ECVI Connect

Let's take this journey together.

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

What's today's ECVI Connection?

Friendship Fridays

Flutter on in and join us virtually (for now) on the 2nd Friday of each month for fellowship, laughter, and sharing! Email or call us for more information or to RSVP.

Book Club Fridays

Next Book

June 19: Salt to the Sea

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. 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

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

May is Military Appreciation Month

May 25th is Memorial Day. Consider participating in the National Moment of Remembrance at 3:00pm.

Campus Update Coming Soon!

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

Empty Arms

Do you have empty arms right now?

Are you a hugger like me or enjoy a good hug now and then and miss those hugs?

Can you imagine what it is like for our American soldiers and their families who have not been able to hug each other for a long time?

May is Military Appreciation Month and I am reminded of the many sacrifices that our American soldiers and their families are enduring. One of those sacrifices is a simple hug. Their arms are empty. Let’s remember our soldiers abroad and let them know that we appreciate their sacrifices for our freedom.

My heart also goes out to those who live alone or who are living in assisted living facilities. When was the last time they received a warm hug from a family member or a friend? They also could use a call or note letting them know you are thinking of them and can’t wait to spend time with them again.

Hugs for some are a way to connect with others. A hug from me helps me to communicate to others that “I care” and “You Matter to Me” when I don’t necessarily have the words to express myself. Never again will I take a simple hug for granted. Yes, for a while now, my arms have been empty and I cannot hug the people I care about.

But wait!

There is hope!

This “stay in place” situation will soon pass, so watch out! I will be coming after you for a hug! Until we meet again…Hugs, Peggy

You matter, so get some fresh air!

Walk a trail - socially distancing, of course!

Some Illinois parks are open as of May 1st. Check the Department of Natural Resources webpage for up-to-date information and be sure to follow the guidelines on their Partial Park Re-opening Fact Sheet.

Need tips for a Dakota Disk Cane Tip? Thanks to Mike Mulligan of Blind on the Move for another wonderful video for our students and their Personal Vision Coaches to check out together before trekking the trails of Springfield.

Dakota Disk Cane Tip Review & Demonstration - Orientation & Mobility Specialist

Are you inspired and need fresh ideas for where to enjoy nature in and around Central Illinois?

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.

Click HERE to donate.

We appreciate you!

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.

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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