Christy Householter and Sharon Giovinazzo, Computers for the Blind

  • October 28, 2020
  • 12:00 PM
  • Virtual Zoom Meeting

Christy Householter retired in early 2019 from Region 10 Education Service Center, after 35 years in the field of education for students with visual impairments. She has worked as the Executive Director at Computers for the Blind for one year. She received her undergraduate and Master’s degree from Stephen F Austin State University and is a Teacher of the Visually Impaired (TVI) and Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS). She is an active member of Lions Clubs International and Texas Association of Blind Athletes, and regularly competes in triathlons and other outdoor adventures. Her and husband John have two children, three grandchildren, and a golden retriever named Cooper.

Sharon Giovinazzo is an innovative and visionary leader of the world’s most comprehensive vocational rehabilitation center for people with visual impairments. 

She leads the charge when it comes to leveraging the power of relationships and networks, in order to work across private, public and corporate sectors to improve employment outcomes for the clientele served. 

Collaboration is the key to success to increase capacity in order to drive the impact directly related to reducing the 70% unemployment rate among working age blind and visually impaired adults in the United States and around the world.

Sharon and her staff deliver training grounded in strategic thinking for the constantly evolving 21st century workforce.  Additionally, WSB assists employers to find highly skilled and qualified employees for today’s high-tech workforce thus reducing the cost of on-the-job training to the employer and improving turnover rates for their company. 

Sharon joined World Services for the Blind in August 2015. Sharon holds a Master of Business Administration and Master of Social Work.  She is the recipient of multiple awards, including the Tom Phifer Award from the Arkansas Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired for outstanding contributions in the field of rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired, the US Army Freedom Team Salute presented for ongoing support of the “Army Family”, American Legion Award for Military Excellence and one for Academic Excellence, and the Roxann Mayros Organizational Champion Award in recognition and appreciation of innovative leadership to grow and strengthen the organization to better serve individuals with blindness and low vision.

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