Salus University in Elkins Park recently featured Kymberly Hilton, a first-year orientation and mobility student who is also a single mother of three, legally blind, and a person with Oculocutaneous Albinism.
As a person with Oculocutaneous Albinism, I once was a client of The Commission for the Blind and worked with an O&M specialist who taught me the proper, and safest ways to independently travel as a person who was legally blind. As a person who is also legally blind, I have always wanted to give back to the blind community, and I know that my calling to do this is through O&M.
Earlier in my academic career, I worked with a Teacher of the Visually Impaired (TVI). After seeing how passionate I was about advocating for independence for the blind, she suggested the O&M program here at Salus University. Additionally, she informed me about the scholarship and encouraged me to apply for both. To be honest it didn’t take much persuading, I knew this was exactly what I wanted, and so, I jumped at the opportunity.
With great honor and humility, I accepted the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) scholarship, which aims to increase diversity among O&M and TVI professionals by supporting students who are multilingual and/or come from traditionally underrepresented groups in our fields.
For the full story, you can click here. For more on Salus University, located at 8360 Old York Road, you can visit their Facebook page.
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