Wearable Mobility Device for Toddlers with Visual Impairments- Time has Come!

Please review this video and take 9 question survey about this wearable mobility device idea-

Many thanks!

The survey is at – https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Z5B77RF

The video is at – http://youtu.be/m7ylltEAdJA

ACVREP Announces New President – Kathleen Zeider

Tucson, Arizona. The Board of Directors of The Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP) announces the appointment of Kathleen E. Zeider as President of the organization effective immediately. Ms. Zeider has been serving as Interim President since July 2014.
In making the announcement Jay Stiteley, Board Chair, stated “This appointment recognizes the contribution that Ms. Zeider has made to the organization over the past 4 months and demonstrates the Board’s confidence that her collaborative leadership style will enable ACVREP to play an important role in strengthening our field”.
If you have any questions about this announcement please contact the ACVREP offices at 520 887 6816.

Video of using Tap, Tap See and Maps to obtain Walking Directions to a Friend’s House

This is a short video of my son helping me to demonstrate one of the many uses for iPhone App Tap, Tap See on an Orientation and Mobility lesson. He is not visually impaired, but he’ll do in a pinch.

Hunter O&M Students Poster Session 2014 NYSAER Conference in Albany- Huge Success!

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Hunter College O&M Students Exhibit their Posters during the NYSAER 2014 Conference

The students in the Hunter College Intermediate O&M Course each displayed scientific literature review posters at the NYSAER 2014 Annual Conference in Albany, NY. The posters included the following Topics:
-A Review of 6 of International Research Studies on Developing Travel Concepts in Children Through the Lens of Information Processing by Alyssa Gersony of Brooklyn, NY;
-Exploring The Use of 3D Acoustic Technology in Orientation and Mobility Training by Tara Olson of Westbury, NY;
-Five Studies Looking at the Physiology of the Brain and Its Connection to Cognitive Mapping by Amanda Marrs Sunnyside, WA;
-Psychosocial Impact of Vision Loss on Older People by Aleksandra Vacic, Ridgewood, NY;
-Quiet Cars and Outdoor Travel of Adults Who are Blind: A Comparison of Artificial Alerts and Ambient Sound for Safety by Kristy Stanton of Rochester, NY; and
-Physical fitness activities: The implications on balance and gait in orientation and mobility for adults by Julie Paterniti of Jamestown, NY.

Amanda Marrs presented her poster by way of Facetime on the iPhone. Her poster was present and she was on the iPhone. The other students attended and presented the posters seen here in the photo. Every year the Hunter students breath new life into the conference by offering a wide array of topics on recent research.

Hunter ITI Recruitment table at NYSAER – there is still financial support for TVI and O&M programs

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Nancy Sharpenberg of VISIONS stands in front of the Hunter NYSAER vendor table. Hunter is recruiting applicants for ITI TVI and O&M programs for Fall 2015

NPR Story Shows once again that few know about VRT and O&M

Depression in 1 out of 4 people with macular degeneration because they fear moving out and are unable to use their vision to bake – sound familiar? What is missing from this story is the real help VRTs and O&M specialists can offer these aging adults coping with vision loss.


Arne Duncan says #1 Priority is Early Intervention why does New York not provide early VRT and O&M to children who are blind?

Memo in Support A. A.3597 (Lupardo)/S.03558 (Griffo)

AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to the licensing of licensed orientation and mobility specialists and licensed vision rehabilitation therapists

Arne Duncan U.S. Secretary of Education and Mayor de Blasio have repeated called Early Intervention the #1 most important factor in improving outcomes for our nation’s children and New York’s children. Without licensure of O&M and VRTs the New York state Health Department does not recognize or hire these professionals, thus, New York fails to provide free and appropriate  public education to infants, toddlers, and preschool children who are blind and visually impaired. How can you stand by and watch another generation of children fail because of your failure to act?


We know that these critical services enable children with visual impairments to enter school ready to learn. We have known this for decades. But, New York is playing politics with their lives- their future is at stake.