

Kelly, S. M. (2013). Labor force participation rates among working-age individuals with visual impairments. Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (Special Issue on Transition and Employment), 107(6), 509-513.

Stacy Kelly


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