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Emergency Responders - Information
Registering your address with emergency responders helps them be prepared to better assist you in an emergency.
SPECIAL POPULATION LIST FOR EMERGENCY RESPONDERS
People with Special Needs can call to register their disability with 911. When a registered address has an emergency call, that information will automatically pop-up in the responder’s information. Whenever possible, callers should also identify their disability to the dispatcher during an emergency call.
911 is available in all counties served by MAB. 311 is only available in Mecklenburg. If you use a cell phone, check with your service provider to determine if 911is available through the cell phone. If it is not, you may choose to store your local 10 digit emergency number.
Emergency Number: 911 or 704-336-3237
Non Emergency Number for city: 311
Fire Department and Police Department Special Population Card are done separately
Fire Department: 704-336-2441
Police Department: 311, for non-emergency
police. Each division has its own Sergeant to notify. 311 will give you the number to call M-F.
Emergency Number: 911
Call non-emergency to have “Premise” placed on the house for all emergency responders.
City of Concord
City of Kannapolis
Other Cabarrus county:
Emergency Number: 911
For special population: 704-283-3550 (Mon-Fri
8-4) for all emergency responders
Emergency Number: 911
For special population: 704-878-5444 (Mon – Fri 8-5) speak with Brad Brawley (assistant director)
History of MAB
HISTORY OF MAB
1934 – Mecklenburg Association for the Blind begins service.
1937 – Becomes a Member Agency of Charlotte Community Chest
1949 – Expands services to children & families
1967 – Moves to new location, 704 Louise Avenue, Charlotte, NC
1977 – Agency name changes to Metrolina Association for the Blind.
1978 – Personal Adjustment and Rehabilitation (PAR) services begin.
2003 – Charlotte awarded the American Foundation for the Blind’s Most Livable Community Award
2005 – 665 clients served by PAR annually
2006 - CD Production begins in Accessible Braille Services
2008 – 800 clients served by PAR annually
2009 – 75th anniversary
2010 – The low vision clinic expands to provide full-time medical services.
2013 – 1242 clients served by PAR annually
2014 – 80th anniversary
2015 - Accessible PDFs becomes a new product for Accessible Braille Services
2016 - MAB is rebranded with a new logo and color scheme.
Lovetter Productions New Movie
Lovett Productions has produced a groundbreaking documentary about going blind.
From the movie's website Going Blind Movie: "Going Blind is a unique documentary film that increases public awareness of sight loss and low vision issues profoundly affecting the lives of more and more people around the world."
The Foundation Fighting Blindness launched an upgraded My Retina Tracker® Registry for people with Inherited Retinal Diseases (IRDs).
Enhancements include streamlined data entry, improved site navigation, better accessibility for low-vision users, and efficient integration with mobile technology.
My Retina Tracker is a research database of people and families affected by rare inherited retinal degenerative diseases so these enhancements have a large impact on research and progress for people who are visually impaired.
Prevent Blindness America has posted on their web-site - www.preventblindness.org/visionproblems - a downloadable and searchable data base with graphs, prevalence rates and estimates of the number of cases of age-related eye conditions taken from the updated 2012 “Vision Problems in the U.S.” report. This tool enables users to research a wide range of information including eye disease and condition numbers broken down by state, age, sex, and race, and provides comparisons across disease conditions.
Here are some highlights from the “Vision Problems in the U.S. Report”:
· 2,069,403 people age 50 and older have late AMD (age-related macular degeneration), a 25 percent increase
· 24,409,978 million people age 40 and older have cataracts, a 19 percent increase
· 2,719,379 million people age 40 and older have open-angle glaucoma, a 22 percent increase
· 7,685,237 million people ages 40 and older have diabetic retinopathy, an 89 percent increase.
A preliminary update to the 2007 Prevent Blindness America “Economic Impact of Vision Problems” report was also presented and it shows a $1 billion increase in costs of excess medical care expenditures, informal care and health-related quality of life related to visual impairment and blindness. Further cost information is being developed and a full updated report on the economic impact of vision problems will be available at a later date.
Did you know that 61 million Americans are at high risk of serious vision loss? Educating yourself, friends, and family members on how to properly care for vision is essential in fighting blindness. The term "blindness" is an umbrella term that includes visual impairments due to glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy, among others.
Macular Degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss among Americans age 65+. Other than age-related vision loss, diabetes has become the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults ages 20 - 74. People with diabetes are 40% more likely to develop glaucoma and 60% more likely to develop cataracts.
White House Tours
White House Announces Audio Descriptions for Public Tours
President Obama and the First Lady have long been committed to ensuring that the White House is truly the People's House, and that Americans with disabilities are fully integrated into our society. Continuing on that commitment, the White House Visitor's Office is pleased to announce the availability of an audio description for those taking a White House tour. This will give blind and visually impaired Americans and persons with other print disabilities the opportunity to listen to an audio described tour as they visit the historic, public rooms of the White House.