The Central Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired (CABVI) hosted a graduation ceremony for its third graduating class of the Quest program. Quest is an upward mobility, certificate-earned program, integrating sighted and non-sighted employees, that is held over a 10-month time period.
Participants attend lectures, study topics, participate in discussions, take part in group activities and projects, and ultimately, graduate with their classmates. The program started in 2016.
This year’s Quest graduating class members include: Ronald Baron, general manager, Syracuse; Larry Baynes, mail sorter, DMV; Ethan Comstock, customer service representative, Utica; Kevin Graeff, customer service, Utica; Ashley Hemingway, customer service representative, Utica; Stephen Kryczkowski, information technology technician, Utica; Leta Laukaitis, executive assistant, Utica; Benjamin Rodriguez, machine operator, Syracuse; Noemi Roque-Keen, Central Industries customer service representative, Syracuse; and Rebecca VanDerhoof, Central Industries administrative assistant, Utica.
“It is astonishing to see how far today’s graduates progressed in just ten short months,” said Rudy D’Amico, president and CEO of CABVI. “Everyone in this program has proved how capable they are of exceeding the highest level of personal and professional expectations…we are so proud of what our employees continue to accomplish after they graduate from this program.”
Mentors for Quest include: Julie Byrne, CABVI VP Human Resources; Jill Koch, CABVI CFO; Laura Yakey, M.S.Ed. CVRT/COMS Rehabilitation Employment Supervisor; and consultant Roe Polczynski, RD Advisory Group, LLC.
The Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CABVI) is a not-for-profit agency that serves people who are blind or visually impaired, from newborns to the elderly, generally free of charge. Our staff of professionals offers comprehensive vision rehabilitation, employment, and technology services personally tailored to meet an individual’s needs.
CABVI’s vision rehabilitation programs provide for more than 1,600 people who are blind or visually impaired in Oneida, Herkimer, Madison, Fulton, Lewis, Montgomery, Jefferson and northern Otsego Counties. CABVI offers low vision examinations vision rehabilitation therapy, orientation and mobility, instruction in the use of assistive technology applications, employment training, adaptive recreation and sports and social work.