10/17/2006

WVU Eye Institute Co-Sponsors Career Fair

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – The Children’s Vision Rehabilitation Project (CVRP) at the West Virginia University Eye Institute will co-sponsor a career fair with the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) Career Connect, Saturday, Oct. 21 at 9:30 a.m., in the 2nd floor auditorium of the WVU Eye Institute.

Career Fair provides vision-impaired children an opportunity to meet and speak with a variety of CareerConnect mentors, successfully employed blind and visually impaired adults, about their job experiences. Parents can also join the discussion and learn about their children's career possibilities, assistive technology available to ensure successful inclusion at work, and strategies for supporting young people with vision loss as they pursue independent futures.

“This is a great opportunity for children and their parents to learn of the variety of jobs people with vision loss are doing here in Morgantown and around the country,” said John Linberg, M.D., chair of the department of ophthalmology. “The success stories of the mentors provide a look at future possibilities for vision-impaired children of all ages.”

 CVRP was established in 1996 to respond to the individual needs of visually impaired children, teachers, parents and related professionals in West Virginia. Clinical vision evaluations, teacher education and mentoring, parent assistance and support, site visitation/student follow-ups, summer camps, and a lending library for optical devices and technology assist in meeting these needs.

CVRP evaluated six children in the first year and now evaluates over 100 children per year throughout the state.

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For more information:
Steve Bovino, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
bovinost@wvuh.com
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