October is Blindness and Visual Impairment Awareness Month!
On behalf of the Blind Services Coalition of Kentucky (BSCKY), the Governor has declared October Blindness and Visual Impairment Awareness Month! The purpose of the coalition is to enlighten Kentuckians about support and services available to empower individuals who are blind or visually impaired.
BSCKY Organizations: American Printing House for the Blind, Beep Baseball, Bluegrass Council of the Blind, Bluegrass Technology Center, C.A.L.E.B.S., Foundation Fighting Blindness, Greater Louisville Council of the Blind, Guide Dog Users of Kentucky, Independence Place, ITNBluegrass, Kentuckians Regional Group Blinded Veterans Association, Kentucky Council of the Blind, Kentucky Office for the Blind, Kentucky School for the Blind, KSB Charitable Foundation, National Federation of the Blind of Lexington, National Federation of the Blind of Greater Louisville, KY NFB-Newsline, Patrick Henry Hughes Family, Radio Eye, See the World Low Vision Store, University of Kentucky Visual Impairment Program, and Visually Impaired Preschool Services.
Celebrate White Cane Safety Day!
Across our nation the white cane has become both symbol and safety net to those who are blind or visually impaired who seek a quality of life that might not exist without it. With proper training and use, the white cane allows b/vi individuals to have greater access to the outside world and to live more independently.
From its humble beginnings in 1921, when the British artist, James Biggs, lost his sight and painted his walking stick white so he would be more visible to motorists, to the various campaigns in 1931, including the white stick movement in France, the Rotary Club campaign in the United Kingdom, and the Lions Club international campaign promoting use of the white cane for persons who are blind, the white cane has become an international symbol.
Dr. Richard Hoover, who began working with WWII veterans with eye injuries, developed the long cane and pioneered what has become known as the “Hoover” method of cane travel. His long cane techniques revolutionized safe and independent travel for people who are blind or visually impaired, and laid the foundation for the mobility specialties of today.
BCB Open House!
In recognition of White Cane Safety Day and Blindness and Visual Impairment Awareness Month, BCB will be hosting an Open House at our office. Stop by for a tour of the office, assistive technology demonstrations, refreshments, and door prizes!
This event will be held on October 15th from 2p - 6p. Our office is located at 1093 S Broadway Ste 1230, directly across from First Watch and Buffalo Wild Wings.
We hope to see you there!
There's Still Time to Pre-Register!
We're 8 days away from the first annual EYE Opening Symposium: Low Vision to No Vision! We're so excited to present this free, interesting, and informative event to the community along with other great organizations like Visually Impaired Preschool Services, Radio Eye, Fayette County Extension Office, Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Office of Aging Services and Disability Support, National Federation of the Blind, University of Kentucky Visual Impairment Program, Independence Place, and the Lexington VA Medical Center!
We hope you'll join us on October 8th from 9:30a - 2p. The event and lunch will be free. Pre-registration is required for lunch, please call the BCB office to register at 859-259-1834
For more information, click here
9:30am: Registration and Exhibits
10am: Low Vision Optometry and Restoring Vision: The Future of Retinal Treatments
11am: Functional Interventions
Noon: Lunch and Exhibits
12:30p: Community Resources
1:15p: Quality of Life
2p: Exhibits and Adjournment
Free Flu Shots!
Free flu shots will be provided on October 9th by the Lex Flu Crew, professionals from the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department. This will be held at Imani Family Life Center at 1555 Georgetown Road from 4p - 7p. Advanced registration is suggested, which you can find by clicking here
for their website.
Anyone not able to get their flu shots on that date can go to the Public Health Clinic North at 805A Newtown Circle beginning October 2nd. Cost for a flu shot is $30 and no appointment in necessary. They accept Medicaid, Medicare, cash, checks, credit cards, and some insurances.
--Information from www.lexflucrew.com
Visually Impaired Peer Support Meeting Recap!
Accessible Voting Machines
We had such a great VIPS meeting in September! Tracy Merriman and Mary Burton from the Elections Department stopped by the office with two accessible voting machines. Ms. Merriman explained how accessible voting machines work and took questions from our members. Then, members got to try the voting machines so they could get comfortable with them before Election Day. We had 27 people attend, 95% of attendees reported learning something helpful, and 76% said they are more likely to vote after the program!
Ms. Merriman left voter registration cards (5 people took one, 90% of attendees were already registered to vote) at the office and members are welcome to use our CCTVs in the office to fill one out or the staff will be glad to assist in filling them out. Voter registration cards must be turned in 28 days before Election Day, October 6th. Our CCTVs are also available for members to fill out absentee ballots in private.
Facts about Accessible Voting Machines
- Wear headphones so your vote is private
- Chair will be available for use, ask for one if it's not there, also room for wheelchair at machine
- Volume dial is connected to the headphones
- Big dial for choosing candidates for those with poor motor skills
- Anyone can use the machine - helpful to those who may be illiterate, speak English as a second language, persons with low to no vision, or those in a wheelchair
- At least one at every voting precinct
Donor and Volunteer Pages
On the donations tab you will see BCB can accept donations by credit card online (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover). We can also accept your credit card over the phone or in the office and enter a single donation or you can donate weekly, monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly, or annually! We are also now accepting vehicle donations after partnering with Vehicles for Charity. You can find the Donate Your Vehicle button on the left side of the website or can click here
On the volunteer page, you will find office and event volunteer opportunities and internships! If interested in volunteering, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or call the office 859-259-1834. If there isn't a specific volunteer opportunity listed and you have a skill to offer BCB, please let us know!