Stacy Kelly, an associate professor in the Department of Special and Early Education, is the recipient of the 2020 Exemplary Advocate Award from the Council for Exceptional Children’s Division on Visual Impairment and Deafblindness.
The annual award recognizes “exemplary leadership and commitment to the field of education and rehabilitation of students with visual impairments and deafblindness.”
“We celebrate your contributions to knowledge and service in the fields,” Amy T. Parker, division president, wrote to Kelly. “Your energy and efforts to support individuals with visual impairment and deafblindess through policy development, community engagement and education shines.”
Kelly will travel Feb. 6 to Portland, Ore., to receive the award during the division’s business meeting and social. DVIDB’s Visual Impairment and Deafblind Education Quarterly publication also will feature Kelly in an upcoming issue.
“I was surprised to get the news,” says Kelly, who joined NIU in 2013 as an assistant professor and earned her doctorate here in 2008. “It means a lot. In building the curriculum for our Visual Disabilities program, I look directly to this organization.”
Past recipients of the award include 2013’s Jim Fruchterman, founder and CEO of Benetech and Bookshare, who received an honorary doctorate from NIU in 2016; Abraham Nemeth (2001), who in 1952 developed the Nemeth Braille Code for Mathematics and Science Notation for people who are blind or visually impaired; and, in 1991, President Jimmy Carter.