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Saree Behm

Student Spotlight: Saree Behm

Council scholarship recipient Saree Behm is in her first year at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where she lives in a dormitory on campus. A committed student, she is working towards a double major in Early Childhood Education with certifications in Early Childhood and Special Education. Saree spoke to Council Writer Lynn between her studies. Lynn:… Continue Reading Student Spotlight: Saree Behm

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Voting for Everyone

Voters who are blind and visually impaired in Wisconsin face many challenges when casting a ballot. These voters encounter hoops others do not have to navigate including getting a ballot in a user-friendly format and finding a way to fill it out and return it securely. They may not be able to cast their ballot… Continue Reading Voting for Everyone

Adam Grassnickle in Sharper Vision Store

On Sight October 2018

Today is White Cane Safety Day! Alt text: Save the Date graphic for White Cane Safety Day Image: Did you know? October 15 is White Cane Safety Day. Share upcoming posts to educate people you know. #WhiteCaneLaw (logo for the Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired) Spread the word about White Cane Safety… Continue Reading On Sight October 2018

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How to Impact the Wisconsin State Budget

State agencies, such as the Department of Workforce Development, the Department of Public Instruction, the Department of Transportation, and the Department of Health Services-which houses the Office for the Blind and Visually Impaired (OBVI)-use tax dollars to create and manage programs that help Wisconsinites live happy, empowered lives. The Wisconsin Biennial Budget provides the breakdown… Continue Reading How to Impact the Wisconsin State Budget

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Macular Degeneration Symposium

Age-related macular degeneration affects more than 10 million Americans. It is a common eye condition and a leading cause of vision loss in people over the age of 50. The condition affects the central part of the retina – causing distortion or loss of central vision. When faced with a diagnosis of macular degeneration, you… Continue Reading Macular Degeneration Symposium

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On Sight September 2018

Student Spotlight: Shannon Columb Shannon accepting her award shown with Council board member Kelsey Tiradani. Staying positive and enjoying the little things in life helps UW-Stevens Point senior, Shannon Columb, focus on her goals. From teaching about the environment at Lions Camp to traveling to Europe for a summer field study, Shannon has discovered that… Continue Reading On Sight September 2018

Council Board Member Patty Zallar talking with scholarship recipient Mikeyla Mobley and Naomi Behm Hrdina, teacher of the visually impaired with the Madison Metropolitan School District, about guide dog use and advocacy.

Preparing for College

Fall is a time for new beginnings–especially for students. This year’s college freshmen might be both nervous and excited, as they are not sure what to expect when it comes to the differences between high school and college. To ease this transition, the Council would like to offer tips on self-advocacy and obtaining disability services… Continue Reading Preparing for College

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Melanie Ramey and Renee Peterson

New Board Members Melanie Ramey and Renee Peterson

The Council welcomes two new board members, each bringing valuable experience and perspective to their positions. Melanie Ramey A native of Arkansas, Melanie has lived in Madison for 30 years, and is a communication and speech coach. She also serves on many organizations and is the vice president of the Wisconsin League of Women Voters, chair of the Madison Committee on Foreign Relations… Continue Reading New Board Members Melanie Ramey and Renee Peterson