rathwell_award_2011Dave Rathwell, a SET-BC Regional Consultant and Teacher of the Visually Impaired recently received the AER Jay A. Wadsworth Service Award. The BC chapter of AER (Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired www.aerbvi.org ) presents the award to individuals for their outstanding personal and professional contribution to the field of visual impairment and blindness.

Dave received the award for his two decades of work supporting students with visual impairments from Fred Poon, past manager of PRCVI and former award recipient.

Over the past twenty years, Dave has worked as a district Teacher for Students with Visual Impairment and as a district and contract-based Orientation and Mobility Instructor. He also volunteered for several years as the Fraser Valley regional consultant for BC Blind Sports and Recreation. More recently, Dave joined SET-BC as a regional consultant working directly with teams using assistive technology to support students’ access to their curriculum. He has always had a positive and supportive approach and readily shares his knowledge of vision technologies and helps colleagues implement them in the school setting.

He has been involved in a wide variety of projects with both SET-BC and PRCVI (Provincial Centre for the Visually Impaired) and has been instrumental in producing a number of publications and resources for the visually impaired community.

SET-BC is so pleased that Dave has been recognized for his work and has received this prestigious and well deserved award. Congratulations, Dave!