On Sight: August 2014
Children’s Eye Health & Safety Month
To provide additional accessibility, we offer an audio recording of On Sight in .mp3 format. Here’s the link: August 2014 On Sight
Still counting sheep? Listen to our webinar
If you weren’t able to attend the live broadcast of the webinar “Counting Sheep? Understanding Sleep Disorders,” worry not. It’s archived as an audio file on the Council’s website where it will remain active until mid-October.
http://wcblind.org/audio/sleep_webinar_audio_edited.mp3 and feel free to share this link.
We recommended these websites for additional background:
1. Non-24 at http://www.non-24.com/. Call a health educator at 1-855-856-2424 to find answers to questions about Non-24. Read about how to start the Non-24 discussion with your doctor.
2. Sleep Education at http://sleepeducation.com/. Good information about many sleep disorders, and you can search by address to find a sleep center near you.
Bursting the isolation bubble caused by blindness
Vision loss can, but shouldn’t, create barriers between sighted and non-sighted people. Council friend, author, and retired psychologist Kathryn Schneider of Eau Claire reflected on how a lack of vision isn’t really the problem she has navigating the world. Listen to her commentary on Wisconsin Life, a program on Wisconsin Public Radio, at
“Saving Sight” vision symposium brochure is now available
If you have Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) or Diabetic Retinopathy, please join us on Wednesday, October 8, at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison for the free symposium “Saving Sight: Fighting Back against Macular Degeneration and Diabetic Retinopathy.”
The new format features presentations by experts on the latest treatments for AMD in the morning and Diabetic Retinopathy in the afternoon. Lunch is on your own, and we will offer nearby restaurant options.
Register online now at https://wcblind.org/index.php/events/icalrepeat.detail/2014/10/08/97/-/saving-sight-symposium.
Please help us by telling others about this free educational program.
Make your summer family event more meaningful
Is your family gathering for a summer celebration? Consider making a gift to the Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired to commemorate a special birthday, anniversary or family member.
Here are a few examples of what your family’s gift could provide:
$35 – a white cane
$72 – six reams of Braille paper
$80 – one hour home visit by a vision rehabilitation teacher
$160 – two hours of orientation and mobility training with a certified instructor
$185 – low vision evaluation to teach someone how to maximize his/her remaining vision
$500 – iPad and instruction to help someone keep in touch with family and friends
$500 – statewide webinar to provide the latest information about topics related to eye health. These webinars are free to all attendees.
Call for artists for Fall Gallery Night
Each year, the Council participates in Fall Gallery Night, a city-wide event in Madison sponsored by the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. Numerous galleries and nonprofit venues open their doors to the public so they can enjoy a variety of art creations.
This year’s event is Friday evening, October 10. We are seeking blind or visually impaired artists or individuals who create art that is accessible to persons with vision loss. We will host an opening artist’s reception on October 10 and the art exhibit continues for approximately six weeks.
See bigger and better
Do you need extra magnification and are you tired of looking through a small lens to see things well? The Optelec Compact 7 HD may provide the ideal solution.
The Optelec Compact 7 HD is the newest, truly portable 7-inch-wide screen electronic video magnifier with High Definition image quality, magnification up to 24X, extreme simplicity, and an attractive style. Integrating the largest screen available in the Optelec Compact product family, it is still small enough to carry easily from one location to another. Call the Sharper Vision Store at 608-237-8100 or shop online at http://shop.wcblind.org to check about Item # PCCTV4.
Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month
It’s almost back-to-school time, and you’re prepared with your child or grandchild’s enrollment forms, orientation schedules and immunizations. How about their eyes?
Most children have healthy eyes; however, there are conditions that can threaten good vision. Because you can’t always “look” into a child’s eyes to tell if she or he has eye health problems, we encourage you to schedule an eye exam.
Eyes should be examined during regular pediatric appointments, and vision testing should first be conducted around age three.
Be aware of signs that may indicate that a child has vision problems, including:
- › Wandering or crossed eyes
- › A family history of childhood vision problems
- › Disinterest in reading or viewing distant objects
- › Squinting or turning the head in an unusual manner while watching TV
Talk to your child or grandchild’s pediatrician if you suspect that she or he has any of these eye conditions:
- › Amblyopia (lazy eye)
- › Strabismus (crossed eyes)
- › Ptosis (drooping of the eyelid)
- › Color deficiency (color blindness)
- › Refractive errors (nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism)
Free computer resource
GW Micro, in collaboration with Microsoft, now provides people who are blind, visually impaired, or print disabled with a completely functional and free license of GW Micro’s Window-Eyes, a screen reader for Windows PCs. Customers must have a licensed version of Office 2010 or later to download Window-Eyes. Learn more at www.gwmicro.com/Window-Eyes/.
New service dog support group forming
Are you a person who always wanted to know more about service dogs or are a current service dog user? The Colonial Club Senior Center, 301 Blankenheim Lane in Sun Prairie, would like to start a support group to educate, support and share fellowship with you.
To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Pam Westfall at 608-837-4611, extension 152.
Read stories of independence despite vision loss
The Council’s 2013 Annual Report includes stories of people like Ros Zeltins of Portage, Wisconsin. After losing most of her sight to Retinitis Pigmentosa, Ros decided to seek out resources that would help her live her “best life.” She found many assistive products that allow her to continue to enjoy some of her favorite pastimes.
Office closure for holiday
Council offices and the Sharper Vision Store will be closed on Monday, September 1, in observance of Labor Day.
May we help you?
If you have questions about the Council’s programs, services, events, outreach or legislative advocacy, please visit www.wcblind.org or call us toll-free at 800-783-5213 or locally in Madison at 608-255-1166.