Foundation Fighting Blindness

www.blindness.org

The mission of the Foundation Fighting Blindness is to drive the research that will provide preventions, treatments and cures for people affected by retinal degenerative diseases. The Louisville Chapter’s goal is to host educational meetings featuring retinal specialists, researchers, low vision specialists & resources, and social meetings to provide a supportive environment for people with retinal degenerative diseases.

Greater Louisville Council of the Blind www.louisville.kentucky-acb.org

 

The Greater Louisville Council of the Blind is the largest chapter of the Kentucky Council of the Blind. It serves metropolitan Louisville, including Jefferson and surrounding counties in Kentucky and counties in southern Indiana.

 

To learn more about our activities and how we can help, call us at (502) 895-4598 or email us at louisville@kentucky-acb.org.

 

Bluegrass Council of the Blind, Inc.

www.bcbky.org

 

Bluegrass Council of the Blind (BCB) offers resources and services to adults affected by a loss of sight and strives to educate and empower persons with vision loss to live independently, safely, and as engaged members of the community. BCB accomplishes this through our Peer Support and Assistive Technology & Training programs.

 

C.A.L.E.B.S.

c_hat79@yahoo.com

 

ITNBluegrass 

www.itnbluegrass.org

 

ITNBluegrass provides safe, affordable, 24/7 automobile transportation to people 60 and over and adults with visual impairment.  Volunteer and paid drivers deliver rides anywhere in Fayette and northern Jessamine Counties for any reason.  Drivers provide "arm-through-arm, door-through-door" service with help with stairs and packages.  Riders become members of ITNBluegrass and set up a Personal Transportation Account.  Rides are debited from the account.  No money changes hands with the driver and there is no tipping. 

American Printing House for the Blind www.aph.org

 

Kentuckiana Regional Group Blinded Veterans Association, Inc.

http://www.krbva.org/home

Kentucky Chapter of the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (KAER)

http://kyaer.aerbvi.org

 

Article II. PURPOSE 

The purpose of the Association shall be to support professionals who provide education, independent living, employment, and rehabilitation services to individuals who are blind and visually impaired by:

(1) Offering professional development opportunities through conferences, seminars, publications, leadership training experiences, and any other means of promoting professional growth and education. 

(2) Promoting professionalism by encouraging university training, adoption of high quality standards and professional code of ethics for individuals and agencies, and interdisciplinary cooperation in the field; 

(3) Working to improve and expand services for individuals with visual impairments by promoting: 

            a) research 

​            b)  innovative program development; 

​            c) advocating for public policies which benefit persons who are blind and visually ​impaired and the professionals who work with them; and

​            d) a forum for discussion of issues and opportunities related to service delivery.

Eastern Kentucky Christian Council of the Blind

ki4vjd@gmail.com

 

The Eastern Kentucky Christian Council of the Blind is a nonprofit organization of blind, visually impaired and sighted individuals. The Eastern Kentucky Christian Council of the Blind is an volunteer organization with no paid staff; our work is made possible through donations from our members, local civic organizations, and bequests.

Kentucky Council of the Blind

www.kentucky-acb.org

The Kentucky Council of the Blind (KCB) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization of blind, visually impaired and sighted individuals. KCB is a state affiliate of the American Council of the Blind, and we have been serving people with vision loss in Kentucky for over 50 years. We are a volunteer organization with no paid staff; our work is made possible through donations from individuals and local civic organizations and through bequests.

 

KCB works for equality and independence for all people with vision loss. We help people just losing their vision and their families to learn to cope with their vision loss. We advocate 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.

National Federation of the Blind - Lexington

www.nfblex.org

The National Federation of the Blind of Lexington is a chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of Kentucky which is an affiliate of the national organization. NFB of Lexington was founded by Pamela Roark-Glisson in april of 1994. Pamela Roark-Glisson and the early pioneers of this chapter were diligent and instrumental in ensuring that NFB Lexington provides support, information and mentoring to those in the community who are blind or who are losing their vision. Members of NFB of Lexington are very active in the community by working, serving as advocates, using public transportation and attending Council meetings. Members of NFB Lexington enjoy attending church, frequenting favorite restaurants, concerts and ball games as well as engaging in other activities.

 

National Federation of the Blind of Greater Louisville

www.nfbgl.org

The National Federation of the Blind of Greater Louisville is a chapter of the NFB of Kentucky and as such is a nonprofit, charitable organization. We are the blind speaking for the blind. Our goal is to achieve security, opportunity, and equality for all blind and visually impaired people in Louisville, Kentucky. We hold regular monthly meetings and events to discuss issues that are important to us, inform and educate the community about blindness, and build skills while having a good time.

 

To stay current with our monthly events and meetings, you can call our talking bulletin board at 502-495-7130, follow us on Twitter,  or connect with us on Facebook. 

NFB-Newsline Kentucky

www.independenceplaceky.org/NFBnewsline.shtml

 

In collaboration with the KY Assistive Technology Services (KATS) Network, KY Office for the Blind (OFB), and the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), Independence Place, Inc. manages the NFB-NEWSLINE® KENTUCKY marketing and administration services for people who are eligible across the Commonwealth. The service is free to anyone who is eligible-certain learning disabilities, blind, visually impaired, or fine motor skills restrictions which prevents holding a paper or turning a page. Eligibility criteria follows the same definition of print disabilities as does the National Library Service.

 

NFB-NEWSLINE® KENTUCKY can be accessed by a touch tone telephone, or online at www.nfbnewslineonline.org, by email, or with the free NFB-NEWSLINE® Mobile app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch at NFB-NEWSLINE® Mobile app... NFB-NEWSLINE® offers over 400 newspapers, 45 magazines, and TV Listings per consumer choice, and is controlled by the user-friendly, menu-driven system, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

 

Additional recent features are the Emergency Weather Alerts (specific to ZIP Code area) and Radio Eye's Lexington stream broadcast.

Patrick Henry Hughes Family www.patrickhenryhughes.com

What's keeping you from reaching your full potential?

Patrick Henry is a remarkable young man who was born without eyes and without the ability to fully straighten his arms and legs, making him unable to walk.  Additionally, two steel rods were surgically attached to Patrick's spine to correct scoliosis.


In the face of incredible odds from birth, Patrick has overcome these physical issues to excel as a musician, student, performer and public speaker.   
 

Radio Eye

www.radioeye.org

Radio Eye is a radio reading service, which broadcasts the reading of printed news and material to people who are blind, visually impaired, or have any disability that makes reading difficult or impossible.  The service is available by radio, telephone, cable TV, internet, smartphone apps, in nursing/assisted living homes, and in hospitals. Our service can be heard by special radios in Lexington, Louisville, Hazard, Corbin, Morehead, and their surrounding counties.

 

Radio Eye’s 24-hour broadcast includes readings from local and national newspapers, such as the Lexington  Herald-Leader and New York Times, as well as daily health programs, financial programs, and even the weekly sales ads, which enable listeners to make informed decisions about their own health, finances, and independent living. 

See the World, Low Vision Store www.labcomputers.com/store

 

The Kentuckiana Regional Group of the Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) is an organization specifically established to promote the welfare of blinded veterans. Through our service programs, groups and benefits we strive to make life easier for blinded veterans and help by being there with encouragement and support.

 

Our Mission:

 

To promote the welfare of blinded veterans so that not withstanding their disabilities, they may take their rightful place in the community and work with their fellow citizens toward the creation of a peaceful world.

 

To preserve and strengthen a spirit of fellowship among blinded veterans so that they may give mutual aid and assistance to one another.

 

To maintain and extend the institution of American freedom and encourage loyalty to the Constitution  and laws of the United States and of the states in which they reside.  

The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) is the world's largest nonprofit organization creating educational, workplace, and independent living products and services for people who are visually impaired.

Kentuckiana Regional Group Blinded Veterans Association, Inc. - Lexington Chapter

http://www.krbva.org/home

 

 

If you are a blind or visually impaired veteran, or if you are a relative or a friend of one, or if you just wish to become involved or assist in some way, please write, call, or send us an email message. The Blinded Veterans Association was established specifically to help veterans and their families meet and overcome the challenges of blindness. The organization welcomes those who can offer their ideas, thoughts, and service in achievement of this worthy objective.

The University of Kentucky Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences

 

The University of Kentucky Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences provides specialty and Primary Care services for ocular diseases and eye disorders at clinics throughout Kentucky. The clinic will begin offering low vision services in October. Kristen M. Piery, OD, practices with the University of Kentucky Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences with a focus on Low Vision Optometry and specialty contact lens fitting. She received her doctoral degree from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN. She then completed a residency at Veteran's Administration Medical Center in Lexington, KY in Ocular Disease/Low Vision before starting at UK.

Kentucky Office for the Blind

http://blind.ky.gov

 

Our mission at the Office for the Blind is to "provide opportunities for employment and independence to individuals with visual disabilities". We serve Kentuckians who are visually impaired or blind and assist individuals to obtain and maintain employment, economic self-sufficiency and independence with complete integration into society. Our goal is to provide a myriad of resources and quality services which are geared to enhance the lives of Kentuckians with disabilities.

 

Kentucky School for the Blind

www.ksb.k12.ky.us

The Statewide Resource Center on Blindness.

Kentucky School for the Blind Alumni Association

Kentucky School for the Blind Charitable Foundation www.ksbcf.org

Kentucky School for the Blind Charitable Foundation is making a difference in the education and independence of blind and visually impaired students by funding specialized equipment, materials, and training as well as educational, cultural, and employment opportunities.

 

We are "leveling the playing field" - making it possible for students with visual impairments to have the same advantages in the classroom as their sighted peers. We believe education and independence is the first step on the road to lifelong success and are committed to those we serve, whether it is on an individual, community or statewide basis.

Kentucky Talking Book Library

The Kentucky Talking Book Library provides free library service to anyone who cannot read traditional print due to a visual or physical disability. 

 

Our library has a large collection of braille and audio books suitable for all ages and interests. Materials can be sent through the mail, downloaded from the internet, or accessed via smartphone or tablet.

Call KTBL at 1-800-372-2968 (toll-free) or 1-502-564-5791 (local), or email ktbl.mail@ky.gov.

Kentucky Deaf-Blind Project

https://education.uky.edu/kydbp/

he Kentucky Deaf-Blind Project (KDBP) provides statewide technical assistance and training at no cost to facilitate partnerships among community agencies. This building of local collaboration on behalf of children and young adults who are deaf-blind occurs naturally as everyone comes together to explore new ideas, learn from each other, and support both the child and family.

The project is also involved in coordinated efforts with Institutes of Higher Education to address personnel competencies for persons working in the field of deaf-blindness. In addition, the project collaborates with the medical community, Kentucky’s Part C system, Kentucky Department of Education, and other local, state and national agencies to increase early identification of persons with dual sensory impairments and improve ongoing quality of life for these individuals and their families.

Technical Assistance Services include supporting individuals, their families, and service providers through:

  • Identifying, accessing and/or development of appropriate education and transition programs;

  • Identifying and accessing appropriate medical services;

  • Identifying and accessing appropriate community services;

  • Identifying and accessing training on a variety of topics relevant to individual needs of students, families, providers; and/or

  • Networking with one another in order to obtain information and support.

Contact:

State Director:  Donna Snyder, EdD

donnaL.snyder@uky.edu

859-322-1301    

Family Coordinator:  Kim Zeigler

kim.zeigler@uky.edu

502-418-8189

BSCK Member Services

Visually Impaired Preschool Services

www.vips.org

 

Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS) empowers families by providing educational excellence to young children with visual impairments in order to build a strong foundation for reaching their highest potential.

You have learned that your child has a vision loss. Where do you go from here?  You may be experiencing grief, fear, sadness, anger and, quite possibly, a sense of loss for the dreams or expectations you had for your child. Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS) is here for your child and your entire family. VIPS is the only agency in Kentucky or Indiana that provides early intervention and educational services to children who are blind and visually impaired from birth to age 5. VIPS also provides strong support systems for parents, siblings, grandparents and the whole family.

 

University of Kentucky TVI Program http://education.uky.edu/EDSRC/content/vision

 

The University of Kentucky Visual Impairment Program offers graduate level courses that lead to certification as a Teacher of the Visually Impaired.  The program offers flexible classes online in the evenings to meet the needs of all students both in and out of state. 

​To learn more email Dr. Donna Brostek Lee at donna.b.lee@uky.edu

 

University of Kentucky
Department of Early Childhood, Special Education, and Rehabilitation Counseling
229 Taylor Education Building
Lexington, KY 40506-0001
Office: (859) 257-1520
E-mail: donna.b.lee@uky.edu

Email us:

bsckinfo@gmail.com

Proudly serving all citizens with low to no vision in the Commonwealth of Kentucky!Proudl

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