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)
- Disabled Access
- 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.
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