Above (left to right): Dr. Sandra Rosen, Naseem Golabi (2017 Scholarship Recipient), and Dr. Yue-Ting Siu at the Friends of TVI and O&M Speaker Series Event, May 23, 2017.
SF State students in the VI and O&M programs are eligible for the Friends of TVI and O&M Scholarship.
Many students are struggling to pay the high cost of their education. This scholarship helps makes it possible for students who have significant financial need to complete their program and to purchase books and other needed materials.
Make an online donation to the Friends of TVI and O&M Scholarship today!
Meet our recent scholarship recipients!
Naseen Golabi (2017)
Alexandra Bezdikian (2016) is a student in the TVI program. She has a particular interest in work and research at the intersection of education, health and technology. Specifically, she would like to conduct research in the fields of assistive and augmentative technologies for special needs populations so that she might facilitate and design learning environments using media and technology to impact education and living skills. Alexandra also has a particular interest in sonar, sensor and wearable technologies. With her degree, she hopes to bring her areas of interest together and work in education/research to pursue further development in the field and perhaps to enter a PhD program someday.
I wanted to express my sincere and heartfelt thanks for awarding me this scholarship. With these funds, I will continue bringing my areas of interest in education/research to pursue further technology development in this exciting field. This support will help me acquire the tools and resources I need to put me on a path to creating and facilitating relationships toward impacting special needs populations. Specifically, the Friends of TVI/O&M scholarship will enhance my area of study in numerous ways. Mainly, I could make a shift toward working in the field full-time. I could spend time surveying my colleagues and classmates experiential knowledge, engage in more frequent online conversations and collaborations, as well as could attend more offline local events and Meetups.
Again, I thank you for your support and attention!
Dorit Resnikoff (2015) is a student in the O&M program. Dorit worked for many years at a camp for the blind and visually impaired in California as a camp counselor and activities director. After a few years working at the camp, she became interested in pursuing a formal education in teaching the blind and visually impaired to learn the theories and foundations that will better prepare her to help people who are blind or visually impaired. With her degree, Dorit hopes to be able to work in the field of blind and visually impaired as a teacher of the visually impaired, and as an orientation and mobility instructor. She would like to be able to teach in many settings, informal ones such as camp, and also formally in schools or training programs.
Working with individuals who are blind and visually impaired has changed the way I look at the world. It is not about what we can and cannot do; rather, it is about how we can achieve the things we want in life. I would like to be involved in a community that looks for paths to success and independence and that supports its members in living to the fullest. I would like to further explore opportunities working with blind and visually impaired, and I am very interested in encouraging independence. I find it very rewarding to help a person discover for himself that not only is he capable, but incredible and able to do things he may never have thought possible. I hope that by gaining a master’s degree in Orientation and Mobility and working with people who are blind and visually impaired in the future, I can be a part of that discovery.
Paul "Chris" Williams (2015) Chris is a student in the O&M program. He has worked several years at the Hatlen Center for the blind in the residence area. Chris was encouraged by his colleagues to pursue a degree in O&M which he did. He is now working as a member of a stellar rehabilitation staff at the Hatlen Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired in San Pablo, CA where he teaches O&M skills to young adults who have visual impairents.