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It's Not Too Late! Register to Attend Night Visions 2017 Today

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Now is the time to register for Atlanta’s greatest party with a purpose! CVI will be hosting Night Visions on
Thursday, April 27, 2017 at The Stave at American Spirit Works.
Guests at Night Visions will enjoy a fun, carnival-themed
evening featuring cocktails, great food, silent and live
auctions, roving entertainment and carnival games with a
unique CVI mission twist.

Funds raised at the event empower people impacted by vision loss to live with independence and dignity. At CVI, services
are never based on a client’s ability to pay. As such, funds
raised at Night Visions are crucial to ensure that we can help
all those in need.

New for this year: special ticket packages. The more tickets you buy, the more you save! Find out more about the range of
ticket packages available and register now.

Planned Giving Corner: Join CVI for
a Special Seminar and Dinner
at Maggiano's on May 11!

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The Center for the Visually Impaired is pleased to invite guests to attend a special planned giving seminar educating donors, friends and members of the local community on ways to leave a lasting legacy to charity without leaving less to family.
Estate Tax Elimination and Income Tax Reduction Seminar
Thursday, May 11, 2017
5:00-7:30 PM

(Presentation begins promptly at 5:00 PM with dinner to follow)
Maggiano’s Little Italy - Buckhead
3368 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA 30326
The May 11th event is the third in a series of seminars from CVI to educate donors, friends, and community members about the opportunities for giving more to charities of their choice, without leaving less to family. The two previous seminars, held on September 15, 2016 and January 19, 2017, were attended by more than 35 friends of CVI. The events are in partnership with the Donor Motivation Program®, an international program serving leading charities and their donors for over 20 years.
The featured speaker will be nationally recognized financial educator and charitable wealth planning specialist, Barry H Spencer. He will share his personal experiences and knowledge of ways that individuals can leave a lasting legacy to charity without leaving less to family.
In addition to the informative presentation, the evening will include appetizers and dinner following the presentation so that attendees can ask questions of the presenter as well as interact with CVI staff and trustees.
Attendance is free, but seats are limited! To reserve your spot, call Brandon Lawler at 404-602-4361, or email your response today to

"Lunching and Learning"
with Clayton Eye Center

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CVI staff were invited to Clayton Eye Center in March to provide information on our agency at a ‘Lunch and Learn’ event. Doctors and their supporting staff were in attendance to learn more about the benefits of vision rehabilitation, and how to refer patients for services. By educating eye care professionals, CVI builds relationships to ensure that people with vision loss are connected to the services that can enhance their independence.

Back in Time: Inside the
CVI Vault — Sonic Glasses

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This month we continue to investigate some of the intriguing objects that have found their way into the closets of CVI staff over the decades. These items often have interesting stories to tell; the Sonic Glasses are no exception.

Developed in the late 1960s, battery powered sonar devices were developed to enhance orientation and mobility for users of white canes. By emitting sound waves and receiving them as they bounced back from surrounding surfaces, they could alert a user to nearby objects in the path of travel, within a distance of 6 to 8 feet. These devices would emit a tone that would change in frequency according to the proximity of objects.
Early versions of these sonar devices were worn around the neck. These “Sonic Glasses” use the same sonar technology, but provide feedback to each ear “binaurally” via transmitters and receivers mounted on the frames of the glasses.

The Sonic Glasses and other sonar devices were extensively tested, but they had many limitations. They could not detect steps or other drop-offs in the path of travel, they were expensive and fragile, the feedback could be hard to interpret for the average user, and most users found they preferred to exclusively use a cane or a guide dog. However, the idea behind Sonic Glasses has often been revisited by designers over the years, and the day may yet come when the technology catches up with the concept!

Let's Do Lunch — Annual
Hot Dog Fundraiser Coming Soon!

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Mark your calendars to attend the 9th Annual Hot
Dog Fundraiser and Blind Entrepreneurial Showcase

to support CVI’s STARS youth program.
Date:  Wednesday, April 12
(Rain date will be Wednesday, April 19)
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM
Location:  CVI Parking Lot -
739 West Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30308
The Hot Dog Fundraiser features the best-priced lunch in town, and for a great cause! A $4 combo includes a hot dog, chips and a drink (just $.50 additional for chili). Experience the Blind Entrepreneurial Showcase, featuring a host of local vendors, from jewelry designers to massage therapists.
And if this weren’t already enough, there’s also a chance to win a $50 door prize. Our thanks to the CVI Alumni Association, Feeding the Homeless Project, Inc., Colliers International and the Coca-Cola Company for sponsoring this fun and ever-popular annual event.

BEGIN Families Experience Music
and Movement Together

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At the beginning of 2017, BEGIN introduced a new twice-monthly Music & Movement Class for infants and toddlers with visual impairments and other medical conditions. This music therapy-based class for parents and children includes activities that address cognitive, emotional, behavioral, developmental, neurological and physical needs.
A wide range of goals are addressed in these classes; the young participants experience an increase in listening skills, motor skills, socialization, self-expression and self-awareness, while parents and children alike can benefit from the positive interaction fostered in the class.
CVI’s BEGIN Program provides specialized classes, training, information and support to help children with visual impairments reach their full potential.

STARS Casino Night

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STARS invited guests to take their chances at the annual Casino Night on Friday, March 10. STARS students, siblings and parents were in attendance, trying their luck at the tables. Volunteers ran various stations where Roulette, Poker, Blackjack and Bingo were available. One particular favorite was the “racetrack” where two Beanie Babies of choice engaged in a dice-driven dash to the finish line. Prizes were available to all, with the biggest winners of the night cashing in their chips for first choice.

Upcoming Events

Saturday, 4/8
CVI Volunteer Appreciation Brunch

Wednesday, 4/12
CVI Alumni Hot Dog Fundraiser

Friday, 4/14
Learning about your iPhone or iPad Class (Course 1, Session 1)

Friday, 4/14
STARS Event at High Museum of Art

Saturday, 4/15
STARS Adaptive Golf Clinic

Monday, 4/17
Tech Tools for Independence (Reading options
for the visually impaired)

Friday, 4/21
Learning about
your iPhone or
iPad Class
(Course 1, Session 2)

Saturday & Sunday,

STARS Transition Retreat

Thursday, 4/27
Night Visions

Saturday, 4/29
STARS Trip to Serenbe Farms

Thursday, 5/11
Planned Giving Event

Sunday, 10/1
Dining in the Dark

Click here for a list of upcoming events!

BEGIN Spring Card Artwork

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A CVI BEGIN student created the wonderful floral art for our spring greeting card this year. In appreciation of your support, all of us at CVI extend our warmest wishes to you and your family this season. Happy Spring!

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New View Clients get "Hands-On" at the Microsoft Store

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Clients of CVI’s New
View Adult Rehabilitation Program
visited the Microsoft Store at Lenox Mall recently to test some of the new products for themselves.
Microsoft staff took them through features of the Surface tablet, including the updated Windows Narrator screen reader, and Cortana (Microsoft’s answer to Siri, Ask Google, and other personal digital assistants). Clients were also able to test an update to Windows Magnifier, which is now able to magnify on-screen content up to 500 times for clients with low vision. As technology develops and prices (hopefully) drop, more people with vision loss should have the opportunity to experience the benefits of assistive technology in
their daily lives.

Get to Know Your Device! CVI is
Now Offering iPhone/iPad Classes

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Do you own an Apple device, but only use it to make and receive calls, and other simple tasks? Apple iPhones and iPads offer many useful features for people with vision loss. Perhaps you wish you could make use of these features, but don’t know where to start!
By taking part in CVI’s new two-session course designed specifically for individuals who are blind or visually impaired, you’ll learn:
•  Orientation to the iPhone/iPad
•  Introduction to Siri and voice commands
•  Using applications with Siri (email, calendar appointments, texting, and more!)
Classes will take place on Fridays, from 10:15 AM-12:15 PM, with course dates as follows:
•  Upcoming Two-Session Course Dates: April 14 and April 21
Registration is required. Each two-session course costs $120.00. Students must bring their own iPhone or iPad to class.

For more information or to register for classes, call 404-875-9011 or email
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