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2013 Excellence in Partnership Award
November 19, 2013, Washington, DC – Washington, DC – Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind (CLB) received the Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services’ (DORS) 2013 Excellence in Partnership Award. This annual recognition is bestowed to a DORS service agency for outstanding creativity and innovation in the agency’s services to people with disabilities.
CLB in partnership with DORS has expanded its constituency and service area to include the entire state of Maryland and people who are deafblind. CLB’s core services of employment training, independent living skills, and orientation and mobility attribute to its mission and help make it a leader within the region.
A combination of CLB’s core services, Foundation of Adjustment to Blindness (FAB), along with CLB’s other programming, further demonstrates CLB’s creativity. FAB introduces and trains adults, who are blind or visually impaired, on how to travel independently with the use of a long cane, household management, and the use of assistive technology. FAB is a two-week course hosted monthly by CLB’s team of rehabilitation professionals. FAB is a life-changing program that serves as a spring board for clients who then move forward to advanced training and employment.
Tony Cancelosi, President and CEO, of CLB, said, “We are honored to receive such recognition for our service to the community. DORS is a great partner, and we are pleased that it recognizes the ability of our talented team and our innovative programming.”
About Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind (CLB) CLB serves people of all ages who are blind, low vision, or deaf-blind living in the Washington, D.C., region, by providing vision-health screenings, independent living skills training, support groups, retraining, and job counseling and placement. Among the veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, 17% of them have visual impairments. CLB partners with government and private agencies to retrain and employ these wounded warriors. Independence is our vision. For more information, please visit our website at www.clb.org.