A Message from President & CEO Sharon Giovinazzo:
"As historic flooding continues in multiple states served by World Services for the Blind, including here at home in Arkansas, many are being forced to evacuate their homes. If you know of people who are blind or visually impaired who are being displaced because of the devastating floods, we can help. The rivers, creeks and tributaries are not expected to crest until some time next week, and with more rain in the forecast, the crisis is far from over.
A number of health risks are associated with floodwater, which can easily become contaminated with any number of chemicals and toxins. According to the Centers for Disease Control, exposure to contaminated floodwater can cause wound infections, skin rash, gastrointestinal illnesses, tetanus and, while uncommon, leptospirosis. People dealing with this will have issues related to the flooding for months and possibly years. We know many of those who we serve live in areas that are prone to natural disasters.
Please contact me directly any time via my cell at 501-766-6754, or call my Director of Recruiting Rebecca Reid at 501-664-7100, ext. 265, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. As your partner, World Services for the Blind is committed to assisting those we jointly serve in times of need."
Life Skills Make Independence a Possibility
Adjusting to life without sight is difficult. Our life skills programs include training in home management, communications, orientation and mobility, travel, assistive technology and more to help people who are blind or visually impaired live full and meaningful lives.
From working in IT and teaching assistive technology to managing an office or helping consumers with tax and credit issues, our career training programs utilize the latest technology to level the playing field for professionals who are blind or visually impaired.
World Services for the Blind now offers programs for young people who are blind or visually impaired. Current programs include College Prep, ACT Prep and the Essential Workplace Skills Series, which are open to youth aged 14 and up.
"World Services for the Blind gave me the tools I needed to start a career in IT."—J.F., WSB Grad
"One of the best parts of being at WSB is meeting other blind people who have a similar experience to mine. It's nice to get to know other people like me."—K.J., WSB Grad