CINCINNATI (March 21, 2019) – Cincinnati Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired (CABVI) employee Mary Ann Donelan was chosen as CABVI’s 2019 Bradley L. Kaylor Blind Employee of the Year. This award is presented to an employee who is legally blind, works in one of CABVI’s social enterprises, and demonstrates good leadership, work ethic, and a positive attitude. Mary Ann provides Sleeve Wrap Support in CABVI’s Industries Program where she is considered to be an exemplary employee.
With a one year vocational school certificate in child care, she was employed as a Teacher’s Aid for a child care center prior to CABVI. Mary Ann was born with Aniridia (without the iris in her eyes). She graduated from Our Lady of Providence in Newport, KY using magnifiers. With a generous grant from the Harold C. Schott Foundation in 2017, Mary Ann received a Nu Eyes head-borne vision device that allows her to more easily do her job, shrink wrapping plastic around individual rolls of tape.
Mary Ann is a member of CABVI’s Safety and Accessibility Committee. She is also the Secretary for the American Council of the Blind/Greater Cincinnati chapter and has recently joined the ACB /NKY chapter. Mary Ann participates in many local 5K’s including CABVI’s Yes You Can 5K and is also a member of the TuKanDu tandem bicycle club.
CABVI’s association with the National Industries for the Blind (NIB) provides employment opportunities in our Industries Program, our Base Supply Center and our Contract Management Support Services. Mary Ann will serve as CABVI’s nominee for the NIB Peter J. Salmon Award and represent CABVI at the NIB National Symposium in Washington, D.C. in April.