Lookie-here, we’re back! The Bigger Picture has returned to bring you news from NWGA CIL and the disability community at-large. Our staff has returned after the holiday break, and everything is buzzing here as we get ready for our big move back to Broad Street! Construction continues to progress on our new site at 527 Broad Street in Rome. You can read an article from Rome News-Tribune here about the development of our new building. We’re all so very excited to get into our new office, the inside of which has been designed to fit our needs–and to be very accessible! As soon as we’re moved, we will send notice to our consumers, friends and community that the move is complete. We look forward to seeing you in our new building soon!
More News on Smart-Glove to Help People Who Have Had a Stroke
About a year ago, we brought you news on a smart-glove assistive device that’s being developed to help people who have had a stroke regain mobility and use in their hands. There’s more news on this front, and CNN has both a story and a video to update this amazing technology. Click here for the story from CNN.
The Community Closet Program Has Moved!
It has been our pleasure for NWGA CIL to serve as the Community Closet distribution center for this necessary community program during the past two years. We are deeply grateful to Rome/Floyd Parks and Recreation for offering the Charles C Parker Center at Etowah Park to serve as the new place to pick up your pull-ups. It has also been our honor to partner with the Senior Promotions Council with this program. The Council will continue to do drives to collect donations of supplies and money for the Community Closet.
Information on New Location:
The Community Closet (pull-ups, bed pads, etc.) will be located at the Charles C Parker Center at Etowah Park, 1325 Kingston Road
You Will Need to Call the Week Before You Plan to Come to Be Sure the Items are Brought to the Center from Off-site Storage
Pick Up Days and Times Will Be Mondays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Beginning on Friday, January 20th. Call 706.252.6427 the week of January 9th If You Plan to Pick Up Items on Friday, January 20th
Guide Dog Spies on People Who Ignore its Owner
If you have a guide dog, or have been out and about with someone who has one, you already know that the people around you sometimes lack understanding of how to interact (or simply share a space) with a person and a guide dog. Amit Patel from London, England, unexpectedly lost his sight in 2012, and has a guide dog to assist him with daily tasks. Kika and Amit have had many unpleasant experiences out in the community, so Amit decided to fit Kika with a camera to record all of the bad (and sometimes dangerous) interactions with people around them. The BBC has a great article about Amit and Kika here.
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