Holiday Newsletter 2014

 

JOIN US FOR SIGN AND SONG

ON BROAD STREET

 

If you don’t sign or sing, that’s OK. Just bundle up in a holiday sweater or hat and join us anyway for family fun! We will gather at the parking deck corner of Broad Street and 5th Avenue in Rome at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 9th,and sign and sing up and down Broad Street. If you want a refresher course in sign language, come to our office at 242 North 5th Avenue, Rome, 30165 at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, December 2nd and/or Thursday, December 4th for a free lesson. Invite your family and friends, and if you are in a choir, ask them to join us too. Rome’s own Just As I Am choir will be singing with us too!

 

The Staff, Volunteers and Board of

NWGA CIL Wish You and Yours

the Many Blessings of the Holidays

Now, and Throughout the New Year

 

Our office will be closed for the Holidays

from noon on Tuesday, December 23rd

until Monday, January 5th.

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TOOLS FOR AN INDEPENDENT LIFE

 

We are now a Community Partner with Tools for Life, and have a variety of assistive tools and technology available to show you: magnifiers, pocket talkers, a Google mini, adaptive spoons and forks, and the list goes on. We can demonstrate these tools/technology (as well as those many of us use daily,) answer questions so you can decide what will work for you, give you funding resources, and train you on your selection. Please call or come by to see how assistive tools/technology can help you be more independent every day.


DEAR CIL DOG,

 

I went through a harrowing experience on October 15th, during our 50th Anniversary celebration of the White Cane Safety Day: Pedestrians Have the Right of Way.

 

How can I keep my mom safe when there were 4 red lights run at Broad Street and 5th Avenue in less than two hours at lunchtime? There were also at least 20 violations of drivers stopping on crosswalks while pedestrians were crossing, and 20 violations with drivers turning left or right with pedestrians crossing the street.

 

School taught me a lot, but I worry about people who don’t have guide dogs

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– Jamie, Tonia’s new guide dog

 

Dear Jamie,

 

You are right, we have a hard job, and that is why we get such awesome training and kibble.

 

NWGA CIL is working on “training” our pedestrians and drivers (who are also pedestrians at times). We have some great tips on pedestrian safety and drivers’ responsibilities to pedestrians. Check out our web site under Advocacy Issues.

 

In the meantime, we advise that pedestrians watch and listen for traffic flow, since drivers don’t always stop or pay attention.

You also could try what I have always wanted to do, and that is jump up on a car stopped in a crosswalk and put muddy footprints on it, but you know you would get in big trouble.

 

Remember:

 

Red Lights Are Not Suggestions!

Crosswalks Are For Pedestrians!

 

Yours, CIL Dog

 

 

YOU CAN “HEAR” US NOW

 

We have added a Sorenson American Sign Language video phone to our center for use by individuals who are deaf/hard of hearing. We also have an Independent Living Coordinator who is deaf and knows basic sign, as well as a trainee who signs. Our staff person has a CapTel large text video phone for use by appointment with consumers with whom she is working. So please feel free to come in or otherwise contact us, and we will be happy and able to work with you.

 

 Email excerpt from a consumer who lives in Gordon county: “I got my new hearing aids yesterday! And they’re amazing! Tiny with powerful sounds!!! … I can barely feel them and haven’t experienced the aches of having big aids!  I’m really happy with these and best of all, NO brain feedback of phantom sounds like radio stations and constant, country music. They’re really awesome!!!! Thanks so much for helping me apply!”

 

A NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH ROME ACTION MINISTRIES’ FOOD BANK

 

We are now able to make referrals for our consumers to the Rome Action Ministries Food Bank Program, as well as keep a few boxes of food on hand for emergencies.

 

 

REGISTERING AT ONE OF OUR MONTHLY LUNCH AND LEARNS

 

 

 

UPCOMING

 

DECEMBER 9, 2014

Sign and Song on broad street

Details on first page

 

COMING BACK IN 2015

Lunch and Learn series

 

EARLY 2015

American Sign Language Classes

We are in the planning stage for offering American Sign Language classes again.

 

FEBRUARY 2015

Disability Day in NWGA

Disability advocates can either gather at the Capitol in Atlanta or join us here as we advocate locally.

 

JULY 2015

Independent Living Day

A Celebration of the Olmstead Decision

and the Americans with Disabilities Act