OLMSTED CENTER FOR SIGHT ANNUAL APPEAL 2016-2017
With your help we will continue to be a resource for over 2,500 people each year who have visual impairments and other physical challenges, as they work to achieve their highest level of independence.
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Jenna was diagnosed with Optic Nerve Hypoplasia when she was 18 months old. After giving Jenna an eye patch to wear and observing her movement and navigation, it was soon discovered that she had no vision in her right eye and limited vision in her left. Jenna’s vision therapist told her parents about Olmsted Center for Sight’s Early Education Program (EEP).It was at the EEP that Jenna learned how to use her right arm to navigate a room without functional vision in her right eye.
Jenna’s mom Casey said “from the minute we took a tour of the EEP, we knew that this was the place that Jenna needed to be. We can talk to the staff about anything, and they take genuine care of Jenna.” Jenna’s positive attitude and supportive parents, combined with expertise of the EEP teachers and therapists, will allow Jenna to pave her own path in life. In the words of Jenna’s Mom, “no one can help our daughter more than we can, except OCS and the Early Education Program.”
Ivan Gonzalez lost his vision shortly after birth due to Glaucoma, but he‘s never let that slow him down. After graduating high school and successfully earning an associate degree, Ivan struggled finding a job. Nearly two years later, still unemployed, Ivan was introduced to the Statler Center, Olmsted’s career training program for individuals who are blind or visually impaired.
During his time at the Statler Center Ivan took courses in Microsoft Office, professional writing and conflict management, learned job interview skills and then Ivan truly found his niche’ for technology and customer service during an internship in the Olmsted Contact Center.
Ivan graduated from the Statler Center in 2015. Shortly afterward he accepted a position as a Technology Trainer at the Center for Assistive Technology at the University of Buffalo. Because of the Olmsted’s Statler Center, Ivan gained the skills and confidence he needed to find success in a career he’s passionate about.
Nina Marranca has been a part of the Olmsted Center for Sight family since a very young age, when she received services in her home and attended preschool at the Early Education Program. She attributes much of her fearlessness and independence to the confidence building skills imparted to her by OCS staff as a child.
Fast forward to elementary and middle school, when Nina continued to be actively involved with Olmsted, taking part in programs created for young people ranging in ages from 10 to 21 years old . These activities helped her form friendships, learn valuable skills such as leadership, team-building, and that it’s always OK to ask for help.
Today Nina is 16 years old and a junior at North Tonawanda High School, where she is a member of the National Honor Society, VP of the Foreign Language Club, VP of Student Council, and actively involved in various music and singing groups. Nina is excited to attend college, and hopes pursue a career in Public Relations. This past summer Nina was an intern in the OCS Public Relations department where she realized there is nothing she can’t do!
Verdell Singletary had a good-paying union job in the construction industry, until a severe car accident at work that he luckily walked away from unharmed.
Verdell soon learned that the accident was due to degenerative vision loss -caused by glaucoma – and soon it would lead to total blindness in his right eye and partial blindness in his left. His vision loss brought on feelings of depression and hopelessness. He was unable to do the simple things he once loved: work, drive, and take walks in his neighborhood. Then he was introduced to Olmsted Center for Sight, and his whole life changed.
Verdell has been a client of the OCS Vision Rehab department for nearly 2 years he has learned to become a safe and independent traveler through Orientation & Mobility lessons. Through his diligence hard work and with the assistance of OCS staff, Verdell has learned to type, use a computer, navigate his neighborhood, and use public transportation in Buffalo. He has been an inspiration to everyone at OCS, telling them: “Even if you are blind or partially blind, you can still change the world.” “The people at Olmsted gave me a vision when I was losing mine …they led me on a path to want to live again. Olmsted gave me a purpose, and has taught me how to live productively, even without all of my sight.”
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All of us at Olmsted Center for Sight truly appreciate your generosity and thank you for your support!