Our next chapter meeting will be at the Monroe County Public Library in Bloomington in room 1C. We will socialize and enjoy refreshments starting at 6:30 pm and have our meeting from 7-8 pm.
If you have a vision impairment or know of someone who does, please join us at Bucceto’s (westside) on Monday, September 2 at 5:30 p.m. for our chapter meeting. We are a local support group who have varying degrees of vision loss and are an excellent place to learn about resources. Come connect with people who “know how to live with vision loss.”
New members or interested individuals are always welcome to attend our open chapter meetings. Our May meeting is Monday, May 20th. We will meet at Lucky’s Market at 6:30 to gather our snacks or dinner. Our discussion items for this month are:
1: DKM First Timers Award to attend ACB national conference—Ted
2: Reviewing models for the National Center for Accessibility—Sherry and Mary
3: Ride-sharing workshop, the how-tos and other questions to be answered by the experts. Free transportation provided for the event—Barbara
4: Show and tell. If you have something to share about a tool or service, let Barbara know. We’ll make time.
Please let us know if you plan to attend this coming Monday, and we will look out for you! If you have not been to the community room at Lucky’s Market, you will find it at the far back left corner of the market in a side room. You can reach out to us at info (at) heartlandacb.org.
Our first meeting of 2019 is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 21 at 6:30 p.m. for a meet and greet — and eat. We will be meeting this month at Lucky’s Market located at 2424 S Walnut St, (Bloomington, IN) in the community room due to the library being closed for Martin Luther King Day. We will provide a little sweet snack, but I would encourage you to order a little something from Lucky’s deli if you wish. This will show our appreciation in giving them a little business. If you do wish to order something, please come prepared, right at 6:30 to allow time for assistance if needed.
I recently received an email listing the top eight delivery services and thought this would be a good topic for discussion, as several of us may have the first-hand experience with these services, and may wish to recommend others. This allows us to educate each other about opportunities that allow for greater independence and choice in our individual lives. I expect we might have a couple of visitors that could learn from this discussion.
Also, this meeting will be a good time to pay your annual dues of $10. What an incredible value! $10 includes membership in your local chapter, state affiliate, and national ACB organization! We try to be a place where we can learn of new opportunities, gain support and socialize with each other, and in turn, support our state and national organization in the important work they do in advocacy and convention opportunities. If you are not a member, please join us!
Lastly, we need to look ahead and discuss possible topics for our upcoming meetings for this year. So, come with some ideas, specific and general, whatever you have, bring it to the table!
— Barbara Salisbury, Chapter President
Our chapter had a dozen turnout for our September 2018 meeting, where we Skyped in Madelyn Buzzard, a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and winner of the Alexander Scourby Award for fiction. She shared insights into being a talking book narrator for over 1,500 titles, including how being an actor enhances her narration. People were engaged and asked good questions and hopefully have a greater appreciation for the work that goes into creating the talking books we love. We thank Marilyn for taking the time to share this experience with our chapter, as well as Sherry Wells for scheduling this speaker for us.
We invite anyone interested to attend our next regular meeting. In September, due to a scheduling conflict, we are meeting on the 4th Monday rather than the 3rd Monday. As a reminder, we have regular meetings every other month.
Our speaker will be Madilyn Buzzard, who is a talking book narrator. Talking book narrators are always very interesting, explaining what it is like to read a book in a way that makes it come alive. A surprising amount of effort goes into the process.
See you Monday, September 24 at 6:30 pm at the Monroe County Public Library in Bloomington!
You can contact us at email@example.com and by calling (812) 269-6531.
We had an enjoyable social meeting in May at Avers Pizza. Over 14 people attended. We selected this venue in part because a private room allowed us to isolate our meeting from the sounds of other patrons, which was helpful for our members with hearing impairments. We also liked the pizza!
We discussed ideas for future meetings. One idea was to explore and share technologies, including potentially having workshops and demonstrations.
For our July meeting, chapter member Mary Stores will be presenting AIRA. Have you ever wanted to have a trusted and adept personal assistant? The creators of AIRA made a service that allows individuals who are blind to instantly connect with a sighted agent and receive that personalized assistance. It is like having your very own personal concierge.
The AIRA subscription service enables clients to press a button and immediately connect with trained visual assistants through audio and video. The service provides a pair of glasses that, instead of lenses, has a tiny camera mounted on the frame. Subscribers can also connect via a cell phone camera. The service also includes a cellular hotspot so there are no additional data charges. Mary will talk about the myriad of ways that AIRA helps her with her daily activities at home, work and while traveling.
Those that attend will also have the chance to interact with the AIRA agent to get a real sense of how they would use the service.
We think allowing those who are interested or curious to see and try new tools like AIRA is one way our chapter can help expand and enhance individual independence!
Please consider joining us on July 16 at 6:30 pm at the Monroe County Public Library. We will have refreshments and would like to hear of your interest. Also, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (812) 269-6531 if you have any questions or ideas!
Do you like pizza? How about a pizza buffet? Just for fun, we will be meeting to have dinner and socialize. If you prefer, you can order from the menu. We have reserved a group room on the left side as you enter the establishment. If you have never come to an event, this would be a great time to come introduce yourself and meet our resourceful members! Also, the variety of pizzas and salad bar are really good! Join us between 6 to 8 pm on May 21, 2018 at Avers Pizza on College Mall Road in Bloomington, Indiana.