BS in Agriculture, Horticulture &Environmental studies Vision Rehabilitation Instructor

Hello, my name is Christopher Sacca. I was born in Philadelphia, and currently live in the Orlando area with my four kids. Environmental horticulture is my area of expertise where I studied this at the University of Florida. Presently, I work as a Vision Rehabilitation Instructor, teaching independent living skills to visually impaired adults and teens. I try to make a difference each day by using my own experience with visual impairment to help others that are dealing with the same thing. Prior to this, I worked for the Division of Blind Services as a Children’s Counselor assisting families of blind and visually impaired children by providing educational and social resources through the state of Florida. In my younger days, I worked for the Department of Environment and Natural Resources of North Carolina.

  

In this position, I studied arboriculture and helped to preserve historic trees on state property. This career reflects my lifelong love of environmental horticulture. This is something that I have cared about since my childhood. I value the environment and the science of growing plants, specifically, the production and cultivation of trees. Although I lost the majority of my eyesight in 2005, I still remain active in this field by continuing to develop educational programs for kids in environmental conservation and horticulture. My life has been an interesting personal journey so far and I look forward to the future.

Was streamed on 18 February 2022, Friday Night 7:00 Pm


Judy Mathews is a Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist (CVRT). She also has a background in music therapy. She has been in the field of vision rehabilitation for 17 years, and has supervised adult rehabilitation staff for six of those years, all at Lighthouse Central Florida. She is currently an Assistive Technology Specialist with the Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation’s Blind and Low Vision Services Unit.

 

For the last 15 years, Judy has been a member of the consumer advisory group at Dicapta Corp, a company dedicated to making media accessible for everyone, providing quality video description and closed captioning. She served on the Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB) alumni board for over six years, and started a GDB Florida alumni chapter in 2007. Additionally, she served on the Central Florida Lynx Transit Advisory Committee for five years, and has recently begun serving on the Colorado Springs Transit Passenger Advisory Committee. Judy has been instrumental in transportation advocacy efforts in Central Florida, regarding fixed route, para transit, and rideshare services.

 

Education

M.S. in Visual Disabilities,

Florida State University, 2003

 

B.M. in Music Therapy and minor in Psychology,

University of Miami, 2001

 

Certifications and Endorsements

Certified Vision Rehabilitation therapist (CVRT):

2008 – present

 

Music Therapist Board Certified (MT-BC):

2002-2012

 

Florida Division of Blind Services Access Technology Endorsement:

2011


Casey Mathews has worked in the Access Technology field since the mid 1990’s. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from the University of Phoenix, and the Florida division of Blind Services Access Technology endorsement. He is also a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)

 

Casey is the founder of WebFriendlyHelp.com, where he provides cutting edge technical training and support, virtual assistance, and audio editing. In addition, he has worked with The Weco as an Accessibility specialist since 2016. Casey was an Access Technology Specialist with Lighthouse Central Florida from 2007-2020.

 

He was also instrumental in the founding of a Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB) technology alumni chapter in 2011.

 

Casey is highly committed to changing lives through technology. He enjoys testing new devices and software, and remains informed about new technical developments in this ever-changing field.


We are Honored to have Maria Fernanda Saavedra as our First guest speaker at the UCF "Open Light Project" awareness event. Educating students about visual conditions and spreading awareness is very important for us to build a more inclusive, just and prosperous society.  She will be sharing her amazing story with us at UCF main campus at the Nicholson School of Communications building and will be streamed as well through this Link: