Fabiana Perla, EdD, COMS, CLVR

Associate Professor 

Fabiana Perla, Ed.D., COMS, CLVR



  • Doctor in Special Education (Ed.D.),
    Arcadia Universtity, PA
  • Certificate in Orientation and Mobility Therapy,
    Pennsylvania College of Optometry, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Master of Science in Vision Rehabilitation (M.S.)
    Pennsylvania College of Optometry, Philadelphia, U.S.A.
  • National Certification in Orientation and Mobility,
    Luis Braille Library, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • Educational Sciences, University of Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina (Licenciada en Ciencias de la Educación)
  • Certificate in Education of the Visually Impaired, Instituto Nacional Superior del
    Profesorado en Educación Especial, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Role At Salus University: 

  • Chair, Department of Blindness and Low Vision Studies
  • Director, Orientation and Mobility Program
  • Faculty

Clinical Specialty:

  • Education and Rehabilitation of Individuals who are Blind or have Low Vision

Selected Representative Publications:

  • Perla. F. (2014). ¿Quién realiza el aprendizaje? Estrategias para fomentar la participación activa del alumno en Orientación y Movilidad.  INTEGRACIÓN- Revista sobre ceguera y deficiencia visual. Digital Edition, 63.
  • Perla, F. (2013). Whose learning is it? Fostering student ownership in O&M. International Journal of Orientation and Mobility, 5(1), 28-33.
  • Perla, F., & O’Donnell, B. (2010). O&M Family Booklet (CDRom), American Printing House for the Blind.
  • Perla, F. (2008). Orientation and Mobility and the question of ownership. AER Journal, 2(1), 27-30.
  • Perla, F. (2008). Stories from the inclusive classroom: Student-teacher relationships, ownership and membership (Doctoral dissertation). ProQuest Dissertations and Theses. (Accession Order No. 3293416])

National & International Presentations/Workshops

  • 2013
    • AER International O&M Conference, New Orleans
      Enhancing Problem Solving Skills in O&M: Understanding, Assessing, and Promoting Our Students' Skills in This Area
    • Family Centered O&M: What does it look like? (poster session, with Brooke Smith)
  • 2012
    • 14th International Mobility Conference, Palmerston North, New Zealand
      Students as partners: Strategies to promote student engagement in their Orientation and Mobility learning experience
    • AER International Conference, Seattle, WA
      Building relationships with families: Bridging the gap between knowing and doing (with    Brooke Smith)
    • SOMA/COMA (Southeast & Central Mid-Atlantic Association) Mobility          Conference, Richmond, VA- Invited presenter
      Problem Solving in O&M: Strategies for advancing our students’ skills (with Betsy             O’Donnell).
    • Easter Seals High School, Voorhees, NJ
      Workshop for high school teachers working with students with visual impairments in the general education classroom.  
    • Please Touch Museum, Philadelphia PA
      Walk on the Blind Side: Helped designed and conduct an exhibit for the Little Rock Foundation where participants experienced traveling without sight.

Professional Affiliations & Certifications

  • Certified Orientation and Mobility Instructor (ACVREP)
  • Certified Low Vision Therapist (ACVREP)
  • Member, Association for Rehabilitation and Education of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER)

Teaching Awards: 

  • 2008    Graduate Studies Educator of the Year Award
  • 2007    Graduate Studies Educator of the Year Award

Updated 06.2014