American Foundation for the Blind Names 2014 Corinne Kirchner Research Award Recipient
New York (December 19, 2013)—The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) today announced that Jane N. Erin, Ph.D., will receive the esteemed the 2014 Corinne Kirchner Research Award, which honors individuals whose leadership and dedication illuminate the most pressing needs of people with vision loss through timely, innovative and authoritative research.
Dr. Erin is a professor at The University of Arizona, where she has coordinated the program in Visual Impairment since 1994. In the College of Education, she has served as head of the department of DPS, Interim Associate Dean, and chair of the College Council. From 1984 to 1994, she was on the faculty at the University of Texas, and previously taught and supervised at the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children. In 1996, Dr. Erin received the national Mary K. Bauman Award as the Outstanding Educator in Visual Impairment from the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually impaired. She served as Editor in Chief of the Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (JVIB) from 1998 to 2001.
Dr. Erin is currently Practice Editor and Editor Emerita for the journal, and she works closely with practitioners in the field on JVIB's Practice Perspectives, which allows practicing professionals the opportunity to read and share information on how they and other professionals approach the same issues, situations, and challenges they experience on a daily basis. She co-authored Visual Impairments and Learning with Dr. Natalie Barraga, and co-edited Diversity and Visual Impairment with Dr. Madeline Milian, and Foundations of Low Vision: Clinical and Functional Perspectives, Second Edition with Dr. Anne Corn. She has also authored several instructional guides for teachers of visually impaired students. Dr. Erin was a member of the research team that conducted the ABC braille study, a national investigation of young braille readers. Her research has also explored the use of reading media, effectiveness of assistive technology instruction, and parent and family perceptions. She is currently co-Principal investigator with Dr. Carole Beal on an Institute of Educational Sciences grant, Animal Watch Vi, a project to develop an application to instruct visually impaired students in pre-algebra skills.
"We are very proud of Dr. Erin's accomplishments, and the doors she has opened for people with vision loss to live more independent lives." said Carl R. Augusto, president and CEO of AFB. "The American Foundation for the Blind is honored to recognize Dr. Erin for her vast contributions to the field of blindness and low vision."
The Corinne Kirchner Research Award will be presented on February 28, 2014, at the AFB Leadership Conference in Brooklyn, NY.
About the Corinne Kirchner Award
Corinne Kirchner was the national leader of demographic, evaluation, and other research in the blindness field during her tenure at AFB. Her work addressed education, employment, health, "livable communities," computer usage, and the area for which she is perhaps best known: the demographics of vision loss.
The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is a national nonprofit that expands possibilities for people with vision loss. AFB's priorities include broadening access to technology; elevating the quality of information and tools for the professionals who serve people with vision loss; and promoting independent and healthy living for people with vision loss by providing them and their families with relevant and timely resources. Headquartered in New York, AFB is proud to house the Helen Keller Archives and honor the more than 40 years that Helen Keller worked tirelessly with AFB.