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Center for the Visually Impaired - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Center for the Visually Impaired
739 West Peachtree Street, N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 875-9011 (Local)
(404) 607-0062 (Fax)
info@cviga.org
http://www.cviga.org

Brief Description

The Center for the Visually Impaired (CVI) is Georgia's largest comprehensive, fully accredited, private facility providing rehabilitation services for individuals of all ages who are blind or visually impaired. Since 1962, the Center has grown to serve as a model of innovative services for people who have a wide range of vision impairments from low vision to total blindness.

The mission of the Center for the Visually Impaired is to offer comprehensive services to promote independence with dignity and the preservation of self worth for individuals of all ages who are blind or visually impaired. Specialized services are customized to meet the individual's personal goals toward adjustment to vision loss.

VisAbility is CVI's nonprofit, accessible, retail shop that serves people of all ages with vision loss. The only store of its kind in the Southeast, VisAbility provides immediate access to low vision aids, assistive technology, and other adaptive devices. VisAbility is located on the first floor of CVI's Midtown Atlanta facility.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 A.M.-4:30 P.M.
Clients served on average per year: 4000
Number of staff: 40
Staff description: Staff includes Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapists (CVRTs), Orientation and Mobility Specialists (COMS), Teachers of the Visually Impaired (TVIs), Certified Rehabilitation Counselors, Licensed Social Workers, job development and placement specialists, and certified fund raising staff.
Geographic area served: Center-based services are available to any individual who comes to the central location. Community-based services are provided throughout the greater metropolitan Atlanta area and at other locations, such as Gainesville and Macon.
Publications: CVI News, CVI e-News, annual report

Locations

739 W. Peachtree St. NW
Atlanta, GA 30308

Staff

Anisio Correia, Vice President for Programs, (404) 602-4291, acorreia@cviga.org
Helene Erenberg, Senior Director, Development, (404) 602-4275, herenberg@cviga.org
Heather Ferro, Director, Volunteer Services/STARS, (404) 602-4371, hferro@cviga.org
Susan Garber, Director, Low Vision Clinic, (404) 602-4318, sgarber@cviga.org
Fontaine Huey, President, (404) 602-4281, fhuey@cviga.org
Cindi Nash, Director, BEGIN, (404) 602-4331, cnash@cviga.org
Lisa Pope, Director of Retail Operations, (404) 602-4358, lpope@cviga.org
Doreen Zaksheske, Vice President, Accounting & Operations, (404) 602-4288, dzaksheske@cviga.org

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Assistive Products
    • The non-profit VisAbility Store offers visual aids, devices, toys and games that are useful and appropriate for children and adults with vision loss. Purchases may be made on-line and in the store. Volunteers are available to help demonstrate products.
  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • The Center's certified braille instructor teaches clients to read and write braille with a variety of devices. Instruction in musical notation and mathematical notation is also available.
  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Maintains a comprehensive listing (InfoLink) of activities and opportunities for individuals who are visually impaired and their family members. InfoLink is distributed via phone and e-mail. Staff attend community health fairs, facilitate educational programs for social service providers, offer workshops for family members on vision loss, etc.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Provides individualized assistive technology instruction for all ages, from school-age youth in the STARS program, to pre-employment training in our Rehabilitation Services program, to basic training for personal use in our services for seniors. Technology classes offer up-to-date instruction in the latest standard and adaptive software and equipment. Instruction is tailored to the individual whether he or she is a beginning or advanced computer user.
  • Counseling
    • Offers individual, group, and family counseling, consultation, referral.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides personalized instruction to clients to develop skills that lead to independence. Classes include communication, activities of daily living, orientation and mobility, computer use. Services are offered both at the Center and in the community.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Provides vocational counseling and evaluation, work adjustment training, job exploration, internship opportunities, job development and placement.
  • Information and Referral
    • Callers to CVI are provided information about a wide variety of resources available in the greater Atlanta area. When requested, referrals are made to partner agencies and programs.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Maintains the Florence Maxwell Low Vision Clinic, which provides low vision evaluation and follow-up with vision rehabilitation and offers training in the proper use of low vision devices.
  • Support Groups
    • The Center's clients and their families have access to individual, group and family counseling, which can be a crucial part of the process of adjusting to vision loss. Many group sessions are open to the public.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training.

Services for Children

  • Assessment
    • Provides assessments of vision and development.
  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Offers braille classes.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • The non-profit VisAbility Store offers aids, devices, toys and games that are useful and appropriate for children and adults with vision loss. Purchases may be made on-line and in the store. Volunteers are avilable to help demonstrate products. CVI offers computer literacy classes for school-aged youth.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Offers daily living skills training in its various programs.
  • Early Intervention/Infant Services
    • Offers the BEGIN Program, which combines individual intervention training, class sessions, preschool transition classes, and family information and support to help the children reach their full potential. BEGIN offers a variety of special summer activities for registered families.
  • Education Services
    • School-aged children receive Expanded Core Curriculum services in the STARS program. Pre-K students receive instruction in a classroom setting.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Offers a transition program.
  • Low Vision Services
    • The Florence Maxwell Low Vision Clinic serves visually impaired individuals ages five and older. Children with low vision can use optical and nonoptical devices, such as powerful magnifiers, lamps, CCTVs (closed circuit televisions), talking watches, and writing templates to help with school and leisure activities.
  • Preschool Programs
    • Provides assessments of vision and development for preschool children. Holds weekly class sessions for children ages 2 and 3 and a A weekly pre-kindergarten class.
  • Summer/Day Camps and After-school Programs
    • The STARS After-School Enrichment Program prepares school-aged students with visual impairments for successful transition into post-secondary education and independent adult living by offering classes in independent living skills, computer, adaptive technology, braille, tutoring, social interaction, dance, music and listening skills. STARS Summer Enrichment Day Camps serve students ages 5-21 via recreational/leisure, educational, and cultural enrichment activities.
  • Support Groups
    • Holds family and infant group meetings to provide support and information.

Events

Diabetes Support Group
Adjusting to Vision Loss Support Group
Women's Support Group

Ongoing Events/Programs

BEGIN Program
STARS After-School Enrichment Program
STARS Summer Enrichment Day Camps
Springboard Transition Program

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