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.

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