June 2: Membership Meeting & Indoor Picnic!
Join us on Thursday, June 2, 2016 4 PM- 6PM for an indoor Membership Meeting Picnic. The membership meeting will include a Celebration of Life for Paul Wiese, a 50/50 drawing, and door prizes. Call the office and reserve your spot!
Saturday, June 11: 5K on the Runway, 8am
Blue Grass Airport, Register Online
It’s a bird! Nope… It’s a plane! Get ready for take off and join us as we walk, jog, and run down the runway at the Blue Grass Airport for our June health initiative outing at the 5th annual 5K on the Runway, presented by BC Wood Properties!
Sign up online at www.uwbg.org/5kontherunway, and help support the United Way of the Bluegrass, a partner and sponsor for the Bluegrass Council of the Blind! Please call the BCB office if you have any questions or need assistance signing up.
Sunday, June 12: Proud Mary's BBQ, 4pm-7pm
9079 Old Richmond Rd, Lexington, KY
$10 Cover Charge
The second community outing for June will be on Sunday, June 12th from 4-7pm at Proud Mary’s BBQ, a restaurant on the Kentucky River with breath-taking views of the fiver and the rolling hills of Kentucky. Proud Mary’s will be hosting an outdoor event, offering live music by the band Conch Republic, sand volleyball, and food and drink specials, all for a $10 cover. This is located on the edge of Fayette County, so Red Cross Wheels service is available at a charge of $2 each way!
Join BCB as we discover a new and exciting destination you may not have though to be available to Wheels passengers. If you plan to attend using Red Cross Wheels, please let us know in advance, as we are coordinating with Wheels to be sure they have enough drivers scheduled that day. Each person is responsible for his or her own costs for food, drink, and admission.
Please remember, you are welcome to join us for either or both outings. BCB is happy to offer a variety of options to learn about our community, accessible destinations, and offer opportunities for community involvement and social activities. RSVP by calling the office at 859-259-1834 at least 3 days in advance so we can answer any questions and can inform the event location.
Free Dental Care for Veterans on Saturday, June 25th!
Thousands of veterans will receive free dental care on Saturday, June 25th, when doctors and their teams from nearly 400 Aspen Dental-branded practices in 33 states open their doors for Aspen Dental’s National Day of Service - an event that is expected to be the largest single-day oral health initiative for veterans in 2016.
Like millions of other American, veterans can struggle to find oral health care when they need it. That’s why Aspen Dental’s Healthy Mouth Movement, a community-giving initiative launched in 2014, is focusing its effects on helping veterans get the dental care they need.
Participating Practices in Kentucky:
Lexington’s Aspen Dental
3695 Nicholaville Rd,Ste 140
Lexington KY 40503
Open 7am and 9pm Monday-Saturday
Louisville, KY (Outer Loop)
Louisville, KY (Dixie Hqy)
Interested veterans can also call 1-844 AspenHMM to find a participating practice in their community and schedule an appointment in advance - space is limited and appointments are filling up fast!
2016 NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarship
Deadline: July 1, 2016 | 5 p.m. EDT
Thanks to a generous contribution from NBCUniversal, the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) is proud to offer eight (8) NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarships in 2016.
The NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarship is available to 2nd year associate students; undergraduate sophomores, juniors, and seniors; and graduate students with disabilities with an interest in the entertainment, media, or communications industries. Each recipient will receive $5,625 to help cover the cost of education at their college or university.
This scholarship has been named in honor of Tony Coelho, a former United States Representative from California and the primary author and sponsor of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Is Employment in Your Future?
We had two speakers at our Peer Support Group meeting on May 25 who presented programs that help people find their niche in employment.
Margaret Corneilson, MRC, CRC, Center Director of OWL, Opportunity for Work and Learning, spoke first. OWL helps people with all types of disabilities find employment. Referrals come from the Office for the Blind or Office of Vocational Rehabilitation so you would need to contact them first. Among other things, they offer training in becoming a customer service representative, help with resume writing, and job readiness skills. Located at 650 Kennedy Rd.
Cary Plummer, Executive Director of Jubilee Jobs of Lexington spoke second. He said Jubilee Jobs is a faith-based nonprofit organization that helps people overcome any and all types of barriers to employment and that included disabilities. Orientation is held there every Monday at 9:00 a.m. sharp. No need to call, just show up with a positive attitude. Located at 1450 N. Broadway.
ALL CALL for Recipes: Share your favorite dish!
Bluegrass Council of the Blind is collecting recipes! We hope to collect a variety of healthy recipes in any category, whether it is an appetizer, main dish, or dessert! You can contribute more than one recipe, and we hope to have an array of options for different cooking skill levels.
We will have these recipes printed in large font for accessibility and for use in our kitchen classes offered. Let us know if you are interested in purchasing a copy, and if you would want your copy in Braille!
Please bring in a printed copy of your recipes, or send them to email@example.com.
Reminder: Call the BCB office to reserve your spot in the Kitchen Fun and Cooking Basics through our Assistive Technology and Training Program. We will start out with the basics of cooking, such as grilled cheese and scrambled eggs, and then move on to more complex dishes.
Empowerment & Self-Defense for Blind and Visually Impaired with 1Touch
Bluegrass Council of the Blind was proud to partner with the 1Touch Project, a 501(c)(3) organization that provides self-development and rehabilitation courses specifically for those legally considered vulnerable members of society. 1Touch ™ focuses on real life situations with practical applications.BCB was thrilled to host the first course of its kind offered in Kentucky. BCB members Kim Rich, Sam Seavey, Shirley Stivers and Theresa Thomas began the 6-month process of becoming 1Touch certified instructors, and look forward to sharing the skills they learned with others who have vision loss.
“It was awesome to begin the certification course and learn so much in just 3 days! I have been operating the last week on adrenaline from the course. I love showing others how the 1Touch Project has given me new-found confidence and taught me skills that have empowered me to feel safer, more independent and liberated,” said BCB Executive Director, Theresa Thomas. “I hope to complete my certification in the next few months and begin offering self-defense workshops at the BCB office next fall.”
Visual Impairment, Blindness Cases in U.S. expected to double by 2050
With the youngest of baby boomers hitting 65 by 2029, the number of people with visual impairment or blindness in the United States is expected to double to more than 8 million by 2050, according to projections based on census data and studies funded by the National Eye Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health. Another 16.4 million Americans are expected to have difficulty seeing due to correctable refractive errors such as myopia (nearsightedness) or hyperopia (farsightedness) that can be fixed with glasses, contacts or surgery.
The researchers were led by Rohit Varma, M.D., director of the Roski Eye Institute, and published their analysis May 19th in JAMA Ophthalmology. They estimate that 1 million Americans were legally blind (20/200 vision or worse) in 2015. Having 20/200 vision means that for clear vision, you would have to be 20 feet or closer to an object that a person with normal vision could see from 200 feet away. Meanwhile, 3.2 million Americans had visual impairment in 2015, meaning they had 20/40 or worse vision with best possible correction.
These findings are an important forewarning of the magnitude of vision loss to come. They suggest that there is a huge opportunity for screening efforts to identify people with correctable vision problems and early signs of eye diseases. Early detection and intervention, as simple as prescribing corrective lenses, could go a long way toward preventing avoidable vision loss.
Over the next 35 years, they project that the number of people with legal blindness will increase by 21 percent each decade to 2 million by 2050. Likewise, best-corrected visual impairment will grow by 25 percent each decade, doubling to 6.95 million. The greatest burden of visual impairment and blindness will affect those 80 years or older as advanced age is a key risk factor for diseases such as age-related macular degeneration and cataract.
In terms of absolute numbers, non-Hispanic whites, particularly white women, represent the largest proportion of people affected by visual impairment and blindness, and their numbers will nearly double. By 2050, 2.15 million non-Hispanic white women are expected to be visually impaired and 610,000 will be blind. Based on these data, there is a need for increased screening and interventions across all population.
African Americans currently account for the second highest proportion of visual impairment, but that is expected to shift to Hispanics around 2040. Hispanics have particularly high rates of diabetes, which is associated with diabetic eye disease, a treatable cause of visual impairment. African Americans are at disproportionately high risk for developing glaucoma, a potentially blinding eye disease that typically causes the loss of peripheral, but not central vision, so people tend to not realize that they are losing their vision and do not seek treatment, he said.
The study was funded in part by NEI grants U10EY017337-05 and K23EY022949-01. NEI leads the federal government’s research on the visual system & eye diseases. NEI supports basic and clinical science programs that result in the development of sight-saving treatments and address special needs of people with vision loss. For more info, visit http://www.nei.nih.gov.
Check out the Article link HERE
Thursday, June 2 Membership Meeting, 4pm-6pm Picnic!
Location: Bluegrass Council of the Blind
Monday, June 6 Independence Place Friends for LIFE Meeting, 5pm-7pm
Speaker: Mary Kate, LexTran Location: Independence Place, 140 E. Main Street Room C
Saturday, June 11 5K on the Runway! 8 AM Make sure to register!
Location: Blue Grass Airport
Sunday, June 12 Proud Mary’s BBQ, 4 PM- 7 PM
Location: 9079 Old Richmond Rd, Lexington, KY; $10 Cover Charge
Saturday, June 25 Veterans Receive Free Dental Care at Aspen Dental!
Location: 3695 Nicholasville Rd, Ste 140; Phone: 859-286-4573
Wednesday, July 6 Special Needs Financial Planning, 2pm-4pm
Speaker: Elizabeth Chatterton, North Western Mutual
Location: Independence Place, 140 E. Main Street Room C
July 14-24 Lexington Lions Club Bluegrass Fair! Admission $6 per person
Gates open 5 PM Monday-Friday, 3PM Saturday-Sunday
Ride bracelets can be purchased for $20
Please RSVP for any BCB event you plan to attend at least two days in advance - 859-259-1834 : firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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