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Larry Woodard

PATIENT ADVOCATE, PREVENT BLINDNESS
Raleigh, North Carolina,
My name is Larry Woodard, and I live in Raleigh, N.C. I have been visually impaired for 15 years, diagnosed with glaucoma, and blind/hard of hearing for the last 8 years. I have been involved with many medications and treatments during that course of time with different results. My recent vision loss had a powerful impact on my development and interests and consequently influenced my decision to advocate for similar situations. Due to my experiences with visual impairment, I prioritize learning and sharing that which may help others who are visually impaired or not. My goal is to work with visually impaired/blind progress with a better quality of life.

Currently, I serve as the Vice President of the Wake County Council of the Blind and serves on the Board of Directors of the N.C. affiliate of the American Council of the Blind. I regularly present on vision loss adjustment to Duke University Medical School students, faculty, and physicians. I am currently a graduate student at North Carolina Central University studying Clinical Psychology with a research interest in adventitious blindness and its psychosocial impact on African-American’s progression and social adjustment. I have completed genetics studies in a concurrent graduate certificate program at Stanford University. I hold a B.S. degree from Elizabeth City State University and studied for a Master’s degree in Health Services from Central Michigan University. Have worked as the Education and Training Director at the North Carolina Governor’s Institute and as a Senior Regional Trainer with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Also, as the District Administrator for Durham County Drug Treatment Courts. While with the Governor’s Institute, I created a college mentorship program for students studying behavioral health that was recognized as a best innovative program by the Annapolis Coalition and Harvard University.

I embrace all ethnicities and celebrate the differences within everyone that bring us closer. I am particularly keen to contribute to various community projects. Because I want to use my vision loss experiences to help others and continue to learn all that I can. Also, use the knowledge I have gathered from working in different organizations throughout my life. I have a positive attitude when communicating with others. I definitely believe in the idea that each person shapes their own destiny with a bit of help. This means that I recognize the importance of always doing my best to shape my life into what I want it to be.
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