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

Department

Special and Early Education (SEED)

Education:

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

Interests

Stacy Kelly, Ph.D. completed her doctoral degree as a National Center for Leadership in Visual Impairment (NCLVI) Doctoral Fellow. Prior to coming to NIU, 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, 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.

Courses

  • SEVI 420/SEVI 520 - Literary Braille
  • SEVI 421/SEVI 521 - Advanced Braille
  • SEVI 440/540 Communication Systems used by Persons with Visual Impairments
  • SEVI 442/SEVI 542 - Instructional Systems for Teaching Students who are Visually Impaired
  • SEVI 450/SEVI 550 - Assistive Technology for Persons with Visual Impairments
  • SEVI 486/586 Topical Seminar in Teaching Students with Visual Impairments
  • SEVI 551 - Advanced Assistive Technology for Persons with Visual Impairments
  • SEVI 552 - Collaboration Principles and Skills for Professionals Working with Persons with Visual Impairments

Grants

Kelly, S. M. (2019). Preparation of vision rehabilitation therapists and orientation & mobility specialists to prepare individuals with visual disabilities for the 21st century workplace. Submitted to the U.S. Department of Education. Funded for $750,000 for five years.

Kelly, S. M. (2018). Project Fusion: Bringing together scholars in teacher of the visually impaired and orientation and mobility programs to serve children with visual impairments in the 21st century classroom. Submitted to the U.S. Department of Education. Funded for $1,250,000 for five years. *Continuation award in 2019.

Recent Publications

Kapperman, G., Kelly, S. M., & Koster, E. (2018). Using the JAWS screen reader and the Focus braille display to read foreign language books downloaded from the Bookshare accessible online library. Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness,112(4), 415-419.

Kelly, S. M., & Kapperman G. (2018). A second look at what high school students who are blind should know about technology. Journal on Technology & Persons with Disabilities, 6(1), 385-398.

Kelly, S. M., & Bakken, J. (2017). Aging and vision loss: The increasing prevalence of age-related eye diseases and critical shortage of vision rehabilitation service providers. EC Ophthalmology (Special Issue on Eye Diseases and their Investigations to Acquire a Good Vision), 1(11), 08-09.

Kapperman, G., Kelly, S. M., & Kilmer, K. (2017). An assessment of the Tinder mobile dating application for individuals who are visually impaired. Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, 111(4), 369-374.

Kelly, S. M., & Tikkun, S. (2017). Introducing the university assistive technology specialization in visual impairments. Journal on Technology & Persons with Disabilities, 5(1), 16-28.

Stacy Kelly

Contact

815-753-4103
skelly@niu.edu
Graham 230
http://uebot.niu.edu