Walk for the Health of It
May 17th, 3pm - 4pm
On Tuesday, May 17th we will meet at the Arboretum from 3pm to 4pm for a walk outside, as part of our Health Initiative. Wheels passes and water will be provided, and we will have volunteers to aid if necessary. If you would like to attend, please call the office to RSVP by Monday, May 16th and let us know if you prefer sighted assistance to navigate. If the weather looks like a chance of rain, PLEASE call the office before heading out to the Arboretum to verify it has not been canceled. We will have a rain date for the next week on Tuesday, May 24th if we need to reschedule.
May 27th: How to Help Siri Help You!
By Aleric Vanderpool
“Hey Siri! How are you today?”
This is one of many things you can ask your best friend Siri during your daily routine.
If you get up in the morning and are worried that it might be a bit chilly outside, you can pick up your handy device and ask,
“Hey Siri, what will the weather be like today?”
“Hey Siri, what is the current temperature?”
Siri is a powerful tool that allows you to do many different things such as check time, read your texts, reply to emails, and set reminders. She can also open apps for you on your phone, and even help with spelling!
There are many more exciting and impressive things that your companion Siri can do for you. The Bluegrass Council of the Blind is holding a class where we will teach you the highlights of Siri and how she can help enrich your experience with your Apple device.
On May 27th at 11am. 2016, meet us in the BCB office, and make sure to bring your iPad or iPhone device. Be there or be square! Call to reserve your spot, and let us know if you have your own device and what kind!!
ACB- Land of Ten Thousand Dreams
American Council of the Blind
55th Annual Conference & Convention July 1-9, 2016
Hyatt Regency Hotel Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Exhibits and Adaptive Technology
- Workshops and Seminars
- Career Development, Networking and Advocacy
- Professional Development Opportunities
- Special Programs for People with Low Vision
- Programs for Students, Families and Seniors
- Tours and Social Events,
- Activities for Kids,
- And Much, Much More!
A fabulous week of information and fun awaits you and your entire family in vibrant Minneapolis, MN. Enjoy the numerous restaurants and the many attractions just minutes from the Hyatt. Come to Minneapolis and discover workshops, seminars, exhibits, and tours.
There are programs for students, teachers, parents or professionals; people in business or retired; young people in college; or senior citizens just losing their vision. There are new products in the exhibit hall and new ideas for your chapter or affiliate. There are tips on adaptive technology and issues to discuss on rehabilitation, transportation, education, health, and much more.
Lots of things to discover for kids too. Field trips, crafts, and games! Bring the entire family to Minneapolis.
Pre-Registration saves time and money. Pre-register online, by telephone, or on paper. Request paper forms or register by phone by calling the 2016 registration line at 800-866-3242. Register conveniently on-line at www.acb.org.
This year registration in Minneapolis will open on Friday, July 1st. Anyone taking the tour on Friday morning need not worry. You will be on a list and can obtain your tour ticket when you board the bus.
From Friday, July 1st through Sunday, July 3rd registration will be open from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM for pre-reg pick-up only. After 11:00 AM, registration will be open for individuals to pick up their pre-registration packages and also for people who have not yet registered. Monday through Friday registration will be open all day for both pre-registration pickup and onsite registrations. The complete agenda for ACB general sessions, special-interest groups, etc. will be in the official convention program, available in braille or large print at the convention or downloadable from the ACB website after June 30. Room rates at the Hyatt are $89 (single / double) per night plus tax. For reservations call 888-421-1442 or follow the 2016 conference and convention link at www.acb.org to make your reservations online. For more information, call the ACB National Office at 800-424-8666.
New Accessibility Features for Kindle E-Readers
Over the years, feedback from Kindle customers with disabilities has been inspiring and humbling, as they tell us how they are using the products and the impact these products are having on their lives.
While developing VoiceView for Fire tablets, they were also working on bringing VoiceView to our Kindle e-readers. Kindle e-readers are beloved by customers because they are purpose-built for reading and create a haven so customers can lose themselves in their books. We are excited to say that, today, we have brought VoiceView to our Kindle e-readers, starting with the Kindle Paperwhite, so that visually impaired customers can enjoy reading on our Kindle e-readers, too.
VoiceView for Kindle, which uses Amazon’s natural language text-to-speech voices (formerly known as IVONA) lets visually impaired customers read millions of Kindle books and navigate the Kindle Paperwhite via speech feedback. Like VoiceView on our Fire tablets, VoiceView for Kindle supports linear and touch navigation, and the same broad range of speech feedback rates and earcons. Likewise, we developed a tutorial with multiple lessons that users can return to at any time.
Visually impaired customers will be able to use VoiceView for Kindle with the new Kindle Audio Adapter, an Amazon-designed USB audio device to connect headphones or speakers, which then allows the ability to listen to and navigate the user interface, in addition to listening to books. The Kindle Audio Adapter was designed specifically to be used with VoiceView for Kindle. U.S. customers can purchase a bundle of both the Kindle Audio Adapter with the Kindle Paperwhite, and VoiceView for Kindle will be available in the future with other Kindle e-readers as well. Customers who purchase this bundle will receive a credit back on their account to cover the cost of the Kindle Audio Adapter, so they won’t have to pay extra for accessibility.
We’ve also launched other features to enhance a customer’s reading experience. Based on customer feedback, we made a new font available on the latest generation Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Voyage, Kindle Oasis, and the Kindle reading app in iOS, an open source font option called OpenDyslexic. We also offer the ability to increase the font size of book text, adjust line spacing and margins, and change the format of the text. Kindle also includes a feature called Word Wise, which makes it easier to quickly understand more challenging books with short and simple definitions that automatically appear above difficult words so customers can keep reading with fewer interruptions.
Self-Defense Training for Blind and Visually Impaired
with 1Touch Project
Bluegrass Council of the Blind is proud to partner with the 1Touch Project, a 501(c)(3) organization that provides ongoing self-development and rehabilitation courses specifically for people who are visually impaired and those legally considered to be vulnerable members of society. This partnership, along with a grant from the Delta Gamma Foundation, has provided Kentuckians that are involved with the blind and visually impaired to participate in a certification course for this project. Through this certification, participants will be able to teach hands-on self-defense techniques for dealing with assaults, aggressive behavior, and bullying. 1Touch ™ focuses on real life situations with practical applications. 1Touch™ explores participants’ hidden assumptions regarding their own disability by investigating their personal perceptions of their blindness.
Learning these techniques has proven highly effective in the development of:
- Greater health physically and psychologically
- Increasing independence
- Adapting to vision loss
- Communication skills
- Enthusiasm/ self-worth
- Mobility and dexterity
- Spatial orientation
- Tactile sensitivity
- Social interaction
BCB staff members, Theresa Thomas and Sam Seavey will participate in this training from May 18-20th. Once they complete the total 6-month course to be a certified 1Touch Coach, BCB plans to offer instructional classes to BCB members and consumers.
Kitchen Fun and Cooking Basics at the BCB
Sam Seavey, our Assistive Technology and Training Program Coordinator, and Aleric Vanderpool, Volunteer for the BCB Assistive Technology program, will be working together with members of BCB to learn the basics of how to get around a kitchen, as well as learn how to cook on the stove and oven, and any other kitchen appliance that they may wish to learn how to use. We will start out with the basics of cooking, such as grilled cheese and scrambled eggs. After that, we will move on to harder and more complex dishes, and we invite members to bring their own recipes to try.
Call us at 859-259-1834 to reserve your spot in our cooking class, or if you have any items to donate to fill up our kitchen!
May 24, 2016
Kentucky Gives day is a 24 Hour online fundraising event bringing charities and Kentuckians together for a powerful day of action. Our goal is to raise as much money as possible - giving every Kentuckian the opportunity to support causes they care about and giving charitable nonprofits the opportunity to share their story - all through a single online giving site and in just 24 hours!
OR feel free to give us a call at the office, and we can take your donation over the phone!
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Tuesday, May 17th
We will have a Health Initiative walk at the Arboretum from 3-4pm. For weather inquiries, please call the BCB before 2pm on that day. Our “rain date” in case of rescheduling will be Tuesday, May 24th from 3-4pm.
Wednesday, May 18th to Friday, May 20th - 1Touch Coaching Certification Course for Sam and Theresa. Stay tuned to more information on upcoming self-defense courses!
Tuesday, May 24th KY Gives Day! Give online, or call the office to donate over the phone!
Wednesday, May 25th
We will have our monthly Peer Support Meeting. The topic will be Employment, and speakers include Cary Pummer, Executive Director of Jubilee Jobs or Lexington and Margaret Corneilson, MRC, CRC, Center Director of OWL, Opportunity for Work and Learning.
Please RSVP for any BCB event you plan to attend at least two days in advance - 859-259-1834 : email@example.com
Wheels passes will be provided as reimbursement for members who pay for Wheels transportation to and from BCB events.
In-Kind Needs & Other Ways to Help
- Filters for Brita water pitcher
- New or gently used sofa and chairs
- Tablets and smartphones
- Magnification devices such as handheld magnifiers, digital magnifiers, or CCTVs
When you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon donates a percentage of the purchase price to BCB! Start at smile.amazon.com and support us every time you shop!
Kroger Community Rewards
Register your Kroger card at krogercommunityrewards.comand choose BCB as your nonprofit. A percentage of your purchases goes to BCB with no extra cost to you!
May 8th: Peggy Knack
May 16th: Jenne Culbertson
May 19th: Cleo Caudill
May 24th: James Chesser
May 28th: Henry Francis
May 27th: Kimberly Rich
May 29th: Katherine Pennington