The Association for the Visually Impaired invites you to attend a fun and informative Health and Wellness Fair, Thursday, Nov. 30th at 1 PM at the beautiful Esplanade at Palisades. Free vision and hearing screenings, yoga program, technology demonstrations at tours of the facility.
For more information please call 574-4950.
The Association for the Visually Impaired (AVI) and the Rockland Community College Accessibility Service Department will mark 2017 Rockland County WHITE CANE AWARENESS DAY with the workshop “Demystifying the White Cane” on October 19 from 9 -11 AM in Room 3214 of the Nelson Mandela Activity Center (second floor) at SUNY Rockland, in Suffern.
White Cane Awareness Day, a national observance in the United States, is celebrated on October 15 of each year since 1964. The mission of White Cane Day is to educate the world about blindness and how those who are blind and visually impaired can live and work independently while giving back to their communities and to celebrate the abilities and successes achieved by blind people in a sighted world. The day is also set aside to remind people about the how the white cane is an important tool in helping the blind and the visually impaired live with greater independence.
Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in demonstrations wearing simulation glasses and hear personal stories of achievements from visually impaired and blind individuals. Guest speakers include: Rockland Community College graduate Kenneth Chi , a past client of AVI, who currently works as a Program Advocate at BRIDGES, and representatives from SUNY Rockland and AVI, who will discuss how people with blindness and visual impairments can access services to advance their education and employment opportunities.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in a Guided Sight demonstration- wearing simulation glasses and learn about the latest Low Vision tools and technological advancements.
Vendors will demonstrate the latest low vision aids and devices available to help people with vision loss to remain independent.
We are pleased to have the following co-sponsors: Rockland Community College, NYS Commission for the Blind, BRIDGES and Lions Club District #20 R-1.
On Thursday, July 6th, staff and clients from the Association of the Visually Impaired staff joined invited guests to celebrate Claire Smiley’s 100th birthday, during the regular meeting of its Peer Support Group. Mrs. Smiley, who turned 100 on June 25th, is a regular attendee of AVI’s Social Educational Support Group, which meets the first and third Thursday of each month at 11 a.m. at the Promenade at Chestnut Ridge (Old Schoolhouse Road in Spring Valley).
Claire is a widow who is legally blind due to macular degeneration and glaucoma. She was originally from Montreal, where she worked as a bookkeeper and raised two children. For the past two years she has resided in New City, with her daughter Judy Heilpern.
To mark this special occasion, Town of Clarkstown Supervisor George Hoehmann presented Claire with a Certificate of Merit; County Executive Ed Day was unable to attend, but Mr. Hoehmann presented a Certificate of Achievement on his behalf.
According to Executive Director Beth Bate-DuBoff, it is customary to acknowledge the birthdays of the Support Group members at the conclusion of the meeting. “Members look forward to their special cupcake,” she said. “Additionally, each October, the agency hosts a 90ies Plus luncheon, which is one of the most highly anticipated events of the year. But 100 years of life is an incredible milestone. Her AVI family is honored to be able to celebrate it with her!”
The Social Educational Support group is free and open to the public; the objective of the group is to help adults of all ages to develop coping strategies to adapt to vision loss by providing peer support as well as access for community services which can improve their quality of life. The group, which is led by Social Worker Lois Pozsar, (with assistance from Lori Soto), features presentations regarding eye conditions/research, health, wellness, safety and invites presenters to conduct programs in the area of music, adaptive sports and games; with the assistance of volunteers, the group also plans outings to local restaurants. This program is made possible in part through grants from United Way of Rockland County and M&T Bank.
For more information on the Association for the Visually Impaired please call 845-574-4950