Bluegrass Council of the Blind, Inc. 
March 15, 2015
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We're 1 Month Away - 
SEE Cruise April 12th from 3pm to 7pm!
 
The 2015 SEE Cruise is coming up fast! This year we're doing something new - offering tickets in advance! Tickets will be available to purchase at the office and online starting Monday, March 16th. They will be $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Go to www.bcbky.org/seecruise for more information and to purchase tickets.
 
There are so many fun things to look forward to on April 12th at the SEE Cruise! We will have t-shirts available for purchase, live music from Conch Republic, and amazing silent auction and raffle items from Lexington Legends, Kentucky Horse Park, Cheesecake Factory, Sun Tan City, Jim Beam, EKU Center for the Arts, Hilton Downtown Lexington, Holiday World, Beech Bend, and many more! To see a full list of our donors, click here.
 
We would like to thank our Ship Sponsor this year, Retina Associates of Kentucky!
 
Be our guest, you've got nothin to lose - won't you let us take you on a SEE Cruise! 
 
Topic of the Month & Peer Support Group Meeting 
 
Our Peer Support group meeting will be on Wednesday, March 25th from noon to 2pm. Lunch and share session will be from noon to 1pm with a presentation from 1pm to 2pm. We're excited to have Jenny Ward, an independent living specialist, from Kentucky Office for the Blind join us for a presentation to fit with our Topic of the Month - Household Maintenance and Organization. Please RSVP by March 23rd to reserve your lunch. 
 
KAER 
by: Chelsey Keesy, Director of Programs
 
I attended the Kentucky Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (KAER) conference on Thursday and Theresa, BCB Executive Director, joined me on Friday. There were so many great sessions I got to attend, so I’m going to highlight a few of my favorites.
 
Brian Goemmer, a vendor of assistive technology, spoke about different Braille technology. He spent a lot of time showing us the Mountbatten, which is great for students who are blind or visually impaired and their teachers. The Mountbatten can connect to devices such as iPads and computers to provide real time writing between the devices. For example, a teacher can type out directions for an assignment and that will translate to Braille on the Mountbatten. The student can complete the assignment in Braille on the Mountbatten and that will translate to text on the device connected. To find out more about the Mountbatten, click here.
 
My favorite session was on the transition between English Braille, American Edition (EBAE), to Unified English Braille (UEB), which will be completed by January 24, 2016. The presentation was from Dr. Donna Lee of the University of Kentucky. This transition is a pretty big change for Braille users. Changes to UEB include memorizing new contraction rules, possibly dropping Nemeth Code, and many more. Nemeth is the separate Braille math code, but UEB includes a math code unlike EBAE. Teachers can decide to continue teaching in UEB with the Nemeth Code, or drop the Nemeth Code and go fully to UEB. For more information on UEB, click here to go to the Braille Authority of North America’s website.
 
The last session was presented by Chuck Huss, from the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services. Bioptic driving is for those with low vision who are taught to use a combination of prescription and telescopic lenses to drive. We learned there are 223 bioptic drivers in Kentucky! Forty-nine states allow bioptic driving, the exceptions being Connecticut and Utah. To find out more about bioptic driving, click here.
 
Images: Left is a picture of bioptic driving glasses and the right is the back of the lense, looking through the telescope insert
 
Thank You March Donors!  
 
  • Retina Associates of Kentucky
  • Sun Tan City
  • Michler Florist
  • Yvonne Helm, Jr.
  • Gary & Peggy Knack
  • Independence Place
  • City Barbeque
  • Lexmark
  • Quantrell Auto Group
  • Maureen Dreckman
  • Beech Bend Park
  • Michael Horvath
  • Carolyn Austin
  • Davis & Plomin Mechanical
 
March Calendar 
 
Topic of the Month: Household Maintenance and Organization
 
Wednesday, March 25th - Peer Support Group Meeting - noon to 2pm at the BCB office; Presenter is Jenny Ward from KY Office for the Blind
 
April Calendar
 
Topic of the Month: Managing Stress
 
Sunday, April 12th - SEE Cruise - 3pm to 7pm at Southside Pub. Click here for more information.
Monday, April 13th - Community Outing - 5pm to 6:30pm at Ramsey's Diner - 4391 Old Harrodsburg Rd. Lexington
Wednesday, April 22nd - Peer Support Group Meeting - noon to 2pm at the BCB office - Sara Faulkner, Communications Liaison at Independence Place, will be our speaker
 
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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