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October 2018 On Sight

Today is White Cane Safety Day! 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 Day today. This day was declared by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964 to honor and recognize the achievements and capabilities of people who are blind or visually impaired nationally, as well as to increase awareness of the White Cane...
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White Cane Safety Day is Monday, October 15

On October 6, 1964 Congress authorized President Lyndon B. Johnson to proclaim October 15 of each year as White Cane Safety Day, also known as Blind Americans Equality Day. Today, there is a variant of the White Cane Law on the statute books of every state in the country. The law encourages the year-round independence of people in the blind and visually impaired community, creating a sense of empowerment and improving public safety. Thousands of blind and visually impaired individuals around...
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Legislative Update: Sample Questions for Candidates and Legislators

Speaking with legislators and candidates of those up for election is important because it humanizes an issue. Each of the topics below provides talking points and questions related to the Council’s five legislative priorities. These questions can be asked during political debates and other election-related events. It would be helpful to provide an example from your own lived experience right before asking the question.   Transportation: Lack of adequate transportation options is...
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Legislative Update: 10 Steps for Taking Legislative Action

While contacting your legislator might seem daunting at first, our step-by-step guide will help simplify the process. Feel empowered to take part in making legislative change! “Communicating with your legislators is important because it helps legislators be empowered to work on the constituents’ behalf,” says Council CEO/Executive Director, Denise Jess. “If legislators don’t know what is important to their constituents, they’ll be left in a position to make decisions from their own...
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The White Cane Law: Beliefs and Facts

Since President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed October 15 of each year to be White Cane Safety Day, the White Cane Law has been central to the safety of people who are blind or visually impaired as they travel and go about their daily activities. The law acknowledges the capabilities of the blind and visually impaired community, creating a sense of empowerment and a way to educate others. To provide this education, it is important to make sure people know everything they need about the White Cane...
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Lighting Your Way - Webinar

This webinar will include an introduction by the Council’s new Sharper Vision Store manager, Amy Dean. Focus will then turn to a discussion of indoor light, a critical component for people who have low vision or aging eyes. The webinar will cover how to select light bulbs, the type and placement of light to match activities, and an introduction to task lamps. This 1-hour webinar is free. Registration is required to receive access to the...
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2018 Holiday Store Hours

Thursdays, November 15 & 29, December 6 & 20             8:00 a.m. - 7 p.m. Saturdays, November 24, December 8 & 15                     9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.   The Council will be closed on Monday, December 24, Tuesday, December 25, Monday, December 31 and Tuesday, January 1. Need to complete holiday shopping for a loved one or yourself?...
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Keep the Council in Mind for Giving Tuesday

What is Giving Tuesday? Giving Tuesday is a national day of giving – a reminder to look beyond the physical holiday preparations to those causes that are important to you. Black Friday and Cyber Monday focus on buying material goods for yourself and those on your holiday gift list. Giving Tuesday (November 27) reminds us to share our good fortune with others by making a donation to a non-profit organization. The Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired encourages that...
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September 2018 On Sight

 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 “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” She sat down for a chat with Katherine Corbett, Council Communications...
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Preparing for College

News You Can Use August 2018 – 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 through campus resources. Throughout K-12 education, students who are blind or visually impaired work...
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Council Seeks New Board Members

Would you like to make a difference in the lives of those who experience blindness, visual impairment or vision loss? The Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired is pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for our board of directors through Friday, September 14, 2018. Terms are three years in length and begin on January 1, 2019. Founded in 1952, the mission of the Council is to promote the dignity and empowerment of the people of Wisconsin who are blind and...
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Join us for Gallery Night 2018

Friday, October 05, 2018, 05:00pm - 08:00pm This event is a part of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA) seasonal gallery nights and one of nearly 70 locations throughout the city featuring art and entertainment. Participating artists will display and discuss how they create art. Attendees are welcome to browse the artwork, enjoy live music, refreshments and talk to the artists. Artwork will be for sale for those interested. Registration is not required. Event is free...
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Macular Degeneration Symposium

Age-related macular degeneration affects over 10 million Americans – more than cataracts and glaucoma combined. Join the Council, UW-Madison Department of Ophthalmology and UW Health for the 2018 Macular Degeneration Symposium at the Alliant Energy Center from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on October 10. Learn about the latest treatments, tools and discoveries for macular degeneration from University of Wisconsin ophthalmologists and researchers, experts from the Wisconsin Council of the Blind &...
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GingeRootz - Dining in the Dark

GingeRootz Asian Grille offers a delicious 5-course meal that challenges participants to rethink the importance of vision in the food experience. Guests are blindfolded for the meal.

Join us on Tuesday, August 14 from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM at GingeRootz Asian Grille, 2920 N. Ballard Road, Appleton.

Call 920-738-9688 for reservations. The cost is $45 per person with wine pairings available for an additional $20. GingeRootz donates the proceeds from the event to the Council.

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Upcoming Assistive Technology Classes

GPS, which option is right for me? Have you heard of GPS, but not sure what app or device is right for you? This free presentation will demonstrate a variety of accessible GPS options which can help you navigate your neighborhood. The Sendero GPS, Blind Square and SoundScape apps, as well as the Victor Reader Trek will all be demonstrated. There is no cost to attend. To register, call 608-255-1166. This class will be held on at two different dates: Wednesday, August 15, 3:00 p.m. -...
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