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Would you like to catch up? - if you would like to participate, and haven’t yet started the process, either:
Watch the podcast of our April 11 Zoom event https://pnc.st/s/acb-events/325760ad/aavl-and-area-agencies-on-aging-aaa-april-11-2021
Go to AAA Project Detailed Instructions
or download your preferred format of AAA Project Detailed Instructions below to start the project:
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For General info:
Go to AAVL Seeks to Coordinate with Area Agencies on Aging
or download your preferred format of the AAA Project Promo Letter below:
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Go to Area Agencies on Aging and How they Help You
or download your preferred format of the AAA Information Sheet below:
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"The Ins and Outs of Sight Loss Later in Life"
Support Group Call. Tuesdays at 4:00 PM Eastern time, 1:00 PM Pacific time AAVL sponsors a community call support group for people losing sight at older ages called "The Ins and Outs of Sight Loss Later in Life". You can participate through the following Zoom connections:
Join the call:
One tap mobile: +13126266799,,86577005511#,,,,,,0#,,753480#
Meeting ID: 865 7700 5511
California Affiliate Support Group Call
The California Alliance on Aging and Vision Loss, a state affiliate member of AAVL, also sponsors a group support call on Friday mornings, from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM Pacific time. You can participate through the following Zoom connections:
Join the call:
Meeting ID: 850 6089 0230
One tap mobile
+16699009128,,85060890230#,,,,,,0#,,222638# US (San Jose)
+1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)
Meeting ID: 850 6089 0230
AAVL at ACB Conventions
AAVL hosts several events during the annual convention of the American Council of the Blind (ACB) held each July. These events typically consist of a luncheon meeting with guest speaker followed by AAVL’s annual business meeting and a mixer at which members have a chance to socialize and get to know each other.
AAVL at 2020 ACB Virtual Convention
Due to the corona virus pandemic, the annual ACB convention for 2020 was held virtually. AAVL held virtual meetings during which various speakers participated. AAVL hosted a joint seminar with ACB's Rehabilitation Issues Taskforce. Lee Nasehi, President & CEO of VisionServe Alliance, the largest consortium of blindness agencies in the country, explored ways in which we can attempt to fill the ever-growing need for specialized services for seniors who are blind or low vision. Lori Scharf, Masters in Social Work and Certified Work Incentive Practitioner, addressed Medicare questions. She talked about such topics as when a person is eligible and what kinds of benefits can one receive. AAVL also held a panel discussion during which Jenine Stanley, Explorer Communications Manager Aira Tech Cor, and Alexa Holland, Enterprise Manager, Gogo grandparent, talked about how these companies can enhance your independence and quality of life. AAVL then held an open discussion on the work it is doing on behalf of seniors with vision loss.
AAVL at 2019 ACB Convention
In 2019 AAVL hosted a joint luncheon with ACB Rehabilitation Issues Taskforce on July 8 during ACB’s Rochester, NY convention. Mark Reichert, Director of Public Policy, National Disability Institute, spoke on the topic “Upping Our Game for Services to Seniors with Vision Loss”. Reichert, a long-time blindness community advocate, addressed the issue of how to make advocacy efforts more successful.
Following the luncheon AAVL hosted a panel discussion on “Innovations in Services to Seniors with Vision Loss”. The panel talked about new service delivery approaches to meet the complex needs of seniors suffering recent vision loss. Serving this rapidly growing population with the limited resources available is a major challenge and sharing success stories is extremely useful to improve service delivery nationwide. Panelists were Brian Daniels, Director, New York State Commission for the Blind, Albany, New York; Nancy Miller, Executive Director/CEO Visions/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired, New York, New York; Sara VanBortel, Assistant Director, Vision Rehabilitation Department, Association for the Blind-Goodwill of the Finger Lakes, Rochester, New York; and Sylvia Stinson-Perez, Director, Older Blind Technical Assistance Center at the National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision at Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, Mississippi.
AAVL also hosted a mixer on July 9 for its members and friends. Food and libation were served in a relaxing atmosphere where people could reunite or meet for the first time and share their stories and experiences.
In prior years, AAVL’s speakers have described dealing with becoming blind after age 50, preparing for emergency situations without sight and establishing local organizations to provide social, cultural and athletic activities for people with physical disabilities. AAVL welcomes suggestions for future programs and presentations.
Visibilities Community Call
Fridays at 7:00 PM Eastern time, 4:00 PM Pacific time Visibilities presents topics of interest to older people with sight loss through a community call. You can listen through the following Zoom connections:
Join the call:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84159641815?pwd=a2dlamVEeUVNTEY1UHRBTGNCYXkwUT09(link is external)
One tap mobile: +13017158592,,84159641815#,,,,,,0#,,736467#
Phone: 312 626 6799
Meeting ID: 841 5964 1815
ACB Daily Community Calls
ACB hosts daily community calls on the Zoom platform. Between eight to twelve calls take place each day covering a vast variety of topics including social, technology, support, crafts, music, special groups and quite a few more. For more information and to learn how to join any of the calls, visit the web site:
http://www.acblists.org/mailman/listinfo/acb-community-events(link is external)
Aging and Vision Loss National Coalition (AVLNC)
The Aging and Vision Loss National Coalition (AVLNC) is a consortium of leaders comprised of national, state, local, private, and public agencies with the goal of advocating for equal access and quality of life for older Americans with vision loss. AVLNC has established one, two and three year plans to seek better understanding of and services for seniors experiencing sight loss. It seeks volunteers to serve on its four subcommittees; Public Awareness, Data and Research, Access to Quality Vision Rehabilitation Services, and Policy and Funding. For more information, visit its web site at:
https://visionservealliance.org/avlnc/?mc_cid=ff28833fca&mc_eid=cc266e9c8d(link is external)
Audio Webinar on Healthcare Issues for Blind and Low Vision People
The Great Lakes ADA Center in collaboration with the ADA National Network invites you to register for the upcoming ADA Audio Conference Webinar titled "Health Care Access for Patients and Companions that are Blind or Experiencing Vision Loss" featuring Katie Frederick, Community Manager and Accessibility Lead, International Association of Accessibility Professionals and Peter Berg, Great Lakes ADA Center. This session will explore ways in which critical health information can be provided in accessible formats. The presenters will also discuss their personal experiences as blind individuals and the best ways health care staff can offer and provide assistance to patients and companions.
Date: Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Time: 2-3:30pm ET
Format: Zoom Webinar Platform
Cost: No Charge
Registration Required: https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Faccessibilityonline.org%2FADA-Audio%2Fsession%2F%3Fid%3D110906&data=04%7C01%7Cada_training%40listserv.uic.edu%7C349f0686f7b24d2e2e3b08d91ecd86c0%7Ce202cd477a564baa99e3e3b71a7c77dd%7C0%7C0%7C637574690330769315%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=d8PqtL5mEwwQocKabaOYQr1eTjOfxqmNv2PPbZIJHd8%3D&reserved=0
The registration for this session can also be found on the schedule page.
Registration deadline: Monday, June 14th, 2021