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?

Friendship Fridays

Flutter on in or join us virtually 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

July 24: Walk in the Woods


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

Aug 21: Widow of the South

Sept 18: Walking Across Egypt

October 23: Blackfoot Messiah

November 20: Hidden Kennedy

December 11: Redbird Christmas

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

I have included several pictures in this newsletter of our Art Talks event recently with Cyd LaBonte. She demonstrated her basket artwork using the coil method. Each picture describes her art so be sure to let the pictures speak for themselves. This was our first group meeting where students were together either virtually by zoom or in person at the Educational Center. We learned that Art does Matter and gives us a wider perspective of what we would want to explore. Cyd promised to come back in the near future so that we could have a hands on experience and make our own basket using the coil method.


This Friday, is book club and we will be discussing the book, “A Walk in the Woods”. It is easy to join us! All you need is a desire to listen to audio books provided by BARD. I personally would never have picked up some of the books we have read, but I have enjoyed every one of them and have broadened my knowledge. Book Club meets once a month usually the last Friday of every month.


We have many new ideas for Art Talks and Book Club coming in the future most of which come from our students. Did you know that we are looking into an archery class and other recreational activities? Or, walk the trails at Memorial Gardens someday independently? We want to explore it all!


We continue to conduct our Safety First program that includes all of our educational and skill development activities. We are learning about our computers, Iphones, orientation and mobility, and victor streams. Recently, we created a page on our website for Students Only. It includes about 20 Podcasts created by Dan Thompson. Dan has designed these podcasts to give students audio instruction on how to use different devices such as the victor stream and downloading audio books from BARD. Many more will be coming in the future so why not become an official ECVI student? You must be enrolled as a student with ECVI in order to be able to access these podcasts. There is one Podcast under the resource section of our website https://www.edcentervi.org/ for you to listen to. We have already enrolled the students we have to date, but if you would like to become an ECVI student, please register on our Website in order to have access to all of our Safety First programs. Did I mention they are free?


Here at ECVI, we always want to challenge our students to explore and learn new skills. To enjoy social connections with others. You are receiving this newsletter because you are either a student, teacher, corporate donor, professional in your field, or individual who is interested in supporting others who are blind or visually impaired. Life is way too short to become isolated and bored. Things are never boring at ECVI! Why not join us?

Next time, Peggy

You Matter: Enter and Exit a Vehicle Safely

In this video, Mike demonstrates how to safely enter and exit a vehicle when using a white cane. This is an important Orientation and Mobility Skill for anyone who is blind or visually impaired.
How to Enter and Exit a Vehicle Safely With a White Cane - Blind and Visually Impaired.

A Special Note from Peggy

Attention all present and future students! We have created a Student Page just for you! There will be tips and tricks and accessibility tools to help you maintain your independence. This page was created especially for our ECVI students and future students. Why not register today?! Once you have registered, you will become an ECVI Student and receive an email from ECVI asking you to complete a user name and password for you to be able to log into the Student Page. Reach out to us if you would like more information about our one-on-one or online enrichment programs to improve your physical, mental and/or emotional health. All sessions are free!

Covid-19 Information: Visiting us at the center is by appointment only 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.

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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