[visionexchange] Places like Friedman near St. Louis

  • From: Polly Abbott <polly@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "visionexchange@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <visionexchange@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 12 Jun 2012 19:06:59 +0000

Hi Anita,
One of the easiest ways to find services in unfamiliar areas is to go to this 
http://www.visionaware.org/  They also have message boards and forums to 
participate in.

It is part of www.afb.org<http://www.afb.org> which is also a wonderful source 
of information.

To find the equivalent of Friedman, start the search by state in the “Find 
helpful services” box.  Search according to type of service.  “Rehabilitation” 
will often give the list of state services (as in DHS/BBS in Illinois) and 
other private non-profits (like the Guild or Blind Service Association) that 
exist.  Frequently you will see “Commission for the Blind” or “Association for 
the Blind”.

Searching for a place like Friedman can be difficult. It may not even exist 
elsewhere.  I would call the local services to ask about residential facilities 
for the blind.  They will be familiar with what is in the area just as in the 
Chicago area we are all familiar with Friedman Place.

Good luck!

Polly Abbott CVRT, OMS
Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist
Director of Rehabilitation Services
Guild for the Blind
65 E. Wacker Place Suite 1010
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 236-8569

From: visionexchange-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
[mailto:visionexchange-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of anita katz
Sent: Tuesday, June 12, 2012 12:53 PM
To: visionexchange@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [visionexchange] Re: Information for Vision Exchange 2012 Friday June 

Just piggybacking. Polly how can I fine out about whether the St. Louis area 
has any facilities like Friedman?

From: Polly Abbott <polly@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: "visionexchange@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <visionexchange@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 9:54 AM
Subject: [visionexchange] Information for Vision Exchange 2012 Friday June 1st

Hello Everyone,
We have about 20 people coming to Vision Exchange this Friday.  There is still 
room for more.  If you would like to attend you are welcome just to show up at 
Covenant Village on Friday.   Lunch is only $5 and morning coffee will be 
provided for us thanks to the generosity of Covenant Village.

If you are coming, please note that there is road construction on Techny 
preventing eastbound travel.  You must approach Covenant Village from the west. 
 There is plenty of parking at Covenant Village.

Please come prepared with your “Elevator Speech”.  We will do 30 second 
introductions.  Please say your name, profession, and a bit about your vision 
loss support group such as meeting location, number of members, and/or how long 
you have been a part of it.

You are very welcome to come with business cards and/or promotional information 
about your support group or place of work to share with others.   We will have 
an information table to browse.  Please be sure to pick up the extras at the 
end of the day.   Vision Exchange attendees come from a wide range of 
professions and work at many places of interest to those of us who work with 
adults and older adults.  You never know what great new contact you will make 
or what services you will find.

See you soon!

[Description: B&W]   65 E. Wacker Pl.
   Suite 1010
   Chicago, IL 60601

Vision Exchange 2012:  Focused on Action!

–          Gain valuable knowledge and resources to use with your vision loss 
support group. (CEUs offered)

–           Share ideas, challenges and solutions

–           Meet other local vision loss support group leaders

DATE:                    Friday June 1, 2012

LOCATION:           Covenant Village of Northbrook
                              2625 Techny Rd Northbrook, IL 60062

COST:                    FREE to attend.
                        Lunch can be purchase for $5.00.  Please confirm if you 
will purchase lunch by Friday May 25, 2012.  Payment due June 1st.

CONTACT:             Polly Abbott 312-238-8569 or (direct) 312-582-2985

TRANSIT:  Covenant Village will provide a shuttle from the Northbrook Metra 
station on the Milwaukee District North Line to meet train 2109 that leaves 
Union Station Chicago at 8:35 am and arrives at Northbrook at 9:19 am.  The 
shuttle will depart promptly at 3:10 pm to meet the 3:32 pm train back to 
Chicago.  Please contact Polly to let her know if you will need the shuttle by 
Friday May 25, 2012.

CEU INFORMATION: Prairie State College is an approved provider of Continuing 
Education Units (CEU) for Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, 
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors, Registered Nurse, Licensed Practical 
Nurse and Advanced Practical Nurse by the Illinois Department of Financial and 
Professional Regulation (IDFPR). Participation in the entire Vision Exchange 
offers 4.0 CEU from IDFPR.

To register for CEUs please complete the Prairie State College CEU registration 
form and submit with payment by May 29, 2012.  CEU processing fee: $20

Friday, June 1, 2012

9:30-9:45               Meet and Mingle

9:45-10:00             Welcome and Opening Activity

10:00-10:15           Elevator Speech Introductions for Everyone

10:15-11:15           Do the ADLs (Activities of Daily Living)
                              Presented by Polly Abbott CVRT
                              As requested, here is a Guild “Next Steps” 
program for professionals on ADL skills you can share to increase the 
independence of your group members.

11:15-11:30           Short break

11:30-12:30           Break out the Blindfolds! Human Guide Training
                              Presented by Polly Abbott CVRT
                              Learn to be a more proficient guide for your 
group members and how to encourage safer and more efficient travel for all.

12:30-1:30             Networking Lunch

1:30-2:30               The Art of Facilitation: How to Establish Effective 
Group Process
                              Presented by Lauri Dishman LCPC

2:30-3:00               Workshop Topics:  Your next year of meetings will 
practically plan itself!
Presented by Kris Freeman, Director of Senior and Disabled Services, Wheeling 

THANK YOU! To Covenant Village for hosting this year’s meeting and generously 
subsidizing the cost of refreshments and lunch.


and AER  Illinois (Association for Education and Rehabilitation of Blind and 
Visually Impaired)

Polly Abbott CVRT, OMS
Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist
Director of Rehabilitation Services
Guild for the Blind
65 E. Wacker Place Suite 1010
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 236-8569


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