An Overview of Services for the Blind, Deaf-Blind, and Visually Impaired

Wednesday, October 13 2021 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM [EDT]

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Wednesday, October 13 2021 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM [EDT]

 This Community Conversation is being presented free for social workers, their clients, and the general public.  It is not CEU eligible.

In this community conversation, Amanda Gerson and Elizabeth DeShields will provide an overview of the specialized services available to New Jersey residents who are blind, deaf-blind, and visually impaired. As the designated agency serving individuals with visual impairments, the New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired provides lifespan services to ensure all New Jersey residents can achieve full inclusion and integration in society through success in employment, independent living, and social self-sufficiency.

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For more information, contact Helen French at hfrench.nasw@socialworkers.org

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Amanda Gerson, M.S., Ed.S
Coordinator of Vocational Rehabilitation and Transition Service.
New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Amanda Gerson, M.S., Ed.S. is an alumnus of The College of New Jersey (B.A. in Clinical/Counseling Psychology) and of the University of North Carolina – Greensboro (M.S., Ed.S. in Community Counseling and Couple and Family Counseling). With a focus on wellness, Amanda began her career in Higher Education student services programming, and in 2011, she joined the New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor working with transition-age students. She then served as Supervisor of Assistive Technology Services, and since 2016, Amanda has served as the Coordinator of Vocational Rehabilitation and Transition Service. In this role she is responsible for VR policy, program development, and compliance, and management of the agency’s two specialized VR units - Statewide Transition and Deaf-Blind Services, and Business Relations Services.

https://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/cbvi/

About Amanda Gerson, M.S., Ed.S

Coordinator of Vocational Rehabilitation and Transition Service.
New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Elizabeth (Liz) Biber-DeShields
Independent Living Coordinator and Manager of Project BEST (Better Eye-Health Services and Treatment)

Elizabeth Biber-DeShields (Liz) has been with the NJ Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired since 2007. She is currently the Independent Living Coordinator and Manager of Project BEST (Better Eye-Health Services and Treatment) Liz works with her team to develop policies, procedures and programs for independent living services for consumers of all ages in the areas of Orientation and Mobility, Rehabilitation Teaching and Eye Health Nursing. She manages, Project (BEST) the Better Eye-Health Services and Treatment prevention unit, that provides eye screenings and education in eye health in underserved areas. Liz also oversees the Commission’s network of peer support groups, the Library Equal Access Program (LEAP), and is liaison for low vision services. Prior to being employed at CBVI, Liz has over 20 years of experience working for both private and state residential facilities for those who are intellectually challenged. During her tenure, she held various positions along the way; Behavior Therapist, Manager of the Habilitation Services Department, and Quality Assurance Specialist where she also conducted investigations of abuse and neglect allegations against those who are developmentally disabled. Liz earned her BA in Psychology and Therapeutic Recreation from Glassboro State College, and her MAS in Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

About Elizabeth (Liz) Biber-DeShields

Independent Living Coordinator and Manager of Project BEST (Better Eye-Health Services and Treatment)