Clovernook Center and CABVI named Rehab Organizations of the Year
Two not-for-profit organizations serving people who are blind or visually impaired in Cincinnati, OH, Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired and Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CABVI), were recently honored with the title of Rehabilitation Agency of the Year for 2012 by the Southwest Ohio Rehabilitation Association (SWORA) at an awards luncheon on November 30. The two agencies, who signed a formal partnership agreement in early February, have earned this title jointly for their optimal use of community resources which support the health, welfare and independence of people who are blind and visually impaired in Greater Cincinnati. Each agency maintains its own unique history, identity and brand. “Both Clovernook Center and CABVI deserve this award because they have made a conscious effort to find ways to collaborate to better serve people who are blind and visually impaired,” said Robin L. Usalis, president & CEO of Clovernook Center. “Each agency has an excellent reputation for providing quality programs, advocacy and customer satisfaction.” “We are honored to have received this award,” said John H. Mitchell, executive director of CABVI. “This recognition is a testament to our collaborative efforts and the accomplishments we have made to better serve our community.” Some of these accomplishments include completing a comprehensive community needs assessment, establishment of a joint planning task force, collaboration with Deaconess Foundation and members of the Greater Cincinnati Vision Coalition to establish a new not-for-profit transportation service for seniors and people who are blind and visually impaired called ITN Greater Cincinnati, a joint partnership in the statewide VRP3 Youth Transition Services program to provide services to youth ages 14 to 22, and co-hosting the National Industries for the Blind Annual Training Conference in Cincinnati. Southwest Ohio Rehabilitation Association (SWORA) is the local chapter of the National Rehabilitation Association – a member organization whose mission is to provide opportunities for rehabilitation professionals and others in the field of rehabilitation, through knowledge and diversity.
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