The Visionary - Spring 2015 - page 7

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Lions Eye Institute Newsletter |7
way.Throughout each route, orientation and
mobility (O&M) instructors are positioned
to score students’ skills, techniques, and
ability to follow directions as the student
passes by. To ensure safety, each student is
followed at all times.
Congratulations to all the students for
successfully completing the course and for
dodging all the roosters roaming around
the Ybor n
h t t
b e . c om /
watch?v=
Atten
wizards and
witches!
Y
our magical
p r e s e n c e
is requested to search
for the three Printly
Hallows: Paper of
Communication, Dots of Knowledge and
Fingers of Power. Help us defeat Lord
Printemort, the Print Eaters, and the
medium that shall notbe named.
On March 6th Lions Eye Institute
was transformed into Hogdots, School of
Braillecraft and Dottery, not to learn about
potions, divinations or transfigurations, but
Braille. Studies show that only 30% of blind
adults gain full-time employment, but 90%of
those who beat the odds are braille readers.
Of the 55,000 legally blind children in the
United States, only 12% are estimated to be
braille readers. That’s why with the support
of you, our loyal donors, Lions Eye Institute’s
Foundation supports the Florida Regional
Braille Challenge.
The Braille Challenge is a unique
competition that serves to encourage
blind children of all ages to fine-tune their
braille skills, which are essential to their
success in the sighted world. At the daylong
competition, participants, in grades K-12,
competed in five challenging categories
requiring them to transcribe and read braille
using a device called a Perkins Brailler. Each
category is designed to test their skills in
several areas — reading comprehension,
braille spelling, chart and graph reading,
proofreading and braille speed and accuracy.
Aside from the competition, the
Braille Challenge is an opportunity for these
students to meet and collaborate with each
other. More often than not, a child with a
visual impairment is the only student in their
school with this type of disability.The chance
to meet others just like themselves who
understand the daily challenges they face
is life altering. Older students act as positive
role models to the younger competitors and
all the students form immediate and lasting
friendships.
The day at Hogdots concludedwith an
awards ceremony to recognize the students
for their accomplishments. Of all the literacy
issues inAmerica, braille literacy is themost
underrated and overlooked, but advances in
technology have not replaced the need for
blind children to learn to read using this vital
medium, created by Louis Braille in 1824.
A Peek Inside
the Lions Eye Institute
D
id you know the Ocular Services
Department is the largest division
in the LEITR organization and consists of
three units: Recovery, Donor Services, and
Development & Professional Relationships.
Our Director of Ocular Services,
Andrew Mullins, oversees approximately
40 incredibly dedicated staff who work with
over 200 recovery facilities in 61 out of the
67 counties in Florida. All of which are based
in one of our five locations: Tampa, Orlando,
Gainesville, Jacksonville and Pensacola.
THE DEVELOPMENT TEAM
builds
relationships with hospitals, medical
examiner offices, funeral homes,
hospices and other collaborating
organizations throughout the service
area. By facilitating true partnerships,
we can ensure the donation process
goes well and the quality of the tissue
is at the highest standard for the
surgeons, researchers and transplant
recipients we serve.
DONOR SERVICES
is the heart
of LEITR. It operates 24/7 year
round. THe staff handles all of the
death referrals from our partners.
THey communicate with the donor’s
families during a very difficult time
with compassion and sensitivity.
THe team also manages the screening
and consent processes and dispatches
our Recovery Coordinators to all
potential recovery sites. In 2014 alone,
LEITR saw approximately 28,000
death referrals and had close to 3,000
eye donors.
THE RECOVERY COORDINATORS
facilitate the entire recovery process
which includes reviewing the medical
records to ensure safe and quality
tissue is procured. Depending on the
need, transplant or research, either
corneas or whole globes are recovered
with the utmost respect and reverence
and quickly preserved.
Last year, because of the continued
commitment of our devoted staff, the Lions
Eye Institute provided 1,664 eyes for research
to help find solutions to end blinding eye
disease. But more importantly, we processed
2,610 corneas for transplant so people of all
ages who were blind and visually impaired
could experience the gift of sight.
Y
Lions Eye Institute Newsletter |7
way.Throughout each route, orientation an
mobility (O&M) instructors are positione
to score students’ skills, techniques, and
ability to follow directions as the student
passes by. To ensure safety, each student is
followed at all times.
Congratulations to all the stude ts f r
successfully completing the course and for
dodging a
ng around
the Ybor n
h t t
b e . c om /
watch?v=
Attention all
wizards and
witches!
Y
our magical
p r e s e n c e
is requested to search
for the three Printly
Hallows: Paper of
Communication, Dots of Knowledge an
Fingers of Power. Help us defeat Lord
Printe ort, the Print Eaters, and the
medium that shall notbe named.
On March 6th Lions Eye Institute
was transformed into Hogdots, School of
Braillecraft and Dottery, not to learn abo t
potions, divinations or transfigurati ns, but
Braille. Studies show that only 30% of blind
adults gain full-time employment, but 90%of
those who beat the odds are braille readers.
Of the 55,000 legally blind children in the
United States, only 12% are estimated to be
braille readers. That’s why with the support
of you, our loyal donors, Lions Eye Institute’s
Foundation supports the Florida Regional
Braille Challenge.
The Braille Challenge is a unique
competition that serves to encourage
blind children of all ages to fi e-tune t eir
braille skills, which are essential to their
success in the sighted world. At the daylong
c petition, participants, in grades K-12,
competed in five challengi g categories
requiring them to transcribe and read braille
using a device called a Perkins Brailler. Each
category is designed to test their skills in
several areas — reading comprehension,
braille spelling, chart and graph reading,
proofreading and braille speed and accuracy.
Aside from the competition, the
Braille Challenge is an opportunity for these
students to meet and collaborate with each
other. More often than not, a child with a
visual impairment is the only student in their
school with this type of disability.The chance
to meet others just like themselves who
understand the daily challenges they face
is life altering. Older students act as positive
role models to the younger competitors a d
all the students form immediate and lasting
friendships.
The day at Hogdots concludedwith an
awards ceremony to recognize the students
for their accomplishments. Of all the literacy
issues inAmerica, braille literacy is themost
underrated and overlooked, but advances in
technology have not replaced the need for
blind children to learn to read using this vital
medium, created by Louis Braille in 1824.
A Peek Inside
the Lions Eye Institute
D
id you know the Ocular Services
Department is the largest division
in the LEIT organizati and consists of
three units: Recovery, Do or Services, and
Development & Professional Relationships.
Our Director of Ocular Services,
Andrew Mullins, oversees approximately
40 incredibly dedicated staff who work with
over 200 recovery facilities in 61 out of the
67 counties in Florida. All of which are based
in one of our five locations: Tampa, Orlando,
Gainesville, Jacksonville and Pensacola.
THE DEVELOPMENT TEAM
builds
relationships with hospitals, medical
examiner offices, funeral homes,
hospices and other collaborating
organizations throughout the service
area. By facilitating true partnerships,
we can ensure the donation process
goes well and the quality of the tissue
is at the highest standard for the
surgeons, researchers and transplant
recipients we serve.
DONO SERVICES
is the heart
of LEITR. It operates 24/7 year
round. THe staff handles all of the
death referrals from our partners.
THey commu icate with the donor’s
families during a very difficult time
with co passion and sensitivity.
THe team also manages the screening
and consent processes and dispatches
our Recovery Coordinators to all
potential recovery sites. In 2014 alone,
LEITR saw approximately 28,000
death referrals and had close to 3,000
eye donors.
THE RECOVERY COORDINATORS
facilitate the entire recovery process
which includes reviewing the medical
records to ensure saf and quality
tissue is procured. Depending on the
need, transplant or research, either
corneas or whole globes are recovered
with the utmost respect and reverence
and quickly preserved.
Last year, because of the continued
commitment of our devoted staff, the Lions
Eye Institute provided 1,664 eyes for research
to help find solutions to end blinding eye
disease. But more importantly, we processed
2,610 corneas for transplant so people of all
ages who were blind and visually impaired
could experience the gift of sigh .
Y
Lions Eye Institute Newsletter |7
way.Throughout each route, orientation and
mobility (O&M) instructors ar pos tione
to score students’ kills, techniques, a
ability to follow directions s the student
passes by. To sure safety, each student is
followed at all times.
Congratulations to all the students for
successfully completing the course a d
dodging all the roosters roaming round
the Ybor neighborhood!
h t t
b e . c m /
watch?v=
Atten
wizards and
witches!
Y
our magical
p r e s e n e
is requested to sear h
fo the three Pri tly
Hallows: Paper of
Communication, Dots of Knowledge and
Fingers of ow . Help us def at Lor
Printem rt, th Print Eaters, and the
medium that shall notbe named.
On March 6th Lions Eye Institut
was tra sformed i to Hogdots, School of
Braillecra and Dot ery, not to l ar about
pot ons, divinations o tra sfigurations, but
ill . Studies sh w that only 30% f blind
adults gain full-time employment, but 90%of
those who beat the odds are braille readers.
Of the 55,000 legally blind childr n in the
Unit d States, only 12% are estimated to b
bra ll read rs. That’s why with the support
of you, our loyal donors, Lions Eye Institute’s
Foundation supp rts the Florida Regional
Braille Challenge.
The Braille Challenge is a unique
competition that serv s to encourag
blind ch ldren of all ages to fine-tune their
raille skills, w ich a esse tial t
success in the sighted world. At the daylong
comp t tion, participants, in gr des K-12,
p ed in five ch llenging categories
requiring them to transcribe a d read bra lle
using a device called a Perkins Braill r. Each
cate ory is designed to test their skills in
sev ral areas — reading compreh nsio ,
braille sp lling, ch rt and gra h r ad ng
p oofreading and br ille speed nd accuracy.
Aside from the competition, the
Braille Challenge is n op rtunity f r thes
students to meet and c llaborate with each
other. More oft n than n t, a child with a
visual impairm nt is the only student in their
sc ool with this type of disabili y.The chance
to meet others just like thems lves who
unders and the daily challenges they fa
is lif al ering. Ol er students act as positiv
ro e models to the younger competitor and
all the students form immediate and la ti g
friendships.
The day at Hogdots concludedwith an
awar c remony to recognize th students
for their accomplishm nts. Of all the literacy
issues inAmerica, braille literacy is themost
underrated and ove looked, but advances in
technology have not replaced he need for
blind childre to lea n to read sing this vital
medium, c a ed by Louis Braill in 1824.
A Peek Inside
the Lions Eye Institute
D
id you know the Ocular Services
Department is the largest division
in the LEITR orga izat on and consist f
three units: ecovery, D or Services, and
Dev lopment & Professi al Relation hips.
Our Direct r of Ocular Service ,
Andrew Mullins, versees approximately
40 incredibly dedicated taff who wo k with
over 200 recov ry f cilities in 61 out of the
67 counties in Florida. All of which are based
in one of our five loc tions: Tampa, Orlando,
Gai sville, Jacks nv lle and Pens col .
THE DEVELOPMENT TEAM
builds
relationships with hospitals, medical
examiner offices, funeral homes,
hospices and other coll borating
organizati ns thro ghout the service
a e . By f cilitating true partnersh ps,
w can ensure t e donation process
goes well and the quality of the tis ue
is at the high st standard for the
surgeons, res archers nd transplant
recipients we se ve.
DONOR SERVICES
is the heart
of LEIT . It operates 24/7 year
round. THe staff h ndles all of the
death referrals from our partners.
THey communicate with the donor’s
families during a very difficult time
with c passion and sensitivity.
THe tea al o manages the screening
and consent processes a d dispatches
our Recovery Coordin tors to all
potential r covery sites. In 2014 alone,
LEITR saw approximately 28,000
death referrals and had close to 3,000
eye donors.
THE RECOVERY COORDINATORS
facilitate the entire recovery process
wh ch includ s reviewing the medical
re ords to ensur safe a d quality
tissue is procured. D pending on the
need, transplant or r s arch, either
corn a o whole globes are r cover d
with the utmost respect nd ver nce
and quickly pres rved.
Last year, because of the continued
commitment of our devoted staff, the Lions
Eye Ins itute provide 1,664 eyes for r search
t help find solutions t nd blinding eye
disease. But m re importantl , we processed
2,610 cor ea for transpl so people of all
ages who were blind and visually impaire
could experience the gift of sight.
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