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Cleanlogic’s Inspiration Foundation Supports 4 VSA Members Through Assistive Technology Grants

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The Inspiration Foundation awarded 4 VisionServe Alliance members Assistive Technology Grants of up to $1,500 to help them keep their technology classrooms and remote training sessions up to date. The recipients used this funding to purchase various equipment, including braille displays, braille printers, a new laptop, phones for training, air pods, ear pods, headsets, Fusion software, tablets, handheld electronic magnifiers more.

The Inspiration Foundation (a philanthropic division of Cleanlogic, a company offering quality bath and body accessories) created these grants to help nonprofit organizations purchase assistive technology equipment. The founder of Cleanlogic was inspired by his mom, who lost her sight when she was 7, but never let it stop her. She became a passionate advocate through her hard work, helping other blind and visually impaired individuals gain employment. The Inspiration Foundation’s Board believes that successful job placement and retention depend on strong technical skills and technology augmentation of independent living skills.

VisionServe Alliance heartily thanks the Inspiration Foundation and Cleanlogic for their support!

2021 Assistive Technology Grant Recipients: 

Florida Center for the Blind: Ocala, Florida

Valley Center for the Blind: Fresno, California

In-Sight: Warwick, Rhode Island

Wisconsin Council of the BVI: Madison, Wisconsin

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A volunteer with ABVI receiving training on Fusion JAWS and ZOOM Tech software
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“Receiving this grant and purchasing this equipment has greatly improved the quality of our virtual programs. Prior to COVID all of our training was done in-person and so we had very little equipment for use when we had to transition to virtual programming. This equipment has enhanced the comfort of our staff, improved audio quality, and demonstrates to the training participants how their investment in similar equipment can also improve their experience.” – Chris Butler, Executive Director, In-Sight.
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Meet Mary Pat Knight: A VSA Executive Leadership Conference 2022 Keynote Speaker

Meet Mary Pat Knight, one of our inspiring keynote speakers for our Executive Leadership Conference (VSAELC) 2022. Mary Pat is the CEO and Founder of Leaders Inspired, a global training and development firm dedicated to personal and leadership transformation. 

Her career in leadership positions has lasted over 30 years in many fields, including marketing planning, executive coaching, and much more. She believes in the importance of showing one’s true self to build strong relationships between leaders and those they lead.

A Leadership Book Worth Reading

During her keynote, Mary Pat will discuss her book, “The Humanized Leader.” She details her method of training and mentoring corporate leaders on improving their emotional intelligence to become more effective leaders. With this program, she has helped transform teams and improve the performance of corporate executives for organizations such as BP, the US Marines, MasterCard, and many more. 

“Mary Pat Knight is a leader who cares deeply, not only about the success of the organization, but also about the individual people who drive the organization.” Testimonial from Kate Leth, PHR President, Inspired Consulting

Other Leadership Tools

Later in the conference, she will speak as an exclusive to CEOs and address Phase IV of her operating system, Genius Leadership, to upgrade leadership skills and perspectives. If practiced correctly, it will teach how to recognize the genius in yourself and cultivate it in others. Learn more about Mary Pat Knight.

Likewise, Mary Pat looks forward to being able to form a deeper understanding and relationship with the visually impaired community. She encourages individuals with visual impairments to channel their mindset to motivate, inspire, direct, and remain people-focused, which she believes is the key to leadership. While she cannot yet speak to the technical aspects that relate directly to visual impairment, she promises the practices and leadership skill sets in her book transcend any form of community alignment. Additionally, an accessible form of the book is set to be released before the conference.

Join us in person in beautiful Tampa this spring! VSA invites industry professionals and leaders involved in providing service to or with people who are blind or have low vision to reflect on the impact our industry has on society and share ideas for a transformative future. The 4-day event will offer opportunities to attend exceptional learning and networking sessions on topical issues, including specific learning sessions for CEOs, Program, and Administrative staff.

Attend the #1 conference to advance your professional development, organizational effectiveness, and more. Learn more about the VSAELC 2022.

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Board Dinner 4/2/22

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VSAELC 2022 Registration Opens

The Power of Leading Together Registration Now Open

VSAELC 2022

Join us in person in beautiful Tampa April 3-6 at VSA’s 2022 Executive Leadership Conference! Industry professionals and leaders involved in the provision of service to or with people who are blind or have low vision are invited to reflect on the impact our industry has on society and share ideas for a transformative future. The 4-day event will offer opportunities to attend exceptional learning and networking sessions on topical issues, including specific learning sessions for CEOs, Program, and Administrative staff. Attend the #1 conference to advance your professional development, organizational effectiveness, and more.

Book your room at the Westin Tampa Waterside Hotel now!

Spealer Highlight

Mary Pat Knight

Mary Pat Knight is the CEO and Founder of Leaders Inspired, a global training and development firm dedicated to personal and leadership transformation, and a speaker, author, coach, and consultant who is an expert in leadership and emotional intelligence.

Session: The Humanized Leader

Justice Shorter

Justice Shorter is a Disability Justice advocate and Black Disabled Lives Matter amplifier. She is a national expert on disability inclusive disaster protections, emergency management and humanitarian crises/conflicts. Justice served as a Disability Integration Advisor with the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency, deploying frequently to disaster areas across America and its territories.

Session: Power Moves: Transforming Leadership By Centering Marginalized Communities

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  • Ask how your patients want materials (recorded, large print [18-point type], via e-mail, etc.). Also, figure out a system that works for the patient to mark medications. For example, have the pharmacist put three rubber bands on a bottle of pills that should be taken three times a day.
  • Always read aloud what you write in the medical record.
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