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For Immediate Release

September 29, 2016new_cabvi_logo

Pamela DelMedico, Public Relations Manager
(315) 797-2233 |



For the past few years, the Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CABVI) has offered summer and winter camp experiences for local youth who are blind and visually impaired. This year, CABVI met with representatives from the U.S. Air Force Information Directorate and the Griffiss Institute. Working together, they created the inaugural CABVI STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Camp.

The week-long camp provided 11 campers with valuable insights and knowledge into current and future technologies and cyber threats. During the week, the campers participated in a wide variety of tasks such as learning how to fully disassemble a desktop computer. They were also taught how to detect and eliminate common cyber threats like computer virus’, Trojan horses, malware, worms and tracking cookies. In today’s world these types of attacks on a personal computer can destroy programs, crash computers and crack passwords. Paula Flisnik, Director of Community Relations at CABVI shared, “Griffiss is a wonderful venue for these children to be able to learn skills they can use in their everyday life.”

Senior Operations Research Analyst, Dr. Timothy Kroecker, said he enjoyed the presentation by CABVI’s own Jeffrey Berman, about the type of accessible technology available for adaptive vision and the benefits of the Apple iOS operating system and touchscreen shortcuts.

Adaptive Sports and Recreation activities were also included during the week with tandem biking and beep kickball. “It’s important that not just the mind is stimulated during the weeklong experience, but also the body,” Flisnik added. Campers visited local New York colleges, SUNY Polytechnic and Rome MVCC, to learn about education paths after high school graduation. “People with full vision need to realize that if you’re blind, it really only affects your eyes, nothing else. You are still capable of learning,” says Kelly, a camper who attended CABVI STEM camp.

CABVI STEM Camp took place at the Griffiss Institute and was open to campers ages 15-20.  For more information about future CABVI STEM Camps, please contact Paula Flisnik, Director of Community Relations at (315) 797-2233 or email



Cabvi_StemCABVI’s Rehab Tech Training Specialist, Jeff Berman, teaches CABVI STEM Camp Campers about the use of assistive technology for those who are blind and visually impaired.





Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CABVI) is a not-for-profit agency that serves people who are blind or visually impaired, from newborns to the elderly, generally free of charge. Our staff of professionals offers comprehensive vision rehabilitation, employment, and technology services personally tailored to meet an individual’s needs.

CABVI’s vision rehabilitation programs provide for more than 1,500 people who are blind or visually impaired in an eight county area of upstate New York (Oneida, Herkimer, Madison, Fulton, Lewis, Montgomery, Jefferson and northern Otsego Counties). CABVI offers low vision examinations vision rehabilitation therapy, orientation and mobility, instruction in the use of assistive technology applications, employment training, adaptive recreation and sports and social work.



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