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Challenges for blind and visually Impaired 


Workshop Feb. 20

The ability to see is something that most people take for granted. Vision loss can be devastating as common tasks such as cooking, the ability to drive and reading the mail become difficult.

This can take an emotional toll on a person. The Kent County Disaster Mental Health and Human Services Committee is planning a blind and visually impaired workshop on Friday, February 20, 2015. This interactive workshop is designed to increase awareness of accessibility differences among people who are blind, visually impaired and sighted. Implications for emergency preparedness and response will be explored at the workshop.

Visual impairments are very common and affect all age groups. However, vision loss tends to advance with age. According to CDC, more than one million Americans are legally blind and 12 million are visually impaired. Half of all blindness can be prevented and the risk of blindness can be reduced with early detection and treatment. National and local governments have established programs and regulations to prevent and control visual impairment, as well as developed campaigns with the purpose of educating and creating awareness about the importance of visual function.

“Not all visual impairments are the same, and we need to be prepared for the needs of our community in times of emergency incidents,” explains Adam London, Administrative Health Officer of the Kent County Health Department. “It is important for emergency responders and public health staff to have a solid understanding of the various challenges in our community.”

Several speakers will be at the workshop, including a client advocate from the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, a sociology professor from Ferris State University and a safety and security coordinator at Clark Retirement Community.

The workshop is open to all community members, public service workers, local officials and many others. The workshop will be at the Kent County Health Department located at 700 Fuller Avenue NE in Grand Rapids on Friday, February 20, from 1:30-4:30 p.m. If you are interested in attending this workshop, please call Pat Draper at 616-632-7292 to reserve your seat.

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Weiler sets new record in 3200m run

Shayne Mann in the 3200 meter run

Shayne Mann in the 3200 meter run

The Girls track team traveled to Ferris State University for the Pioneer Classic. All four relay teams took first place. Individual winners were Allyson Marvel in the pole vault and Kenzie Weiler set a new meet record in the 3200 meter run, while winning the event. Aly Hamilton placed second in the 100 and 200 meter dashes. Other Second place winners were Marissa Oakes in the long jump and Tara Tepin in the 300 meter hurdles.

Other Placers:

Aly Hamilton in the 800 meter relay.

Aly Hamilton in the 800 meter relay.

Winning Relay teams: 3200 relay team of Hannah Heintzelman, Shayne Mann, Maddie Pekrul and Kenzie Weiler; 800 relay team of Marissa Oakes, Taylor Vanlangen, Olivia Finch and Aly Hamilton; 400 relay team of Marissa Oakes, Taylor Vanlangen, Abby Olszewski and Aly Hamilton; 1600 relay team of Aaliyah Sargent, Hannah Heintzelman, Kenzie Weiler and Tara Tepin.

3rd place: Allyson Marvel 100 meter hurdles; Aaliyah Sargent 400 meter dash; Hannah Heintzelman 800 meter run; Maddie Pekrul 3200 meter run.

4th place: Taylor Vanlangen long jump; Brittany Todd shot put; Abby Olszewski pole vault; Allyson Marvel 300 hurdles; Shayne Mann 3200 meter run; Marissa Oakes 100 hurdles.

5th Place: Maddie Pekrul 3200 meter run.

6th Place: Tara Tepin 100 meter dash; Emily Shaft 400 meter dash.

On Monday May 19 the team traveled to Belding for the 9-10 invite. They placed seventh out of 10 teams. The 400 meter relay team of Allison Hall, Aaliyah Sargent, Allyson Marvel and Tara Tepin placed second.

Also Placing:

3rd: 3200 meter relay team of Aaliyah Sargent, Jenna Heintzelman, Ellie Ovokaitys, and Hannah Heintzelman; 1600 meter relay team of Aaliyah Sargent, Hannah Heintzelman, Jenna Heintzelman and Tara Tepin.

4th place: Tara Tepin high jump; Allyson Marvel pole vault; Aaliyah Sargent 400 meter dash.

5th place: Allyson Marvel 100 meter hurdles; Hannah Heintzelman 1600 meter run.


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CTA Now Enrolling for Fall, 2011

Creative Technologies Academy is now enrolling for 2011-2012.  Classes are filling up so do not delay in finding out more about becoming a Charger!  CTA is a tuition free, K-12 public charter school authorized by Ferris State University.  We offer activities ranging from middle school and high school sports to drama, art, and prom.  Interested in smaller class sizes for your students?  Wanting a safe place for your children to learn?  CTA implements Smart Character Choices, a character education curriculum that focuses on relationship building and creating an environment safe for learning.
Please contact Kyle Bohl, Director of Student Services, at (616) 696-4905, ext. 228.

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