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.
Staff: Stacey Chandler, Lavern Gordon, Claudia Markov, Pete Hayek
The Special Needs Library of Northeast Georgia will be closed Monday, September
6, 2004, for Labor Day!!
September Advocacy Class
The September Advocacy class at VISTAS will feature a panel with Isaah Ellison,
Income Tax Consultant and representatives from the Internal Revenue Service. The
presentation will identify benefits that apply specifically to people with
disabilities and answer some of the most frequently asked questions about filing
income taxes for people wtith disabilities. The class, which is scheduled for
Thursday, September 16, 10:00-11:00 a.m. is free, but space is limited. It will
take place at VISTAS. Please call (706) 583-8001 to reserve a seat or if you
Ability First Expo
The Athens Council of the Blind and co-sponsors, The Athens Heritage Lions Club,
Vistas, The Classic Center and the Athens-Clarke County Commission on People
with Disabilities, are gearing up the sixth annual Ability First Expo. The Expo
will be on October 23, 2004, at the Athens Classic Center. The event will begin
at 10:00 a.m. and end at 3:00 p.m. There will be exhibits, speakers,
demonstrations, entertainment and door prizes consisting of items donated by
Ski For Light, Inc.
Ski for Light, Inc. is an all volunteer, nonprofit organization program of cross
country skiing for people with vision loss. Each Winter, Ski for Light holds a
week-long cross country ski event at which blind, visually-impaired and
approximately fifteen mobility-impaired skiers come together for a festive week
of skiing with sighted guides and socializing. Ski for Light 2005, the 30th
anniversary event, is to be held in Granby, Colorado from January 30 through
February 6, 2005. Because it is the 30th anniversary, this yearís celebration of
the talents and potential so many blind people possess promises to be
exceptionally enjoyable. Ski for Light is always seeking new skiers and guides.
Those interested in attending Ski for Light may contact Lynda Boose at (906)
250-7836 or Jeff Pagels at (920) 494-5572. The application deadline for skiers
is November 1, 2004. For more information about Ski for Light, check their
website out at www.sfl.org
Question of the Month
My cassette machine doesnít work. What should I do?
- Test other cassette tapes to make sure it is a machine problem and not a
problem with a particular cassette tape.
- Do not try to fix the machine yourself! We have volunteers who have been
trained to repair these machines. We receive parts and battery packs from the
National Library Service specifically for these machines.
- Call the Special Needs Library (706) 613-3655 or 800-531-2063. We can send a
replacement machine to you in the mail, and you can return your broken machine
in that same mailing container. You can also visit us at the Special Needs
Library to swap out your machine in person. Call us for directions.
Todd Alewine, a patron of the Special Needs Library, graduated from the Lake
Lanier School of Massage on July 16, 2004. Todd is now working at Healthworks in
Hartwell, Georgia. If you would like a massage or reflexology, please call Todd
at (706) 377-4902 for an appointment.
Way to go Todd!!
EyeCare, America, a public service foundation of the American Academy of
Ophthalmology, provides qualified participants with free eye exams by an
ophthalmologist. For more information, call 1-800- 222-3937 or visit their
website at www.eyecareamerica.org/public.
Vision USA, a program of the American Optometric Association, provides eligible
children and adults with free eye exams by an optometrist. Visit
www.aoa.org or call 1-800-766-4466
September is Self-Improvement Month, and what better way to observe it than with
these books pertaining to ways you can improve your life? This list was compiled
by Deborah Stroup, Wolfner Libraryís Coordinator of Volunteers.
- RC 29145 Bouncing Back from Injury: How to Take Charge of Your Recuperation by
- RC 50339 Take Charge: A Strategic Guide for Blind Job Seekers
- RC 43451 I Could Do Anything if I Only Knew What it Was: How to Discover What
You Really Want and How to Get it by Barbara Sher
- RC 47962 Life Strategies by Phillip C. McGraw
- RC 49740 Relationship Rescue by Phillip C. McGraw
- RC 51407 A Short Guide to a Happy Life by Anna Quindlen
- RC 52657 Rejuvenate! (Itís Never Too Late) by Eartha Kitt
- RC 55089 People with Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorder, and
Dyslexia by Dale S. Brown
- RC 54036 Self Matters: Creating Your Life from the Inside out by Phillip C.
- RC 54578 A Passion for the Possible by Jean Houston