The Special Needs Library of Northeast Georgia is a part of your public library and the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, serving Banks, Barrow, Clarke, Elbert, Franklin, Greene, Gwinnett, Habersham, Hancock, Hart, Jackson, Jasper, Madison, Morgan, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Putnam, Rabun, Stephens, Walton and White counties. We do not endorse any product or service mentioned in this newsletter.

Phone: 800-531-2063, 706-613-3655

Staff: Stacey Chandler, Lavern Gordon, Claudia Markov, Pete Hayek

October 2002

Changes at the Special Needs Library

Hello patrons and friends! My name is Stacey Chandler, and I am the new manager for the Special Needs Library. I've been here since the middle of September, almost a full month! It has been quite busy being new and all, so if I have not had a chance to meet or speak with you, I look forward to it in the near future. I am originally from Madison County and have lived in Athens for the past five years. I graduated from the University of Georgia in 2000, with a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work. Please let me know of your needs and how I can be of assistance to you.


Brown Bag Lunch Series for Disability Awareness Month

Athens-Clarke County Library, Small Conference Room
Bring your own lunch if desired. Sponsored by VISTAS.

Ability First Expo

Saturday, October 12th, 10:00 - 2:00 Georgia Square Mall, indoor plaza in front of Sears

Sponsored by Athens Council of the Blind Cosponsored by VISTAS, the Athens Heritage Lions Club, and the Athens-Clarke County Commission on People with Disabilities The Special Needs Library will have a display - come meet us!

Descriptive Video Movie Day for All Ages

Saturday, Oct. 26th, 2:00, Athens-Clarke County Library auditorium

Sponsored by the Special Needs Library & Athens Council of the Blind The video that will be shown will be Harry Potter and the Sorcer's Stone. Contact Peggy Chavis at VISTAS, 706-583-8001 or the Special Needs Library, 706-613-3655 for more information.

A descriptive video is just like home videos found in stores, but they have a special feature for individuals who are sighted and visually impaired. A narrator describes the action, scenery, and movements of the characters to aid the viewer who is visually impaired to fully "see" the movie. The narration is beautifully descriptive and occurs during the pauses of the movie dialogue. Come check out our list of descriptive videos at the Special Needs Library!

2002 Power Up for the Future

The Touch the Future Expo and Transition into the Future with Assistive Technology Conference, sponsored by the Georgia Department of Labor's Vocational Rehabilitation Division, the Georgia Department of Education, Touch the Future, Inc., and Tools for Life, will be held on Tuesday, October 15 - Thursday, October 17 at the Radisson Riverfront Hotel and Conference Center in Augusta. The conference is open to persons of all ages with all types of disabilities, their families, advocates, educators, technology coordinators, rehabilitation professionals, social services personnel, and many more. For detailed information on conference sessions, schedule and registration, see the Georgia Tools for Life website at or call 706-582-2048.

Little Gym of Lawrenceville

The Little Gym of Lawrenceville offers a non-competitive curriculum designed to build motor skills while having fun, and simultaneously fostering enhanced emotional, intellectual and social skills. Our programs include movement, music, gymnastics, sports, exercise, games, listening and cooperation. Each child receives individual attention and progresses at their own pace in a non-threatening, warm and nurturing environment. The Little Gym of Lawrenceville currently has several special needs children participating in the programs. There is a Special Needs class offered on Wednesdays at 4 pm-5pm for grade school kids with special needs. The Little Gym would like to offer a Special Needs preschool class as well. However, there have been several special needs kids involved in the mainstream classes with great success. Please call The Little Gym of Lawrenceville for our current class schedule at 770-822-5208.

New Bible Study/Support Group for Northeast Georgia area

A new Bible Study/Support Group for individuals who are blind or visually impaired and their friends & family members plans to begin meeting regularly for Bible study and fellowship at Liberty Baptist Church in Tiger, Georgia. Materials will be made available in braille, large print, and audio cassette. Contact Teresia Thomason at 706-201-4403 for more information and to sign up!

Recording the Gwinnett Daily Post

Many of our volunteers at the Special Needs Library help us record selected local newspapers in our area. Currently, we are recording excerpts from the Athens Banner Herald, the Oglethorpe Echo, and the Oconee Enterprise on a weekly basis. We feel that we are now able to offer one additional newspaper, but the choice of which paper to offer is difficult. After polling patrons in Barrow and Franklin counties and receiving little response, we have decided to begin recording excerpts from the Gwinnett Daily Post on a weekly basis for our patrons in the Gwinnett county area. This will begin in the month of October, so please let us know if you would like to be added to the subscription list. You may call at 800-531-2063, email at, or write us at
2025 Baxter St. Athens, GA 30606.

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