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Accessible Voting Webinar

Have you given up voting due to a lack of access in the system? June 20 from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Join Sara Linski, WisVote Elections Specialist, and Jennifer Haar, City of Madison Clerk's Office, to learn about the voting options available to individuals with disabilities who want to vote, whether it is voting prior to Election Day or voting on Election Day at the polls. Hear about the voting experiences of Randy and Virginia Black. Find out what you can do to have an effective voting...
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Vignette Dining Club - Dining in the Dark

Thank you to all who made reservations for our first vegetarian Dining in the Dark event! Both dinners are sold out on July 12 and 13. A reminder to guests that you will receive email notification of the location and menu on the morning of the event, which begins at 6:30 pm. We are grateful to Vignette Dining Club for their generosity and support over the years. Vignette has hosted this unique dinner several times as a fundraiser for the Council. If you are interested in joining us for future...
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Annual Low Vision Fair at UW - Manitowoc

The Council’s next Low Vision Fair takes place Thursday, August 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will be located in Founder’s Hall at UW – Manitowoc at 705 Viebahn Street in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. The event is free. No registration is required. Come to compare and try adaptive products, learn new techniques at informational breakout sessions and meet Council staff and vendors. Talk with other people who are going through what you are experiencing as your vision loss progresses. Find resources...
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White Cane Safety Day Toolkit

Do you like bringing attention to the needs and concerns of people who are blind and visually impaired? Do you enjoy planning events in your community? Does educating the public excite you? If you answered “Yes!” to these questions, then consider planning a special event or spreading the word about White Cane Safety Day. Our White Cane Safety Day Toolkit is here to provide inspiration, examples and helpful hints as you plan for and promote this important day. The Toolkit includes...
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Upcoming Assistive Technology Classes

iPhone ABC's, Apps, Badges, and Controls Learn how to take control of your iPhone. From installing and updating apps to configuring notifications and working in the Control Center, this workshop will have you using your device like a pro. Commonly used and popular apps will also be explored. Jim Denham, Assistive Technology Specialist, will be leading this class on May 22.   Tuesday, May 22 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. This event will be held online via Zoom meeting (instructions...
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Birding by Ear: Learning to identify birds without sight

Birding by Ear: Learning to identify birds without sight Co-organized by the Madison Audubon Society and the Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired Just as unique as their coloration and shape, bird songs come in all tunes and pitches. Identifying birds by their song is an exciting activity and skill, and any experienced bird watcher will tell you that most birding is done without actually seeing the bird, but by hearing it. Birding by Ear is a class that meets on two...
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Thank You, Volunteers!

The Council is so fortunate to have community volunteers sharing their talents with us! THANK YOU to Margaret and Monica for audio recording our publications; to Karen Lee for providing personal assistance; to Adam, Ethan, Delta Gammas, Margaret and Karen Lee for helping out at special events; to Peter for sorting archive material; to Joe Hodgson for repairing braillewriters; to Mary Kay for making product instructions accessible; and to our dedicated board and committee members. We sincerely...
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A Welcoming Main Street

WCBVI seeks to empower people with vision loss to engage in their communities. To help businesses and organizations interact with customers and clients who have vision loss, we compiled simple tips and techniques everyone can use. You can download the booklet by clicking here. Feel free to print and share the information.

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The 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 $3,758 from 57 individuals. Special thanks to Council staff for 100% participation! We appreciate your interest in our services and your financial support for the education, vision services, and legislative advocacy for people in Wisconsin who are living with vision loss. Thank...
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The Big Share

The Big Share is Tuesday, March 6th! The Big Share is a 24-hour online fundraising event to support local nonprofit groups, including the Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired. You can select from over 60 nonprofits and direct your gifts to the causes that are important to you. If the Council has the most donors between 10:00 – 11:00 am on March 6th, we will receive a cash prize of $750! Just think what the Council could do with an extra $750 - home visits, free white...
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Dining in the Dark

Charlie’s on Main is partnering with us for an experiential dinner that will challenge you to rethink the importance of vision in the food experience. Dining in the Dark at Charlie’s on Main begins at 6:30 pm on Thursday, March 22. The evening includes a four course dinner. Guests will wear a blindfold during the meal so you can savor the food using senses other than sight. Chef Dave will describe the meal to you as the courses are served. Since the menu is not announced prior to the...
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A Welcoming Main Street

WCBVI seeks to empower people with vision loss to engage in their communities. More than 500 people with vision difficulty live in Iowa County. To help Dodgeville businesses and organizations interact with customers and clients who have vision loss, WCBVI compiled simple tips and techniques for them to use. We will share these ideas with Dodgeville businesses over lunch on Tuesday, February 6 at the Health and Human Services Center on Chapel Street in Dodgeville. Please arrive by noon and...
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Planning Ahead

Plan ahead. We hear that advice over and over as we grow in age and experience. The lesson is just as valuable after retirement, as you make decisions about how you will manage your insurance and assets. One of those decisions may be finding a way to benefit a charity that has helped you or a family member over the years. By naming the Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired in your will, the services you received will be available for the next generation of people with vision...
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Legislative Day 2018

The focus on the day is primarily on state-wide advocacy, with particular attention to employment and transportation access. Here are some highlights. Our morning session will feature a legislative update and overview of some of the Council’s work over the past year. We’ll have visits from a representative from the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation to speak to the implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act for both the transitional population and older working-age...
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Get Ready to Bid!

Our online auction is coming soon – November 8 -14! Auction items include gift certificates for dining, tickets to concerts, cookbooks, family entertainment passes, and lots more. Over the years, we have gained a following across the state for the fun and practical items that people can bid on. Please share this link biddingforgood.com/wcbvi  with friends, family and co-workers! Items will be available to view by mid-October; bidding starts at noon on November 8 and ends at 8:00 pm...
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