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Mark Your Calendars
February 19 - Parent Group with Dr. Vidya Phoenix, Pediatric Ophthalmologist at Thomas Eye Group. RSVP to Jazmine McMullen at jwilson@cviga.org.
February 22 - STARS Red and White Ball. 
March 3  - Parent to Parent of Georgia presents Georgia Medicaid Basics and an Overview of Home and Community-Based Services.  For more information, contact Jazmine McMullen at jwilson@cviga.org
Updates
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Parent Groups
On January 15, the Parent Group welcomed Sheila Carter, Executive Director of Cam and Madi’s Promise, Incorporated (C.A.M.P.). C.A.M.P. is a grassroots organization that strives to ensure that every family of a child with special needs is successful in securing the medical and therapeutic services their children often require through the Katie Beckett and NOW/COMP waivers.
 
During the workshop, parents learned more about the services offered through C.A.M.P. as well as the waivers that are available specifically for their families. If you have any questions or would like additional assistance specific to Katie Beckett and NOW/COMP waivers, please feel free to contact Jazmine McMullen, Children and Youth Services Support Coordinator at jwilson@cviga.org

The next Parent Group will be held on February 19 (11:30 am to 12:30 pm) and will feature Dr. Vidya Phoenix who is a Pediatric Ophthalmologist at Thomas Eye Group. This will be a great opportunity for parents to network with other families while learning more about their child’s vision diagnosis. Please RSVP for the February 19 Parent Group by emailing jwilson@cviga.org before February 17. 

Strolling Thunder
On Monday, January 27, Jazmine McMullen, Children and Youth Services Support Coordinator for Center of the Visually Impaired, participated in GEEARS: Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students annual Strolling Thunder Event.  During this event babies and parents from around Georgia were able to meet their elected officials during a day at the Capitol. Parents received advocacy training and participated in roundtable discussions so families could tell their stories about the joys and challenges of raising infants and toddlers in Georgia.
The photo shows a group of around 100 parents with infants and toddlers standing on stairs around Georgia Governor, Brian Kemp.
STARS
Ice Skating
On January 20, a group of STARS students met to go ice skating, some for the very first time. Here is what student Jasmine Robinson had to say:  
 
"I was scared to try it but I ended up having fun! The volunteer from Warby Parker was very funny and entertaining. He helped me feel more comfortable trying something new. The ice was really cold, too."  - Jasmine Robinson
 
Mathieu on the ice using a red skating frame.
Mathieu

Kate takes time out on the ice to pose for the camera.
Kate

Jasmine and Alecia huddle together for warmth.
Jasmine and Alecia

Kyler and Kayden stop skating and show their big smiles for a photo.
Kyler and Kayden
Spotlight
 Helen Keller Archive Available Online
 
The American Printing House for the Blind is now the home of the AFB Helen Keller Archive. There are 256 works available, including 11 written by Helen Keller. Many works are available on demand in the Internet Archive and others can be borrowed via the Open Library. The Helen Keller Archive is available here.
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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   


Cam and Madi’s Promise

Chastain Horse Park 

Delta Gamma Atlanta

Emory Pediatric Ophthalmology

The Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC)


GEEARS: Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students

Georgia Academy for the Blind 

Georgia Department of Education – Visual Impairment/Blindness

Georgia DFCS Kinship Navigator Program

Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Services (GLASS)


Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation

Georgia Sensory Assistance Project (GSAP)

GaPINES

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)


Talk With Me Baby

Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI)

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Staff Contacts
Stephanie Pizza, Ed.S, TVI
Director of Children & Youth Services
spizza@cviga.org  
404-602-4331

Shelby Ball
STARS Program Manager
sball@cviga.org
404-602-4336

Dawlyn Dieudonne
BEGIN-PINES Classroom Teacher/ STARS Instructor
ddieudonne@doe.k12.ga.us

Kay Hawkins
Children & Youth Services Program Coordinator
khawkins@cviga.org
404-602-4332
 
Krista MacCallum
Children & Youth Services Program Instructor
kmaccalum@cviga.org

Jazmine W. McMullen MSW
Children & Youth Services Support Coordinator
jwilson@cviga.org
404-602-4333
 
Avita Morgan TVI
BEGIN-PINES Classroom Teacher/ STARS Instructor
amorgan@doe.k12.ga.us
 
Emily Pack B.S., TVI
BEGIN Program Instructor
epack@cviga.org
404-602-4335
 
Meredith Snellings M.A.
BEGIN Program Instructor
msnellings@cviga.org
404-602-4334
 
STARS Staff
Miguel Eugenio Garcia
Shelia Gooch

Andrew Leslie
Shefeqah Martinez
Qayyim McKoy
Felicia Powell
Aracely Rosillo
, UEB Certified
Rashad Williams
Myra Wheat Ed.M
Habtamu Wilson

 

 
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