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Cane Donations Needed for Haiti

I'm on my way to Haiti to work in the St. Vincent's School for Handicapped Children. They have 350 students, 90 of whom are blind. I am hoping to develop a solid O&M program while I am there...nothing is in place at the moment. The school is under the auspices of the Episcopalian Church and is still trying to rebuild and regroup from that horrible earthquake two years ago. They lost buildings, students, and some teachers to that disaster. If you can help, with funds to purchase new canes, or have old canes hanging around that you are not using, could you direct them to me: Susan Culp, CTVI in New Mexico, and soon-to-be licensed COMS I am leaving from my sister's house in New Jersey on January 10th: Address for greatly appreciated donations: Susan Culp c/o Pattie Lyons, COMS 55 Rivers Edge Drive Little Silver, New Jersey 07739 Thanks in advance.
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Opportunity to Raise Guide Dogs

We now have the opportunity to raise Guide Dog puppies in Austin!  The Lone Star Guide Dog Raisers are co-lead by Charlotte Simpson and Kelli Wiethorn.  We are working with Guide Dogs for the Blind, and have a lot of support through the San Rafael group and a group in Dallas/ Ft. Worth.  We hope to provide community education on blindness, and what better way to open a dialogue than puppies!! Our next monthly meeting is Monday, November 12th 7p.m.-8:30p.m.  The guest speaker will be Charlotte's student, Dallas Wiens (the first man in the USA to receive a face transplant).  Please join us in the Criss Cole auditorium (4800 N. Lamar, Austin, TX  78756) if you are interested! Lone Star Guide Dog Raisers Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lone-Star-Guide-Dog-Raisers-Austin/284603148295660 Lone Star Guide Dog Raisers Meetup Group: puppy.meetup.com/271/ Dallas Wiens story: http://www.dallaswiens.com/ Charlotte Simpson O&M Specialist- Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center Work Direct Line: (512) 377-0416  
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Alliance of and for Visually Impaired Texans

Alliance of and for Visually Impaired Texans – Information about their listserv: The 83rd Session of the Texas Legislature begins January 8, 2013 and ends May 27, 2013.  The Alliance of and for Texans (AVIT) is trying to grow its email listserv to ensure fast notification to those interested in its upcoming legislative efforts. Many legislative actions have very short notice, so fast communication is critical. This AVIT Listserv will be the primary means of sending information related to a bill AVIT is working on requiring O&M evaluations for all students being considered for eligibility as visually impaired.    Sometimes we have less than 24 hours notice that an action is about to occur.  In addition, the AVIT Listserv provides a way to communicate on a variety of issues related to consumers and professionals who are visually impaired, blind, or deafblind. If you would like to be added to the AVIT Listserv, please...
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