August 10, 2012

WBRC Hosts Northern California Regional Meeting

John Kingston, WBRC CNVR Coordinator, presents on the CNVR Program.
The Western Blind Rehabilitation Center hosted a Northern California Regional Meeting for VA Blind Rehabilitation Service staff members August 1st and 2nd, 2012.  Participants included VIST Coordinators, Blind Rehabilitation Outpatient Specialists (BROS), National Program Consultants, Advanced Low Vision Clinic staff, and WBRC therapists and administrators.  Blind Rehabilitation Service staff members also participated by a V-Tel video conference system from as far as Washington DC and Hawaii.

Constance Marsh, WBRC TCF Intern, in conversation with a visiting BROS.
The two day conference style meeting included presentations, in services, work groups, and brain storming sessions.  Blind Rehabilitation Outpatient Specialist participated in several hands-on in-services with devices such as the Milestone, Sarah OCR, and iPhone/iPad.  Session presentations included specialty programs, CNVR, Research and Outcomes.  The meeting also fostered increased communication throughout the Blind Rehabilitation Service, including sharing best practices and developing ideas for future service delivery to the blind and low vision Veteran community.

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August 1, 2012

August 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 August 16th 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 August 23rd 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