January 18: A Shot in the Dark by Anthony Ferraro
Anthony Ferraro is a Paralympic wrestler and judo master who is blind. Anthony began wrestling in middle school and after a successful high school wrestling career, he was on his way to wrestle competitively in college. In January 2017, he started judo training to fulfill his dream of representing the United States at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games. In 2018, Anthony was the subject of the documentary “A Shot in the Dark” which highlighted his wrestling journey and life story. In addition to wrestling and judo, he is an accomplished guitar player and motivational speaker around the country.
During his talk, Anthony will discuss his journey as an athlete who is blind and how he overcame obstacles that helped shape the successful man he is today. He will highlight what is was like growing up blind, the challenges he faced with the education system, and will provide strategies for parents to encourage and support independence for children with visual impairment.
Preparing for College and Scholarships
Preparing for college is an exciting time for many students but navigating the scholarship and financial aid process can seem overwhelming. During this presentation, Gordon Rovins will provide information and resources about the college application process, financial aid programs, and scholarship opportunities available to students with visual impairment.
Gordon Rovins, MS, CEAC, Director of Special Programs has been with Lighthouse Guild and Jewish Guild Healthcare for over 30 years. As Director of Special Programs, he oversees the LGI scientific awards programs (Bressler Prize and Pisart Award) and the LGI college scholarship program. He is a Certified Environmental Access Consultant (CEAC) with an expertise on the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Federal Fair Housing Act and construction practices pertaining to accessibility. He received his MS degree in Environmental Psychology from Polytechnic University and has over 35 years’ experience working with people with disabilities.