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Mark Your Calendars
Atlanta Delta Gamma Mommies Group Fall Festival.  Trunk or Treat / Crafts / Food / Fun.  Saturday, October 19, 11am to 1PM.  9885 Rod Road, Johns Creek, GA 30022.  Questions or want to volunteer?  Contact Lauren Pointer (

October 19 – Delta Gamma Trunk or Treat. 
BEGIN Families should RSVP via the email link sent in late September.

October 28 - BEGIN Trick or Treating.  Details to be shared soon!

October 28 and 29 - Baby and Me, CVI 1 & CVI 2 classes will not meet.  
November 25 - 29 – Thanksgiving break.  No BEGIN classes and no STARS Afterschool Enrichment.
November 28 & 29 – CVI closed for Thanksgiving.
December 14 - BEGIN & STARS Holiday Party.  Details to be shared in November.
Happenings in September
Thank You to Ed Ressler 
Before this school year, a classroom specifically designed for students with Cortical Visual Impairments (CVI) was merely an idea we hoped to set in place - a hope that would take a lot of time and resources that weren't readily available.  However, BEGIN decided that the Center needed to become that place for hope and inclusion for all of our students.
For the families participating in our CVI 1 & CVI 2 classes, the first day of class brought anxiety about how their child would be included when so many times before their child faced difficulties even while in an "inclusive environment".  As quickly as class invitations were sent out, questions came in return: "Will the activities be too hard for my child with motor impairments?" "Will there be any students like my child attending?" and "Does my child need to be walking to participate?" were among the many questions we received.
On September 9th, our families took their first steps into a brand new class and, with a sigh of relief, found that for once their child was the norm and not the exception.  With a fleet of mobile Special Tomato Chairs, our students were able to dance during circle time, sit with their peers at the art table, and freely move from center to center during learning stations.  Thankful doesn't begin to describe how I felt watching the children gain independence and their families make connections.  While the time spent in class was short, the impact the class has already made is lasting and wouldn't have been possible without your generous donation!  

Emily Pack B.S., TVI
BEGIN Program Instructor


Belle and Sophie using Special Tomato Chairs
provided by Ed Ressler.
What an awesome Friday, the 13th here at the Center!  On September the 13th, STARS students ages 10 and up gathered at CVI for a lock-in.  The night began with lots of food and socializing.  The students were split into groups and they all participated in an escape room, which took 11 steps of collaborative problem-solving for them to work through and make it out of the room.  Other activities that evening included video games, Uno, pie face and a talent show at midnight.
In the wee hours of the morning, the students had an hour of girls and guys time.  The girls did facials and cooked a late night snack (hamburgers and hot dogs), while the guys played hide and seek.  Believe it or not . . . they still were not tired yet!  The remainder of the early morning hours included some good ole’ Family Feud and lots more!  Almost all of the students stayed awake and were able to indulge in pancakes, eggs, sausage, bacon, fish and grits before they went home.  It was definitely a night full of lots of unforgettable memories!
Shelby Ball
STARS Program Manager

I heard ALL about the escape room, staying up all night and eating pizza & candy from the girls: Alecia & Patrice.  They giggled about it and told me stories.  I absolutely love that you guys do this.  I can see their confidence growing & the fact that they're making lifelong friends!  They’re so proud & confident about the fact that they “belong” to an amazing group of friends who do cool stuff!!!
Christi Daprano Evans, Ed.S
Teacher of the Visually Impaired
Orientation and Mobility Specialist
Fulton County Schools


The picture shows the back of a wagon containing 3 children.  One child is in the front seat and 2 children are in the back seat.  The little boy in the back seat has his arm around the little girl.
The picture above shows three children in a wagon traveling from the BEGIN Playground back to their Toddler Classroom.  Londyn is in the front seat with Phoebe and RJ sitting together in the back.  One of the highlights of the work we do is witnessing the friendships that grow and blossom as children and their families progress through our programs.  This picture perfectly captures that spirit of friendship.
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Parent Info & Resources
Center for the Visually Impaired

Alliance Theatre

American Printing House for the Blind (APH)

Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER)

Babies Can’t Wait – Georgia   

Chastain Horse Park 

Delta Gamma Atlanta

Emory Pediatric Ophthalmology

The Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC)

Georgia Academy for the Blind 

Georgia Department of Education – Visual Impairment/Blindness

Georgia DFCS Kinship Navigator Program

Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation

Georgia Sensory Assistance Project (GSAP)


High Museum of Art

Individualized Education Plan – Explained!  

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

Lekotek of Georgia

National Eye Institute

Parent to Parent of Georgia

Paths to Literacy

Shakespeare Tavern

Special Education Services and Supports (Georgia)

Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI)

Staff Contacts
Stephanie Pizza, Ed.S, TVI
Director of Children & Youth Services  

Shelby Ball
STARS Program Manager

Dawlyn Dieudonne
BEGIN-PINES Classroom Teacher/ STARS Instructor

Kay Hawkins
Children & Youth Services Program Coordinator
Krista MacCallum
Children & Youth Services Program Instructor
Avita Morgan TVI
BEGIN-PINES Classroom Teacher/ STARS Instructor
Emily Pack B.S., TVI
BEGIN Program Instructor
Meredith Snellings M.A.
BEGIN Program Instructor
Jazmine Wilson MSW
Children & Youth Services Support Coordinator

Miguel Eugenio Garcia
Shelia Gooch

Toni Jove
Andrew Leslie
Shefeqah Martinez
Felicia Powell
Aracely Rosillo
, UEB Certified
Rashad Williams
Myra Wheat Ed.M


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