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CVI's Night Visions 2017:
A Party with a Purpose

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You’re invited to CVI’s Night Visions 2017
benefiting the Center for the Visually Impaired
Honorary Chairs:
Doug & Esther Garges
Kelly & Kyle Garges
Thursday, April 27, 2017
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
The Stave at American Spirit Works
199 Armour Drive NE, Atlanta, GA 30306
Come one, come all, to Atlanta’s greatest party with a purpose! We invite you to throw your hat into the ring for a carnival adventure where everyone is a winner.
Guests at Night Visions will enjoy a fun, carnival-themed evening featuring cocktails, great food, silent and live auctions, roving entertainment and carnival games with a mission twist!
Conveniently located between Buckhead and Midtown in the SweetWater Design District, The Stave includes a fully functional whiskey distillery where we will host a VIP, pre-event whiskey tasting and tour.
Please join us for an entertaining evening in support of a most worthy cause. Funds raised at the event empower people impacted by vision loss to live with independence and dignity, and are crucial to ensure that we can help all those in need.
For information on tickets and sponsorship packages, visit or contact Deborah Burcham at 404-602-4275 or

Spotlight on Tracey Bradley:
New View Employment Specialist

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It’s our pleasure to welcome Tracey Bradley (MBA, BSM, U.S. Navy Retired) to the CVI team. As our New View Employment Specialist, Tracey fosters professional relationships within our local business community, in order to create employment, internship and volunteer opportunities for CVI clients.
Tracey brings formidable experience to his new role at CVI. Prior to his arrival in Atlanta, he served as Vocational Rehabilitation Program Administrator for the Florida Department of Education’s Rehabilitation Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Daytona Beach, and prior to that, was District Administrator for their Division of Blind Services.
Before this time, he spent 20 years in the military as a weapons specialist on aircraft carriers, a career he began at the age of 18, when he left his hometown of Atlanta to serve. His homecoming coincides with his exciting new role at CVI. Tracey’s goals for each New View client include “gaining a sense of professionalism and personal accountability that they can use to reach their employment goals, and carrying these tools into every aspect of their lives; dressing and communicating professionally, being punctual, managing their time effectively, making informed choices, and making good decisions.”
Tracey and his partner NaShawn have a son (TJ, 22) and daughter (Naria, 16). In his spare time, he enjoys playing piano, and has a passion for Jazz; catching live shows or listening at home. He is also an active member of his fraternity, Sigma Alpha Gamma Military Fraternity Inc.
Congratulations on your new role at CVI, Tracey; we’re thrilled to have you on our team!

STARS Equestrian Exploits

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A group of STARS Elementary students ventured to Chastain Horse Park a few weeks ago for an exciting, up-close visit with the resident horses.
Beginning in the stables, students met the horses and were given the chance to groom them with special brushes and combs. After these introductions had been made, it was time to get adventurous; volunteers were on-hand to show the students how to mount the horses, and to advance from a relaxed walk to a bold trot around the track.
Chastain Horse Park, founded in 1999, offers more than 100 therapeutic lessons a week for riders of all ages and abilities. The staff’s understanding and appreciation of the fact that our students are visually impaired led them to provide a stimulating hands-on experience that the STARS students will remember for a very long time.

GA Department of Drivers
Services Pay a Visit to CVI

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Staff from the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) visited CVI to meet with staff, tour our Florence Maxwell Low Vision Clinic, and learn more about bioptic telescopes and the bioptic prescriptions and training that are available at CVI through the Clinic.
This information will assist the Medical Review unit at DDS by giving them the means to refer potential bioptics users to CVI for services, so they can continue to drive safely and stay independent.
To learn more about the Low Vision Clinic and bioptic services, click here or call 404-875-9011.

Back in Time: Inside the CVI Vault

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For our new feature, we will be joining Nell Robinson, long-serving CVI staff member and Case Manager for our Community Based Services, for a rummage through her personal collection of artifacts accumulated during her years at CVI.
To begin, we have a fascinating object, with a great story: the Remington Portable Typewriter owned by a former CVI staff member and client, Hettie Keller. The Remington Portable first appeared on the market in 1920, was the first portable typewriter to feature a four-bank keyboard (with separate keys for numbers) and was extremely popular.
Totally blind, Hettie Keller was determined to become a teacher, and is said to have been the first rehabilitation teacher in the state of Georgia. She received training at Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, Massachusetts, after which she returned to Georgia and became an itinerant teacher, travelling from school to school to instruct visually impaired students.
Hettie lived in Grant Park with her guide dog and her husband, who was visually impaired and worked at a broom factory. She was one of Nell’s first clients, at a time when CVI was known as Atlanta Area Services for the Blind.
The photo for this article shows the puff paint that Hettie used to navigate the keyboard of the typewriter. She would use the Remington Portable for many tasks, including typing out checks. She had never learned to sign her name, but had always wanted to learn; she was in her eighties when a CVI instructor finally taught her how. This was yet another proud achievement for a woman who had always pushed forwards with purpose to live with independence and dignity.

STARS parent to 'Race Across America'

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STARS parent Martha Hall is planning the ride of a lifetime; from California to Maryland via bicycle, as a participant in the “Race Across America.”
In just 12 days, she will pass through 12 states and cover over 3,000 miles to raise funds to support the STARS program. The course features vertical climbs of more than 170,000 feet, and is 30 percent longer than the Tour de France. Martha will be one of a select group of participants that are qualified to ride solo.
Martha will be accompanied on her ride by a supporting crew of eight, and her sons Jon and Henry. Henry is a current STARS student who has low vision and has had multiple eye surgeries. Martha has seen the benefits that the STARS program has provided for Henry; “It has given him confidence, broadened his friendships, and gives him a place to belong.”
Martha’s incredible achievement will support STARS’ After School Enrichment Program, summer camps, Mentoring Programs, Saturday Academy, weekend social and recreational activities and more. Everyone at CVI will be cheering her past the finish line in Annapolis!
Read more about Martha’s Race Across America here:

CVI Staff Development Day

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CVI took a day in January to hold an agency-wide staff development day. Staff from all departments came together in order to learn more about one another’s roles within the agency, and how to strive for excellence. A better understanding of the services provided at CVI was achieved through conversation, team building exercises and hands-on learning, which included braille classes, accessible games, and a series of enlightening and inspirational speakers.
Thanks from all at CVI to Cafe Kia-oraJason's Deli, Which Wich and Chick-fil-A for their generous catering donations for the event!

Heart-warming Crafts
from BEGIN students

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The BEGIN 4 and 5 year old class was busy this week crafting Valentines hearts from contact paper, tissue paper and glitter. Each beautiful heart can be hung in a window to color the sunlight in a stained-glass effect of pinks, reds and whites. Here we see BEGIN students Dalan and Kyler proudly displaying their wonderful creations! 

Upcoming Events

Friday, 2/10
Learning about your iPhone or iPad Class

Saturday, 2/11
STARS Rock Wall Climbing

Monday, 2/13
Tech Tools for Independence

Saturday, 2/18
STARS Red and White Ball

Thursday, 2/23
CVI Open House for Prospective Clients and Their Families

Sunday, 2/26
Cruise with CVI Event

Thursday, 4/27
Night Visions

Sunday, 10/1
Dining in the Dark

Click here for a list of upcoming events!

Get to Know Your Device! CVI is Now Offering iPhone/iPad Classes

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Do you own an Apple device, but only use it to make and receive calls, and perform other simple tasks? Apple iPhones and iPads offer many useful features for people with vision loss. Perhaps you wish you could make use of these features, but don’t know where to start!
By taking part in CVI’s new two-session course designed specifically for individuals who are blind or visually impaired, you’ll learn:

•  Orientation to the iPhone/iPad
•  Introduction to Siri and voice commands
•  Using applications with Siri (email, calendar appointments, texting, and more!)
Classes will take place on Fridays, from 10:15 AM-12:15 PM, with course dates as follows:
•  1st Two-Session Course Dates: February 10 and February 17
•  2nd Two-Session Course Dates: March 10 and March 17
•  3rd Two-Session Course Dates: April 14 and April 21
Registration is required. Each two-session course costs $120.00. Students must bring their own iPhone or iPad to class.

For more information or to register for classes, call 404-875-9011 or email

Tech Tools for Independence — Making Technology Work for You!

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CVI is now offering a free, monthly demonstration of accessible technology for users who are blind or visually impaired. These monthly tech demos are open to the public and feature demonstrations of accessible technology geared toward users who are blind or visually impaired, including:
•  New technology

•  Accessible features of smartphones and tablets

•  Helpful apps and devices

•  High and low tech solutions
Demonstrations will focus on a unique topic each month, providing up-to-date information and the latest developments in technology. Upcoming dates and topics are as follows:
•  Monday, February 13, 2017 – Alexa and Kindle Fire Tablet

•  Monday, March 13, 2017 – Accessibility of Android phones and tablets
Time: 10:15 AM-12:15 PM
RSVPs are recommended but not required. For more information, or to reserve your spot, call 404-875-9011 or email

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Giving Corner:
With a Will,
There's a Way

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Create your vision for the future with this important document.

Momentous events like a milestone birthday, the arrival of a grandchild or retirement are a time to celebrate and reflect on where your family has been and what the future might hold. It's also a chance to think about the values you hope to pass on to future generations. 

One way you can ensure that your values endure is through will planning. Will planning is the highly personal process of deciding how your assets will be distributed after your lifetime.

Take control of your legacy today! Click here for additional information, or contact Helene Erenberg at 404-602-4275 or email at and find out how to get started with creating a
plan that protects the important people and causes in your life.

Join Us for Cruise with CVI This Month

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Cruise with CVI!

Please join us for a
special event at CVI:
February 26, 2017

The Center for the
Visually Impaired
739 W. Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30308
2:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Bring your friends and family for a fun
afternoon featuring
light refreshments, guest speakers and a cruise around CVI to experience our client training first-hand, including white cane techniques, braille, assistive technology and much more! Collect stamps on your passport as you travel to various ports throughout the building for your chance to win a travel package!
RSVP to Deborah Burcham at 404-602-4279 or
by February 20.
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