United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County Therapists Participate in Cortical Visual Impairment Training

United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County Therapists Participate in Cortical Visual Impairment Training

Led by: Dr. Christine Roman-Lantzy

Dr. Jennifer Simpson, UCP-OC CEO Cathleen Collins and Dr. Christine Roman-Lantzy
Dr. Jennifer Simpson, UCP-OC CEO Cathleen Collins and Dr. Christine Roman-Lantzy

The therapy team at United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County (UCP-OC) made a clinical educational leap forward with significant support from Abbott Medical Optics by participating in a unique therapeutic training for Cortical Visual Impairment. The training led by the renowned Dr. Christine Roman-Lantz prepared UCP-OC therapists for the launch of United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County’s collaborative research initiative with the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute at UC Irvine. The project led in part by Principle Investigator Dr. Jennifer Simpson to better understand, serve and care for children with or at risk for Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) associated with cerebral palsy. CVI “visual impairment that occurs because of brain damage…[visual impairment] exists not in the structures of the eye or optic nerve, but in the visual processing centers and visual pathways of the brain.” [1]

The training followed Dr. Christine Roman-Lantzy’s presentation of the topic to CHOC Children’s physicians and nurses at CHOC’s Grand Rounds the day prior.

UCP-OC Therapy Team with Dr. Christine Roman-Lantzy
UCP-OC Therapy Team with Dr. Christine Roman-Lantzy

Dr. Roman-Lantzy is the Director of The Pediatric View Program at The Western Pennsylvania Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA and serves as Project Leader of the CVI Project at The American Printing House for the Blind in Louisville, KY. Dr. Christine Roman-Lantzy serves at Project Consultant/Trainer to two five-year multi-state CVI-mentor training projects. She has lectured extensively around the world regarding the CVI educational materials she has developed.  

Dr. Jennifer Simpson is Associate Professor, Ophthalmology School of Medicine at UC Irvine and a pediatric ophthalmologist at the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute.

From Left to Right: Scott Pievac, Jim Corbett, Cathleen Collins, Steve Chesterman, Dana Dowers and Dr. Jennifer Simpson
From Left to Right: Scott Pievac, Jim Corbett, Cathleen Collins, Steve Chesterman, Dana Dowers and Dr. Jennifer Simpson

A group of United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County advocates joined Dr. Christine Roman-Lantzy at a luncheon hosted by Dr. Jennifer Simpson to learn more about CVI and how to support this-first of its kind on the West Coast-research project. The UCP-OC Cortical Visual Impairment Early Intervention Program anticipated Spring 2013 will improve the diagnosis and rehabilitation of infants at risk for vision complications associated with cerebral palsy as well as premature infants at risk for CVI and decreased central vision resulting from prematurity.


[1] Roman-Lantzy, Christine. Cortical Visual Impairment: An Approach to Assessment and Intervention. New York: AFB, 2007. 5. Print.

Life Without Limits Gala 2012 – through the eyes of a child

Annual Life Without Limits Gala 2012 – through the eyes of a child

David Pyott, Gavin Herbert, UCP-OC CEO Cathleen Collins and Honoree James V. Mazzo
Assitant Emcees Reo & Brianna with James Mazzo

United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County’s Life Without Limits Gala was a major success with 370 guests and net proceeds estimated at over $425,000.  Held on April 28 at the Balboa Bay Club, the beautiful black tie gala honored James V. Mazzo, President of Abbott Medical Optics with the Impact Award for his community leadership and ongoing support of families of children with cerebral palsy and other disabilities.

A major announcement connected with Mazzo’s vision and support was United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County’s Cortical Vision Impairment Early Intervention Program in affiliation with The Gavin Herbert Eye Institute at UC Irvine scheduled to open in fall 2012.

The gala theme, Through the Eyes of Child, was reflected with children ambassadors welcoming guests and by live performances by children with disabilities including the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra Ensemble Chamber Players. As guests entered the ballroom they were welcomed with many faces of children that make up UCP-OC.

Gala Co-chairs Matthew Maletta & Michele Maryott

Honorary co-chairs and former Impact awardees included Julia and George Argyros along with former David Pyott and his wife Julianna. Gala committee co-chairs were Michele Maryott, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher Partner and Matthew Maletta, Allergan Vice President, Associate General Counsel and Secretary.

United Cerebral Palsy’s CEO Cathleen Collins shared her personal story of raising a daughter with disabilities and expressed her appreciation of the many healthcare professionals in attendance.

During the Cash for Kids Without Limits, United Cerebral Palsy supporter Bonner Paddock – who has cerebral palsy – announced a $100,000 matching gift through his OM Foundation.

Top auction items included a night at the Grammy Awards that generated $10,000, two Angels dugout suites were sold at $11,000 each and two dinner parties for 12 with Sapphire Grill Chef Azmin Ghahreman each brought in $5500.

Azalea, a teen who attends UCP-OC, invoked a true standing ovation in response to her beautiful piano piece.

From the moment guests were welcomed by the children ambassadors,  to the cookie endorned with a thank you note and a picture of a child the evening was magical. Guests entered the beautifully decorated ballroom,  The event also had a candy bar, photobooth (enjoyed by many), opportunity drawingsdined on delicious meal, filled their bags at the candy bar and photobooth (enjoyed by many)

UCP-OC introduced itself as an organization through a video comprised of CEO Cathy Collins, Dr. Simpson a principle investigator in our new vision program, board members and two influential families at UCP-OC.

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Life Without Limits Gala: through the eyes of a child

Our Life Without Limits Gala is next week!

www.ucp-oc.org/gala

When: Saturday, April 28th 2012

Where: Balboa Bay Club and Resort, Newport Beach

Why: This is our key fundraising event of the year! Come and support our organization and children with disabilities.

 

Our Annual Gala will be held next Saturday, April 28th at the Balboa Bay Club and Resort. The evening will start at 6:00pm with a cocktail reception, followed by a dinner and live auction as well as music and live entertainment.

UCP-OC will honor James V. Mazzo, President of Abbot Medical Optics, for his resounding leadership and for supporting our collaborative efforts to bring about the United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County Early CVI Screening Program Collaboration with The Gavin Herbert Eye Institute of UC Irvine. The Vision Program is aimed at improving the diagnosis and rehabilitation of infants at risk for vision complications associated with CP as well as premature infants at risk for cortical visual impairment and decreased central vision resulting from prematurity.

It’s not too late to sign up! www.ucp-oc.org/gala

Make sure to check out our sneak peek of our Live Auction items on the website (link above)

We wouldn’t have been able to put on this amazing event if it wasn’t for our many sponsors!