Vision Rehabilitation Services of Georgia extends a big “THANK YOU” to Whitefield Academy and the great work completed at the office this past Saturday, August 26th. Whitfield Academy students and parents revamped the flower beds are VRS entrance as part of their Great Day of Service.
VRS is proud to share the following details on two 8 week programs being held in Marietta…
Many older adults experience concerns about falling and
restrict their activities.
A MATTER OF BALANCE is an award-winning
program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels.
Select the course series that fits your calendar best and register today!
Senior Wellness Center East Cobb Senior Center
1150 Powder Springs Street 3332 Sandy Plains Rd.
Marietta, GA 30064 Marietta, GA 30066
Tuesdays September 5– October 24 Tuesdays September 26– November 14
Have you wondered how the visually impaired and others who can’t use their own eyes to see Monday, August 21st’s Eclipse will be affected and engaged? Did you hear about the project from NASA’s Heliophysics Education Consortium? To find out answers to these questions VRS is reproducing information here so please enjoy and share with others…
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On August 21, 2017, millions of people will view a total solar eclipse as it passes through the United States. However, for the visually impaired, or others who are unable to see the eclipse with their own eyes, the Eclipse Soundscapes Project delivers a multisensory experience of this exciting celestial event. The project, from NASA’s Heliophysics Education Consortium, will include audio descriptions of the eclipse in real time, recordings of the changing environmental sounds during the eclipse, and an interactive “rumble map” app that will allow users to visualize the eclipse through touch.
During an eclipse, we gaze in amazement as day becomes night. But, along with the striking visual effects, the soundscape of natural environments changes dramatically. The changes in the sounds of the eclipse are not only of interest to sociologists, birders, and naturalists, but will also give the blind and visually impaired an opportunity to experience this rare celestial event.
The Eclipse Soundscapes project will use a specially designed app to allow citizen scientists to record environmental sounds before, during, and after the August 21, 2017 eclipse. These recordings will be shared across the world in order to give everyone the opportunity to experience the awe of a total solar eclipse.
Join our project: https://goo.gl/forms/lu8CkUcbxHMIdZw12
Thanks to our partners
Contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Eclipse Soundscapes Project
c/o Henry “Trae” Winter, MS 58
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
60 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 USA
Eclipse Mob, http://www.eclipsemob.org/
On Tuesday, June 06, 2017, VRS began holding its first annual Transition Academy. The purpose of the Transition Academy is to teach the participants various skills that they can apply both in their daily lives and in the workplace. Not limited to any age group or region, the Transition Academy teaches students from all over the Metro Atlanta area. From middle school and high school, to college and beyond, anyone with a visual impairment is welcome.
To begin, the participants gave a short introduction which told the other students their names and passions. Then they explored their own personal learning styles by taking a test that links personality traits with colors; these colors, in turn, correspond to a learning style. Afterwards, the participants divided into groups tasked with learning and performing various tasks that are important, both in the workplace and in daily life.
In the kitchen Rafa, Gabriel, and Xavier were tasked with preparing lunch for the class; a teacher gave the boys instructions, while Gabby and Karly wrote down food orders from the other participants and delivered them to the kitchen. Meanwhile, Gus and William were taught how to clean using their sense of touch and the reliable grid pattern. Next, they went outside to wash the windows with vinegar. After a demonstration to Cheyla and Maggie how to fold t-shirts, which is a skill that -in addition to being vital in the workplace- can be applied while doing laundry or organizing clothes at home. The folding team will also get to use their skills by volunteering at the Must Ministries shop in the coming weeks.
Finally, the reporters (Heidi, Jason, and Skylar), and authors of the Academy’s Blog, kept track of the class by taking notes and participating in the different activities. Then they selected Augustu “Gus” Pacleb as the student of the week, and Jason interviewed him. Gus attends Forsyth Central High School and, just like Heidi, he found out that his learning styles correspond to both the blue (harmonious) and green (logical) learning styles. Overall, Gus thought that his scores were accurate and he hopes that this new insight into his personality will allow him to find a job that suits his learning style, while also enabling him to work well with his future colleagues.
Ultra-violet (UV) rays can damage your eyes and increase your risk of cataracts and cancers of the eye. Because UV rays can be permanently harmful, sunglasses with UV protection are recommended for everyone, but especially for those that work outside or already have existing eye problems.
While many have heard of the dangers of skin cancer, few people know that various skin cancers (basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinomas, melanomas) can occur on the eyelids, on the surface of the eye and even inside of the eye. In fact, 5-10% of skin cancer affects the eyelids. Our eyes are the only internal tissue of our body that are exposed to sunlight. Without proper sunglasses, nearly 40% of the rays get into our eyes even when we’re not directly exposed. Ocular melanoma cancer is the most common type of eye cancer in adults and can cause permanent vision loss. Around 94% of people are affected with premature aging signs near the eye regions. This is also caused by exposure to intense sun rays that make your skin dry. This affects the skin texture and makes it more prone to get wrinkles and fine lines.
For these reasons, it is essential to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays by regularly wearing protective sunglasses. Sunglasses should be 100% UV-absorbent for UVA and UVB or be labeled UV400. To provide additional UV protection, also wear a wide-brimmed hat, especially when during the mid-day sun or if you will be outdoors for a prolonged period of time.
Remember, prolonged UV exposure can occur outside, but also in tanning beds. People who are fair-skinned, Caucasians, have light-colored eyes, smoke, or have had a family history of skin cancer are particularly at risk and sensitive to UV rays.
Parents should also be extra cautious with their children’s activities such as swimming or skiing because the sun is reflected off the water, snow, or ice and heavy UV exposure can occur without even realizing it.
Regular dilated eye exams, especially in high risk patients, can provide early warnings, diagnosis, and treatment of the aforementioned eye diseases and prevent or treat these eye diseases related to UV exposure.
For more information check out: Think About Your Eyes
VRS is exciting to announce we are starting a New Monthly Book Club!
Do you ever find it hard to get motivated to read, or maybe you love to read but would like to interact with your friends, well here is your opportunity! VRS is starting a book club. The idea to start a book club came from one of our clients, but is open to all clients and friends of the agency. Plus we will have audio books available as well for the visually impaired or blind readers. The first monthly book club will take place on April 3 from 2-3 p. m. We will have coffee too for our coffee drinkers in the club. If you are interested please RSVP to email@example.com or (770) 906-6797. Also if you have a favorite author or type of book include that in your email. We will see you in April! Happy Reading!