Project Manager, Professional Development
Areas of Expertise:
- Blindness and literacy
- Special education
- Assistive technology
- Low vision
Ike Presley became a staff member of AFB's National Literacy Center in 1999. As a member of the Literacy Team, Presley helps develop resources and materials that can be used by service providers to improve the quality of their service. In addition, Presley presents and facilitates training workshops for service providers on issues related to literacy and the use of technology to develop literacy skills.
For the previous five years, he was an assistive technology specialist at the Georgia Project for Assistive Technology, where he assessed students with visual impairments to determine the most appropriate assistive technology for their educational program. In addition, he helped educators purchase and install the assistive technology, and he provided instruction for the blind or visually impaired student users.
For four years Presley served as a technology instructor at the Georgia Sensory Rehabilitation Center, where he trained adults with hearing impairments and/or visual impairments in the use of assistive technology for employment. For eleven years, in both itinerant and resource room settings, he served students in grades K-12 who were visually impaired or had additional disabilities. Here, he developed a keen understanding of how technology can be used to support, enhance and maintain the literacy skills of individuals who are blind or visually impaired.
Presley has authored several articles and made numerous presentations at national and state conferences on assistive technology, literacy, and teaching students who are blind or visually impaired. He is co-author of the recently published Assistive Technology For Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired: A Guide to Assessment.
He earned his B.A. in Music Therapy/Psychology and his M.S. in Special Education-Visual Disabilities from Florida State University.