Good Works Wednesday: May 19, 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.

TODAY: Virtual Art Classes with Passle Helminski

Today ASB is excited to host artist Passle Helminski again to provide another virtual art class for participants this morning at 11 a.m. as well as May 26. In this class, 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. 

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 21 from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. for a session on Safety Tips for Traveling and Staying Safe in your Home with Julie Carpenter, community relations officer at the Philadelphia Police Department. 

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