Bluegrass Council of the Blind, Inc.
September 2014
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
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Support BCB With a T-shirt Purchase!
 
T-shirts are available with an $8 donation (if you're 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. 
 
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Recent Donors!
  • Judy Potter
  • Charles Sidney
  • Downtown Lexington Corporation
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Village Host
  • Vanda Pharmaceuticals
  • Baum Gardner Interests, LTD
  • Theresa Thomas
  • Chelsey VanDyke
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Thank you from BCB Staff!
 
Thanks so much to our wonderful volunteers that helped us at Central Bank Thursday Night Live at the beginning of August. We had a great night! Special thanks to Paula Wiese who coordinated our volunteer beer pourers and Aly Partain who took the lead at our information table.
 
Thank you also to everyone who came to our Eat Wings, Raise Funds event at Buffalo Wild Wings on the 19th. We saw a lot of members and friends of the organization there. We appreciate your support so much! Special thanks to Lexington Lyft drivers for moving their weekly get together to BWW for us.
 
Between these 2 events, BCB has raised more than $1,400 in community support this month!
 
Left: Aly Partain and friend, Teddy       Right: Paula Wiese and beer volunteers
For more pictures from Central Bank Thursday Night Live, click here to go to our Facebook album
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Eye Opening Symposium: Low Vision to No Vision
 
The Blind Services Coalition (BSC) invites you to attend the first Eye Opening Symposium: Low Vision to No Vision. This event will be held at the Tates Creek Ballroom (1400 Gainesway Drive in Lexington) on Wednesday, October 8, 2014. This event is from 9:30am - 2pm. 
 
The EOS will include an exciting program of information on topics that are important for professionals and consumers. CEUs and CRCCs will be available for this event. There will be presentations on the latest advances in treatment, along with the types of functional interventions that are available to assist individuals challenged by sight loss. BCB Executive Director, Theresa Thomas, will be part of a panel representing various community resource organizations, each of which will provide information on the types of resources that their organizations have available. 
 
This promises to be an amazing event, so make sure to register soon! Lunch is provided and registration can be found under the events tab on the BCB website here: EOS Registration. Pre-registration is recommended. 
 
EOS is free thanks to the generosity of our sponsor Retina Associates of Kentucky.
 
Agenda
 
Overview of Eye Health including a presentation by Dr. John W. Kitchens of Retina Associates of Kentucky on the latest advances in treatment options.
 
Functional Interventions including, Orientation and Mobility, Assistive Technology, Independent Living Skills and Special Education.

Lunch and Exhibits

Resources in the Community: Independence Place, Bluegrass Council of the Blind, Radio Eye, Visually Impaired Preschool Services, and VA Medical Center.

Quality of Life: BCB Board Chairman Ty Thompson, a well known golfer who is blind, Marlana VanHoose a young lady with multiple disabilities who sings in perfect pitch, and Matt Bradford a Veteran who is part of the Wounded Warrior Program.
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News to Use
 
United Way Campaign Kick-Off
 
United Way's Campaign Kick-Off will be Tuesday, September 9th from 4pm - 7pm at the Fifth/Third Pavilion at Cheapside Park. BCB is honored to be a United Way Partner Agency and excited to be included in the Campaign Kick-Off. Please stop by our information booth at this event for more information about our United Way funded programs.

This will be a free event with live music, food and drink vendors, games, and special guests. For more information, please follow the link: www.UWBG.org/ItMatters
 
McDowell Center Open House

The 2nd Annual Open House at the Charles McDowell Center will be on Wednesday, October 22nd from 10am - 2pm at 8412 Westport Rd. in Louisville. There will be low vision equipment to try, guide dog teams, learning about white canes and bioptic driving, and Braille demos. All ages are welcome and parking is free. Call 502-429-4460 for more information. 
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BCB Calendar
 
September 5th: Demonstrating Assistive Technology & Accessibility (DATA) from 10am - 11am Location: BCB Meeting Room 1093 South Broadway Ste 1230 40504 Please RSVP 859-259-1834
 
September 7th: BCB Quarterly Membership Meeting at the BCB meeting room. 3pm - 6pm. RSVP required
 
September 9th: BCB board meeting 9am - 10:30am at BCB meeting room
 
September 13th: BCB Bulletin plays on Radio Eye. Can listen at www.radioeye.org at 2pm, 10pm, and Sunday at 6am
 
September 17th: Medicare Information Seminar open to anyone interested. 2pm - 3pm at the BCB meeting room. RSVP required. Refreshments will be provided.
 
September 24th: Visually Impaired Peer Support Group Meeting. Program will include a speaker from the Elections Department at the Lexington County Clerk's office who will be speaking and demonstrating on accessible voting. At the BCB meeting room from noon - 2. RSVP required.
 
September 30th: DATA training from 5p - 6p in the BCB meeting room. RSVP required.

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