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Even as a little girl I had an interest in the area of blindness and low vision being the only one in my Brownie troop to take my Braille badge. This passion has continued into my adult life and I have worked in the field of Blindness and Low Vision in New Zealand for over 20 years. Initially, I worked for the Blind Foundation as an Orientation and Mobility and Activities of Daily Living Instructor and enjoyed working with children and helping them to understand and move in their world. My Masters degree was on the efficiacy of using an interactive model to teach children with a vision impiarment environmental concepts. For the last 10 years I have taught in both the area of health and rehabilitation, as well as education including time as the Blind and Low Vision Endorsement Coordinator for the Specialist Teaching Programme. I am a PLD Facilitator and am currently working with Blind and Low Vision Network New Zealand (BLENNZ) providing short courses for Resource Teachers:Vision to help support Developmental Orientation and Mobility programmes. My other interest in this field includes being President the Orientation and Mobility Association Australasia (OMAA) and am a peer reviewer for the International Journal of Orientation and Mobility (IJOM). I have also reviewed articles for the British Medical Journal and Evaluation Research.
When first working within academia I became aware of how academics in different disciplines were talking past each other, particularly in the area of disability. This sparked my interest in how different disciplines or paradigms could work together to develop integrated resolutions for those experiencing disability. This then became the focus of my doctoral studies. I used design based research methodology to develop an approach to promote cross-disciplinary collaboration when studying complex real-world issues or what are sometimes called wicked problems. I also have an interest in how cross-disciplinary collaboration can be used to increase equity for those experiencing disability.
I am also an Anglican Priest and have an interest in spiritual wellbeing and am currently supervising a student who iis studying the use of contemplative pedagogies in tertiary teaching and have developed a courses on Holistic Wellbeing and Change for the MEd Psych programme. I am also Chair of the Interdenominational Tertiary Chaplaincy Board at Massey University.
I have worked, taught and researched in the area of disability for over 20 years. I have a partIcularly interst in the blindness and low vision field and was the Endorsement Coordinator for the Blindness and low Endorsement in the Speciaist Teaching Programme. I am currently developing and teaching two courses in the new MEd Psych programme. My doctoral study was in the area of cross-disciplinary collaboration and I have researched and am supervising students in the areas of cross-disciplinary collaboration, blindness and low vision and functional profiles for learners.
Blindness and Low Vision Education and Rehabilitation
Approaches to Cross-disciplinary Collaboration
21st Century Citizenship, Health and Well-being
Field of research codes
Medical And Health Sciences (110000): Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified (119999): Other Medical and Health Sciences (119900):
Special Education and Disability (130312): Specialist Studies in Education (130300)
Blindness, Blind, Vision, Low Vision, Rehabilitation, Education
Cross-disciplinary Collaboration, interprofessional, interprofessionality, interdisciplinary, interdisciplinarity, transdisciplinarity,transdisciplinary
Wicked Problems, complex real world issues, complex real-world issues
Design-based Research, qualitative,
Teaching and Supervision