This Week at CSC

Keeping you “In the Know…” 1/18/19

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Cleveland Sight Center Receives Three-Year Accreditation from CARF:

  • CSC has been issued a three-year accreditation for the following programs:
    -Vision Rehabilitation Services: Comprehensive Vision Rehabilitation Services
    -Community Employment Services: Employment Supports
    -Community Employment Services: Job Development
    -Comprehensive Vocational Evaluation Services

The accreditation will extend through December 31st, 2021 and marks CSC’s 13th-consecutive three-year accreditation, dating back to 1982. This is a great achievement and is a reflection of the dedication and commitment that the entire CSC staff has demonstrated to provide the best possible services to clients, families and the greater Cleveland community. Quoting the accreditation letter received, “This achievement is an indication of your organization’s dedication and commitment to improving the quality of the lives of the persons served. Services, personnel and documentation clearly indicate an established pattern of conformance to standards”.

Eyedea Shop’s Featured Product of the Week:

·       The newest product in the Eyedea Shop is the set of two Gripper Board cutting boards…one in white and one on black. They both have suction cup bottoms for a solid grip on countertops to prevent slipping. They provide contrast for cutting food. A white onion on a black cutting board and a white cutting board for darker colored foods. Each board measures 11”x14”. They are dishwasher safe, made of food grade material and will not dull your knives. The price for two boards in the set is $34.00.

What’s Happening at CSC: 

·       Nicole Kahn represented CSC at a LeadDiversity class on a panel discussing Institutional Inequities at FirstEnergy at their Northern Region Headquarters in Brecksville on Wednesday, January 16th. LeadDiversity is a program of the Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio that brings leaders from across the area together to approach diversity and leadership issues from a no-fault interactive foundation with the goal of affecting positive social change.

·       The Visionaries met at CSC on Wednesday, January 16th to review their plans for the year ahead. This is CSC’s young professionals group. For more information, contact Karen Bain Hiller (216-791-8118).

·       Calling skilled and passionate volunteers! Do you know someone who loves working with people? Would gaining marketing or community engagement experience be the perfect fit for someone in your life? Do you have the perfect person in mind who would be great as a mentor or has a voice meant for radio? If so, refer the client, friend or family member to CSC Volunteer Services (216-791-8118).

·       This term (January - May), Cleveland Sight Center is recruiting for several rewarding volunteer positions that range from directly working with clients to behind the scenes, career building experiences. Individuals interested in making a difference can learn more or apply to become a volunteer by visiting CSC’s Volunteer Opportunities page.

-“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller

-“If you want to touch the past, touch a rock. If you want to touch the present, touch a flower. If you want to touch the future, touch a life.” – Unknown

·       The January meeting of Job Club is on Thursday, January 24th from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. in CSC’s Clyde E. Williams, Jr. Auditorium and the group will welcome a guest speaker from the Cuyahoga County OhioMeansJobs Center. The speaker will be talking about how to use the resources at their center and also giving some key job readiness advice. For more information, contact Nicole Kahn (216-791-8118).

·       Participants in the Anthem/USABA National Fitness Challenge are participating in a bowling event on Saturday, January 26th at 1:30pm at Spin Bowling (5619 Brecksville Rd, Independence, OH 44131). The activity was chosen as many members of fitness group participate in a weekly bowling league at the venue. Members of the league will be able to bowl with their team, while those attendees who are not in the league will bowl together. RSVPs to the event can be made by calling 216-791-8118.

·       Adult Winter Weekend will take place at Highbrook Lodge the weekend of February 22nd – 24th. Campers will arrive to Highbrook Lodge at 6:00 p.m on Friday evening and depart at noon on Sunday. Cost of the weekend is $75/camper. Transportation to/from CSC is provided for an additional $15/camper. To register please call the Camp Department (216-791-8118).

·       Join Delta Gamma Cleveland East for “A Night at the Races” to benefit Cleveland Sight Center! The event will be held Saturday, April 13th in CSC’s Clyde E. Williams, Jr. Auditorium. Tickets are $35 each and include dinner. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.; dinner at 6:30 p.m. For more information, to buy tickets, sponsor a race and more, click here.

Items of Note:

·       The Women of Fairmount Temple met earlier this week and made “touch ‘n’ tell” alphabet books that will be used by students in Bright Futures Preschool at CSC.

·       An architect who is blind was recently featured on CBS News. To learn more, click here. Did you know when CSC renovated its building, the project management team had an architect who was good at listening to people who were blind and their ideas for design options.  As a result, a lot of universal design was incorporated into our project. CSC has since been engaged as a consultant on many other local projects when they heard what we accomplished.

·       A data scientist from T-Mobile in Denver, CO reached out to CSC to ask for assistance with accessibility. The group is a television provider interested in making their product the best that it can be and is looking to better understand the user experience with television and accessibility features.  They are in search of respondents who are over 18 and have a visual impairment, low vision or are blind, regardless of if they currently watch television or use accessibility features. Those who complete the 15 minute survey will receive an electronic $15 Amazon Gift card for their time. To access the survey, click here.

·       Author David Wanczyk will discuss his book Beep: Inside the Unseen World of Blind Baseball at an event at the Baseball Heritage Museum in Cleveland’s Hough neighborhood on Saturday, February 23rd from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. The event is free of charge. For more information, click here.