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Danielle Crull wins Optometric Society Award

DanielleCrull Van Essen awardCongratulations to Danielle Crull who was presented with the William Van Essen Award from the Central Pennsylvania Optometric Society on May 7, 2016, at a banquet in Hershey.

Danielle is the owner of A Child’s Eyes and partners with ForSight Vision to provide an Amblyopia Support Group in York. She is an American Board of Opticianry Master-Certified Optician. She is one of just 330 in the entire US and the only one specializing in fitting of infants through teens. In addition, she is the only Master Optician in the Harrisburg area. Danielle has offices in York and Mechanicsburg.

The society says the award “honors individuals … who have significantly served the visual welfare of the public.”

The award is named for Van Essen, who was a pioneer in the field of Optometrics. She will now be nominated for a state-wide award.


Join the On-Line Patching Party

March, 2016, is "Save Your Vision Month."

A Child’s Eyes and Forsight Vision are hosting an on-line patching party to help spread awareness about Amblyopia. #IPatch

Amblyopia is the most common cause of vision impairment in children, effecting 2-3 out of every 100 children. If left untreated, Amblyopia can lead to permanent blindness. However, Amblyopia is a very treatable form of blindness. Patching or, more formally, Occlusion Therapy is widely accepted as the best treatment for Amblyopia, but only about seventy-five percent of children and their parents who attempt patching are able to succeed with treatment. Failure is often due to a lack of knowledge and support.

Lucy amblyopiaMeet Lucy: Lucy (York, PA) is joyful 5 year-old and has been patching to treat her amblyopia for 2 years. Lucy patches her eye 1-2 hours per day. Patching can be difficult for both the child and the parent. Lucy's parents biggest concern is that Lucy doesn't feel embarrassed about wearing her eye patch in public. We want to spread awareness about Amblyopia to help prevent blindness and we want to highlight our little patching super heroes, like Lucy, who wear eye patches every day to help save their vision!

A Child’s Eyes and ForSight Vision have teamed up to provide a monthly support group for families dealing with Amblyopia called SUCCESS. They meet the first Monday of every month from 6:30PM-7:30PM. Children come to the group wearing their eye patches and participate in fun and challenging activities that help them improve their vision. Parents meet and encourage one another and learn new strategies and treatments. The group is led by Danielle Crull, ABOM a Master Certified Optician, and Leora Weist, Vision Screening Analyst.

During the month of March we are asking families to post pictures of their little super patchers on social media, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the hashtag #IPatch.

Sponsored in partnership by:

A Child’s Eyes, 4840 E. Trindle Rd, Mechanicsburg PA 17050. Contact: Danielle Crull, ABOM, 717-901-3937 or missdanielle@achildseyes.com

ForSight Vision, 1380 Spahn Ave, York PA 17402, Contact: Bill Rhinesmith, 717-848-1690 or bill@forsight.org


ForSight Vision Accredited by the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Earns Seal of Excellence

PANO Standards for Excellence SealForSight Vision is a recipient of the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations’ Seal of Excellence for successfully completing their rigorous Standards for Excellence® accreditation program. ForSight initially was accredited in 2010 and this renewal extends through 2020. ForSight Vision voluntarily opened itself up to analysis by a “jury of its peers.” The peer review team examined ForSight Vision for compliance with the Standards for Excellence®: An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector, in areas including: Mission and Program, Governing Body, Conflict of Interest, Human Resources, Financial and Legal, Openness, Fundraising, Public Affairs and Public Policy

PANOevaluates fundamental values such as honesty, integrity, fairness, respect, trust, responsibility, and accountability, all of which are inherently important in the nonprofit world. ABC Nonprofit’s programs and services, management, fundraising and financial practices were subjected to in-depth examination prior to earning accreditation.

"The Seal of Excellence is granted to well-managed, responsibly governed organizations that are deserving of the public’s trust," explains Tish Mogan, Standards for Excellence Director for PANO. "ForSight Vision’s Board and staff have shown an extensive level of commitment to this process, and their pursuit of the Seal of Excellence confirms that they believe strongly in promoting a culture of ethics in their operations and governance."


FORSIGHT VISION A FINALIST FOR FOR NONPROFIT INNOVATION AWARD

nonprofit innovation award 2016

ForSight Vision has been named a finalist for a Nonprofit Innovation Award.

The York agency is competing in the Collaboration Category based on its work with A Child’s Eyes, an independent organization that identifies and works to correct amblyopia in children. (Amblyopia is often called “lazy eye.”) ForSight Vision is competing against nine other regional nonprofit organizations.

Sponsored in a partnership of Central Pennsylvania Business Journal, The York County Community Foundation, the Lancaster County Community Foundation, and the The Foundation to Enhance Communities, the awards will be presented on February 24 at a ceremony at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in York.

WellSpan Health is the presenting Sponsor of the program.


WSB's Call Center Specialist Program Now Offering 90 Days of OJT Experience in WSB's Call Center!

world service for blind logoWSB is now accepting applications for our upcoming Call Center Specialist (CCS) program, scheduled to begin on March 28th! The two-month CCS program not only trains clients to work in any fast-paced call center setting, but now offers all graduates of the program the opportunity to participate in 90 days of on-the-job training in WSB's Call Center!
In reviewing industry trends, we have found there is a significant need for trained customer service professionals who become the voice of a company.  However, most employers prefer candidates with practical hands-on experience.  Because of this, WSB has designed a second component to our CCS program, allowing for our clients to demonstrate their knowledge, skills, and abilities while putting theory to the test.  All graduates of the CCS program will be offered the opportunity to participate in 90 days of on-the-job training in WSB's Call Center.  Clients will place calls to professionals, communicate subject matter, and document results.  In addition to the experience gained and reflected on their resume, they will also be able to continue to conduct meaningful job searches with WSB staff's assistance, and utilize resources available on campus.
The CCS programs offers client a chance to learn important skills and techniques such as soft skills, working with difficult customers, sales and marketing techniques, proper phone etiquette, as well as use of software to accomplish sales.  The career opportunities for Call Center Specialists range from sales, assisting customers to correct orders, reservations, car rentals, vacation planning, cruises, government filing, and more.  Clients interested in a career in phone sales or customer service will find the CCS training and skills learned and perfected in the classroom invaluable.
The deadline to begin evaluation for the CCS program is February 29th, so submit your application today! Don't hesitate, as this is a chance to begin your career as a Call Center Specialist in a matter of only a few short months

For referrals or for more information, please contact our Recruiting and Admissions Department at 800-248-0734 or training@wsblind.org.


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