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
  • Refrigerator
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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!
  • First Watch
  • Naomi Dooley 
  • Leslie Browning
  • Kate McCabe
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Eye Opening Symposium: Low Vision to No Vision
 
The Blind Services Coalition of Kentucky (BSCK) 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 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 presentations by Dr. John W. Kitchens of Retina Associates of Kentucky on the latest advances in treatment options, and by Dr. Justin Macklin, VA Resident Optometrist at Lexington VAMC on the purpose and content of a low-vision optometry exam.
 
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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BCB Open House!
 
In recognition of White Cane Safety Day and Visually Impaired Awareness Month, BCB will be hosting an Open House at our office. Stop by for a tour of the office, assistive technology demonstrations, refreshments, and door prizes!
 
This event will be held on October 15th from 2p - 6p. Our office is located at 1093 S Broadway Ste 1230, directly across from First Watch and Buffalo Wild Wings.
 
We hope to see you there!
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BCB Calendar

September 17th: Medicare Information Seminar open to anyone interested. The presenter will be Pete Alberti from Kentucky Health Solutions.  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, Tracy Merriman, who will be speaking and demonstrating on accessible voting. At the BCB meeting room from noon - 2p. RSVP required.
 
September 30th: DATA training from 5p - 6p in the BCB meeting room. RSVP required.

October 8th: Eye Opening Symposium (see above article)

October 15th: Open House at BCB from 2p - 6p (see above article)

October 22nd: Visually Impaired Peer Support Group Meeting. Austin Robinson from Edge Music Therapy will be presenting. This will be at the BCB meeting room from noon - 2p. RSVP required. 
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