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Dining in the Dark Event

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The Center for the Visually Impaired (CVI) is excited to present our first annual Dining in the Dark fundraiser on Sunday, October 9, 2016. Designed to raise awareness about vision loss, this special event will be held at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center beginning at 4:30 p.m. All proceeds from the event will support CVI's vital programs and services for people who are learning to live with vision loss.
Dining in the Dark will be a unique sensory experience, expanding attendees’ understanding of the challenges that individuals who are blind or visually impaired encounter on a daily basis. We invite you to support CVI by sponsoring a table for 10 at the event.
As a Table Sponsor, you and your guests will enjoy:
  • A fine dining experience in complete darkness, providing the opportunity to fully utilize your other senses in enjoying the meal.
  • A delectable three-course menu designed by Chef Todd Ginsberg of The General Muir, Fred’s Meat & Bread, Yalla, and TGM Bread and Executive Chef Damiano de Nicolo of the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center.
  • Wait service by the Atlanta Police Department SWAT Team, utilizing night-vision equipment to navigate the dining space in the dark.
Don't miss the opportunity to be a part of this unique event! For more information, click here.
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New View Graduation

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New View Client Graduation was held on July 13th in the BellSouth Conference Room at CVI. The room was filled with graduates, their family and friends, as well as current New View clients. Graduates had an opportunity to share their experiences at CVI and offer encouragement to clients currently in training. Thirteen graduates successfully completed their training programs and are now moving on to college, career services or employment. Congratulations to our graduates! We wish them all much future success.
The New View Program offers classes at the Center and services in the community to help adult clients achieve greater independence at home and work.

Check out our photo album to see graduation photos

STARS Summer Camp

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School may be out for the summer, but the fun and learning doesn’t stop for CVI’s STARS students. STARS Summer Camp this year ran from July 5-July 29 with participation from 21 elementary kids and 14 middle and high school students. The first two weeks, our elementary school students participated in Animal Week and Sports Week. During this time, these STARS explorers went to PAWS Atlanta rescue shelter, Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary and the Georgia Library for Accessible Services (GLASS) in downtown Atlanta. In addition to taking field trips, the children were swimming, participating in music class, or playing tennis, golf, soccer and beep kickball. Let’s hear it for these active campers!
Not to be left out, STARS middle and high school campers enjoyed a “Foodie Experience” during their first week of camp. Campers visited Golden Corral to learn about buffet etiquette; Chick-Fil-A headquarters in Alpharetta; the Dekalb Farmer’s Market to learn about preparing meals; and Mayfield Dairy in Braselton for a tour of the dairy farm. During each of these excursions, students had to plan their own transportation in preparation for independent living. The camp’s second week was themed “High Adventure.” Our ambitious pre-teens and teens went swimming, rock climbing, hiking and tandem bicycling and participated in scavenger hunts. Highly adventurous, indeed!
Check out our photo album to see our STARS campers in action!

Teenager Tyler Simmons
regains independence with help
from the Low Vision Clinic

On August 31, 2015, police responded to a call that a 15-year-old boy had been shot in the head in Freemansburg, PA. The young man was Tyler Simmons; violence had been increasing in his neighborhood. Tyler was treated for his wounds at a nearby hospital, but the path to recovery and a typical life proved to be much tougher. His mother decided it would be best for Tyler’s health to move to Atlanta to be closer to family. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta referred Tyler to CVI to help him adjust to a life with limited sight.
When Tyler came in to the Florence Maxwell Low Vision Clinic for his evaluation, he desperately wanted to relearn how to use his iPhone. Tyler began working with clinic staff member Bill Epperson on using the iPhone’s Voiceover feature to text, set alarms, download apps, play music, surf the web and more. So far, Tyler has been to the Center to work one-on-one with Bill twice.
Bill has thoroughly enjoyed spending time with and teaching Tyler, stating how gratifying it has been to see Tyler regain independence. When Tyler was first diagnosed with vision loss, he struggled with what to do and how to cope. With training, he has since become an example for others to not give up, illustrating that with proper training, someone with vision loss can do whatever they set their mind to. One of Tyler’s favorite pastimes is writing, and he’s looking forward to taking computer instruction classes so that he can get back to putting words on the page. He also enjoys fishing, exercising, swimming, basketball, wrestling and the Seattle Seahawks.
Tyler recently attended CVI’s STARS summer camp. He hopes to become more involved with the STARS program, where he will have the opportunity to learn new skills and interact with other kids who have experienced vision loss.
Picture of Tyler Simmons

Upcoming Events

Thursday, 8/11
STARS event at Falcon's Game

Saturday, 8/13
STARS Horseback Riding

Thursday, 8/18
Henderson Society Event

Saturday & Sunday, 8/20-8/21
STARS/BEGIN Family Retreat

Thursday, 8/25
Open House for Prospective Clients and Their Families

Saturday, 8/27
STARS Golf Clinic

Click here for a list of upcoming events!

Q & A —
Inheritance Basics

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Many families have questions about inheritance:

• Can a spouse inherit retirement plan assets tax-free?

• If I leave my 401(k) to my children after my death, how much will they pay in taxes?

• How do I make a charitable donation from an IRA?

You can learn the answers to some of the more common questions related to this important topic here

Do you have more questions? CVI is here to help! Feel free to contact Helene Erenberg at or 404-602-4275.

McClain Hermes 

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Congratulations to McClain Hermes on qualifying and joining the 2016 US Paralympic Swim Team traveling to Brazil! Trials were held the last weekend in June and announced on Sunday, July 3. McClain, who is 15 years old and has been a STARS student since 2012, will join 20 other women and 10 men competing in Rio, Brazil from September 7-18, following the completion of the Summer Olympics. McClain holds 10 American swimming records in her category as a legally blind athlete, and is a Bronze Medalist from the Parapan American Games last year in the 400 meter freestyle.
Best of luck, McClain – we will be rooting for you!
Picture of McClain with bronze metal
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