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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, April 26, 2012

CVI Events and Information:

*New information: This is a reminder. CVI’s diabetes support group will not be meeting on Monday, April 30th and will resume on the following Monday.
*New information: The CVI Alumni Association is hosting their next movie night on Friday, May 4th. We are pleased to announce the showing of "Invictus", starring Academy Award-winning actor, Morgan Freeman. This movie is rated PG and will be shown in CVI’s Bellsouth Conference Room at 739 West Peachtree Street, NW.
The movie will start at 6 p.m. sharp and admission is free. There will be a nominal charge for food and snacks. Food will be served at 4:45 p.m. We are suggesting a return trip time of 8:15 p.m. for those utilizing Marta Mobility. For more information please contact John W. Smith at 404-245-8230 or Lafayette Wood at 770-366-1125.

*New 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.
*The Center for the Visually Impaired will host a monthly open house on Thursday, April 26th. Are you or someone you know having difficulty reading the newspaper or small print? Have you recently experience a reduction in your vision that hinders your daily tasks? Are you concerned about loss or gain of employment due to your decrease in vision? Do you have challenges watching TV or seeing your computer screen? Do you want to learn how to be more independent in your home? If so, then please attend our Open House.
For one hour, prospective clients and their families will learn about the Center’s services and programs, complete a short application for services and get a tour of the facility. All Open Houses’ are held on the 4th Thursday of the month from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. in the Bellsouth conference Room at 739 West Peachtree Street, NW. To learn more and RSVP, please contact Empish Thomas in the Client Services Department, 404-875-9011, x4350; or by e-mail at ejthomas@cviga.org.
*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: You are invited to attend the next meeting of the Diabetes Action Network (DAN) of the National Federation of the Blind of Georgia on Saturday, April 28th. The meeting will be held at the Real Chow Baby at 1015 Howell Mill Road from 12 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. Suggested arrival time is 11:45 a.m. If you have questions please contact Kay Jordan at 404-794-5724.
*New information: Seminars@Hadley Presents: Networking with Facebook Part 2

Date: Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Time: 3:00 p.m.
Facebook is the most popular social networking Web site today with over 800 million active users, half of whom access their Facebook account daily. The average Facebook user has 130 friends and is connected to 80 community pages, groups and events. Three hundred fifty million users access their Facebook on a mobile device. These statistics are impressive, but can a visually impaired user access Facebook? Can someone who is visually impaired create and maintain a Facebook page? How can Facebook be used to help develop employment and business opportunities?

Hadley instructor Amy Salmon will present the second of a two-part series answering these questions and providing hands-on instruction for using Facebook. This series is designed for users of access technology such as screen reading and screen magnification software who want to use Facebook

Join Seminars@Hadley as Amy provides a practical guide to utilizing Facebook to support your networking and promotional efforts. Larry Muffett, a member of Hadley’s Seminars team, will moderate. 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 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 Annex Cafeteria Building, 2400 Piedmont, Road, N.E., 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.
*New information: Cycling is a great way to exercise and stay in shape! There are many forms of cycling that can allow many people of different abilities to cycle for recreation or sport. Many people with the following limitations and more can enjoy cycling with the right equipment and instruction:


Spinal Cord Injuries

Visual impairments

Poor coordination

Balance disorders

Orthopedic issues such as back and shoulder injures

The Redmond Regional Adaptive Cycling Clinic will be during the Streets Alive celebration on Saturday, April 28 from 2-4:30 on Broad Street and Third Avenue. Learn from experts how to ride safely on tandems, recumbents, and handcycles during this clinic sponsored by Redmond Regional Medical Center, Cycle Therapy, disABILITY LINK NW, the Rome Downtown Development Authority, and the Rome Convention and Visitors Bureau. The Adaptive Cycling Clinic is in conjunction with the Clocktower Classic Handcycling Event. For more information or to register for this clinic contact John Crowley at 706 766 1420.

*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 2 at 4:30 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.

*New information: 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.

*New information: 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.

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.

*New information: 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.
*New information: 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.

*Attention Just Us Blind Girls. The JUBG by monthly meeting will start 30 minutes earlier on Saturday April 28, 2012 in order to conduct our bi-monthly business and discuss last minute plans for our Florida trip. We have one seat left on the bus, so anyone still interested in going please call 404-691-2688, or just come to the meeting and sign up.
The meeting will be held at the Margret Mitchell Library, 1 Peachtree Center, across from the Peachtree Center train station from 11:30 a.m. until 12 p.m. Then the voter registration/meet the candidates will begin and last until 3 p.m. Both men and women are invited to the voter registration meet and greet. DON’T FORGET YOUR LUNCH!
It is urgent that we, as disabled citizens voice our concerns to the political candidates in this upcoming election, especially to the Republican and Democrat candidates. Personnel from the Fulton County Voter Registration Office and representatives from the Republican and Democrat Parties will be on hand. There will be a demonstration of the voting machines for people with visual impairment. Also there will be a question and answer session. For additional information please call 404 472-9513.
*The National Federation of the Blind of Georgia Southwest Chapter announces their Wall Climb Fund Raiser Event.

Date: Saturday - April 28, 2012

Time: 10:00 a.m.


2400 Gillionville Road

Albany, GA 31707

Come join the fun and challenge. Get your pledges now. For more information or Pledge Sheets, please contact Donna Parker at 229-733-7215 or Debbie McDonald at 229-888-2789 or email Deborahk63@aol.com
*Applications are being accepted for the NIB Fellowship for Leadership Development. The Fellowship for Leadership Development, sponsored by National Industries for the Blind, is a salaried program that combines business-focused on-the-job experience with professional development activities. Legally blind individuals who have an undergraduate degree, work experience and passion for business are invited to apply.
Fellows are selected based on experience, academic achievement and personal interviews. Fellows who completed the program have moved to management jobs, gained financial independence and, as business leaders, have added value at all levels of the workplace and society.
For additional information and an application, go to the NIB Website, www.nib.org and visit the Business Leaders Program pages. For a direct link to the Fellowship page, use http://www.nib.org/content/business-leaders-program-fellowship. The deadline for application is April 30, 2012. If you have questions, contact Karen Pal, NIB Business Leaders Program, at fellowship@nib.org or 703-310-0515.
*Introduction to Travel Training - A 2-day workshop: Travel Training is short-term, comprehensive, intensive, one-to-one, specially designed instruction to teach individuals with limited disabilities how to travel safely and independently on public transportation, where appropriate. The objective to travel training is to enable individuals with disabilities or special needs to live, learn, work and play in their communities with equality, dignity and independence…using public transportation.
Participants will learn:

  • Approaches to Travel Training, Recruiting Community and Regional Supports

  • Building, growing, and Sustaining a Successful Travel Training Program

  • Volunteers: Recruiting, Organization, Utilization and Retention

  • Field Exercise

  • Travel Training Best Practices

This training is for individuals who are interested in learning how to train individuals with disabilities and agencies that are in the process of starting a travel training initiative. This training is FREE! MARTA does ask that all participants agree to volunteer some of their time on an as needed basis to the program participants after successfully completing this workshop.

There are 25 slots available. Registration deadline is April 30, 2012. Snacks will be served but please bring your own lunch.

Course Begins: May 2, 2012 to May 3, 2012

Location: MARTA ANNEX BUILDING 2424 Piedmont Rd. NE Atlanta, GA. 30324

Time: 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Registration Required: Contact Mia Tidwell at 404-848-6020 or mtidwell@itsmarta.com. You can also contact Mary Durrat at 404-848-5193 or mdurr@itsmarta.com for registration and/or additional information.
*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”. Please call or email Alice Ritchhart for RSVP and accurate food count no later than May 1st. E-mail is alice.ritchhart@comcast.net or phone 912-996-4213
*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
*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.
Join the CVI online community - let’s connect, share and learn from each other. You can find us on:

  • Facebook at  www.facebook.com/cvigeorgia

  • Twitter at www.twitter.com/cviga

  • Flickr at www.flickr.com/cvi-ga

*Are you interested in being the first to know about upcoming savings and specials at CVI’s VisAbility store? Send your name and email address to visability@cviga.org and we’ll be sure to send you email promotions and special announcements.

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