Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) today announced a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education for a San Francisco State University program that trains people to work with the blind and visually impaired. "This program is a wise investment in people. It will teach those who work with the blind and visually impaired how to serve this community and offer hope to countless citizens who, because of their handicap, may not be realizing their full potential," Pelosi said.
Over the course of the next five years the Rehabilitation Training-Long Term: Rehab of Blind program will train 60 Orientation and Mobility (O&M) specialists. "This project addresses a serious national and regional shortage of professionals in this field. It is one of only 12 programs preparing O&M specialists nationally, and one of only four in the west," Pelosi said.
This program is designed to ensure that skilled personnel are available to serve the rehabilitation needs of individuals with disabilities through vocational rehabilitation, supported employment and independent living programs.
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