Dr. L. Penny Rosenblum joined AFB in 2020 to lend her decades of expertise to help conduct and analyze research related to vision loss.
Prior to joining AFB, Dr. Rosenblum was a Research Professor in the Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies at the University of Arizona, where she has worked since 1999. She was the Project Director for an Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Goal 2 project, Animal Watch Vi: Building Graphics Literacy. She led the project team in developing an intervention to support pre-algebra students with visual impairments to build their skills to gather information from graphs and maps accurately and efficiently.
Also during her time at the University of Arizona, Dr. Rosenblum prepared teachers to work with students with visual impairments (TVIs). She coordinated teacher preparation programs in Arizona and Nevada.
As a person with low vision, Dr. Rosenblum is able to share firsthand information with future teachers about the impact of a visual impairment on the lives of children and adults. Dr. Rosenblum has been a teacher of children with visual impairments and multiple disabilities in Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Arizona.
Dr. Rosenblum’s current projects include co-authoring Finding Wheels: Strategies to Build Independent Travel Skills for Those with Visual Impairments through Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Dr. Rosenblum has worked with colleague Dr. Tina Herzberg, at the University of South Carolina Upstate, to design a free, self-paced 11 module online professional development series for general educators and others who will have a student with a visual impairment in their classroom. She has been published in journals, written book chapters, produced a video for older adults who are becoming nondrivers, and designed curricula. She regularly presents workshops at conferences throughout the United States.
Dr. Rosenblum holds a bachelor’s degree from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania; a master’s degree from Vanderbilt University in Tennessee; and a doctorate from the University of Arizona, where her dissertation examined the best friendships of 40 adolescents with visual impairment.