For four weeks throughout the summer, Emily Vasile, MAT, TVI, MS, CLVT, Blindness and Low Vision Studies (BLVS) instructor, packed her bags and moved into the dorms at Penn State’s main campus, along with 23 Pennsylvania high school students who have visual impairments. Each week, a different group of Salus Low Vision Rehabilitation (LVR) students arrived to work with the young adults on a variety of low vision rehabilitation skills.
Students in the Blindness and Low Vision Studies (BLVS) program had the unique opportunity to collaborate with engineering students from Penn State Abington on the creation of a new electronic travel device for those who are blind.
Blindness and Low Vision Studies chair Dr. Fabiana Perla, COMS, CLVR, recently announced the appointment of Assistant Professor Jamie Maffit, MS, COMS, CLVT, as director of the University’s Orientation and Mobility (O&M) program.
Each October, faculty, staff and students from the Blindness and Low Vision Studies department commemorate National Blindness Awareness Month by hosting an engaging activity for the Salus community. Earlier this month, they set up a photo booth, complete with props and facts about blindness and visual impairments so the Salus community could learn more about their profession.
The University’s Department of Blindness and Low Vision Studies (BLVS) was recently awarded a $1.25 million grant from the Department of Education to be distributed over the next five years. Salus was one of only 40 institutions throughout the U.S. to receive funding.