June 14, 2012

Two WBRC Orientation and Mobility Interns Complete 11 Week Program

WBRC O&M Interns, Elizabeth and Kim, Complete 11 week Internship Program
Photo from left to right: Elizabeth Hilburn WBRC O&M Intern, Kim Salazar WBRC O&M Intern, and Rasan Gray WBRC Intern Coordinator.

Congratulations to Elizabeth Hilburn and Kim Salazar for completing their 11 week Orientation and Mobility Internship Program at the Western Blind Rehabilitation Center.  Elizabeth and Kim are both Master’s Level Orientation and Mobility Students from California State University Los Angles.  They will both be graduating from California State University Los Angles with a Master’s Degree in Special Education, emphasis on Orientation and Mobility in June 2012. 

The Western Blind Rehabilitation Center Orientation and Mobility (O&M) Internship Program began in 1968.  As a result of advances in evidence based assessment and treatment curriculum for Low Vision O&M made by WBRC, a full time O&M Intern Coordinator was added to the program in 1979.  Affiliation agreements allow Master’s level students from California State University, Los Angles, San Francisco State University, and Western Michigan University to participate in the WBRC O&M Internship Program.  Up to five interns at a time participate in the 11 - 16 week internship period and are an active part of the treatment team for veterans participating in Blind and Low Vision rehabilitation at WBRC.  

The O&M Internship Program also provides approximately 100 hours of additional instruction including Glare Remediation, Low Vision Cane Skills and Visual Scanning assessment and training, and Monocular Telescope Techniques.  Over 450 interns have successfully completed the WBRC O&M Internship Program at this time. 

June 1, 2012

June VIST Group Meetings Scheduled for Palo Alto and Stockton

Image: VIST Logo
The Visual Impairment Services Team (VIST) group is open to all veterans, Active-Duty Service Members, family members and those interested in promoting the community of B/VI veterans in the region are welcome. Meetings have varying presentations and discussions of new technology, special training and many subjects relevant to B/VI persons.

The next Palo Alto VIST group meeting will be held on Thursday June 21st from 11 am to 12 pm at the address below:
VAPAHCS Palo Alto Hospital
Building 100, 3rd Floor, Room B3-136
3801 Miranda Ave
Palo Alto, CA 93401

The next Stockton VIST group meeting will be held on Thursday June 28th from 10:30 am to 11:30 am at the address below:
Stockton Community Center for the Blind
Conference Room
130 W Flora St
Stockton, CA 95202
(209) 466-3836