Craig L. Phillips

Principal at Craig Phillips Vision Services, LLC

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Last Updated 4/24/2016

General Information

Employment History

Orientation and Mobility Specialist and Teacher of the Blind and Visually Impaired  - Kansas State School for the Blind

Education

Bachelor's Degree  - English Education , the Ohio State University

MD Ed  - 

MS Ed  - 

Master's Degree  - Special Education , Northern Illinois University

Affiliations

Member of the Environmental Access Committee  - Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually

Founder  - Position

Web References  

Global Positioning Systems and the Traveler with a Visual Impairment: "Who?" "What?" "Where?" "Why?" and "How?" | Perkins eLearning

Presented by Craig L. Phillips, COMS
Craig L. Phillips is a Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS) and licensed Teacher of the Blind and Visually Impaired. He is recently retired from the Kansas State School for the Blind. His teaching experience has been in the public and residential school setting, with adults through state rehabilitation services, and as an adjunct instructor for Missouri State University's program to train Orientation and Mobility Specialists and Teachers of the Visually Impaired.

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http://www.perkinselearning.org/videos/webinar/global-positioning-systems-and-traveler-visual-impairment-%E2%80%9Cwho%E2%80%9D-%E2%80%9Cwhat%E2%80%9D-%E2%80%9Cwhere%E2%80%9D-%E2%80%9Cwhy%E2%80%9D

Presented by Craig L. Phillips, COMS
Student using the Garmin Oregon 450 GPS device. Craig L. Phillips is a Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS) and licensed Teacher of the Blind and Visually Impaired. He is recently retired from the Kansas State School for the Blind. His teaching experience has been in the public and residential school setting, with adults through state rehabilitation services, and as an adjunct instructor for Missouri State University's program to train Orientation and Mobility Specialists and Teachers of the Visually Impaired.

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http://myniu.com/making-prairie-trails-accessible-blind/

Phillips, a certified orientation and mobility specialist and teacher of the blind and visually impaired, has led a project to make all 40-plus miles of trails in the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in Kansas accessible to those without sight.
By October 1, visitors of the national park will be able to check out a Trekker Breeze+ handheld GPS device that provides audio cues to guide them along the park's trails. "Just like the story of Hansel and Gretel, we went out in the park and laid down electronic breadcrumbs," Phillips said. "The device picks up those breadcrumbs and announces that information as you walk by on the trail. For example, as you walk by Fox Creek, the device will tell you that this is Fox Creek, what kind of stream it is, that these streams are mostly fed by springs, how many springs are on the property, et cetera." Those working on the project visited each point where the electronic breadcrumbs are located, recorded the latitude and longitude, and attached information about the site to the spot on a map, Phillips said. The device makes it possible for a person without sight to walk the preserve's trails without a sighted guide. "It's the information a sighted person might find if they took out the brochure and read about that spot on the trail," Phillips said. "We're lucky to have sourced [Phillips]. It was an easy justification because of his background and his expertise." Phillips, a former high school teacher, came to NIU when he decided to pursue his master's degree. He met Gaylen Kapperman, coordinator of NIU's renowned Visual Disabilities Program, and the rest is history. "When you meet Gaylen, your life tends to change, and he changed mine," Phillips said. By the time the funding was approved, Phillips had retired, but couldn't resist coming out of retirement for the challenge. "It was such a dynamic opportunity; I couldn't let it pass me by," he said.

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