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PhD, George Mason University
Assistant Professor
Professor-in-Charge, Sp Ed: Visual Impairments
Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities

Contact Information

Send email to Dr. Avila

Phone: (703) 993-5625
Fax: (703) 993-3681
Email: kavila (@gmu.edu)

George Mason University
Fairfax Campus
Finley Building 203A
4400 University Dr.
MS 1F2
Fairfax, VA 22030

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Research Interests

Pedestrian safety for persons who are blind and visually impaired, braille literacy, accessibility, and IEP advocacy.  

Recent Publications

 Avila, K. (2018). The impact of functional vision changes on independent travel for individuals with adult-onset visual impairment.  International Journal of Orientation and Mobility, 9(1), 1-9.  DOI: 10.21307/ijom-2018-002

Avila, K. (2017).  Preparing the next generation of teachers of students who are blind and visually impaired (TVIs).  Virginia Association for Education and Rehabilitation for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Avila. K. (2016) Adult-onset visual impairment: Perspectives that affect willingness to travel and safety (Doctoral Dissertation).  ProQuest.

Avila, K. (2015). Voices from the classroom. In M. E, King-Sears, R. Janney, & M. E. Snell (Eds), Collaborative Teaming. (pp. 113-114). Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes.   

Avila, K (2014). IEP essentials. In J. Gorman (Ed), Raising a child with albinism: A guide to the school years. (pp. 139-158). East Hampsted, NH: NOAH.   

Avila, K. (2014). Transition to adulthood. In J. Gorman (Ed), Raising a child with albinism: A guide to the school years. (pp. 277-294). East Hampsted, NH: NOAH.

Avila, K. (2014). Preliminary college selection and campus compass, appendix D.  In J. Gorman (Ed), Raising a child with albinism: A guide to the school years. (pp. 318-327)  East Hampsted, NH: NOAH.

Avila, K. (2012). Braille babies: strategies to promote pre-reading skills in young children with visual impairments. IPVI INSIGHTS, Illinois Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments: IPVI. Chicago, IL.     

Avila, K. (2012). Braille babies: strategies to promote pre-reading skills in young children with visual impairments. Awareness (Winter) Waterton, MA: NAPVI.    

Avila, K. (2010). Meeting Mariamu. Albinism Insight (Spring), 23-24.

Dubois, S. (Ed.) (2008). Raising a child with albinism: A guide to the early years.  East Hampstead, NH: NOAH.

Contributing author of approximately 60 pages:

  • Early intervention and education for students with albinism
  • Orientation and mobility: overview and strategies
  • Developmental considerations and strategies
  • Sensory stimulation and visual efficiency   
  • Accommodations, modifications and adaptive devices/technologies.   

Avila, K. (2008). Resources for children with visual impairments. Preemies Today, (June), 5.

Avila, K. (2007). Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act – IDEIA 101. Preemies Today: Fairfax, VA, 3-5.

Avila, K. (2003). Six steps to college success. National Federation of the Blind of Virginia.

Avila, K (2003). EXPLORE the possibilities: An approach to transition. The Braille Forum, XLI (7).  

Avila, K. (2002). EXPLORE the possibilities: An approach to transition.  FCPS Teacher Research. Fairfax County Public Schools.  Fairfax, VA.

\Waegele, K. (1999). Rights and responsibilities in higher education. The Student Advocate. XVII(II).