RRTC Training Staff to Present at REACH Center
On Wednesday, June 22, at the REACH Center in Tupelo, MSU-RRTC training staff members B. J. LeJeune and Alberta (Ali) L. Orr will participate in a program about communication and psycho-social issues experienced by persons who are deaf-blind. LeJeune and Orr will join the Mississippi Vocational Rehabilitation Deaf-Blind Project and the REACH Center to observe Deaf-Blind Awareness Week (June 20-24), which honors the birthday of Helen Keller, born in nearby Tuscumbia, AL, on June 27, 1880. LeJeune points out that the number of Mississippians with both hearing and vision loss is significant, "and that it is age-related in most cases and often unreported. With training and community support, persons with both sensory losses are able to work, raise families, and live independently in their communities. Here in Mississippi, we often lack the resources to ensure the best quality of life for persons who are deafblind. However, with increased awareness, by working together across agencies, and with dedicated volunteer support we are encouraging schools, employers, families, and communities to provide much-needed opportunities."