The WBRC welcomes Alvaro Vargas as the new Admissions Coordinator! Al obtained his Bachelor of Science in Health Administration from the University of Phoenix in November of 2015 and started at the WBRC in August of 2016. He is a 20 year (Reserve and Active Duty combined) U.S. Army Veteran. Prior to working at the WBRC, Al worked for the Department of Defense as a Health Readiness Coordinator for 5 years. We are excited to have Al join the WBRC team!
Shoshannah Jones is the new Visual Skills, Blind
Rehabilitation Specialist at the WBRC. She received her M.A. in Special
Education-Option Visual Impairments at California State University, Los
Angeles. Shoshannah has previously been an Orientation and Mobility
Specialist for VISIONS Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired and for the
Lighthouse Guild in New York City. She has also filled this role at
Aspire Charter Public Schools in Sacramento. Prior to graduating, she
completed both Orientation and Mobility and Low Vision Internships at the
Southern Arizona VA Healthcare Blind Rehabilitation Clinic in Tucson, AZ. Shoshannah is pleased to be working with Veterans again at the WBRC. Welcome to the team, Shoshannah!
The WBRC welcomes Kristine Williams as a new Living Skills
instructor! Kristine received her Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Teaching
and Certificate in Low Vision from Salus University in Pennsylvania. She
completed internships at the Long Beach Blind Rehabilitation Center in the
Living Skills and Visual Skills Departments. Kristine also completed a Low
Vision internship at The Eye Institute in Philadelphia. Welcome to the team,
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!
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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