Arizona has a waiting list of individuals with CVHL that we aim to serve
2021 is shaping up to be a year of growth for one of ACBVI’s newest programs – Combined Vision and Hearing Loss (CVHL).
When a person has vision loss alone, they often rely on sound cues and audio technology to adapt to their disability. Likewise, a person with hearing loss often uses their vision to do things like communicate and access the hearing world.
The first opportunity we’re pursuing is with the State of Arizona. The state has a waiting list of individuals who have CVHL that we aim to serve, so that they can live independently in their homes and use assistive devices to connect with loved ones.
But when a person has CVHL – and no access to specialized training – life can be very isolating.
ACBVI is one of only a few agencies in Arizona with experts who understand both of these disabilities and their distinct cultures. Our team helps people with CVHL gain the equipment and skills they need to be successful at home, school, and work.
Another opportunity is to train transition specialists in public schools to work with CVHL students, so these youth can access the working world. We plan to tailor the CVHL training module we developed for Arizona’s Rehabilitation Services Administration to the needs of young adults, their families, and schools.
Our end goal would be to reduce the barriers these students face when it comes to going to college, learning a trade, and starting a career.
About The Author
Jon Williams is the Fund Development Officer at ACBVI. He has over 25 years of professional non-profit experience in development, fundraising, volunteer and event management with national non-profits including the American Cancer Society, the American Diabetes Association, and three member food banks in the Feeding America network, including his last position as Development Manager with United Food Bank in Mesa. Originally from South Bend, IN and a graduate of Ball State University, Jon has devoted his career in giving back to the community and providing assistance to those underserved populations needing help. A resident of Chandler, Jon enjoys the Arizona lifestyle along with traveling near and far, a great live concert or an exciting sports game!