Division on Visual Impairments

VIDBE-Q 63.4 Fall 2018

A quarterly newsletter from the Council for Exceptional Children's Division on Visual Impairments containing practitioner tips for Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists, and other professionals.

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22 VIDBE-Q Volume 63 Issue 4 Holli Luff Eric Sinagra CEO and Co-Founder pathVu eric.sinagra@pathvu.com Introduction In 2014, Eric Sinagra and his co-founders started a company called pathVu (pronounced path-view). pathVu's mission is to improve accessibility, walkability, and safety of all pedestrians – of all abilities. Eric started pathVu to help people with disabilities travel around the community more accessibly and independently. This passion to help people with disabilities originates from growing up with an older brother who uses a wheelchair. Eric's brother, Nick, has Spinal Muscular Atrophy and uses a wheelchair for mobility. Nick is now the sole software developer at pathVu and worked on the AccessPath app described below. Eric recalls times where he and his brother were unable to go to the "Boulevard" for ice cream because the sidewalks were broken and inaccessible, if there were even sidewalks at all. In addition to having a brother who uses a wheelchair, Eric's father-in-law is blind. It was because of these firsthand experiences that led Eric to the University of Pittsburgh where pathVu's journey began. In 2011, Eric started his Master's research work at the University of Pittsburgh in the Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology. During his time as a pathVu: Paving the Way for Individuals with Disabilities Dr. Karen Koehler ioning a Bright Path: Tips for Families and Teachers of the Visually Impaired

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