Community Partnership Gives Glimpse of Vision Loss to FGCU Students

Assistive Technology Specialist Crystle Fliss teaches students
Assistive Technology Specialist Crystle Fliss teaches students
N FT MYERS, Fla. - March 13, 2019 - PRLog -- Students in the Occupational Therapy Program at Florida Gulf Coast University spent a day learning what it's like to live with vision loss, giving them an educational, hands-on approach to their future as occupational therapists. Through the community partnership established over three years ago with Lighthouse of SWFL, students under the direction of Dr. Edwin Myers, Assistant Professor at FGCU's Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, visited the vision rehabilitation agency and experienced the programs and services Lighthouse provides to individuals living with blindness and vision impairment.

As the only vision rehabilitation agency in Lee, Hendry, and Glades counties, the Lighthouse of SWFL provides a unique opportunity for university students to experience a hands-on training environment with people of all ages living with major vision loss. Students experienced instruction in orientation and mobility, assistive technology, low vision, and the Blind Babies and Children's Programs.

Florida Gulf Coast University's Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Occupational Therapy Program prepares students to function in a wide variety of settings, utilizing principles and intervention approaches related to occupation, and to supervise occupational therapy support personnel.  Since the partnership was established, over 100 Occupational Therapy students have been introduced to the Lighthouse of SWFL and its vision rehabilitation services.

Lighthouse of SWFL is a United Way partner agency serving individuals with blindness and vision impairment in Lee, Glades, and Hendry counties. The mission of the Lighthouse of SWFL is to enable people of all ages living with a visual impairment or blindness to remain independent, active and productive in society. Lighthouse of SWFL, a nationally accredited agency,  is funded by the Division of Blind Services, United Way, Lee County Government, and other private donors. For more information, visit, or call (239) 997-7797.

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