BCB Out and About
Wednesday, July 13:
Headley Whitney Museum Outing
In July, we will host two community outings. Our first outing is scheduled for Wednesday, July 13 from 2 – 3:30. We will gather at the Headley-Whitney Museum, located at 4435 Old Frankfort Pike in Lexington. We will receive a guided tour of “Vision 20/200” an exhibit featuring the work of children and adults who are visually impaired. You do not want to miss this. We will also experience a second exhibit entitled “Sense of Touch” a gallery full of touchable art. There will be a $5 charge per person for the guided tour. We will have Wheels passes for those of you traveling by Wheels, if needed.
The Lions Bluegrass Fair
The Lions Bluegrass Fair is July 14 – 24. We are planning to have a second Community Outing sometime during that time frame to attend the Fair. Look for details in the next newsletter.
Thanks for Your Support
Thanks to all who came out to support United Way of the Bluegrass at the 5K on the Runway at Bluegrass Airport. UWBG is an honored partner and sponsor of BCB.
We hope you were able to attend our Community Outing at Proud Mary BBQ on Sunday, June 12th on the Kentucky River. Many folks came out for a great social event which also displayed a beautiful and fun destination that is accessible to Wheels riders that they might not had otherwise realized.
BCB Consumers Are Invited to Attend an Event
Hosted by Independence Place
Date: July 6, 2016
Place: Downtown Library 140 East Main
Time: 2-4 pm
Northwestern Mutual is coming to do a workshop that helps educate individuals who have a child with special needs on how to prepare for two generations of financial security, and will show attendees how to build a team and cover the key aspects to a special needs plan.
For information or to RSVP, contact Independence Place at 266-2807.
Serving the disability community since 1995, Independence Place is a non-profit Center for Independent Living empowering individuals with disabilities of all ages. Specializing in the areas of independent living skills, peer mentoring, advocacy and more. Each of our team members are experienced and determined in helping our clients. IP is also the only Paralympic Sports Club in Kentucky, providing various sporting leagues through community partners.
June Membership Meeting & Picnic
Twenty-four members and guests attended the June Picnic Membership Meeting. We enjoyed turkey and beef hot dogs with the choice of white or wheat buns, bratwurst, baked beans, potato salad, Asian salad and superfood salad, and cookies for dessert. Volunteers from the Junior League of Lexington, Anne Deck and Nini Edwards helped to set up, serve, and clean up and we are so appreciative. After we ate, Theresa presented the news and upcoming activity schedule for the Council and introduced our newest staff member, Cindy Foster. A memorial tribute celebrating the life of past member Paul Wiese then followed. Several members spoke fondly of Paul and related stories of his generosity, leadership, and humor throughout his long service to the Council. Tears were shed and laughter exchanged as memories allowed for deeply held feelings to be expressed.
Special Thanks to the Awesome Volunteers
From the Junior League of Lexington
Members of the Junior League of Lexington dedicate their time and talents to serve with non-profit agencies across central Kentucky, and the League awards grants to multiple agencies each year to assist them with continuing the work that they do to improve the quality of life for the individuals they serve.
The Junior League of Lexington is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Their purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. The Junior League of Lexington, Kentucky, Inc. reaches out to women of all races, religions and national origins who demonstrate an interest in and a commitment to voluntarism.
For more information go to www.lexjrleague.com.
Kitchen Fun and Cooking Basics
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, including safety tips, measuring techniques and helpful tools in the kitchens, etc. We will teach participants how to cook basic meals such as grilled cheese and scrambled eggs, and then move on to more complex dishes.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. We are especially interested in recipes that are healthy and appropriate for persons who are Diabetic or limiting their sugar and carbohydrate intake.
Further Currency Delays Raise Concerns
(Article Provided by the American Council of the Blind)
Alexandria, Va. (May 16, 2016) — The American Council of the Blind (ACB) expresses deep concern and disappointment over continued delays by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, which recently reported further delays of accessible tactile paper currency to as late as 2026.
"ACB is extremely upset that shortfalls in security and anti-counterfeiting measures will likely push back the country's first accessible paper currency an additional six years from prior projections," said Kim Charlson, ACB’s president. "If our country can create a space program and put a man on the moon in less than nine years, the government should be able to figure out how to make paper currency both secure and accessible in less than twice that time."
The U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia ruled in 2008 that paper currency in the United States was in violation of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Under Section 504, all federal government programs and practices must be accessible to people with disabilities. The suit, first filed in 2002 by ACB and resolved in 2008, was seen as a great victory for Americans who are blind. The previous projection was seven to ten years out for the accessible currency circulation; however, in recent years it was further pushed back to 2020.
"It is critical the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, along with the Federal Reserve, must overcome this setback as quickly as possible," Charlson said. "We call on the Anti-Counterfeiting Deterrence Committee to work both judiciously and expeditiously in order to regain valuable time that has been lost."
The American Council of the Blind is the largest consumer-based organization of blind and visually impaired individuals advocating for the rights of all blind people. Comprised of more than 70 affiliates across the United States, the organization is dedicated to making it possible for blind and visually impaired people to participate fully in all aspects of society. For more information, visit www.acb.org, or phone (202) 467-5081.
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.
In-Kind Needs & Other Ways to Help
- Large mailing regular & padded envelopes
- New or gently used sofa and chairs
- Tablets and smartphones
- Cutlery set for kitchen
- Magnification devices such as handheld magnifiers, digital magnifiers, or CCTVs
- Measuring Cups
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