Gannon Students Offer Dining In the Dark to Benefit Vision Awareness

Posted: March 24, 2017

The Gannon University chapter of Pi Theta Epsilon honor society for occupational therapy (OT) students and alumni will present Dining in the Dark, an event to increase awareness and promote advocacy for individuals who experience low vision or no vision.

The event will be held Sunday, March 26 at 5 p.m. at The Knight Club, 162 W. Fourth St., and all proceeds will benefit the Sight Center of Northwest Pennsylvania.

Guests will dine on a meal of spaghetti, salad and garlic bread, but will be doing so with their vision blocked by blindfolds to dramatize the challenges faced by individuals with vision loss on a daily basis.

"The inspiration for this event came from our friends at the Sight Center and Dr. Nicole Lavery. She supervises some of our students for psychosocial fieldwork placements where Dining in the Dark is one of many activities she and my junior OT students are doing with local schools," said Bernadette Hattjar, Dr.OT, associate professor of occupational therapy.

Occupational therapists help people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations).

Tickets may be purchased in advance for $6 by email here or at the door for $7.