Conklin Center for the Blind received another five years of accreditation

Conklin Center for the Blind recently underwent an on-site peer review and achieved five-year re-accreditation from the National Accreditation Council for Blind and Low Vision Services (NAC).

“Conklin Center supports best practices and service standards that ensure consumers receive consistent, quality of services and programs,” NAC Executive Director Michael J. Walsh said.

The accreditation, valid through Dec. 31, 2021, was awarded for meeting national standards in the areas of: management, consumer involvement, industrial employment, rehabilitation counseling services, orientation and mobility, community integration services, rehabilitation therapy services, residential services, technology instruction and infant and preschool services.

“Accreditation is a significant milestone in Conklin Center for the Blind’s ongoing process of seeking to employ best practices and deliver services that focus on positive outcomes for our consumers of blind and low vision services,” Center Executive Director Robert Kelly said.

Conklin Center for the Blind first received NAC accreditation in 1982, just three years after opening its doors for service in 1979.

Conklin Center's McMullin honored as a 2016 Influential Woman in Business

Our Development Director, Lori McMullin, was recently honored as one of the top business women in our community at the 2nd Annual 'Women in Business Banquet'!

Conklin Center's McMullin finds versatility key

By Allison Shirk

Lori McMullin has spent most of her 26-year career in nonprofits reinventing herself and the organizations she's represented. In the world of nonprofit work, McMullin says being adaptable is key.

“It's very important to have a versatile skill base and take your experience to the next thing or be willing to learn new things,” she said.

McMullin began her newly created position of development director at the Florida Lions Conklin Center for the Blind in March, but she has worked at several local nonprofitsduring her career, including the Children's Home Society, Volusia Literacy Council, CareerSource Flagler Volusia and Neighbor to Family.

A Volusia County nativeand Seabreeze High School graduate, McMullin said she is excited about working with the Conklin Center staff to expand the organization's brand.

McMullin, who is accredited in public relations, has an extensive volunteer background as well, serving in the past as president of Halifax Business and Professional Women's Club,Florida Public Relations Association Volusia/Flagler Chapter, International Association of Business Communicators First Coast Chapter and chair of the American Red Cross board.

Currently, she is the chair for the Leadership Daytona Alumni Executive Council.

Jim Cameron, senior vice president and government relations staff for theDaytona Regional Chamber of Commerce, said McMullin has been a “monumental force” in the council's restructuring this past year. He said she generates enthusiasm and fosters inclusiveness on the council.

“She is great about bringing people together, molding ideas and and then figuring out an overall direction as to what we need to do,” he said.

McMullin said nonprofit work isn't for the faint of heart, though.

“When funding is cut or something doesn't go your way, you have to figure out how to fill in a gap,” she said. “When you are able to do it and extend resources, the feeling is unbelievable.”

“She is great about bringing people together, molding ideas and and then figuring out an overall direction as to what we need to do.”

Jim Cameron senior vice president and government relations staff for the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce.


Conklin Center executive director appointed by Gov. Scott to Florida Rehabilitation Council for the Blind

DAYTONA BEACH, FL --  Gov. Rick Scott announced Sept. 21the reappointment of Robert T. Kelly, executive director of Conklin Center for the Blind, to the Florida Rehabilitation Council for the Blind for a term ending Aug. 31, 2019.

Kelly has served as executive director for the Conklin Center since 2000 and is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor with more than 35 years of experience in direct service and administration of services for people who are blind and visually impaired.

The Florida Rehabilitation Council for the Blind reviews, analyzes & advises on the policy decisions and evaluates the effectiveness of the Florida Division of Blind Services to ensure meaningful access to and use of vocational rehabilitation and independent living programs for Floridians who are blind or visually impaired.