Good Works Wednesday: April 14, 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.

ASB’s Health Speaker Series

Every week ASB welcomes professionals from health care and other fields to speak with participants about topics such as health and welfare, insurance and finances, legal assistance and much more!

Join us on Friday, April 23 for Non-24 a Circadian Rhythm Disorder (Sleep-Wake Disorder). Attendees will be able to learn about the biology and symptoms of Non-24 from a trained expert and a patient advocate and have the chance to join a comprehensive program with personalized information and resources. Details for the session are listed below.

Topic: Non-24 a Circadian Rhythm Disorder (Sleep-Wake Disorder)
Presenter: Magdalena Felton, Clinical Nurse Educator
Date: April 23, 2021
Time: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

If any of the participants you work with are interested in signing up for this session, please contact our Participant Navigator, Lexi Jones, at

IOS VoiceOver Accessible App Workshops

ASB is hosting a variety of iPhone App Workshops for participants this spring in small group settings. No iPhone experience is necessary, just an interest in using an iPhone with apps to make positive life changes. The programs are listed below.

Tuesdays from April 6 through May 11 

  • AIRA & Be My Eyes: Learn how to access sighted assistance anytime, anywhere for any task you can imagine! 
  • Newsline: Learn how to read magazines and newspapers from all over the world.
  • BARD: Learn how to search for, download and listen to books and magazines.

Wednesdays from April 7 through May 13

  • Instacart:  Learn how to shop online and have groceries delivered right to your front door!
  • iPhone App Q&A Workshop: Want to learn about different apps? Looking for a quick app overview? Have iPhone app questions? Then, this workshop is for you.  Email with your app overview request.

Thursdays from April 8 through May 13

  • Seeing AI and Tap Tap See: Learn how to independently read mail, printed documents, product barcodes, use facial recognition, identify money and more!
  • Amazon: Learn how to shop online and have anything you desire delivered right to your front door!
  • iOS Health: Learn how to set up a medical ID, track how many miles you have walked and more.

Please Note: These workshops will not occur on April 27, 28 and 29. All App Workshop classes will resume the following week. This break in programming is only for the iPhone App Workshops. All other ASB activities will continue as scheduled.

If any of the participants you work with are interested in any of these programs, please contact our Participant Navigator, Lexi Jones, at to register.

Audio Described “Resilience” Performance

On Tuesday, May 4 at 7 p.m. ASB participants are invited to experience the Pennsylvania Ballet’s “Resilience” Program featuring three short ballets, including Allegro Brillante, Polyphonia, and Raymonda Suite, along with another solo performance by Jermel Johnson. Showcasing the technical brilliance of the company’s dancers, these works will delight both new and old fans of ballet alike. Audio Describer Nicole Sardella will provide a live audio description of the program via Zoom.

Participants can register for free here to gain access to the Zoom link. For questions about registration, please contact Beth Deering at

Join AFB’s Conversation with Matthew Whitaker:
The Inclusive Power of Music

The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is inviting ASB staff and participants to join its Centennial Conversation with Matthew Whitaker, The Inclusive Power of Music, on April 22, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. EST. Participants can register here for free:

Matthew Whitaker is a phenomenal multi-instrumentalist and the first person who is blind to be accepted into Juilliard’s jazz studies program. In this conversation, Whitaker will discuss his passion for music and the technology that makes sharing his talent possible with AFB’s Melody Goodspeed. 

AFB is committed to creating inclusive events. Captions, ASL, audio descriptions and transcripts will be available for all events. If any of the participants you work with require additional accommodations, they can contact the AFB at

AFB Upcoming Centennial Event Lineup

Since 1921, the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) has been at the forefront of creating a more inclusive world for people who are experiencing vision loss. To celebrate its 100th anniversary, AFB is hosting a series of Centennial Conversations. These curated webinars will focus on the most pressing issues and topics affecting the vision loss community, pairing prominent speakers with younger voices.

A link to the upcoming April conversation is below. We’ll be sure to share links to the others as they become available:

  • The Inclusive Power of Music—April 22, 2 p.m. EST
  • Gratitude, Courage, and Joy—May 27, 2 p.m. EST
  • Inclusion, Intersectionality, and the Future of Work—June 24, 2 p.m. EST
  • Making Money Work: Including Disability in the Financial Equation—July 22, 2 p.m. EST

In case any of the participants you work with missed AFB’s previous centennial events, they can replay the archived conversations below:

For additional information about 100 years of AFB and the ongoing series of Centennial Conversations, participants can visit If any of the participants you work with require additional accommodations, they can contact the AFB at