L. Penny Rosenblum

Dr. Rosenblum is a Research Professor in the Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies at the University of Arizona where she joined the faculty in August 1999. From 1999 to 2016 she prepared teachers to work with children with visual impairments (TVIs). During that time she coordinated teacher preparation programs in Arizona and Nevada.  In July 2016 she became the Project Director for an Institute of Education Sciences (IES) federal project Animal Watch Vi: Building Graphics Literacy, This is a follow-up project to the 4 year AnimalWatch-VI Suite. Both projects aim to support youth with visual impairments in building their ability to be successful in pre-algebra math word problem solving skills so they have the skills to succeed in algebra and beyond.

As a person with low vision, Dr. Rosenblum is able to share first-hand 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 (2 years), South Carolina (3 years), and Arizona (3 years).

Dr. Rosenblum received her bachelor’s degree from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania (1986), her master’s from Vanderbilt University in Tennessee (1989), and the her doctorate from the University of Arizona (1997). Her dissertation examined the best friendships of 40 adolescents with visual impairment. She is the co-author of Finding Wheels with Dr. Anne Corn. This curriculum is designed to assist adolescents with visual impairments to explore their options as nondrivers. With staff at the American Printing House for the Blind she produced the video Reclaiming Independence: Staying in the Driver’s Seat When You No Longer Drive and wrote the accompanying resource guide. She has published in journals, has written book chapters and curricula. Dr. Rosenblum has presented workshops in many states, several Canadian provinces, and at an early intervention conference in Doha, Qatar in April 2011.  In May 2014 she traveled to Australia where she presented workshops in three cities on a variety of topics including nondriving, supporting braille literacy of beginning and struggling braille readers, and social skills.

Dr. Rosenblum has worked as a consultant for the Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired in the development of curriculum for family members of children with visual impairments. She has worked with the American Foundation for the Blind, specifically on the development of content for the FamilyConnect web site. She enjoys the opportunity to work  with colleagues on innovative projects and welcomes the opportunity for future collaboration both within and outside the U of A community.

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