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?

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.

ECVI Book Club

Calling all current and prospective ECVI students!

You're invited to join us TODAY, Friday, April 24th at 1pm on Zoom and share your literary thoughts. Books are provided by Talking Books and sent directly to your home. RSVP below or call Peggy at 217-303-9062 and we'll give you the details.

Friday, April 24th, 1pm

This is an online event.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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

What is your Destination?

There are many roads that a person can take to reach their destination. I guess the most important question to ask is where are you going today and where are your headed? What are your goals?

I think Roy Bennett said it best, “Never stop dreaming, never stop believing, never give up, never stop trying, and never stop learning.”

When we stop learning and setting new goals, we are like a ship without a rudder, and life just takes us in any direction. So, we never reach our destination, because we have not decided where we want to go or what we want to accomplish.

I know this is difficult times for all of us. But let’s put our rudder in the water and head towards a destination. What do you want to learn? What would make your life more rewarding, easier, and more meaningful? Here are a few enrichment opportunities for you to take advantage of and the best part is that they are all free.

Dan Thompson is our computer guru and is available to work with you concerning learning the computer at your own speed, level and tech experience. He can also help you to learn how to use a Victor Stream that is useful for downloading books, music, recording voices for note taking and so much more. Don’t have a computer or Victor Stream? No worries. We have a limited supply of laptops, iPads and Victor Streams for loan for you to use while you are learning new skills.

Vicki Mullis is our Health and Daily Living Skills teacher and is anxious to help our students set wellness goals to maintain or improve one’s health. “Your health is an investment, not an expense.” (Author Unknown) Becoming your healthiest self is making the decision to take charge and choosing healthy routines daily. Assistive technology tools can aid in monitoring and maintaining one’s health. Today, we are here to start you on the path to take responsibility for investing in your health if needed. Vicki is also an expert in helping to solve daily living problems and reduce stress which can sometimes attribute to poor health. She is also available to give you Mobile Device Advice so that you can learn to use your phones and note pads effectively.

Our Orientation and Mobility training is suspended for now and until we can reopen the Educational Center. Jim Mullis is our expert and can help you to learn to understand and move around both in familiar and unfamiliar environments. This training gives you the confidence and assurance needed for you to be able to get around safely.

Once a month, we meet to discuss great books that every participant receives from the Talking Books Program. Until the Educational Center reopens, be are discussing books through Zoom meetings. This is something we will continue in case participants are unable to join us in person. If you would like to be part of our Book Club, please contact me at 217-303-9062 and I can have your name added to our list of participants. The book we are discussing will be sent to your home. We can help you to get an NLS player if you do not already have one. It’s free.

If you are interested in any of these enrichment opportunities, I would like to hear from you.

You can email me at

We will listen and work to help you reach your destination.

No obstacle is too big or too hard for us.

We will work through each one together.

Participation in all of these enrichment opportunities is scheduled by appointment. Today, we are working remotely through phone or Zoom meetings. I look forward to hearing from you and learning more about what we can do to help you reach your destination!

Love, Peggy

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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