Emerson Creates Video for the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind

In Pink: Mary Higgins Emerson Govt and Community Relations

Heather West, MFA '13
November 05, 2010

The Office of Government and Community Relations and the Television Radio and Film (TRF) Department recently partnered with the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind to produce an instructional video on sighted guide techniques. 

Associate Director of Government and Community Relations Mary Higgins and TRF Production Manager Jane Pikor received a certificate of recognition for their work last month. The ceremony was held at the Massachusetts State House and included representatives from the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind and the State Department of Developmental Services.

“...It’s important to support projects that will have a lasting impact on the community, and this video exceeded my expectations. Jane Pikor and her crew did a wonderful job producing this video and as a direct result, social service agencies, caretakers, and family members will now have access to important orientation and mobility information to serve adults with vision and intellectual impairment.”

Joseph Kolb of the Carroll Center for the Blind approached TRF with the idea to create a video about safe and effective ways to guide individuals with vision loss. The challenge was how to best serve a range of adults, including those with intellectual disability and vision impairment, legal blindness, or deaf-blindness.

“I think it’s important to support projects that will have a lasting impact on the community, and this video exceeded my expectations,” Higgins said. “Jane Pikor and her crew did a wonderful job producing this video and as a direct result, social service agencies, caretakers, and family members will now have access to important orientation and mobility information to serve adults with vision and intellectual impairment.”

Pictured above, left to right: Lisa DiBonaventura (Statewide Director for Vision & Vision Loss Services, Department of Developmental Services); Mary Higgins (Associate Director, Government & Community Relations at Emerson College); Meg Robertson (Director, Orientation & Mobility Department, Massachusetts Commission for the Blind); and Joseph Kolb (Deputy Director, Community Services at The Carroll Center for the Blind).

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