Bluegrass Council of the Blind, Inc. 
April 1, 2015
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BCB Closed on Friday, April 3rd 
We will be closed on Friday in observance of Good Friday. There will be no Assistive Technology Training. 
2015 SEE Cruise - April 12th 
The SEE Cruise is only 12 days away! We're so excited!
LEX-18 Chief Meteorologist, Bill Meck, will be our Captain! He's calling for smooth sailing and good times! Tops In Lex will be attending to take photos.
Online advance tickets to the SEE Cruise will end on Sunday the 5th, but tickets will still be available to purchase at the BCB office until Friday the 10th. Get your tickets soon - advance tickets are $10 and entry is $15 at the door. To purchase advance tickets, click here.
Have you seen our SEE Cruise teaser video featuring Conch Republic? Click here to watch!
Mentor Training April 30th 
The next training session for mentors will be from 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 30th at the BCB office. The training will consist of an overview of the program, roles and responsibilities of a mentor, and good listening skills. To be a BCB mentor to a blind or visually impaired person you must be blind or visually impaired yourself, but the training session is open to anyone, blind or sighted, wanting to learn about mentoring. Call the office 859-259-1834 to register for this free training or contact Dr. Susan Ament for more information or to make a referral.
Petition to use Universal Design in the Jacobson Park Playground Renovation 
The information in this article is from the nonprofit organization Build Inclusion
Lexington, KY has another opportunity to showcase its progressive, creative and welcoming attributes, while potentially boosting economic and tourism development. Mayor Gray has continuously championed efforts of social justice by embracing diversity and creating a culture of inclusion.
The 21-year old playground at Jacobson Park has exceeded its lifespan. According to a playground assessment report presented to the Parks Advisory Board, it is weathered, worn, and in need of significant repair to meet current safety and ADA regulations. Proactively, the Lexington Fayette-Urban County government (LFUCG) has designated $300,000 for this project.
Although the playground at Jacobson Park has brought much joy to its visitors and has a rich history as a community build, it is not disability-friendly. Parks are naturally multi-generational. In addition to children, there are parents and grandparents with disabilities and age-related limitations that currently have difficulty accessing its’ playground area.
As a newly forming nonprofit, Build Inclusion seeks to create communities that take inclusion beyond the doors of our schools. A destination play area built to become one of the most impressive inclusive playgrounds will help drive that initiative and spread to other community projects and city infrastructure.
Sign the petition by clicking here. And please share with your friends and family!
April Peer Support Meeting 
Our Peer Support group meeting will be on Wednesday, April 22nd from noon to 2pm. Lunch and share session will be from noon to 1pm with a presentation from 1pm to 2pm. Sara Faulkner, Communications Liason at Independence Place and BCB Member, will give a presentation on Laughing and Better Health and Dr. Susan Ament, BCB Peer Support Program Coordinator, will speak about Managing Stress. Please RSVP by April 20th to reserve your lunch - 859-259-1834 or email
NFB Newsline 
Did you know? NFB-Newsline is a free service to those who qualify. Dial in on your touch-tone phone to access your favorite news! You can also access it online and on Apple products. This service is for anyone who has difficulty accessing traditional print - certain learning disabilities, a visual impairment, fine motor skill impairments, etc. 
If you have any questions about this service, contact Todd Stephens at or call him toll free at 877-266-2807. Visit for further information. 
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 - Speakers: Sara Faulkner and Susan Ament
Please RSVP for any event you plan to attend at least two days in advance- 859-259-1834 :
Thank You Recent Donors!  
  • Retina Associates of Kentucky
  • Lexington Healing Arts Academy
  • Big Splash Adventure
  • Kathleen Alberti
  • Dave Ballard
  • City Barbeque
  • West Sixth Brewing
  • Keisha Browning
  • Clean Living Center
  • Collins Bowling Centers
  • Olive Christmyer
  • Sun Tan City
  • Bluegrass Parrot Head Club
  • Maureen Dreckman
  • Mac Ferguson
  • Michler Florist
  • Quantrell Auto Group
  • Mary Harbour
  • Kathy Lynn Hartness
  • Yvonne A. Helm, Jr.
  • Dwight Hoch
  • Bertha Hoover
  • Michael Horvath
  • Lexington Opera House
  • The Campbell House
  • Jason Hugg
  • Kings Island
  • Susan Kennedy
  • Gary & Peggy Knack
  • Edna Leuty
  • Lexmark
  • Daisy Martin
  • Teresa Martin
  • Davis & Plomin Mechanical
  • John Morris
  • Beech Bend Park
  • Independence Place
  • Judy Potter
  • Mint Julep Restaurants
  • Patsy & Jerry Rose
  • Philip Rose
  • Bobbie Thompson

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