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Opening Eyes (Optometry) Volunteer

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SPECIAL OLYMPICS FLORIDA INC

  • 1 person is interested
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What we do: Help us provide vision screenings to our Special Olympics athletes: children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Events occur year-round throughout the Tampa Bay area.

Screening includes: Lensometry/PD, History, Visual Acuity (far and near) Stereopsis, Cover Test, Color Vision, Eye Health, Autorefraction, and Check Out.

Who we need: Ophthalmologists, Optometrists

Benefits of Helping Special Olympics Florida Healthy Community Opening Eyes:

  • Feeling good about helping those who cannot afford service or who did not know help was available to them
  • Seeing the joy on the face of an athlete as they pick out their frames for glasses/rec specs or choose a pair of sunglasses
  • Knowing that you have changed the life of over 40% the athletes you see in one day as they will be given a service or referral that could in some cases be life saving
  • Enjoying the camaraderie of working together with a group of your fellow professionals
  • Having the ability of increasing the number of patients in your practice: your practice will grow once word gets around that you work with persons with intellectual disabilities

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About SPECIAL OLYMPICS FLORIDA INC

Location:

40 E Adams Street, Suite LL15, Jacksonville, FL 32202, US

Mission Statement

Special Olympics Florida was founded in 1972 and is one of the largest volunteer-driven athletic organizations in the state. The mission of Special Olympics Florida is to provide year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for people with intellectual disabilities who wish to participate, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community. The ultimate objective of Special Olympics Florida is to help people with intellectual disabilities participate as productive and respected members of society at large.

Description

Healthy Community is a premier, health care delivery approach that focuses on the whole person with an intellectual or developmental disability and provides integrated health care coordination.

Good health is necessary for persons with an intellectual or developmental disability to secure the freedom to work, learn, and engage in their families and communities. The United States Surgeon General stated, "Individuals with a developmental disability are more likely to receive inappropriate and inadequate treatment, or be denied health care altogether. Children, youth, and adults with developmental disabilities receive fewer routine health examinations, fewer immunizations, less mental health care, less prophylactic oral health care, and fewer opportunities for physical exercise and athletic achievement than do other Americans. Those with communication difficulties are especially at greater risk for poor nutrition, overmedication, injury, and abuse." Special Olympics International created Healthy Community in response to the U.S. Surgeon General call to action on the health care disparities for people with an intellectual or developmental disability.

Advocacy & Human Rights
Health & Medicine
People with Disabilities

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

40 E Adams StreetSuite LL15JacksonvilleJacksonville, FL 32202

(30.32717,-81.65676)
 

SKILLS

  • Healthcare

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 22
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2 day training by Special Olympics International. First day is didactic training second day is hands on training with our athletes at an eye exam
  • Certification in the state of Florida in Optometry, Ophthalmology

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