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Cory L. Parker

Rehabilitation Counseling

Cory is currently seeking his MS in counseling, with a concentration in the Rehabilitation Counseling program. Originally from Aurora, IL, he received his BS in communicative disorders from Northern Illinois University and joined UT Knoxville in 2015. We asked him to reflect on some past and current experiences. Read his responses below.


I accepted a position with Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults as Southeast Regional Representative serving MS, AL, GA, FL, VI and PR.

Current Occupation

Southeast Regional Representative
Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults
Sands Point, NY

Personal Interests

Avid bookworm and enjoys cooking.

Future/Vocational Goals

I plan to continue my focus in Deaf-Blindness. This is a new focus in my career.

What sold you on this program?

I was attending the 2014 Southeast Regional Institute on Deafness (SERID) in North Carolina. A former UT Rehab student asked if I had a master’s degree after listening to me give a presentation. I said I was interested and the rest is history.

What do you think has been the most rewarding/challenging about this program?

The rewarding thing about this program is after 17 years in the field of rehabilitation, this program enhances my knowledge and I am better prepared to serve individuals who utilize VR services.