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CRIS’ 22nd GOLF CLASSIC: Wrap up

The 22nd CRIS Golf Classic was a huge success, raising money by gathering old friends and new for an afternoon of the ancient game.  The money raised from the tournament allows CRIS to offer its service at no cost to people living in the community who are blind or unable to read due to learning, physical, intellectual, and emotional disabilities.

For more on the event, click HERE.
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Dining & Dancing in the Dark 2019

The judges gave perfect scores to Taylor Kinzler, co-host of NBC CT-Live, who danced a salsa with Arthur Murray Dance Studios pro Kadeem Jordon, and to Eva Zymaris, WFSB reporter, who danced a cha-cha with Luis Cabasa, also a dance pro with Arthur Murray. The audience’s votes broke the tie, giving Kinzler the win for her performance.

Among the evening’s highlights were the dance performances of two CRIS volunteers who also are CRIS listeners, Diane Duhaime and Steve Famiglietti. Duhaime danced a waltz with Arthur Murray’s Crisen McKenzie and Famiglietti, manager of assistive technology at Oak Hill, danced a tango with dance pro Sally Nasatka.  READ MORE

CRISAccess Launches @ Carousel Museum

Bill Gaughan, member of Plainville Lions Club, scans CRISAccess QR code at New England Carousel Museum.

Staff and volunteers of three nonprofits recently gathered together Thursday evening to celebrate their unique collaboration to bring words to life for people who are blind or cannot read due to other disabilities at the New England Carousel Museum (NECM).  Read more.

CRIS Partners to Educate Seniors

Enfield Senior Center
Enfield Senior Center

CRIS Radio has received a grant from the North Central Area Agency on Aging to train seniors in local senior centers, assistive living centers, and low vision groups on the wonders of new technologies.  Included in the trainings will be information about the CRIS app, how to use Alexa and other smart devices and Audio Reading Books. 

In addition, CRIS is developing a Technology Resource Guide, podcasts and a web page to further help seniors “plug-in”.

The first event was at the Enfield Senior Center and met with great success.  CRIS will partner with NEAT @ Oak Hill to help seniors explore the wonders of a smart home.

More information may be found HERE.

CRISKids Trains Enfield Teachers

Cassandra Hunt

CRISKids for Schools kicked off the 2018 school year by offering a professional development (PD) session to 78 teachers from Enfield. The session was developed and led by long time CRISKids users Lauren Lieberman and Cassandra Hunt, both of Kennelly School in Hartford.

The PD was hosted by Educational Resources for Children (ERfC) and funded through grants from the Fund for Greater Hartford and The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

CRIS Feeds @ St. Francis Hospital

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CRIS launched two of its internet streams at St. Francis Hospital, making the CRIS Radio and CRIS en Español available to every patient in the hospital over their bedside cable system.