Kristi Probst, Deafblindness - Illinois State University

Kristi Probst is a second year doctoral student at Illinois State University focusing on educating learners with deafblindness.  She holds certifications in Special Education for Deaf & Hard of Hearing, Low Vision & Blindness, Learning Behavior Specialist 1, Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education.  Kristi has worked as a teacher for the Deaf, an itinerant teacher for the Visually Impaired, Developmental Therapist, University Supervisor for teacher candidates, Sign Language Interpreter, and teacher for students with Learning Disabilities.  Kristi has served as a peer reviewer for the Journal for Visual Impairment and Blindness, a reviewer for the AER International Conference, consultant for American Printing House for the Blind, and as a test item reviewer for Dynamic Learning Maps.  She has also served as the Director of Special Needs Ministry at Eastview Christian Church, has volunteered for various community organizations serving children with disabilities, helped create a program to meet the worship needs of individuals with disabilities in Central Illinois, and helped develop a Vacation Bible School program for children with developmental disabilities and their siblings.  Kristi is active in the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired, CEC (DHH, LVB, TED, LD), Illinois chapter of AER and the Illinois Teachers of the Hearing Impaired.  Currently, she is the Chair-Elect for the Multiple Disabilities/Deafblind Division of AER, serves on the Board of Directors for AER as student representative, and is a student representative for the Council for Teacher Education at ISU.  Her current research interests are: education of learners with deafblindness, deaf/hard of hearing, or have visual impairments; comorbid conditions of individuals who have sensory impairments; educational needs specific to underserved populations of children with sensory impairments; inclusive classroom participation of children with both moderate to intense educational needs and deafblindness, hearing impairment, or visual impairments; and teacher training programs in special education and deafblindness, deaf education, and low vision and blindness.  Kristi resides in Central Illinois with her husband and three boys.