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March 2019 On Sight

Explore The Council’s New Sharper Vision Online Store The Sharper Vision Store website has a fresh look. Updates such as Spanish, reorganization of products into categories, and updated product descriptions and photos enhance the experience of visitors. The new website makes it easier to find the product you are looking for, with large-button categories and a search bar. “The overall goals of the project were to improve on the accessibility and the look of our website,” said Justin...
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A Big Share Thank You!

THANK YOU for making The Big Share a success for the Council and the other non-profit organizations who participated under the umbrella of Community Shares of Wisconsin! The Council received gifts totaling $4,351 from 56 individuals. Special thanks to Council staff for 100% participation and to Council board members for their challenge match of $650! We appreciate your interest in the Council’s services and your financial support of legislative advocacy, education, and vision services for...
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2019 Excellence Award Nomination Kit

Do you know an individual or organization who has made an important contribution in the lives of people who are blind and visually impaired in Wisconsin? Consider nominating them for a Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired Excellence Award. Click here to download the nomination kit. Award categories include: Community Volunteer Award Community Partner Award Community Giving Award Exceptional Accommodations in Employment Award Louis Seditis Distinguished Service...
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The Big Share is March 5

The Big ShareTuesday, March 5, 201912:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. The Big Share is an online day of giving hosted by Community Shares of Wisconsin (CSW) for nearly 70 local nonprofits dedicated to building an equitable and just community and protecting our environment. CSW and its members envision a future where all voices are heard, where we all have clean water and air, where all neighbors have access to family-supporting jobs, and all communities in Wisconsin are safe and thriving. The Big...
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Smart TVs: Are They Accessible?

Smart TVs connect users to digital content using web-based media applications to watch shows scroll the internet and more. TVs and Accessibility The 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA) was signed into law in 2010. It requires all TVs to be accessible to individuals with disabilities, including those who are blind or visually impaired. The law requires TVs and other video-playing devices to provide video descriptions and accessible emergency information. In...
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Webinar on Vision Resources in Wisconsin

Resources in Wisconsin for People with Vision ImpairmentTuesday, March 19, 201910:00am - 11:00am There are many Wisconsin-based programs and resources to help you or a loved one adapt to vision impairment through skill building. This webinar will cover online classes, weeklong retreats and other learning opportunities to start your journey. Each speaker will describe her or his organization’s options for adults with vision impairment. Other resources will be available in a...
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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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Paperless Braille Classes

Learn about refreshable braille displays on February 20 at our office or February 26 online. Author Stephen King once said, "Books are a uniquely portable magic." For those who read hard copy braille, books may be magical, but they are not exactly portable. Reading a book on a refreshable braille display can change that. This session will demonstrate several of the latest refreshable braille displays and how they can be connected to your computer, smart phone or work as a standalone device....
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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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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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