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‘Life After College’ forum to help visually impaired students take next steps

The forum will take place on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus in building L, room 310.

Are you a student living with blindness or visual impairment? Unsure about your options after college?

On Friday, Feb. 24, Seminole State College of Florida’s Office of Disability Support Services (DSS) and Lighthouse Central Florida’s Vocational Rehabilitation Department will host a forum on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus, titled “Life After College.” The forum will take place from 1 - 4 p.m. in building L, room 310.

Guest speaker Munawar Bijani, a software engineer who has been blind since the age of four, will share his career success story and how he did not let his visual impairment stop him.

Bijani started learning Braille from a young age and credits his high reading skills to his success. At 12-years-old, he was writing games software. He eventually started selling those games and in 2010 opened his own company, all while attending the University of Central Florida (UCF), where he was the first blind student to enroll in the computer science program.

As part of the event, Ginger Oreskovich, senior manager of Vision Rehabilitation Services at Lighthouse, will also share her story. As a young, single mother of four, Oreskovich discovered she was progressively losing her vision. Her journey has brought a unique understanding of the challenges facing college students, parents, job seekers and those caring for children with multiple impairments.

Attendees at the forum will also receive information on Lighthouse Central Florida services, including:

  • vocational training
  • job readiness
  • development
  • placement
  • coaching for individuals seeking competitive employment

Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Disability Support Services at DSS@seminolestate.edu or 407.708.2110.

The Office of Disability Support Services (DSS)  at Seminole State offers college constituents equity and excellence in education. By working with students, faculty and staff on all Seminole State campuses, DSS ensures that appropriate academic adjustments are made to give all students equal opportunities inside the classroom and around campus.

About Lighthouse Central Florida: Since 1976, Lighthouse Central Florida has provided education, independent life skills and job training and placement to more than 100,000 people with sight impairment and their families. They are the only private, nonprofit agency offering a comprehensive range of services to people living with sight impairment in the tri-county area. Through effective programs, proven curricula, certified instructors and years of personal and professional experience, Lighthouse ensures that individuals of all backgrounds have the tools they need to lead productive, independent lives while pursuing their dreams and goals without limitations.

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