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Dining in the Dark — A Wonderful
Event with an Important Message

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CVI would like to thank everyone who took part in our inaugural Dining in the Dark event. Designed to raise awareness about vision loss, Dining in the Dark provided a unique sensory experience, expanding attendees’ understanding of the challenges that individuals who are blind or visually impaired encounter on a daily basis.
 
We are delighted to announce that this year’s event raised over $56,000 for CVI’s life-changing programs.
 
The event also gave our guests the rare opportunity to be served dinner by the Atlanta Police Department’s SWAT Team, under cover of darkness and using night vision goggles!

We expect to announce the date for Dining in the Dark 2017 very soon, and we will be sure to let you know so that you can mark your calendars. We hope you will plan to attend, or sponsor a table at next year’s event, which promises to be an even bigger success.

Check out our Dining in the Dark Photo Gallery:
The event was also covered by Fox 5 news: watch the report here!

Support CVI this Georgia Gives Day — Thursday, November 17th

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As you know, CVI is making a difference every day by empowering people impacted by vision loss to live with independence and dignity. Now more than ever, your generous support means the world to people who are visually impaired.

Join us Thursday, November 17th for Georgia Gives Day, and help us raise our target of $8,500 for the Center for the Visually Impaired. CVI has been selected to participate in the SunTrust Foundation Financial Wellness Challenge. We are one of 50 organizations across the state competing for an incentive grant ranging from $1,000 to $2,500 – but we need to raise at least $2,500 in order to be eligible for the match.

By making a donation to CVI on Georgia Gives Day, your $10, $25, $50 or $100 gift will help us continue our work in the community and help us to reach our goal! (Don't forget - you can also find out if the company you work for will match your donation).
 
Visit https://www.gagivesday.org/c/GGD/a/cviga to make a donation. You can donate anytime, but November 17th is the big day! 

STARS Celebrates a
Spooky and Safe Halloween

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On Friday October 21, over 40 STARS students celebrated Halloween at CVI with their families. Volunteers from Junior League of Atlanta’s “Kids in the Kitchen” program helped to create a wonderful event, with activities including trick-or-treat bag decorating, trivia, Plinko and other team games.
 
During the party, students in wild and wonderful costumes moved between trick-or-treat stations to receive candy, prizes and clues. Each clue gave a letter and a trick-or-treating tip, to make sure our students stay safe while having lots of fun this holiday season. When all the clues were combined, the word of the evening was HALLOWEEN!


See more photos from the event here. 

Learning to Trick-or-Treat with BEGIN

As Halloween fever took hold at CVI last week, staff were pleasantly surprised by groups of tiny goblins, robots, superheroes and other fantastic creatures, roaming CVI’s hallways in search of treats.
 
Classes of 3 and 4 year olds from the BEGIN Program were accompanied by staff from door-to-door as they learned about trick-or-treating for the first time. It was a delightful experience for staff, but also a great learning opportunity, as they found out how to best interact with our BEGIN students by crouching down to their height to talk to them and ask about their cool costumes, before giving them candy.
 
All in all, while this event was technically for the benefit of our BEGIN students, it’s very likely that the staff had even more fun than the kids!
Picture of Pre-K students in Halloween Costumes

Holiday Appeal: What would you do to give your kids the best possible future?

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Seven years ago, Dawn and Stephen Seabolt traveled from Atlanta to China to adopt their daughter, Kate. They knew Kate had albinism, which causes a range of potential vision problems. But the extent of Kate’s visual impairment would not be revealed until they came home.
 
Kate’s vision is blurred, her eyes are very sensitive to light, and she has nystagmus, which causes rapid, involuntary eye movement. Dawn and Stephen wasted no time researching resources that could help their three-year-old daughter thrive. Fortunately, they discovered CVI.
 
Kate met other children with albinism, and her parents connected with other families who understood exactly what they were going through. Kate and her parents met independent, successful adults with albinism who showed them that life doesn’t have to be defined by blindness.
 
Last year, Dawn and Stephen traveled to China to adopt another child who is visually impaired. Their son Charlie, adopted at age seven, can see some color and light, but is functionally blind.
 
Today, Kate (now age 10) and Charlie (now age 8) both participate in CVI’s STARS program for school-aged youth, attending summer camps and weekend activities throughout the year. Their nine-year-old brother Sam, who is sighted, also joins in for fun family events like horseback riding, rock climbing and golfing.
 
Dawn and Stephen are grateful that CVI offers activities that their kids may not otherwise get to experience – and that the whole family can enjoy together. They recently discovered that Kate is a natural on the golf course – proving that the right opportunity can uncover hidden potential.
 
Dawn and Stephen did everything in their power to make sure that the future is bright for their children. Now, it’s your turn.
 
During this season of family, thanks and giving, please
make a gift to help children like Kate and Charlie learn, grow and flourish. On behalf of all of the families whose lives will be touched by your generosity, thank you.

Take a Sneak Peak at CVI's Holiday
Public Service Announcements


CVI is pleased to announce the roll-out of our newest public service announcements (PSAs), edited with the holiday season, thanks and giving in mind! These 15- and 30-second television spots will run on a variety of networks in different zones served by Comcast and AT&T U-verse during the months of November and December. In addition, the spots will run online in corresponding zones, increasing the overall reach. You can check out a sneak peek at the spots below.
30 Second PSA Video
CVI Holiday Commercial 15 second spot
15 Second PSA Video
As Thanksgiving approaches we want to express our sincere appreciation for your support and loyalty. We are deeply thankful and extend to you our best wishes for a happy and healthy Thanksgiving Day.
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Upcoming Events


November
National Diabetes Awareness Month

Saturday, 11/5
STARS Ziplining at North GA Canopy Tours

Tuesday, 11/8
Election Day

Wednesday, 11/9
Low Vision Mobile Tech Classes

Friday, 11/11
iPhone Using VoiceOver Classes

Saturday, 11/12
STARS Saturday Academy

Monday, 11/14
Tech Tools for Independence

Thursday, 11/17
GA Gives Day

Thursday, 11/17
CVI Open House for Prospective Clients and Their Families

Thursday & Friday,
11/24-11/25

Thanksgiving Holiday (CVI and VisAbility Hub will be closed)

Sunday, 2/26
Cruise with CVI Event

Click here for a list of upcoming events!

November is Diabetes Awareness Month

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Diabetic retinopathy is the most common diabetic eye disease and a leading cause of blindness in American adults.
 
People with diabetes are 40% more likely to suffer from glaucoma and 60% more likely to develop cataracts than people without diabetes.
 
The Diabetes Services Program at CVI focuses on diabetes management for people who are visually impaired; to learn more about our Diabetes Support group, click here.
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5 Easy Ways to Help CVI Before Dec. 31

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Make a difference with these smart donation options!
 
The end of the year will be here before we know it. It is important to start planning now for how you want to make an impact this year. Here are five popular ways to help before the year comes to a close:


•  Give cash. Cash is an easy way to give each year and can be used to prepay a pledge. You can donate to CVI online quickly and easily!

•  Give appreciated stock or other property. When you give property to CVI, we’ll sell it and you will eliminate all the capital gains tax you would have paid had you sold it.

•  Invest in a life income plan. A life income gift provides you with payments for the rest of your life and CVI with support thereafter.

•  Give real estate, artwork or other tangible personal property.

•  Donate an insurance policy. A gift of a life insurance policy you no longer need makes a perfect year-end gift. To qualify as a deductible gift, CVI must become the policy owner.
 
For additional information about each option, please click here.
 
For helpful tips about getting the most from your gift this year, please contact Helene Erenberg at herenberg@cviga.org or 404-602-4275.
Microsoft Demo — Surface Pro 4 Tablets
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On Friday, October 21, volunteers from the Microsoft Store at Lenox Mall came to CVI to introduce the new Surface Pro 4 tablet to CVI clients and staff. In a hands-on presentation, the Microsoft team worked with the students to demonstrate how they might best take advantage of many established accessibility features (high contrast and magnification) as well as some new ones (using voice input with Cortana to find files on the computer and conduct Bing searches).
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CVI White Cane Event

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October 28th was the date this year for CVI’s event
to raise white cane awareness in the streets of Midtown Atlanta. Passers-by joined staff, clients and volunteers in a range of enlightening sensory games to test their skills without sight, including the “mobility maze.” The event was a celebration of independence which provided sighted participants with a greater understanding of the daily challenges and achievements of people who are blind and visually impaired.
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