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01Jan

SEPTA Special Announcement

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SEPTA Public Notices, Meeting Schedules and Important Updates!

 

Check here regularly for special meeting dates, budget proposals and route changes.  We provide this information in pdf and mp3 audio formats as well as over our 24-hour internet streaming service.  For more information, you can visit www.septa.org.

 

Notice of Public Hearings - SEPTA FY 2018 Operating Budget & FY's 2019-2023 Financial Plan and the
Selected Tariff Changes and Proposed Fare Increases
Available through April 25th, 2017

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Notice of Public Hearings - SEPTA FY 2018 Capital Budget
Available through April 26th, 2017

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26Jul

ASB Night with the Philadelphia Soul

ASB Night with the Philadelphia Soul

The Philadelphia Soul hosted ASB night at their April 20th home game against the Tampa Bay Storm.  ASB employee Patti Lariccia and guide dog Finnegan where on the field for the opening coin toss along with ASB President and CEO, Pat Johnson.  ASB had an information booth set up in the concourse where a video highlighting client success stories was played, and also had a 30 second PSA played on the jumbotron throughout the game.

Soul Coin Toss

The game was broadcast nationally on the NFL Network, as well as on ESPN Radio 950.  At the beginning of the second quarter of play, the house announcer asked all those in attendance to close their eyes.  The Wells Fargo Center then fed the radio broadcast from ESPN Radio 950 throughout the arena.  The purpose of this exorcise was to give the crowd a better understanding of how the blind and visually impaired community experienced the game.

12Dec

ASB Hosts an information session: “Eye on Research” featuring William S. Tasman, MD

ASB Hosts an information session:
“Eye on Research”
featuring William S. Tasman, MD

Philadelphia, PA, Friday, November 17, 2011 — Associated Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ASB) hosted an information session entitled “Eye on Research” that detailed the topic of
age-related macular degeneration.  The event took place on Thursday, November 17, 2011 from
4 to 6 pm at the Villanova Conference Center in Villanova, PA.  Speaking on the subject was
Dr. William S. Tasman, MD.  Guests of the event where treated to an informative speach on the topic, and where open to ask questions about macular degeneration to one of the fields leading experts.  

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness in the world and usually affects older adults (>50 years old).  It results in a loss of vision in the center of the visual field because of damage to the retina.  Macular degeneration can make it difficult or impossible to read or recognize faces, although enough peripheral vision remains to allow other activities of daily life.

There are two forms of macular degeneration.  In the dry form, cellular debris called drusen
accumulates between the retina and the choroid, and the retina can become detached.  In the wet
form, which is more severe, blood vessels grow up from the choroid behind the retina, and the retina
can also become detached.

There are multiple factors that might contribute to the onset of macular degeneration.  Some of these factors include aging, family history, hypertension, cardiovascular status, race, fat intake, and smoking.

Dr. William Tasman founded Mid Atlantic Retina, formerly Retinovitreous Associates, Ltd. in 1974.  
From 1985 to 2006, he was Ophthalmologist-in-Chief at the Wills Eye Institute.  Dr. Tasman completed his residency at Wills Eye Hospital, followed by a retinal fellowship at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Hospital, in Boston.  Dr. Tasman is Board Certified in Ophthalmology and a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Tasman is a member, and past president of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Ophthalmological Society, and the Retina Society.  Dr. Tasman is a founding member of both the Retina Society and the Club Jules Gonin Retina Society and is a member of the Pennsylvania Academy of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology, College of Physicians, Pan American Association of Ophthalmology, the Macula Society and the American Medical Association.  He also serves on the Foundation Board of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

He has held numerous offices in various ophthalmic academic societies and has served on national committees.  He has been on the Board of Directors of the American Diabetes Foundation, a medical advisor for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, and a trustee to the Edmund B. Spaeth Foundation.

Dr. Tasman has published extensively and currently serves as Editor for Duane’s Clinical Ophthalmology. He has previously served as editor for Survey of Ophthalmology, on the Editorial board of Ophthalmic Society and a section editor for Key Ophthalmology.  He has presented papers most recently at annual meetings of the American Ophthalmological Society, The Retina Society, American Academy of Ophthalmology, International Congress of Ophthalmology, Hawaii Ophthalmological Society, North Dakota Academy of Ophthalmology, 1st Arab Ophthalmic Societies Conference, International Congress of Ophthalmology and The Fundacion Oftalmologica Argentina.  He has been named one of “America’s Top Docs” and Philadelphia Magazine named Dr. Tasman “One of the Top Docs” of 1999. Dr. Tasman is fluent in both French and German.

“ASB was delighted to have Dr. Tasman speak for us on the topic of macular degeneration”, said ASB’s President and CEO Pat Johnson.  “His speach was very informative on the subject, and during the question and answer segment, really seemed to help the attendees with their concerns about this disease that affects so many.”

ASB is dedicated to helping individuals who are blind or visually impaired harness that ability and live full, productive lives.  In the Rehabilitation Department, specially trained mobility instructors help clients regain self-confidence, independence, and self-determination by giving them comprehensive training in how to safely and effectively use a white cane and other tools for optimal mobility.

ASB is the largest non-profit organization of its kind in southeastern Pennsylvania, serving individuals who are blind or visually impaired through support in education, training and resources. A call to ASB can open the door to greater independence, self-esteem, and self-determination.

For more information on National White Cane Safety Day, please contact Brian Rusk at 215.627.0600, x3242 or brusk@asb.org.

About ASB
With roots dating back to 1874, ASB has as its mission to promote self-esteem, independence, and self-determination in people who are blind or visually impaired. ASB provides a full spectrum of rehabilitation and life skills education from computer training to hands-on gardening, Latino outreach, and support groups. ASB also produces approximately 13 million pages of Braille per year. ASB is the largest non-profit organization in Southeastern Pennsylvania serving people who are blind and visually impaired. Visit us online at www.asb.org.

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12Dec

ASB Hosts Secretary, Department of Labor and Industry Ms. Julia K. Hearthway

ASB Hosts Secretary, Department of Labor and Industry
Ms. Julia K. Hearthway

Philadelphia, PA, Friday, December 2, 2011 ---- Associated Services for the Blind and
Visually Impaired (ASB) was proud to host Secretary of the Department of Labor and Industry,
Ms. Julia K. Hearthway, Friday, December 2, 2011.  Ms. Hearthway received a welcome by ASB President and CEO Patricia C. Johnson, followed by a tour of ASB’s facilities, and a detailed explanation of services provided by ASB.  

Beginning in the Human Services Division, Secretary Hearthway visited ASB’s Rehabilitation classroom where clients are acclimated to activities of daily living without their vision, such as cooking, cleaning, personal grooming, communication (handwriting), basic braille, money management, and the use of adaptive aides.  Clients are also taught mobility with a white cane to be able to navigate through their homes, in their neighborhood, and within the community.  

Next, she was introduced to ASB’s Computer Technology Center.  It’s here that clients receive one-on-one computer training that includes sending and receiving email, using Microsoft Word, data processing with spreadsheets, and navigating the internet.

The final portion of the tour included ASB’s Braille Division.  ASB is one of five braille printing presses in the United States.  ASB produces publications for the Library of Congress as well as for individual requests.  Ms. Hearthway was educated in the intricate process of how braille is created and was able to watch finished works print off the Heidelberg presses and be bound into books.  

For questions regarding ASB or if you would like to tour the facility, please contact Public Relations Officer, Brian Rusk at 215.627.0600, x3242 or brusk@asb.org.

About ASB
With roots dating back to 1874, ASB has as its mission to promote self-esteem, independence, and self-determination in people who are blind or visually impaired. ASB provides a full spectrum of rehabilitation and life skills education from computer training to hands-on gardening, Latino outreach, and support groups. ASB also produces approximately 13 million pages of Braille per year. ASB is the largest non-profit organization in Southeastern Pennsylvania serving people who are blind and visually impaired. Visit us online at www.asb.org.

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12Dec

ASB Hosts Open House in Honor of Blindness Awareness Month

ASB Hosts Open House in Honor of Blindness Awareness Month

Philadelphia, PA, Wednesday, November 2, 2011 ---- Associated Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ASB) hosted their annual Open House on November 2nd to promote Blindness Awareness Month.  Blindness Awareness Month, recognized in October of each year, conveys a positive and inspirational message to the general public about individuals who are blind or visually impaired and how they adapt to life without sight.

Distinguished guests from the business community received a welcome by ASB President and CEO Patricia C. Johnson over breakfast then received a tour of the agency.  

“ASB is committed to educating the public about visual impairments and how we provide services to those individuals who have recently lost or are in the process of losing their sight,” said Patricia C. Johnson, ASB President and CEO.  “We hope that through this Open House our guests will understand how vulnerable, but truly remarkable and adaptable, the population we serve is.”

Beginning in the Human Services Division, guests visited ASB’s Computer Technology Center.  It’s here that clients receive one-on-one computer training that includes sending and receiving email, using Microsoft Word, data processing with spreadsheets, and navigating the internet.  

Next, the visitors were introduced to the Rehabilitation classroom where clients are acclimated to activities of daily living without their vision, such as cooking, cleaning, personal grooming, communication (handwriting), basic braille, money management, and the use of adaptive aides.  Clients are also taught mobility with a white cane to be able to navigate through their homes, in their neighborhood, and within the community.  One of ASB’s Certified Mobility Instructors provided a white cane mobility demonstration and explained how each individual has specific obstacles to overcome, whether it’s fear or lack of confidence.  

The final portion of the tour included ASB’s Braille Division.  ASB is one of five braille printing presses in the United States.  ASB produces publications for the Library of Congress as well as for individual requests.  Guests were educated on the intricate process of how braille is created and were able to watch finished works print off the Heidelberg presses and be bound into books.  

For questions regarding ASB and Blindness Awareness Month or if you would like to tour the facility, please contact Public Relations Officer, Brian Rusk at 215.627.0600, x3242 or brusk@asb.org.

About ASB
With roots dating back to 1874, ASB has as its mission to promote self-esteem, independence, and self-determination in people who are blind or visually impaired. ASB provides a full spectrum of rehabilitation and life skills education from computer training to hands-on gardening, Latino outreach, and support groups. ASB also produces approximately 13 million pages of Braille per year. ASB is the largest non-profit organization in Southeastern Pennsylvania serving people who are blind and visually impaired. Visit us online at www.asb.org.

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