Bluegrass Council of the Blind, Inc.
November 2014
Table of Contents
Recent Donors!
  • Charleston Brooks
  • Bob McCray
  • Thelma Reed
  • Brenda Schanding
  • Paul Scott
  • Linda Sutherland
  • Andrew Thomas
  • Linda Owens
  • Judy Potter
  • Karen Pickard
  • Ty, Jan, and Alex Thompson
  • Susan Ament
  • Lexington Kiwanis Club
In-Kind Needs
  • Assistive technology for those with low vision
  • Envelopes (all sizes)
  • Printer paper
  • Cases of water
  • Coffee or K-Cups
  • Manila file folders
  • Desktop scanner
  • 2 door locking cabinet for assistive technology
  • Refrigerator
Support BCB With a T-shirt Purchase!
T-shirts are available with an $8 donation (if you are a member) or $10 for nonmembers. Pay online at our website (and write your size in the comment box), come to the office, or mail a check. 
Neighbor to Neighbor - A Fundraiser for BCB 
Visit Gold Star Chili on November 3rd between 4pm and 9pm and BCB receives 20% of the profits! This event is at their UK Location - 350 Foreman Avenue. 
Recap: Visually Impaired Peer Support Group Meeting 
Music Therapy
Our October VIPS program was a success! Austin Robinson from Edge Music Therapy did a presentation on music therapy, along with a coworker and a couple students from the UK Music Therapy Program. Music Therapists use music to accomplish goals they set with their clients. They address client needs in a lot of areas - behavioral, social, emotions, cognitive, and physical. Edge Music Therapy's website says they are trained to adapt quickly to personal preference to provide high levels of engagement and enjoyment, and that is exactly what happened when they came to BCB. 
The presenters began by asking about the group's music interests and after they got an idea of our genere preferences, Clayton, a UK student, started off the meeting by singing and playing a few songs like Ring of Fire, Hey Good Lookin', and some gospel tunes. Our attendees joined in quickly, with everyone singing and smiling. After that another UK student, Katie, who is legally blind, explained what music therapy meant to her and why she chose it as her major. Then, the presenters handed out instruments to all those attending and some music games were played. Everyone joined in and had a great time! Music Therapy proved to be a great stress reliever and mood booster for our guests. 22 people were in attendance and 94% reported learning something helpful!
Contact information for Austin Robinson, Owner and Director of Edge Music Therapy:;; 859-433-9334
Clayton singing some songs to our attendeesattendees enjoying some music
BrightFocus Foundation 
The BrightFocus Foundation does a series of free monthly telephone discussions on low vision diseases such as macular degeneration. Each month there is a new topic - past topics have included Aids and Technology for Low Vision, Making the Most of Your Doctor Visit, and Tips for Protecting Your Vision. The talks are archived at Follow the link to browse archived chats. You can listen to the audio or read the transcript and also download the chat to iTunes. Directions to join the live chats can also be found on their website.
Recap: Theresa and Chelsey attended the KNN Leadership Forum 
Theresa Thomas, Executive Director, and Chelsey Keesy, Director of Programs, were excited to attend the Kentucky Nonprofit Network (KNN) Leadership Conference on October 28th and October 29th. 
There were some amazing and knowledgeable speakers at the forum and some of their favorite classes were Online Fundraising Essentials, Fund Development Planning, and Corporate Sponsorship Essentials! 
Theresa and Chelsey appreciate having the chance for professional development and are excited to see the new classes offered next year! 
Theresa and Chelsey at the KNN Conference
November Calendar 
11/3 (Monday) - Dine at Gold Star Chili between 4pm and 9pm on Foreman Avenue.
11/7 (Friday) - DATA Training from 10am - 11am, RSVP required
11/19 (Wednesday) - VIPS Group Meeting - Dine out at First Watch from 11am - 1pm. 1080 South Broadway (Across from BCB office). Everyone is responsible for their own meal. 
Full calendar at

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