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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. 

Listen here:

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

http://wilife.tumblr.com/post/90343845840/isolation-bubble-sight-is-something-most-of-us#

“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.

To receive a brochure with event schedule, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the Council toll free at 1-800-783-5213. 

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.

All donations are appreciated and can be made online at www.wcblind.org or sent to: Wisconsin Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired, 754 Williamson Street, Madison, WI  53703.  You may also direct questions to Lori at 608-237-8114 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

If you or someone you know is interested in exhibiting art at the Council for Fall Gallery Night or in the future, please contact Taeli Turner, 608-237-8119, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., as soon as possible.

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.

Optelec 7hd

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)

Find more information about children’s eye health and safety at www.preventblindness.org and www.aao.org

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. 

Read about Ros and others in our Annual Report which you can access at www.wcblind.org/2013annualreport.pdf.  If you prefer an audio version, please call 1-800-783-5213 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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. 

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