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Welcome to CVI's InfoLink: Communicating Vital Information
Announcements of information about organizations, products and services in InfoLink are not to be interpreted as an endorsement by the Center for the Visually Impaired. To receive InfoLink via e-mail, to make comments or suggestions regarding this service, or for more information on the programs and services offered at the Center for the Visually Impaired, please contact Empish Thomas at 404-875-9011, ext. 4277 or e-mail infolink@cviga.org.                       
InfoLink also may be accessed via telephone at 404-875-6418, toll-free at 800-558-5451 (outside of the Atlanta calling area only) or through our web site at http://www.cviga.org.
Please submit InfoLink announcements to infolink@cviga.org with "InfoLink" in the subject line or contact Empish Thomas at 404-875-9011, ext. 4277. Submissions must be received by noon on Tuesdays to be included in the next issue which is typically published on Thursdays.

Here are the announcements as of Thursday, May 4, 2012


CVI Events and Information:

*On the afternoon of Wednesday, May 23rd, the CVI’s VisAbility Store will be closed and classes will be suspended from 12:15 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. CVI’s staff will be participating in a development activity and business will resume the following day.
*See what’s new at the VisAbility Store! Located inside the Center for the Visually Impaired, the VisAbility Store features three new products:


  1. The iGlasses - An innovative mobility aid at an affordable price-$124.99. New from RNIB an electronic travel aid solution for head and upper body protection. The iGlasses™ Ultrasonic Mobility Aid is a head-mounted device which enables more informed, confident, and efficient pedestrian travel. Objects in your path are detected by the ultrasonic sensors and communicated via gentle vibrations. As obstacles get nearer the frequency of the vibration will increase. The device is intended as a secondary mobility device to complement the traditional long cane or guide dog. The iGlasses™ are easy to use and learn. Simply slide them on like a normal pair of glasses and depress the power button. An audible series of beeps will alert you that the device has turned on, at the same time communicating the current battery level. The arms are adjustable and can be set to the most comfortable length by gently, but firmly, pulling the end of the arm away from the lens area.

Features: On/Off Switch with audible battery level indication, adjustable vibration intensity via thumbwheel, hands-free operation, adjustable arms and a soft protective pouch.





  1. Talking watch with calendar - Many find the lower timbre of a male voice easier to hear. The calendar watches have the standard 4 button features, plus two alarm sounds, and a talking date on demand feature. Available in men's and ladies' sizes, in chrome (silver) or gold tone colors.




  1. PenFriend Laundry Labels - Label your clothes using your own voice. Use your RNIB PenFriend to record the pattern, color and care instructions of your entire wardrobe onto these self-adhesive labels, and never leave the house with odd socks or a mismatched outfit again!

Product details

• Pack of 48 self-adhesive labels, measures 1.1 by 0.8 inches

• No ironing or stitching required, can be applied directly to cotton and other smooth fabrics

• For wools and acrylics, apply to the care label

• Suitable for use in washing machines and hand washing

• Each label will withstand 50 plus washes up to 50 degrees

• Wait for seven days before washing to allow adhesive to set

• Not suitable for dry cleaning or tumble drying

• Recommended-labels should be used within six months of opening.


For more information on these and other products, please contact a VisAbility staff member or volunteer at 404-602-4358. The VisAbility Store is located at 739 West Peachtree Street, NW and hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
General Events and Information:

*New information: Come join us at the next meeting of the Atlanta Metro Chapter of the NFB of Georgia. The meeting will be held at the Peachtree Christian Church, 1580 Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia, 30309. Note: If using MARTA Mobility, please ask them to drop off on the back side of the church.
The time will be from 11a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, 2012. Delicious refreshments will be served! For more information contact President Isaiah Wilcox by phone at 404-291-7791 or by e-mail at iwilcox@nfbga.org. We hope to see you there.
*New information: Join disability LINK in their Independent Living Skills Classes.

Date: Every Wednesday in May

Time: 12 p.m. until 2:00 p.m.

Organization: disABILITY LINK

755 Commerce Drive, Suite 105

Downtown Decatur

Topics to be covered include: employment, home ownership, emergency preparedness, being creative and advocacy. For more information or to RSVP contact Bonnie Dieringer at bdieringer@disABILITYLINK.org or 404-687-8890, ext. 120.

*New information: Seminars@Hadley Presents: How Diabetes Saved My Life

Date: Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Time: 3:00 PM

Diabetes, a disease diagnosed in more than 28 million Americans and predicted to affect one-in-three by the year 2050, is now America’s most costly healthcare issue. While the diagnosis of diabetes can be daunting at first, noted entrepreneur and speaker Urban Miyares will explain his positive spin on the disease and describe how, if not for diabetes, he probably wouldn’t be alive today. Through an emotional and humorous account of his 44 years living with diabetes, Urban will explain how he took control of the disease to become a successful entrepreneur, a world-class athlete and an active member of society. Whether or not you have diabetes, this presentation is not to be missed!

Join Seminars@Hadley as Urban presents his fascinating story of success while dealing daily with diabetes.

This seminar will be moderated by Larry Muffett, a member of Hadley’s Seminars team. A question and answer period will be included as part of the seminar.

Space in this seminar is limited. Please only register if you know you are available to attend so that others are not closed out. To register for this seminar go to www.hadley.edu.

*New information: The Beyond Sight Communicators, a Toastmaster’s International speaking group, meets for one hour on the first Thursday of each month at 4:30 p.m. and the 3rd Thursday at 12:15 p.m. The next meeting will be on May 17 at 12:15 p.m. in the Center for the Visually Impaired’s BellSouth conference room. Everyone is invited to the meeting to learn how Toastmasters can help you become comfortable speakers one-on-one or before large audiences. Come and join us at CVI at 739 W. Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA.  For more information contact John W. Smith at 404-245-8230.

*The Foundation Fighting Blindness, Atlanta Chapter, Support Group will be meeting on Saturday, May 5th, from 11:00 am -1:00 pm in the downstairs classrooms at St. Joseph's Hospital.

Meetings are free and open to the public. We welcome new visitors. Our meetings are informal and you can participate as much or as little as you like. Bring your questions and learn from other people's experiences. Our regular members are always helpful in sharing their personal or family’s tips and insights. There’s usually a group of people that go to lunch together following the meeting.

This month we will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo with food and pseudo-margaritas! We will begin our meeting with guest speakers from Vision Rehabilitation Services (VRS) in Smyrna. Audrey Demmitt is an adjustment-to-blindness counselor. Odun Amao is a certified instructor of Orientation and Mobility as well as Vision Rehabilitation Teacher. Audrey and Odun will be discussing "Adaptations in the Kitchen" and making salsa for our celebration as a cooking demonstration.

In order to provide enough food and drink, we must have an RSVP from you by May 1st. You can email Gail Handler at: kidlitgail@gmail.com or call 770-455-6734. Leave your name and the number of people attending the May meeting.

In keeping with our Cinco de Mayo theme, we’d like everyone to bring your favorite Mexican or Latino recipe written out. All recipes will be compiled and then emailed to all Support Group members. If you prefer to email the recipe in advance, that is fine.

For those who are unfamiliar with our meeting location, St. Joseph’s Hospital is next to the Medical Center MARTA Station on the North Line. Once inside the hospital lobby, take the elevator down one floor, pass the cafeteria, and follow the signs to the classrooms. For more information, please contact Jim Vacheenas at jvacheenas@comcast.net or Gail Handler at kidlitgail@gmail.com or 770-455-6734.



*The Georgia Statewide Coalition on Blindness will be having their next meeting in Macon.

Date: Saturday, May 5th, 2012

Location: Georgia Academy for the Blind

2895 Vineville Avenue Macon, GA 31204

Registration cost: $10 cash registration for everyone includes coffee and lunch. Everyone will pay $10 whether you eat or not. Cash only. No exceptions.
On Friday, May 4th there will be an Evening Networking Social at 6:15 p.m. Walk to either Cracker Barrel or Cheddars – your choice; restaurants on are either side of the Wingate hotel.

Suggested Lodging:

Wingate by Wyndham Macon

100 N. Crest Blvd, Macon, GA 31210

Phone: 478-476-8100
Rate includes full hot expanded breakfast, free wifi, 24/hr. business and fitness centers and other amenities. Reservations must be received by April 4th; thereafter, reservations will be taken on a space available basis only. Rates are $69.00 plus tax; and are good for May 4 and 5, 2012. Make sure you say you are with the “Georgia Statewide Coalition on Blindness”. To RSVP, please email Alice Ritchhart at alice.ritchhart@comcast.net or call her at 912-996-4213. RSVP no later than May 1st.

*Note change: The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) requests your attendance at a preliminary public meeting.
Date: Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Location: MARTA Headquarters Atrium, 2424 Piedmont, Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30324.
This important meeting will relate to seniors and individuals with disabilities. The central topics for discussion will include the final phase in a three year staggering of mobility service and reduced fare increases. For more information call 404-848-4711.

*The next upcoming Community Based Visually Impaired Domestic Violence Support group meeting is on Wednesday, May 9, 2012. Meetings are every 2nd Wednesday of the month at CVI, 739 West Peachtree Street, NW, in the Bellsouth Conference Room. The meeting will be held for one hour from 4 p.m. until 5 p.m.

At this meeting, we will have a special guest speaker – Mrs. Rachel M. Lazarus an Attorney of Law from Gwinnett Legal Aid office. She will be speaking to the group about their legal rights under the Domestic Violence law. If you have any questions, you can contact Annie Obasih at 678-489-2759 or by cell at 678-763-1220. You can also contact Theresa Watkins at 770-238-9989.



*Announcing the 2012 GCB State Convention. We are hoping you can join us as we celebrate our 56th anniversary. The dates of the convention are August 3, 2012 through August 5, 2012. The location for this year’s conference is the Inn at Ellis Square, 201 West Bay Street, Savannah, Georgia. You can make hotel reservations by calling (912) 236-4440 and ask for extension 147. Request rates for the Georgia Council of the Blind. Reservations must be made at least one month before the convention. When you call to make hotel reservations, let them know you are with the GCB convention.
If you have any questions or need any additional information contact the GCB office at (706) 208-7132 or 1(888) 519-3988. The e-mail address is gcbfyi@yahoo.com and the web site is www.georgiacounciloftheblind.org.
*A Meet-Up Group that fosters Intentional Family Relationships meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month. Nikki Frye is a member of this group and invites other blind and sighted persons to meet up.
Where: Manuel’s Tavern, 602 North Highland Ave., NE, Atlanta, GA.

Date and Time: Saturday, May 12, from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m.



Please RSVP to Nikki Frye at 678-458-2645 or Email: lovingmorehonestly@gmail.com.

*Atlanta Rowing Club Southeastern Adaptive Scullers is proud to announce its inaugural meeting open to ARC members and the local community interested in becoming a part of the team. The Southeastern Adaptive Scullers (SEAS) Initiative provides an opportunity for people with intellectual, physical, or visual impairments to learn how to row. We offer private coaching and group clinics in order to promote competitive and recreational athletics.
Every third Saturday of each month, we will convene at the ARC lower boathouse in Roswell, GA along the Chattahoochee River to discuss new members, future directions, and to schedule volunteers for coaching and clinics (see website for future meeting dates). Our website Southeastern Adaptive Scullers has been updated and provides information about our programs and membership for athletes and volunteers. On the website, you will also find forms to apply for athletes and volunteers. We ask that volunteers submit an application so that we can ensure our athletes remain safe. In addition to the SEAS Athlete Application, we also ask that prospective athletes submit an ARC Membership Application (see website for instructions). Our website address is http://www.atlantarow.org.
*Volunteers are needed for a research study to evaluate an information kiosk prototype in the Georgia Tech College of Architecture-CoA library.
In order to participate, you CANNOT have previously used the CoA library AND need to be legally blind or totally blind, AND at least 18 years old. Participation time is approximately one-and-a-half hours and a $20.00 stipend will be provided.
To apply for participation, or get more information, call 404-797-0915 OR email Ruby at qhe31@gatech.edu
*New! Participant Registry for Blindness and Low Vision Research. The Rehabilitation Research & Training Center (RRTC) on Blindness and Low Vision at Mississippi State University has recently launched an online participant registry for those interested in participating in research that seeks to enhance employment and independent living outcomes for individuals who are blind or visually impaired. If you would like to sign up or read more about it, please visit this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/W5Z2YLB. Signing up should take less than 10 minutes, and you will be asked to provide basic information about yourself. Researchers at the RRTC will use this information to determine your eligibility for particular projects, and to inform you about projects that may be of specific interest to you. Some of the projects provide small incentives, and other projects involve volunteer participants. If you have any questions, please call us at 662-325-2001 or toll free at 1-800-675-7782 or email rrtc2@msstate.edu.
*TRAVELER by Optelec is a portable magnifier that magnifies 4-16 times. May be attached to a TV screen, has capacity to be used with car charger (not included). Weighs 1/75 lbs. including battery, barely used. Originally $2000. Requesting $1000. Contact Irene at 404-377-2385.
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