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Helen Keller National Center 2022 Summer Program

All programs will be IN PERSON this summer! HKNC will have many safety protocols in place for a fun learning experience in a healthy environment. 

Below is a list of the various summer programs being offered:

1. Summer Youth Vocational Program – 2 sessions – 6 weeks each

Session I: June 6, 2022 – July 15, 2022
Session II: July 18, 2022 – August 26, 2022
Individualized and group instruction and part-time work experiences in the community around Port Washington.  Work is paid at NY minimum wage.  Students will try jobs to see what they like, and the supports they need for success. 

2. M~POWER (My Pursuit of Work, Empowerment & Resources) – 1 session – 2 weeks

July 25, 2022 - August 5, 2022
Hands on instruction and group discussions for students pursuing college OR employment.  Focus on self-advocacy, making informed choices, determine goals for after high school. 

3. Summer Assessment – Individualized – sessions are 4/6/8 weeks

Offered May-August 2022
Comprehensive summer assessment for transition-age youth in the core areas of employment/career exploration, communications, adaptive technology, orientation & mobility, and independent living with support from low vision and audiology.

For additional details, please visit the HKNC website at HKNC Summer Programs 2022   

2022 is alive with The Sound of Braille Music!

FIMC-VI is planning in-person Florida Regional Braille Challenge events with all the usual hands-on, interactive activities in the morning for students and families to enjoy as well as morning refreshments, vendors sharing resources and technology, a braille book fair, lunch, drum circle, and awards. Bill McCann, an energetic guest speaker, music braille reader and musician will share “7 Little Steps to Braille Music Literacy” with parents. 

You can register by using the link below for the location you plan to attend.

8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST

January 21 - Tampa (register by January 14)
February 4 - Orlando (register by January 28)
February 18 - Jacksonville (register by February 11)
March 4 - Ft. Lauderdale (register by February 25)

For more information, please visit their website 2021 Florida Braille Challenge | Fimcvi

A Closer Look - Stream the film ‘Going Blind’ through October 31st for free!

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World Sight Day, Thursday, October 14th, is the annual day of awareness that aims to focus global attention on vision impairment and blindness. The World Health Organization reports that at least 2.2 billion people have a near or distance vision impairment globally, and in at least 1 billion of these cases, vision impairment could have been prevented or has yet to be addressed.

In honor of World Sight Day, and October being World Blind Awareness Month, A Closer Look is offering free streaming of Going Blind: Coming Out of the Dark About Vision Loss through October 31st. Going Blind tells the stories of everyday people and the adaptations they make to live in today’s world with vision loss. Director Joseph Lovett tells this story with a very personal appeal as he reveals his diagnosis of glaucoma, a disease that robs 4.5 million people worldwide of their vision.

To watch the film for free during the month of October, please visit the Going Blind website and choose from one of the three yellow button options to stream one of three versions of Going Blind: Standard, Audio-Described, or Captioned.

The Blind Experience: Moving Without Limits
Promoting Inclusion and Pedestrian Safety for Visually Impaired

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Join Metro Plan Orlando, the Florida Division of Blind Services, and other local organizations on October 15th from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. for a Blind Americans Equality Day Program. Each year this event is organized to build awareness and reaffirm Central Florida’s commitment to improving access to basic pedestrian safety for individuals who are blind or visually impaired. Though the name of the annual observance has changed, it is important for motorists to understand the implications of Florida’s White Cane Safety Law.

For more information, contact:

Marilyn Baldwin by phone 404-810-0554 or email commmdb@aol.com.

Tish Cooper by phone 561-876-6908 or email tkoop35@gmail.com.

The Blind Experience: Moving Without Limits
Join Us to Renew Your Commitment to the Equality of Blind Americans!

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Join Metro Plan Orlando, the Florida Division of Blind Services, and other local organizations at the Orlando City Hall on Wednesday, November 3rd from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Community leaders and supporters are invited to participate in this important opportunity to promote drivers’ awareness of the White Cane law and pedestrian safety. Show your support as you experience the built environment from the perspective of a visually impaired person.


  • 10 to 10:30 a.m. – Welcome and presentation of proclamations.
  • 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. – Experential opportunity to navigate the built environment while blindfolded and guided. Mobility Specialists and volunteers will provide safety instructions and lead the experience.

This event is hosted as part of Mobility Week to promote safe multimodal transportation.

Visit: www.MobilityWeekFL.com.

This is an RSVP only event. RSVP today.

For more information, please contact poorna.bhattacharya@dot.state.fl.us.

Miami Lighthouse: You’re invited to the celebration of our White Cane Day 2021

Put on your sneakers and join Miami Lighthouse as we celebrate National White Cane Day on Friday, October 15th, starting at 8:30am. Over 100 blind and visually impaired program participants will be escorted by City of Miami Fire and Police Departments walking from Miami Lighthouse, down SW 8th Street and back. The celebration will continue with food and music featuring musicians from Miami Lighthouse’s Music Program.

Event sponsors include presenting sponsors Florida Blue, High Standard Home Care and Uber, along with McDonald’s, Starbucks, OrCam, Vispero, Ambutech and others. If you cannot attend, you can still contribute virtually by supporting any of our program participants by visiting the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind White Cane Day page to learn more.

Independence for the Blind Celebrates White Cane Awareness Day

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Please join us on a day to acknowledge the law that keeps persons with visual impairments safe when maneuvering in public places, roadways, and crosswalks. When encountering a white cane or guide dog, drivers must yield the right of way.ering a white cane or guide dog, drivers must yield the right of way.

Friday, October 15, 2021 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

C. W. Gemmill Learning Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
3107 North Davis Highway
Pensacola, FL 32503

RSVP by October 10th:
Calli (850) 477-2663

Lunch and refreshments will be provided and vendors will be on site to share information.

Independence for the Blind is funded in part by the Florida Department of Education, Division of Blind Services, and United Way.

Independence for the Blind of West Florida

2021 Disability Employment Awareness Celebration

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On Tuesday, September 28th we will honor outstanding employers who are committed to hiring people with disabilities! The Florida Department of Education (DOE), Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), Division of Blind Services (DBS), and the Able Trust will honor these incredible employers whose commitment provides much more than just income. They encourage community connection and purpose for employees by opening their companies to new levels of support from customers and other businesses that value inclusion. Join us on September 28th from 10 to 11:30 a.m. for the Disability Employment Awareness Celebration (DEAC), a showcase of employers who hire and support individuals with disabilities in Florida!

Register for FCAN's College Ready Florida and access free resources to support students

Is your school, district, or community organization registered for College Ready Florida?

College Ready Florida is a series of four statewide initiatives aimed at supporting a college-going culture. The four initiatives are:

  • Apply Yourself Florida: Provides students the opportunity to complete their college applications during normal school hours with the help of trained volunteers.
  • Florida FAFSA Challenge: A statewide campaign to increase the proportion of high school seniors completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Florida College Decision Day: An adaptation of the NCAA's National Signing Day that celebrates all students for their plans after high school, whether they are attending a four-year university, a two-year institution, a technical college, or enlisting in the military.
  • Plan It Florida: Seeks to ensure every Florida student graduates high school with a college or career plan.

The start of a new school year is the perfect time to register for College Ready Florida. Among the benefits for schools and community organizations that register as a host site:

  • Get free stuff! FCAN provides stickers and other promotional materials to schools to help promote their College Ready Florida events.
  • Get inspired! When host sites register, FCAN will share weekly inspiration about what peer schools are doing, as well as free tools, resources, and templates.
  • Get recognized! FCAN loves to celebrate the successes of our host sites. We highlight awesome College Ready Florida events on social media, on our blog, and in our newsletter.

Keep Your Future in Focus at FIMC-VI's Florida Festival of Families

September 17th and 18th, 2021 via Zoom

The Florida Festival of Families is a free event for children with visual impairments and their parents, family members and caregivers. Sessions are led by mentors who are visually impaired, other parents, and/or professionals in the field. Activities for families to do together are sprinkled throughout, making this a time for families to learn and have fun together.

Register by August 31st to receive a Family Activity box in the mail.

Download the complete agenda with session descriptions.


06:30 p.m. – Fit and Healthy Future

07:15 p.m. – Healthy Future with Food


08:45 a.m. – Zoom meeting room opens to mix and mingle

09:00 a.m. – Welcome and Introductions

09:15 a.m. – Planning Ahead: Part I

  • Future in Reading Technology with Jule Ann Lieberman (focus on print and/or braille readers) OR
  • Future in Insight with Diane Sheline (focus on students with multiple disabilities)

10:00 a.m. – Family Activity: Future in Robotics

10:45 a.m. – Planning Ahead: Part II

  • Future in Writing Technology with Jule Ann (focus on print and/or braille readers) OR
  • Future in Research with Diane (focus on students with multiple disabilities)

11:45 a.m. – Planning Ahead: Part III

  • Future in O&M Technology with Jule Ann (focus on print and/or braille readers) OR
  • Future in Functional Vision with Diane (focus on students with multiple disabilities)

12:30 p.m. – Farewell Until the Future

Visit the Student and Family Events page for more information about this free family event and to learn more about our guest speakers!


LVIB's Dining in the Dark, Saturday, October 9, GlenLakes Golf & County Club

Announcing Lighthouse’s 6th Annual Dining in the Dark—please save the date!

The event takes place on Saturday, October 9, 2021 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom at GlenLakes Golf & County Club, 9000 GlenLakes Blvd., Weeki Wachee, FL 34613-4200.

Dining in the Dark is a major fundraiser for the Lighthouse and includes dinner, dancing, and prize drawings.

Everyone can participate in the prize drawings—if you are not attending the event, you can purchase your chances before the event and watch the prize drawings live on Facebook. You don’t have to attend or watch the event to win.

More information is available at https://www.lvib.org/events/dining-in-the-dark/.


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