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In Lieu of Flowers…

 Memorial Flowers

A small bouquet of red roses rest up against a stone memorial display. The distance is blurry, with shades of gray, green, blue, red and white and is likely a memorial wreath of flowers.

Planning for the end of life is a topic some people choose not to address. Others embrace it as a part of life, make the necessary plans, and go on to live many more content, fulfilled years. If you’re someone who has thought about or made specific plans, please keep the Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired in mind as a recipient of your memorial gifts.

 

Whether the Council holds a special place in your heart because you used our services or because someone you love has a vision impairment, naming the Council as a memorial recipient is a thoughtful gesture. By making this known ahead of time, you will be helping family and friends make an informed decision about how you want to be remembered. You are saying that the Council was important to you during your lifetime and that you want to continue to support the organization as times goes on.

If you have questions about how to do this, contact Lori at (608)237-8114 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

Featured Council Contributor Q & A:

Sue Cowan – Accounting Manager

Sue

Sue Cowan, third from the left, poses with CSW staff Cheri Dubiel, Justin Williams and Victoria Boucher. Each smiles for the camera as Sue holds a sign that reads “I give to THE BIG SHARE because…. WCBVI promotes independence and dignity for people with vision impairment!”

 

How long have you been working at the Council?

Almost 5 years

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

I am the accounting manager for the Council so I make sure the financial reports are done correctly and in a timely manner.

How do you think the Council makes the greatest impact on the community?

The Council does amazing work by providing education to clients about living independent lives even with the loss of sight. Educating the general community about the strength of people who happen to have limited or no sight also makes a wonderful impact.

What do you like to do for fun outside of work?

I live on a farm so I have a big garden and am just getting my first beehives.  I like to have my granddaughters visit and “help” me take care of our horse & pony.

 

Upcoming Events 

Upcoming events

 

Veterans Low Vision Support Group

When:       Starting April 27, the 4th Thursday of each month through November

Where:      Madison – Please RSVP for details

Time:        10:00 a.m.

  

The purpose of the group is to offer a place for visually impaired veterans to meet with each other, find resources available and discuss issues related to vision loss. There is no cost to attend, and refreshments will be provided. The topics of discussion will ultimately be decided by the participants.  Some ideas include coping strategies for dealing with the challenges of vision loss, local resources available, guest speakers and product demonstrations.

 

To attend, please contact Amy Wurf at 608-237-8107 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Coulee Region Low Vision Fair

When:       Thursday, May 4

Where:      The Lunda Center at Western Technical College - 319 7th Street North, La Crosse

Time:        10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

 

Featuring three breakout sessions focused on personal and legislative advocacy; organizing and labeling; and getting outdoors when visually  impaired, a listening session to share ideas to make Main Street friendly for those with vision impairment and vendors that offer low and high tech products for persons with low vision, as well as businesses that provide services to seniors. There is no cost to attend and door prizes will be awarded!

 

For questions, please contact Jean Kalscheur at 608-237-8106 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Lions Club Centennial

When:       Friday, May 5 – Sunday, May 7

Where:      The La Crosse Center - 300 Harborview Plaza, La Crosse

See website for more details - http://wisconsinlions.org/state-convention/

 

The Council is excited to participate in this milestone event and will be in attendance with an exhibition table. Please plan to stop by and say hello!

 

Non-24 Sleep-Wake Disorder Presentation

When:       Saturday, May 13

Where:      WCBVI Office – 754 Williamson Street, Madison

Time:        10:00 a.m.

 

Presented by Jay Blind of Vanda Pharmaceuticals. Non-24 occurs when there is a disruption in the body’s circadian rhythm. For people without light perception, the sleep-wake cycle conflicts with the 24 hour day-night cycle which causes interruption in sleep patterns. This event is open to anyone wanting more information about Non-24.

 

To attend, please contact Jean Kalscheur at 608-237-8106 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Bright Sights: Six Ways of Seeing Gallery - Closing Reception

When:       Thursday, May 25

Where:      Mandelbaum & Albert Family Vision Gallery/McPherson Eye Research Institute - Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research Building at UW-Madison 1111 Highland Avenue, 9th Floor

Time: 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

 

Observe the artwork of six Wisconsin artists whose visual impairment inspire and enrich their art while enjoying light refreshments.

 

OrCam My Eye Presentation

When:       Saturday, June 24

Where:      WCBVI Office – 754 Williamson Street, Madison

Time:        12:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Presented by Aliza Olenick from OrCam Technologies and Gabe DeLeon from Adaptive Technology Resources. OrCam glasses have a camera that photographs text, converts it to audio, and reads it aloud. Learn more at www.orcam.org.

  

To attend, please contact Jean Kalscheur at 608-237-8106 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..