[Nfbc-info] The LightHouse's Jobsite Conversation Series visits the Lions Center for the Blind

Richard Russo rrusso at lighthouse-sf.org
Tue Sep 6 22:46:49 UTC 2011

Hello Jobseekers,
Our next jobsite excursion will take place on Wednesday, September 14th.
We will be visiting Scott Blanks, who currently works at the Lions
Center for the Blind as their Director of Assistive Technology and
Computer Services.
Scott became active in the blind and visually impaired community at an
early age through his local Braille Institute in Southern California.
Eager to explore Northern California, Scott relocated to the San
Francisco Bay Area and graduated from the Hatlen Center for the Blind
(formerly the Living Skills Center).  At Hatlen, Scott spent many
evenings assisting fellow students in navigating their computers.  These
joyous moments led Scott to discover his calling: instructing others and
imparting knowledge in the field of assistive technology.  This passion
spurred Scott to work as an Assistive Technology Specialist with
Adaptive Technology Services for more than 8 years.  In 2010, Scott came
to the Lions Center for the Blind to serve as Director of Assistive
Technology and Computer Services.
When he's not glued to a computer, Scott enjoys music, reading and
movies of the horror genre.  As a former Paralympic athlete, Scott went
to the Sydney games in 2000 with the U.S. men's goalball team.  He holds
a degree in radio broadcasting and has been certified to provide
instruction in assistive technology by Access Technology Institute.
On the 14th, we will rendezvous at the Subway sandwich restaurant
located within the 19th St. Oakland BART station at 10:30 a.m. sharp.
The restaurant is located near the northeast exit of the station.  From
there, we will walk to the Lions Center for the Blind at its new
location, 2115 Broadway; we are excited to explore their new office
space.  Following our talks with Scott and his supervisor, the group
will enjoy a complimentary lunch.  We should wrap up by 2:00 p.m.  
Since we will be on a strict schedule, please give yourself enough time
to get to the BART station by 10:30 a.m.  If you find yourself running
unavoidably late, please call my cell phone, (415) 351-9534, to make the
required arrangements.  
Participants are encouraged to bring their cane or other mobility tool,
as this visit is part of a larger blindness training opportunity.  The
dress code is business casual.  
Please RSVP by Tuesday, September 13th, as space is limited. Feel free
to contact me directly with any questions or to sign up for the visit.
This will be a wonderful opportunity for all those involved, and I am
looking forward to seeing you there.
Rich Russo

Richard Russo Community Services Program AssistantLightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired214 Van Ness AvenueSan Francisco, CA 94102Direct: (415) 694-7352Email: rrusso at lighthouse-sf.orgwww.lighthouse-sf.org 

Jobsite visits will take place each Wednesday through the remainder of the year. To learn more about registering for the series, visit our Jobsite Conversation Series Webpage at: http://lighthouse-sf.org/programs/jobsite-conversation-series/
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