CVI and orientation and mobility (O&M)

Two O&M specialists discuss a wide range of topics related to safe navigation, concept development, and orientation and mobility

There is a lot that keeps us up at night as parents of children with CVI, but one thing, in particular, stands out. How will our kids be able to safely and independently navigate all the environments they encounter in the real world?

CVI Now hosted a live virtual event on CVI and Orientation and Mobility (O&M), held on December 3, 2020. Susan Abu-Jaber, TVI and O&M Specialist, and Becky Hommer, TVI and O&M Specialist at Connections Beyond Sight and Sound in Maryland, presented and answered parent questions about assessment, concept development to support O&M skills, body awareness, directional concepts, dealing with complex environments, anxiety in new places, O&M for wheelchair users, and white cane use.  

Suzie Abu-Jaber is a TVI and O&M Specialist. She worked at Perkins for more than 30 years. Suzie has worked with students (birth-22) with CVI, ocular conditions, deaf-blindness, and other challenges. Suzie is a thoughtful and creative thinker when it comes to serving her students with CVI.  She was a CVI mentor on the Perkins campus and supported assessment and evaluation.

Becky Hommer is a TVI and O&M Specialist. She works for Connections Beyond Sight and Sound in Maryland, which is the regional deafblind collaborative. She presents a lot about CVI, complex needs, and O&M. Becky has a lot of ideas and is thoughtful about how to assess and meet the needs of her students with CVI. She has experience working with kids with a range of needs and complexities. 

For even more inspiration, learn about one CVI mom’s commitment to empower her daughter with CVI and complex needs—Faith is unstoppable: Bike-riding with CVI and complex needs

If you would like to earn professional credits (PDP, ACVREP, CTLE, CE) for this webinar, head on over to Perkins eLearning. 

CVI parents: got questions? Join the CVI Now Parent Group to ask your questions, access live virtual events, and connect with other families.