During 2003, a story in my local paper about Senate Bill 805 prompted a special person to call me…Mrs. Nora Waliczek.
“Thank you for Amy’s Vision Law,” she cried. “I tried over thirty years ago to get a bill passed but it failed when the screeners and medical doctors lobbied against eye exams. I think it’s great that finally there’s a law in favor of what’s best for children’s vision.”
Mrs. Nora Waliczek, an Illinois PTA honorary life member and former Illinois PTA Valley Area council president, experienced the shortfalls of vision screenings during the 1970’s. As another parent whose child fell through the cracks of a broken system, we became instant friends.
“When my son passed his vision screenings, his teachers and I thought his eyes were okay. But it wasn’t true. My son struggled with reading until an eye exam with an optometrist found his vision problem and treated him with vision therapy.”
Nora shared with me her dad often told her, “If you want to do something, you find a way. When you don’t want to do something, you find excuses.”
Nora and I joined forces to raise the standards of eye care for our children’s visual welfare.
Illinois PTA’s annual convention was first in 2004.
Together with the late Dr. Floyd Woods, we persuaded the delegates to support the resolution, “Required Vision Exam Before Entering Kindergarten.” It was a tremendous experience! Read more about our dear friend Dr. Woods here…
Success breeds success. Also a member of the Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT), Nora gave the newly adopted PTA resolution to her local teachers’ union, Local 571 in 2005.
Kudos to Mrs. Nora Waliczek for being a pioneer in caring that our children see a bright and beautiful future!
In addition to serving on the Vision First board as secretary, Nora recently retired as a teacher’s aide in a suburban Chicago school district. She enjoys knitting original garments and designing beautiful floral pieces. Also a breast cancer survivor, Nora doesn’t let anything stand in her way. She continues to advocate for organ donors on behalf of her son who is in need of a kidney transplant.
Nora and her husband, Rich, have two sons and are the proud grandparents of four boys and a new puppy girl named, “Lola.” Read about her grandson’s first eye exam here…
Make a difference in the eyes of child!
1. KNOW vision screening is not a substitute for eye examination.
2. MAKE comprehensive eye and vision examinations by an eye doctor part of a child’s healthcare.
3. KEEP eye care health and good vision habits a priority.
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