Rosanne K. Silberman
Professor of Blind & Visually-Impaired and Severe & Multiple Disabilities
Dr. Silberman coordinates the graduate teacher preparation programs in Blindness and Visual Impairment: Teacher of the Blind and Visually Impaired (TVI), Rehabilitation Teaching and Orientation and Mobility. In addition, she coordinates the Severe Disabilities including Deafblindness Program and the Early Childhood Special Education Program with an Annotation in Severe Disabilities.
Dr. Silberman earned her B.A. in Education from Brooklyn College, her M.S. Ed. in Special Education and Blindness and Visual Impairment from Boston University and Perkins School for the Blind, and her ED.D. in Special Education and Administration from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Dr. Silberman has taught almost all the courses in both the Blindness and Visual Impairment and Severe Disabilities including Deafblindness specializations. Currently, she teaches SPED 741 and SPED 742 in the Blindness specialization and SPED 790 and SPED 706.50. All of these courses have a Distance Learning Component to them; they are taught 75% on line.
Dr. Silberman’s major interest is in obtaining grant support from Federal, State, and Private Agencies to ensure that teacher candidates will be able to obtain tuition support to pursue these exciting careers. Since she began teaching at Hunter, her programs have been awarded more than $7 million.
Dr. Silberman has written a variety of articles and textbook chapters related to learners with visual impairments and multiple disabilities including deafblindness. Her publications include two major textbooks. She is a co-editor of Educating Children with Multiple Disabilities: A Collaborative Approach and Educating Students Who Have Visual Impairments with Other Disabilities.
Dr. Silberman has served as a consultant for many school districts and has conducted educational evaluations of pre-school, elementary, and secondary school level learners with visual impairments and multiple impairments in general education classrooms. She is a strong advocate for ensuring that their unique needs are met both in school and at home.