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Alec Peck

associate professor and chair
teacher education/special education, curriculum & instruction

Alec Peck

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EDUCATION

Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University

EXPERTISE/INTERESTS

Technology for people with disabilities; educational technology

HONORS/PUBLICATIONS/PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Books

Autism Spectrum Disorders: Family Community, Social Skills, and Behavior. Arlington, VA:Council for Exceptional Children, 2011. (133pages) (Eds: A. Peck & Stan Scarpati)

Classroom Instruction and Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Social Skills, and Behavior. Arlington, VA:Council for Exceptional Children, 2011. (126pages) (Eds: A. Peck & Stan Scarpati)

Access to Mass Transit for Blind and Visually Impaired Travellers. New York: American Foundation for the Blind, 1990. (179 pages) (Eds: M. Uslan, A. Peck, W. Weiner, & A. Stern)

The Profession of Orientation and Mobility in the 1980s: The AFB Competency Study. New York: American Foundation for the Blind, 1989. (120 pages) (with M.Uslan & E. Hill)

Wise Use of Technology: An Ergonomic Handbook for Blind and Low Vision Users of Assistive Technology Book under contract with AFB Press for publication in 2005.

Monographs, Book Chapters

Establishing Exemplary Personnel Preparation Programs for Teachers of Students with E/BD Through Partnerships with Schools, Parents, and Community Agencies. (2003) Arlington, VA: Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders. ( with S. Keenan, D. Cheney, and R. Neel)

Seeking Social Justice: A Teacher Education Faculty's Self Study. In Torbert, W. & Sherman, F. Transforming Social Inquiry, Transforming Social Action (1999). (With Cochran-Smith, M., Albert, L., DiMattia, P., Freedman, S., Jackson, R., Mooney, J., Neisler, O. and Zollers, N.)

Tactile Tiles for Australia: A performance evaluation of selected tactile tiles under consideration for use by the visually impaired in Australia. Brighton Beach, Australia: Association for the Blind, July 1991 (53 pages) (with M. Tauchi, O. Shimizu, T. Murakami, and M. Okhura)

Audible Traffic Signals in Japan and Australia: Implications for Use in the United States. New York: World Rehabilitation Fund, 1990.

Innovations for Improving Systemwide Accessibility. In Uslan, Peck, Weiner, & Stern (Eds.) Access to Mass Transit for Blind and Visually Impaired Travellers. New York: American Foundation for the Blind, 1990.

Behavior Management. In Brady, M. (Ed.) Adult Human Service Curriculum U.S. Dept. of Education, Project # 078CH70072, 1989 .

Considerations in the Design of an Auditory Beacon for Use in Rail Rapid Transit. U.S. Department of Transportation, Urban Mass Transportation Administration, Report No. UMTA-MA- 06-0140-89-2 , July, 1989. (16 pgs)

In-Transit Research Concerning Tactile Warnings to Promote Safety in the Vicinity of Transit Platform Edges. U.S. Department of Transportation, Urban Mass Transportation Administration, Report No. UMTA-MA- 06-0140-89-4 July, 1989. (29 pgs) (with B. Bentzen)

Tactile Warnings to Promote Safety in the Vicinity of Transit Platform Edges: Laboratory Testing of Pathfinder Warning Tile vs. "Corduroy" U.S. Department of Transportation, Urban Mass Transportation Administration, Report No. UMTA-MA- 06-0140-89-5 July, 1989. (18 pgs) (with B. Bentzen)

Enhancing Access to Rail Rapid Transit via an Auditory Pathway. U.S. Department of Transportation, Urban Mass Transportation Administration, Report # UMTA-MA- 06-0140-89-8, July, 1989. (19 pgs)

Tactile Warnings to Promote Safety in the Vicinity of Transit Platform Edges. U.S. Department of Transportation, Urban Mass Transportation Administration, Report No. UMTA-MA-06-0120-87-1, December, 1987 (60 pgs) (with B. Bentzen)

Solutions for Problems of Visually Impaired Users of Rail Rapid Transit . U.S. Department of Transportation, Urban Mass Transportation Administration, Report No.UMTA-MA-0036-81-1, August, 1981 (273 pgs) (with B. Bentzen & R. Jackson)

Information about Visual Impairment for Architects and Transit Planners . U.S. Department of Transportation, Urban Mass Transportation Administration, Report No.UMTA-MA-0036-81-2, August, 1981 (67 pgs.) (with B. Bentzen & R. Jackson)

Techniques for Improving Communication with Visually Impaired Users of Rail Rapid Transit Systems . U.S. Department of Transportation, Urban Mass Transportation Administration, Report No.UMTA-MA-0036-81-3, August, 1981 (37 pgs.) (with B. Bentzen & R. Jackson)

Selection of Tokens and Orientation of Farecards by Visually Impaired Users of Rail Rapid Transit U.S. Department of Transportation, Urban Mass Transportation Administration, Report Number UMTA-MA-11-0036-4, October, 1981 (28 pgs.) (with B. Bentzen & R. Jackson)

Needs assessment of instructional personnel serving the severely handicapped. In Selected Papers on Services to the Severely Handicapped . Ann Arbor: Universiy of Michigan ISMRRD, 1976. (with L. Turton & G. McDonald)

Measuring evoked auditory potential thresholds in chinchilla after exposure to impulse noise. U.S. Army Medical Research Technical Reports , AD 765-464/3, February, 1973. (with G. Luz)

Book Reviews

Peck, A. (1998) review of Brave New Schools: Challenging Cultural Illiteracy Through Global Learning Networks. In Educational Policy , Vol.12 #3, p347-348.

Journal Articles & Other

Peck, A. & Scarpati, S. (2004) Expanding our horizons. Teaching Exceptional Children Plus

Peck, A. and Scarpati, S. (2004) Using positive behavior support strategies. Teaching Exceptional Children, 37(1), 7

Peck, A. and Scarpati, S. (2004) Literacy instruction and research. Teaching Exceptional Children, 36(6), 7

Peck, A. and Scarpati, S. (2004) Collaboration in the age of accountability. Teaching Exceptional Children, 35(6), 7

Peck, A. and Scarpati, S. (2003) Who’s teaching students with special needs?. Teaching Exceptional Children, 36(5), 7.

Peck, A. and Scarpati, S. (2003) Functional matters in behavioral assessment. Teaching Exceptional Children, 35(5), 4.

Peck, A. & Scarpati, S. (2002) Strong signals in the noise: The impact of technology on special education. Teaching Exceptional Children, Vol.35(2), 7.

Peck, A. and Scarpati, S. (2002) Special education around the world. Teaching Exceptional Children, 34(5), 4.

Peck, A. & Uslan, M. (2001) How closed-circuit television users develop symptoms of computer vision syndrome. AccessWorld, Vol. 2 (4), 33-40.

Uslan, M. & Peck, A. (2000) CCTV users report symptoms of computer vision syndrome. AccessWorld, Vol.1 (5), 13-18.

Cochran-Smith, M., Albert, L., DiMattia, P., Freedman, S., Jackson, R., Mooney, J., Neisler, O., Peck, A., & Zollers, N. (1999) Seeking social justice: A teacher education faculty's self study. Int. J. Leadership in Education, 2 (3), 229-253.

The use of audible traffic signals in the United States. Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness,December, 1990 (with M. Uslan)

Audible traffic signals: How useful are they? ITE Journal , Vol. 58 (9), September, 1988 (with M. Uslan & W. Waddell)

Audible traffic signals - A help or hindrance to blind pedestrians. Selected Proceedings of the 40th Annual Meeting, Institute of Transportation Engineers, July, 1987 (with M.Uslan and W.Waddell)

Visually handicapped travellers in the rail rapid transit environment. Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness , Vol. 77, December, 1983 (with B. Bentzen & R. Jackson)

National demand for rehabilitation teachers Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness , Vol 76, p.412-416, December,1982 (with M. Uslan & A. Assenjo)

National demand for orientation and mobility personnel. Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness , Vol. 75, January, 1981 (with M. Uslan & K. Kirchner)

Mechanisms and agents of occupational socialization for orientation and mobility specialists. International Journal of Rehabilitation Research , December, 1980.

Beliefs of rehabilitation professionals regarding the sighted public's attitude toward the blind. Journal of Rehabilitation , May, 1980 (with M. Uslan)

Factors affecting traceability of lines for tactile graphics. Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness , Vol.73 (7), September, 1979 (with B. Bentzen)

National Professional Conference Roles

Chair, Section K1c (Teachers and Teacher Education in Technology, Media & the Arts), American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, April, 2000.

Local Arrangements Chairman: National Topical Conference on Inclusion for Children/Youth with Emotional/Behavioral Disorders. Hartford, CT. March, 1994. Sponsored by the Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders.

Program Chairman: National Conference on the Future of Special Education , Orlando, Florida, November 15-17, 1987. Sponsored by the International Council for Exceptional Children.

Planning Committee Chairman: National Conference on The Visually Impaired Traveler in Mass Transit., Washington, D.C., January 11-12, 1987. Sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

Local Arrangements Chairman: National Topical Conference on Transition of Handicapped Youth,

Boston, Massachusetts, March, 1984. Sponsored by the International Council for Exceptional Children.

Conference Presentations

Peck, A. Publishing in the World of Low Incidence Disabilities: Why, how, and for whom? Invited Address to Research Summit on Low Incidence Disabilities, Denver, October, 2004.

Peck, A.  New Uses for Old Teams: Contemporary Instructional Support Teams. Presented at World Congress on Learning Disabilities Conference, October, 2004.

Peck, A. & Scarpati, S. How to write for Teaching Exceptional Children. Presentation at Council for Exceptional Children Annual Conference, New Orleans, April, 2004.

Peck, A., Uslan, M. & Parker, M. Incidence of ergonomic problems among blind and low vision users of assitive technology. Presented at 19th Annual Technology and Persons with Disability Conference, Los Angeles, March 17, 2004.

Peck, A. & Scarpati, S. How to Write for Teaching Exceptional Children. Presentation at Council for Exceptional Children Annual Conference, Seattle, April, 2003.

Peck, A. Costello, M., Crumpacker, L., Dennis, M., & Whittier, D. Sustaining Support for Technology in Teacher Education. Presented at Society for Information Technology in Education Annual Conference, Albuquerque, April, 2003.

Parker, M., Peck, A. and Uslan, M. Ergonomic assessment of of low vision/blind assistive technology.  Paper presented at Technology and Persons with Disability Conference, Los Angeles, March, 2003.

Peck, A. & Parker, M.  CCTV and Computer Vision Syndrome. Presented at “2001: A Technology Odyssey” conference, Pittsburgh, August 5, 2001.

Peck, A. Fundamentals of Functional Assessment. Presentation sponsored by Devereux School, Rutland, MA March 29, 2001

Uslan, M. & Peck, A. Symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome and Users of CCTV. Technology and Persons with Disability Conference, Los Angeles, March, 2001.

Peck, A., Bielaczyc, K., & Goldman, M. Working with Urban Schools Across the Digital Divide. Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education (SITE), Orlando, March 6,2001.

Peck, A. High Tech University Partnership with Low-Tech Schools. Homes Partnership 5th Annual Conference, Albuquerque, January 26, 2001.

Uslan, M. & Peck, A. Video magnifiers used by employed visually impaired persons: usage patterns & equipment preferences. Enrichment 2000: National Low-Vision Conference, Las Vegas, April 29, 2000.

Uslan, M. & Peck, A. Video magnifiers used by employed visually impaired persons.  Bi-annual International Conference - Association for Education & Rehabilitation of the Blind & Visually Impaired, Denver, July 17, 2000

Peck, A., Ludlow, L. & Scanlon, D. "Student teachers and cooperating teachers as peer tutors in learning technology" Presented at American Educational Research Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, April, 2000

Seeking Social Justice: A Teacher Education Faculty's Self-study – Part III. Presented at American Educational Research Association Annual Conference, Montreal, April, 1999 (with M. Cochran-Smith, L. Albert, J. Mooney, S. Freedman, P. DiMattia, R. Jackson, O. Neisler, N. Zollers)

Peck, A. F. & Uslan, M. “Contemporary Closed Circuit Television Systems for People with Low Vision” Presented at Technology and Persons with Disability Conference, Los Angeles, March, 1999.

Peck, A. F. “The Use of Functional Assessment in Schools for the Understanding of Behavior Disorders “ Presented at New England Regional Conference of the Council for Children with Behavior Disorders, Nashua, NH, March, 1999.

Peck, Alec F. "Using Functional Assessment to Better Understand ADD" Presented at Seventh National Conference on Attention Deficit Disorder, Randolph, MA, Oct. 29, 1998.

Peck, Alec F. "Using Shared Cyberspace for Inclusion of Students with Intensive Disabilities" Presented at Annual "Technology & Persons with Disabilities" conference, Los Angeles, March, 1998.

Seeking Social Justice: A Teacher Education Faculty's Self-study - Part II. Presented at American Educational Research Association Annual Conference, San Diego, April, 1998 (with M. Cochran-Smith, L. Albert, J. Mooney, S. Freedman, P. DiMattia, R. Jackson, O. Neisler, N. Zollers)

Functional Assessment of Behavior Problems in School. Presented at New England Joint Conference on Learning Disabilities, Marlborough, MA October 23, 1997.

Seeking Social Justice: A Teacher Education Faculty's Self-study. Presented at American Educational Research Association Annual Conference, Chicago, March 27, 1997 (with M. Cochran-Smith, L. Albert, J. Mooney, L. McGee, S. Freedman, P. DiMattia, R. Jackson, O. Neisler)

Preparing Grant Proposals in Tight-Money Times. Presentation at Fifth Annual New England Joint Conference on Learning Disabilities, Marlborough MA October 14, 1995.

Pros & Cons of Inclusion (Debate Moderator) Fifth Annual New England Joint Conference on Learning Disabilities, Marlborough MA October 13, 1995.

Eligibility for Special Education. Keynote Address presented at Boston Public Schools Conference for Administrators. Boston MA, May 25, 1995

The New & Exciting IEP. Presented at Booston Public Schools Conference "We All Learn Together", Boston MA, May 20, 1995.

Keys to Inclusion. Keynote Address at regional conference on Inclusion sponsored by Malden Public Schools , April 4, 1995.

Computers in the Curriculum: Using technology as a teaching tool. Presented at Simmons College, Boston MA, Jan 10, 1995.

Less Restrictive Placement for Students with Severe Disabilities: A Case Study. Presented at Annual Statewide CEC Conference, Needham, MA, November, 1992

Use of Tactile Tiles by the Visually Imapired in Australia & Japan: Implications for the United States & Europe. Presented at the 7th National Conference on Technology and the Disabled, Los Angeles, CA, March, 1992. (with M. Okhura, T. Murakami, O. Shimizu, & M. Tauchi)

Clues for Blind Travellers to Cross Intersections. Presented at the Fifth International Mobility Conference, Barcelona, Spain, September, 1991. (with M. Okhura, T. Murakami, O. Shimizu, & M. Tauchi)

An International Perspective on Audible Traffic Signals. Presented at the National Conference on Technology and the Disabled, Los Angeles, CA, March, 1991.

Making Audible Traffic Signals Work for Blind Pedestrians. Presented at International Conference of the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired, Washington, D.C., July, 1990 (with M. Uslan)

Audible Signals for Blind Pedestrians. Presented at International Symposium on Vision Loss, Los Angeles, CA, January 1988 (with M. Uslan)

Audible traffic signals - a help or hindrance to blind pedestrians? Presented at 40th Annual Meeting, Institute of Transportation Engineers, Reno, Nevada, July, 1987 (with M. Uslan & W. Waddell)

Research on the visually impaired in mass transit. General Session presented at the National Conference on the Visually Impaired Traveller in Mass Transit, Washington, D.C., January,1987 (with B. Bentzen)

Working with parents of children with special needs. Session presented at International Conference on Special Education in the Asian Rim, Honolulu, Hawaii, July, 1986.

Competencies required of teachers of orientation and mobility. Paper presented at Annual International Convention, Council for Exceptional Children, Anaheim, California, April, 1985 (with M. Uslan & E. Hill)

Transit accessibility for the blind. Presented at Accessibility Conference sponsored by S.F. Municipal Railway, and to members of Advisory Board, Bay Area Rapid Transit District, San Francisco, June, 1983 ( with B. Bentzen)

The future of services for the emotionally disturbed. Address presented at Annual Conference, Maine Dept. of Special Education Services, Bangor, April, 1983. (Keynote Address)

Discussion of Alternative Designs for Farecards and Tokens. Presented at 61st Anual Meeting, Transportation Research Board, Washington, D.C., January, 1982. (with B. Bentzen)

Accessibility of Public Transit to Visually Impaired Travelers. Presented at International Design Conference, New York January, 1982 (with B. Bentzen)

Problems of visually impaired travelers in rail rapid transit systems. Paper presented at 60th Annual Meeting, Transportation Research Board, Washington, D.C., January, 1981 (with B. Bentzen & R. Jackson)

The use of process task analysis in work with children with behavior disorders. Paper presented at New England Regional Conference, Council for Children with Behavior Disorders, Hartford, Connecticut, May, 1980 (with J. Junkala)

The use of field demonstrations of competence to certify teachers of severely handicapped children. Paper presented at 26th Annual Conference, American Association on Mental Deficiency, Northeast Region, Waterville Valley, New Hampshire, October, 1979.

A look at physical disabilities. Paper presented at Annual Conference, Massachusetts Association for Retarded Citizens, Boston, May, 1979

Training issues for teachers of behaviorally disordered children and youth. Paper presented at New England Regional Conference, Council for Children with Behavior Disorders, Boston, April, 1979 (with K. Hartman)

Needs assessment for teachers of severely handicapped students. Paper presented at Annual Convention, Council for Exceptional Children, Chicago, April, 1976 (with L. Turton)

Effects of electrostimulation of hearing on evoked responses in persons having sensorineural hearing loss. Paper presented at Annual Conference, American Audiology Society, Las Vegas, November, 1974 (with J. Prout)

The use of computer assisted instruction with learning disabled students. Paper presented at Conference on Alternative Instructional Strategies, Huntington, NewYork, April, 1974. (with M. Cappozzi)

The use of evoked response audiometry for the rapid assessment of threshold in unanesthetized chinchilla. Paper presented at Annual Meeting, Kentucky and Indiana Psychological Association, Louisville, May, 1971.