This Week at CSC

Keeping you “In the Know…” 6/16/17

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Update on the Search for a New Electronic Medical Record System:

  • Consultants from KPMG have been assisting CSC with a project to determine a new Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system for the agency. CSC’s project team has been collecting and reviewing proposals as well as demonstrating compatibility with our screen-reading software Job Access with Speech (JAWS). Accessibility remains a top priority during these testing sessions and as the review team explores the functionality of options available. Additionally, recent meetings by Larry Benders and the Development team have initiated dialogue with local foundations that may provide necessary funding for a new EMR system. Thank you again to the anonymous donor who provided funding to cover KPMG’s work and to all who continue to provide valuable input which aligns with the agency’s strategic plan and will keep putting the client first, improving our impact and delivery to clients. 

Educating the Community and Strengthening Partnerships:

  • CSC participated in last Saturday’s Parade the Circle event where visitors to CSC’s tent participated in a tactile art project while blindfolded. Over 1,000 people stopped by the tent to learn about CSC, try the activity and ask questions about the agency’s programs and services.
  • Desmond Kennedy visited with staff of Just Like Family Home Care on Pearl Road in Cleveland on Tuesday, June 13th to discuss CSC’s programs and services. Desmond represented the agency on Thursday at the Aging Eye Summit held at the Northeast Ohio Medical University in Rootstown. The summit was attended by patients, caregivers, eye care professionals and featured various talks on eye diseases, chronic conditions, and the impact of aging and vision on energy, mood and depression.
  • Sylvia Snyder presented information on CSC to the Westlake Kiwanis Club on Thursday, speaking at the 14th Divisional Lt. Governor and Kiwanis President meeting. CSC’s CYAS department will be the recipient of the proceeds from the group’s upcoming golf event.
  • Last Saturday, the Therapeutic Recreation department helped nine clients complete the Purple Stride 5K at the Zoo as part of USABA’s National Fitness Challenge! Of the nine, only one person had ever participated in a 5K before. The course was tough, mostly uphill, but one participant ran the entire thing! Everyone had met their 10,000 step daily goal by the time the event was over. Thanks to all who participated!
  • The Oberlin Summer Theater Festival (OSTF), a non-profit theater festival based in Oberlin, Ohio, offers high-quality and completely free performances of classic shows in rotation throughout June and July. The 2017 season, OSTF’s ninth season, consists of The Miracle Worker, which is the story of Helen Keller, along with Barefoot in the Park, and The Winter's Tale. To help bring The Miracle Worker to life, CSC has collaborated with OSTF to audio describe a performance on Tuesday, June 27th. Tickets are free and can be reserved online at In addition, the website has information about the Oberlin Summer Theater Festival, its mission and a full season calendar. They can also be contacted via box office phone at 440-775-8169 or email at
  • Members of the Cleveland Scrappers beep baseball team just returned from the Bolingbrook Lions Club's 16th Annual Beep Baseball Tournament, held in Bolingbrook, IL, a suburb of Chicago. The Scrappers also played in a tournament in Indianapolis, IN the first weekend of June. CSC staff members Stanley Griffin, Stephen Miller and Wilbert Turner and Highbrook Lodge staff member Antonio Dobbin play on the team. Congratulations to Stanley Griffin for being named defensive MVP in both tournaments for recording 25 put-outs in Indianapolis and 26 put-outs in Bolingbrook.


Job Club Returns June 22nd:

  • Looking for advice to get you into a new career or are you interested in a new possibility? Join the next meeting of the Job Club on Thursday, June 22nd from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. in CSC’s Clyde E. Williams, Jr. Auditorium as Carlton Toppin, Human Resources Manager for Cleveland Browns Hospitality Group, is welcomed back to CSC! Part-time and other employment opportunities at Cleveland Browns Stadium and Aramark will be discussed along with some onsite interviewing. Plan to attend? Don’t forget to dress professionally and bring copies of a resume. Contact Nicole Kahn (216-791-8118) with questions or comments.

Eyedea Shop’s Featured Product of the Week: EyePatch

  • The Eyedea Shop’s featured item of the week is the new EyePatch that fits over glasses. The piece rides on the stem of your glasses and covers one eye if that is what you need to block out vision of one eye or the other. The price is $10.50.
  • Can’t make it to the Eyedea Shop at CSC? Then check out the product offerings online at and purchase items from the comfort of wherever you may be!


Items of Note:

  • Promotion for the 2017 Technology Fair is now underway! This year’s event will be held at CSC on Thursday, July 27th and Friday, July 28th and will showcase new, emerging and established technologies as well as CSC’s programs and services. Thursday’s session is from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and is open to the general public, senior centers, caregivers and technology-seekers. Friday’s session is from 8:30 a.m – 12:00 p.m. and is exclusive to educators and eye care professionals. Admission is free but pre-registration is strongly encouraged by calling 216-658-4567. Pre-registration includes eligibility for raffle giveaways totaling over $10,000!
  • Steve Hoyt, an Orientation & Mobility Specialist with Pilot Dogs, Inc., is offering a two-week in-residence training course for those who want to learn white cane travel or improve upon existing skills. There is no cost for this service. Steve can be reached at 614-221-6367 or email at
  • A recent article on Amazon Smile features how the Alexa voice of Echo products is being introduced to guide dogs and their users at The Seeing Eye school in Morristown, NJ. Click here for the article.
  • Recently, Microsoft announced their new Windows 10 S operating system. This OS is targeted at the education market with the ability to perform well on everything from sub $200 hardware to higher-end computers such as the Surface Laptop. To provide a high level of security and control, Windows 10 S will only run applications downloaded from the Windows Store.  It is important to understand the limitations this may impose on accessibility technology users.

JAWS and ZoomText are currently incompatible with Windows 10s because of the technical restrictions placed on applications that come from the Windows Store. VFO is actively working with Microsoft to explore what it will take to provide our products as Store apps. In the meantime, Microsoft will provide a free upgrade from Windows 10 S to Windows Pro for accessibility technology users.

Please ensure devices have adequate memory and processing capabilities prior to purchasing Windows 10S PCs if the intent is to run either JAWS or ZoomText.

The current JAWS and ZoomText hardware specifications are:



ZoomText and ZoomText Fusion


1.5 GHz i3 dual core processor or similar

2 GHz i3 dual core processor or similar

(i5/i7 recommended)


4 GB

4GB (8 GB recommended)

Disk Space

100 MB minimum

Additional 20 MB to 690 MB required per voice for installing synthesizers. File sizes vary depending on the voice installed.

400 MB (SSD drive recommended)


Display adapter capable of at least 800 x 600 screen resolution with 16-bit color (1024 x 768 screen resolution with 32-bit color recommended)

Video card with support for DirectX 10 or higher.

Recommended: 256 MB dedicated video memory.


Windows® compatible sound card



5-point multi-touch display for touch screen support

5-point multi-touch display for touch screen support


Did You Know?

  • The Lego company is over 80 years old, started in 1932 in Denmark. The name Lego means “play well”. There are over 2,200 different types of Lego toys and they come in 55 different colors. Legos are made by heating plastic so it melts, then goes into molds where the melted plastic sits for seven seconds to cool. Once cooled, out comes a Lego block.