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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August 2022


Our next meeting will be Monday, August 1 at the Bedford Free Methodist Church, 630 R Street, in the Fellowship Hall in the basement at 9:30 A.M. Our speaker will be Diane Coulter, a friend of Regina's and volunteer with Lawrence County Cancer Patient Services who will be talking about her recent trip to Israel.


Mike Sowder Aug. 5

Denise Mullis Aug. 16


On June 22, 2022, the federal government announced a new initiative to expand the availability of testing options that are more accessible for people who are blind or low vision and who use a smartphone. When connected to a smartphone application, these tests are capable of providing audible testing instructions and results to make the COVID-19 testing process more private and independent for people who are blind or low vision.

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced the number of tests people will receive with each order of the more-accessible tests has been increased from two to 12. They will ship in six separate packages of two, each with its own tracking number.

People who placed orders before this change took effect will need to place a new order to receive the additional tests. Shipping information from orders is not being saved, in accordance with the privacy/security policies of the USPS website, so there is no way for additional tests to be shipped automatically.

The phone number to order COVID tests is 1-800-232-0233.


The meeting of the South Central Association of the Visually Impaired was held on Monday, May 2, 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, Doug and Brenda Eads, Rita Kersh and Ida Galey.

Our speaker was Joni Godsey who talked about some of the mental and psychological hardships caused by the pandemic. She told us about her daughter's serious illness as well as other situations she worked with. Then she gave us the opportunity to ask questions and discuss the topic.

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

Brenda made motion that we give $25 to ACB Brenda Dillon memorial walk. Dolly seconded. Motion was approved. Dolly motioned that we give $25 to Amazon gift card for ACB national convention, Denise seconded. Motion was approved.

Cindy gave the treasurer's report. We spent $114 to have brochures printed by Copy Trolley and have an ending balance of $4,474.

Rita made a motion that we adjourn the meeting. Rich seconded. Motion was approved.

We adjourned the meeting at 10:30 am.

Respectfully Submitted by Secretary Rich Vonderhaar