Bluegrass Council of the Blind, Inc. 
February 1, 2015
Peer Support Group Meeting: KY Talking Books 
 
Last Wednesday, 23 consumers joined us for our peer support meeting on January 28th. Barbara Penegor from Kentucky Talking Book Library delivered a great presentation and our members were very active in asking great questions. Barbara joined in discussing our topic of the month - cooking - by sharing Talking Books available such as Cooking Without Looking and Kentucky Mint Julep, History and Recipes. 
 
BCB's peer support meetings occur monthly and are open to anyone who wishes to attend and share or learn information. If you or someone you know would benefit from monthly informative sessions on topics related to vision loss, please contact us at 859-259-1834 or email info@bcbky.org.
 
Pictured above: Members William Marks and Peggy Holt sitting at table discussing Talking Books
Pictured below: Speaker Barbara Penegor standing at the head of the room and a close up of a Talking Book reader
 
Large Print Calendars 
Thanks to a generous gift from the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, BCB is excited to offer a free large print calendar featuring blind and low vision professionals in the workforce. We are excited to have two of BCB's members featured in this nationally distributed calendar! If interested in obtaining a 2015 large print calendar, please contact the office. These are available to low vision consumers and BCB members while supplies last! 
 
Updates on Accessible Prescription Labels - Ask Your Pharmacist 
Directly from John Little listserv (website: http://www.johnlittle.com/for-individuals/blind-visually-impaired)
 
Walmart has made ScripTalk available to its mail order pharmacy customers for the past 2 years and will now implement ScripTalk at any of their local pharmacies when a customer requests it. All the customer has to do is ask their local pharmacist for audible prescription labels. If the pharmacist is not familiar with the program, the customer should tell the pharmacist to "Search for ScripTalk on The WIRE." The pharmacist will know that The WIRE is Walmart's internal communication system for its pharmacists and that they just need to search for the term "ScripTalk" to find instructions on how to get it implemented locally.
 
Walgreens is now offering a Talking Pill Reminder via its mail order pharmacy and at its local pharmacies. Customers make a request for the Talking Pill Reminder directly to their local pharmacist or by calling Walgreens' national customer service number, 1-800-925-4733.
 
CVS has been offering audible prescriptions via its mail order pharmacy for the past year. Nothing is currently being offered for locally-filled CVS prescriptions, but this may change with increased demand by customers.
 
Kentucky Office for the Blind State Rehabilitation Council 
 
The State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) works to improve the quality of life and enhance the educational and employment opportunities of the blind and visually impaired across the Commonwealth of Kentucky. 
 
Currently, there are some vacancies including persons with multiple disabilities who have difficulty representing themselves, current or former recipients of rehabilitation services from OFB, and 2 positions for reps from business, industry, and labor. The Governor's Office of Boards and Commissions review and appoint new members and SRC needs to submit 2 candidates per vacancy. 
 
More information can be found at the following website: 
http://blind.ky.gov/KSRC/Pages/default.aspx  or by contacting chair of the nominating committee, Theresa Thomas, at 859-259-1834 or theresa@bcbky.org
 
 
SEE Cruise Donations & Volunteers 
 
We're currently accepting items for our silent auction at our 3rd annual SEE Cruise event! If you are interested in donating or helping us obtain silent auction baskets, please contact us at 859-259-1834 or email info@bcbky.org.
 
Save the date for our SEE Cruise - It will be April 12th at Southside Pub from 3pm - 7pm and proceeds will go to support the blind and visually impaired community! This is such a fun event with live music from Conch Republic, raffles, a silent auction, and delicious food and drink specials. If you would like to volunteer, please contact 859-259-1834 or email info@bcbky.org.
 
Thank You Recent Donors!  
 
Amazon, Susan Ament, EKU Center for the Arts, Keisha Browning, Good Foods Market & Cafe, Salsarita's Fresh Cantina, Karen Cross, Cheesecake Factory, Pauline Handy, Lexington Opera House, Chandra & Joe Jarboe, Gary & Peggy Knack, Lexington Legends, Andy Lierl, Kentucky Horse Park, Judy Potter, Hanger's Restaurant, Patsy & Jerry Rose
 
February Calendar 
 
Topic of the Month: Transportation Options and Safety
 
Monday, February 9th - Peer Support Community Outing at Asian Wind - 3735 Palomar Centre Drive #40 Lexington - 5pm - 6:30pm
Wednesday, February 25th - Peer Support Group at BCB - Presentation: Red Cross Wheels, Independent Transportation Network, Uber, and other transportation options - Noon - 2pm
 **Save the Date - Membership Meeting - Thursday March 5th from 3pm - 5pm
 
Please RSVP for any event you plan to attend at least two days in advance- 859-259-1834 : info@bcbky.org

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