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On Sight: September 2014  

September is Falls Prevention Awareness Month

Listen to On Sight

To provide additional accessibility, we offer an audio recording of On Sight in .mp3 format.  Here’s the link: On Sight September 2014 audio verison

Save your seat for the symposium

We’re teaming up with the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences to offer Saving Sight Symposium: Fighting Back against Macular Degeneration and Diabetic Eye Disease on Wednesday, October 8, at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison.

Join us and learn about the latest advances in, and treatments for, macular degeneration and diabetic eye disease. UW Health ophthalmologists and an expert panel of speakers will discuss important issues, skills and solutions for those facing vision loss from these eye diseases.

The program is in two parts, with the morning focused on macular degeneration and the afternoon dealing with diabetic eye disease. You are welcome to attend one or both sections. Registration will not include lunch; however, we are happy to provide a list of nearby restaurants.

This event is free, but advance registration is required.  Save your seat at in the “Events” section, or call us toll free at 1-800-783-5213.  All are welcome.

Please help us by telling others about this educational opportunity.

Transform a life through workplace giving

Does the company where you work offer a workplace giving campaign? If so, you can make a gift to the Council directly from your paycheck and help thousands of people in Wisconsin who are blind or losing their vision. 

The Wisconsin Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired is a member of Community Shares of Wisconsin, a member-directed federation that raises money to support its member agencies that work for social, economic and environmental justice at the local, state and national levels. Each fall, Community Shares sponsors workplace giving campaigns to raise funds for their member organizations.

Members like the Wisconsin Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired will receive 100% of your gift when it comes through Community Shares.

One of the easiest ways for you to help people who are blind or visually impaired is to give through Community Shares of Wisconsin through payroll contribution. On the pledge form your employer will provide, you can authorize a deduction of your choice each pay period. By using payroll contribution, you can spread out the total amount of your contribution over a full year. This may make it possible for you to make an even larger gift.

Both public and private employers offer workplace giving.  More than 100 employers, including federal agencies, the State of Wisconsin, the University of Wisconsin, Edgewood College, Dane County, and the City of Madison, offer Community Shares of Wisconsin as a giving option for their employees.

As always, gifts made directly to the Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired are welcome and appreciated. You can make a gift online at

Thank you!

Register now for adaptive products webinar

Changing vision can expand your adaptation skills.  It doesn’t have to diminish your quality of life!  With the help of adaptive products and learning new strategies, you can manage many everyday activities with greater confidence, ease and independence.

Join us on Wednesday, October 29, at 10:30 a.m. when we present the free, 60-minute webinar Adaptive products to make life with vision loss easier

During this webinar, you will learn about portable and desktop video magnifiers, canes and cane tips, lamps, labeling, time pieces, and products to maintain health. We will include demonstrations, descriptions and tips, and answer your questions.

In order to attend this program, participants need access to the Internet.

This webinar is free; however, you must register by Wednesday, October 22, 2014, to attend.  Visit and click on the “Events” tab to learn more about this program and reserve your spot.

We are grateful to LS&S and Mattingly Low Vision, whose generous support helps make this educational opportunity possible.

Cupcakes, chocolate and art: What’s not to love?!

We’re delighted to participate again in the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art’s Fall Gallery Night, when galleries, businesses and nonprofit organizations open their doors and share a variety of art exhibits with the community.  Please join us on Friday, October 10, from 5-9 p.m. at the Council offices, 754 Williamson Street in Madison.

Our exhibit will feature oil paintings by Albert Schmiege of Mauston, wood carvings by Don McCall of Madison, photographs by Mike Morris of Madison, and a literary display by Annika Konrad of Madison.  Each artist is visually impaired and gifted with a unique perspective.

As you join us in celebrating the creative spirit of individuals who have vision loss, you’ll also enjoy tasty refreshments, learn about our work on behalf of individuals who are blind or visually impaired, and have a chance to meet the artists.

Our thanks to food and beverage contributors Cupcakes-A-Go-Go, Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier, the Willy Street Co-Op, and Woodman’s Market. 

Love to play Euchre?

 Plans are underway for the Ninth Annual Euchre Tournament for individuals who are blind orvisually impaired and their friends.   Join us at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at Culver’s Restaurant, 571 E. Richardson Springs Road, in Edgerton.  The $10 registration fee includes lunch from Culver’s, and all proceeds benefit the Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired to help us meet the needs of individuals who have vision loss.  Come for the fun, the cards, the camaraderie, and the cash prizes.   To register, please call Sally Zenchenko, event organizer, at 608-334-1818. 

Registration deadline: Friday, October 24.


This month’s store highlight: the Superior Talking Scale with Clear Speaking Voice

Superior Talking Scale

This scale is accurate to within 1% of actual weight, and it weighs up to 440 lbs (or 220 kg) in .2 lb increments. It speaks in a clear, audible female voice, and its digital readout is very large (1.25 inches). The ample platform measures 14.5 X 11 inches, and it is ridged and textured to prevent you from slipping and sliding--even while you jump for joy when your diet pays off. Operates on 4 AA batteries that are included.  Ask about item #HM400 when you call the Sharper Vision Store at 608-237-8100.

May we help you?

If you have questions about the Council’s programs, services, events, outreach or legislative advocacy, please visit or call us toll-free at 800-783-5213 or locally in Madison at 608-255-1166.

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