About Me

Rebecca Sheffield

Hello! I recently defended my Ph.D. dissertation at Texas Tech University, studying Special Education with an emphasis on the education of individuals who are blind or visually impaired. My research interests are in international efforts to empower and improve the lives of persons with disabilities, and especially in the use of quality of life measurements to evaluate the impact of international interventions.

I have worked for a central Texas school district as a teacher of students with severe and profound disabilities and as a teacher of students with visual impairments. I have also been recognized by the sensory disabilities field through the National Leadership Consortium in Sensory Disabilities fellowship.

Some of my recent activities:
Currently, I preparing for graduation and a new career and am actively involved in advocating for the United States to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). I direct the Students4CRPD web and Facebook pages and have organized remote training for parents of children with autism in Kyrgyzstan.
I also presented at Texas AER in March, 2014, and at the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry in May, 2014. I will be presenting  at the OSEP Project Director's Conference and at AER in July-August 2014. 

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I am a member of these international, national, and local and organizations:

Visit CEC's website

Council for Exceptional Children logo Council for Exceptional Children

Visit AER's website

AER logo Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired

Visit IASE's website

AER logo International Association of Special Education

Visit DISES' website

DISES logo CEC's Division of International Special Education and Services

Visit DVI's website

DVI logo CEC's Division on Visual Impairments

Visit EGSO's website

team6 Education Graduate Student Organization (President May 2012- April 2013)

A bit of my history

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Special Education Teacher, Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments (TVI)

After two years as a special education teacher for young students with severe and profound disabilities, I earned an additional certification as a teacher of students with visual impairments. I served for two years as itinerant TVI for Comal Independent School District in Texas

Awarded National Leadership Consortium in Sensory Disabilities Fellowship

OSEP-funded project to fund the next generation of leaders in the fields of blindness and visual impairment, deafness and hearing loss, and deaf-blindness

Fall 2011
Finished M.Ed., started Ph.D. program

Masters of Education in Special Education with an emphasis in visual impairments; Ph.D. program in Special Education - both at Texas Tech University under the advisement of Dr. Rona Pogrund


Successfully defended dissertation (June, 2014)! In August I will begin a new career as the Senior Policy Researcher for the American Foundation for the Blind

Where have I been?