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Emily Jean

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THE MIAMI LIGHTHOUSE FOR THE BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED INC
November 28, 2012

As the coordinator for the Transition Program at the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, I am so grateful that the agency is deeply committed to educating and training professionals in the vision. With the full support of the Miami Lighthouse, I am enrolled The Florida State University Distance Education program and will receive a master's degree in Visual Disabilities and become a certified Teacher of the Visually Impaired Certification and Orientation & Mobility Specialist. The Miami Lighthouse are all too aware of the critical shortage of qualified, certified professionals in the field and by offer support, such as a flexible schedule and financial support, to employees that wish to further their knowledge of the field. Every child, regardless of disability, deserves the right to a quality and equitable education. I am so grateful that they have chosen to make an investment in my education and professional training and by doing so they have made an investment in the education in future generations of students with visual impairments. My education will open up endless possibilities not only for myself, but also for the students with visual impairments that I work with now and plan to work with in the future.

This semester I have taken courses in Introduction to Visual Impairments, Literary Braille, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (which is especially helpful for teachers in the South Florida area). The teens in the Transition Program find great joy in quizzing me on my braille contractions and I am glad that I can serve not only as an instructor, but as a positive role model to these young adults. Through the master’s program at the Florida State University, I have been able to connect with other dedicated professionals in the field and integrate my newfound knowledge to help improve the quality of programming and services that the Transition Program has been able to offer its clients.

The Miami Lighthouse does so much for its clients by providing the training and confidence needed to be independent, but also for employees, like me, by providing life-changing experiences. I am so thankful that I have the opportunity to join the vision rehabilitation field and excited to embark on a life-long career helping to enrich the lives of others.

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Very Well

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Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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