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February 2019 On Sight

Your Journey with Vision Impairment: Learn about Resources Webinar: Tuesday, March 19, 10:00-11:00 a.m. A woman looks at a book of photos using a handheld magnifier. Many Wisconsin-based programs and resources exist to help you or a loved one adapt to vision changes. This webinar will cover online classes, week-long training retreats and other learning opportunities to enhance your journey. Each of the four presenters will describe educational options for people who are blind or visually...
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Academic Scholarships

Council Scholarships Available If you are a Wisconsin student who is blind or visually impaired, get ready to apply for one of the $2,000 scholarships offered by the Wisconsin Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired. Scholarship are available for post-secondary students attending two-year college, technical college or four-year university, as well as graduate programs. The application period is now open! Click to download the Application Packet The application packet is downloaded as a...
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Extended Store Hours

 Sharper Vision Store open until 7pm Next Thursday Thursdays beginning Feb 14 open from 8:00 am - 7:00 pm Need to get products for yourself or a loved one, but can never make it to the Council’s Sharper Vision store in Madison during business hours? For the convenience of our customers, the store will now be open for extended hours on Thursdays from 8 am to 7 pm beginning on February 14th. As always, our helpful staff will help you try products and find the right item for your...
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Dining in the Dark at Charlie's on Main

Dining in the Dark Thursday, March 21, 2019 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Charlie’s on Main, Oregon   Chef Dave Heide creates an Italian-inspired multi-course menu that challenges participants to rethink the importance of vision in the food experience. Guests wear blindfolds while dining – experiencing crunchy and smooth food textures, as well as a range of local flavors. Dinner costs $60 per person with an optional $20 wine pairing. Proceeds benefit the Council. Invite your...
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News You Can Use: How to Put in Eye Drops for Glaucoma and Other Diseases

A young man rests his chin and forehead on a device and looks towards equipment during an eye examination. His left eye is covered by a bluish light. January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month. Glaucoma is a major cause of blindness for people over the age of 60. It is an eye disease that typically causes vision loss by damage to the optic nerve. The optic nerve is located in the back of the eye, and transfers visual information from the retina to the vision centers of the brain via...
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January 2019 On Sight

 2018 Donors: We Appreciate You An infographic highlights 2018 fund development successes. Thank you for your financial support of Council activities in 2018. Your gifts have made a direct impact in the lives of people experiencing vision loss. Your generosity has supported: Vision Services – low vision fair, open house for the public, school presentations, adaptive technology one-on-one or group class training Legislative advocacy – accessible pedestrian signal installation,...
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Dreams to Foster Equity and Empower People in Wisconsin: Transportation and Civil Rights/ADA

As we enter 2019, the Council is putting forth five dreams related to our current Legislative Priorities, that will inspire us and urge us to press forward. We believe these dreams could, with hard work and cooperative effort, be accomplished by the year 2027, when the Council will celebrate its 75th anniversary. The dreams outlined below may take years, but having "in-a-perfect-world" goals enables us to remain hopeful, to work towards objectives, and to determine the steps that will get us...
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Thanks from the Council

THANK YOU to our many donors! With your generous support, more than 11,000 people who are living with low vision or blindness have received services, attended educational sessions, purchased adaptive products, or have been represented in the state legislature through the Council’s advocacy efforts.

Any time is a good time to make a difference for someone adapting to vision loss. Click here to make your gift! Thank you!

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Honoring Louis Braille

Louis Braille developed a six-dot system in the early 1800s that still transforms literacy today.   Today we honor the birth of Louis Braille, born in 1809 in France. As a very young child, Louis lost his sight due to an accident in his father’s leather shop. An eager student, Louis quickly realized he could not learn everything through listening alone. While studying at the Royal Institution for the Blind in Paris, he met Charles Barbier, a former soldier, who had invented a...
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News You Can Use: 15 Tips for Baking with Low Vision

A New Year’s party or a holiday gathering is an excellent reason to bake a treat for loved ones. Many of us have favorite family recipes that are used to prepare holiday meals. “My go-to family recipe is for Pfeffernüsse Cookies—German gingerbread cookies that I have been baking for over 20 years,” says Jean Kalscheur, the Council’s Education and Vision Services Director. Her family recipe makes small, crispy cookies that are good for dunking in coffee or milk. Involvement in...
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December 2018 On Sight

Give a Gift That Will Make an Impact! Dorothy watching a close-up live video of backyard birds using a CCTV in her living room. When Dorothy got connected with the Council, her changing vision due to macular degeneration raised many questions in her mind. She wondered how she would continue to perform daily tasks independently, such as cook and read the newspaper, and she also lamented that her vision changes caused her to give up a hobby she had enjoyed for years: birdwatching. During an...
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