A MONTHLY NEWSLETTER OF THE
SPECIAL NEEDS LIBRARY OF NORTHEAST GEORGIA
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: Paige Burns, Lavern Gordon, Claudia Markov, Pete Hayek
Changes at the Special Needs Library
I am writing to you, our patrons and friends, to say thank you and farewell. Working with the Talking Book program has been extremely fulfilling and rewarding, and I have enjoyed working with all of you the past five years. As I leave to start a new chapter in my life called motherhood, I wish all of you the best. Please keep reading and supporting the programs of the Special Needs Library as you have done for many years. I promise also, to remain an advocate of the service and know that I will have reason to meet many of you again in the future.
As I say farewell, I would like to introduce the new manager of the Special Needs Library. Stacey Chandler will be an excellent addition to the services of the Special Needs Library. Stacey is originally from Madison County, and her background and employment in social work have given her opportunities to explore many resources related to individuals with disabilities and senior adults in various northeast Georgia counties. She enjoys reading mysteries and looks forward to helping connect even more individuals and institutions to the services we offer. After Stacey begins in mid-September, please feel free to call to welcome her and to introduce yourself.
UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS IN ATHENS
New Accessible Voting Booth Display and Demonstration
at the Athens-Clarke County Library, sponsored by VISTAS
Demonstration by Cody Lyon, District 5 Voter Education Coordinator
- Friday, September 13th, 12:00 - 6:00
- Saturday, September 14th, 2:00 - 6:00
Advocacy Training, Thursday, September 19th, 10:00 - 11:00
VISTAS, 999 Gaines School Rd, Athens, 583-8001
Marvin Nunnally, coordinator of Athens-Clarke Citizens Advocacy,
will discuss benefits of building relationships between persons with disabilities and other persons in the community.
Class is free, but space is limited. Please call to reserve a space.
Brown Bag Lunch Series for Disability Awareness Month
Athens-Clarke County Library, Small Conference Room
Bring your own lunch if desired. Sponsored by VISTAS.
- October 3rd, 12:00, A Touch of Braille with Burnace Murray
- October 10th, 11:30 - 1:00, New Technology for Visually Impaired
Jeff Blazer to provide a hands-on demo Freedom Scientific products
- October 17th, 12:00, Peer Support Issues for Various Disabilities
- October 24th, 12:00, Dr. Bruce Blasch w/ Veterans Administration
Dr. Blasch will discuss latest news in adaptive technology
& latest medical research for individuals with various disabilities.
Contact Peggy Chavis at VISTAS, 706-583-8001 for more information.
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
Stay tuned! More details to come in the October issue of Insight.
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. Conference sessions will be held on Tuesday from 10:00 - 3:45, Wednesday from 7:30 - 4:00, and on Thursday from 9:00 - 12:00. The Exhibit Hall will be open on Wednesday from 9:00 - 5:00. For detailed information on conference sessions, schedule and registration, see the Georgia Tools for Life website at www.gatfl.org or call 706-582-2048.
New Books of Interest
- RC 53425 Macular Degeneration: The Latest Discoveries & Treatments..., Robert D'Amato. Endorsed by the Macular Degeneration Foundation, an ophthalmologist and patient describe age-related macular degeneration (ARMD), its risk factors, treatment options (including alternative therapies), and successful coping mechanisms. 2000.
- RC 53530 Capitol Holiday, Janet Dailey. Jocelyn Wakefield, the president's daughter, disguises herself for a morning walk without security. She runs into reporter Grady Tucker, his dog, and elderly Obediah Melchior, who looks suspiciously like Santa Claus. Grady fakes an injury in order to become better acquainted. Bestseller. 2001.