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TOPIC TITLE: Employment and Technology Institute for those with vison disabilities
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Sharon-Yad HaChazakah
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5/9/07 2:30 PM
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Dear Chevra,

I pass this information on to you. Please be aware that the full program goes from Wednesday July 25, through Shabbos, until Sunday. There may be those of you who are able to get there during the other days. I very much recommend that you make your own food arrangements.

Sharon Shapiro from Yad HaChazakah-The Jewish Disability Empowerment Center Inc.

“Building Your Future”

VISIONS Employment and Technology Institute
Wednesday, July 25-Sunday, July 29, 2007

What is it?

An exciting opportunity for individuals who are blind or visually impaired (adults and youth, age 16 and above) to sharpen employment skills, develop networking strategies, and gain hands-on experience with the latest assistive technologies. A diverse array of programming includes:

Seminars on employment legislation, advocacy, and benefits planning

Panel discussions on career development, financial management, and entrepreneurship

Workshops on interviewing techniques, resume writing, and online job-seeking strategies.

An Exhibit Hall where vendors, service providers and assistive technology experts will showcase their products and services

What is the cost?

The FULL registration fee (for consumers who are visually impaired) is only $25.00! (Scholarships are available.) This includes lodging, meals, workshops, seminars, and admission to the Exhibit Hall. Roundtrip bus transportation to and from the Institute will also be provided, leaving from West 23rd Street in Manhattan on Wednesday evening, and returning on Sunday afternoon. Rehab professionals, educators, and vendors should call for specific pricing information.

When and where is it held?

Wednesday evening, July 25 through Sunday afternoon, July 29, 2007 at VISIONS VCB, a 35 acre campus, in nearby Rockland County, NY.

Who should attend?

Any person who is blind or visually impaired and wants to improve their employment skills, find a new job or advance in their career.

Youth Track offered for individuals ages 16-21 who are still in high school or who participate in the VISIONS prevocational program through the New York State Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped (CBVH).

Vocational rehabilitation counselors, educators, and other interested professionals.

How do I register?

Online registration will be available after May 1, 2007 on the VISIONS website www.visionsvcb.org

Contact Betsy Fabricant, Director of Recreation and Residential Services to request registration forms in print, Braille or email.

Phone: (212) 625-1616 ext.124 or toll free (888) 245-8333, ext. 124. Email: bfabricant@visionsvcb.org

“Building Your Future” Program Highlights and Speakers

Keynote Address by Dr. Karen Wolffe, Director, Professional Development and CareerConnect®, American Foundation for the Blind

Seminars on Employment Legislation, Advocacy and Benefits Planning:

Commissioner Matthew Sapolin, Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities

Ted Finkelstein, Director of Project Equal Access, NYC Commission on Human Rights

Alexander Wood, Executive Director, Disabilities Network of New York City

Aldrin Stoja, Congressional and Public Inquiries Specialist, Social Security Administration

Carl Jacobsen, President, New York State affiliate National Federation of the Blind

Mike Godino, President, American Council of the Blind of New York

Becky Barnes, 1st Vice President, National Guide Dog Users Inc.

David Deporte, President, Guide Dog Users of NYC, Inc.

Presentations on Career Development, Networking, Entrepreneurship, Interviewing Techniques, and Resume Writing:

A panel of Human Resource Professionals from Bear Stearns, Home Depot, and JP Morgan Chase

Workshops by Dress for Success Worldwide, Career Gear, and Macy’s

Dramatizations of interviewing “do’s and don’ts” from Theatre by the Blind

Management Training workshops from J. David Sweeny, President of PDS Development Corporation and Amy Ruell of National Braille Press

A presentation on Financial Management, Investment and Retirement Planning from AIG Valic

Hands-on Workshops and Seminars:

Internet for Job Seekers

Buying Your Own Computer

Assistive Technology for Professional Educators and Rehab Counselors

Apple Voice Over Accessibility

The K-NFB Reader

Technology Exhibits, Workshops and Product Demonstrations:

BrailleNote, PocketViewer, Trekker, and VictorReader from Humanware

Window-Eyes6.1, Braille Sense, Small-Talk Ultra, and SenseView from GW Micro

Lunar, Hal, SuperNova, Smart Hal, Dolphin Pen, and Pocket Hal from Dolphin USA

JAWS 8.1, MAGic 10.5, Pac Mate, and video magnifiers from Freedom Scientific

Low vision solutions and ergonomics in the workplace from Smart Solution Partners, LLC.

The latest “Gadgets and Gismos” from Independent Living Aids

Ask the Experts” Assistive Technology Clinic from Solid Rock Inc.

Sharon Shapiro, Founding Director
Yad HaChazakah-The Jewish Disability Empowerment Center Inc.

Led primarily by Jews with disabilities and chronic health conditions, Yad HaChazakah - The Jewish Disability Empowerment Center Inc. provides support services, advocacy, and educational forums.

Edited: 5/9/07 at 2:45 PM by Sharon-Yad HaChazakah

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