The next time you come in to your Center for Independent Living we hope you will be happy with the new look. We sometimes forget to look around when we get so busy with important issues and needs but we stood back and said it is time to update our look. After wallpaper removal, sanding and painting we chose carpet and cabinets for the mini kitchen. The colors are BRIGHT so be ready. Never fear the conference room is mellow. We still need finishing touches and I have a surprise to bring in an outdoors look to our, alas, windowless office. Once it is ready we will announce an open house. We are however open for business and you can get a look anytime.
We are gearing up for a great ADA Celebration on Saturday August 4th. You can help with this fundraising event by donating an item for the bids. It needs to be new or very nice collectible. We also take things our supporters make like jewelry, pottery, quilts etc. Call PACE and ask for Kerrie or Sharon if you need the item picked up. Thanks!
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
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.
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.