The 2014 convention of the Kentucky Council of the Blind will be held Nov. 21, 22 and 23 in Louisville. It will be packed with exhibits, programs and workshops, good food, and of course good friends. Watch for more details, coming soon.
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Free Currency Readers Available in September
In early July, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) announced that, as an interim measure in advance of issuing tactile-enhanced Federal Reserve notes, it will begin providing the iBill Talking Banknote Identifier free to eligible blind and visually impaired individuals in two phases. On September 2, 2014, in partnership with the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) the BEP will initiate a four-month pilot program where NLS patrons can pre-order a currency reader. During this phase eligible NLS patrons can call 1-888-NLS-READ or the Kentucky Talking BookLibrary at 800-372-2968 to request a unit. Beginning on January 2, 2015, Currency readers will be widely available to all U.S. citizens, and persons residing legally in the U.S., who are blind or visually impaired. Individuals who are not NLS patrons must submit an application, signed by a competent authority, certifying eligibility. Click here for more information about the program.
It should also be noted that EyeNote® for IOS and the IDEAL Currency Reader ®for Android are availabel free to those using these devices and can be downloaded/installed by visiting the appropriate stores. The Bureau of engraving and Printing hopes to begin circulating tactual currency by 2020.
Structured Agreement Announced With WellPoint
Attorneys Linda Dardarian and Lainey Feingold, who have successfully negotiated structured agreements with a number of companies in recent years, recently announced that another agreement has been reached with WellPoint, a company that owns Anthem, Blue Cross and Blue Shield operations across the United States. Under the settlement all WellPoint companies have agreed to provide insurance information in braille, large print, audio and electronic formats. They've also redesigned their websites and mobile applications to be accessible. To find out if your state is covered "Click here."
Members can request the alternative formats by calling the number on the back of their health insurance card, or any other number they use to reach a WellPoint company.
To provide feedback about your experiences with the new program call 510-548-5062 or email Lainey Feingold at LF@LFLegal.com.
Beep Baseball Coming to Frankfort
Last November, Dave Wickstrom, President of Beep Baseball Kentucky, Inc. a private nonprofit corporation which was founded last September, described his plans to bring Beep Baseball to Kentucky at the Kentucky Council of the Blind convention in Louisville. On August 12 his plan received a tremendous boost when he was joined by local, state and federal officials to break ground in Frankfort for the world’s first complex designed specifically for beep baseball competition. The facility, which is being constructed on land donated by the state of Kentucky, will also house an accessible playground, a shelter, accessible restrooms and a walking track.
According to Wickstrom, there will be around 51 beep baseball teams (mainly in the Fort Knox area) when the Louisville League opens on September 16. Current plans call for teams from Louisville and Lexington to compete on the field next year. Wickstrom is hopeful that the site will one day be able to host national and international beep ball competition. In fact, efforts are under way to make the field the permanent site for the World Series of Beep Baseball in 2017.
Convention Sessions Archived on ACB Radio
Many sessions from the 2014 ACB National Convention in Las Vegas were broadcast live on ACB Radio. To view a list of archived sessions from 2014 and previous years, "Click here.
Meet the Kentucky Council of the Blind
Welcome to the website of the Kentucky Council of the Blind.
KCB is a state affiliate of the American Council of the Blind. KCB has hundreds of blind, visually impaired, and sighted members throughout the Commonwealth.
KCB is the leading nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization of the blind and visually impaired in Kentucky. KCB works for equality and independence for all people with vision loss. KCB advocates for quality education for blind children and youth, expanded training and job opportunities for visually impaired adults, improved services for seniors over age 60 who are just losing their vision, and better public transportation for people who cannot drive.
KCB supports issues that touch all blind and visually impaired people, such as:
Positive change in Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security
Accessible money, identifiable by touch
Accessible websites that work with speech, large print, and braille displays
Audible traffic signals and detectable warnings for pedestrian safety for everyone
Spoken emergency warnings and video description on television
Talking menus and other features to make cell phones, DVD players and other technology accessible to people who cannot read the screen
Accessible textbooks in braille, large print and electronic formats for blind and visually impaired students