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October is Awareness Month for the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired South Carolina (ABVI). In honor of World Sight Day (October 14th), our 85th Birthday (October 14th) and White Cane Day (October 15th), ABVI is celebrating all month by bringing awareness to the more than 15,000 adults who are blind or visually impaired living in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester Counties. Each week, we will spotlight a client’s experience with ABVI’s vision rehabilitation training program, in celebration of their journeys to live, learn and earn with vision loss. We will also be looking back at several historical figures who have shaped our 85 year history.

You can participate in ABVI Awareness Month by taking this opportunity to learn about the clients we serve and the services we offer, and by donating to our ABVI Awareness Month Campaign. In honor of our 85th birthday, we invite you to celebrate with us by donating $85, $250, $500 or $1000. Of course, any amount helps us achieve our mission! If you are an annual donor, we encourage you to consider setting up a monthly recurring donation through our Eye Give Program, www.abvisc.org/eyegive, to increase your impact on ABVI and the clients we serve.

$85 – could provide 21 passes on public transportation so clients can get to ABVI’s facilities for training to learn adaptive approaches to daily tasks like grocery shopping.

$250 – could help clients receive up to 12 hours of skills training to get dressed, draft a shopping list, schedule a ride and prepare for a trip to the grocery store, independently.

$500 – could help clients take 23 hours of assistive technology training to learn to use their smartphones and low vision aids to order groceries online, schedule rides, use label readers to identify food in the store and make shopping independently a reality.

$1,000 – could provide 13 hours of travel skills training so clients can learn to take public transportation alone, walk with a white cane, navigate the aisles of the grocery store, be alone in public spaces and be an active member of their community.