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New Blind and Visually Impaired Support Group

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 24, 2013
Contact: Janae Myers, Office Administrator
Janae Myers          845-331-0541 ext. 20

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New Blind and Visually Impaired Support Group is Opening the Doors of Opportunity

KINGSTON, NY (December 24, 2013)— On Thursday, January 9, 2014, Resource Center for Accessible Living, Inc. (RCAL) will begin a new support group for the blind and visually impaired.

The support group will bring together people within the community who are blind or visually impaired. The members can share their stories, ideas, and information in a supportive setting, cultivating new relationships between people who can empathize with, and understand one another.

“After I lost my sight, one of the most important things was being around and forming connections with others who were blind or had a visual impairment,” said Jaime Bunt, support group facilitator. “It was one of the most important and life changing experiences; I would like to create this experience for as many other people living with blindness or visual impairment as I can.”

The first meeting will allow for introductions; members will share ideas of what they would like to see incorporated into future meetings. Currently, there are plans for guest speakers, the introduction of new technologies, and discussions of available transportation services in the area.

The Blind and Visually Impaired support group will begin on Thursday, January 9, 2014. Meetings will be held at RCAL on the second Thursday of every month from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

RCAL currently offers six support groups. The meetings are a welcoming, accessible, safe place to share positive and negative feelings. Members can learn information about specific concerns, develop new coping mechanisms, grow, be hopeful, encouraged and positive, receive emotional support, become empowered, and share with other people who are experiencing the same, emotionally and physically.

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much” – Helen Keller

Call (845) 331-0541 to register. Please visit www.rcal.org for more information pertaining to the Blind and Visually Impaired Support Group, and other services RCAL offers.

Our Mission is to assist people with disabilities to open the doors of opportunity and independence in the Ulster County region through self-determination by creating disability understanding and awareness, and access community-wide.

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RCAL Welcomes the New Board of Directors Officers

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Resource Center for Accessible Living, Inc. Welcomes New Board of Directors Officers

KINGSTON, NY (December 9, 2013)— On Tuesday, November 19, 2013, the Resource Center for Accessible Living (RCAL) elected its new Board of Directors Officers.

The newly elected officers, who function as the Board’s Executive Committee, are Paula Kindos-Carberry, president; Bernadette Mueller, co-vice president; Darlene Donofrio, co-vice president; Paul Scarpati, treasurer; Danielle Koeppen, secretary; and Susan J. Hoger, executive director.

“Everyone is looking forward to their new responsibilities” said Hoger.

The Board of Directors is a policy-making board who work diligently to serve to the mission of RCAL.

The board officers, in combination with its members, work to assist in short- and long-term planning for the organization. All participants take an active role in establishing, monitoring, and upholding policies and procedures of RCAL, helping to reach all intended goals and objectives.

Throughout their term as officers, they will be working to promote independent living and RCAL alongside current supporters, while cultivating new relationships with prospects who assimilate with the organization’s vision. The officers’ goal is to expand the services to meet the growing demand from the community.

The new officers are experienced members of the RCAL Board of Directors, having served different positions in previous years. They will continue their involvement throughout their three-year term.

Visit www.rcal.org to see an entire list of the Board of Directors and the Resource Center for Accessible Living, Inc.’s mission fulfillment standards.

Our Mission is to assist people with disabilities to open the doors of opportunity and independence in the Ulster County region through self-determination by creating disability understanding and awareness, and access community-wide.

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Contact: Janae Myers, Office Administrator
Janae Myers          845-331-0541 ext. 20  

Medicare Open Enrollment is from now until December 7

For Medicare eligible individuals, it is currently the Medicare Open Enrollment Period. Now is the time to review your coverage and decide if you need to make any changes to your plan.

Medicare has four categories: Medicare Part A, Part B, Part C (Medicare Advantage Plan), and Part D. Each part provides different coverage. It may be to your advantage to consult a Benefits Specialist if you need assistance in determining which plan is right for you. Visit www.medicare.gov to review and compare your coverage options.

Important Deadlines:

October 15 – December 7
Part C (Medicare Advantage Plan)*
Part D

*If you decide to switch from an Advantage Plan back to original Medicare, you can do so between January 1 and February 14

January 1 – March 31 General Enrollment
Part A
Part B*

* If you do not sign up for Medicare Part B when first eligible, you may experience a penalty fee and / or an increased monthly premium

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