Nancy Parkin-Bashizi Bio
Nancy Parkin-Bashizi received her Master’s Degree in Orientation and Mobility and Rehabilitation Teaching for the Blind from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 1995. This year she celebrates her 22th anniversary of employment at Vision Rehabilitation Services of Georgia (formally known as Blind and Low Vision Services of North Georgia). For the majority of her time with VRS she has worked as an itinerant teacher, providing O&M, VRT and Access Technology Training services to clients of all ages. She has taught O&M and RT to school children, provides support to university students, works with people who have lost their vision as adults and helps her older clients maintain their independence.
In 2012 Nancy earned her certificate in The Rehabilitation of Persons who are deaf-blind from Northern Illinois University and has used this knowledge to help build a program at VRS that provides training and support to clients who are hard of hearing and / or deaf-blind. Helping her staff learn the skills needed to work with this special group of clients is one of the achievements of which Ms. Bashizi is most proud.
In addition to providing instructional services, for the past 8 years Nancy has served as the Program Director and Lead Teacher at VRS. In this role, she works to develop new programs to meet the changing needs of clients and provide support and training to her teaching staff. Most years VRS has the opportunity to host at least one OM or CVRT intern and over the past 20 years Nancy has helped welcome many new teachers to the field. Though Nancy is originally from Canada she officially became a US citizen in May 2015.
In her professional role, Nancy has given numerous presentations on the many aspect of Vision Loss and Vision Rehabilitation at professional conferences and in-service trainings throughout Georgia and the Southeast. In addition, she has on occasion been an adjunct Professor for the VRT Program at Salus University.