Do You Want to Know More About the Randolph-Sheppard Program?

RSVA invites you to a breakfast on Sunday, July 5, 2009 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. to learn about the Randolph-Sheppard program and how blind and visually impaired people can be part of this successful employment option. If you would like to learn about this program, please come and share breakfast with current and retired vendors.

The breakfast is $20 if you pre-register. The menu will include: fresh chilled Florida orange juice, fluffy scrambled eggs, crisp applewood smoked bacon, country sausage, seasoned Yukon gold breakfast potatoes, cinnamon baked apples, and assorted rolls with sweet butter, honey, and fruit preserves. It also includes coffee or tea. Wed love to have you join us for this informative session.

CCLVI Celebrates 30 Years of Service

Coletta Davis, CCLVI program chair, has prepared an excellent program for this memorial year. Some highlights are:

On Sunday, July 5 at 9:45 a.m., CCLVI will host a panel discussion on "Living with Vision Loss within the Family." This will be followed by a review of items on display in the exhibit hall especially adapted for people with low vision.

Monday afternoon at 1:30, we will present Information on the Health Library at Vista Center, CCLVI's resource link to health data in accessible formats. A discussion of vision enhancement with the use of low vision technology both now and in the future will follow.

On Tuesday afternoon at 1:30, Detective A.J. Jones from the Orange County sheriff's office will tell us how to protect ourselves from identity theft. Wednesday at 1:30 Joyce Kleiber, editor of "Vision Access," will conduct a "Project Insight" session -- an outreach to people with low vision.

CCLVI's convention is not all workshops and presentations. There will be time for fun and relaxation at the mixer on Sunday at 4 p.m., the get-acquainted dance after ACB's opening session, game night this year on Monday evening and the farewell dance Friday after the banquet. Be sure to purchase your ticket early for these opportunities to meet and greet old friends and make new ones at the CCLVI convention. All are welcome!

-- John Horst

Library Users of America to Host Book Flea Market

LUA is holding a book flea market, "Book Mark-It," again this year at the 2009 convention. You may donate books to LUA or sell or trade with others. This is an opportunity to clean off your bookshelves and share some of your favorites as well as pick up some new ones. We encourage conventioneers to bring your braille, large print and audio books to sell or trade. The Book Mark-It will be held on Tuesday, July 7th between 6 and 7 p.m.

Those of you who attended last year will remember the fun we had discussing the books we had read. So stop by again this year and don't forget that you don't have to pack those large volumes of braille books in your suitcases. You can mail them "Free Matter for the Blind" to yourself at the hotel and then re-use the same packages to mail any books that you get at the flea market to your home address. So gather up those books that are just collecting dust and we'll meet you at the Book Mark-It in Orlando to get some great new books!

LUA will also hold its pre-convention board meeting on Saturday and informative and entertaining programs on Monday and Wednesday afternoons. See the convention program for exact times and room locations.

LUA is a special-interest affiliate of the American Council of the Blind. Established in 1987, LUA is composed of individuals who are interested in improving library services for people who are blind or visually impaired. LUA members network and advocate for maintaining and increasing services for people who are unable to read regular print. LUA hosts a listserv and disseminates a newsletter, "The Ledger," semi-annually to help keep members and other interested individuals informed. The group advocates for funding to National Library Services and new technology to enhance and improve accessibility to reading materials for people who are print impaired. Membership is open to all interested individuals.

-- Peggy R. Garrett

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