Stuart Wittenstein, Ed.D.

Stuart Wittenstein, Ed.D.

10 Liberty Lane
Petaluma , CA 94952
Office: 707-776-7959

Introduction

Dr. Stuart Wittenstein has more than 35 years of experience in the areas of education, rehabilitation, blindness, and visual impairment. He retired as chief administrator of a state school for the blind and has presented, written numerous articles, book chapters. Dr. Wittenstein is co-editor of Collaborative Assessment, a graduate school textbook on assessment of blind children.

As an expert, he performs non-medical reviews of vision loss related life care plans; assesses and recommends instruction and equipment necessary for return to functionality; educates attorneys and juries as to vision functioning and implications for future education and rehabilitation.


Areas of Expertise

  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Disability
  • Disabled Access
  • Discrimination
  • Employment
  • Visibility

Expert Background

Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: Ed.D. 1993, Teachers College, Columbia University, Special Education; Blindness, Visual Impairment
Ed.M. 1990, Teachers College, Columbia Univeristy, Administration
M.S.Ed. 1976, City College of NY, Education of Mentally Retarded Children
Credentialed as teacher and administrator
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: Board member, Braille Authority of North America, 2013-present

President, Council of Schools for the Blind, 2008-2010

Chair, Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, 2007-2014

President, Division on Visual Impairments, Council for Exception Children, 1999-2001
Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: 17 years as a teacher

24 years as an administrator in programs serving children who are blind or visually impaired
Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
A: No
Q: On how many occasions have you been retained as an expert?
A: 22
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Review of assessment reports, life care plans of person with vision loss.
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: 15%
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: 85%
Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: 10
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: September 2012
Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: Four
Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: Four
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: 10
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: Consulting, file review, critiquing of life care plans and assessments of persons with vision loss.
Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: $300 per hour
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: $300 per hour
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: $500 per hour
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: $500 per hour (4 hour minimum)
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: Travel is billed portal to portal at $300 per hour plus actual expenses.

References


Bill Ryan
Scandaglia & Ryan
55 East Monroe Street, Suite 3930
Chicago, IL 60603
312-580-2025
bhergott@scandagliaryan.com
wryan@scandagliaryan.com

Rebecca Ringer
Floyd, Pflueger, & Ringer
2505 Third Avenue, #300
Seattle, WA 98121
206-441-4455
rringer@floyd-ringer.com

A. Clarke Johnson
Johnson, Graffe, Keay, Monize, & Wick, LLP
2115 N. 30th Street, Suite 101
Tacoma, WA 98403
253-572-5323
ClarkeJ@JGKMW.com

Dan Keefe
Keefe, King, & Bowman, P.S.
601 West Main, Suite 1102
Spokane, WA 99201-0625
509-624-8988
DKeefe@kkbowman.org