BY MELANIE BUCK –
The Mena Lioness Lions Club will host the CEO of World Services for the Blind at the Ouachita Center on November 3rd. Sharon Giovinazzo, a blind woman herself, leads the organization that “empower people who are blind or visually impaired in the United States and around the world to achieve sustainable independence.”
Giovinazzo lost her sight in 2001 due to a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. She previously served as a medical specialist in the United States Army as well as Vice President of Programs and Services at Raleigh Lions Clinic for the Blind, Inc. in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Legislative Affairs Specialist for the National Industries for the Blind.
Giovinazzo received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Human Services Management at SUNY Empire State College, as well as, her MBA and Master’s of Social Work, both of which she graduated Summa Cum Laude. She is a certified trainer for the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program, as well as, an Assistive Technology Professional. Giovinazzo is the recipient of multiple awards, including the American Legion Award for Military Excellence, the American Legion Award for Academic Excellence, and the Marjorie Thorpe Award for Excellence in Research and Writing MVCC, 2004.
Since its inception in 1947, World Services for the Blind, based in Little Rock, has become the most comprehensive rehabilitation and training center for blind or visually impaired adults in the world. Approximately 13,000 clients from all 50 states and 58 countries have come to Little Rock to receive life skills and career training that allows them to live full, independent and productive lives.
The Lioness invite everyone to attend the information and learning event to hear of the services offered by World Services for the Blind, and the amazing story of Sharon Giovinazzo. The event is free but everyone is encouraged to bring their old reading glasses as a donation.
The event will be held November 3, 2016 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Ouachita Center. Food will be served.