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Ellen Trief

Professor of Blind & Visually Impaired and Severe & Multiple Disabilities

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 Dr. Trief advises and teaches in the graduate education programs in Blindness and Visual Impairment and Severe/Multiple Disabilities including Deafblindness. For twenty-four years before joining the faculty at Hunter College in 2000, Dr. Trief educated children and adults with visual and multiple impairments, as well as serving as the Director of Education and Preschool and Early Intervention at an agency for the blind in New York City.

Dr. Trief earned her B.S. in Elementary Education and Speech from SUNY New Paltz, her M.S.ed. in Special Education and Blindness and Visual Impairment from Boston College, and her Ed.D. in Special Education and Administration from Teachers College, Columbia University.



Dr. Trief, a recipient of the Harold S. Ladas Award for Exemplary Teaching, teaches and coordinates the research seminar which is the culminating course in special education, as well as the student teaching seminar and practicum in blind and visually impaired, Braille instruction, language development and alternate communication systems for learners with low incidence disabilities, and curriculum courses in blind and visually impaired and severe/multiple disabilities.

Dr. Trief has presented at many national conferences including the Council for Exceptional Children, American Foundation for the Blind: Literacy Conferences and Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired on topics including early intervention practices, alternative communication and pre college instruction for the learner who is visually impaired  In addition, she consults for many schools and agencies providing services to children who are blind and visually impaired.



Dr. Trief has authored four books, three on curriculum for early intervention and preschool and one on pre-college skills for the student with visual impairments. She has also published over 20 articles in peer reviewed journals.  Dr. Trief is an associate editor of the Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness and frequently reviews books for the American Foundation for the Blind Press. In addition, Dr. Trief has received grant funding to pursue several of her research projects.

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