Good Works Wednesday: May 12, 2021

Good Works Wednesday

A newsletter celebrating ASB progress, programs and people

MAY 19 & 26: Virtual Art Classes with Passle Helminski

ASB will continue hosting artist Passle Helminski to provide virtual art classesfor participants on May 19 and May 26 at 11 a.m.In these classes, Passle will work with students on a practice called “blind contour” drawing. All skill levels are welcome to attend! We ask that attendees bring a pencil and paper to the session.    

Passle’s creations are featured in several permanent collections and have been shown in many exhibits throughout the U.S. and countries such as Germany, Singapore, Sweden, Australia and China. She has also served as an adjunct professor at Mercyhurst College and Gannon University. 

If any of the participants you work with are interested in signing up for an adventure into art, please contact our Participant Navigator, Lexi Jones, at or by phone at 267-483-9244 to register. 

TODAY & TOMORROW: IOS VoiceOver Accessible App Workshops

This week is the last call for ASB’s iPhone App Workshops in small group settings for May until sessions restart again in June. No iPhone experience is necessary, just an interest in using an iPhone with apps to make positive life changes. The programs are listed below.

Today, Wednesday, May 12 at 10 a.m.

  • 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.

Tomorrow, Thursday, May 13 at 10 a.m.

  • 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.

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

FRIDAY: 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!

This week, participants can join us on Friday, May 14 from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. for a session onChanges to CCT and Key Card Informationwith Treshia Hassell, Regulatory Coordinator, CCT.
If any of the participants you work with are interested in signing up for this session, please contact our Participant Navigator, Lexi Jones, 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.

Links to the May and June conversations are below. We’ll be sure to share the link to the July event when it becomes available:

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