Dr. Kaiser is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Early Childhood, Special Education and Counselor Education. He teaches in the programs to prepare orientation and mobility (O&M) specialists, and teachers of students with visual impairments. Prior to starting at UK in 2019, Dr. Kaiser was an Assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina Upstate in the Visual Impairment program. Dr. Kaiser received his doctorate and master’s degree in vision studies from the University of Pittsburgh. He received his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from West Virginia University.
Dr. Kaiser is currently a Board Member of the Orientation and Mobility Specialists Association. He has also been an active member of the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER) and was previously Chair of the O&M Division. Dr. Kaiser has served as a Subject Matter Expert on O&M for the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP). In recognition of his for work developing O&M coursework, he received an award as the 2018 South Carolina AER Professional of the Year.
Dr. Kaiser has been involved in several research projects, including a collaboration with the American Foundation for the Blind that examined the impact of COVID-19 on the education for students with visual impairments. Dr. Kaiser has conducted multiple studies investigating the procedures used and content included by professionals when conducting functional vision assessments and O&M assessments.
Research categories: Visual Impairments, Special Education, Teacher Education, Technology, Assessment