December 9, 2016

WBRC Welcomes New Living Skills Instructor

Alex Gabel, Living Skills Instructor

The WBRC welcomes Alex Gabel as a new Living Skills instructor! Alex attended Michigan State University for his Bachelor of the Arts in Marketing and received his Master’s Degree in Vision Rehabilitation Therapy from Western Michigan University. Alex first began working in the visual rehabilitation field through Opportunities Unlimited for the Blind and the Michigan Blind Athletic Association where he taught adaptive sports, outdoor activities, and life skills to youths who were blind and visually impaired. Welcome to the team, Alex!

December 8, 2016

WBRC Completes 12th Annual White Cane Awareness Walk

White Cane Awareness Walk participants 2016 

Thank you to everyone who helped plan, implement, and who participated in the 12th Annual WBRC White Cane Awareness Walk in Los Altos, CA, on October 19, 2016. ...The walk was a huge success with over 60 participants from the Western Blind Rehabilitation Center, Los Altos City Staff including Mayor Jeannie Bruins, WBRC Alumni, past WBRC O&M Interns, Guide Dog Puppy Raisers, and other community agencies.
On October 6, 1964, a joint resolution of the Congress, HR 753, was signed into law authorizing the President of the United States to proclaim October 15 of each year as "White Cane Safety Day". White Cane Safety Day is now celebrated all around the world. Each year on October 15th, the President of the United States proclaims the day of White Cane Safety Day to “to recognize the contributions of Americans who are blind or have low vision”.

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November 25, 2016

WBRC Welcomes New O&M Instructor

Janessa Baccay, WBRC O&M Instructor
WBRC is proud to announce that Janessa Baccay has accepted the position of WBRC Orientation & Mobility Instructor! Janessa started on October 17, 2016. She received her Masters and Credential in Special Education for Orientation and Mobility (O&M) from San Francisco State University in May 2016. She also earned a BA in Liberal Studies. Janessa completed an 11 week internship in O&M at the WBRC in the beginning of 2016. She has also interned at the California School for the Blind in Fremont, instructing school-ages students with visual impairments and multiple disabilities. Welcome to the WBRC Team, Janessa!