Society Honored by Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society

I had the honor and pleasure of accepting the Outstanding Community Service Award from the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society on February 28. This honor was bestowed on Society for the Blind in recognition of our work in Sacramento, Yolo, and El Dorado counties in 2018.

The Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society is dedicated to bringing together physicians from all modes of practice to promote the art and science of quality medical care and to enhance the physical and mental health of our entire community. Recognizing Society for the Blind with this award speaks to the outstanding work of our professional staff that provides blindness skills training, low vision eye healthcare, and supportive services to our clients and students. It also recognizes the value of collaboration in bringing these critical services to people living with low vision and blindness.

I like to think of Society for the Blind as a regional continuum of care – we complement and build upon the services provided by the medical community. Because all of our instructors are blind or have low vision, they are teaching skills and sharing experience they know firsthand. For people making the adjustment from a vision-centered world to a non-visual one, it really helps to do this with the support and understanding of people who have gone through this life transition.

Society for the Blind takes a whole person approach to serving our clients and patients. Referrals from optometrists, ophthalmologists and other medical and professional providers allows us to build upon the care clients and patients are receiving, give them the tools and resources to use blindness skills and help them re-open the doors of hope and possibility.

Thank you to Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society for this honor!

Society Staff Board Members at Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society Honors Photo Credit: David Flatter
Society for the Blind receives award at the SSVMS Honors Medicine event on
February 28, 2019.
Photo Credit: David Flatter