Portfolios in O&M: First Steps and Practical Applications

Presentation Slides

Fabiana Perla, Ed.D, COMS, CLVT; and Jamie Maffit, MS, COMS, CLVT, RYT


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.

Credits: Act 48, ACVREP, Psych, Instructional Hours
Audience: Teachers who work with students who are Deaf-Blind; Orientation and Mobility Specialists; Parents, Guardians, Family Members

Speakers' biographies: Fabiana Perla, Ed.D, COMS, CLVT, holds a doctoral degree in Special Education, and is certified in orientation and mobility and low vision rehabilitation. She has worked in the field of blindness and low vision for approximately thirty years. She currently chairs the Department of Blindness and Low Vision Studies at Salus University where she teaches several courses. Dr. Perla’s areas of interest and research center around family engagement and shared ownership of the learning experience.

E-mail: fperla@salus.edu
Website: www.salus.edu

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Jamie Maffit, MS, COMS, CLVT, RYT, is an Assistant Professor in Salus University’s Department of Blindness and Low Vision Studies and Coordinator of the graduate personnel preparation programs in Orientation and Mobility. She is a certified Low Vision Therapist and Orientation and Mobility Specialist who has worked with individuals of all ages in the Philadelphia Metro region. She currently practices low vision therapy at the William Feinbloom Vision Rehabilitation Clinic. Her areas of interest include working with patients with visual field loss and the use of mobile, assistive technology for individuals with low vision.

E-mail: jmaffit@salus.edu
Website: www.salus.edu 

image of Jamie Maffit, MS, COMS, CLVT, RYT