According to World Health Organization, “An estimated 253 million people live with vision impairment: 36 million are blind and 217 million have moderate to severe vision impairment.” Georgia has 145,700 working-age individuals who are blind or have vision impairments. 58% of visually impaired working-age adults (non-institutionalized) are unemployed – all because they lack the vital skills needed to live an independent and vibrant life.
The need for VRS’ services is great. Everyone may not be aware that vision rehabilitation is NOT covered by insurance. You can break a hip or have a heart attack and rehab; but if you lose your vision there is no paid rehabilitation available.
There are times when VRS does not have a funding source to meet the needs of a client’s request. Fundraising events and direct donations allow VRS to place funding where it is most needed. Donations and sponsorships help us cover this gap in funding.
We also have ongoing support groups and client activities where volunteers are needed. So, please review what’s coming up and check back often as we update the list.
GA Blind Sport’s first kayaking event of the summer is Saturday June 9th!!!!!!!!
Will be at Webster’s Landing at Red Top Mountain State Park from 10-2. Bring your family and enjoy the water. Also bring lunch and drinks for your group. Be sure and reply to Hal Simpson to let him know that you will be joining us and how many you will bring. Hal’s email is halsimpson
ALSO NEED VOLUNTEERS AND KAYAKS!!!
Please see below for directions
This is a small beach near the boat launch at Webster’s Landing at the backside of the park. It is on a quiet cove, and has an easy access to a “gravel beach” with plenty of shade for sitting. There are no benches or tables, so bring your own chairs or hammocks. The nearest restroom is about a 5 minute drive back at the visitor’s center.
A parking pass can be purchased for $5.00 Cash or check per car at the parking spot near our beach.
We will have several kayaks, life vests (personal floatation devices) and many helping hands. The lake is a gradual, walkable entry so wading is easy to do. The Cove is large, quiet and off the main lake a good bit with little traffic. I was there last weekend – the water is WARM.
– water clothes and shoes (the bottom is a bit muddy/ rocky)
– sunscreen and a hat
– food and water/ drinks
– Life vests if you have them
– an adventuresome spirit and a desire to have a great time!
- From I-75 North exit at Red Top Mountain State Park
- Turn Right towards the park – there is a small gas station on the right. Follow the road into the park – there is only one way to go.
- Drive into the park all the way to the visitors Center (maybe 2-3 miles into the park)– the road is straight. You will cross over the lake, pass several small roads to boat ramps, the beach or picnic shelters – stay straight.
- At the visitor’s center the road forks in a Y . Go RIGHT. If you need to use the restroom do so here at the visitor’s center
- After taking the Y to the right go about .5 or .75 miles. Pass the campground on the right; look for the first road to the left. The small brown sign will say WEBSTER’s LANDING. Turn Left onto this road
- Follow the road all the way down to the end (almost) – before you get to the main boat ramp you will see a pull out to the right with the lake on the right. Park here. We will be at this beach/ pull out – as this is the Cove side. Look for a bunch of kayaks (haha)
- It is a short walk downhill on a good path to the lake. The box to buy your parking pass is green and next to parking area.
- If you get to the boat launch you have come too far; turn around and look for pull out to the left on the way back up the hill.
Hal from GA Blind Sports will try to arrive before 10 to “save us the spot”… at times there are others there as this is space that we cannot “reserve” it is first come first serve.. we should have plenty of space though for what we need.
Looking forward to seeing you all there, please call Hal’s cell 770-833-2061 if you have any questions.
Register today for Spooktacular Chase 10K/5K , a Halloween themed, AJC Peachtree qualifying Chase through historic Powder Springs! All proceeds of this 10th annual event support the life-changing services provided by Vision Rehabilitation Services of Georgia (VRS) to individuals of all ages who are blind or visually impaired across 31 counties of North Georgia. Get those broom sticks and costumes ready!
Both the 10k and 5k are certified courses again this year!! You can use your time when registering for the Peachtree Road Race for placement in the corrals!!
10K Start at 8:00 AM | 5K Start at 8:15 AM in Historic Powder Springs