Elizabeth Dennison, Instructor and TVI

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Office:CPD 101R
Center for Persons with Disabilities
6500 Old Main Hill
Logan UT 84322-6500


   Elizabeth Dennison, M.S., is a teacher of the blind and visually impaired with 40 years of experience working with young children with visual impairments.  She received her masters in education of the blind and visually impaired from the University of Northern Colorado.  She considers herself a practitioner at heart and has a passion for her work.

   Elizabeth (Bess) has been working with both the SKI-HI Institute at Utah State University and the Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind for 33 years. During this time she has maintained an active caseload of young children in early intervention as well as preschool programs through the Utah School for the Blind Parent Infant Program and Outreach. She has also assisted in planning parent workshops, training staff and child data collection for the program.

    At the SKI-HI Institute, she coordinates the outreach training efforts for the INSITE and VIISA early intervention models.  In her work at SKI-HI, she has written grants, developed curriculum and training materials, and conducted many training sessions in the US as well as overseas.  She has also taught courses for the SEIM Personnel Preparation grant and helped to develop and instruct online courses for paraprofessionals in vision through the Hadley-USU partnership. She has presented at national conferences for AER and DEC and served in leadership positions in the preschool division of AER. She has also contributed articles to a variety of newsletters in the preschool vision field.

    Bess lives in Mendon, Utah with her husband, John, who teachers Physics at USU; her 90 year old mother, Lucy; three cats and a dog.  They have three children, a son and daughter in college, an eldest daughter teaching second grade, and a young grandson.  Bess enjoys being in the out-of-doors hiking or cross country skiing as well as playing the piano.

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