Dr. Desirée Gallimore
Dr. Desirée Gallimore is the Psychologist / Academic Manager Guide Dogs NSW/ACT, Australia.
She is also an Adjunct Fellow with Macquarie University and currently coordinates the orientation & mobility subjects within the Master of Disability Studies (Sensory Disability) degree at the Renwick Centre, Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children, Macquarie University. Prior experiences include Consultant to the AJBT Institute for the Blind, Lahore, Pakistan where she spent two years assisting in the establishment of a mainstream curriculum school for students with vision impairment; State Manager NSW Neami Ltd., a mental health organisation that provides rehabilitation and support services; and Personnel Manager, CNS Precision Assembly.
She has a Ph.D. in Education (Vision Impairment) from the University of Newcastle, a MBA (with Distinction) from the University of Newcastle, a MA (Deafness & Communication) from Macquarie University, a MA (Psychology) from The University of Sydney and a BA (Psychology) from The University of New England. Her professional associations include the NSW Psychologist Registration Board, Member of the Australian Psychological Society, Member of the Disability and Rehabilitation Professionals Association, South Pacific Educators in Vision Impairment and the Graduate Management Association of Australia. She is also an Editorial Consultant for the Journal of the South Pacific Educators in Vision Impairment, Australia and the Australasian Journal of Special Education.
Dr. Michael Steer, AM
Dr. Michael Steer AM, is Senior Lecturer in Vision Impairment at Renwick Centre, Royal Institute for Deaf & Blind Children NSW, Australia.
Prior experiences include Director of the New South Wales Office on Disability; Principal Advisor, Disability Policy for Community Services Victoria; Director of the Integration Unit, Ministry of Education in Victoria; and Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Health & Behavioural Sciences, Deakin University, Melbourne. Prior to his arrival in Australia, Dr. Steer was Director of Special Education, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador; Principal of the Psychoeducational Teaching Laboratory, Syracuse University; and Principal, Montreal Association School for the Blind.
He has a Ph.D. in Special Education Administration, from Syracuse University (New York), with Master Degrees in Public Policy with Honours (Melbourne), Vision Impairment (Boston College) and Education (Southern Illinois), BA (SGWU, Montreal), Teachers Certificate and Diploma from Exeter University, England. His professional associations include the Australian Society for the Study of Intellectual Disability, Council for Exceptional Children, Phi Delta Kappa, American Association on Mental Retardation, NSW State Counsellor, South Pacific Educators in Vision Impairment, Convenor, Australian Heads of Services (Vision Impairment), Convenor, Round Table on Information Access for People with a Print Disability and NSW State Representative for the Australian Deafblind Council, and NSW State Representative for the International Council for Education of Vision Impaired (ICEVI).