AS WE SEE IT Lighthouse of the Big Bend Spring 2010 Newsletter In this issue: 1. New Building GRAND OPENING July 27th! 2. Multi-Sense-Ational ART Contest! 3. Top Ten Advantages to Our New Home 4. Mobility Tips: Traveling to the New Lighthouse 5. SportsAbility Fun in Tallahassee: April 16-18 6. New Independent Living Class: Tuesday, April 20 7. Free GW Micro Training: April 21, 9:30am-3:30pm 8. Lighthouse Spring 2010 Classes & Events 9. Frequently Called Numbers 10. How YOU Can Help! 11. About the Lighthouse 1. New Building GRAND OPENING: July 27th, 5-8pm! You may have heard over the past two years the Lighthouse has been looking for a new building as we had completely outgrown our space. We are thrilled to announce that in December 2009 we found a fantastic building. The Board signed a contract in January, and as a part of the deal it was renovated to our specifications. We moved in and have been open for business since March 15th! Our new building is located at 3071 Highland Oaks Terrace, just off Capital Circle SE, across the road from Sam’s Club & Sonny’s. The building is 5,600 square feet (3 times bigger than the old one) and has 2 large classrooms, a computer lab, a separate kitchen with space to teach and a Vocational Rehabilitation conference room. There is a real reception area with a listening library, a production room, storage/file rooms, plus 15 offices for staff. There is a big parking lot and nice landscaping. It is surrounded on the front & sides by narrow green spaces and a larger back yard. It is great for guide dogs and in back we are hoping to build a small playground for our Early Intervention program children. One of the major issues with our old building was the dangerous walk from the bus stop with no sidewalks along Paul Russell. Now, we have a bus stop right at the end of our road (thanks StarMetro!) and a side walk that leads all the way to the front doors. Many more people will now be able to use the Lighthouse facility! To celebrate, on the Lighthouse’s 27th Anniversary—July 27, 2010, from 5 to 8pm—you are invited to our official Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Please come enjoy live music, good food, great company. Stop by for a few minutes to tour the facility or stay awhile to meet old and new friends. Hope to see you there! 2. Multi-Sense-Ational ART Contest! Calling all creative multi-media artists! Now that the Lighthouse of the Big Bend is in a new building, our spacious walls are bare. Therefore we are sponsoring a contest for accessible art that can be "seen" through touch, to be enjoyed visually AND tactually. A total of three winners and five honorable mentions will be selected by a panel composed of three blind and two sighted experts. Tactual art work can by created with a variety of mediums. The Lighthouse challenges all artists to create a piece of art that really "stands out". A wide variety of mediums can be used to give a 3-dimensional effect, including fabric, paint, clay, wood, feathers, glass, wire – your creativity is the limit! The goal is to create a piece that can be appreciated by the Lighthouse clients who have lost their vision as well as persons who are sighted. GUIDELINES: Please ensure... - your art will not be damaged by repeated touch - nothing in your art is so sharp it might injure someone - your art is colorful and has both visual and tactile appeal - your art can be hung on a wall to avoid tripping hazards in the Lighthouse building where clients are learning mobility skills DEADLINE: Thurs, July 15 by 5pm to 3071 Highland Oaks Terrace JUDGING: Week of July 19-23 WINNERS: Announced at our Open House on Tues, July 27, at 6pm DISPLAY: The art will be displayed at the Lighthouse from July 27 until December 23, 2010 and may be for sale with the artists name, contact info and price displayed. PRIZES: All winning and honorable mention artwork will be displayed in the Lighthouse building, and will receive publicity at our Open House, on our website, and in our newsletter. 1st Prize: The first prize winner will receive 2 tickets to our popular “Dining in the Dark” dinner event, scheduled for October 24, 5:30-8:30pm at the University Center Club and a first place ribbon displayed on the artwork, in the Lighthouse reception area. 2nd & 3rd Prize: Second or third place ribbon will be displayed on the artwork in the Lighthouse building. Honorable Mentions: The art will be displayed in the Lighthouse. 3. Top Ten Advantages to Our New Home 10. The main hallway is wide enough for two people in wheelchairs to pass each other... and possibly good for bowling. 9. Four classes can meet at a time without all sharing one room. 8. If someone is in the bathroom there are three other options. 7. The building can be accessed by Bus #22, sidewalks with a crosswalk, curb cuts and even a handrail on the short ramp. 6. The mail person actually comes inside to pick up the mail. 5. There is a room solely for noisily producing documents and shredding confidential info - never interrupting clients again! 4. You can roam the building as exercise... and mobility training. 3. Waiting for a ride can now be enjoyable with comfortable armchairs and a special “listening library” for folks to continue to learn if you are dropped off early or picked up late. 2. Clients, volunteers & staff can find quiet, private place to work on projects or discuss confidential issues. 1. It's an open, bright and professional building, appealing for clients and the general public to visit and an exciting place to learn! 4. Mobility Tips: Traveling to the New Lighthouse The Lighthouse finally has safe access to a bus route at our new location! Below is specific information for traveling from the C.K. Steele Plaza downtown, to the Lighthouse front doors. Once you have arrived at the plaza, locate Gate R. Gate R is on the far south side of the plaza, which runs parallel to Call Street. If needed, do not hesitate to request assistance from your inbound bus driver or any other StarMetro staff stationed around the plaza. You will take the Route 22 bus, which departs the plaza every 60 minutes at the bottom of the hour (8:30am, 9:30am, 10:30am, etc). Run times for Monday – Friday are 6:30am-8:28pm, and on Saturdays run times are from 8:30am-7:28pm. Once you board the Route 22 bus, inform the driver of your destination. Politely request s/he announce when the bus has reached the stop at Highland Oaks Terrace and Capital Circle, the 2nd stop past Park Ave, before the Tallahassee Fan & Lighting Store. This is a new stop, added by StarMetro specifically for Lighthouse clients! After exiting the bus, turn left/south and follow the sidewalk a short way towards the intersection of Highland Oaks Terrace and Capital Circle (about 30 feet from the bus stop). Turn right/west at the corner of the intersection to travel along Highland Oaks Terrace. You will cross two intersecting driveways before approaching the crosswalk on your left. Neither driveway is currently being utilized, as they both lead to an empty lot. Still, be sure to use appropriate caution in listening for traffic that may decide to use these areas to turn around. The crosswalk is on the left/south side of the sidewalk and marked with curb cuts and paint. There is also a pedestrian crossing sign, but it is NOT a stop sign. It is advised to cross here under “all quiet” conditions, where you do not hear a car motor nearby. Traffic should be light as it is a cul-de-sac which dead ends. After crossing Highland Oaks Terrace, continue walking south down a ramp with wooden railings and along the sidewalk. After the wooden railing, you will be walking beside the Lighthouse parking lot, so be careful of vehicles that may be pulled into a space with the bumper slightly over the sidewalk. Turn left at the brick patio area (where there is also a building column on the corner), and look to your right for the main entrance of the building, which is the second or center set of doors. Note: On your way back to the bus stop, the pole that denotes the stop location is offset several feet into the grass. It is recommended to travel an approximate distance of 30 feet after turning onto the Capital Circle SE sidewalk to wait for the bus. Of course clients and visitors may still use other methods of transportation to the Lighthouse, such as para-transit (Dial-A-Ride) or taxi services; however, bus and foot travel are now also safe options for all! For individualized assistance or instruction on the above information, or with other any bus travel needs, please contact one of our Certified Orientation and Mobility instructors at (850) 942-3658. 5. SportsAbility Fun in Tallahassee: April 16-18 SportsAbility is the premier event of the Florida Disabled Outdoors Association (FDOA). These free events are about enhancing the lives of people with disabilities by promoting active living. SportsAbility provides access to resources and demonstrations of activities to encourage participation, regardless of age or ability level. For more info please check the website at http://www.fdoa.org/sportsability.htm or contact info@xxxxxxxx or 201-2944. Friday, April 16, 10am - 3pm: Tallahassee Community College; Indoor Accessible, Inclusive Recreation Experiences and Expo Saturday, April 17, 10am - 3pm: Ochlocknee River State Park; Outdoor Accessible, Inclusive Recreation Experiences Sunday, April 18, 11am - 3pm: Miracle Field at Messer Park Baseball and Power Soccer 6. New Independent Living Class: Tuesday, April 20 This class covers it all, and then some—and it’s lots of fun! These groups are so lively because it's fun to be a part of sharing with each other & learning together. It’s an opportunity to learn all you ever wanted to know about resources, adaptive aids, and techniques for coping with vision loss. You even get to make your own lunch. A new weekly group is scheduled to begin Tuesday, April 20 from 9:30am until 3pm at the new office: 3071 Highland Oaks Terrace in Tallahassee. It will run every Tuesday from 9:30am until 3pm for 12 weeks. If you are interested please contact Jeanine Kane, CVRT at: (850) 942-3658, extension 215 or jkane@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx . 7. Free GW Micro Training: April 21, 9:30am-3:30pm Have you wanted to get your hands on a Sense notetaker, the BookSense, Window-Eyes or a certain SenseView low vision product? This is your chance to get some FREE hands-on training on these products and meet GW Micro staff. On April 21 from 9:30am-3:30pm, GW Micro and Easy Talk Computers are proud to announce a GW Micro technology workshop to be hosted at the Lighthouse at 3071 Highland Oaks Terrace, in Tallahassee. If you are a teacher, counselor, student, or blind professional, this training is for you. Space is limited, so register soon by sending an email to Marc Solomon at marc@xxxxxxxxxxx with your first & last name, address, phone number, email, and the GW Micro products in which you are interested. Sign up soon to reserve your spot and free lunch! 8. Lighthouse Spring 2010 Classes & Events Assistive Technology Seminar: Every 4th Thursday, 3-7pm Beginning Braille Class: 2nd & 4th Thursdays, 9am-2:30pm Braille 2 Class: Every Wednesday, 10am-3pm Dog Guide Group: 3rd Thursday of each month, 5:30-7pm GRAND OPENING! Tuesday, July 27, 5-8pm GW Micro Training: Wednesday, April 21, 9:30am-3:30pm Independent Living Class: Starts April 20, Tuesdays, 9:30am-3pm Jefferson Transition Group 4 Teens: Wednesdays, 3-5pm Leon Transition Group 4 Teens: Thursdays, 3-6pm Next Newsletter Mailout Party: Tuesday, July 20, 2-7pm Summer Transition Program: June 14 to August 6, M-Th, 9am-4pm Support Group: First Thursday of each month, 11am-1pm Toddler/Pre-school Playgroup: Sat. 4/17, 5/15, 6/12, 7/17, 2-3:30pm Wakulla Transition Group 4 Teens: Mondays, 12-2pm Volunteer Dining in the Dark Committee Meeting: Wed, 4/14, 5:30-6:30pm SAVE THE DATE: Dining in the Dark, October 24, 5:30-8:30pm 9. Frequently Called Numbers 211 Big Bend (24 hours) 211 Big Bend Transit 574-6064 DBS 245-0370; 1(800)672-7038 Dial-A-Ride 891-5199 Elder Care 921-5554 Insight Support Group 878-1923 Lighthouse of the Big Bend 942-3658 Magnifiers & More 671-3936 Medicaid 921-8474 Project Insight 24-hr Helpline 1-800-267-4448 Senior Center 891-4000 StarMetro 891-5200 Talking Book Library 1-800-226-6075 VA Low Vision Clinic 878-0191 ext. 2086 Yellow Cab 580-8080 10. How YOU Can Help! GIFT CERTIFICATES Get your loved one a gift certificate for our specialty license plate & $25 of the fees will go directly to the Lighthouse. To purchase a tag or a gift certificate, just visit your tag agency and ask for “A State of Vision” plate. It is a great cause, a beautiful lighthouse tag and generates important awareness. DONATE Make a difference in the life of someone who has lost their vision by donating to the Lighthouse of the Big Bend. Simply send a check to Lighthouse, 3071 Highland Oaks Terrace, Tallahassee, FL 32301. And now you can donate online by credit card or paypal at www.lighthousebigbend.org 11. About the Lighthouse Lighthouse of the Big Bend provides free services to individuals who are visually impaired or blind in Franklin, Gadsden, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lafayette, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Suwannee, Taylor & Wakulla Counties. NEW Address: 3071 Highland Oaks Terrace Phone: 850-942-3658 Toll-free: 1-888-827-6063 Fax: 850-942-4518 Email: info@ lighthousebigbend.org Lighthouse Board of Directors President: Norine Labitzke Vice President: Evelyn Sewell Treasurer: Lynda Breen Secretary: Jamie Ito Members: Tinnetta Cooper Norris Coster Sharyn Davidson Caroline Mathews Sila Miller Kim Peaden Fred Sanguiliano Christopher Thomas Susan Whaley, OD Lighthouse Staff Executive Director: Barbara Ross, ext 201 Assistant Director: Evelyn Worley, ext 203 Assistive Technology: Liz Bowden, ext 214 Data Entry Specialist: Joyce Warner, ext 213 Driver: Mike Worley, ext 204 Early Intervention: Jennifer Crowder, ext 202 EI / O&M Specialist: Amanda Bernath, ext 216 Independent Living: Jeanine Kane, ext 215 Eva McElvy, ext 205 Toni King, ext 211 Cindy Snowden, ext 209 Public Awareness: Lynda Jones, ext 212 Transition Specialists: Amanda Kan, ext 208 Sharon Scherbarth, ext 206 Vocational Services: Wayne Warner, ext 210 -- Lighthouse of the Big Bend Guiding People Through Vision Loss 3071 Highland Oaks Terrace Tallahassee, FL 32301 (850) 942-3658 Check out the TABI resource web page at http://acorange.home.comcast.net/TABI and please make suggestions for new material. if you'd like to unsubscribe you can do so through the freelists.org web interface, or by sending an email to the address tabi-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word "unsubscribe" in the subject.