Counselor Education

Alumna is Honored for Her Work with the Visually Impaired

Alumna Taya Tarr, a vocational rehabilitation counselor, has been recognized by the Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired (DBVI) in Vermont with the Commissioner’s Award for her exceptional work.  This prestigious honor is awarded by Vermont’s Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living (DAIL), and is bestowed upon those who demonstrate outstanding job performance working with individuals who have disabilities.

The purpose of the Commissioner’s Awards is to “recognize individuals or teams within DAIL that have accomplished something special during the year to advance the work we do to make Vermont the best state in which to grow old or live with disabilities, with dignity, respect, and independence.”

“DBVI recognizes the outstanding work of Taya Tarr,” says Fred Jones, Director of the Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired for the state of Vermont.  “As a Blind Services Counselor in our largest district, she has a full and active caseload.  She is always one of the first people to assist with other division projects or initiatives. This year she joined the Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities...Taya is an outstanding counselor and adds great value to the division and partner organizations. Her consumers say that she is caring, empathetic, and works hard to help them meet their goals. She often goes above and beyond to get the job done and she is greatly appreciated by everyone she works with—especially her consumers.”

Tarr graduated from the University in 2019 with a Masters of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling with a concentration in Vocational Rehabilitation.