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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 Update: 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 virtually, check out our Facebook page or drop us an email. Keep healthy and safe until we meet again.

SPECIAL BONUS FEATURE! Check out a great video at the bottom of this edition of ECVI Connect, featuring Mike Mulligan, a Certified O&M Specialist.

Findley's Tap House Fundraiser

Give Yourself (and ECVI) a Treat!
For every flatbread appetizer and every dessert you order, Finley's Tap House will donate $1 to the ECVI.
Date: Month of May
Time: 11:00 am to 11:00 pm daily
Place: Finley's Tap House, 3236 Ginger Creek Dr, Springfield

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

Discover a New Daily Rhythm Routine

Your physical, mental and emotional health is important to us at the Educational Center for the Visually Impaired. Here are a few ideas for you to consider and add to your daily routine in order to maintain and improve your health.

Staying in your pajamas all day is not healthy. It is important to keep moving and stay connected with others.

Exercises such as walking, yard work, housework, and other low impact stretches and exercises will help to reduce stress and improve much needed sleep. It is important to find what works best for you and to keep moving. Explore and try different exercises and keep at it. It doesn’t matter if you enjoy it. A new mindset and attitude toward the importance of exercise to stay healthy is what is important.

There are several ways to stay connected with others. Your family, friends, or co-workers may need to know how you are coping with this COVD19 crisis. Why wait for them to contact you. Reach out and see how they have been impacted by this quarantine. Share with them the importance of exercise, eating healthy foods and getting plenty of rest.

Here at the Educational Center, we are working to connect everyone using the Zoom app. We will work with you one on one if you are blind or visually impaired to get the Zoom app downloaded and instruct you on how to use it. It is free for the basic package and you can talk up to 40 minutes. It is important that we all share what tips and tricks we are using that might help others. Email your favorite tip or trick to and we will post them in our next newsletter. We are also researching what online games can be done with family and friends.

Studies show that an average of 6-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night is important. It is recommended that in order to improve your sleep, plan to go to bed at the same time each day and open your curtains upon getting up and let some natural sunlight into your home. This will help to regulate your body clock and help you to sleep better. Try to avoid using your phone, table, computer or TV an hour before bedtime.

In conclusion, it is important to take care of your whole self – your physical, mental and emotional self are all important. Look for more Tips and Tricks under You Matter in future articles. In the meantime, please take responsibility for your well-being by exercising, getting plenty of rest and staying connected with others.


We'd love to hear your ECVI story because YOU MATTER!

Email or call us to share your heart and describe how ECVI matters to you.

We'd love to hear from you!

Have you checked out Blind on the Move? O&M Certified Mike Mulligan has created some wonderful, easy to follow videos for the blind and visually impaired. If you're interested in finding some new protective techniques, the video below is a good place to start. View or subscribe to his YouTube channel for more videos! Thank you for sharing, Mike!
How to do Protective Techniques

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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