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. She is the Project Director for an Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Goal 2 project, Animal Watch Vi: Building Graphics Literacy. She has 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 map accurately and efficiently. This project is a follow-up to the 4-year AnimalWatch-Vi Suite IES project. The intervention developed by the project team showed promise and is now available for no cost through the American Printing House for the Blind.

At the University of Arizona from 1999 to 2016, Dr. Rosenblum prepared teachers to work with students with visual impairments (TVIs). During that time, she coordinated teacher preparation programs in Arizona and Nevada. She is passionate about preparing the next generation of TVIs, and so adjuncts each semester teaching braille courses to future teachers at institutions including San Francisco State University, Portland University, Dominican College, and University of South Carolina Upstate.

As a person with low vision, Dr. Rosenblum is able to share first-hand information with future teachers about the impact of 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’s current projects include co-authoring, Finding Wheels: Strategies to Build Independent Travel Skills for Those with Visual Impairments. The book will be available in the fall of 2019 from the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. You can learn about Finding Wheels and ways to support nondrivers or potential low vision drivers by listening to a podcast Dr. Rosenblum recorded with the Renwick Centre in Australia. Dr. Rosenblum has worked with colleague Dr. Tina Herzberg, at the University of South Carolina Upstate, to design a free, self-paced 10 module online professional development series for general educators and others who will have a student with a visual impairment in their classroom.

Dr. Rosenblum received her bachelor’s degree from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania (1986), her master’s from Vanderbilt University in Tennessee (1989), and her doctorate from the University of Arizona (1997). Her dissertation examined the best friendships of 40 adolescents with visual impairment.

Dr. Rosenblum 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. She has presented in Canada, an early intervention conference in Doha, Qatar in April 2011, and in three Australian cities in May 2014.

Dr. Rosenblum enjoys working with colleagues on innovative projects. She welcomes the opportunity for future collaboration both within and outside the University of Arizona community.