Client Spotlight: Meet Vena Ward
They told her it was just too risky to fund a degree in chemical engineering because people with low-vision were unlikely to succeed in that field. Meet Vena Ward. Having connected with her Vocational Rehabilitation agency in Mississippi, Vena had plenty of experience with CCTVs (powerful desktop magnifiers) and handheld magnifiers. Unfortunately, when Vena moved on to college, her VR agency was unwilling to pay for the costly items once they found out her chosen field of study: chemical engineering. VR pulled her funding and Vena was on her own.
Despite the barriers she's faced, Vena has been successfully employed as a nuclear engineer since 2005 (full-time since 2008) with the Department of Defense. Visit the following link to read the full article on Vena Ward and find out how she uses the CCTV and portable magnifier she purchased with her Access Fund loan! Vena was featured in our February 2012 eNews.