Friends of TVI and O&M Speaker Series

Upcoming Events

More events will be posted soon.

Past Events

SF State 1st Annual Goalball Exhibition

When & Where:

  • Saturday May 5th (1:00pm - 5:00pm) 


  • 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm: Registration & Check In 
  • 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm: Goalball Exhibition
  • 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Socialization & Breakout Sessions  
  • 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Conclusion


Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation: A New Approach to Teaching Mobility Techniques

This workshop was designed for the practicing O&M professional. 

Participants Learned how to:

  • Assess proprioceptive awareness
  • Teach body and motion awareness
  • Assess the cause of poor cane and mobility techniques
  • Immeditately remediate errors in the performance of cane and mobility techniques

Saturday, December 2, 2017
9 AM - 4 PM

Stay Tuned for future offerings of this event! For additional information, please contact Sandra Rosen at


Sandra Rosen, Ph. D., COMS. PT

Dr. Rosen is coordinator of the Program in Orientation & Mobility (O&M). She is internationally known for her work in the field, including the development of new teaching approaches in O&M and methods of teaching mobility to people who have both physical and visual impairments. Dr. Rosen has also helped develop O&M professional preparation programs in other countries and is a frequent speaker at international conferences. Her current research interests include the facilitation of balance in children born with visual impairments and the facilitation of proprioceptive awareness in teaching motor and mobility skills.


Emerging Technologies in Visual Impairments and Orientation & Mobility

An intriguing discussion on emerging technologies in visual imparments and orientation and mobility. Michael Calver of Transport Systems Catapult will speak about the Use of Augmented Reality to Understand the Impact of Visual Impairment on Information Access. Erin Cater of Aira will speak about Aira: A New Wayfinding and Information Technology.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
6:30-8:30 p.m.


Michael Calver headshotMichael Calver
Multidisciplinary Designer and Senior Technologist

Michael Calver has experience across many sectors including manufacturing, architecture, retail and Formula One motorsport. Michael helped to co-found Theia Immersive, a company based around visual impairment simulation and accessibility design using immersive technologies. He has lectured at a number of universities in the United Kingdom and consulted on a number of research projects based around advanced simulation methods. He is currently working on a number of high-level projects within the UK for a network of research facilities called Catapult. His current focus is around the use of Virtual Reality to resolve a number of design challenges in and around accessibility, transportation and urban design at the Transport Systems Catapult.

Erin Cater headshotErin Cater
Agent Operations Manager, Aira

Erin Cater is the Agent Operations Manager at Aira, a tech startup based in San Diego, CA. Aira is changing the lives of individuals who are blind or visually impaired through the interaction of smart wearable devices, artificial intelligence and real, remote people called Aira Agents who assist in any number of tasks via live video stream and location data. Aira was recently awarded “Best New Technology” from PCMag, “Best Accessibility Tech” from CTA, as well as “Most Innovative Product” by CONNECT San Diego. Prior to Aira, Erin lived on the East Coast where she excelled in customer service with over 15 years of experience. Erin has assisted in the growth of small companies ranging from alternative medicine clinics to yoga studios to restaurants.


New Frontiers in Visual Impairment

Wednesday, May 18, 2016
6:30-8:30 p.m.

We explored the latest advancements in technology - 3-D printing, apps that verbally identify items in pictures or recognize faces and more! We also took a trek through the brain and learn about the latest discoveries in how brain injury can affect vision.


John Kingston, MA, COMS
Supervisor of Neurovision Rehabilitation at the Western Blind Medical Center

Yue-Ting Siu, Ph.D.
Education & Accessibility Consultant at Tplus Educational Vision Services