Former police sergeant Jon Schorsch applies his legal and management expertise at the King County Department of Public Defense. A member of the National Federation of the Blind, Jon Schorsch also serves on the board of directors for Sight Connection.
Founded in 1965 as Community Services for the Blind, Sight Connection provides services that help people affected by blindness to live active and independent lives. The organization operates as a tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization, and received finding through both public and private sources. Over 85% of Sight Connection’s revenues go directly to Services, which include:
* Training on independent living and traveling safely
* Counseling and educational services
* Support with assistance technology
* A vision aid store and clinic that offers aids ranging from glasses and magnifiers to bioptic telescope systems and canes
Sight Connection maintains a staff of experts who can help find the best solutions for people with vision loss. For additional information on the organization and its services, visit www.sightconnection.org.
Previously a police sergeant with the Port of Seattle Police Department, Jon Schorsch supervised 20 police officers and managed security operations in the port community. Medically retired, Jon Schorsch sits on the board of directors of Sight Connections, formerly Community Services for the Blind.
More than seven million American seniors suffer from vision loss associated with diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts, and diabetic retinopathy. These diseases are resistant to traditional remedies like glasses, medication, and surgery, leaving patients with blurry or distorted vision. Vision loss not only affects the performance of complex tasks such as driving but also seemingly simple ones such as communicating with others.
Assuming a healthy birth, every individual grows up using face-to-face contact for communication. When vision loss sets in, that contact is lost, making it harder to recognize others, read non-verbal cues, or identify the facial expressions that display emotion.
If you have a loved one who has vision loss, here are a few tips on what you should do to improve communication with this person:
- Sit close by, as visibility often improves with proximity
- Introduce yourself by name. Many people with vision loss take time to associate voices to people, so introducing yourself will be helpful
- Call the person by name, since he or she may not know when being spoken to, especially in a large gathering
John Schorsch is an experienced law enforcement office with recent experience as a sergeant with the Port of Seattle Police Department. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and sociology from Washington State University. Since 2009, he has volunteered with Safe Call Now.
Based in Kirkland, Washington, Safe Call Now is a nonprofit organization committed to offering guidance to law enforcement officers and public safety professions who suffer from drug addiction, alcoholism, or other serious personal issues. Although the problem is rarely discussed, as many as 25% of all law enforcement officers struggle with a drug or alcohol problem. The stigma associated with these issues inhibits officers from seeking help. Safe Call Now was created to address this issue.
By providing completely confidential services, Safe Call Now allows officers to confront their drug or alcohol problem without fear of personal or professional consequences. The organization’s services include self-assessment tests, crisis intervention, and referrals. Further information is available online at SafeCallNow.org.
Jon Schorsch served the Port of Seattle Police Department for 13 years before a boating accident took his sight. He currently works with the National Federation of the Blind as a self-defense instructor. Additionally, Jon Schorsch serves as a Mediator with Volunteers of America Snohomish in the organization’s Dispute Resolution Center.
Working with the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office and the National Federation of the Blind, the job employment website, Monster.com, announced that it was initiating a plan to make the site more accessible and useful for members of the community who are blind. Currently, the unemployment rate for individuals who are blind is at the staggering figure of about 70 percent. In an effort to help reduce this figure, Monster will begin to offer text-to-speech or Braille services that will allow for sightless navigation of the postings on the website. The goal is to have the site and its profiles completely accessible within two years.
Along with this commitment, Monster.com has stated that it would train its customer service department to assist blind users, and that it would work in conjunction with the National Federation of the Blind to encourage institutions of higher education to incorporate technology design components or courses that would attend to special-needs users.
Individuals pursuing a criminal justice degree complete in-depth examinations of criminal behavior and study laws and policies established to maintain justice and order in society. Offering B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degree options, as well as an online undergraduate degree, students enrolled in the Washington State University (WSU) Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology engage in courses related to public policy, public administration, research methods, and sociology.
The nation’s second-oldest program, the criminal justice department at WSU was founded in 1943 by one of the first members of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. With instruction mindful of ethics, academics, and professionalism, criminal justice students at WSU may go on to enter the workplace as law enforcement officers, defense attorneys, or judges.
Aside from students training to begin a career in the field, current law enforcement officers also choose to pursue criminal justice coursework in order to expand professional skills and meet departmental promotion requirements. In addition to criminal justice training, individuals planning to work as police officers are required to complete separate academy training. Also, further post-collegiate instruction offered by state-run training commissions can ready individuals to instruct peers in the law enforcement field.
Jon Schorsch earned degrees in Criminal Justice and Sociology from Washington State University in 1992. He is currently completing a graduate degree in public administration at Seattle University.
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