Good Works Wednesday: December 8, 2021

Good Works Wednesday

A newsletter celebrating ASB progress, programs and people

At Associated Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired, we work every day to help individuals build skills and gain access to the information, experiences and resources they need to live the lives they wish to lead. We are an agency for anyone, anywhere on the vision loss continuum and offer education, training, community-based enrichment opportunities and referrals to help them achieve their individual goals.

DECEMBER 14: ASB Sensitivity Training

ASB is offering another training session on Tuesday, December 14 at 10 a.m. to assist professionals who work with or provide services to people living with vision loss. The training will discuss questions such as:

  • How do I know if someone needs help crossing the street? 
  • When should I offer assistance versus getting out of the way?
  • Is it okay to pet a guide dog? 
  • Are my services or programs accommodating to participants living with vision loss?
  • What else can I do to enhance my services?

The session will include general information about blindness and vision loss, preferred language, and practical tools to better work with friends, family or clients who are blind or experiencing vision loss. There will be time to ask questions and engage in activities to help illustrate real-world examples. Bring your desire to learn, and we’ll help guide you to a better understanding. More information is listed below.

  • When: The second Tuesday of each month, at 10 a.m.
  • Next Session: December 14, at 10 a.m.
  • Where: Online via Zoom (meeting link and call-in number to be sent upon registration)
  • Cost: This training is free

To register for this upcoming training or for information about scheduling individualized training for an organization, please contact Community Training Specialist Lynn Heitz at or leave a message at 215-627-0600 extension 824. 

ASB is sharing the events below as a courtesy to ASB participants. These are non-ASB events. Please be mindful of any requirements, including COVID-19 requirements, that may apply.

FRIDAY: AARP NY Game Show Series – December’s Topic is Fraud

Date: Friday, December 10 at 6 p.m.

Participants you work with can join AARP NY for its fun and interactive game show series where AARP volunteers will compete to share their knowledge on various topics. December’s topic will cover fraud. Participants can sign up for December’s session with the link above, and email with any questions.

SATURDAY: NYC Violin Studio’s Winter Concert

Date: Saturday, December 11 from 2:30 – 4 p.m.

The NYC Violin Studio’s Winter Concert will include solos, duets and group performances, played live together for the first time in more than a year! On top of that, attendees will also get to enjoy a bonus musical performance from the NYC Violin Studio teachers. Participants can enjoy the concert on Zoom for free by registering with the Eventbrite link above! If the Zoom room is full, you can direct participants to use the link they’ll receive via email to watch the live stream.

DECEMBER 13: Accessible Origami Online

Date: Monday, December 13 from 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Zoom Link:

Participants can join the New York Public Library online as it uses verbal descriptions to help individuals make origami models from home! No experience is required, but participants will need standard notebook paper or origami paper. If any of the participants you work with are interested in this session, they can use the Zoom link above to join on December 13.

DECEMBER 15: Family Forum with Vision for Equality of Philadelphia

Date: Wednesday, December 15 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Zoom Link:

Participants can join the PA Family Network advisors, families and individuals living with disabilities for its Zoom Family Forum to cover the following topics:

  • Discuss experiences and the impact of COVID-19 on our lives.
  • Network with other families and ask questions.
  • Get the latest updates from the Office of Developmental Programs.

If any of the participants you work with are interested in the Family Forum, they can access the event with the Zoom link above on December 15.