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Don't Miss CVI's True Blue Do!

True Blue Do: Night Visions Logo
Tickets are on sale now for the 2016 True Blue Do, taking place on Saturday, May 7! The True Blue Do, CVI’s annual fundraising event, is a party with a wonderful purpose that you won’t want to miss. You can purchase individual tickets, become an event sponsor, and learn more about the event by visiting cviga.ejoinme.org/TBD16. We are looking forward to a fun-filled celebration of CVI and our mission – we hope you will be able to join us!
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Sightsavers America Provides
Equipment to Children with Low Vision

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In 2015, Sightsavers America began providing Electronic Video Magnifiers (EVMs) to children with low vision living in the Atlanta area, thanks to generous support from Allied World Assurance Company, the Through Gia’s Eyes Foundation, Optelec International, and Freedom Scientific. The organization was able to provide EVMs to eight children with low vision who were identified through a partnership between Sight Savers America, Center for the Visually Impaired, Emory Eye Center, and local teachers of the visually impaired. The majority of children receiving this assistance are participants in CVI’s STARS program.
 
On February 26, the children all participated in a one-day training clinic at Allied World Assurance Company, where they learned every function of their new EVMs. The children were able to take their equipment home the same day. Thank you to Sightsavers America and its generous sponsors for providing this wonderful and important assistance for children with visual impairments. 

Gina Adams Wins Working Wonders Award

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Congratulations to CVI staff member Gina Adams for winning the Georgia Enterprises’ Working Wonders Award! The Working Wonders Award honors employees with disabilities who have made valuable contributions to their employers and community, which describes Gina perfectly! An employee of CVI for over 28 years, Gina began her tenure as an intern and was then hired to work as a Low Vision Therapist in the Florence Maxwell Low Vision Clinic. Today, as CVI’s Vision Rehabilitation Therapist in Activities of Daily Living, she helps clients learn or relearn activities like laundry, cooking, cleaning and much more.
 
Gina is a patient teacher who takes time with each client to guide and to explain in great detail the individual components of every lesson. Throughout the years, Gina has utilized the same skills she teaches to adapt to her own decreasing vision – learning assistive technology, taking braille lessons, and making necessary accommodations to live her life independently. She always puts clients first, utilizing her professional training and personal experiences to help them as they learn to adjust to their circumstances, often through great difficulty and fear. This spring, Gina will retire from CVI. We wish her all the best in her next adventures and thank her for all that she has done to better the lives of CVI’s clients!


Did you know that April 11-15 is Vision Rehabilitation Therapist (VRT) Appreciation Week?
VRT Appreciation Week began as a way to increase awareness of the field and recognize the dedication of professionals within it. VRT Appreciation Week takes place in April to coincide with Anne Sullivan’s birthday on April 14. Ms. Sullivan is best known for being Helen Keller’s teacher. The role of the VRT is to provide instruction and guidance in adaptive independent living skills, enabling adults who are blind and visually impaired to confidently carry out their daily activities. Other job duties for a VRT include evaluating their client’s needs, developing individual plans, identifying resources, teaching problem solving and how to use adaptive equipment.

CVI's VisAbility Store Is Having a Sale!  

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April showers bring spring savings!
The VisAbility Store, located on the first floor of CVI’s building in Midtown Atlanta, is a nonprofit retail store that features a wide range of low vision products. The store also features hundreds of items that would make great gifts!

 

All items in the store are 50-75% off!*

Double the Happiness — get a great deal for yourself and
make a difference in your community by supporting
the mission of a wonderful organization.

 
Kitchen Items, Low Vision 
Aids, Toys and More!

 
Don't miss out on items like Melissa & Doug puzzles,
Cocoon sunglasses, OXO kitchen items and more!

 
Swing by the store or visit
www.visabilitystore.org for more information.


*Exclusions apply. All sales are final. In Store Only. Quantities Limited

STARS Casino Night — Everyone's a Winner!

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STARS students, siblings, parents, staff and volunteers had a blast at this year’s Casino Night! Over 60 people attended the event, which was held on Friday, March 25. Everyone enjoyed great food, camaraderie and all of the classic casino night games, adapted for people who are visually impaired – including Blackjack, Wits & Wagers, Texas Hold-Em, Roulette, Animal Races and Bingo. The student with the most chips at the end of the evening got to pick a prize from the prize table, and everyone who attended got a raffle ticket for special prizes that were raffled off at the end of the night.
 
Check out this great collection of photos from a fun-filled event!
CVI in 30 Seconds or Less —
Coming Soon to a TV Near You!
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It is with great excitement that CVI announces the production of its first-ever public service announcements (PSAs). These 15- and 30-second television “commercials” for CVI will run on a variety of networks in various zones served by Comcast and AT&T U-verse during the months of April and May. Cable zones where the spots will be featured include DeKalb, Cobb, Fulton, and areas of Roswell and Sandy Springs, on networks such as AMC, HGTV, HLN, Sport South, ESPN2, TNT, TBS, The Weather Channel, The History Channel, and more! In addition, the spots will run online in corresponding zones, increasing the overall reach.
 
The PSAs focus on increasing awareness of CVI, its many services, and how people can support the organization. They were produced by Neilson Paty of Jetty Productions and funded through a special fundraising campaign led by members of the CVI Board of Trustees. Special thanks to those who donated to make this campaign possible!
 
If you’d like a sneak peek at the spots, please visit CVI's YouTube page to view CVI’s first-ever PSAs!
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Upcoming Events


Wednesday, 4/6
Alumni Hotdog Sale 
& Blind 
Entrepreneurial 
Showcase


Saturday-Sunday, 4/9-4/10
STARS Youth Transition Retreat

Week of 4/10-4/16
National Volunteer Week

Week of 4/11-4/15
VRT Appreciation Week

Sunday, 4/17
STARS trip to Sensory Trail

Sunday, 4/24
STARS trip to
Rancho Alegre


Thursday, 4/28
Open House for Prospective Clients
and Their Families


Saturday, 5/7
True Blue Do:
Night Visions


Click here for a list of upcoming events!

Planned Giving Corner: The
Easiest Way to
Make an Impact

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Are you interested in helping the Center for the Visually Impaired with our mission but feel overwhelmed by the thought of writing another check or giving up your assets today? A simple, flexible and versatile way to ensure we can continue our work for years to come is a gift in your will or living trust, known as a charitable bequest.
 
By including a bequest to CVI in your will or living trust, you are ensuring that we can continue our mission for years to come. Your gift also entitles your estate to an unlimited federal estate tax charitable deduction.
 
Ready to start planning today? Visit CVI’s
Planned Giving website for an overview of options, or contact Helene Erenberg
at 404-602-4275 or

herenberg@cviga.org for additional information.

National Volunteer Week

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April 10-16 is National Volunteer Week. National Volunteer Week is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities. It’s about demonstrating to the nation that by working together, we have the fortitude to meet our challenges and accomplish our goals. CVI values the numerous volunteers that help serve our clients, and we are always looking for new volunteers! If you are interested in volunteering please check out our volunteer page and fill out an application – we would love to have you on board! 

Make a Gift Today!

It is easy and secure to make a gift online on our Donate Now page.

Alumni Hotdog
Sale This
Wednesday!

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Join us for the 8th Annual
Hot Dog Fundraiser and
Blind Entrepreneurial
Showcase
to support CVI’s
STARS youth program!
 
Date:  Wednesday, April 6
(Rain date will be
Wednesday, April 20)

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location:  CVI Parking Lot -
739 West Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30308
 
This annual fundraiser
features the best
priced lunch in town!

A $4 combo includes a
hot dog, chips and a drink
($.50 additional for chili).
Plus, experience our blind entrepreneurial showcase featuring local vendors from jewelers to massage therapists. And don’t miss your chance to
win a $50 door prize!
 
Enormous thanks to the CVI Alumni Association,
Feeding the Homeless Project, Inc., Colliers International
and the Coca-Cola Company
for sponsoring this
exciting annual event.
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739 West Peachtree Street, N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30308

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