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Blindness and Low Vision Studies

The Blindness and Low Vision Studies (BLVS) program at Salus University teaches students how to enhance the quality of life of individuals with blindness and low vision through excellence in interprofessional education, service delivery and research; and to increase the numbers, diversity and leadership roles of vision professionals in education and rehabilitation settings worldwide.   

Recent Posts

Presidential Medals, Alumni of the Year Awards Presented to Distinguished Group

Conference Round-Up: Spring 2024

Commencement 2024: Visually Impaired Children Inspired Mom to Go Back to School

The Red Carpet is Rolled Out on Accepted Student Days

Low Vision Rehab and Research Conference Draws a Diverse Crowd

Young Alumni: Jonathan Zobek, MEd ‘22

Busting Common Healthcare Myths

Day in the Life of a Blindness and Low Vision Studies Professional

Where Are They Now: Max Manson, MS ‘19

Discovering Careers in Blindness and Low Vision Studies

Q&A with a Vision Rehabilitation Professional

Young Alumni: Katelyn Maffei, MEd ‘21, VRT

Where Are They Now: Robert Fitzgerald, MS ’99, Orientation and Mobility

Blindness and Low Vision Studies Department Awarded Two Grants

White Cane Day Illustrates Significant Role in Blindness and Low Vision

Learning the Finer Points of Braille Writer Repair

Friday's Fun Faculty Facts: Part II

“Mobility Meet Up” Celebrates 2023 Orientation and Mobility Interns and Patients

Guide Dogs' Impact on Independence and Daily Life: Q & A

Adaptive Recreational Activities Day Offers Fun, Sense of Purpose

Where Are They Now: Tracy Matchinski, OD, Resident ‘96, FAAO

Health Challenges Don’t Sidetrack BLVS Grad

Salus Grad Earns Her Master’s While Traveling the World

First Floor South Renovations to be All-Inclusive

2023 BLVS Alumna of the Year: Lindsay Lee, MEd ‘19

Setting the Standard: Two BLVS Programs Celebrate 30 Years of Excellence

Interprofessional Continuing Ed Program Draws a Big Crowd

Two Programs Celebrate 30 Years of Successful Evolution

Faculty Focus: Betsy O’Donnell, MS ‘86, COMS, CLVT, TVI

Sal’s Shorts; Reader’s Digest Grant; Fall Commencement

Spotlight Saturday: Blindness and Low Vision Studies

Reader’s Digest Grant for Internships

Q&A: Navigating Subway Travel with Visual Impairments

Course Spotlight: Numeracy and Science

SPACERS Club Advocates for Blindness and Low Vision Professions

Sal's Shorts: First Adaptive Sports Day; Practicing Wellness

Faculty Focus: Kerry Lueders, MS ‘99, COMS, TVI, CLVT

BLVS Welcomes Students to Campus For Summer Orientation

Naomi Sussman Scholarship Established to Help BLVS Students

O&M Student Making a Big Impact in Her Home Country

Staff Spotlight: Ta’Mar Ellensworth, BLVS Administrative Assistant

Neurological Visual Impairment in Children and BLVS

Vanderbilt Partnership on Innovative O&M Pilot Program

Q&A: Deep Dive into the BLVS Program with Admissions

Sal’s Shorts: Powering Up O&P; More Love for BLVS

New Club Focuses on Raising Awareness of Blindness and Low Vision Professions

BLVS Summer Residency Program Packs in a Lot of Learning

Low Vision Rehabilitation Program First in the Country to be Accredited

Although it Took Longer Than Expected, Doug Gilbert Stayed to Course to Graduation

BLVS Program Celebrates VRT Appreciation Week

BLVS Canadian Cohort Expands International Footprint

Where Are They Now: Sara Reuss, MS '17

New Articulation Agreements Inked with Pennsylvania Schools

Where Are They Now: Cora Franze, MS

Q&A: Employment and Vocational Rehabilitation for the Visually Impaired, Part 3

Q&A: Employment and Vocational Rehabilitation for the Visually Impaired, Part 2

DEI Event Deals With BLVS Issues

Q&A: Employment and Vocational Rehabilitation for the Visually Impaired, Part 1

Dr. James Konopack Named New CHER Dean

Salus Orientation Week to Feature Presentation on Cultural Humility

Navigating an Unseen World: Q&A with O&M

BLVS Summer Residency Students Adjust to the New Normal

Three BLVS Students Receive Lions Foundation Scholarships

O&M Student Uses Innovation, Dedication to Teach Others

Faye Miller Named Blindness and Low Vision Studies Alumna of the Year

BLVS Student Completes Student Teaching Online to Graduate

Faculty Focus: Emily Vasile, MS ‘16

BLVS Program Receives $750,000 Grant from Project MORE

University’s Skilled TVI Teachers in High Demand across the Country

Eyes Wide Closed: Training in the Dark a Challenge for Orientation and Mobility Students

A Community Sensory Garden

“A Long Trip Around the Block:” Francesca Crozier-Fitzgerald, MA, MEd

Taking a Closer Playing Dual Roles: Allison Guindon, OD, LVR

Soon To Be Graduate Helps Blind and Low Vision Persons in Alaska

Program Spotlight: Vision Rehabilitation Therapy

Triple “I” Threat: Impact, Importance and Irma

Successful BLVS Micro Credential Course Pilot, Returns

Bird Box Challenge Vs. Reality: Salus Breaks Down The Latest Viral Challenge

Interprofessional Education Workshop Continues to Expand

Blindness and Low Vision Studies Alumna of the Year Reception 2018

New Grant With Northeast Pennsylvania Lions Service Foundation

Families as Faculty Program

Expanded CER Lab Ribbon Cutting

Envisioning College Life

BLVS Students Collaborate with Penn State Engineering

Jamie Maffit New O&M Program Director

Blindness Awareness Month: Working with the Visually Impaired

BLVS Receives $1.25 Million Grant

A Career in Blindness and Low Vision

BLVS Alumni Association Awards

Navigating Their World: Orientation and Mobility Students Practice Hands-On Training

Salus Participates in First Jr. Summer Academy for Visually Impaired

BLVS Receives $75,000 Grant

Salus Commencement 2017

Salus Faculty Earn Top Awards at Penn-Del AER Conference

Lachelle Smith Receives Charlyn Allen Award

Junior Faculty Feature: Jamie Maffit

Specializing in Special Education

Junior Faculty Feature: Kerry S. Lueders

Congratulations to our Newest Graduates

Celebrating Blindness Awareness Month

Street Smarts: Orientation & Mobility Street Lessons

Blindness and Low Vision Studies Alumna of the Year

Blindness and Low Vision Studies Summer Orientation

Interprofessional Education Workshop Events

Spring Commencement 2016

Thank You, Dr. Audrey Smith

Interprofessional Education Presentation

Fall Commencement 2015

Orientation and Mobility: Street Lessons

CER Students on Campus

Running A Muck for MS

CER Students and Faculty Attend Spring Vision Conference