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Low Vision Center is Closing

PACE legislative Tree ALERT
 
Carle Low Vision Center is closing May 31st.  Champaign-Urbana and the surrounding communities are losing a valuable service.  The closest low vision clinics to PACE consumers will be in Pontiac and Effingham.  This means that many people with visual impairments will not have access to a low vision exams.  Please contact Carle Foundation Hospital CEO, James Leonard, and voice your opinion of  Carle’s decision to close the Low Vision Center.  If you received an exam at the clinic, let him know what it meant to you.  Several people who started the East Central IL Low Vision Support Group, that meets at PACE, were also instrumental with opening the Carle Low Vision Center.  Call Dr. Leonard at 383-3003 or write him at Carle Foundation Hospital, 611 W. Park, Urbana, IL 61801.  Perhaps Carle will reconsider the decision if the community voices our concerns.

Victoria Raistrick, M.Ed..Visual Impairment Services Coordinator

Wheelathon Fun Despite Rain

Though it is the second rainy Wheelathon in a row our backup inside Parkland College route was still busy. Our Co sponsor Club ACCESS put together a challenging route. This year we had prizes, a trophy, magician Christopher Bontjes, balloon animals by our own magic man Bob Kirby, face painting, temporary tattoos, “Did you know?” disability fact signs, free pizza, T-shirts and many new faces.

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Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi Program

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The Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi Program is designed to improve the quality of life for people with arthritis using Sun style Tai Chi, one of the recognized major styles of Tai Chi. This style includes agile steps and exercises that may improve mobility, breathing and relaxation.  No deep bending or squatting is required.

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