SCAVI News

SCAVI NEWS, August 2020

A monthly newsletter of the South Central Association of the Visually Impaired
SCAVI, P.O. Box 2216, Bedford, IN 47421
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
Email Regina Vonderhaar@att.net | SCAVI on Facebook

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN SCAVI

Our next meeting will be Monday, August 3, 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 Valerie Luchauer, director of Lawrence County Emergency Management. She will be speaking about COVID-19, its effects on Lawrence County and what we should and should not do.

SCAVI BIRTHDAYS

Mike Sowder, August 5
Denise Mullis August 16

ACB NEWS

WASHINGTON, July 2, 2020
Emergency relief care packages brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic will soon arrive to over 2,000 Americans who are blind and visually impaired, thanks to a public-private partnership between industry, advocates, and agencies providing support to people who are blind.
Partners include the American Council of the Blind (ACB), Proctor & Gamble, Matthew 25, and six nonprofit agencies operating through National Industries for the Blind (NIB). The partnership will provide greatly needed home cleaning and personal care products to individuals who are blind and who are constrained by the impact of the pandemic.
“The corollary side effects of the coronavirus continue to stifle independence for many Americans who are blind,” said ACB executive director Eric Bridges. “We’re pleased to see how corporations like Procter & Gamble have recognized these undue constraints and stepped up to donate relief for those in need.”
The partnership grew out of a deeper understanding in how the increased demand for home goods and a breakdown in the supply chain significantly impacted individuals who relied on delivery services and public transit to secure their most basic needs. Social distancing guidelines have further constrained the independence of people who are blind from moving safely and freely in the community.
Together, the partnership will deliver over 2,000 care packages in six hot-spot regions across America. The agencies include Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Cincinnati, Lighthouse Louisiana in New Orleans, Alphapointe in New York, Lighthouse Central Florida in Orlando, LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired in San Francisco, and the Seattle Lighthouse for the Blind.
Contact: Clark Rachfal, crachfal@acb.org or (202) 467-5081

NEW PRESCRIPTION APP
CVS Pharmacy announced that they have developed Spoken Rx, a new feature of the CVS Pharmacy app that can read a specific type of label for patients with visual impairments and those who cannot read standard print labels. This new feature is the result of a collaboration with the American Council of the Blind.
Spoken Rx is the first in-app prescription reader application to be developed by a national retail pharmacy.

NEW TATTOO FOR DIABETICS CHANGES COLORS WHEN Blood SUGAR RISES OR FALLS
By Emma Mills
Diabetes can be an incredibly dangerous condition whether you have Type I or Type II. While both varieties present their own challenges and potential complications, one thing they have in common is the importance of monitoring blood sugar levels at all times. Now, there’s a tattoo that changes colors whenever blood sugar levels rise or fall.
The tattoo was created by scientists at MIT.
The research project, known as Dermal Abyss, aimed to find out if tattoos could incorporate technology in order to make skin interactive and potentially provide healthcare benefits. MIT researchers Katia Vega, Xin Liu, Viirj Kan and Nick Barry and Harvard Medical School researchers Ali Yetisen and Nan Jiang came together to answer this question.
So how does it work?
According to the project description, “Traditional tattoo inks are replaced with biosensors whose colors change in response to variations in the interstitial fluid. It blends advances in biotechnology with traditional methods in tattoo artistry.”
The biosensors measure to elements: pH levels in the body and blood sugar.
When the body’s pH levels change, the skin sensors change between pink and purple. Blood sugar changes are noted by blue or brown color pink.” Pretty cool! Under high-intensity UV lights, the sensors can also measure a second pH levels as well as sodium.
Sadly, we shouldn’t expect this to be available to the general public anytime soon.
While what the MIT researchers have discovered is undoubtedly incredible and potentially incredibly helpful to those who suffer from conditions like diabetes, there are no plans at present to develop Dermal Abyss beyond the prototype stage or test it in clinical trials. Hopefully they reconsider this approach in future!
SCAVI MINUTES
The South Central Association of the Visually Impaired met on July 6, 2020 at the Free Methodist Church at 9:30am. Members present were Regina Vonderhaar, Rita Kersh, Kathy Reising, Dolly and Mike Sowders, Cindy Brooking, Sue Fleener, and guest Dave Reising.
Minutes
The scheduled speaker was unable to attend so we moved into a discussion of business. Motion made, seconded and passed to approve the Minutes of the May meeting.
Treasurer’s Report
A treasurer’s report was given for the months of April, May and June. Motion made, seconded and passed to accept the treasurer’s report.
April
Income
Interest received $0.14.
Balance: $3,451.78
May
Income
Interest received $0.14
Balance: $3,451.92
June
Income
Interest received $0.14
Expenses
Shelter house for Picnic $50.00
Food for Picnic $58.26
Total expenses: $108.26
Balance: $3,343.80
After Discussion regarding the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, there was a motion and second to cancel our chili supper scheduled for October. Motion passed.
After discussion regarding lack of use and absence of need and the increasing cost, there was a motion made and second to Cancel the post office box when it comes up for renewal. Motion passed.
Meeting was adjourned at 10:05am.
Submitted by Cindy Brooking

SCAVI NEWS, July 2020

A monthly newsletter of the South Central Association of the Visually Impaired
SCAVI, P.O. Box 2216, Bedford, IN 47421
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
Email Regina Vonderhaar@att.net | SCAVI on Facebook

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN SCAVI
Our next meeting will be Monday, July 6, at the Bedford Free Methodist Church, 630 R Street in the Fellowship Hall in the basement at 9:30 A.M. We are still looking for a speaker, any suggestions contact Regina.
SCAVI BIRTHDAYS
Loney Galey July 10
Cliff Barnes July 24
ACB NEWS
Every year in July, ACB holds its trademark conference and convention in various cities around the country, and 2020 was scheduled to be in Schaumburg, Ill. There is no need to explain or expound on social distancing or the reason for the decision to transform this year’s convention from an in-person to a virtual platform. What we can all celebrate is the fact that ACB recognized how important it was to find a way to keep the most important event of the organization alive. However, in the process of finding ways to transform a live and in-person event into a virtual convention, something amazing happened! The convention is not only alive but it thrives with energy, content, and a spirit to be the online event that changes the way we will hold conventions, adding multiple layers of enhancement in the future, but that is a story for another June.
This year, we will all have the opportunity to experience the best of what is convention from the comfort of our own homes. The feel and energy of convention is not only stacked in every moment of programming but in every person who has spent countless hours trying to transform the programming to shine virtually. So, although we won’t be able to share a hug in Illinois, there are so many ways to participate and engage with each other.
There will of course be general sessions, amazing tours, a virtual fireworks display which will be professionally described, and an exhibit hall with virtual participation. Then there are all the amazing special-interest affiliate programs! Highlights include: exercise, yoga and meditation; happy hours and mixers; seminars on technology, advocacy issues and imperatives; and forums on transportation and audio description, just to name a few.
This is an amazing opportunity for all those out there who have never had the opportunity to experience the magic of convention.
RESTORING VISION BY GENE THERAPY
Latest scientific findings give hope for people with incurable retinal degeneration
Date: June 4, 2020
Source: Deutsches Primatenzentrum (DPZ)/German Primate Center
Summary: Macular degeneration is one of the major reasons for visual impairment. Scientists have now developed a therapeutic approach based on gene therapy. They managed to activate degenerated photoreceptors using near-infrared light.
Humans rely dominantly on their eyesight. Losing vision means not being able to read, recognize faces or find objects. Macular degeneration is one of the major reasons for visual impairment, round the globe, close to 200 million people are affected. Photoreceptors in the retina are responsible to capture the light coming from the environment through the eye. Diseased photoreceptors lose their sensitivity to light, which can lead to impaired vision or even complete blindness.
Scientists of the Institute of Molecular and Clinical Ophthalmology Basel (IOB) together with colleagues from the German Primate Center (DPZ) — Leibniz Institute for Primate Research in Göttingen have developed a completely new therapeutic approach based on gene therapy. They managed to activate degenerated photoreceptors using near-infrared light. Their findings are published in the journal Science.
The main cause of blindness in industrialized countries is the degeneration of photoreceptors, including age-related macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa. During the progression of degenerative photoreceptor diseases, light-sensitive and light-insensitive photoreceptor regions in the retina coexist. For example, macular degeneration patients lose vision in the central portion of their retina but retain peripheral eyesight.
Scientists have now succeeded in developing a new therapeutic approach to restore light sensitivity in degenerating retina without negatively affecting remaining vision. They were inspired by species found in nature, such as bats and snakes, that can localize near-infrared light emitted by the bodies of their preys. This is done by using heat-sensitive ion channels which are able to detect the heat of the near-infrared light. This enables the bats and snakes to superimpose thermal and visual images in the brain and thus react to their environment with greater precision. To equip retinal photoreceptors with near-infrared sensitivity, the researchers devised a three-component system. The first component contains engineered DNA that ensures that the gene coding for the heat-sensitive channel is only expressed in photoreceptors. The second component is a gold nanorod, a small particle, that efficiently absorbs near-infrared light. The third component is an antibody that ensures strong binding between the heat-sensitive channel expressed in photoreceptors and the gold nanorods that locally capture near-infrared light and locally release heat.
The researchers first tested their system in engineered mice with retinal degeneration, confirming that near-infrared light effectively excites photoreceptors and that this signal is transmitted to retinal ganglion cells, the latter representing the output of the retina towards higher visual centers in the brain. Next, they showed that stimulating the mouse eye with near-infrared light is also picked up by neurons in a brain area that is important for conscious vision, the primary visual cortex. They also designed a behavioral test in which untreated blind mice were not able to use near-infrared stimulation to learn a simple task whereas blind mice treated with the three-component system could perform the task related to near-infrared stimulus.
In collaboration with Arnold Szabo, a co-author of the paper and Assistant Professor at the Semmelweis University in Hungary, the researchers could test their new approach on human retinas that can be kept alive in culture medium for months, though blindness sets in a day or so after death by photoreceptors losing their ability to detect light. Experimental results showed that following treatment with the three-component gene therapy method, near-infrared light exposures reactivated the human retina’s visual circuitry.
“We believe that near-infrared stimulation is an important step towards providing useful vision to blind patients so that they can regain their ability to read or see faces,” says Daniel Hillier, head of the junior research group Visual Circuits and Repair at DPZ, and adds: “We want to give hope to blind people with these findings and will further intensify our research activities in this area here at DPZ within our main project, which focuses on the restoration of vision.”
SCAVI MINUTES
The meeting of the South Central Association of the Visually Impaired was held on Monday, May 4, 2020 at 9:30 am via a conference call. Present at the meeting were Kari Goodman, Barry Singleton, Rich and Regina Vonderhaar, Cindy Brooking, Sue Fleener, Joy Goen, Denise Mullis, Brenda Eads, Rita Kersh and Mike and Dolly Sowder.
March Minutes
Brenda made a motion to approve the minutes from the March meeting. Denise seconded the motion. All were in favor. None opposed. The motion passed.
Treasurer’s report
There was no report this month.
Dolly brought up making a donation in honor of Bill Morris, who used to read the local paper on the Indiana Reading & Information Service (IRIS). The group decided to donate $25 to his church’s benevolence fund in his memory. Dolly made the motion. Brenda seconded the motion. All were in favor. None opposed. The motion passed. The group talked about how to go about sharing the P.O. box with ACBI and will discuss this further in the future. The group decided to form a SCAVI team to raise money for the Brenda Dillon memorial walk. Kari will form the team. The group also discussed future plans for a chili supper and Cindy will get the church reserved for October 15. The next meeting will be announced as we confirm plans for the June picnic. Brenda made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Dolly seconded the motion. The motion passed. We adjourned the meeting at 10:15 am.
Respectfully Submitted by Secretary Kari Goodman

SCAVI NEWS, June 2020

A monthly newsletter of the South Central Association of the Visually Impaired
SCAVI, P.O. Box 2216, Bedford, IN 47421
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
Email Regina Vonderhaar@att.net | SCAVI on Facebook

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN SCAVI
Our next meeting will be our picnic in the Thornton Park shelter house in Bedford on Saturday, June 20 at 12:00 P.M.
SCAVI will furnish meat, drinks and paper products, everyone is encouraged to bring a side dish or dessert. Those wishing to play the trivia game should bring a white elephant gift in a bag.
The parks department recommends only 15 people in the shelter house at a time. We can use the outside area and rules may change before the date of the picnic. We have decided to try this since we haven’t met in a while.
SCAVI BIRTHDAYS
Dale Thomas June 4
ACB NEWS
Just can’t wait to see all the seminars, programs and social events to be held during the 2020 American Council of the Blind virtual Conference and Convention? You may now browse the registration form. Go to
Acbconvention.org
And click on the pre-registration link. If you are using JAWS hit h for heading twice and you will be at the top of the events listing.
If you are interested in continuing education credits there is a link to view the sessions that will offer CEC. From this link you may download the list of events. Happy browsing!
Registration for the convention for ACB members will open on May 21st, and for nonmembers on May 28th.
NOTES FROM BOSMA
Although our rehabilitation center is closed due to COVID-19, we are still here to answer any of your Assistive Technology or Vision Rehabilitation questions. Our resource and support line is open from 8 to 4 Monday through Friday. Please call us at 317-216-4664, and visit our blog for even more resources:
https://www.bosma.org/Blog/April-2020/Staying-Connected-During-Uncertain-Times
No one should feel alone during these uncertain times. If you or someone you know is blind or visually impaired and needs a friendly voice or perhaps advice, our programs team will be available weekly, every Tuesday and Thursday from 10-11 am. Call in at 877.314.9891, we’re here for you.
SCAVI MINUTES
The meeting of the South Central Association of the Visually Impaired was held on Monday, May 4, 2020 at 9:30 am via a conference call. Present at the meeting were Kari Goodman, Barry Singleton, Rich and Regina Vonderhaar, Cindy Brooking, Sue Fleener, Joy Goen, Denise Mullis, Brenda Eads, Rita Kersh and Mike and Dolly Sowder.
March Minutes
Brenda made a motion to approve the minutes from the March meeting. Denise seconded the motion. All were in favor. None opposed. The motion passed.
Treasurer’s report
There was no report this month.
Dolly brought up making a donation in honor of Bill Morris, who used to read the local paper on the Indiana Reading & Information Service (IRIS). The group decided to donate $25 to his church’s benevolence fund in his memory. Dolly made the motion. Brenda seconded the motion. All were in favor. None opposed. The motion passed.
The group talked about how to go about sharing the P.O. box with ACBI and will discuss this further in the future. The group decided to form a SCAVI team to raise money for the Brenda Dillon memorial walk. Kari will form the team.
The group also discussed future plans for a chili supper and Cindy will get the church reserved for October 15.
The next meeting will be announced as we confirm plans for the June picnic.
Brenda made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Dolly seconded the motion. The motion passed.
We adjourned the meeting at 10:15 am.
Respectfully Submitted by Secretary Kari Goodman

SCAVI NEWS, May 2020

A monthly newsletter of the South Central Association of the Visually Impaired
SCAVI, P.O. Box 2216, Bedford, IN 47421
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
Email Regina Vonderhaar@att.net | SCAVI on Facebook

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN SCAVI
Our next meeting will be Monday, May 4, at 9:30 A.M. Due to COVID-19 virus restrictions, we are having a telephone meeting. To attend, call 605-313-5107 use pin number 392344 pound. We wanted to meet in person, but our governor has not set a date for lifting restrictions thus preventing us both to meet and to have a meeting place. Since we will be meeting from our homes, this could give more members the opportunity to participate as well as guests. We will use this time to connect since we haven’t met in a while.
SCAVI BIRTHDAYS
Norma Thomas May 24
Lisa Hoskins May 27
Don Schackmann May 30
ACBI E-MAIL LIST
We want to share with our members the ACBI e-mail list. To sign up, go to the ACBI web site at www.acb-indiana.org and click on subscribe to e-mail list. Then scroll down to the form and enter your e-mail address, your name then hit the subscribe button. This will give you access to informative e-mails about ACBI activities as well as to articles and information for the visually impaired.
Lawrence County Transportation Options
TASC (Transit Authority of Stone City),
812.275.1633
Within the city limits of Bedford. A Regular bus fare 75cents; Senior citizen (60+) 50 cents; Children 10 & under with adult 25 cents; Monthly pass $15; No charge for personal care attendant. All trips are scheduled on a 24 hour call ahead, first come, first served basis and are scheduled on a time and space availability basis. Anyone not calling ahead 24 hours cannot be guaranteed a same day ride. Monday – Friday:6 am – 6 pm Dispatch closed12 pm – 1 pm. Public bus can pick you up at home and transport to medical appointments, grocery shopping, or personal trips within Bedford. Drivers cannot make change, Wheelchair accessible.
LCPT (Lawrence County Personal Transportation),
812.578.9432
Lawrence and surrounding counties. One way trip within Bedford: $8. From Bedford to Mitchell $12; to Orleans $14; to Paoli $16. Prefer advanced notice. Same day scheduling is possibly available if drivers aren’t already scheduled. 8 am – 6 pm, some evening availability. Will adjust hours to meet demand during summer months For medical, shopping, or personal trips. Wheelchair accessible.
Rural Transit(Area 10 on Aging), T 812.876.1079
Lawrence, Monroe, Owen and Putnam counties. Trip within one county $3 each way; trip between two counties $6 each way. Request 3-5 business days’ notice. Can transport to Monroe County with advance notice. Monday – Friday:6 am – 6 pm. Medical or personal trips. Wheelchair accessible.
Living Well (Home Care Service), 812.849.6000
Mitchell and Bedford. A Trip within Mitchell $1 a stop; Round trip from Mitchell to Bedford$20 + mileage. Will possibly have same day availability if scheduling within Mitchell. Request trips to Bedford be scheduled 2 days in advance. Monday – Thursday:9 am – 5 pm, Friday:9 am – 3 pm. Wheelchair accessible.
Older Americans, T 812.865.3352ext. 110 Large service area, originates From Orleans, Will transport up to 150 miles from pick up location. Pick Up Location Base:(Mileage not included) Mitchell: $20; Paoli: $20; Bedford: $34; Oolitic: $40; Springville: $50; Judah: $50 (Typically scheduled out 7-10 days in advance). Short notice is possible if drivers are available. All trips are figured Pick Up Location Base Rate +mileage to and from destination. Base rate includes driver wait time for return trip up to 1 hour. Monday – Friday:6 am – 6 pm. Flexibility possible Saturday – Sunday if driver is available. Will have weekend fee added. All trips are round trip, catered to client. Private (No other clients will be sharing the van).∙ Wheelchair accessible (Can accommodate a wheelchair up to 29 inches wide.)
Q & A:
Q: I’m needing assistance with transportation to my cancer treatments/appointments, but none of these options fit my needs.
A: Lawrence County Cancer Patient Services (812.278.0139 or 812.275.1295) is an organization of volunteers that might be able to assist with enough notice.
Q: I’m needing transportation to and from a medical appointment, and I have Medicare.
A: Unfortunately at this time Medicare does not provide transportation assistance. Your options are to self-pay for transportation or apply for additional insurance.
Q: I cannot afford to self-pay for transportation.
A: You might qualify for Medicaid, which would help with transportation to medical appointments, if you are disabled or medically frail. A family size of 1 must have income less than $1,000/month, a couple less than $1,400/month. A family of 1 must have less than $2,000 in assets (savings), less than $3,000 for married couples, not including your family home and one vehicle. You can apply online at HealthCare.gov, by phone at 1.800.403.0864 (Option 1, then Option 1), or in person at Lawrence County Division of Family Resources office at 1212 I St. Bedford, IN 47421.
Q: I’m not eligible for Medicare or Medicaid.
A: You might be eligible for The Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP), which would help with transportation to medical appointments, for ages 19-64 if a household of 1 has less than $1,500/month in income, a household of 4 less than $3,000/month. To find out if you qualify call 1.877.438.4479 or apply online at HIP.in.gov.
Q: I’m needing transportation to and from medical appointments, and I have The Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) or Traditional Medicaid (not Medicaid QMB).
A: These insurances will typically provide transportation to and from medical appointments with at least 6 days notice. They all have wheelchair accessibility if requested. If unsure of which company to call, start with the number on the back of your insurance card. Have the following information ready when calling:
Insurance ID #
Pickup address & phone number
Appointment date & time
Address & telephone number of appointment, including zip codes to calculate mileage.
Insurance Company Phone Number
Traditional Medicaid (Not Medicaid QMB) Southeastrans 855.325.7586
HIP AnthemHoosier HealthwiseHoosier Care Connect Logisti Care 844.772.6632 MHSCaresource
LCP Transportation 317.291.9318800.508.7230 MDWISE
MDWISE 800.356.1204
Updated 02/2020
ACB NEWS
Organizations Bring Voting Rights Complaint before Department of Justice
Alexandria, VA, April 21, 2020 – The American Council of the Blind, along with its New York affiliate and other disability advocacy organizations, has brought a complaint before the U.S. Department of Justice, Disability Rights Section. The complaint highlights the discrimination brought about by absentee voting. The right to vote via absentee ballot has long been a goal of the blind community, but has been amplified in light of the coronavirus. Gov. Andrew Cuomo (NY) has taken tremendous steps to fight the virus and provide for his state during the crisis. But among his numerous actions, he implemented Executive Order 202.15, which means that state residents must mark an absentee ballot on paper. This prevents New York residents who are blind from voting privately and independently.
“An alternative to voting in person is necessary during this COVID-19 crisis; people who are blind should not have to be exposed to the virus unnecessarily by voting in person. Just as all other New York residents have the right to vote via absentee ballot, the state must provide an accessible voting method that blind residents can use remotely,” states ACB president Dan Spoone.
“Technology exists that will enable blind and visually impaired Americans to vote independently via online ballot-marking devices. With the advent of workable technology, states have no excuse when arguing the difficulty of providing accessible absentee voting systems,” notes Karen Blachowicz, president of ACB of New York.
“The Washington Lawyers’ Committee is proud to represent ACB and the complainants in this matter. While we applaud Gov. Cuomo’s decision to protect voters from COVID-19, he must do so in a way that provides equal access for voters with disabilities. There are safe, effective methods for voters with disabilities to cast a private, independent absentee ballot, and we urge the Department of Justice to instruct Gov. Cuomo and the New York Board of Elections that they must implement reasonable accommodations consistent with the ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act for the primary election in June,” stated Jonathan Smith, Executive Director, Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs.
SCAVI MINUTES
The March meeting of the South-Central Association of the Visually Impaired was held on Monday March 2, 2020 at 9:30 in the basement of the Free Methodist Fellowship hall. President Regina Vonderhaar opened the meeting by having everyone introduce themselves. Present were Doug and Brenda Eads, Cindy Brooking, Rich and Regina Vonderhaar, Loney and Ida Galey, Rita Kersh, Barry Singleton, Mike and Dolly Sowder, Jim Veen and Denise Mullis.
Today’s meeting topic was “Show and Tell” so several members brought assistive devices that they use to share. Regina brought her talking thermometer and talking blood pressure monitor. Rita brought her talking scale and Rich demonstrated it.
Dolly brought her Optelec Reader which takes a picture and will read anything type written on a page. (further research shows the device retails at us.optelec.com for $1995.) Denise brought information on transportation alternatives in Lawrence County. That info is available from her or several other members. Loney and Ida brought a Ruby magnifier and a talking glucometer for checking blood sugar. Barry brought 3 different size Ruby magnifiers and his specially made magnifying glasses. Barry talked about the many devices he used to continue working as his vision declined. Barry also has a CCTV if anyone could use one. In other business, a motion and second to approve the minutes of the February meeting. Motion approved.
Cindy Presented a Treasurer’s report.
Income – Lions Club $400
Interest $.14
Expense. Bailey’s Flowers $53.50 for flowers for Betty Schackmann Balance – $3,952.49
Also mentioned was the passing of Betty Shackmann and that the treasurer would send $25 to ACBI in her memory.
Update: The Lions Club is finalizing the Scholarship to honor Eleanor Himebaugh and we need to make the donation of $500 that was approved at a prior meeting.
Rita brought brochures for SCAVI for members to pass out.
The next meeting will be a group meal at Smokin’ Jim’s restaurant at 5:30 on April 6, 2020
Respectfully submitted, Cindy Brooking

SCAVI NEWS, April 2020
A monthly newsletter of the South-Central Association of the Visually Impaired
SCAVI, P.O. Box 2216, Bedford, IN 47421
Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/The-South-Central-Association-of-the-Visually-Impaired
Newsletter written and produced by President Regina Vonderhaar and Edited by Rita Kersh.
Regina may be reached at 812-675-0065 (home), 317-435-8216 (cell) or e-mail rvonderhaar@att.net
WHAT’S HAPPENING IN SCAVI
Our next meeting was scheduled to be a dinner outing at Smokin Jims in Bedford. Due to Corona virus restrictions we will have to cancel. Our next option would have been to hold our regular meeting, but the building won’t be available because of Coronavirus.
Given our governor’s restriction on group assemblies, we have decided to not meet in April. If we are unable to meet in May, we could consider having a meeting by way of telephone conference. We know these are difficult times, so safety is of the utmost importance. Still we want to stay active and helpful as an organization. So, we encourage members to stay in touch with each other. Feel free to contact members or SCAVI at any time for any needs, questions or encouragement.
SCAVI BIRTHDAYS
There are no birthdays for April.
ODDS AND ENDS
The 2020 census is screen reader accessible and can be reached at www.my2020census.gov
Also, we have an extra CCTV machine for the visually impaired if anyone knows of someone who may need it.
WHAT ARE SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19?
Symptoms of COVID-19 are typically mild and begin gradually. The symptoms may include:
Fever
Tiredness
Dry cough and/or shortness of breath
Some people infected with the virus do not show symptoms or feel sick. Most people recover (feel better) without needing special treatment. Older people and those with existing medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems, or diabetes are more likely to develop more serious symptoms.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I protect myself and my family from getting COVID-19?
There is currently no vaccine to prevent the virus, so the best way to prevent the illness is to avoid exposure and use every day preventative actions as well as these steps provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The World Health Organization (WHO) also recommends the following measures to prevent the spread of illness:
Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water (or hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content) for a minimum of 20 seconds
Keep a distance of at least six (6) feet between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing (e.g. use a tissue that you then immediately throw away or cough into your elbow)
Clean and disinfect commonly used items and high-touch surfaces (e.g. counters, doorknobs, phones, keyboards, toilets, etc) every day
Stay home if you are not feeling well
Keep up to date on the latest information from reputable resources like the WHO, CDC or the Indiana State Department of Health
If these measures seem familiar it’s because they are similar to the same precautions you should take to reduce your risk of becoming sick with the flu.
What should I do if I think I have COVID-19 (coronavirus)?
Stay home except for medical appointments. People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to isolate at home during their illness. This means that you should restrict activities outside your home, except for medical care. Do not go to work, school or public areas, and you should avoid public transportation, ridesharing or taxis while sick.
If you have a medical appointment, call your healthcare provider ahead of time and tell them that you have or that you may have COVID-19. This will help your healthcare provider’s office to take steps to take precautions to keep other people from being exposed or getting sick.
When should I see a doctor?
If you are experiencing any of the COVID-19 symptoms and have possibly been exposed to the virus, you should contact your healthcare provider. Before your appointment, call ahead to let your provider know if you’ve recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread and which symptoms you have developed.
ACB NEWS
The American Council of the Blind is closely monitoring information about the COVID-19 virus and its impact. After much thoughtful consideration, ACB has decided to close both offices and move our work to a virtual environment until further notice. This decision was made in order to ensure the continued health and safety of our employees and their families. ACB staff will continue to take calls and emails during this period. When calling ACB’s direct and toll-free office numbers, please use the recorded menu to contact our staff members directly.
The health and welfare of our members is of the upmost importance and we are actively working to confirm details and explore alternative options regarding our 2020 convention as the COVID-19 situation evolves. ACB will update our membership as soon as any developments are made. The ACB Board of Directors has scheduled a special meeting for March 30 to discuss the impacts of the COVID-19 virus on ACB. A recording of the meeting will be available on ACB Radio and will also be listed under resources on this page: https://acb.org/acb-covid19-response .
We recommend that all affiliates follow CDC guidelines for any scheduled events. You can find the most up-to-date CDC guidelines here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/index.html
SCAVI MINUTES
The March meeting of the South-Central Association of the Visually Impaired was held on Monday March 2, 2020 at 9:30 in the basement of the Free Methodist Fellowship hall.
President Regina Vonderhaar opened the meeting by having everyone introduce themselves. Present were Doug and Brenda Eads, Cindy Brooking, Rich and Regina Vonderhaar, Loney and Ida Galey, Rita Kersh, Barry Singleton, Mike and Dolly Sowder, Jim Veen and Denise Mullis.
Today’s meeting topic was “Show and Tell” so several members brought assistive devices that they use to share.
Regina brought her talking thermometer and talking blood pressure monitor.
Rita brought her talking scale and Rich demonstrated it.
Dolly brought her Optelec Reader which takes a picture and will read anything type written on a page. (further research shows the device retails at us.optelec.com for $1995.)
Denise brought information on transportation alternatives in Lawrence County. That info is available from her or several other members.
Loney and Ida brought a Ruby magnifier and a talking glucometer for checking blood sugar.
Barry brought 3 different size Ruby magnifiers and his specially made magnifying glasses. Barry talked about the many devices he used to continue working as his vision declined. Barry also has a CCTV if anyone could use one.
In other business, a motion and second to approve the minutes of the February meeting. Motion approved.
Cindy Presented a Treasurer’s report.
Income – Lions Club $400
Interest $.14
Expense. Bailey’s Flowers $53.50 for flowers for Betty Schackmann
Balance – $3,952.49
Also mentioned was the passing of Betty Shackmann and that the treasurer would send $25 to ACBI in her memory.
Update: The Lions Club is finalizing the Scholarship to honor Eleanor Himebaugh and we need to make the donation of $500 that was approved at a prior meeting.
Rita brought brochures for SCAVI for members to pass out.
The next meeting will be a group meal at Smokin’ Jim’s restaurant at 5:30 on April 6, 2020
Respectfully submitted, Cindy Brooking

SCAVI NEWS, March 2020
A monthly newsletter of the South Central Association of the Visually Impaired
SCAVI, P.O. Box 2216, Bedford, IN 47421
SCAVI on Facebook
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
e-mail rvonderhaar@att.net
March 2020
WHAT’S HAPPENING IN SCAVI
Our next meeting will be Monday, March 2, at the Bedford Free Methodist Church, 630 R Street in the Fellowship Hall in the basement at 9:30 A.M. Our activity will be a kind of show and tell session for the visually impaired where members can either bring an item to demonstrate or talk about something that has made their life easier as a visually impaired person. We will go around the room to give each individual a chance for input. So think of your daily activities: reading, cooking, laundry and such, and see what you might want to share. Let’s have some fun.
SCAVI BIRTHDAYS
Kathy Reising Mar. 10
Dolly Sowder Mar. 10
Barry Singleton Mar. 24
ACB NEWS
ACB Commends West Virginia for Making Absentee Voting Accessible for People with Disabilities
On Monday, February 3, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice signed into law Senate Bill 94, a bill to ensure that all voters in West Virginia are guaranteed access to the ballot box, at polling locations and when voting absentee. On behalf of our nationwide membership, and in conjunction with the Mountain State Council of the Blind, the American Council of the Blind commends West Virginia for working with us to ensure equal access to absentee voting for people with disabilities.
“A critical guarantee of our democracy is the right to privately and independently mark, cast, and verify an election ballot. This right is not always afforded to people with disabilities, at the polling location or when voting absentee. The American Council of the Blind commends Governor Justice and the West Virginia State Legislature for working with ACB to pass S.B. 94 to ensure all residents of the Mountain State may fully participate in the democratic process,” said Eric Bridges, Executive Director, American Council of the Blind. Prior to this law, blind and visually impaired West Virginians could not independently and privately vote via absentee ballot; no alternative method to traditional paper ballots existed to allow those who could not visually read the ballot to vote independently. West Virginia will now implement an alternative absentee voting method that will allow those who cannot visually read the ballot to take advantage of this alternative voting system if they wish to do so.
While advocating for this new form of access, the American Council of the Blind, Centers for Independent Living, and West Virginia voters with disabilities were represented by the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP, and Disability Rights of West Virginia.
“Ensuring equal access to the ballot is fundamental to our democracy. Yet, voters with disabilities have been consistently disenfranchised in absentee voting by the requirement to vote by paper ballot. We applaud West Virginia for recognizing the importance of equitable access to the voting process for all voters and the right to cast a private, independent ballot. S.B. 94 will help to remedy the historic disenfranchisement of voters with disabilities by providing an accessible, secure online option by which they can cast their ballots,” said Jonathan Smith, Executive Director, Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs.
BLIND ENGINEER BUILDS A SMART CANE THAT HAS GOOGLE MAPS, BLUETOOTH AND A SENSORY DEVICE
Published by Pauline R. Positive Outlooks
September 16, 2019
In today’s age of advance technology, a lot of devices, gadgets, and programs are built to make our lives easier and more convenient. While the more recent innovations were designed for entertainment, some companies are taking technology to the next level by incorporating a high level of help and hopefully, to make a difference to the lives of people who need it the most.
“Unfortunately I cannot name a single city as a perfectly disabled-friendly city that is why we are trying to provide this independence for visually impaired people” shared Ceylon on CNN.
Blind engineer puts Google maps in a smart cane.
The WeWALK smart cane was born from a visually impaired engineer named Kursat Ceylan. He is also the CEO and co-founder of a non-profit called the Young Guru Academy (YGA), the one responsible for making WeWALK come to life. As someone who faces the daily challenges of being blind, Kursat Ceylan knew the limitations of the current technology that people like him have to make do of. Knowing this, he created the WeWALK in hopes of changing the lives of the blind.
This innovative cane includes built-in speakers, voice assistance, Google Maps, a Bluetooth system that makes syncing to other devices possible, and high-end sensors that alerts the user through vibrations when above chest level obstacles are within proximity—something a regular cane cannot provide.
“In these days we are talking about flying cars, but these people have been using just a plain stick,” he explained to CNN. “As a blind person, when I am at the Metro station I don’t know which is my exit… I don’t know which bus is approaching… which stores are around me. That kind of information can be provided with the WeWalk.”
One of Kursat Ceylan’s goals in making the WeWALK is to make the social participation of people like him full, and easier. To him, the WeWALK was made to “support the visually impaired in their full participation into social life.” This device is not completely new, but the fact that he was able to utilize and incorporate existing technologies such as voice assistance, Google Maps, and Bluetooth synchronization, makes it a completely new idea.
A lot of people have expressed their joy and excitement for having this kind of device available for the visually impaired.
“Well done Ceylan! This will enhance lives of the visually impaired by so much!” Julia Teng Roo Seen shared.
“Just add a taser and it’s perfect for all situations!” Bill Ward joked.
Even Duygu Kayaman, a proud user of the WeWALK shared her sentiment regarding this innovative device.
“To me, WeWALK represents the end of an era and the start of a new one.”
According to the World Health Organization, an estimated number of about 36 million are blind. Just imagine the possible change and impact of the WeWALK in these people’s lives once they get their hands on this groundbreaking device!
The We Walk website is wewalk.io and the price is $499.
SCAVI MINUTES
The meeting of the South-Central Association of the Visually Impaired was held on Monday, February 3, 2020 at 9:30 am in the basement of the Free Methodist Church fellowship hall. Present at the meeting were Kari Goodman, Denise Mullis, Doug and Brenda Eads, Cindy Brooking, Sue Fleener, Rich and Regina Vonderhaar, Rita Kersh, Mike and Dolly Sowder, Barry Singleton, Lonnie and Isa Galey and Jim Veem.
Regina opened the meeting by having everyone introduce themselves.
Regina introduced our speaker, Billie Tumey, from the Lawrence County Clerk’s Office. She brought an accessible voting machine and explained how the process of voting with a talking machine worked. She allowed time for individuals to try the machine and answered any questions about accessible voting.
January Minutes
Sue made a motion to approve the minutes from the November meeting. Rich seconded the motion. All were in favor. None opposed. The motion passed.
Treasurer’s Report
There was not an official treasurer’s report. Cindy did report that $50 was spent to reserve the shelter for the June picnic.
The group briefly discussed convention. Our next meeting will be a show and tell. Members can bring items they use to share with the group.
The next meeting will be on March 2 at 9:30 a.m. in the basement at the Bedford Free Methodist Church.
Rita made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Dolly seconded the motion. The motion passed. We adjourned the meeting at 10:35 am.
Respectfully Submitted by Secretary Kari Goodman

SCAVI NEWS, February 2020
A monthly newsletter of the South Central Association of the Visually Impaired
SCAVI, P.O. Box 2216, Bedford, IN 47421
Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/The-South-Central-Association-of-the-Visually-Impaired
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
e-mail rvonderhaar@att.net
February 2020
WHAT’S HAPPENING IN SCAVI
Our next meeting will be Monday, February 3, 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 Lawrence County Clerk, Billie Tumey. She will be demonstrating the talking voting machine. Those interested will also have the opportunity for hands on experience using the machine. So don’t be shy.
SCAVI BIRTHDAYS
Mary Lou Barnes Feb. 7
Maggie Fleener Feb. 10
Sonnie Henderson Feb. 24
ALEXA SHOW AND TELL
Users can hold an item up to an Echo Show camera and ask, “Alexa, what am I holding?” and using computer vision and machine learning, the voice assistant can help identify common household packaged goods such as canned or boxed foods.
Amazon’s Alexa for Everyone team collaborated with blind customers as well as blind Amazon employees to develop the technology. User Stacie Grijalva, a mechanical engineer who lost her sight later in life, is featured in the blog and video above.
“It’s a tremendous help and a huge time saver because the Echo Show just sits on my counter, and I don’t have to go and find another tool or person to help me identify something. I can do it on my own by just asking Alexa,” Grijalva said.
Amazon worked with the Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Santa Cruz, Calif. Grijalva, who is the assistive technology manager there, is shown helping others use the Echo Show to identify pantry items.
“The whole idea for Show and Tell came about from feedback from blind and low vision customers,” said Sarah Caplener, head of Amazon’s Alexa for Everyone team. “We heard that product identification can be a challenge and something customers wanted Alexa’s help with. Whether a customer is sorting through a bag of groceries, or trying to determine what item was left out on the counter, we want to make those moments simpler by helping identify these items and giving customers the information they need in that moment.”
Show and Tell will be available on first and second generation Echo Show devices.
ACB NEWS
Are you blind or visually impaired? Will you be over the age of 18 on October 1, 2020? Are you creative and entrepreneurial, with ambitious, far-reaching dreams? Submissions are open for the Holman Prize, LightHouse for the Blind’s annual competition to win up to $25,000 for blind adventurers and creators to complete their most ambitious projects!
How to apply to the Holman Prize? The initial application is a 90-second YouTube video describing the project, what the prize money would fund and a brief application form. Semifinalists will later be asked to provide in-depth written proposals. Later, finalists will be interviewed by LightHouse staff in order to select a winner. All the information you need, including terms and conditions, can be found here: https://holman.lighthouse-sf.org/
Now in its fourth year, the San Francisco LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired’s Holman Prize for Blind Ambition is an international competition that is awarded annually to three blind individuals who wish to push their limits. It is named for James Holman, a nineteenth century blind explorer and author, who was the most prolific traveler before the era of modern transportation. Past winners have completed feats like traversing the Bosporus Straight via solo kayak, hosting the first conference in Mexico for blind children and their families led by blind professionals, and creating an app to enable blind citizen scientists to participate in the search for exoplanets by listening to space. The nine winners so far have come from five countries on four continents and have all found unique ways to forever change the world’s perception of blindness.
2020 Application information is available here: holmanprize.org/apply . If you have any questions, please contact the Holman Prize team at holman@lighthouse-sf.org.
Applications close March 15 at 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.
SCAVI MINUTES
The meeting of the South-Central Association of the Visually Impaired was held on Monday, January 6, 2020 at 9:30 am in the basement of the Free Methodist Church fellowship hall. Present at the meeting were Kari, Cindy Brooking, Sue Fleener, Rich and Regina Vonderhaar, Rita Kersh, Mike and Dolly Sowder and Jim Veem.
Regina opened the meeting by having everyone introduce themselves.
Rich discussed with the group sending Maggie some money to help reimburse her for the expense of mailing cards out to the chapter members. Dolly made a motion to send Maggie $50. Rita seconded the motion. All were in favor. None opposed. The motion passed. This $50 will be out of the sunshine bag money. It was decided to discuss this again in June or July to determine if additional money needs to be sent to Maggie.
November Minutes
Rita made a motion to approve the minutes from the November meeting. Dolly seconded the motion. All were in favor. None opposed. The motion passed.
Treasurer’s Report
We received $402 from the Heartland Chapter, which was their half of the van rental from convention, $35 was collected from convention registration fees and $45 was collected from dues. $95.77 was spent on the meat for the Christmas Party. Ending balance is $3361.59. Rita made a motion to accept the treasurer’s report. Rich seconded the motion. All were in favor. None opposed. The motion passed.
Program
Kari shared with the group some iPhone tips and tricks. She took individual questions and shared two websites that were useful for training and tips, applevis.com and Hadley.edu/instructional videos. Kari will begin writing a few tips and tricks for the monthly SCAVI newsletter.
The next meeting will be on February 3 at 9:30 a.m. in the basement at the Bedford Free Methodist Church.
Rita made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Dolly seconded the motion. The motion passed.
We adjourned the meeting at 10:35 am.
Respectfully Submitted by Secretary Kari Goodman

SCAVI NEWS – January 2020
A monthly newsletter of the South Central Association of the Visually Impaired
SCAVI, P.O. Box 2216, Bedford, IN 47421
Facebook:
https://m.facebook.com/The-South-Central-Association-of-the-Visually-Impaired
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, e-mail rvonderhaar@att.net

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN SCAVI

Our next meeting will be Monday, January 6, at the Bedford Free Methodist Church, 630 R Street in the Fellowship Hall in the basement at 9:30 A.M. Kari Goodman is doing a presentation on helping the visually impaired use an iPhone.

SCAVI BIRTHDAYS

Doug Eads Jan. 1
Louise Hamilton Jan. 14

A VERY GOOD YEAR

2019 was a very good year for the South Central Association of the Visually
Impaired. We had several meetings with informative speakers and
presentations. Two of our members completed rehabilitation training for the
visually impaired, and we made sure all our members had access to needed
equipment. Our membership has continued to grow. We finished the year with
a wonderful chili supper which was a fun evening for the public and raised
$1,275. In all these activities our goal is to be the best help to the
visually impaired community as we can be.

EN-VISION AMERICA FOUNDER PASSES

PALMETTO, Fla., November 25, 2019 – It’s with great sadness, En-Vision
America announces the passing of their beloved company founder Phil
Raistrick. He sadly and suddenly passed on November 20, 2019. Phil was a
giant of a man and a visionary who was dedicated to providing those with
vision impairment greater independence through technology.

The company began in Phil’s basement. Phil and his two visually impaired brothers loved playing poker. While one knew the Braille, the other did not. That spark fed the flame that would become En-Vision America.

The I.D. Mate, a talking barcode scanner, was born in 1996. Phil worked
closely on developing the program that would evolve to the bar code scanner
that we know and love today. It is tool that allows individuals with a
vision impairment to barcode items and use the reader to identify these
objects. In addition to allowing his brothers to better play poker, now they
could identify millions of items that can be found in grocery stores today.

Not long after the barcode scanner, Phil worked on the problem of
medication safety with the introduction of ScripTalk, a talking
prescription reader. This system has expanded into tens of thousands of
pharmacies throughout the nation and Canada and has evolved to include large
print labels, Braille labels, dual-language labels and Controlled Substance
Safety Labels.

“With all his heart, Phil loved this company and what we stand for,” says
David Raistrick, En-Vision America’s Vice President. “We stood
shoulder-to-shoulder with him to make a difference in the lives of others.
It is because of him that we will carry on helping so many people around
this world.”

SCAVI MINUTES

The meeting of the South-Central Association of the Visually Impaired was
held on Monday, November 4, 2019 at 9:30 am in the basement of the Free
Methodist Church fellowship hall. Present at the meeting were Kari Goodman,
Cindy Brooking, Rich and Regina Vonderhaar, Rita Kersh, Doug Eads, Mike and
Dolly Sowder, Jim Veem and Kathy Reising.

Regina opened the meeting by having everyone introduce themselves.

Donna Pruitt was our speaker. She talked to the group about suicide
prevention. She shared statistics about suicide and offered information on
how to help people who are at risk.

October Minutes

Dolly made a motion to approve the minutes from the October meeting.
Cindy seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Treasurer’s Report

We received $22 in the sunshine bag, $60 in convention registrations,
$1400 from the chili supper. Total income for October is $1482.13.
Expenses included chili supper expenses of $42.76 and a $50 reimbursement
for Maggie’s convention registration. Total expenses for October are
$92.76. Balance is $4443.10. For the chili supper we collected $1127 in
ticket sales and donations and $510 from the auction. Total income from
chili supper was $1637. Expenses for the chili supper were $125 for the
room rental and $261.87 for supplies. Total profit for the evening was
$1275.13.

Regina discussed the possibility of caroling at Garden Villa on December
11 at 2:30. After some discussion it was decided Regina would contact
everyone to see if they were interested in doing this.

Elections

The slate of candidates is as follows:

President – Regina

Vice-President – Sue

Secretary – Kari

Treasurer – Cindy

Board Members – Brenda (1 year), Denise (2 year) and Cliff (3 year).

The slate of candidates above was presented to the group. Rita made a
motion to approve the slate as presented last month. Kari seconded the
motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Cindy will be renting a 12-passenger van to drive everyone to Columbus,
Ohio for convention. She will be driving the Bedford and the Bloomington
group. We also discussed door prizes and auction items for convention.

Reminder to pay dues for next year.

Dolly made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Kari seconded the motion.
The motion passed unanimously. We adjourned the meeting at 10:45 am.

Our next meeting will be our Christmas party at noon on December 14.
Meat, drinks and paper products will be provided. Bring a side dish or a
dessert. If you want to participate in the gift exchange bring a small gift
worth no more than $5.

Respectfully Submitted by Secretary Kari Goodman

SCAVI NEWS for October 2019
A monthly newsletter of the South Central Association of the Visually Impaired
SCAVI, P.O. Box 2216, Bedford, IN 47421
Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/The-South-Central-Association-of-the-Visually-Impaired
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 or e-mail rvonderhaar@att.net
November 2019
WHAT’S HAPPENING IN SCAVI
Our next meeting will be Monday, November 4, 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 Donna Pruitt from Suicide Prevention.
SCAVI BIRTHDAYS
Rita Kersh Nov. 2
Jon Knoll Nov. 16
Joy Goen Nov. 29
VERY SUCCESSFUL CHILI SUPPER
Thanks to all those who cooked, served, set up tables, sold tickets, and also the wonderful friends who came and supported us at our chili supper on October 15th. We all truly made this one of the biggest and best ever with the most fun had by all. We have the chili supper on White Cane Safety Day. This was our third year. It has grown to be a real fun event in our community. It is unique in that it is entirely done by SCAVI members and friends.
ACB NEWS
Below is a news release from Hulu on October 3 regarding accessibility per an agreement with ACB.
At Hula, we’ve been working to deliver a more accessible experience so that all viewers can stream their favorite shows and movies to their heart’s content. As part of these efforts, we made accessible design the main focus of our summer hackathon and launched an audio description hub on our web platform earlier this year. The audio description hub allows viewers to find content with audio descriptions quickly and easily. And the changes don’t stop there.
Today, we’re announcing more improvements to our accessibility features on Hulu.
A before and after view of our text legibility improvements
For this round of improvements, we focused on text legibility and screen reader capabilities. Viewers will experience easier-to-read text as we’ve enhanced the text opacity to improve readability. This update will be applied automatically for all our users.
To enable the screen reader — also referred to as the audio guide on some devices — head over to your device’s settings to turn on the feature. Screen readers assist viewers with visual impairments by vocally guiding them through the Hulu platform.
These updates will be available on the Roku® platform starting today and will continue rolling out to Android, tvOS, iOS and more living room devices in the coming weeks.
SCAVI MINUTES
The meeting of the South-Central Association of the Visually Impaired was held on Monday, October 7, 2019 at 9:30 am in the basement of the Free Methodist Church fellowship hall. Present at the meeting were Kari and Cliff Goodman, Cindy Brooking, Sue Fleener, Rich and Regina Vonderhaar, Rita Kersh, Doug and Brenda Eads, Mike and Dolly Sowder, Barry Singleton, Joy Goen, Lonnie and Ida Galey, Don and Betty Shackmann, Denise Mullis and John Knoll.
Regina opened the meeting by having everyone introduce themselves.
September Minutes
Brenda made a motion to approve the minutes from the September meeting. Rita seconded the motion. The motion passed.
Treasurer’s Report
We received $0.13 in interest and $30 in the sunshine bag. Expenses were $50 for a marathon gas card for our speaker in September, $23.54 for a new white cane for John and $112.50 for a deposit to use the First Baptist Church for our chili supper. Balance is $3083.73.
The group discussed details regarding the chili supper we will be hosting on October 15. Dolly reviewed the list of what each person volunteered to bring. We will begin setting up at 3:00.
The group discussed the fall convention coming up in November. Rita made a motion to have SCAVI rent a van for transportation to the convention. Dolly seconded. All were in favor. The motion passed. Once registration is live, members will let Cindy know if they want to register and she will register everyone online.
Nominating Committee
The slate of candidates is as follows:
President: Regina
Vice-President – Sue
Secretary – Kari
Treasurer – Cindy
Board Members – Brenda (1 year), Denise (2 year) and Cliff (3 year).
The sunshine bag was passed around.
We reserved the church basement for the Christmas party for December 14.
Our next meeting will be on November 4 at 9:30 a.m. in the basement at the Bedford Free Methodist Church.
John made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Rich seconded the motion. The motion passed.
We adjourned the meeting at 10:25 am.
Respectfully Submitted by Secretary Kari Goodman

SCAVI NEWS for September 2019

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WHAT’S HAPPENING IN SCAVI

Our next meeting will be Monday, September 9, 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 Dawnetta Richardson from the Bosma Connections program in Indianapolis.

SCAVI September BIRTHDAYS

Sally Ridge Sept. 2 | Ida Galey Sept. 15 | Brenda Eads Sept. 15 | Regina Vonderhaar Sept. 24

SCAVI October 15 CHILI SUPPER

Don’t forget to mark your calendar for Tuesday, October 15 from 4:30-7:00 p.m. for our chili supper. It will be held at the Bedford First Baptist Church, 1515 20th St., Bedford. Last year we made about $1,000 on this event. Brenda is calling members to see what jobs they can help with. It takes everyone who is able to make this a successful fund raiser. The tickets will be available at our September 9 meeting for members to take and sell. If you need tickets, but can’t make the meeting, call Cindy (812-797-2185) and she’ll get some tickets to you. More details will be discussed at our September 9 meeting, so please plan to be there if possible. Also keep in mind that White Cane Safety Day falls on the same day as our supper so we want to promote that as well.

ACB NEWS

Walmart and Sam’s Club are deeply committed to accessibility and medication
safety for their blind, visually impaired and print-impaired pharmacy
patients. To enhance their commitment, Walmart and Sam’s Club pharmacies
provide En-Vision America’s ScripTalk audible (i.e. “talking”) prescription
labels at Walmart and Sam’s Club pharmacies across the United States.

Since 2012, Walmart and Sam’s Club have equipped almost 1,200 of their
pharmacies to provide ScripTalk audible prescription labels at a patient’s
request. More than 750 pharmacies have been equipped in just the past three
years with 25 additional Walmart and Sam’s Club pharmacies (on average) set
up to provide ScripTalk labels each month.

The American Council of the Blind is excited Walmart and Sam’s Club are
showing their dedication to the safety and accessibility for the visually
impaired through ScripTalk availability, setting an important standard in
accessibility in healthcare. Our relationship with Walmart has flourished
over the years, and we look forward to continued growth.

Walmart and Sam’s Club equips a pharmacy to provide ScripTalk upon a single patient’s request for audible prescription labels. Once a pharmacy is equipped, usually within 7-10 days, the pharmacy provides ScripTalk labels to patients requesting them at no charge and without lengthy delays.

“The ScripTalk system is important to providing convenient and safe healthcare for our customers,” said JoAnn Stevens, Senior Director of Health & Wellness Compliance at Walmart. “We are proud this technology is available at Walmart and Sam’s Club locations across the nation, and we look forward
to adding more locations as patients ask for this free service at their local Walmart or Sam’s Club pharmacy. This service is free and available at all U.S. locations upon request.”

The ScripTalk labeling system, the industry leader in audible prescription
labels, was developed by En-Vision America. To provide ScripTalk labels to
their patients, the pharmacy places a RFID label on the bottom of a
patient’s prescription bottle. The patient then places the bottle on a
small, battery operated device called a ScripTalk Station, which is provided
at no charge to the patient. The ScripTalk Station reads the prescription
information out loud to the patient, including patient name, prescription
number, drug name, dosage, use instructions, warnings, educational leaflets,
and pharmacy information. “We already have almost 1,200 Walmart stores and Sam’s Clubs offering the
ScripTalk system,” says Amanda Tolson, a director of En-Vision America, maker of the ScripTalk system. “Walmart is a leader in disability rights and we’re pleased to grow our partnership to benefit the visually impaired community.”

SCAVI August Minutes

The meeting of the South-Central Association of the Visually Impaired was
held on Monday, August 5, 2019 at 9:30 am in the basement of the Free
Methodist Church fellowship hall. Present at the meeting were Kari and
Cliff Goodman, Cindy Brooking, Sue Fleener, Rich Vonderhaar, Rita Kersh,
Denise Mullis, Doug and Brenda Eads, Mike and Dolly Sowder, Betty and Don
Schackmann, Jim Veem, Barry Singleton, Joy Goen, Lonnie and Ida Galey, John
Knoll and Sally Ridge. Sue opened the meeting by having everyone introduce themselves.

July Minutes: Rita made a motion to approve the minutes from the July meeting. Brenda
seconded the motion. The motion passed.

Treasurer’s Report

We had $0.14 interest in the month of July. $16 was collected for the sunshine bag. Ending balance was $3165.50. There were no expenses. Rich
made a motion to approve the treasurer’s report. Doug seconded the motion. The motion passed.

New Business

Brenda asked the group if we were interested in having a chili supper this fall. A group discussion took place. Brenda will be the chairperson for the chili supper, Cindy will make tickets, Kari will create a Face book event and Rita will place advertisements in the paper and on the radio. Rita will check to see if First Baptist Church is available on October 15 and let the group know. We discussed serving food from 4:30-7:00. The group also decided to have a silent auction this year as well. Brenda made a motion to hold a chili supper in October. John seconded the motion. The motion passed.

Sue passed out business cards for American Council of the Blind of Indiana. These cards can be used to share with others who may need support. Kari Goodman shared four of the items she learned about while at her vision rehab program at Bosma. She shared the locking lid pot, a liquid level indicator, a talking calculator and the pen friend. Kari answered questions about the products and other questions about her experience at Bosma. Kari also shared about the joint Indiana/Ohio convention happening November 15-17. The convention is in Columbus, Ohio at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Room
rates are $104 per night. Rita shared that we need to start discussing
auction items and transportation for convention. Cindy shared that the
chapter will pay $50 for each member that would like to attend. During the September meeting we will work on making definite plans for attending convention. The sunshine bag was passed around.

Our next meeting will be on September 9 at 9:30 a.m. in the basement at the Bedford Free Methodist Church. Rita made a motion to adjourn the meeting. John seconded the motion. The motion passed. We adjourned the meeting at 10:25 am. Respectfully Submitted by Secretary Kari Goodman.

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SCAVI NEWS for June 2019

A monthly newsletter of the South Central Association of the Visually Impaired.
SCAVI, P.O. Box 2216, Bedford, IN 47421
SCAVI on Facebook
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. email Regina Vonderhaar

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN SCAVI

Our next meeting will be our picnic held on Saturday June 1st, at the Thornton park shelter house at noon. Take the entrance behind the Boy’s Club. Please bring a side dish or dessert. The meat, drinks and paper products will be provided. If you’d like to play the trivia game, bring a new or slightly used item in a bag. Be ready for a good time!

SCAVI BIRTHDAYS

Dale Thomas June 4th

DUKE ENERGY CAUTIONS CUSTOMERS TO GUARD AGAINST UTILITY SCAMMERS

Duke Energy is warning its customers in Indiana to be on guard against phone calls from utility scammers who are demanding that customers pay their electric bill immediately or risk having their electric service disconnected within the hour.

Local law enforcement officials say the number of scam calls reported by citizens has increased in the past few days.
“These scammers are thieves who prey on unsuspecting customers with the sole purpose of stealing their money,” said Marvin Blade, Indiana vice president of community relations for Duke Energy.

“The scammers typically target elderly residents or small family-owned businesses, including restaurants, repair shops or other retail businesses.”
The best way to defend yourself against these scammers is to recognize how the scam works and understand that Duke Energy never asks customers for prepaid debit cards.

Typically, the customer receives an unsolicited phone call from an individual who falsely claims to be a Duke Energy representative demanding immediate payment, usually in the form of a prepaid debit card. Scammers have even duplicated the Duke Energy upfront Interactive Voice Response system, so when customers call back phone numbers provided by the scammer, it sounds like a legitimate Duke Energy phone number. Some of these criminals also use caller-ID spoofing to replicate Duke Energy’s customer service number.

Red flags for scam activity

The caller becomes angry and tells the customer his or her account is past due and service will be disconnected if a large payment isn’t made – usually within the hour. The caller instructs the customer to purchase a pre-paid debit or credit card – widely available at retail stores – then call him or her back to supposedly make a payment to Duke Energy. The scammer asks the customer for the prepaid card’s receipt number and PIN number, which grants instant access to the card’s funds. The customer has received no other notice from Duke Energy that an account is overdue.

How to protect yourself: Duke Energy never asks or requires a customer with a delinquent account to purchase a prepaid debit card – or iTunes card — to avoid disconnection. Customers can make payments online, by phone, automatic bank draft, mail or in person at any number of retail outlets. Customers with delinquent accounts receive advance disconnection notification with the regular monthly billing – never a single notification one hour before disconnection. Customers who suspect or experience fraud, or feel threatened during contact with one of these thieves, should contact local law enforcement authorities and then the Duke Energy Indiana phone number listed on their bill (800.521.2232).

BRAILLE LEGGO BRICKS FOR CHILDREN

Lego has unveiled a new project aimed at helping blind and visually impaired children learn Braille in a “playful and engaging way.” Lego Braille Bricks, a concept originally proposed to the toy company by two charities, will allow children to learn the touch writing system through play.
The bricks, which will launch fully in 2020, feature the studs used for characters in the Braille alphabet, as well as printed characters allowing sighted people to read the bricks. They will be “fully compatible” with existing Lego bricks, the company said in a press release.

Lego Braille Bricks will feature the Braille alphabet as well as numbers, math symbols and teaching devices.
The Danish Association of the Blind suggested the concept to the Lego Foundation in 2011, while the Dorina Nowill Foundation for the Blind, based in Brazil, proposed the bricks in 2017. A spokesperson for Lego told CNN that the company had gone on to develop prototypes with both organizations, as well as the British charities Leonard Cheshire and Royal National Institute of Blind People, and the Norwegian Association of the Blind and Partially Sighted.

The final set will comprise approximately 250 bricks, covering the complete Braille alphabet, numbers from zero to nine, math symbols, as well as “inspiration for teaching and interactive games.”
Braille Bricks are currently undergoing testing in schools in Portuguese, Danish, English and Norwegian, while Spanish, French and German versions will be tested later this year.
They will ultimately be distributed free of charge to institutions through the partner organisations.

Philippe Chazal, treasurer of the European Blind Union, said in a statement: “With thousands of audiobooks and computer programs now available, fewer kids are learning to read Braille.” “This is particularly critical when we know that Braille users often are more independent, have a higher level of education and better employment opportunities,” Chazal continued. “We strongly believe Lego Braille Bricks can help boost the level of interest in learning Braille, so we’re thrilled that the Lego Foundation is making it possible to further this concept and bring it to children around the world.”

Fewer children are learning Braille with the rise of audiobooks and computer programs for visually impaired people. Only 10% of visually impaired children in the US are now learning to read Braille, a 2009 study from the National Federation of the Blind found. According to the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), 1,077 children in England were learning Braille in 2017, out of an estimated 21,900 visually impaired children in the country — just under 5%. However, the real figure is likely to be higher, an RNIB spokesperson explained, as there is no official register for Braille learners.
David Clarke, director of services at the RNIB, said in a statement that the bricks would “improve education for children with vision impairment and encourage inclusion.”
“Thanks to this innovation, children with vision impairment will be able to learn braille and interact with their friends and classmates in a fun way, using play to encourage creativity while learning to read and write,” Clarke added.

Morten Bonde, the senior art director for the Lego Group who is losing his sight to a genetic eye disorder, said in a statement: “Experiencing reactions from both students and teachers to Lego Braille Bricks has been hugely inspirational and reminded me that the only limitations I will meet in life are those I create in my mind.”
“I am moved to see the impact this product has on developing blind and visually impaired children’s academic confidence and curiosity already in its infant days,” Bonde said.

SCAVI Minutes

The meeting of the South Central Association of the Visually Impaired was held on Monday, May 6, 2019 at 9:30 am in the basement of the Free Methodist Church fellowship hall. Present at the meeting were Kari and Cliff Goodman, Cindy Brooking, Sue Fleenor, Rich and Regina Vonderhaar, Rita Kersh, Denise Mullis, Doug and Brenda Eads, Mike and Dolly Sowders, Jim Veem, Barry Singleton and his sister Joy.
Regina opened the meeting by having everyone introduce themselves.
Regina then introduced our speaker, Rhonda Bozikis. Rhonda shared her story about vision loss and how she became a news reporter at a radio station in Evansville. She also shared some of her personal story of growing up visually impaired and raising children. Rhonda also took time to answer any questions that members had.

March Minutes

Dolly made a motion to approve the minutes from the March meeting. Denise seconded the motion. The motion passed. We discussed the Script Talk program. We will be working to see which local pharmacies are participating and publish an article containing that information.

Treasurer’s Report

In March we had an expense of $203 in dues to the state for 29 members. In the month of April, we had washcloth sales of $20. Ending balance of $3228.19.
Regina brought up that Eleanor’s son is creating a scholarship fund for a student wanting to pursue a degree in journalism. She asked if SCAVI was interested in contributing to this fund. Brenda made a motion to contribute $500 to the scholarship fund. Rich seconded the motion. The motion passed. Rita mentioned that the national convention is coming up in July. In the past, our chapter has donated $25 towards the state’s auction item. This year the state will be donating an Amazon gift card. Rita made a motion to donate $25 to the auction item. Sue seconded the motion. The motion passed. Rita also mentioned that Don Koors always walks in the Brenda Dillon memorial walk at national convention. Rita made a motion for SCAVI to donate $25 to the walk. Kari seconded the motion. Rich mentioned that ACBI gets a portion of the proceeds from the money raised during the walk. The motion passed. Regina mentioned that at the March meeting we had discussed having lunch with some of the residents at Garden Villa in May. She asked if we were still interested in doing this. We decided to put this item on hold for the time being. Regina shared that the July meeting will be a celebration meeting for Kari and Lonnie to share their recent experiences in their vision rehab programs. Dolly mentioned that in the near future we should discuss how to make a contribution to the BOSMA senior connections program. Our new members, Barry and Joy, introduced themselves to the group. Our next meeting will be our picnic on June 1 at noon at Thornton Park Shelter House. SCAVI will provide the meat, drinks and paper products. Everyone is welcome to bring sides. There will be a white elephant exchange for anyone interested in participating in a trivia game.
Rich made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Sue seconded the motion. The motion passed. We adjourned the meeting at 10:45 am. Respectfully Submitted by Secretary Kari Goodman

SCAVI NEWS for May 2019
A monthly newsletter of the South Central Association of the Visually Impaired
SCAVI, P.O. Box 2216, Bedford, IN 47421
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WHAT’S HAPPENING IN SCAVI
Our next meeting will be Monday, May 6, 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 Rhonda Bozikis. She is a person  who is visually impaired. She will be talking about her experiences being a News reporter at a  radio station in Evansville, Indiana.

SCAVI BIRTHDAYS
Norma Thomas May 24
Lisa Hoskins May 27
Don Schackmann May 30

ENERGY TIP
A few years ago we had a speaker from Duke Energy who talked about energy saving tips for home  owners. They also provided a home energy assessment which some of our home owners took advantage  of. Part of that assessment included giving away L.E.D. light bulbs. Duke Energy is now giving  those bulbs away free. Any one interested should call 1-800-521-2232.
TOP 10 AIDS FOR MACULAR DEGENERATION
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
This eye disease leads to a loss of both central vision and the ability to see fine details. In  both dry form and wet form AMD, treatment can slow vision loss but not restore vision.
These tools can help you manage and adapt to diminishing eyesight.
1. Bar Magnifier
This 2x magnifier makes it easier to continue reading your favorite magazine or newspaper. At 1″  wide it helps you read line by line. This portable aid even includes a ruler.
2. Deluxe Page Size
Magnifier with Light
If you’d rather magnify the whole page at once, you need this device. The foldable legs stand up  for hands-free reading and fold down for on-the-go use. The 2x magnifier has a light to further  improve viewing.
3. Jumbo Size Braille Phone
Tiny phone buttons can make dialing with vision loss hard. This phone has large numbers with  braille characters to help you dial quickly. The phone has three programmable one-touch emergency  buttons. It even speaks the numbers out loud as you press them, so you can make sure you’re calling  the right person.
4. 15″ Wall Clock with
Large Bold Numbers
Another aid for people with macular degeneration is a clock with larger numbers. The high contrast  background and 2″ high numbers make it easier to read this clock from far away.
5. Keys U Can See Keyboard
Fading vision can make using a computer difficult. The black letters and numbers are striking on  this yellow keyboard. Each character is nearly ½” high, increasing visibility and letting you get  back to typing.
6. Tek Partner Universal
Remote Control
Large buttons helps you see the numbers and other important controls on this remote. It can  connect with up to four other remotes for use with your TV, DVD player, cable box, or VCR. The  buttons also light up for easier visibility at night.
7. Moshi Voice Controlled
Talking Clock
Talking devices are also helpful for people with macular degeneration. This clock is completely  voice controlled, from setting it to using it. Simply ask for the time, date, or indoor temperature  and the clock will announce it loud.
8. Atomic Unisex Talking Watch
If you want to hear the time, day, month, and the date anywhere you go, you need this watch. In  addition to the talking, this watch features large numbers and hour and minute hands that light up  in the dark. This makes it useful for those who are beginning to lose vision or for people whose  vision loss is more advanced.
9. Talking Scale
Visually impaired individuals who are all health conscious will appreciate this glass scale. It  speaks five languages, including English, Spanish, and German, and announces your weight in pounds  or kilograms.
10. Double Vision Vanity
and Suction Cup Mirror
Enjoy two mirrors that offer 5x and 10x magnification. Adjust the gooseneck to the perfect angle  and then apply your makeup, style your hair, or tackle other tasks with ease.

SCAVI MINUTES
The meeting of the South Central Association of the Visually Impaired was held March 4, 2019 at  9:30at the Bedford Free Methodist Church. Present were Regina and Rich Vonderhaar, Doug and Brenda  Eads, Denise Mullis, Rita Kersh, Mike and Dolly Sowder, Jon Knoll, Norma Thomas, and Loney and Ida  Galey. Our speaker was Rebecca Chambers, social services director at Garden Villa in Bedford. She  talked to us about some of the assistance they give visually impaired residents in things like  eating, dressing themselves and navigating in their rooms and around the facility. Our own Jon  Knoll, who is a resident there, shared some of his positive experiences. We decided to give raised  dice and bold lined paper from SCAVI to Garden Villa.
We approved February minutes. Dolly Motioned Rita seconded and the motion passed.
Regina talked about our next meeting at Pappas, Walmart grocery pick up, suggestions for future  speakers.
Rita motioned to adjourn, Dolly seconded and the motion passed. Meeting adjourned at 10:15.
Respectfully submitted by Rich Vonderhaar

SCAVI NEWS for April 2019

A monthly newsletter of the South Central Association of the Visually Impaired
SCAVI, P.O. Box 2216, Bedford, IN 47421
SCAVI on Facebook – 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.
Email Regina Vonderhaar

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN SCAVI

Our next meeting will be Monday, April 1, at Pappas Restaurant, 2615 Mitchell Road at 5:00 P.M. With spring weather coming, let’s enjoy an evening of food and fellowship.

NEW TRANSPORTATION SERVICE

As we always try to share information to help the visually impaired be more independent, we want to share that Lawrence county Personal Transport is a new resource in Lawrence County. Their hours are 8:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. and they are available on weekends. Rides should be scheduled a day or two in advance. Some of our members have used them and found them helpful, affordable and dependable. If you would like to make a reservation, call 812-578-9432. Their rates are $2.40 to be picked up and includes the first mile. There is a cost of $1.20 for each additional mile. If you would like them to wait, they charge one cent per minute.

MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT BLINDNESS By Kevin McNally

Dear Fully Sighted World,
What you believe about vision loss is false (but do not worry, I am here to help!). This is not your fault. So much of what the normally sighted population is taught (if at all) about low vision is misplaced. To make matters worse, people with low vision as a whole, do not talk about living with it (more on that in future posts). The number of people with, or
impacted by, low vision is on the rise. My main goal is to help educate the fully sighted and empower those with low vision.

I believe fully sighted people have an image of what a “blind” or visually impaired person looks like: Think Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Andrea Bocelli and others. Dark sunglasses, or closed eyes and perhaps a white cane. Yes, these are common indicators of blindness or low vision, but in reality, the number of people with some remaining usable vision far exceeds the number of people who see nothing. Therefore, the vast majority of the visually impaired will not necessarily meet your normal expectations. This is the problem.

The term blind is where the confusion begins. Hard statistics are difficult to come by for a variety of reasons, but according to sources such as the National Federation of the Blind and the American Foundation for the Blind, only an estimated 15% of people with serious vision problems are truly blind, as in no light perception. Technically, it is very rare.
The other way to look at this is that around 85% of people with severe visual impairments have some vision remaining. This can create confusion to the sighted world. I am part of the 85% group. I do not “look” blind. My eye disease is progressive, so if I live long enough, I imagine I will slide into the 15% eventually.

Because the sighted world does not fully understand that most visually impaired have some vision remaining, they are confused when they encounter someone like me. Let me give you an example. Imagine you are at the airport and there I am with my white cane. Now when I travel, I always use my cane so that I can let the rest of the world know that I do not see well.
Therefore, when I accidentally run over your little black luggage that you are pulling behind you as you cut in front of me because you are running to your gate, or the small child splayed out on the floor crying, you will realize (hopefully) that the collision was not on purpose.

Then, as I approach the long snaking security line, I either get pulled from the line
or I enter directly into the handicap line (if I can find it). I get my ID checked, carry-on bag scanned and use my cane to walk to the gate that I will depart from. I check in at the gate, identify myself as legally blind (I am in the airline’s computer) and often get seated in to a special area before boarding. I am then called to board first, many times before people
with other disabilities. I feel the eyes on me as I stand waiting to board first. I board the plane, occasionally with assistance and take my seat. Now stay with me. I then take out my iPhone and check emails, texts and say farewell to loved ones.

As the rest of the passengers start to board and go by me, what do you think they are thinking if they notice me? I know what some are thinking. In fact, I can feel what some are thinking. They are thinking, “wait, isn’t he BLIND??” Their expectations are not lining up with the reality of vision loss. But the absolute truth is that I am legally blind. I am not faking it. I have heavily constricted, but still usuable central vision. Think “tunnel vision.” For fun, you could try looking down an empty toilet paper roll (with the other eye shut) and walking around a busy area. It will not be an enjoyable experience for you. Because of this tunnel vision, I can read and use computers, but anything outside of the central area where I can see will not be visible. I have to continually scan my eyes all over the place to take in as much visual information as possible. Therefore, I need to use a white cane, especially in new and or busy areas, for my safety and yours.

It is the lack of understanding about vision loss that creates the confusion. For example, I have been asked, “why do you wear glasses if you are blind?” This is a logical question, given what I have already written about the natural misinformation of vision loss. For the record, I wear glasses because my usable remaining central vision can still be refracted
like any other person (although my remaining vision is still not as good as the normally sighted due to my degenerating retinas). So like many people, I need glasses to get the best corrected vision possible with what vision I have. These types of questions generally do not bother me. They give me the opportunity to explain true low vision or legal blindness. I think most people, if they are open to learning, will understand much more after I
explain the truth. I do not blame others for being confused or questioning the entire situation. I just ask that I am given the chance, when possible, to open the minds of those with questions. I am happy to do it.

I am very aware that sometimes it is not easy to remember that I am legally blind. Frequently, I hear this from my own friends and some family members. My mom jokes with me that when we travel together or go somewhere, that she is my biggest danger because she forgets and then walks in front of me, cuts me off, starts pointing at things for me to look at (or find)
etc. I fully understand that because I look “normal” it is easy to forget, until something happens and I get hurt. I am legally blind, but that does not mean that I see nothing. It means I need assistance. In fact, I may need your help one day.

So why should you care? Besides being a good and compassionate human being, according to Visionaware.org, “new research from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine reveals that the annual number of new cases of blindness and low vision among people aged 45 years and older is estimated to double during the next 30 years.” Translation, you or someone you love may be impacted by low vision. Having a clear and accurate understanding about the reality and truth of living with low vision will better prepare you now and for the future.

Vision loss does not have to be the end of the world. Although feelings of isolation, loneliness and depression are a constant threat, the small steps that the sighted world takes to understand vision loss will make the lives of us affected that much easier. With your help and understanding, those of us living with low vision will continue to not just live with low vision, but SUCCEED with low vision.

SCAVI MINUTES

The meeting of the South Central Association of the Visually Impaired was held March 4, 2019 at 9:30at the Bedford Free Methodist Church. Present were Regina and Rich Vonderhaar, Doug and Brenda Eads, Denise Mullis, Rita Kersh, Mike and Dolly Sowder, Jon Knoll, Norma Thomas, and Loney and Ida Galey.

Our speaker was Rebecca Chambers, social services director at Garden Villa in Bedford. She talked to us about some of the assistance they give visually impaired residents in things like eating, dressing themselves and navigating in their rooms and around the facility. Our own Jon Knoll, who is a resident there, shared some of his positive experiences. We decided to
give raised dice and lined pads of paper from the SCAVI store to Garden Villa.

We approved February minutes. Dolly Motioned Rita seconded. Regina talked about our next meeting at Pappas Restaurant, Wal-Mart grocery pick up and suggestions for future speakers. Rita motioned to adjourn, Dolly seconded. Meeting adjourned at 10:15. Respectfully submitted by Rich Vonderhaar

SCAVI News for March 2019

A monthly newsletter of the South Central Association of the Visually Impaired
SCAVI, P.O. Box 2216, Bedford, IN 47421
SCAVI on Facebook | 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
Email Regina Vonderhaar

What’s Happening in SCAVI

Our next meeting will be Monday, March 4, 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 Rebecca Chambers, Social Service Director at Garden Villa in Bedford. She will be talking to us about working with visually impaired residents who live there.

SCAVI Birthdays

Kathy Reising and Dolly Sowder, March 10

5 Ways to Keep Your Eyes Healthy Every Day by Sheryl Kraft

As we age, our eyes age too, and the risk of eye diseases and conditions-many with no warning signs-climbs. That’s why experts stress the importance of an annual comprehensive eye exam for everyone over age 50. “Just as you’d visit an internist for your annual health check-up, it’s equally important to have your eyes checked each year-even if you’re not experiencing any vision problems,” says Divya Srikumaran, M.D., medical director at Johns Hopkins’ Wilmer Eye Institute in Odenton, Maryland. Though it’s true that early detection and treatment can help protect-and even save-your vision, so can living a healthy life. “Keeping your eyes healthy is as important as keeping the rest of you healthy,” says Michelle Andreoli, M.D., clinical spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. These tips can help.

1. Don’t Smoke-or Hang Around Secondhand Smoke. The links between smoking and heart disease and lung cancer are well known. But did you know that smoking-or being exposed to secondhand smoke-also can harm your eyes and lead to vision loss. Smoking interferes with the manufacture of a chemical necessary to help you see at night. It also increases the risk for many major eye disorders, including age-related macular degeneration (AMD), glaucoma and cataracts The proof is in the numbers: Smokers have a four times greater risk of developing AMD than nonsmokers. If you live with a smoker, your risk for AMD is still high (it almost doubles). Heavy smokers (more than 15 cigarettes per day) also have a three times greater risk of developing cataracts than do nonsmokers.

2. Eat a Healthy Diet. Is it an old wives’ tale that eating carrots is good for your eyes? Not exactly. While carrots can’t improve your eyesight, they can keep your vision healthy, thanks to vitamin A. But A is not the only vitamin good for your eyes, says registered dietitian Bonnie Taub-Dix, author of Read It Before You Eat It: Taking You From Label to Table.

“The foods we eat have a tremendous impact on our eye health. Green leafy vegetables and eggs are both high in lutein and zeaxanthin, nutrients that have been found to reduce the risk of chronic eye diseases like AMD and cataracts,” she says. Other eye-healthy foods include salmon, a potent source of omega-3 fatty acids; Brussels sprouts and grapefruit, rich in vitamin C; nuts and seeds, which contain vitamin E; and shellfish and whole grains, powerful sources of zinc, which transports vitamin A from the liver to the retina to produce melanin, a protective pigment in the eye. The Mediterranean diet has been associated with helping slow the
progression of AMD, according to a 2017 study. It includes fruits, vegetables, fatty fish like salmon and sardines, olive oil, nuts and other healthy fats.

3. Cover Up. Sunglasses and hats are more than just fashion accessories. They help protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays, which can cause molecular damage and increase the risk for AMD and cataracts. The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends wearing dark sunglasses that block 99 or 100 percent of all UV light. Some labels will say “UV absorption up to 400 nm,” which means there is 100 percent UV absorption. If your glasses aren’t at 100 percent, plastic and glass lenses can be treated with a special chemical to improve their UV absorption rating. Note: Polarized lenses are not the same as UV protective lenses. They have a
special filter for reducing glare, but may not provide maximum UV protection.

4. Exercise. We all know it’s good for mood, metabolism and overall health, but exercise can decrease the risk of many eye conditions, including cataracts, wet age-related AMD and glaucoma, research says. In fact, people who regularly exercise three or more times a week have a lower risk of developing wet age-related AMD (a more serious type in which blood vessels leak fluid and blood under the retina and can damage central vision), according to a study published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology.

“As AMD progresses, it may be harder to read or to drive at night, and objects may not be as bright as they used to be,” says Craig See, M.D., an ophthalmologist at Cleveland Clinic’s Cole Eye Institute. Exercise also benefits your eyes because it can decrease your risk of developing other health problems that can lead to vision problems, like diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

5. Keep Blood Sugar in Check. If you have diabetes and your blood sugar is too high for too long, the blood vessels in your retina can swell, leak or grow abnormally, affecting vision in both eyes, says See. The longer you’ve had diabetes, the greater your risk is of developing an eye disease known as diabetic retinopathy, which can affect anyone with Type 1, Type 2 or gestational diabetes and is the leading cause of blindness among working-age adults. “People with well-controlled sugars will probably never have the complication of eye problems from their diabetes,” See says, which is why careful management is so crucial. Diabetes also can put you at risk for developing glaucoma and cataracts, Andreoli says.

AMD In age-related macular degeneration, damage to a part of the retina known as the macula causes a loss in central vision. Currently, treatment exists only for one type, wet AMD, which is less common but more serious. Cataracts occur when there is a breakdown in normal proteins in the lens of the eye, which naturally happens around age 40 and worsens in time, causing cloudy, blurry or double vision, light sensitivity and trouble seeing well at night. Glaucoma Pressure from the buildup of fluid in the front part of the eye causes damage to the eye’s optic nerve. Eye pain, blurred vision and eye redness are symptoms. Diabetic Retinopathy Uncontrolled high blood sugar can damage blood vessels in the retina. Symptoms can include vision loss, spots or dark floaters and reduced color vision.

SCAVI Minutes

The meeting of the South Central Association of the Visually Impaired was held February 4, 2019 at 9:35 a.m. at the Bedford Free Methodist Church. Present were Cindy Brooking, Jim Veam, Regina and Rich Vonderhaar, Doug and Brenda Eads, Denise Mullis, Rita Kersh, Mike and Dolly Sowder, and Jon Knoll.

Our speaker was Tina Ligman from Lawrence County Cancer Services. She informed us they have been helping cancer patients in Lawrence County since 1994. They are separate from American Cancer Society. Their services include help with transportation, providing hats and wigs for those who have lost hair, Patient support such as visits, flowers, financial support and equipment such as walkers, wheelchairs and shower chairs.

Dolly made the motioned to approve the January minutes, Rita seconded, and the motion passed. Cindy gave treasurer’s report: Dues $9 $10Sunshine bag, Account balance $3294.77. Regina told about the new Lawrence county personal transport service. Regina asked about having an April evening eating out with everyone in agreement to do it. The motion to adjourn was made by Jon, Rita seconded, and the motion passed. The meeting adjourned at 10:24 a.m. Respectfully Submitted by Rich Vonderhaar.

SCAVI News for February 2019

A monthly newsletter of the South Central Association of the Visually Impaired
SCAVI, P.O. Box 2216, Bedford, IN 47421
SCAVI on Facebook
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 – Email Regina Vonderhaar

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN SCAVI

Our next meeting will be Monday, February 4, 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 Tina Ligman from Lawrence County Cancer Services. She will be talking about what they offer.

SCAVI Birthdays

  • Mary Lou Barnes Feb. 7
  • Maggie Fleener Feb. 10
  • Sonnie Henderson Feb. 24

Winter Weather

This is just a reminder especially to our newer members and guests that whenever NLCS schools are closed SCAVI does not meet. The weather has been good to us so far lets keep it going in February and March.

SEVERE EYE CONDITIONS CAUSED BY OVER THE COUNTER COLD MEDICINES CAUSING SEVERE FORM OF GLAUCOMA

By: Jessica Dupnack

Imagine waking up to blurry vision and excruciating eye pain. Then your eye care professional says it’s the cold medicine you’re taking that’s causing this pain and a form of Glaucoma. It’s more common than you think and most of us haven’t even heard of the warnings. If you get this form of Glaucoma the only solution is a needle in your eye, literally. “We insert a very small needle into the eye and that will break the attack by lowering the pressure in the eye,” Dr. Siegel said.

Take this as a warning from Dr. Siegel this cold and flu season. “If you should be taking this medication or any other medication and notice you are feeling pressure or discomfort around your eyes you should stop it and see an eye care professional.”

Check your labels, look for warnings that say not to take or consult a doctor if you have Glaucoma, and get your eyes checked to see if you’re at high risk.

SCAVI MINUTES

The meeting of the South Central Association of the Visually Impaired was held January 7, 2019 at 9:35 A.M. at the Bedford Free Methodist Church. Present were Ida and Loney Galey, Cindy Brooking, Jim Veam, Regina and Rich Vonderhaar, Doug and Brenda Eads, Denise Mullis, Rita Kersh, Mike and Dolly Sowder, Don and Betty Schackmann, and Kathy Reising.

Our speaker was Jim McCreary from the Bedford Police Department. He spoke about the Smart 911 program which has been in Bedford for 18 months. It allows individuals to enter personal and medical information in to the 911 system. Jim passed out application forms and also told how to apply online.

Regina told us we have Thornton Park shelter house reserved for our picnic. Rita made the motion to approve the Nov. minutes, Doug seconded and the motion passed.

Cindy gave the treasurer’s report. December Income $172.80 from Auction, donation $3, sunshine $7 Dues $90 total $272.80 Account balance December 31, 2018: $2,925.78. January 2019 Income, donation from Evening Lions $400.

Dolly asked about getting Uber. She also passed out ACBI car project cards. The meeting adjourned at 10:40 a.m. Respectfully submitted by Rich Vonderhaar

SCAVI NEWS for January 2019

A monthly newsletter of the South Central Association of the Visually Impaired
SCAVI, P.O. Box 2216, Bedford, IN 47421
SCAVI on Facebook Newsletter written and produced by President Rich Vonderhaar and Edited by
Rita Kersh. Rich may be reached at 812-675-0065, Cell 317-709-8159 Email Rich vonderhaar

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN SCAVI

Our next meeting will be Monday, January 7, 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 from the Bedford Police Department talking about the Smart 911 program. Those who wish can bring their phones and get signed up at the meeting. Feel free to bring a guest as this topic should have community interest.

SCAVI BIRTHDAYS

Doug Eads Jan. 1
Louise Hamilton Jan. 14

THANKS FOR ANOTHER GREAT YEAR BY PRESIDENT RICH VONDERHAAR

As one of my final duties as SCAVI president, I wanted to thank everyone for another great year. This group is successful because of so many wonderful people working together. That is also where we get our enthusiasm and personality. We had great meetings, speakers, a picnic, night out at a restaurant and Christmas. In addition we have grown with four new members. 2019 should be even better. Regina Vonderhaar is excited about serving as president while I take a year off to kind of charge my battery a bit.

SMITHSONIAN OFFERS TOURS FOR VISUALLY IMPAIRED BY VICTORIA SANCHEZ

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is offering ways for people with different abilities to explore and enjoy the artwork, history and culture in Washington D.C. Docent-led tours for the visually impaired are opening new opportunities for locals.

People from all over the world travel to the Nation’s Capital. So far, more than two million visitors this year from around the world have walked the halls of the American Art Museum and got a peek in to the lives of Americans past and present. Some residents felt they were not able to enjoy the venue like everyone else.

“This collection is a reflection of who we are as Americans. It tells a history of our culture and our people and it does it visually,” said Carol Wilson, Lunder Education Chair at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

One Thursday afternoon, a small group started a docent-led tour. Some arm in arm, leisurely strolled down one of the halls. “When we walk into that gallery, we will be surrounded by people staring at us because these are portraits,” explained museum docent David Weisz.

Exhibits for sight alone can cause some visitors to feel isolated. “I would go into a museum and I would feel lost, many times depressed. Like, this is not for me. They don’t want me here. And now I leave and I have these images in my head which I can refer to many times for weeks, even years later,” said Kilof Legge.

Legally Blind Legged is not alone. “Kilof, what do you see? Because I just see a bunch of colors,” said visually impaired visitor John Guzik as he looked at a painting. “At this point I can’t drive, read, recognize people,” explained Legge. “I tell people, it’s like I see one piece of a 1,000-piece puzzle,” said Jane Stanley. “If your vision is a circle, I have an M&M in the middle,” explained Guzik.

In the monthly tour at the museum, all the participants are visually impaired. Stereotypical canes and blacked out sunglasses are nowhere to be found. While the group does walk slower, they travel with confidence and help each other out. “Surfaces change, so be careful. And it’s a little bit, slightly downhill,” Weisz said as he was leading the group out of a doorway.

“I look like I can see a lot more than I see. I guess I just want to see more so I try,” said Stanley warmly. The tours have specially trained docents that use colorful and descriptive words. They pass around touchable object like marble. “Even though it’s cold, it’s not the hardest rock. It’s a soft rock compared to a lot of others,” said Weisz as the participants were passing the white block around.

“The beauty of a work of art is you can experience it even if you can’t see it.” – Carol Wilson, Smithsonian American Art Museum. Visually impaired visitors are experiencing art in other ways besides sight at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

At the next artwork, Weisz took out a painter’s palette with multiple 3D painted brushstrokes and pointed out which one resembled the painting they were studying. He also played music inspired by piece. “All the spectacular things going on and you’re going to hear in a minute the waves. The wind and the waves,” Weisz said over the orchestra music coming from his phone.

Some paintings and sculptures have foam-board cutouts for fingers to follow along as it’s being described. It brings the unseen piece to life. “In this area here, we have some trees. They are dark, very beautifully painted, very detail painted. And in the background, I’m going to move you up here, this is a combination up here of sky and mountains,” Weisz described to Stanley as he helped guide her hand around the foam board.

“Having somebody describe what you’re seeing, I think is an amazing service that the museum provides,” said Guzik. While many visitors spend a few moments looking at a piece, this group gets to experience more than what’s on the surface. “The beauty of a work of art is you can experience it even if you can’t see it,” said Wilson.

Artwork so often creates a space for discussion, learning and community. For the visually impaired, that faded away until now. “It’s stimulating and it adds an extra dimension to my life that was missing,” said Stanley. “Now I leave and I have these images in my head which I can refer to many times for weeks, even years later,” said Legge.

SCAVI MINUTES

The meeting of the South Central Association of the Visually Impaired was held on Monday, November 5, 2018 at 9:30 am in the basement of the Free Methodist Church fellowship hall. Present at the meeting were Kari Goodman, Cindy Brooking, Rich and Regina Vonderhaar, Rita Kersh, Brenda and Doug Eads, Mike and Dolly Sowder, Betty and Don Schackmann, Jim Veem, Kathy Reising and Ida Galey.

We opened the meeting by going around the room and taking roll. Regina made a motion to approve the minutes from the October meeting. Brenda seconded the motion. The motion passed.

Treasurer’s Report

The balance was $2805.70 according to the bank as of the date of the meeting. We raised $1169.36 from the chili supper. We also received a $40 donation from the ACBI from the letter writing campaign. SCAVI made $432 on auction items from the convention, 40% of which will come back to our chapter. We discussed reimbursing Rita for the candy bars she purchased for the
SCAVI table. Kari made a motion to reimburse Rita. Dolly seconded the motion. The motion passed.

Next, Rich opened up the topic of our annual election. There were two positions open, president and board member. The only nominee for president was Regina Vonderhaar and the only nominee for board member was Denise Mullis. The floor was opened up for additional nominees, no more were presented. The slate was presented and unanimously approved.

Rich recapped the weekend at Indianapolis at convention. He thanked everyone who helped with every aspect of the convention. Rich reminded everyone that dues are being collected for 2019. Also, the sunshine bag was passed around. Rich opened up the floor for any additional comments or questions. We adjourned the meeting at 10:35 am.

Respectfully Submitted by Secretary Kari Goodman

SCAVI NEWS for November 2018

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 Rich Vonderhaar and Edited by Rita Kersh. Rich may be reached at 812-675-0065. Cell 317-709-8159
Email Rich Vonderhaar

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN SCAVI

Our next meeting will be our Christmas party, Saturday, December 8, at the Bedford Free Methodist Church, 630 R Street in the Fellowship Hall in the basement at 12:00 P.M. SCAVI will furnish the meat, paper products and drinks. Members are
encouraged to bring a side dish or dessert. Those participating in the game should bring a wrapped gift worth around $5. So let’s end a successful year with some Christmas fun.

SCAVI BIRTHDAYS
Ruth Pruett Dec. 11, 100 years young, congratulations Ruth
Kari Goodman Dec. 28

DUES REMINDER
While most of our members have already paid 2019 dues, here’s just a quick reminder. those who have not paid should either bring their annual $9 to the Christmas party or send it to the above P.O. Box with your check made out to SCAVI.

SCAVI IMPACTS JOINT CONVENTION
For those not fortunate enough to have attended the 2018 joint convention with Indiana and Ohio, you might be both interested and proud to hear the positive impact SCAVI had on its success. Since Indiana was the host
state, we had the greater share of the responsibility. From the beginning, our members hit the ground running. Rita Kersh, Kari Goodman and Cindy
Brooking were on the planning committee while Dolly Sowder coordinated the exhibits. Once we got to Indianapolis, we all really got busy. Ten members of SCAVI attended as well as two guests. Right away we got to work setting up tables, filling goody bags and taking registrations. Throughout the convention we took turns selling various items at our SCAVI table. Our members were also very helpful to those needing assistance at the hotel. The best part was it was all done with enthusiasm and a positive attitude SCAVI has come to be famous for.

ACB NEWS
We’re writing to share some exciting news from our friends at Aira. We’re excited to announce a special shopping opportunity exclusively for ACB members who are Aira Explorers. Aira is offering ACB members 120 minutes of free Aira service for any tasks related to shopping, valid from (Black Friday) through to Christmas, December 25, 2018. How can I take advantage of this offer? 1. Be both an ACB member and an Aira Explorer.
2. Connect with an Aira agent and ask them to add “ACB Member” to your profile.
3. Go shopping with Aira! Make sure you tell the agent that you’re an ACB Member and that you’re using the ACB Shopping Promotion. ACB affiliates should reach out to their members to explain how the offer works, and to ensure members know to update their Aira profiles to reflect their ACB membership. Get ready to make the most of your shopping this holiday season with Aira! Remember, as an ACB Member you’re getting 120 minutes of free Aira service, valid from Black Friday through Christmas. Just make sure an Aira agent adds “ACB Member” to your profile!

SCAVI Minutes
The meeting of the South Central Association of the Visually Impaired was held on Monday, October 5, 2018 at 9:30 am in the basement of the Free Methodist Church fellowship hall. Present at the meeting were Kari Goodman, Cindy Brooking, Rich and Regina Vonderhaar, Rita Kersh, Brenda and Doug
Eads, Mike and Dolly Sowder, Betty and Don Schackmann, Jim Veem, Kathy Reising and Ida Galey. We opened the meeting by going around the room and taking roll.

October Minutes
Regina made a motion to approve the minutes from the October meeting. Brenda seconded the motion. The motion passed. Treasurer’s Report: The balance was $2805.70 according to the bank as of the date of the meeting. We raised $1169.36 from the chili supper. We also received a $40 donation from the ACBI from the letter writing campaign. SCAVI made $432 on auction items from the convention, 40% of which will come back to our chapter. We discussed reimbursing Rita for the candy bars she purchased for the SCAVI table. Kari made a motion to reimburse Rita. Dolly seconded the motion. The motion passed. Next, Rich opened up the topic of our annual election. There were two positions open, president and board member. The only nominee for president was Regina Vonderhaar and the only nominee for board member was Denise Mullis. The floor was opened up for additional nominees, no more were presented. The slate was presented and unanimously approved.

Rich recapped the weekend at Indianapolis at convention. He thanked everyone who helped with every aspect of the convention. Rich reminded everyone that dues are being collected for 2019. Also, the sunshine bag was passed around. Rich opened up the floor for any additional comments or questions. Our next meeting will be our Christmas party on December 8 at noon at the Free Methodist Church. SCAVI will provide meat and drinks. Members are encouraged to bring a side and a $5 gift for a gift exchange. Guests are welcome to attend and join in the fun.

We adjourned the meeting at 10:35 am. Respectfully Submitted by Secretary Kari Goodman.

SCAVI NEWS for October 2018

A monthly newsletter of the South Central Association of the Visually Impaired
SCAVI, P.O. Box 2216, Bedford, IN 47421
SCAVI on Facebook
Newsletter written and produced by President Rich Vonderhaar and Edited by
Rita Kersh. Rich may be reached at 812-675-0065, Cell 317-709-8159 or
Email Rich Vonderhaar

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN SCAVI

Our next meeting will be Monday, November 5, at the Bedford Free Methodist
Church, 630 R Street in the Fellowship Hall in the basement at 9:30 A.M. Our agenda will include highlights from the ACBI convention. We will also
have our annual election. SCAVI BIRTHDAYS: Rita Kersh Nov. 2

SUCCESSFUL CHILI SUPPER

Thanks to all who cooked, served, set up and cleaned up. Plus, all who came
and ate and supported our chili supper making it a huge success. And what a
great time we all had. The hard work and dedication of many gave 96 people
a fun evening.

DUES

Just a reminder that 2019 dues will be collected beginning in November. Mail to
SCAVI
P.O. Box 2216
Bedford, IN 47421

IT JUST TAKES ONE

By Rita Kersh

First I want to thank all the hard workers who helped with our recent chili
supper and silent auction. Without each of you it wouldn’t have been a
success. Just imagine how many people with vision loss we can help!

Now, along the lines of fund raising, I want to bring up an easy fund raiser. Each one of us can do and it takes hardly any time at all to do it. The American Council of the Blind of Indiana (ACBI), our state organization, has an annual letter writing fund raiser. Every year a letter goes out to people who have agreed to be financial supporters of our state organization. These people were asked by our members if they would like to be supporters. There is no set amount they have to donate; it’s entirely up to them.

I recently got on my Facebook page and contacted people I’m friends with and
I also e-mailed some people as well. So far I’ve heard from three who will
do the annual donation and two are giving me a one-time donation. There
still may be a few more I hear from.

So, if I can do this, each of you can do this. It just takes you contacting
one person who would like to be a supporter. And remember, a portion of the
donation they donate will come back to our SCAVI chapter. You should let
them know their donation is tax deductable, since we’re a non-profit organization.

If any of you have supporters who would like to help out with this fund
raiser, please get their mailing address and send it to me. I’ll pass it
along to the one who sends out these letters. Remember, it just takes one.

REMINDER TOLAWRENCE COUNTY VOTERS

With the November 6 election approaching, we wanted to remind our readers
that all voting places in Indiana have the talking voting machines which
enable visually impaired voters to vote independently. A visually impaired
voter should ask to use a talking machine because poll workers don’t always
think to offer the service. The American Council of the Blind was
instrumental in making this service available.

SCAVI MINUTES

The meeting of the South Central Association of the Visually Impaired was
held on Monday, October 1, 2018 at 9:30 am in the basement of the Free
Methodist Church fellowship hall. Present at the meeting were Kari Goodman,
Cindy Brooking, Sue Fleenor, Rich and Regina Vonderhaar, Rita Kersh, Denise
Mullis, Doug Eads, Kathy Reising, Mike and Dolly Sowders, Betty and Don
Shackmann, Jim Veem and Lonnie and Ida Galey.

Rich opened up by seeing who needed tickets to sell for the chili supper.
Rita provided an update on silent auction items. Rich talked about possible new speakers and fundraising opportunities. Rich announced that next month we have to start with election of officers, and he will be stepping down as president. Rich assigned Regina, Dolly and
Rita to a nominating committee before November elections. Next, we discussed the state convention coming up in November. Rich made sure everyone who was interested has registered, has hotel reservations and has transportation.

September Minutes

Rita made a motion to approve the minutes from the August meeting. Regina
seconded the motion. The motion passed.

Treasurer’s Report

The beginning balance was $1952.54. Income was $36 in chili supper tickets, $30 for washcloths, $11 for the sunshine fund and $0.08 in interest. Expenses were $20.43 and $40.65 for auction items and $3.50 in postage to mail chili supper tickets to Brenda. Ending balance of $1965.04. Regina made a motion to approve the treasurer’s report. Sue seconded the
motion. The motion passed.

We discussed all the details for the chili supper. Cindy passed the sunshine bag. Rich opened the meeting up for anyone to share or ask questions. Our next meeting will be November 5 at 9:30 at the Free Methodist Church. We adjourned the meeting at 10:35 am. Respectfully Submitted by Secretary Kari Goodman

SCAVI NEWS for September 2018

A monthly newsletter of the South Central Association of the Visually Impaired
SCAVI, P.O. Box 2216, Bedford, IN 47421
SVAVI on Facebook

Newsletter written and produced by President Rich Vonderhaar and Edited by Rita Kersh.
Rich may be reached at 812-675-0065
Cell 317-709-8159
Email rich Vonderhaar

October 2018 WHAT’S HAPPENING IN SCAVI

Our next meeting will be Monday, October 1, at the Bedford Free Methodist
Church, 630 R Street in the Fellowship Hall in the basement at 9:30 A.M. Our agenda will include final preparations for our upcoming chili supper, final arrangements for ACBI State Convention as well as talking about November’s upcoming election.

SCAVI BIRTHDAYS

  • Sue Fleener Oct. 10
  • Cindy Brooking Oct. 16
  • Rich Vonderhaar Oct. 17

CHILI EXTRAVAGANZA

Lawrence County asked for it, and we’re going to do it! Back by popular demand, we are having our Chili Extravaganza in conjunction with White Cane Day on October 15 from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. at the First Baptist Church, 1515 20th street in Bedford.

Tickets are $6 in advance or at the door, $3 for children ages 6 to 12 and children under 6 eat free. Tickets are also available from SCAVI members. We had so much fun with this event in the past, we had to bring it back. We are looking forward to an evening of good food and fun. There will also be a silent auction.

MEDICAL ADVANCES IN MACULAR DEGENERATION By Robert Weisman, BOSTON GLOBE

SCAVI MINUTES

The meeting of the South Central Association of the Visually Impaired was
held on Monday, September 10, 2018 at 9:30 am in the basement of the Free
Methodist Church fellowship hall. Present at the meeting were Kari Goodman,
Cindy Brooking, Sue Fleener, Rich and Regina Vonderhaar, Rita Kersh, Denise
Mullis, Doug and Brenda Eads, Kathy Reising, Mike and Dolly Sowders and
Lonnie and Ida Galey.

August Minutes

Sue made a motion to approve the minutes from the August meeting. Regina
seconded the motion. The motion passed.

Treasurer’s Report

Recent expenses were a $50 check to reserve the room for the October chili
supper and $14 to ACBI for dues. There are some outstanding receipts that
were turned in today for approximately $61. This leaves our balance roughly
at $1980. Rita made a motion to approve the treasurer’s report. Doug seconded the
motion. The motion passed.

Next, we discussed details about the upcoming chili supper we are holding
on October 15 from 5:00-7:00 at the First Baptist Church in Bedford. Cindy
is going to print up tickets and distribute them to everyone to sell. Members will gather and donate items for the silent auction.

We determined ticket prices would be $6, $3 for children between the ages of 6-12 and free for children 5 and under. Our menu will be different types of chili, cornbread, sandwiches and dessert. We discussed purchasing tea and lemonade for drinks and some different options for having coffee as well. Dolly will inventory our paper supplies to determine what else needs to be purchased before the event.

Rich shared about our convention coming up on November 2-4 at the
Waterfront Hotel in Indianapolis. We discussed transportation to the
convention. Rita passed out registration forms for the convention.

A motion was introduced for SCAVI to pay $50 towards registration fees for
each member attending the convention. The motion passed. Cindy will
collect information and register everyone for the convention. Anyone who
has already registered will get a reimbursement for the $50. Kari and Rita
donated their reimbursement to go towards the pizza mixer.

Rich opened the meeting up for anyone to share or ask questions. Our next meeting will be October 1 at 9:30 at the Free Methodist Church. Rita made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Brenda seconded the motion. The motion passed. We adjourned the meeting at 10:35 am.
Respectfully Submitted by Secretary Kari Goodman

SCAVI NEWS for August 2018

A monthly newsletter of the South Central Association of the Visually Impaired
SCAVI, P.O. Box 2216, Bedford, IN 47421
SCAVI on Facebook

Newsletter written and produced by President Rich Vonderhaar and Edited by Rita Kersh.
Rich may be reached at 812-675-0065. Cell 317-709-8159. Email rich vonderhaar

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN SCAVI

Our next meeting will be Monday, September 10 (due to the Labor Day holiday), at the Bedford Free Methodist Church, 630 R Street in the Fellowship Hall in the basement at 9:30 A.M. We will be discussing plans for our chapter for the rest of 2018.

SCAVI BIRTHDAYS

  • Sally Ridge Sept. 2
  • Brenda Eads Sept. 15
  • Regina Vonderhaar Sept. 24

MAKE PLANS FOR THE STATE CONVENTION By Rita Kersh, Chair, Convention planning committee

Coming soon in your “Focus on ACBI” newsletter will be everything you need to know about the convention coming up the weekend of November 2-4 in Indianapolis. There will be something for just about everyone. Our big attraction is the tour of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. We’ll have over 20 vendors and exhibitors to visit. Our auction is always a big hit and there are super nice items to bid on. Several of our SCAVI members are planning on attending so we’re working on transportation for those who need it. For participants with hearing problems there will be Assistive Listening Devices that will allow the individual using it to hear the people using the microphones. If you have question, please let me know. I hope to see most of our chapter members in Indianapolis!

INSPIRATIONAL POEM

Denise Mullis was kind enough to read the following poem at our last meeting. We thought we would share it in this newsletter for those who were
not in attendance.

If nobody smiled and nobody helped us along,
If everybody looked after himself and good things all went to the strong;
if nobody cared just a little for you and nobody thought of me,
and we all stood alone in the battle of life what a dreary old world this would be

Life is sweet just because of the friends we have made and the things which in common we share,
we want to live on not because of our selfishness but because of the people who care;
it’s giving and doing for somebody else on that all life’s splendor depends,
and the joy of this world when it’s all added up is found in the making of friends.

TRANSPORTATION UPDATE BY RICH VONDERHAAR

At our July meeting, we were fortunate to have Lisa Salyers from Rural Transit tell us about their service. Earlier this month Regina and I used the service to go from Bedford to Olive Garden in Bloomington and found their service both helpful and easy to use. At first I was a bit hesitant to put my personal experience in this newsletter, but after some thought the idea struck me that finding reliable transportation is an ongoing problem of the visually impaired. That isn’t a complaint, but it is a fact. SCAVI is all about sharing things to help one another. That is what we do, that is what we are about, that is why we are strong. Perhaps this little bit of positive news will help someone sometime.

SCAVI MINUTES

The meeting of the South Central Association of the Visually Impaired was held on Monday, August 6, 2018 at 9:30 am in the basement of the Free Methodist Church fellowship hall. Present at the meeting were Rich and Regina Vonderhaar, Rita Kersh, Denise Mullis, Don and Betty Shackmann, Mike and Dolly Sowder. Rich and Denise informed the group about members who were sick. We conducted a support session for new members in which Brenda, Dolly and Rita told their stories about sight loss. Regina made a motion to approve July minutes, Brenda seconded and the motion passed. We began planning for our October chili supper. We adjourned the meeting at 10:45 am. Respectfully Submitted by President Rich Vonderhaar

SCAVI Newsletter for July 2018

A monthly newsletter of the South Central Association of the Visually Impaired
SCAVI, P.O. Box 2216, Bedford, IN 47421
SCAVI on Facebook
Newsletter written and produced by President Rich Vonderhaar and Edited by Rita Kersh. Rich may be reached at 812-675-0065
Cell 317-709-8159 Email rich vonderhaar

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN SCAVI

Our next meeting will be Monday, August 6, at the Bedford Free Methodist Church, 630 R Street in the Fellowship Hall in the basement at 9:30 A.M. Our activities will include a support activity and planning our October chili supper event. SCAVI BIRTHDAYS: Mike Sowder August 5

ITEMS DONATED

After the passing of our long time member and friend Bill Henderson, his wife, Sonnie, was kind enough to donate several items of adaptive equipment for the visually impaired to SCAVI which had belonged to Bill. Anyone interested who could benefit from these items should contact Mike and Dolly Sowder at 812-279-1669.

Here is a list of these items: Signature guide; Binocular magnifier goes around your head; Zoom Text, magnifier reader Disc; Scrip talk, reads special labels put on by the pharmacy; Path Way to Independence paper back; Audacious puzzle book (2 CD’s); Learn keys, verbal keyboard Feedback (1 Disc); Talking type writer CD; Verbal view for windows XP; Master visually xp for windows XP CD; Ruby magnifier; Optronro CCTV; 4 white canes.

UPDATE ON OUR UPCOMING JOINT STATE CONVENTION

By Rita Kersh

Recently, Cindy Brooking, Barbara Salisbury (ACBI President) and I had a meeting with the Waterfront Hotel owner/manager and his colleagues at the hotel. Details were discussed and we were invited to take a quick tour.
Since our ACBI board meeting that was held at the hotel the end of April there has been a big change in the appearance of the hotel. The main hallway has had the old carpet removed and new flooring down, there is new lighting in the hall with colorful ceiling lights, and it has been painted as well. The ballroom has been painted and has new carpeting and the lighting is very good. There were carpenters still working on one end of the large room. So far there have been 35 guest rooms literally stripped and new flooring, walls, mattresses, etc. put in the rooms. In the areas that have been renovated the public restrooms have new print/Braille signage. The atrium/solarium is pretty and several rooms overlook this area which is where the pool is also located. It’s just a very great atmosphere now. I’m excited that we’ll be at this hotel in November.

We’ll have the tour of the Speedway museum and Kiss the Bricks; a pizza mixer; talent show; audio described comedy show; the auction and a impressive list of speakers/presenters. I hope we have a good showing of SCAVI members at the convention this year. I think everyone will be pleased.

TRANSPORTATION AND DELIVERY SERVICE OPTIONS FOR BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED

The ACB Membership Committee has compiled a list of transportation and delivery service options which we hope will help make getting around and getting things done a little easier. This is not an exhaustive list. Please check with your state and local affiliate for other transportation or delivery services in your area.

Uber Technologies, Inc. is a global transportation technology company headquartered in San Francisco, California, operating in 633 cities worldwide. It develops, markets, and operates the Uber car transportation and food delivery mobile apps. Uber provides safe, reliable rides in minutes, with no reservations required. To sign up or to see if Uber is available in your city, go to Uber.com

Lyft is a transportation network company based in San Francisco, California. It develops markets and operates the Lyft car transportation mobile app. Lyft operates in approximately 300 U.S. cities, including New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Lyft provides safe, reliable transportation, and you can schedule a ride up to seven days in advance and relax knowing your ride will be there when you need it. For more information or to sign up for this service, go to www.lyft.com

GoGoGrandparent offers affordable transportation for seniors, using Uber and Lyft vehicles. They charge a higher fee since they book your ride for you, and you don’t need a smart phone app. For more information or to sign up, go to GoGoGrandParent.com
or call 1-855-464-6872

Some larger cities offer bus, train or taxi services.
Obtaining rides with friends and family members or drivers for hire might also be a feasible transportation option.

Delivery Services

Instacart is a same-day grocery delivery service. Customers select groceries through a web application from various retailers and delivered by a personal shopper. To sign up for this service, go to Instacart.com

Kmart offers delivery of their products to your home. For more information or to order products, visit http://www.kmart.com or call 1-800-732-7747.

Walgreens Mail Service works with your insurance plan to offer free delivery of prescriptions through the mail directly to you. Prescriptions can be ordered online, by mail, or over the telephone. For more information, visit Walgreens.com or call 1-800-345-1985.

Walmart, CVS and Rite-Aid Pharmacies offer prescription delivery options to qualified customers. Listed below are their respective websites and telephone numbers:
Walmart.com – 800-273-3455
CVS.com – 800-746-7287
RiteAid.com – 800-748-3243

Many retail chains deliver products ordered online. Many restaurants offer delivery services as well. Please check your local area listings for possible retail chain and restaurant delivery options. Note: Some transportation and delivery services might have a disability line that you can call.

SCAVI MINUTES

The meeting of the South Central Association of the Visually Impaired was held on Monday, July 9, 2018 at 9:30 am in the basement of the Free Methodist Church fellowship hall. Present at the meeting were Kari Goodman, Cindy Brooking, Jim Veem, Rich Vonderhaar, Rita Kersh, Denise Mullis, Don and Betty Shackmann, Mike and Dolly Sowders, Lonnie Gilley and our guest speaker Lisa Salyers with Rural Transit.

Rich opened up our meeting by having everyone introduce themselves. He then introduced Lisa Salyeres. Lisa described what Rural Transit is and how their transportation services could benefit the members of our group. She answered questions and passed out a pamphlet with more information. We also discussed the possibility of using Rural Transit for our trip to convention.

May Minutes

Rita made a motion to approve the minutes from the May meeting. Denise seconded the motion. The motion passed.

Treasurer’s Report

In May, the beginning balance was $2121.43. Checks were made out to ACBI for $140 for dues, ACB for #25 for the Brenda Dillon memorial walk, and the ACBI for our convention contribution. That makes total expenses $190. With interest of $0.09 our ending balance for May was $1931.52.

In June, the beginning balance was $1931.52
Expenses were $50 for the shelter house for the picnic and $67.22 to JayC for food for the picnic. The ending balance for June is 1841.30.

Rich talked to the group about the talking TV boxes that DirectTv and Comcast are offering the blind and visually impaired at no cost. These boxes make finding TV shows and audio described program accessible.

Rich shared about our convention coming up on November 2-4 at the Waterfront Hotel in Indianapolis. We discussed ideas for what SCAVI can put into the auction this year. We will be doing a coffee basket and a wine basket. Other items are welcome to auction off as well.

The Heartland Chapter of the ACBI in Bloomington has invited our group to a presentation about Aira at the Monroe County Public Library on July 16th from 6:30-9:00. Anyone who is interested in learning about Aira is welcome to attend.

Rich opened the meeting up for anyone to share or ask questions. Our next meeting will be August 6 at 9:30 at the Free Methodist Church.
We adjourned the meeting at 10:50 am. Respectfully Submitted by Secretary Kari Goodman