2020 HELIX Revisited

13. Portfolios in O and M: First Steps and Practical Applications


Session Dates

Sunday January 31, 2021 - 12:01 AM - Online
Sunday February 28, 2021 - 12:01 AM - Online


This presentation discusses the use of portfolios in the context of O&M instruction to promote learning, student ownership, and improve teacher-family communication. By definition, portfolios are an expression of an individual student’s voice and experience, which makes the use of this educational tool particularly well suited for O&M. Recommended uses of a mobility portfolio are discussed and illustrated with concrete examples from real-life students. Participants will be guided through the process of developing O&M portfolios that match the student's style, and level of ability, and the desired purpose.

Participants will be able to:

  • Describe how student-created portfolios foster engagement in O&M.
  • Explain how using O&M portfolios can enhance communication with families and other stakeholders (i.e. administrators, other teachers) in the O&M process.
  • Identify ways to incorporate student-created portfolios into their practice.

Target Audience:
Teachers who work with students who are Deaf-Blind; Orientation and Mobility Specialists; Parents, Guardians, Family Members

Target Audience

Special Education Teachers; Teachers who work with students who are blind or visually impaired; Teachers who work with students with hearing loss; Teachers who work with students who are Deaf-Blind; Teachers/other professionals who work with students who have sustained traumatic brain injury; Speech therapists; General Education Teachers; Supervisors/Administrators; Occupational Therapists and/or Physical Therapists; School Counselors and/or School Psychologists; Parents, Guardians, Family Members; Paraprofessionals

Topics Covered: Low Incidence

Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate individuals who have special needs as addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act and who need assistance at this event. Contact: Annette Bauerlein, at 610-787-7211, or abauerlein@pattan.net.

Event Info

Event Type:

On-line Courses

Credit Type:

Act 48 Clock Hour
Hours of Instructional Time
No credit


Fabiana Perla, Jamie Maffit

Event Contact:


Annette Bauerlein

Content Contact:

Kristin Starosta

Additional Info

Registration for HELIX Revisited closes on February 19, 2021.