On January 25th, James Jasey, the President of Beyond The Eyes, Diane Robinson, the Vice President of Beyond The Eyes, and all the members of the organization met at the Main Newark Public Library to discuss their activities for the year. They will have leisurely activities, instructional classes and take several trips. Robinson said that it is important to have these events to educate the public about the blind and visually impaired.
The members of Beyond The Eyes will take several classes. They will learn good manners at an etiquette class. In order to prepare them for a natural disaster such as Sandy, they will take an emergency preparedness course. The associates of Beyond The Eyes have also recently formed a choir and are taking vocal lessons from their choir instructor, Erica Reeve.
Members of Beyond The Eyes will be learning about their surroundings by taking excursions. They will go to Newark Penn Station and learn about traveling on a train; these classes will help them become more independent. They will also go to the Newark Museum, the largest museum in New Jersey, to take a tour and look at the latest exhibits. The group will also go to Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey.
As they participate in relaxing activities, the group will have time to socialize with family and friends. They will have a party in the spring, during April or May, to celebrate the season. They will also have a movie night and a Christmas party.
Activism is a part of the ideology of the organization, Beyond The Eyes. The members of the association will have events for Disability Month and Blind Awareness Month in October. They will proudly march at the Disability Parade in Trenton.
According to Robinson, one of the most important events that they will have is the open house at the Main Newark Public Library in September. She said that in this special reunion the blind and visually impaired will share all of their accomplishments with their families, friends, other members and the entire community.
“These activities are important since they create a social environment for the blind, visually impaired, their families, their friends and the public,” Robinson said. “Everyone is invited to attend these activities; they are not just for the blind and visually impaired.