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Caregiving for the Visually Impaired with Nancy Gawlik
During our “Caregiving for the Visually Impaired” presentation we will cover blindness sensitivity and some basic caregiving information. This will include common types of vision loss, meeting a blind person, orientation and mobility, and sighted guide techniques. We will also address how to recognize vision loss and questions to ask the doctor.
Since receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Science from Texas State University, I have worked with family units in a variety of professional settings. I began my career in early child development as a Childcare Center Director for 17 years, including Government funded Head Start Programs. In this role I not only managed Childcare centers, but provided support for the family by sharing information and resources to encourage the growth and development of children and their caregivers. This experience led me to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services where I served as a caseworker for four years. In this role I was allowed to guide parents thru a very stressful time in their lives and provide and support a family plan, including counseling, classes and resources for reunification of families. For the past three years I have been working with Senior citizens with vision loss at the San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind. In many cases family members are involved in this process as care givers. It is my privilege to work with caregivers that assist these individuals.