January 2018~ NABA employee Madison Near graduated from the Hunter College Visual Impairment: Rehabilitation Teaching and Orientation and Mobility Master’s Degree Program. this month as a Vision Rehabilitation Therapist(VRT) and an Orientation & Mobility Specialist (O&M).
Congratulations Madison! And how lucky we are to have her as part of the NABA Team.
In 2015, Madison joined the NABA team as an Employment Specialist helping visually impaired job seekers learn job seeking skills, identify employment opportunities and resume writing . In 2016, she was received “Employee of the Quarter” award in recognition of her hard work and dedication.
Madison worked hard in the Hunter Program, doing double-duty learning to be a VRT and an O&M as well as fulfilling her responsibilities with NABA. As many of her colleagues can attest, she was the first one on the job in the morning and put in many late nights of study and working with consumers.
A VRT provides adaptive life skills training to individuals with vision impairment for independent living. Services are customized for each individual to help them reach their goals, whether it be at work, school, play or retirement. An O&M teaches safe and independent travel skills according to their goals and abilities. The individual may travel with a white cane, a dog guide or without any assistive tools at all.
Her newly acquired skills will be invaluable to NABA’s mission to help people of all ages with vision impairment lead independent lives and achieve their life goals.
For information about NABA’s Independent Living Skills Programs, go to https://naba-vision.org/living-skills/