There is a lot that concerns parents of children with CVI, but one thing, in particular, stands out. How will their 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.Click here to view the recording on CVI Now
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.