The result: Children who have equal access to educational opportunities. "Devoting one's career to the benefit of a low incidence population of individuals brings daily satisfaction which can neither be weighed nor measured by any physical means." Dr. James O. (Blue) Bickford.
James (Blue) Bickford, Ed.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Special Education and coordinator for the Teacher Licensure Program: Visually Impaired Learners. He is also the project director for TVI-USA, Teachers for children with Visual Impairments in Under Served Areas and Project BRAILLE.
Both the TVI-USA and Project Braille programs allow individuals who do not have access to a traditional training model the opportunity to access quality training, helping to alleviate state and national shortages of qualified teachers for children with blindness and visual impairments.
Dr. Bickford received his master's in special education from Florida State University and his educational doctorate from Portland State University. He has experience as both a teacher and an administrator in schools for the blind. He currently serves as a member of the National Advisory Board, Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, and as chair of the Division for Personnel Preparation of the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AERBVI).
Dr. Bickford is involved in the community on many levels through his work at PSU, charitable work and the development and support of the arts.
James Bickford, Ed.D.
Portland State University
Graduate School of Education
615 SW Harrison
Room 204 H
Portland, OR 97207-0751