The Spectacle Newsletter

The Spectacle Newsletter

The Spectacle fall 2015 newsletter

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With A Gift

With A Gift

Today is Giving Tuesday. With a gift of $100, individuals with vision loss gain independence.

Your generous donation to Blind & Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh truly has an impact on the lives of people like Angela Woodard, who nearly 25 years ago was declared legally blind but neither she nor her doctors know why.

While the “why” still gnaws at her, Angela now chooses to concentrate on “how to be a blind person.” She’s completed our Personal Adjustment to Blindness Training program and learned to …

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Special Issue

Special Issue

The Spectacle Summer 2015 Special Issue

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Come to our ‘Block Party’

Come to our ‘Block Party’

Blind & Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh announces Block Party, an art show and exhibit featuring works created by adults with disabilities, August 3 – September 30, at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, 10 Children’s Way, Allegheny Square, Pittsburgh, PA 15212. An opening reception is planned for August 13 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Art and craft items will be available for purchase, with proceeds going to the programs for adults with disabilities.

The Community Transition Program at Blind & Vision Rehabilitation Services seeks to …

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Somerset Transition

Somerset Transition

Blind & Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh (BVRS) has announced that services previously provided by VisionCorps Somerset have been transitioned to BVRS effective July 1, 2015. VisionCorps President and CEO Dennis Steiner said the transfer of services will better serve Somerset County residents who are vision impaired.

“We are extremely excited about the opportunity to provide services in the Somerset area,” BVRS President Erika Arbogast said. “The proximity of Pittsburgh and Somerset will allow for additional services to persons …

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On Board!

On Board!

Blind & Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh welcomes to its Board of Directors:

Brian Dobis, senior vice president, corporate banking, F.N.B. Corporation.

Gretchen Jankowski, partner, Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney PC.

Jan Swanson Kubiska, director of information technology, Pressley Ridge.

John P. Nairn, M.D., partner, Associates in Ophthalmology, Associates Surgery Center, LLC.

Michael Romano, project manager, KORYAK, Inc. Mr. Romano is a former board chairman.

Current Board of Directors officers are Chairman Louis A. Lobes, Jr., M.D., retired, Retina Vitreous Consultants; Vice Chairman Joe Gordon, retired, Pittsburgh Steelers; Treasurer Amanda Cavill, PNC …

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ADA 25th Anniversary

ADA 25th Anniversary

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) will turn 25 on July 26, 2015! This landmark law has transformed the lives of people with disabilities, their families, and the community.

Pittsburgh and Allegheny County will celebrate this historic civil rights legislation through a series of community wide events and public awareness opportunities that highlight local accomplishments and champions and next steps for our community.

Blind & Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh is a proud supporter of ADA25 anniversary activities: www.ADA25PGH.org

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Person of Vision

Person of Vision

Blind & Vision Rehabilitation Services (BVRS) of Pittsburgh is pleased to honor Randall S. Dearth, CEO of Calgon Carbon, as the 2015 Person of Vision on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. at Heinz Field, East Club Lounge. Evan S. Frazier, SVP of Highmark Health, is proud to serve as this year’s honorary chairman as we celebrate Randy’s leadership and commitment to our community.

The Person of Vision event is an opportunity for BVRS to honor and recognize an individual who has demonstrated tremendous leadership for our community …

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Employment Services Expanded

Employment Services Expanded

Blind & Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh has extended its employment support services to residents of Fayette, Greene and Washington counties who have vision loss or other disabilities. John McCune, who brings 18 years of workforce development experience, is heading a new office in Uniontown, PA, at 140 N. Beeson Ave., 724-430-6427.

Blind & Vision Rehabilitation Services employment support program provides support to both employers and individuals with vision loss or other disabilities. Employers are assisted with retaining or recruiting and hiring qualified workers. Job seekers …

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Employment Award

Employment Award

Blind & Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh (BVRS) was honored by National Industries for the Blind (NIB), the nation’s largest employment resource for people who are blind, with the 2014 Employment Growth Award. The award recognizes Blind & Vision Rehabilitation Service’s efforts to increase employment retention, growth and upward mobility for people who are blind. It is the third consecutive year that BVRS has been recognized.

“We are proud to provide employment opportunities for people who are blind in the Pittsburgh region,” said BVRS President Erika …

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