The Kentucky Council of the Blind is an organization of blind, visually impaired and sighted people working to improve the lives of people with vision loss.
Chartered as the fifth affiliate of the American Council of the Blind in 1965, KCB has members throughout the Commonwealth. Local chapters in southeastern and northern Kentucky and in metro Louisville offer many activities and events for the blind and visually impaired.
KCB Projects and Services
1. Sound Prints: This weekly radio talk show features the latest information on programs, services and products for the blind and visually impaired. Broadcast live each Wednesday evening on WKJK Talk Radio 1080 in Louisville; available on demand on the KCB website.
2. Meetings and conferences: KCB chapters hold informative meetings and fun social events. A statewide conference packed with exhibits, workshops and informative speakers is held each November. Relatives are encouraged to attend events with their visually impaired family members.
3. Public information: KCB keeps you in the know with free discussion and announcement-only email lists; a newsletter in large print, cassette tape and electronic format; and a website.
4. Advocacy: KCB helps parents of blind children, blind and visually adults, and families of seniors with low vision to obtain the services they need. KCB attends IEP meetings with parents so their children can receive appropriate educational services; intervenes on behalf of blind and visually impaired clients with state agencies; and meets with government representatives and private businesses to improve access to buildings, transportation, and the environment. KCB works for:
- More audible traffic signals so pedestrians can more safely cross the street;
- Better public transportation so people who cannot drive a car can get to work, school, church, the grocery etc.;
- Accessible voting equipment so people who cannot read the print ballot can cast a secret vote like everyone else;
- Accessible technology with buttons that can be felt, menus that talk, and output that speaks so blind people can independently use kiosks in malls, check-outs in groceries, and home electronics such as microwaves and TV’s; and
- Notices from Social Security in large print, braille and other formats so people with low vision know what is happening concerning their benefits.
Visit the Kentucky Council of the Blind website for more information, or call KCB at (502) 895-4598.
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