|Serving the Blind and Visually Impaired
of Monterey County since 1971
Over the past year, the BVIC’s volunteer program has been enriched with the addition of several community members who have brought new skills, talents and energy to our center. Beverly Schmidt is one such volunteer. She is a local artist and teacher who has introduced various painting techniques to our Tuesday socialization program participants. Beverly has an impressive professional resume and long history of service to the community. She has worked with all age groups, from elderly patients in skilled nursing facilities, to school age children. Beverly has shared her skills with memory impaired clients in hospitals and day care settings, taught painting classes at Lyceum, led art groups in the after school Latch Key Program, and created murals with the children of migrant workers through the Monterey Arts Council.
Our Tuesday participants have been introduced to pencil drawing, water color, acrylics and other techniques. Their work has already received praise from staff and volunteers. In an effort to spread the word about new art opportunities at BVIC, we are sponsored an art show and display of their work, on Tuesday, March 20th. And this is only a beginning. We would like to schedule a series of art workshops in the coming months, featuring a variety of techniques and mediums. Classes will be held at the center and taught by Beverly and possibly other local artists. Please contact Jacquie if you are interested in attending future workshops. We welcome your input and ideas.
Operated by the Association of Blind Citizens, the fund provides financial resources to cover 50% of the retail price of adaptive devices or software. Products covered by this program retail for a minimum of $200 and a Maximum of $6,000. Persons eligible to apply for assistance have a family income of less than $50,000 and cash assets of less than $20,000. Applications must be submitted by June 30th and December 31st for each grant period (two per year). Applicants may submit one request per calendar year. All applications must be submitted via e-mail. The ATF is limited to U.S. residents who are legally blind. Follow this link for more information and instructions about the ATF. Assistive Technology Fund
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