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AAVL 3-Part Podcast Series on Fall Prevention
The Fall Prevention podcast program was held October 7, 12 and 14, 2021. See our AAVL Resources page to listen to the 3 podcast links and download the MS Word resources.
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:
.doc AAA Project Detailed Instructions
.pdf AAA Project Detailed Instructions
.txt AAA Project Detailed Instructions
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:
.doc AAA Project Promo Letter
.pdf AAA Project Promo Letter
.txt AAA Project Promo Letter
Go to Area Agencies on Aging and How they Help You
or download your preferred format of the AAA Information Sheet below:
.doc AAA Information Sheet
.pdf AAA Information Sheet
.txt AAA Information Sheet
AAVL Special Monthly Meetings
AAVL will hold special monthly meetings on topics of interest to its members. All such meetings will take place on the fourth Monday of every month starting at 2:00 PM ET, 1:00 PM CT, noon MT, 11:00 AM PT and 8:00 AM HT. All meetings will be done on Zoom and play on ACB Media 5. Look for the Zoom instructions in the ACB Community emails.
In November 2022 the special meeting focused on I Can Connect equipment for people who have both sight and hearing loss. You can find a link to hear this podcast at:
The January 2023 special meeting focused on cruising with low vision or blindness. An audio link for the call is:
January 2023 special meeting audio
The February 2023 special meeting focused on the ACB Advocacy Update on February 16, 2023. An audio link for the call is:
February 2023 special meeting audio
The April 2023 special meeting focused on Traveling Internationally on April 24, 2023. An audio link for the call is:
April 2023 special meeting audio
The May 2023 special meeting focused on Special Considerations when Giving Care to Clients who are Experiencing Vision Loss on May 22, 2023. An audio link for the call is:
May 2023 Special Meeting Audio
"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". Look for the Zoom instructions in the ACB Community emails.
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.
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 occasionally followed by AAVL’s annual business meeting and a mixer at which members have a chance to socialize and get to know each other.
ACB will hold its 2023 annual conference and convention from June 30 through July 7. It will be a hybrid convention with live events taking place in Schaumburg, Illinois. As a participant, AAVL will sponsor the following events, most of which will be in-person only.
On Friday, June 23:
- Starting at 1:00 PM Central time zone AAVL will co-sponsor with SASI a presentation on Aging Well Into Dual Sensory Loss. Jenee Allerman-Goodman, Older Adult Program Coordinator for the Helen Keller National Center (HKNC), Fort Leavenworth, KS will share information and tips for how to cope with and move forward on dealing with both sight and hearing loss. The session will be facilitated by Megan Conway PhD, Information, Research and Professional Development (IRPD), Helen Keller National Center (HKNC), Healdsburg, CA. This event will take place in person and over Zoom.
- At 2:30 PM AAVL and SASI will then co-sponsor a presentation on Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids; The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. Carol Hamer, audiologist with th Helen Keller National Center, Sands Point, N.Y. and Carl Richardson, ADA Coordinator and consumer, Brighten, MA will talk about over-the-counter vs. prescribed hearing aids. The session will be facilitated by Lori Scharff, VRT and advocate Waynesboro, VA. This event will take place in person and over Zoom.
- From 5:30 until 6:45 PM AAVL will co-sponsor with Next Gen the chance to match Wits between Next Gen and The Boomers. This challenge between young people and seniors will take place in person and over Zoom.
On Sunday, July 2:
- Starting at 12:15, AAVL will hold its annual lunch. In-person only. Participants will have a choice of menu options to purchase.
- Following the lunch, from 1:00 until 2:15 PM a volunteer from the Alzheimer's Association of Illinois will speak on Ten warning signs of Alzheimers.
- From 2:30 until 3:45 PM Pam Shaw, Philadelphia, PA will talk about defining the new normal in this post-pandemic age.
- From 8:00 until 10:00 PM AAVL and SASI will hold a joint social event which participants can join in person for a fee of $15-$20. The sessions will be in-person only.
AAVL at previous ACB Conventions
AAVL has produced a cookbook containing your original recipes. Appetizers to desserts round out the cookbook. It will be produced in all formats. You can read more about it and how to order at https://www.aavl-blind-seniors.org/cookbook.
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)
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. Look for the Zoom instructions in the ACB Community emails.