Brenda Naimy

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Charter College of Education
Division of Special Education & Counseling
Office KHC-1070



Brenda Naimy is a former graduate of the Cal State LA Orientation & Mobility (O&M) Specialist Training Program (Class of 1985!). After several years of teaching and administrative experience in a private rehabilitation agency in Los Angeles, she returned to Cal State LA in 1994 to assist in preparing O&M candidates to teach independent travel to persons with visual impairments. Since 1994, Ms. Naimy has also served as an Appeals Specialist for those who apply for ADA paratransit services in Los Angeles county.


Ms. Naimy's teaching interests have included the provision of orientation and mobility services to adults who are newly visually impaired, as well as  with children and adults who have visual impairments with additional disabilities. Her primary teaching interests at Cal State LA emphasize the preparation of teachers of students with visual impairments and orientation and mobilty specialists to provide quality services to persons with visual impairments of all ages, from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Also very dear to her heart is teaching the foundations course in special education which helps prepare candidates in education, communication disorders, counseling and rehabilitation to provide quality services to individuals with disabilities and their families.


Ms. Naimy is currently a co-investigator in a collaborative research project with faculty from Cal State Northridege and Western University, looking at the effects of vision loss on balance in adults aged 50 and over. Past research interests have included the provision of orientation and mobility services to students who are English language learners and the alignment of orientation and mobility skills and concepts with appropriate grade related academic standards. Past research interests have included pursual of state licensure and third party reimbursement for orientation and mobility specialists, safety issues and precautions for orientaiton and mobility specialists and their students, as well as stress management concerns for educators in the field of visual impairment.


Sample of Publications Date

Naimy, B. & Hoegle, M. (Eds.) (2014). Basic Spanish for Orientation and Mobility (2nd Ed). New York: AFB Press.


~~Bina, Naimy, Fazzi & Crouse (2010). Administration and planning for O&M services. In Wiener, Welsch, & Blasch, (Eds.) Foundations of Orientation & Mobility. Vol. 1, Chapter 8, New York, AFB Press


~~Fazzi, D. L., & Naimy, B. J. (2010). Teaching O&M to school aged children. In Wiener, Welsch, & Blasch, (Eds.) Foundations of Orientation & Mobility, Vol. 2, Chapter 12. New York, AFB Press


~~Fazzi, D. L., & Naimy, B.J. (2010). O&M for children with low vision. In Corn, A.L. & Koenig, A. (Eds.) Foundations of Low Vision: Clinical and Functional Perspectives. New York, AFB Press


~~ Corn, A,  Naimy, B., and Fazzi, D.L. for The IRIS Center. (2006). Instructional accommodations: Making the learning environment accessible to students with visual disabilities. Retrieved from


~~ Corn, A,  Naimy, B., for The IRIS Center. (2005). Accommodations to the physical environment: Setting up a classroom for students with visual disabilities.  Retrieved from 





M.A. Special Education - Option in Orientation & Mobility

  • California State University, Los Angeles
    Los Angeles, CA

B.A. Psychology

  • University of San Diego
    San Diego, CA