For the past two weeks, students could be seen navigating the University’s halls, grounds and stairways using white canes and wearing blindfolds. The immersive experience is part of the Department of Blindness and Low Vision Studies’ (BLVS) Orientation and Mobility (O&M) program.
Faculty and students from the University’s Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO) and the department of Blindness and Low Vision Studies (BLVS), participated in the inaugural Junior Summer Academy, a unique program for middle school students who are visually impaired.
Salus University has received a three-year $75,000 grant from the Northeast Pennsylvania Lions Service Foundation (NEPALSF) to help further assist those in need of low vision and blindness services.
A native of Montana, Jamie Maffit grew up surrounded by the great outdoors and everything illustrated in country tunes written about small hometowns. When researching undergraduate institutions, she decided to pursue a bachelor’s degree at the University of Montana, double majoring in Sociology and French. Upon graduating, she spent one year as an AmeriCorps volunteer working closely with underserved teens at a middle school just outside of Portland, Oregon.
To promote the University’s Blindness and Low Vision Studies programs, the department invited local special education students on campus for an open house at the Hafter Student Community Center on Thursday, January 26.