Bluegrass Council of the Blind, Inc.
The mission of Bluegrass Council of the Blind is to provide resources and services to all people affected by a loss of sight, improving lives for all by empowering persons with a loss of vision to continue living independently as productive, contributing members of their community and to educate the public on the rights, abilities and needs of the blind and visually impaired. Services are available to anyone directly or indirectly impacted by the effects of a loss of sight.
Bluegrass Council of the Blind seeks to be an engine of opportunity for the persons affected by vision loss in our community. Whether you are blind or visually impaired; whether you are a friend or family member of someone who is; whether you are a teacher, a service provider or a community member looking for a way to help, Bluegrass Council of the Blind offers something for you.
BCB offers resources and services to all people affected by a loss of sight. We strive to educate and empower persons with vision loss to continue living independently and as engaged members of our community. A critical component of our work is peer support, as we are adults with low to no vision helping others affected by vision loss. More than 50% of our staff, members, board, and primary volunteers are blind or visually impaired, providing first-hand knowledge of the challenges of living with low to no vision, as well as keeping us true to our mission. We provide information, education and training to ensure that persons with low to no vision have the tools and resources they need to live safe, independent and healthy lives. We seek to combat the community and social exclusion often associated with blindness. Ours services and support are free of charge and available to anyone directly or indirectly impacted by the effects of vision loss.
Programs include Peer Support and Assistive Technology and Training. Some of the services provided include support group meetings, one-on-one peer mentoring, demonstrations and hands-on trials of technology items, community outings, educational seminars, group and individual training of accessibility features on smart phones and tablets, introduction of software and applications for blind and low vision PC and tablet users, a technology lending library, and much more.
BCB publishes a bi-monthly newsletter available in large print, on cassette tape, or via email. Our mailing list is a great way to stay informed of the various activities of BCB, pending legislation and/or public policy affecting the blind and visually impaired as well as other items of interest and activities within the community. Visit the newsletter tab to sign up!
There are other ways to become involved in the work of BCB.
- An annual membership fee of $10 allows connection to thousands of other individuals across the nation who are interested in resources and topics related to living with vision loss. This membership fee includes enrollment as a member of the Bluegrass Chapter and the American Council of the Blind. It is a great way to stay informed on local and national trends and events related to blindness and low vision.
- BCB accepts corporate and individual donations and support.
- BCB relies on volunteer support for numerous activities. Click here to go to our volunteer page.
BCB is an affiliate chapter of the American Council of the Blind. We are a consumer organization, as well as a 501(c)3, tax exempt nonprofit. We are the only nonprofit agency in Fayette County exclusively dedicated to the needs of blind and visually impaired adults. Our primary service area includes Fayette and surrounding counties, including Anderson, Bourbon, Clark, Jessamine, Madison, Montgomery, Scott and Woodford, however, due to a lack of available services in other KY counties, we do provide information and services to persons in other counties, upon request and as we have resources available.
Bluegrass Council of the Blind is committed to transparency and accountability. For a detailed portrait of our financials, policies and much more, click here to visit Goodgiving.net – powered by GuideStar.