ECVI Connect

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Personalized Skill Development and​ Social Connections ​for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Central Illinois

What's today's ECVI Connection?

Covid-19 Information: Visiting us at the center is not possible at the moment, but we're still providing personalized individual programs! Call us at 217-303-9062 to connect, check us out on Facebook and Twitter, or drop us an email. Keep healthy and safe until we meet again.

Friendship Friday, May 8th, 1pm

As the old scouting song goes, so does Friendship Friday!

Make new friends, but keep the old.
One is silver, the other is gold.

A circle is round, it has no end.
That's how long, I will be your friend.

A fire burns bright, it warms the heart.
We've been friends, from the very start.

You have one hand, I have the other.
Put them together, we have each other.

Silver is precious, gold is too.
I am precious, and so are you.

You help me and I'll help you
and together we will see it through.

Friendship Friday

Friday, May 8th, 1pm

This is an online event.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

ECVI Virtual Book Club

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Book Club Fridays

Our virtual version of Book Club started back up last Friday was a blast. We just wrapped The Rosie Project, which was a hoot!

We invite you to join us for our new book, Killers of the Flower Moon, on May 22nd.

Participants read the book in advance of the meeting, so RSVP below or call Peggy at 217-303-9062 and we'll give you the details.

More Information

Students suggest and agree on which books to read, so join us and add your voice to the mix. Books are provided by Talking Books and sent directly to your home.

Here are the Book Club titles for the rest of 2020. We hope you find at least one that sounds interesting and join us!

2020 Book Titles

June 19: Salt to the Sea

July 24: Walk in the Woods

Aug 21: Widow of the South

Sept 18: Walking Across Egypt

October 23: Blackfoot Messiah

November 20: Hidden Kennedy

December 11: Redbird Christmas

Book Club: Killers of the Flower Moon

Friday, May 22nd, 1pm

This is an online event.


RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Postponed: Finley's Tap House Fundraiser

As we know this is a tough time for all of us. Please support Finley's Tap House and use their takeout service. We love their flatbread! We will keep you posted when our fundraiser has been rescheduled.

Campus Update

ECVI is looking forward to re-open our campus doors as soon as possible. At this time, the state of Illinois is scheduled to reopen on June 1st. We are eagerly looking forward to getting everyone back on track as soon as possible. If we are given the green light to re-open on June 1st we will leave it up to each individual student and teacher to gauge their comfort level to return.

We'll keep you in the loop on potential class offerings, schedules, and re-opening procedures as we get closer to June 1st.

3rd Annual Dining in the Dark

You're invited!

Purchase Tickets, Volunteer or Sponsor the Event


Friday, July 17th, 6pm

6pm: Conversation and Cocktails

7pm: Dinner

8pm: Live Auction and Music


Colombian Hall (Formerly KC Hall)

2200 Meadowbrook Road

Springfield, IL

RSVP by July 3, 2020

A Little Update

Book Club: Thanks to the students who attended Book Club last Friday as we finished The Rosie Project. It's a romantic comedy about a professor of genetics who lives a very organized and predictable life. He sets out to find a wife who doesn’t necessarily fit his model idea for a wife. The story is set in Melbourne Australia and in New York. The discussion was very interactive with everyone bringing up their favorite parts of the book. The discussion was so interesting and lively and and everyone shared what they were doing for exercise. It made me feel better just seeing everyone and knowing you all were safe.

Our next book is May 22nd. It's Killers of the Flower Moon. I hope you will join us.

Friendship Fridays: Book Club is one Friday a month, and so is Friendship Friday. We usually have a guest speaker and I am working to secure one for June. In the meantime, we'll have a Roll Call style check in with everyone and then spend a few minutes chatting and enjoying each other's company. Last session, Glen started us off with a couple of jokes that got everyone laughing. Right now we have 40 minutes together and we have so much fun, it turns out that is way too short! I'm looking into ways to expand our time.

Empowerment Podcasts: How do you read a screen if you don't have a screen reader? NVDA! In our May ECVI Connect, you'll be able to listen to Dan Thompson, our very own tech guru, who will guide you through installing NVDA on your computer. Dan is working on other wonderfully practical, informative, and truly empowering podcasts that you will see highlighted in upcoming newsletters and on our website. Thank you Dan!



We Are a Bridge

At ECVI, we strive to be a bridge - a bridge to knowledge, to friendships, to independence, and to the big, beautiful world around us. We encourage you to reach out to us and let us be a bridge for you. Give us a call or drop us an email. We'll build a bridge for you, because you matter to us.

The Bridge Builder

By Will Allen Dromgoogle

An old man going a lone highway,

Came, at the evening cold and gray,

To a chasm vast and deep and wide.

Through which was flowing a sullen tide

The old man crossed in the twilight dim,

The sullen stream had no fear for him;

But he turned when safe on the other side

And built a bridge to span the tide.

“Old man,” said a fellow pilgrim near,

“You are wasting your strength with building here;

Your journey will end with the ending day,

You never again will pass this way;

You’ve crossed the chasm, deep and wide,

Why build this bridge at evening tide?”

The builder lifted his old gray head;

“Good friend, in the path I have come,” he said,

“There followed after me to-day

A youth whose feet must pass this way.

This chasm that has been as naught to me

To that fair-haired youth may a pitfall be;

He, too, must cross in the twilight dim;

Good friend, I am building this bridge for him!”

With the closing of our campus and suspension of our regular program schedule, we ask you to join us in keeping our wonderful instructors and students connected. Our expenses continue and in some places increase as we migrate classes and enrichment gatherings to an online presence. Please help us continue our programs, especially in this critical time.

Educational Center for the Visually Impaired

Personalized Skill Development and​ Social Connections
for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Central Illinois
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