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Club VIBES would like you to be aware of this wonderful resource…AFB Launches CareerConnect iOS App to Aid Blind Jobseekers

CareerConnect is a free mobile app the American Foundation for the Blind developed to help blind and visually impaired persons explore its CareerConnect online resource center. The AFB CareerConnect site provides information on career exploration, job seeking skills, transitioning from school to work, e-mentoring, and navigating the employment process.

We extend our thanks to all who supported our fundraising efforts by buying Belk coupons, flowers, Bruster’s coupon books, and attending our events at Jason’s Deli, Sonic, and Gattis. We also sincerely thank all you who made private donations. Because of all of your support, we achieved our goal in raising funds for the California Cycling For Sight trip. We are also proud that we have been able to make a donation to the San Diego Center for the Blind, the sponsor of the Cycling For Sight event. 

We are very thankful to the Shalinsky Family in California for allowing us the use of their home while we are attending Cycling For Sight.  Their generosity  is allowing  us to save the expense of hotel rooms for several nights.

John and Sue Buckley will be attending the American Council of the Blind Conference in Las Vegas in July. In addition to ACB, John is a member (and treasurer) of American Alliance of Blind Teachers and Sue is a member of Blind Information Technology Services. By participating in these organizations they are able to provide input and keep up to date on issues applicable to the blind and very important, learn about new developments in technology that is so quickly changing and is making major changes in the way blind people live and work.  

A secondary conference con-currently taking place is one for Audio Describers. This will include trainees planning to enter the field.  Sue will serve as a mentor for a trainee preparing descriptions about different phases of the ACB events. She will follow this person and provide feedback to her on the effectiveness of her descriptions. Audio Describers play an important role in ensuring that those with vision difficulties have meaningful access to movies and other visual presentations. 


Reported by Marian Wildgruber

On Saturday, June 21, four Club VIBES tandem teams rode in the 19th Annual Harpeth River Ride outside of Nashville.  The Harpeth Bicycle Club is very active in the adaptive athlete and Wounded Warrior programs.  Our teams joined dozens of other adaptive athletes following special guest Levi Leipheimer,  pro cyclist, leading off the ride to the cheers of the 1500 other  participants.

The Harpeth River Ride  offers four choices for riders; twenty-five, forty-five, sixty and one hundred mile routes that are marked and supported by volunteers with  food and drink at rest stops. Rescue vehicles patrol the routes, and a hot lunch waits at the finish  line. We felt very honored and supported all along  the way. 

I’m a VIBES-newbie, and I had the privilege to have James East as my pilot.  We completed the 45-mile route, along with Sue Buckley and Leah Smith.  Tandem-sensations, Valerie  Kuentz and David  Hoffman, and Greg Miller and Tim Jones showed their stuff on the  100-mile course.  The entire VIBES contingency came home happy, tired and stylin’ in their new club jerseys. 

I recommend that anyone interested in participating in an event ride give this one a try. 

It was well-organized and supported and had a positive, fun atmosphere.  

See you there next  year! 

2014 Harpeth