APH News Release
Texas Tech University Professors Publish Book to Teach Others about the Basics of Orientation and Mobility
Comprehensive book puts foundational orientation and mobility resources in one place
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (July 27, 2018) – Partners in O&M will help people who work with individuals who are visually impaired, teach the skills needed to travel safely and live independently in their home, school, and community. Orientation and Mobility (O&M) Specialists are experts who teach these skills, but what about when they aren’t around? Two professors at Texas Tech University saw a gap in education where teachers, other related service professionals, and families needed one centralized resource. From their idea, came Partners in O&M: Supporting Orientation and Mobility for Students Who Are Visually Impaired, a book published by the AFB Press and distributed by the APH Press.
Partners in O&M not only provides a solid foundation for future O&M specialists and teachers of students with visual impairments, but helps others as well. “There are many other members of the educational team who are not O&M specialists, but who work or live with students with visual impairments on a regular basis, who need to support the O&M skills the students are learning in their daily routines,” explained Rona Pogrund, one of the book’s editors. “Partners in O&M provides the introduction to O&M that all partners need to best meet the needs of their students.”
The book brings together O&M experts from across the country who contributed to this needed resource. The information was compiled and edited by Rona L. Porgrudna and Nora Griffin-Shirley.
Nora Griffin-Shirley, PhD, is a professor in the Special Education Program at Texas Tech University, is the Director of the Virginia Murray Sowell Center for Research and Education in Sensory Impairments, the Coordinator of Orientation and Mobility Program and the Coordinator of the Texas Tech University Graduate School Certificate in Sensory Impairments and Autism. Over the years, Dr. Griffin-Shirley has served as the co-principal investigator on grants, has published articles and 4 books. Additionally, she has also received numerous awards, recognitions and has given more than 150 presentations and held leadership roles in the Association for Education and Rehabilitation for Blind and Visually Impaired and in the Division of Visual Impairments and Deafblindness of the Council for Exceptional Children.
Rona Pogrund, PhD, is a Professor in the College of Education and Coordinator of the Teachers of Students with Visual Impairment Program at Texas Tech University. She has over 45 years of experience in the visual impairment field. Dr. Pogrund has served as the principal or co-principal investigator on multiple federal and state grants totaling more than $10 million dollars, has published numerous articles, book chapters, and three books. She chaired the subcommittee that developed the VISSIT: Visual Impairment Scale of Service Intensity of Texas and the O&M VISSIT. Additionally, she has given more than 150 presentations and spearheaded advocacy initiatives benefitting children who are blind or visually impaired.
If you’d like to learn more about Partners in O&M, visit the APH website.
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