Committee hosts disabilities resource fair

WOODSTOCK – The Shenandoah Special Education Advisory Committee hosted its annual Transition and Disabilities Resource Fair at Central High School recently.

The fair allowed the community to speak with businesses and groups that provide services to those with disabilities.

Cozette Medeiros, of the Virginia Vision Therapy Center in Winchester, had a booth about vision concerns during Thursday’s fair.

The center looks at developmental optometry, “which looks at how the eyes process information,” she said.

She added that schools look at 20/20 vision, but they don’t look at how the eyes work together as a team.

She said that people are developing a dominant eye. In the past, our eyes looked to the distance, today, our eyes are looking right in front of us, often at a computer screen, and we can develop a dominant and a weak eye through this process.

The center specializes in vision therapy by retraining the eye movement.

“It helps with kids that fatigue quickly after reading,” she said, “and within the special needs world, developmental vision problems is prominent in 75 percent of the population.”

Also at the fair was Mickie Duncan, of New Market, who represented Shen-Paco Industries. This is the third year the business has been attending.

“Shen-Paco offers day support, supported employment and residential services to adults with disabilities in Shenandoah and Page counties,” she said.

They are located in the Mount Jackson Industrial Park and Duncan said that about 78 individuals are being served at the facility.

Kelly Good Singleton also attended the fair to represent Andros Foods of Mount Jackson.

“I’m here to attract some potential clients. We hire people of all abilities at Andros,” she said, “We have lots of different levels of employees.”

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com