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 Rich Vonderhaar and Edited by Rita Kersh.
Rich may be reached at 812-675-0065
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.
Mike Sowder August 5
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 PEOPLE WHO ARE BLIND OR 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 http://www.uber.com www.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 http://www.lyft.com 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 http://www.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.
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 http://www.instacart.com www.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 http://www.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:
Wal-Mart: http://www.walmart.com www.walmart.com ; 1-800-273-3455
CVS: http://www.cvs.com www.cvs.com ; 1-800-746-7287
Rite-Aid: http://www.riteaid.com www.riteaid.com ; 1-800-748-3243
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.
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.
Rita made a motion to approve the minutes from the May meeting. Denise seconded the motion. The motion passed.
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.
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