National Federation of the Blind of Georgia Speaks to Club

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June 9, 2016

Hayley Alli, the Coordinator of the National Federation of the Blind of Georgia (NFBGA) spoke to members of the Atlanta Lions Club during their monthly luncheon meeting at the Capital City Club in Downtown Atlanta.  NFBGA or BELL Academy is a summer program targeting low vision and completely blind children.  Programing is designed to promote braille literacy and learning.  Almost 85% of blind children are braille illiterate.  The Atlanta Lions have been supporting the BELL program for several years now.

Hayley is originally from the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago and began working with NFBGA and BELL in 2013.  Her daughter is visually impaired and was a participant in the BELL Camp from 2010.

Chief of Service of Grady Hospital Ophthalmology Speaks to Club

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May 26, 2016

Yousuf M. Khalifa, MD, chief of service of ophthalmology at Grady Memorial Hospital and in the cornea service at Emory Eye Center spoke to members of the Atlanta Lions Club during their monthly luncheon meeting at the Capital City Club in Downtown Atlanta.  Dr. Khalifa spoke to the club about growing burden of eye health conditions facing Grady patients and how the hospital was managing these challenges with new service protocol and more efficient eye screening technologies.  Grady is in the early stages rolling out new eye screening technology for diabetic retinopathy in order to better target patients with severe eye conditions due to diabetes.  Members of the club are interested in partnering with Emory and Grady to serve the population suffering from this eye disease.

In addition to the Club speaker the luncheon was also attended by members of the Atlanta-Metro Club (Shelia Morrow and Ashleigh Durr) and the Atlanta-Peachtree Club (Jane Jones) as part of a District L Zone Chair Meeting.