The Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired Welcomes New Low Vision Therapist
The Council is proud to announce and welcome Amy Wurf as the new Low Vision Therapist. She comes with 19 years of experience providing low vision services to adults in the Midwest, primarily to veterans at VA Hospitals in Chicago and Madison. During the last six years at the Low Vision Clinic at the William S. Middleton VA Hospital, she worked on a national low vision research project and led her clinic team in its national accreditation.
Amy’s arrival brings an opportunity for the Council to open a Low Vision Clinic at their Madison office location. The Low Vision Clinic, where Amy will offer low vision evaluations, is slated to open February 23, 2015. Providing evaluations in the same location as the Sharper Vision Store will allow access to the assistive devices people may need to remain as independent as possible during this time of vision change.
Amy will also provide in-home vision rehabilitation services in the Madison area, educate support groups and community organizations about Council services and issues related to vision loss, and participate in vendor fairs and conferences. Her experience and knowledge will be an asset in all of these roles.
Director of Education and Vision Services Jean Kalscheur welcomes Amy and says, “She is putting in place an evaluation service that reflects best practices in low vision. She brings a wealth of knowledge and a range of skills that will complement the Council’s existing vision rehabilitation services.”
Amy shares, “It's inspiring to join the Council - a leader in providing services to individuals with low vision and blindness in Wisconsin. I look forward to working with the team of dedicated and talented staff. We share the goal of providing high quality services to individuals with vision loss so that they can maintain their independence and dignity.”
The mission of the Council is to promote the dignity and independence of the people in Wisconsin who are blind or visually impaired by providing services, advocating legislation, and educating the general public. To learn more about the Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired, call 1-800-783-5213 or visit www.wcblind.org, its Facebook page, or Twitter (@TheCouncilWI).