Submitted by Empish Thomas, Public Education Coordinator
This month is the one year anniversary of CVI’s SightSeeing blog. Over the past year we have had very interesting, educational, thought-provoking and humorous blog posts submitted by CVI staff, volunteers, clients, donors and friends. We launched the SightSeeing blog as a platform for people to express their thoughts, ideas and opinions about vision loss. We also launched the blog as a way to educate the public on the services and programs we provide to our clients and to show that people with vision loss can lead independent lives.
To celebrate CVI entering the blogosphere I want to share some highlights from the year. There were a lot to choose from--post that were insightful that got me to think a little deeper. Post that were educational where I learned something about vision loss that I did not know before. Posts that were funny and put a smile on my face or made me laugh out loud. So here goes!
Last July Atlanta was all a buzz over the transportation referendum. This was an opportunity to vote on a penny tax that would be used to improve Atlanta’s transportation options. Our president, Subie Green, shared about the referendum tax and the Atlanta BeltLine Project. In August I went to the virtual ball park and read Judy Byrd’s (manager of Atlanta Eclipse Beep Baseball Team) post on beep baseball and taking her team to the finals. Who doesn’t love a game of America’s all-time favorite sport-baseball? But if you prefer a colder sporting activity, read Scott McCall’s post on Ski for Light and blind skiing.
Are you visually impaired and ready for an emergency? If not, check out this informative blog post on preparing for an emergency by Alexis Muirhead, and how one client used her mobility training she received from CVI to survive a Mega bus fire. Employment for people with visual impairments is a critical concern at CVI. Reread Desiree Reed’s blog post on employment and working at our contact center, ClearAnswer. Also, read mine on networking as a key to professional career success. This post was selected as one of 25 blog post for the Non-Profit Blog Carnival.
Cooking and meal planning for the holidays can be a challenge for the sighted and the blind. Check out the blog post I wrote on helpful kitchen aids you can’t do without; especially those long arm hand mittens which are my favorite!
In November CVI celebrated 50 years of service to the blind and visually impaired community. Read Subie Green’s post commemorating this very special occasion.
The month of January was full of observations. Not only do we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday but Louis Braille’s too. Annie Maxwell, CVI’s braille instructor, wrote a post on the importance of the braille code and gave background on how braille became the writing and reading tool for the blind. Also during January we observe Glaucoma awareness month. Read more about this condition commonly known as the sneak thief of sight. One of the funniest blog posts I read was from Gail Handler, who shared about her battles with home appliances. For a good laugh read how she prepares for war with the dishwasher and curling iron!
In March and April we featured blog posts on visually impaired children. One was from a guest blogger, Hillary Kleck, who shared about her visually impaired daughter and promoting audio-described movies for children. We also took on USABA’s health challenge for visually impaired children through our STARS program. For our little ones in the BEGIN program Jackie Howard, BEGIN Teacher and Music Specialist, shared about the Wake Up and Sing Program.
CVI understands the importance of our volunteers and how valuable their service is to our clients. Read Debbie Hazelton’s post on her positive experience working with two of CVI’s volunteers. Also during the month of May we had another guest post from Christine Ha, the winner of Fox’s MasterChef competition. She came to speak at our Henderson Society dinner and later to staff and clients.
I am coming to a close on my trip down memory lane and have one more blog post I want to share. This one made me smile, cry and laugh all at the same time. Kevin Dunn wrote a heart-warming post titled Every Day is Father’s Day. See what he has to say about going grocery shopping at 2 a.m. while his wife is in labor!
If you have posts that you enjoyed reading from this past year share them in our comments section below. We would love to hear from you. Also as we venture into our second year of blogging, share any ideas, thoughts or comments on future blog posts you would like to see.