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CVI's First Annual
Dining in the Dark Event

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The Center for the Visually Impaired (CVI) is thrilled to introduce an exceptional new event – the first annual Dining in the Dark fundraiser, premiering on Sunday, October 9, 2016. The event will be held at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center, located at 800 Spring Street NW, from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Dining in the Dark is a unique fundraising event designed to raise awareness about vision loss, with all proceeds benefitting CVI. Guests will experience a sumptuous three-course meal served in complete darkness. Dinner will be preceded by a reception during which guests will gain insight on fully engaging all of their senses to talk, sit, and eat in the dark.
The featured menu will be designed by Chef Todd Ginsberg of The General Muir, Fred’s Meat & Bread, Yalla and TGM Bread and Executive Chef Damiano de Nicolo of the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center. Ginsberg, a 2014 and 2015 James Beard Foundation Semifinalist for Best Chef: Southeast, and de Nicolo, formerly Executive Chef at the Marriott Atlanta Buckhead Hotel Conference Center, will join forces in creating a meal that is as delicious as it is educational.
CVI is also partnering with members of the Atlanta Police Department SWAT Team, who will serve as wait staff for the evening, using night-vision equipment to navigate the dining space in the dark. Dining in the Dark will expand attendees’ understanding of the challenges that individuals who are blind or visually impaired encounter on a daily basis.
Don’t miss this unique event designed to raise awareness about vision loss, allowing guests to gain insight on fully engaging all of their senses to talk, sit, and eat in the dark.
Sponsorship and Table Opportunities Available Now!
Visit or call 404-602-4279 

Woodworking Symposium

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The American Association of Woodturners held its 30th annual international symposium at the Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart on June 10, 2016. The mission of the American Association of Wood turners is to provide education, information, and organization to those interested in turning wood.
New View clients and staff had an opportunity to tour the Instant Gallery, a display of turned-wood objects featuring more than 1,000 artworks and crafts in wood created by the symposium attendees. The CVI group also toured The Empty Bowls exhibit, which showcased beautiful bowls ranging in various sizes and shapes that were donated to charity. Clients were able to purchase items within this exhibit.
In addition, clients had the opportunity to hear from prominent wood artists discussing their tactile pieces. CVI attendees were able to ask questions, and touch and feel each artist’s wood creation. The day ended with clients and staff having an opportunity to learn how to “turn wood” to make a pen as a take home gift. 

Spotlight: Malik Wilson

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Summer is around the corner, and the young – and young at heart – are preparing for a busy season of camps and exciting outdoor activities. But for youth with visual impairments, summer fun in the sun can be a challenge.
Like so many other teenagers, Malik Wilson was looking for a place to have fun and fit in. Malik faced a unique challenge. He was born with optic nerve hypoplasia, an under-development or absence of the optic nerve which causes vision loss. At CVI, Malik found a home where he could just be himself and not focus on his blindness.
In the STARS (Social, Therapeutic, Academic and Recreational Services) program for school-aged youth, he was able to participate in summer camp activities including swimming and playing sports, just like his sighted peers. An aspiring rap artist and music producer, Malik is now himself a STARS staff member, teaching music production and adaptive video games at the after-school program and working as a counselor for summer camp.
At CVI, each summer is a new opportunity for children and adults who are visually impaired to learn new skills, develop talents, and enjoy life to the fullest, with independence and dignity. Each year, we assist more than 4,000 people as they acquire skills and information needed to succeed at home, school and work and be active members of their communities.
Your support can help young adults like Malik continue to realize their full potential and lead happy, healthy, independent lives. To make a gift, visit

Meet Ben Coleman!

The Center for the Visually Impaired is thrilled to welcome Ben Coleman, our new Program Marketing Manager! The Program Marketing Manager’s role is to raise awareness about the many programs and services that CVI offers. So far, Ben has made presentations to eye care professionals, senior service establishments, churches and health agencies.
Ben joined the CVI staff because he wanted to work in the nonprofit arena and to support a mission he believes in. Previously, Ben worked in tradeshows and marketing in his hometown of Surrey, England. He and his wife, Nicole, live in the Inman Park neighborhood of Atlanta, where he also enjoys his hobbies, which consist of “music, music, and music.”
Ben is grateful that this new role has allowed him to travel the city and discover more of Atlanta. More importantly, he enjoys spreading awareness and meeting individuals and groups that have been impacted by CVI’s services. When asked for three words that best describe CVI, Ben replied, “Dedication, compassion, and indispensable.” Hopefully, the Center’s clients, staff and trustees would all agree.
Welcome, Ben, to the CVI family!
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Upcoming Events

Monday, 7/4
Independence Day-CVI and VisAbility Store closed

Tuesday, 7/5-Friday, 7/29
STARS Summer Camp

Wednesday, 7/13
New View Adult Rehabilitation Graduation

Tuesday, 7/26
26th Anniversary of the Americans with Disability Act

Thursday, 7/28
Open House for Prospective Clients and Their Families

Click here for a list of upcoming events!

4 Tips: Retirement
Plan Checkup

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Now is the time to check on your retirement plan! Having enough money for a comfortable retirement is important to a lot of people who are in the midpoints of their careers. You’ll need at least 70 to 90 percent of your pre-retirement income to maintain your standard of living when you stop working, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
Luckily, there are four quick ways
to check in on your plan and make sure it's still keeping up with your expectations. This is also a good time to take a look at incorporating charitable giving into your long-term plans.
To learn more about making a gift with your retirement plan assets to the Center for the Visually Impaired, contact Helene Erenberg at 404-602-4275 or

VisAbility Store Spotlight on Magnifiers 

At CVI’s Florence Maxwell Low Vision Clinic, clients benefit from a low vision evaluation, followed by personalized recommendations for tools to help make activities more accessible for them. Based on a client’s specific goals and needs, they will be shown how to make the best use of their remaining vision. Clients can learn how to enhance their sight with powerful magnifiers, digital devices, lamps and special low vision items.
One such device that the clinic often recommends to clients is a hand-held magnifier. Here is a look at two different types: a low cost version and a more expensive version. These two items are not stocked in our VisAbility Store but are available for order.

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SmartMag 3.5X (10D) LED Hand-Held Illuminated Magnifier
This low-cost, hand-held magnifier is a traditional magnifier that is primarily used for “spot” reading – looking at items such as mail, bills, pill bottles and menus. It is lightweight, battery-operated and has a fairly large lens. This device can be used to read newsprint and bibles, though the magnifier must be held away from the page. This device retails for $54.99

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Pebble HD 4.3" Video Magnifier
The Pebble portable video magnifier differs from a traditional magnifier; it can enhance contrast, which improves accuracy and efficiency in various forms of print; adjust magnification from 1.25x to 13.5x; select several color modes; and it features an adjustable handle, which allows for spot-reading material such as mail, bills, and newspapers. The Pebble also has a rechargeable battery with up to 3 hours of continuous use. It is very portable and can fit in a purse or a pocket. This device retails for $595.00
If you have questions or are interested in making an appointment at the Low Vision Clinic, please call CVI at 404-875-9011.
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