South East Connecticut Community Center of the Blind

"BUILDING A BETTER FUTURE FOR THE BLIND"

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New London Ledge Light House

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


Thursday, May 12th - Network with the Blind Support Group.  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.

Tuesday, May 17th @ 4:30pm Center Board Meeting.

Thursday, May 19th @ 6:00pm Center Monthly Dinner at the New London VFW on Garfield St.  Menu TBD

Tuesday, May 24th @ 10am - Lunch & Learn.  Demonstration of Eschenbach products for those who are visually impaired.  Lunch provided for those in attendance.  Please call the Center for RSVP.

Thursday, May 26th - Craft Shop @ 10am.  Join us for making various crafts to be sold at our "Meet the Blind Fair" to be held in August at Williams Park.  More details to follow.

Wednesday, June 1st 4pm to 6pm - Open House/Ribbon Cutting hosted by the Eastern CT Chamber of Commerce. Please join us in celebrating our new Center and taking a tour.  Snacks and beverages will be served.

Tuesday, June 7th @ 10am - Craft Shop.  Members will be making crafts to sell at our "Meet the Blind Fair" in August.

Thursday, June 9th @ 10:00 am - Network with the Blind Support Group.  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.

Thursday, June 16th @ 6:00pm - Center Monthly Dinner at Par 4 in Groton, CT. Dinner selections off the menu.  RSVP are required to attend.

Tuesday, June 21st @ 4:30pm - Center Board Meeting.

Thursday, June 23rd @ 10:00 am  - Craft Shop

Tuesday, June 28th @ 10:00 am - Join us for a discussion with Ellen Schuman who "paints for the blind".  She uses tacticle media in her work.  She will have her work on display and describe how she paints.  

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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