A Lifetime Achievement Award has been presented to our own Bill Rhinesmith for his 36 years of providing rehabilitation, support, employment opportunities and vision screening services to people who are blind or have visual impairments. The award was presented by the Pennsylvania Council of the Blind at its annual conference on October 22, 2016. The mission of the Pennsylvania Council of the Blind is to promote education, employment and independence for people who are blind or have visual impairments.
If you have not met Bill, you can "meet" him here on line. Take a moment to see more about him here.
The transition from high school to college is a significant turning point in life, but it can come with unique challenges if you are a student who is blind or visually impaired. The revised and updated College Bound: A Guide for Students with Visual Impairments, 2nd Edition by Ellen Trief, helps students prepare for their new life in college, develop useful skills, and negotiate for and coordinate appropriate services.
This large-print, full-color guide also includes strategies for:
* time management
You’ll also find information about:
* college application procedures
* navigating the web
* assistive technology
College Bound provides a road map for a successful journey through college life.
Save 20% when you purchase the companion webinar, College Bound: Practical Steps for Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired when you purchase the book. Order today in the AFB Store at www.afb.org/store<http://www.afb.org/store> or call 1-800-232-3044.
The next scheduled courses for Call Center Specialist and Credit Counseling training are currently open for enrollment. The last day to begin evaluation for Credit Counseling is June 6, and the program begins July 5. The last day to begin evaluation for Call Center Specialist is June 20; the program begins July 18. Dates may be flexible, based on availability. For more information or to begin the admissions process contact Rebecca Reid, director of recruiting and retention, at 800-248-0734, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Call Center Specialist
World Services for the Blind’s eight-week Call Center Specialist training program imparts a vast skill set upon its participants so that, upon graduation, they are prepared to take on the role of call center representative with confidence.
During the program, clients will earn three certifications with the opportunity to earn two additional certifications for a total of five certifications upon the completion of their program. The first three certifications will take approximately 12 weeks, and include credit counseling, financial counseling and debt settlement certifications. The additional two being housing counseling and student loan counseling, which will add eight additional weeks of classroom training.
Get further details about both the Call Center Specialist Program and the Credit Counseling Program.
Congratulations to Danielle Crull who was presented with the William Van Essen Award from the Central Pennsylvania Optometric Society on May 7, 2016, at a banquet in Hershey.
Danielle is the owner of A Child’s Eyes and partners with ForSight Vision to provide an Amblyopia Support Group in York. She is an American Board of Opticianry Master-Certified Optician. She is one of just 330 in the entire US and the only one specializing in fitting of infants through teens. In addition, she is the only Master Optician in the Harrisburg area. Danielle has offices in York and Mechanicsburg.
The society says the award “honors individuals … who have significantly served the visual welfare of the public.”
The award is named for Van Essen, who was a pioneer in the field of Optometrics. She will now be nominated for a state-wide award.
March, 2016, is "Save Your Vision Month."
A Child’s Eyes and Forsight Vision are hosting an on-line patching party to help spread awareness about Amblyopia. #IPatch
Amblyopia is the most common cause of vision impairment in children, effecting 2-3 out of every 100 children. If left untreated, Amblyopia can lead to permanent blindness. However, Amblyopia is a very treatable form of blindness. Patching or, more formally, Occlusion Therapy is widely accepted as the best treatment for Amblyopia, but only about seventy-five percent of children and their parents who attempt patching are able to succeed with treatment. Failure is often due to a lack of knowledge and support.
Meet Lucy: Lucy (York, PA) is joyful 5 year-old and has been patching to treat her amblyopia for 2 years. Lucy patches her eye 1-2 hours per day. Patching can be difficult for both the child and the parent. Lucy's parents biggest concern is that Lucy doesn't feel embarrassed about wearing her eye patch in public. We want to spread awareness about Amblyopia to help prevent blindness and we want to highlight our little patching super heroes, like Lucy, who wear eye patches every day to help save their vision!
A Child’s Eyes and ForSight Vision have teamed up to provide a monthly support group for families dealing with Amblyopia called SUCCESS. They meet the first Monday of every month from 6:30PM-7:30PM. Children come to the group wearing their eye patches and participate in fun and challenging activities that help them improve their vision. Parents meet and encourage one another and learn new strategies and treatments. The group is led by Danielle Crull, ABOM a Master Certified Optician, and Leora Weist, Vision Screening Analyst.
During the month of March we are asking families to post pictures of their little super patchers on social media, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the hashtag #IPatch.
Sponsored in partnership by:
A Child’s Eyes, 4840 E. Trindle Rd, Mechanicsburg PA 17050. Contact: Danielle Crull, ABOM, 717-901-3937 or email@example.com
ForSight Vision, 1380 Spahn Ave, York PA 17402, Contact: Bill Rhinesmith, 717-848-1690 or firstname.lastname@example.org