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Suits for SIP

(Columbia, SC) –The South Carolina Commission for the Blind (SCCB) has partnered with Columbia Suit Project to provide suits for male students participating in its Student Internship Program (SIP). Students will receive suits tailored specifically for them on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 1:00 pm at Tom James located at 810 Dutch Square Blvd, Ste 110, Columbia, SC 29210.

Celebrating its 10 Year Anniversary, the SIP is a competitive, paid internship program modeled after Massachusetts for the Blind’s Student Internship Program. Designed to give students in-depth, hands on practical work experience in their field of study; 8-week/120 hour paid internships are available each year for qualifying blind and visually impaired students who attend or have recently graduated from a 4-year college, university or technical school. The SC Commission for the Blind’s Student Internship Program (SIP) is managed through the Training and Employment Division.

“The SCCB Student Internship Program prepares our consumers to enter the workforce with internships, soft skills, and resumes, but the service offered by the Columbia Suit Project, provides a level of confidence and preparedness that cannot be taught in a classroom,” stated Kisa Grate, Director of Training and Employment.

Partnering with the Columbia Suit Project affords the male college students the opportunity to receive a tailored suit to be worn to interviews, networking, and other professional functions.

“I am really looking forward to working with the young men in the SC Commission for The Blind Student Internship Program. The Columbia Suit Project is a ministry. Through donations from my clients who purchased clothing from Tom James Clothiers, we are able to provide a suit, shirt, and tie for these young men. We’re helping them with their image and building confidence through the clothing they wear,” stated Paul McKeon, The Columbia Suit Project.

Suits were purchased from Roundabouts for female students who participated in the Student Internship Program.

For more information about the Student Internship Program or how you can get involved, contact Kisa Grate by calling 803-898-8786 or via email at kisa.grate@sccb.sc.gov.

Business Enterprise Program Accepting Applications for BLV

The South Carolina Commission for the Blind’s (SCCB) Business Enterprise Program is now accepting applications for Blind Licensed Vendors (BLV).

Individuals who have successfully completed work readiness programs sponsored by SCCB’s Vocational Rehabilitation and meet eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply.
Upon successful completion of 8-weeks of classroom training and 8-weeks of on-the-job training, trainees will have the opportunity to apply and bid on vacant vending locations.

To become a Blind Licensed Vendor, applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Current/Past SCCB Client
  • Legally Blind
  • 18 years of age
  • US Citizen
  • Pass a criminal and a background check
  • Have a High School Diploma or GED

If you are interested in becoming a Business Enterprise Program trainee and operator, you must be referred by an SCCB Vocational Rehabilitation counselor in your home county. If you do not have a counselor, contact us at (888) 335-5951 and we can set you up with one in your area.

For more information about the Business Enterprise Program, contact Marcellous Primus, Business Enterprise Program Director, at (803) 898- 8748.

Governor McMaster issued a proclamation declaring June 25-July 1, 2018, as Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week

Columbia -Governor Henry McMaster issued a proclamation declaring June 25-July 1, 2018, as Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week.

The text of the proclamation is below:

State of South Carolina
Governor's Proclamation

WHEREAS, the combined loss of vision and hearing, one of the most severe of all disabilities, affects more than 2.4 million people in the United States, including thousands of South Carolinians; and

WHEREAS, Helen Keller was one of the most accomplished, respected, and renowned Americans who was deaf-blind; and

WHEREAS, encouraging the full participation of individuals with multi-sensory disabilities in our economy by furthering employment, housing, and recreational options for people who are deaf-blind helps maximize their opportunities for a productive life in the community of their choice; and

WHEREAS, today, people who are deaf-blind are attending college, participating in social activities, managing their everyday lives, and actively engaging in their communities through employment and civic involvement; and

WHEREAS, Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week calls attention to the abilities and potential of individuals who are deaf-blind or have combined significant vision and hearing loss while recognizing Helen Keller as a guiding example of courage, hope, determination, and achievement for others who are deaf-blind; and

WHEREAS, the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind, South Carolina Department of Education, South Carolina Commission for the Blind, and South Carolina lnteragency Deaf-Blind Project join the Helen Keller National Center in encouraging increased awareness, understanding, and support for individuals who have combined hearing and vision loss.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Henry McMaster, Governor of the great State of South Carolina, do hereby proclaim June 25 - July 1, 2018, as

HELEN KELLER DEAF-BLIND AWARENESS WEEK

throughout the state and encourage all South Carolinians to recognize the many contributions made by people who are deaf-blind in- communities across the Palmetto State.

HENRY MCMASTER GOVERNOR
STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA

 

Financial Assistance for Cataract Surgeries

The Prevention of Blindness Program is now offering financial assistance for individuals needing assistance paying for cataract surgeries. Cataracts are one of the leading causes of blindness; but they are usually treatable with surgery.

To qualify you must:

  • Provide a current eye report (within the previous 12 months or less) from an ophthalmologist.
  • Have cataracts in both eyes.
  • Provide income verification.
  • Not be covered by Medicare, Medicaid, or any other health insurance.
  • Be a resident of South Carolina and a citizen of the United States.

Applications for the service can be found on our website under the Prevention of Blindness link. All applications should be returned to Lynn Gonzalez in the Prevention Department. For more information, contact Lynn Gonzalez at 898-1380.