January 2011 Meeting

The Greater Wheeling Chapter of the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) will hold its Wednesday, January 12, 2011 meeting at the White Palace at Wheeling Park, Wheeling WV. White Palace is located inside Wheeling Park at 1801 National Rd, Wheeling, WV 26003 (map via bing).

Speaker and Topic

Seeing Hand Association

The Seeing Hand Association, Inc. is a 501©3 agency providing services to the blind and visually impaired citizens of the upper Ohio Valley. The agency has been in business since 1936 and is currently operating under the leadership of its fourth Director, Carolyn S. Heath. The Seeing Hand Association, Inc. was the first and remains the only agency in WV dedicating services to the blind and visually impaired. Their current location is 750 Main Street, Wheeling, WV. They currently employ ten people, seven of whom are visually impaired. The Seeing Hand Association, Inc. has a fourteen member Board of Directors with varying areas of expertise. Volunteers play a significant role in our success. Services include employment training and supervision; O & M training; Braille instruction; basic computer skills training; life skills training; support groups; job coaching and development; recreational and social opportunities; public education; a low vision clinic; a computer lab; partnering with local civic organizations to expand their services; and, advocacy for the blind.

Bob Hicks was born, raised and lives in Wheeling, WV. Bob has been married to his high school sweetheart Linda for forty years. Bob and Linda have two sons and four grand children. He is a graduate of Wheeling High School Class of 1968 and Wheeling Jesuit University Class of 1983.

Bob has been employed at the Seeing Hand Association for ten years. Bob has been totally blind since 1977. Bob is an access technology specialist and has had talking computer equipment since 1981. Bob believes that blindness is simply one of his characteristics and does about everything but drive a car.

Bob’s duties at the Seeing Hand Association include teaching basic computer skills; teaching Braille to students from the fourth grade and high school to adults; coordinating the Cheerful Bowlers League for the blind; and, coordinating activities for Camp Independence, a summer youth camp for blind and visually impaired youth ages twelve to seventeen.

Bob travels with his dog guide Amos. Amos is a five year old black lab from Pilot Dogs in Columbus, OH. Bob and Amos have been a team for four years. Amos is Bob’s second dog guide. Bob and Amos have traveled to Phoenix; Chicago; and Washington D. C. by airplane.

Harvey Schoenman, Pittsburgh Chapter Past President, will install the 2011 officers.

Event Schedule

We will meet on the first floor of the White Palace. Social time and registration will be from 5:30 – 6:00 p.m. The buffet style dinner will begin at approximately 6:00 p.m. and the presentation will start after the meal. Cost for the evening is $18.00 for AITP members, $10.00 for AITP student members, and $23.00 for guests.

We will have our 50/50 drawing and door prizes for those in attendance for the September meeting.

RSVP to Join Us

E-mail Karen Kovacs at kkovacs@dwc.org to RSVP. Reservations are essential to ensure there is sufficient food and seating available for our group. Please respond early to give the restaurant ample time to prepare. No shows will be billed for the reserved meal.