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This Holiday Season...
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 the Center for the Visually Impaired (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!

CVI Smashes 2016 Goal
on Georgia Gives Day

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On Thursday, November 17, CVI participated in the 2016 Georgia Gives Day. Held annually, Georgia Gives Day is a statewide day of giving that challenges the public to make a donation to their favorite charity. This year, over 2,000 charities participated. In just 24 hours, donors contributed $11,855 to CVI – far exceeding our $8,500 goal for the day and well over the amount raised last year.
 
With the money raised on November 17, CVI also qualified for an additional, $1,000 incentive grant from the SunTrust Foundation as part of their Financial Wellness Challenge, bringing the day’s total to $12,855. Thank you to our wonderful community of supporters who showed their commitment to CVI on Georgia Gives Day, and made this event a huge success!

Planned Giving Corner

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Invest just 90 minutes and it could
save you and your family millions…
  • Create substantial income tax deductions
  • Avoid double taxation on your IRA and 401(K) monies
  • Create an income you can’t outlive
  • Legally bypass capital gains taxes on stock, bonds, and real estate
  • Leave a lasting legacy to your charities without leaving less to loved ones
  • Use a zero estate tax plan to pass more wealth…and much more!
Thursday, January 19, 2017
5:00-7:30 PM
Maggiano’s Little Italy - Buckhead
3368 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA 30326
(Presentation begins promptly at 5PM with dinner to follow)
 
SEATS ARE FREE, BUT LIMITED
Call Brandon Lawler at 404-602-4361, or email your response today to blawler@cviga.org to ensure your seat!

Join us on a Cruise with CVI!

Please join us for a special event at CVI:
 
Cruise with CVI
Sunday, February 26, 2017
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Center for the Visually Impaired
739 West Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30308
 
Join us for light refreshments, client 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!
 
Please RSVP to Deborah Burcham at 404-602-4279
or
 dburcham@cviga.org by February 20.
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Tech Tools for Independence —
Making Technology Work for You!

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CVI is 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:
  • iPhone/iPad
  • Tablets
  • Computer Enhancement Software
  • Desktop and Portable Video Magnifiers
The next demo will take place on Monday, December 12, 2016 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM at the Center for the Visually Impaired, 739 West Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30308.
 
RSVPs are recommended but not required. For more information, or to reserve your spot, call 404-875-9011 or email info@cviga.org.

STARS Students Zipline to Adventure

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When we invited STARS students to make a list of activities they’ve always wanted to try, ziplining was one of the more exciting suggestions. To show that vision loss needn’t prevent anyone from doing anything they want to do, STARS staff went to work to make it happen.
 
After a little research (and a little more fundraising) STARS staff and volunteers came together on November 5 to give six students their very first ziplining experience, at North Georgia Canopy Tours. An exhilarating and unique adventure was had by all participants as they zipped from tree to tree, while learning about the forest habitat and wildlife.
 
Our thanks to North Georgia Canopy Tours for welcoming and accommodating individuals with special requirements, as they foster and sustain a higher level of consciousness and ecological responsibility by teaching the rich history of the area, its culture, and canopy life.
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Upcoming Events


Sunday, 12/11
STARS Event at Chattahoochee Nature Center

Monday, 12/12
Tech Tools for Independence Demonstration

Thursday, 12/15
STARS Holiday Party for Elementary Students

Thursday, 12/15
CVI Open House for Prospective Clients and Their Families

Saturday, 12/17
STARS Saturday Academy

Saturday, 12/17
STARS Holiday Party for Middle/High School Students

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

Saturday-Monday,
12/24-1/2

Christmas and New Years Holiday (CVI and VisAbility Hub will be closed)

Thursday, 1/19
Planned Giving Event

Sunday, 2/26
Cruise with CVI Event

Thursday, 4/27
Night Visions

Click here for a list of upcoming events!

CVI Partners with Takle Eye Group
in Griffin, GA

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We are pleased to announce our new partnership with Takle Eye Group to bring a monthly Remote Low Vision Clinic to their location in Griffin, GA. CVI’s network of remote clinics provide low vision evaluations and services for people with vision loss that may have challenges finding transportation to our main building in Midtown Atlanta. To find out more,
click here
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CVI and Eye Consultants of Atlanta:
Partnering
to Educate

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Eye Consultants of Atlanta recently featured CVI at their educational Macular Degeneration Seminar. Alongside retina specialists from Eye Consultants, CVI staff presented to more than 340 guests, highlighting the benefits of low vision rehabilitation for people living with macular degeneration and other causes of vision loss.
Support CVI as you shop this holiday season!
Do you still have items on your list? In this giving season, here are a few easy ways you can shop while supporting CVI at the same time!

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Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to CVI
whenever you shop on AmazonSmile.

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You can raise money for CVI through your eBay sales. Your contribution to CVI will help to empower our clients to meet the challenges of vision loss to reach their personal goals and lead fulfilling lives. 
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Host a holiday party to benefit CVI! No event is too big or too small, and your support will have an enormous impact the
clients and families
we serve at CVI.

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CVI’s programs are always
in need of supplies for the
services they provide every
day. Help out with their 
wish lists to make
a difference!
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BEGIN Holiday Card

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BEGIN student Dalan created the wonderful snowman art for CVI’s holiday card this year.

In warm appreciation of your support during the past year, all of us at CVI extend our very best wishes to you and your family for a peaceful holiday season and happy New Year. 
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