Tara Brown-Ogilvie - Deafblindness - University of Northern Colorado 

Tara Brown-Ogilvie has enjoyed over 6 years of working within the field of Deaf-Blindness. During that time, she served in a multitude of roles: support service provider, vision rehabilitation therapist, tactual sign language interpreter, and certified orientation and mobility specialist.

Tara holds a M.S.Ed along with a B.S. in Sign Language Interpreting and will be continuing for her Ph.D. in Special Education with an emphasis in Deaf-Blindness at University of Northern Colorado.

Through her previous employment at the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults, Tara has fostered research interests in Deaf-Blind communication, touch signals, adaptive orientation and mobility techniques along with the psychosocial aspects of dating with a disability.

Tara has given in-services to a multitude of universities along with formal presentations at the AFB & IAER Leadership Conference, the Southeastern Mobility Association Conference, and the Southern Regional Honors Council  Conference.

Tara has also been co-published in the Council for Exceptional Children: Division on Visual Impairments Quarterly and in the textbook, Interpreter Education: Strategies for Extending Student Involvement in the Deaf Community.

In the community, Tara served as a steering committee member in the Pedestrians for Accessible and Safe Streets Coalition, a board member for the New York Parent Association for Deaf-Blind, and acted as consultant for the NYC Office of Emergency Management and Illinois Center for Rehabilitation and Education – Wood (ICRE-Wood).

In her free time, Tara enjoys traveling, hiking, and ballroom dancing.