Education

Ed. D.                         1993                          Education of Blind and Visually Impaired
              Leadership Grant (P.L. 91-230)

Ed. M.                         1990                          Teachers College, Columbia University
               Administration/Special Education

Certificate                   1988                          University of Texas at Austin
               Education of Blind and Visually Impaired

M.S.Ed.                       1976                          City College of New York
               Education of Mentally Retarded

B.A.                             1973                          S.U.N.Y. at Buffalo
               English, Secondary Education


Experience

Consultant/Expert Witness
21 cases working with the following law firms: Floyd, Pflueger & Ringer; Scandaglia & Ryan; Keefe,
King, & Bowman; Johnson, Graffe, Keay, Moniz & Wick; Williams, Kastner & Gibbs; Bennett,
Bigelow, & Leedom; Kingman, Peabody, Fitzharris & Ringer; Dwyer & McDevitt; Hoffman, Hart &
Wagner, Attorney General (State of Washington); Ken Coleman; Wharton, Levin, Ehrmentraut, &
Klein; Clausen Miller; Kevin Pegan; Sutter O'Connell; Schmid & Voiles

Superintendent (1996-2014)
California School for the Blind
Fremont, California
Chief administrator for state funded and operated specialized school with residential option
for students who are blind and visually impaired, deafblind, and visually impaired/multi-
disabled.  $13 million annual budget, 145 employees.

Adjunct Assistant Professor (2011 - present)
San Francisco State University

Principal (1990-1996)
St. Joseph's School for the Blind
Jersey City, New Jersey
Administrator of specialized school programs for students who are blind and have multiple
disabilities, aged 0-21

Adjunct Assistant Professor (1993-1996)
Instructor (1990-1993)
Teachers College, Columbia University

Adjunct Assistant Professor (1993-1996)
Hunter College, City University of New York

Adjunct Assistant Professor (1993)
Jersey City State College

Coordinator (1989-1990)
Vision Resource Center
New York City Board of Education

Teacher (1974-1989)
New York City Board of Education
New York State Commission for the Blind
Texas School for the Blind
Austin Independent School District
Taught classes for students with visual, developmental, emotional, and learning disabilities
in resource, self-contained, residential, and itinerant settings.


Certificates/Credentials

School District Administrator                                                       New York
Principal/Supervisor                                                                     New Jersey, New York
Teacher of Blind                                                                           California, New York, Texas
Teacher of Mentally Retarded/Severely Handicapped                 California, New York, Texas
Teacher of Secondary English                                                     California, New York, Texas
Teacher of Elementary Grades                                                    New York, Texas
Teacher of Kindergarten, Nursery                                                New York


Awards & Recognition

Meritorious Service (2014)
Association of Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired, Northern California Chapter
William H. English Leadership Award (2011)
Council of Schools for the Blind
Humanitarian Award (2011)
California Council of the Blind
Grazer Outstanding Achievement in Learning (2011)
Rocket Shop Café, California School for the Blind
California Department of Education
Distinguished Member (2011)
California Transcribers and Educators of the Blind and Visually Impaired
Creative Use of Braille Award (2010)
Lucky Touch Braille Fortune Cookie Company, California School for the Blind
American Printing House for the Blind
Distinguished Service Award (2006)
Division on Visual Impairments, Council for Exceptional Children
CEC Professionally Recognized Special Educator
Special Education Administration (2000)
Special Education Teaching (2000)
Commendation for Leadership in Braille Literacy (1997)
National Federation of the Blind of California
Outstanding Dissertation of the Year (1994)
Division for the Visually Handicapped, Council for Exceptional Children
Proclaim Award for "Educating Ourselves About The Blind" (1993)
Catholic Communications Campaign
Dissertation of the Year (1993 - Nominee)
Teachers College, Columbia University
CASE Promising Special Education Leader (1992 - Nominee)
Council of Administrators of Special Education


Affiliations

Braille Authority of North America (2013 - present),  Board Member
Blind Advisory Committee, California Department of Rehabilitation (2012-present)
Hatlen Center for the Blind, Advisory Committee member (2013 - present)
Blind Babies Foundation
Professional Advisory Committee (1996-2014)
Council of Schools and Services for the Blind (1996-2014), 
Representative to the Braille Authority of North America (2013 - present),
President (2008-10), Past President (2010-2012), President Elect (2007-08),
Member at large Board of Directors (2006-2007)
Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness - Chair Editorial Advisory Board (2007-2014),
member Editorial Advisory Board (2006-07)
Art Beyond Sight Lab for Learning, member Advisory Board (2011-present)
Described and Captioned Media Program Advisory Board (2008-2010)
National Certification in Literary Braille Steering Committee (2010-present)
California Transcribers and Educators of the Blind and Visually Impaired - Life member,
Secretary (2004-2008), Executive Board member at large (2002-04),
Policies and Procedures Committee Chair, Katie Sibert Memorial Scholarship
Committee Chair (2005-2008)
Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired
Legislative Committee (2010-present), History and Memorial Committee (2006-2008)
Northern California Chapter - President (2002-04), Past President (2004-06), Board
Member (1997-2001), New Jersey Chapter -- Board Member (1993-96), Chair Legislative
Committee, Conference Committee, Budget Committee
Council for Exceptional Children
Division on Visual Impairments - President (1999-2001), Past President (2001-2003), President-
Elect (1997-99), Director (1995-97), Member DVIQ Committee (2000-present), Chair of Awards
Committee (2001-03), Chair of Nominations and Elections Committee (2001-03), Chair of
Publications Committee, Budget Committee (1993-97), Inter-Organization Promotion
Committee (1997-99), Steering Management Committee of National Plan to Train Personnel
Grant (1997-99), Chair of Convention Committee of the InterDivisional Caucus (1998 - 01)
Guide Dogs for the Blind Youth Initiative Advisory Committee (2006-present)
The Braille Challenge - National Advisory Committee (2005-2013)
National Clearinghouse for Professions in Special Education, Advisory Committee (1998-01)
San Francisco State University
Advisory Committee, Program in Visual Impairments (1997-present)
Low Incidence Disability Advisory Committee
Member Subcommittee on Visual Impairments (1997-2002)
American Printing House for the Blind, Ex Officio Trustee (1996-2014),
Education Services Advisory Committee (2002-2004), chair (2005),
Nominations Committee (2008)
Program Facilitator, 150th Anniversary Commemorative Dinner (2008)
Western Association of Schools for the Blind (1996-2014)
Chair (1999-2006), Organization Committee (1996-98)
Principals of Schools for the Blind
Founding Member, First Chairperson (1992-94), Chair Awards Committee (1994-96)
American Foundation for the Blind - Braille Literacy Mentors Advisory Committee (1993-2001)
Research and Development Institute - Computer Assisted Instruction for Learning the
Code of Braille Mathematics -- Advisory Committee (1995-1997)
Drew University/Art Education for the Blind Program
Advisory Board Member (1994-2014)
World Blind Union
Committee on Prevalence of Blindness In North America (1994)
Kappa Delta Pi (1990-1996)


Peer Reviewer

Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (1993-present)

Blind Education Initiative (1998-99)
National Association of State Directors of Special Education

The Computerized Nemeth Code Tutor (1997)
RDI Braille Mathematics Project                                                             
Research and Development Institute, Inc.

The Parent Perspective on Schools for Students (1994)
who are Blind and Visually Impaired (statistical review)
Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired  

National Literary Braille Competency Test (1992)
National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped


Books & Chapters

           Wittenstein, S.H. et al (2006). Braille mathematics standards. California Department of
Education: Sacramento.

            Wittenstein, S.H. & Sovin, J.M. (2006). Students who are blind or visually impaired. In B.L.
Gerber & D.P. Guay (Eds.) Reaching and teaching students with special needs through art (pp.
127-137). National Art Education Association: Reston, VA.

            Wittenstein, S.H. et al (2004). The Assembly Bill 2326 braille reading standards task force
report. California Department of Education: Sacramento.

            Goodman, S.A. & Wittenstein, S.H. (Eds.) (2003). Collaborative assessment: Working with
students who are blind or visually impaired, including those with additional disabilities. American
Foundation for the Blind: New York.

            Wittenstein, S.H., et al (2002). A future view: Quality education for all students who are blind
and visually impaired.  The Report of the California Blindness Advisory Task Force.  California
Department of Education: Sacramento.

            Wittenstein, S. H. (Ed.) (1994). The reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities
Education Act: A reference guide for persons concerned with the educational rights of children who
are blind or visually impaired. New York: American Foundation for the Blind.


Series Editor

            "This Mattered to Me" (2006 - present). Series re-introduces readers to classic articles from
the 100 year archives of the Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness.

            "People You Should Know"(1998 - 2008). Series interviews a leader in the field of blindness
education for the Division of Visual Impairments Quarterly.

           "COSB Clips" (1994 - 1999). News from the nation's schools for the blind for Howe's Now,
quarterly newsletter of the Council of Schools for the Blind.


Peer Reviewed Articles

          Wittenstein, S. H., & Pardee, M. L.  (1996). Teachers' voices: Comments on braille and
literacy from the field.  Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness - Special Issue on Literacy, 90,
201-209.

         Wittenstein, S. H. (1994). Braille literacy: Preservice training and teachers' attitudes. Journal
of Visual Impairment & Blindness, 88, 516-524.

          Wittenstein, S. H. (1993). Braille training and teacher attitudes:  Implications for personnel
preparation. RE:view, 25, 103-111.

          Wittenstein, S. H. (1993). A parent-professional collaboration model of transitional planning.
Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness - Special Issue on Residential Schools, 87, 227-229.

          Wittenstein, S. H. (1993). Chapter 1 under siege: Federal funds and residential schools for
blind and visually impaired learners. RE:view, 25, 17-25.


Invited Book Reviews and Essays

            Wittenstein, S.H. (2013). Book review. The Manliest Man: Samuel G. Howe and the contours
of nineteenth century American reform by James W. Trent, Jr.  Journal of Visual Impairment &
Blindness, 107, 317-320.

            Wittenstein, S. H. (2011). Brief history of the foundations of the Council of Schools for the
Blind.  Howe's Now, 14, 30-32.

            Wittenstein, S.H. (2011). Book review. Getting Ready for College Begins in Third Grade:
Working Toward an Independent Future for Your Blind/VI Child, Pre-K to Middle School by Carol
Castellano, Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, 105, 305-306.

             Wittenstein, S.H. (2010). Book review. God, Money, and Politics: English Attitudes to
Blindness and Touch, from the Enlightenment to Integration by Simon Hayhoe, Journal of Visual
Impairment & Blindness, 104, 249-250.

            Wittenstein, S.H. (2010). Why belong . . . because you are needed and you are a
professional. Division on Visual Impairment Quarterly, 55 (Spring 2010), 26-27.

            Wittenstein, S.H. (2010). Sharing resources, forming partnerships, and fighting for what's
right in a tough economy. Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness - COSB Commentary, 104,
317-318.

            Wittenstein, S.H. (2009). What's bugging me now? Division on Visual Impairment Quarterly,
55 (Fall 2009), 25.

            Wittenstein, S.H. (2009). Braille and revolution, Diderot and Enlightenment, and the pursuit
of happiness. Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness - Louis Braille Bicentennial Celebration,
103, 516-518.

           Wittenstein, S.H. (2008). This mattered to me. Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness,
102, 565-569.

            Wittenstein, S.H. (2008). Reflections from an outgoing board member.  CTEVH Journal,
Volume L (1), 15.

            Wittenstein, S.H. (2006). A look back: 100 years of braille and communication media.
Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness - Celebrating 100 Years Series, 100, 197-202.

            Wittenstein, S.H. (2002). What's bugging me now? A few words about patience and special
education. DVI Quarterly, 47.

            Wittenstein, S. H. (2001). Replacing "can't" with "can if."  Book review of Perceiving
The Elephant: Living Creatively with Vision Loss. DVI Quarterly, 46, 60-61.

            Wittenstein, S. H. (2000). Some not-so-random thoughts on the continuing use of braille.
Howe's Now, 5, 6-7.

            Wittenstein, S. H. (2000). An open letter regarding the use of the word segregated. DVI
Quarterly, 45, 4.

            Wittenstein, S. H. (1999). Remembering why we tied up the cat.  CTEVH Journal, Summer
1999. California Transcribers and Educators of the Visually Handicapped.

           Wittenstein, S. H. (1998, Winter). A rationale for the use of braille in the information age.  DVI
Quarterly, 43, 10.  Also published in DOTS for Braille Literacy, Winter/Spring 1999.

            Wittenstein, S. H. (1996). The need for specialized services for children who are blind or
visually impaired: A personal reflection. Howe's Now, 2, 1-3.

            Wittenstein, S. H. (1995). The need for specialized services for children who are blind or
visually impaired: A personal reflection. JVIB News Service, 89, 1-5.

            Wittenstein, S. H. (1993). Is braille a language? Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness,
87, 132-133.


Selected Presentations

October 2014. Acceptance speech upon the induction of Dr. Newel Perry.
Hall of Fame: Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field.
Louisville, KY 

September 2013. The Past, Present, and Future of Education for the Blind in the United States.
Presented at the 100th anniversary of the Seoul National School for the Blind.
Symposium  sponsored by the Korea Blind Union.  Seoul, South Korea.

February 2012. Abacus and other adaptations for mathematics calculation for blind learners.
Presented as guest lecture to graduate students at San Francisco State University.
San Francisco, CA.

March 2011.  Keynote Address.  Annual conference of the California Transcribers and Educators
of the Blind and Visually Impaired. Oakland, CA.

October 2010. The state of the art: Innovations and issues in special schools for the blind.
Presented at the state convention of the National Federation of the Blind of California.
Irvine, CA.

October 2010. CSB's 150 years of providing quality services.  Presented at the state convention
of the National Federation of the Blind of California. Irvine, CA.

October 2010. Celebrating 150 years. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Printing
House for the Blind.  Louisville, KY.

September 2010. Lessons Learned From the History of Braille, or Why We Tied Up the Cat.
Guest lecture at San Francisco State University.

July 2010. Schools for the blind: The next generation.  Presented at the national convention
of the American Council of the Blind.  Phoenix, AZ.

May 2010. Raising the bar for braille readers.  Presented at the state convention of the
National Federation of the Blind of Louisiana.  Baton Rouge, LA

April 2010. Keynote speech - California's state literacy standards for blind/visually impaired
children - A ray of hope? Presented at Cradle to Career: ABC's of Blindness Conference.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

March 2009. Reflections on the 200th anniversary of the birth of Louis Braille: Why was Braille
ready for the world and the world ready for Braille? Presented at the annual conference of the
California Transcribers and Educators of the Visually Handicapped. Burlingame, CA.

April 2008. With Julie Z. Manning.  Assessment of Learning Media: Including Parents as
Partners. Workshop presented at the annual conference of the Council for Exceptional
Children. Boston, MA.

July 2006. Braille and math standards influenced by the National Federation of the Blind.
Presentation to the annual convention of the National Federation of the Blind.
Dallas, TX.

April 2006. With Phil Hatlen. The School for the Blind in the 21st Century. Workshop presented
at the annual conference of the Council for Exceptional Children. Salt Lake City, UT.

November 2005. Learning to touch, learning to read. Presented at Braille Symposium of the
National Federation of the Blind of California. Los Angeles, CA.

October 2005. Implementation of the braille reading standards and compliance with state and
federal laws regarding braille provision of braille in the IEP. In-service for Sonoma County
teachers of blind students. Santa Rosa, CA.

June 2003. Teachers' Attitudes Towards Braille: The Impact of Teacher Preparation in the 90s.
         Presented at the annual convention of the National Federation of the Blind.
Louisville, KY.

July 2002. With Sheila Amato.  Teachers' Attitudes Towards Braille: The Impact of Teacher
Preparation in the 90s. Presented at the biennial AER International Conference.
Toronto, Canada.

March 2000. A national plan to train personnel to serve students who are blind or have low
vision. Education workgroup facilitated at the Josephine L. Taylor Leadership Institute.
Dallas, TX.

November 1999. With Sally Mangold. From Homer to the Next Millennium: A history of braille
literacy and liberation.  Presented at the Fourth Biennial Getting in Touch with Literacy
         Conference.  San Francisco, CA.

April 1999. With D. McNear & C. McNerney.  Low incidence personnel preparation: Using
         scenario-based planning.  Paper presented at the Council for Exceptional Children Annual
Convention.  Charlotte, NC.

May 1997. Math and science adaptations: Nemeth Code and beyond. Keynote speaker and
         workshop leader. Staff development sponsored by Massachusetts Vision Resources
         Library and the Carroll Center for the Blind at Optelec Headquarters, Westford, MA.

April 1997. Celebrate the use of braille.  Presented to the Braille Revival League at their semi-
         annual meeting.  Sacramento, CA.

March 1996. With J. Erin. Fostering the development of leadership within our field.  Workshop
facilitated for the Education Work Group at the Josephine L. Taylor Leadership Institute,
         Washington, DC.

April 1995. The reauthorization of IDEA:  Implications for services to children with visual
impairments.  Paper presented at the Council for Exceptional Children Annual
Convention. Indianapolis, IN.

July 1994. With M. Pardee. Braille literacy: The teachers' voices. Paper presented at the Biennial
         International Conference of the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind
and Visually Impaired. Dallas, TX.

November 1993. Braille literacy: Pre-service training and teacher attitudes - Report of a national
study. Paper presented at the national conference Getting in Touch with Literacy.  Little
Rock, AR.

July 1993. The educational relevance of drawings by and for individuals who are blind.  Paper
presented at symposia sponsored by Art Education for the Blind at the Metropolitan
Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art. New York, NY.

April 1993. With P. Benson. Parent/professional collaboration in transition advocacy. Paper
presented at the annual conference of the Northeast Rehabilitation Association. Atlantic
         City, NJ.

April 1993. Braille literacy: Pre-service training and teacher attitudes. Report of a national study.
Paper presented at the annual conference of the Council for Exceptional Children.
San Antonio, TX.

March 1993. With Silberman, R., & Clamen, R. Educating ourselves about the blind.  Panel
discussion on "TeLIcare Tonight," produced by the Diocese of Rockville Centre, NY.

March 1992.  Tactile aesthetics and the "logic of touch." Keynote address at the annual meeting
of  the New York City Museum Educators Roundtable. Queens Museum of Art, NY.

October 1991.  Report to Congress: How residential schools for blind and visually impaired
learners allocate federal funds. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Council of
Schools for the Blind. Louisville, KY.
Stuart H. Wittenstein, Ed.D.
Blindness/Visual Impairment Consultation
Superintendent Emeritus

Petaluma, CA
707-776-7959
stuartwittenstein@att.net
www.aftervisionloss.com