If you are interested in learning about Telehealth the following training might be good for you.

The Fab 4: Connected, Device, Platform, Appointment

This training will help families learn how to access health appointments via their smart device.  The trainings are offered March 16th 6:00pm-7:30pm or April 15th 6:00pm-7:30pm both on Zoom.  To learn more about the training opportunity or to sign up, click on the flyer below.

Telemedicine flyer

Free ASL Online Classes

Categorized: Consumer Education

Oklahoma School for the Deaf is offering free ASL I & II classes online.  It is a 8 week pre-recorded course February 15-April 5.  Classes will upload every Monday at 6:00pm.  Certificates are available upon request after you satisfy course requirements.  For more information contact Sarah Jameson sjameson@osd.k12.ok.us or Kara Floyd kfloyd@osd.k12.ok.us

 

 

Kansas Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (KABVI) will be hosting with the assistance of American Counsel of the Blind (ACB) an online convention Friday, November 20th and Saturday, November 21st.  This is the ACB’s annual meeting but it is also a celebration of KABVI’s 100 year anniversary.

Friday’s agenda is scheduled 10:00am-5:00pm and Saturday’s 9:00am to 4:00pm.  Agenda items include: myself, Mandy Smith with iKan-RCIL information; KSDS Assistance Dogs, Inc.; Kansas Talking Books; Assistive Technology for Kansans and Telecommunications Access Program; Nanopac; Audio Reader; Kansas State School for the Blind; and much more.  Both days will be hosted on Zoom along with streaming live on Facebook and internet radio.

KABVI is asking for $10 registration fee that includes two days worth of knowledge along with entered into drawings for door prizes.  For information on how to register please contact Ann Byington, KABVI President, abyinton@cox.net (785) 235-8990 or (800) 799-1499.

 

October 15th is White Cane Safety Day also known as Blind Americans Equality Day.  Which is a day to celebrate and raise awareness about the white cane, that people who are blind or have low vision use to help with mobility.  A white cane’s purpose is to identify objects on a traveler’s route and to identify the traveler as a person with vision loss.  Kansas has the white cane law (KSA 8-1542) that states “The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to any blind pedestrian carrying a clearly visible white cane or accompanied by a guide dog.”

A white cane is made up of three parts: a grip to make it easier to hold; the shaft that is reflective and white; and a tip that can be a heavy duty plastic or metal material.

White Cane Safety Day started in 1964 and the Lions were a big part of getting it started.  A Lions member is also who came up with the cane being white.  Many celebrate White Cane Safety Day by telling their story of why they like/love their cane or going to the Capitol to have the Governor sign a proclamation.  Due to COVID-19 most people celebrated via Zoom but Governor Kelly and President Trump signed proclamations today as usual.

Tomorrow, July 14th, is the last day to register to vote for the primary election on August 4th.  You may register online, by mail, or in person.  The link to register is https://www.vote.org/register-to-vote/kansas/

According to vote411.org the process for an absentee ballot is as follows:

To vote by mail, follow these instructions:

  • Complete the application for an advance ballot
  • Provide either your driver’s license number on the ballot application or a copy of your photo ID document with your application
  • Return the application to your county election office before the registration deadline for the next election
  • The ballot will be mailed to you. Complete and return your ballot to your county election office by mail for the next election
  • All ballots must be received in the county election office by the close of the polls on Election Day
  • You may request assistance in applying for and casting an advance voting ballot

Advance ballots are mailed out beginning 20 days before the election until the 4 days before an election. Make sure you apply for an advance ballot before the deadline to receive your ballot in the mail.

If you have anymore questions your local county election office will be able to help you.  Your vote matters, make sure to cast your vote August 4th (and November 3rd in the general election).