A monthly newsletter of the South Central Association of the Visually Impaired

SCAVI, P.O. Box 2216, Bedford, IN 47421

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Newsletter written and produced by President Regina Vonderhaar and Edited by Rita Kersh.

Regina may be reached at 812-675-0065 Cell 317-435-8216

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April 2022


Our next meeting will be Monday, April 4. We are going to have a restaurant outing at Wings & Rings, 3230 John Williams Blvd. We'll meet at 5:00 p.m. and if the weather is nice, we'll sit outside on the patio, otherwise we'll all sit together inside.


There were no April birthdays.


Honda and Ashirase, Inc. have developed a navigation system that allows people who are visually impaired to navigate around the city with the help of an app and a vibrating in-shoe device. The system is called Ashirase and it was created by Ashirase, Inc. when company founder, Wataru Chino, had a family member suffer an accident. It consists of two parts: the app and the wearable device. It provides vibration clues to the user on where to move: like front, left, and right to help guide movements.


The following is the treasurer's report that we were not able to discuss at our last couple of meetings.

January 2022

Beginning Balance $4,905.30

Expenses - Bedford Parks Department to reserve shelter house for June, $50.00

Income - Interest - $0.18

Ending balance $4,855.51

February 2022

Beginning balance $4,855.51

Expenses - donation to the Hofstetter Scholarship fund - $250.00

Income - Lions club donation - $400.00

Donation - $25.00

Dues - $27.00

Interest - $0.18

Total income - $452.18

Ending balance - $5,072.69


Cindy Brooking


The meeting of the South Central Association of the Visually Impaired was held on Monday, March 7, 2022 at 9:30 am in the basement of the Bedford Free Methodist Church. Present at the meeting were Rich and Regina Vonderhaar, Denise Mullis, Mike and Dolly Sowder and Loney and Ida Galey.

Our speaker was Denise Mullis who talked about her career as a social worker. She explained how her love of helping people got her started. She talked about some of the organizations she had been involved with and her work with the disabled.

Rich then made a motion that we approve the February minutes and Dolly seconded. Motion was approved.

Rich then gave report on contact with Uber, explained that Bedford was not on their list of cities and still looking in to confirming what our status is and finding out what to do next, still waiting on Uber's response.

Rich then gave a brief summary about ACBI Information calls.

Loney then demonstrated his Smart Reader which he brought to the meeting

Regina asked the group about having a social event for April at a restaurant. Group was in favor and location will be determined.

Dolly and Mike had to leave promptly at 10:30. Meeting adjourned without formal vote.

We adjourned the meeting at 10:30 am.

Respectfully Submitted by Secretary Rich Vonderhaar