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June 26, 2009 - Blair Wong to be Honored for Outstanding Achievment



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      June 23, 2009                                                                                      (617) 969-6200 x225



Blair Wong to be honored for outstanding achievement

 (Newton) Blair Wong, of Medway, will be presented with the Carroll Society Award, at a ceremony on June 26, 2009 at 3:00 PM to honor and recognize outstanding achievement in the workplace by a person who is blind or visually impaired. The event will take place at the Carroll Center for the Blind in Newton.  


Blair Wong is a licensed eye care professional (optician) who is Chairman of the Opticianry Program at Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology and he is an Assistant Professor in the Vision Services Department at New England College of Optometry. In both roles, he is teaching and lecturing to college students pursuing careers in optometry or opticianry.

Blair grew up in Newton and attended public schools. He had no significant vision problem throughout his school experience and wasn’t diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa until age 26. His higher education includes graduating from the Optical Institute of New England as a licensed optician, a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Boston College, and a master of Education from Cambridge College.

At age 26, Blair began having noticeable vision changes with difficulty seeing at night and limitations to his peripheral field all classic symptomss of retinitis pigmentosa. He had already embarked on a successful career as a vision care professional at Cambridge Eye Doctors and now learned in the prime of his life that he would lose his own vision to blindness – an ironic twist for someone who was trained to maximize vision.

Undaunted, after some low vision training, Blair was able to pursue his desire to teach and has proven to be an excellent administrator, very organized, reliable and cooperative, and he has the utmost respect of his colleagues, particularly for his thoughtful contributions to faculty discussions. However, as good as he is as an administrator, he truly stands out in the classroom. Blair is a natural teacher.

The Carroll  Awards are part of a campaign sponsored by the Carroll Center for the Blind, Newton, and the Mass. Commission for the Blind to publicly recognize the achievements and contributions to the workforce that are being made by persons who are legally blind. “Many people don’t realize that with the latest technology training, a person who is blind can work in almost any occupation in today’s employment market,” says Rachel Rosenbaum, President of the Carroll Center. 


The Carroll Center for the Blind provides rehabilitation and technology training for persons who are blind or visually impaired of all ages. The Commission for the Blind is the state agency coordinating benefits and services to all legally blind persons in the Commonwealth. This jointly run campaign, conducted since 1983, has been a long and successful effort of private and state agencies partnering for a common cause - educating the public on the potential of persons who are blind.




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