Lindsey Hegg, with deaf-blind student, signs “I love you.” She recently was named a 2010 Helen Keller Fellow.
Lindsey Hegg ’09 has been recognized as a prestigious Helen Keller Fellow for 2010.
Hegg, from Woodbury, Minn., is a graduate student in special education-severe and multiple disabilities at University of Arizona, Tucson. Her emphasis is working with individuals who are deaf and blind.
“The field of deaf-blindness is so small but so important,” Hegg said.
The Extending a Legacy: Helen Keller Fellows program is a collaborative agreement awarded to the Teaching Research Institute at Western Oregon University and is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs.
Hegg is in her first year of teaching and working as an inclusion specialist at an elementary school in Tucson. She also is a trained intervener, serving as the eyes and ears for the deaf and blind.
According to Hegg, many people are unaware of the field and don’t realize that students with deaf-blindness need specialized educational strategies and interventions. The combination of vision and hearing loss creates both a low incidence and unique information gathering disability.
As a high school student, Hegg worked as a personal care attendant for two deaf-blind children, an experience that led her to UW-Stout and her career path.

Summer Outlook 2012