South East Connecticut Community Center of the Blind

"BUILDING A BETTER FUTURE FOR THE BLIND"

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Our Mission

Our Mission is to serve the social, recreational, educational, referral, and advocacy needs of the Blind and Visually Impaired population of southeastern Connecticut and assist them in attaining and maintaining an independent lifestyle.

 

Our Story

The Center was founded in 1972 through the efforts of Marjorie Heath, a blind woman who felt the need for Blind and Visually Impaired persons to come together and have social and recreational opportunities available to them.  It was incorporated on May, 12, 1976.  The Center of the Blind offers services to the more than 800 Legally Blind residents of Southeastern Connecticut. The Center has an ongoing volunteer force to help with social and recreational activities, reading, clerical work and transportation. 

As a community service organization, we presently hold a number of activities and programs for our members and their families.  At various times of the year, these may include:  workshops, speakers of interest to the Blind community, Braille Transcription, and Computer Classes for the Blind and Visually Impaired.  There are also recreational programs, such as: fishing, hiking, biking, and skiing.  Classes in arts and crafts and sewing meet at the Center.  We offer: field trips to places of interest, concerts, and museums. We provide transportation for our sponsored activities as well as limited transportation for medical and personal needs.

The Center of the Blind is equipped with a compatible Technology Lab with voice, scanner, speech synthesis, Braille writing equipment, enlarged copier, color CCTV’s as well as teaching aids and games for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

The Center is fortunate to host a monthly visit from a Social Worker or Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor employed by the State of CT Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind and Department of Aging and Disability Services.  This informational and referral service is available locally by appointment.

The Center also operates a non-profit Outlet for the Blind and Visually Impaired.  We stock a variety of items ranging from Talking Watches and Clocks, writing material, to signature guides.

The South East Connecticut Community Center of the Blind, Inc depends on funding by private contributions, donations, fundraising, and grants.

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Events & Activities


Tuesday, July 5th Lunch at Sea Swirl in Mystic at 11:00 am.  Please join us for lunch and ice cream at one of Mystic's iconic eateries.  Please call the Center if interested and you need a ride.

Tuesday, July 12th - Craft Shop at 10:00am.  The Center is making crafts for our Meet the Blind Fair to be held later this year.  Different crafts are made each week.  Bring your  talent and lunch!

Thursday, July 14th Network Support Group @ 10:00am. Share and learn new or better ways of dealing with blindness or low vision. Come meet new members and give them hope as they start to experience blindness for the first time.  Sessions start at 10am and last about 2 hours.

Tuesday, July 19th 4:30pm - Center Board Meeting at the Center

Thursday, July 21st - Annual Summer Picnic at Camp Harkness from 3pm till dusk.  Come join us for a day at the beach with plenty of food and beverages.

Cost is $10.00 per member and $12.00 for non members.  Please call the Center with your RSVP.

Tuesday, July 28th -10am -   Lunch and Learn with Matt Geeza from the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped will talk about the services and updates available for the blind and physically handicapped.  RSVP required. Lunch provided by the Center.

Tuesday, August 2nd at 10am - Painting techniques with Ellen Schuman.  Come learn how she paints using different tactile media for the visually impaired to experience.  

Thursday, August 11th - 10am - Network Support Group Meeting - Share and learn new or better ways of dealing with blindness or low vision. Come meet new members and give them hope as they start to experience blindness for the first time.  Sessions start at 10am and last about 2 hours.

Tuesday, August 16th - 10am - Craft Shop.  The Center is making crafts for our Meet the Blind Fair to be held later this year.  Different crafts are made each week.  Bring your talent and lunch!

Tuesday, August 16th - No Center Board Meeting

Saturday, August 27th 10am - 2pm - Meet the Blind Fair at Williams Park.  Please join members of the Center as they demonstrate how to use a white cane, working with a seeing eye dog, and reading and writing braille.  We will have a craft table of items made by our members and a Center of the Blind table with various adaptive aides for sale along with referral information and much more!  ECTC and Lions Club will also be on hand for information. Open to the public.


PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL EVENTS ARE SUBJECT TO CANCELATION DUE TO WEATHER OR COVID CONDITIONS.

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Board of Directors

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS

 
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PRESIDENT

Scott Skinner

Contact SE CT Community Center of the Blind

75 Granite Street Rear, New London, CT 06320

860-447-2048

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