News to Use
In the last newsletter we announced signing up for Goodsearch, which is a search engine that donates a penny for every search you do. Another way to give back to Bluegrass Council of the Blind is using Goodshop.com. When you go to Goodshop.com, choose Bluegrass Council of the Blind as your nonprofit of choice. There are some great back to school deals going on right now detailed in this article from Examiner.com.
Free Smoke Alarms for the Hard of Hearing
(From Council Member Bill Farmer's weekly newsletter)
The Lexington Fire Department is giving away free “Hard of Hearing Smoke Alarms” to residents of Fayette County who own their own home. They can also have a licensed electrician install them in your home free of charge. If you or someone you know is deaf, uses a hearing aid, or simply has a difficult time hearing, please contact the Lexington Fire Department to take advantage of this great opportunity. Call the Fire Prevention office at (859) 231-5668 to schedule your appointment.
US Currency Reader for Blind and Visually Impaired
(From Department of the Treasury (BEP) Bureau of Engraving and Printing)
Beginning September 2, 2014, the BEP will initiate a four-month pilot where NLS (National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped) patrons can pre-order a currency reader. This will help the government test its ordering and distribution processes and gauge demand for currency readers.
Then, beginning January 2, 2015, currency readers will be available to all U.S. citizens who are blind or visually impaired. Details are below for those who are interested.