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Baruch College Hosts Annual Employment and Visual Impairment Conference

conferenceBaruch College’s Computer Center for Visually Impaired People (CCVIP) hosted its 5th Annual Employment and Visual Impairment Conference on Policy and Practice on May 11, 2012.

The conference featured keynote speaker Brian Charlson, director of Computer Training Services at the Carroll Center for the Blind in Massachusetts, who spoke about his own experiences as a blind man in today’s workforce.

The “Breaking Barriers” and “Visionary” Awards were presented during the luncheon. Employer recipients were: Elizabeth Taub (Walgreens); Derek Maddalena (Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church); Barbara Alafogiannis (Marshalls); Edouard De Broglie (Dans Le Noir); Jessica Carpentieri (Burlington Coat Factory); Christopher DiPierri (Premier Exhibitions, “Dialog in the Dark”); Caroline Heighter (Phoenix Janitorial Supplies); and Stephanie Desire (Port Authority of New York and New Jersey).

The Visionary Award was presented by Jason Michel, Acting Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, to Candra Sapolin on behalf of Matthew P. Sapolin. Baruch students Sophia Ling and Yatwa Ken Ng received recognition certificates for their work with the CCVIP.

Participants also visited vendor exhibits and attended workshops led by notable panelists and experts who offered career building tips.

The conference was sponsored by New York State Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped (CBVH), Metropolitan Placement Consortium, Hidden City Café, Baruch College’s School of Public Affairs and the Computer Center for Visually Impaired People. 



Manny Romero, (646) 660-6141,



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