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Northern Illinois University - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Northern Illinois University
Department of Special and Early Education
Visual Disabilities Program
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
(815) 753-8459 (Local)
(815) 753-8594 (Fax)

Brief Description

Northern Illinois University has been active since 1954, making it one of the oldest training programs in the blindness field in the country.

Geographic area served: National.


Gaylen Kapperman, Coordinator/Professor, Visual Disabilities Program, (815) 753-8453,
William Penrod, Associate Professor,
Jodi Sticken, Director, Orientation and Mobility Program, Visual Disabilities Program, (815) 753-8456,

Services Offered

Services for Professionals

  • Personnel Preparation
    • Undergraduate and graduate programs for teachers of visually impaired and multiply disabled children, for rehabilitation teachers, and for orientation and mobility instructors.
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