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The WBRC recently participated in the 7th
Annual Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Research Forum: Detection and Treatment of
Sensory Deficits. The forum was held on March 31, 2017 at the VA Palo
Alto Healthcare System (VAPAHCS) main campus. The event was sponsored by
the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC), VAPAHCS Polytrauma System
of Care and the WBRC.
Katie Taylor, WBRC CNVR Coordinator,
is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist and presented on “Dual
Sensory Loss: A Case Study.” It focused on deaf-blindness, its challenges
and options available to Veteran patients that fall into this category.
Thanks to the support and
collaborative partnership between the WBRC and its colleagues who made the TBI
Research Forum possible, the blind/visually impaired Veterans we serve will
have access to the best resources and ground breaking information to enhance
their quality of treatment.
On Thursday April 6, 2017 the Western Blind Rehabilitation
Center staff supported the tenth annual The Art of Aging Gracefully Resource
Fair at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco. This was the second year
in a row that the WBRC participated in this event on California St in the
Laurel Heights area of SF. The day was packed with speakers,
presentations and activities open to the public. Over thirty organizations
participated as well as twenty-four businesses. Included in this event
was insights and opportunities to support active, creative aging.
The WBRC staff met with many residents from the bay area and
provided resources and information about Blind Rehabilitation Services within
the VA Healthcare System. There were great opportunities to network with the
organizations and businesses at the event. These organizations and
businesses were provided with brochures about the WBRC programs as well as
information around how to approach those with a visual impairment.