Steven Floyd, II of Williamsport takes great pride and satisfaction in helping others. In his role as an Assistive Technology Specialist with North Central Sight Services, Steven works directly with clients to educate them on the many forms of assistive technology available to improve their quality of life and increase their independence. For 65 years, North Central Sight Services has provided programs and services for people who are blind or visually impaired in Bradford, Centre, Clinton, Lycoming, Sullivan and Tioga counties.
Assistive Technology ranges from low-tech items like bump dots and magnifiers to high-tech devices such as CCTV’s, digital magnifiers and wearable devices, many of which include OCR (Optical Character Recognition) which is a text-to-speech feature. Learning how to best utilize a device can take time and patience, but the perfect form of technology is essential to meeting a client’s educational, employment, and day-to-day needs.
Steven has first-hand experience with his clients’ sight-related challenges. He was born with Septo-optic Dysplasia and Nystagmus, disorders that left him visually impaired. With the help of several surgeries, contact lenses and Assistive Technology, Steven conquers any challenge that comes before him.
During Steven’s time with North Central Sight Services, he has worked in several departments including distribution, shipping, and document imaging.
With Steven’s working knowledge of the organization, a degree in computer science, and his love of helping people, he is the perfect fit for his current role as AT Specialist which he began more than a year ago.
“I enjoy being around people and helping them succeed,” Steven says. “I want to find the perfect device to meet their needs. I want to help all my clients become more independent.”
Like many people, Steven can get nervous when speaking in front of a large crowd. Over the past year, Steven set a goal to become a better public speaker. With practice at work and in his role as Vice President of the Williamsport Sight Services Lion’s Club, Steven has found many opportunities to hone his public speaking skills. He speaks at club meetings, he conducted an AT training session at a work retreat, and he shared his story at a district-wide Lions Club event.
In his free time Steven is a part-time DJ, he enjoys composing music using digital software and is passionate about photography.
“I love what I do,” Steven adds. “My career is very rewarding.”
North Central Sight Services is a not-for-profit agency based in Williamsport. The organization provides blindness prevention education, vision screenings, services and employment to individuals who are blind or visually impaired. Additionally, North Central Sight Services provides business services such as shredding, vending, bottleless water coolers, fulfillment, and packaging services.
For more information, call (570) 323-9401.