California State University, LA - B/VI
Robyn Rene Herrera is a doctoral student pursuing a PhD in Special Education through the joint doctoral program in special education between California State University, Los Angeles and the University of California, Los Angeles. Her area of interest is blindness and visual impairment. She is a recipient of the National Leadership Consortium in Sensory Disabilities Fellowship.
Ms. Herrera obtained her Masters in Special Education with an emphasis in blindness and visual impairment from California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA). She is a credentialed orientation and mobility specialist maintaining a California Clinical Rehabilitative Services Credential and national certification in orientation and mobility from the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals (ACVREP). She additionally holds an Administrative Services Credential. She has worked as an orientation and mobility specialist for the State of California providing direct and consultative services to individuals with severe multiple disabilities for the past seven years.
Ms. Herrera has served as a guest speaker and co-instructor in the Masters of Art in Special Education program at California State University, Los Angeles. Her research interests include parental involvement schema, and investigating the presence of autistic-like behaviors in children with congenital blindness.
She is currently participating in two projects with Dr. Cheryl Kamei-Hannan. The first project is an investigation into the effectiveness of a pre-service assistive technology course for teachers of the visually impaired and is a collaboration between CSULA and Arizona State University. The Co-investigators for this project, from ASU, are Dr. Jane Erin and Jon Howe, doctoral student. The second project is the in the preparation and design of an adolescent orientation and mobility skill challenge, and is a collaboration between the Braille Institute and CSULA.