Today is Assistive Technology Awareness Day in Wisconsin!
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The Center is the only agency in Wisconsin specializing in services for persons who are totally deaf and blind or who have varying degrees of dual sensory loss.
The agency’s mission is to provide services needed to minimize the devastating effects of a combined vision and hearing loss upon the individual and family. The Center is able to offer the support and skills training needed to assist clients to live independent productive lives.
Today is Assistive Technology Awareness Day in Wisconsin!
WISH had its Virtual St. Patrick's Day Party last Saturday. No corned beef and cabbage this year, but it was still a blast!
There was a contest for the most green worn, facts and fables were read about St. Patrick's day, a scavenger hunt took place and even a game of Scattergories was played.
WISH wouldn't happen without the support of our volunteers and staff.
If you or someone you know would like to participate in our WISH events please feel free to contact the Center at 1-414-481-7477.
Stay tuned for the next virtual WISH event coming in April. 🤟
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Gallaudet Summer Youth Webinars! Register here: https://apply.gallaudet.edu/register/syw
During tax season be aware of scams that will try to take advantage of you. Below is an ASL video about tax scams done through VRS. Take time to watch the video and share with friends. This video was from a few years ago but a reminder is always good.
The IRS warns the Deaf and hard of hearing community about an increasing number of tax scammers that use the Video Relay Services (VRS). For more information...
Valentine's Day is just around the corner. While purchasing a gift for that special someone, you can help us out at the same time.
Did you know that you can generate donations while shopping for your valentine, at no extra cost?
Simply start your shopping at smile.amazon.com/ch/39-1491836 to confirm "Center For Deaf-Blind Persons Inc" as your charity of choice, and AmazonSmile will donate a portion of your eligible purchase price to our organization.
When you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon will donate to Center For Deaf-Blind Persons Inc. Support us every time you shop.
At-home COVID 19 collection kits are now available. Through partnership with Vault Health, the State of Wisconsin now offers free at-home COVID-19 saliva collection kits.
Collect a saliva sample from the comfort of your own home and mail it in to a lab for testing.
Individuals that order the kit will be asked for insurance information if they have it, but it is not required to receive an at-home collection kit. These kits are offered at zero cost.
People have gotten their results in less than two days, on average. Since this test is a molecular (PCR) test, there is no follow-up test required, and it is just as accurate as doing a nasal swab.
Do not enter your credit card information, and only use the link below to order tests. For those that have insurance, you will not receive a bill.
For more information or to order a test, please visit: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/collection.htm.
The State of Wisconsin and Vault Medical Services have teamed up to offer a new COVID-19 testing option for everyone who lives in Wisconsin, with or without symptoms, at no cost. This new service allows people to collect their own saliva samples for testing in their home. The capacity is expected to...
Check out this news video about the Aira app and how it helps individuals with visual impairments get around town using MCTS.
Help is at your fingertips.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
From the staff at Center for Deaf-Blind Persons.
Thank you to Aesthetics 360°, medispa in Milwaukee’s Third Ward and to the community who visited, during its 12 Days of Giving event. Your donation was very generous and your support makes a tremendous impact in the lives of individuals who are deafblind.
This year was difficult for all of us, and especially difficult for our deafblind friends, who already have limited contact to the outside world.
Our neighbors at St. Rita Parish School in West Allis, Wisconsin gave a generous donation of gifts chosen specifically for our clients through their program Gifts at the Stable.
To the students and staff at St Rita Parish, the gifts you provided were a welcome surprise to many individuals. Quoting a family member, "This gift will be especially significant and important to his emotional wellbeing this week."
The smiles were endless. And their thanks abundant!
A grateful staff at Center for Deaf-Blind Persons!
Please take time to stop in today at Aesthetics 360 today December 10, to help support the Center. Aesthetics 360, a medispa in Milwaukee's Third Ward, is donating 10 percent of all sales to the Center for Deaf-Blind Persons. Check out Aesthetics 360 at www.a360mke.com.
Center for Deaf-Blind Persons has been fortunate enough to be part of this event. Please check out others who can benefit from your support.
Thanks and have a very happy holiday season!
Long post alert 🚨 (But we promise, it’s more than worth the read!)
The holidays are a time to come together, support one another and make a difference in the lives of those who might be struggling in our community. That's why, starting on Giving Tuesday, we're donating 10 percent of our profits Dec. 1-16 to 12 very deserving local charities ❤️
Some of these charities were nominated by you, our A-list, while others are non-profits that are close to our hearts here at AESTHETICS 360°.
Each day we will be highlighting a different charity on our Instagram Stories, and donating 10 percent of that day's profits to the charity.
Here's a look at who we are supporting this season:
Dec. 1: Elmbrook Humane Society
Dec. 2: Autism Society of Southeastern Wisconsin
Dec. 3: ABCD: After Breast Cancer Diagnosis
Dec. 4: Stars and Stripes Honor Flight
Dec. 7: Hunger Task Force, Inc.
Dec. 8: Alzheimer's & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin
Dec. 9: Revitalize Milwaukee
Dec. 10: Center for Deaf-Blind Persons, Inc.
Dec. 11: MACC Fund - Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer, Inc.
Dec. 14: Sojourner Family Peace Center
Dec. 15: Courage MKE
Dec. 16: United Performing Arts Fund - UPAF
Every holiday season we are reminded that when we act together, we can make a major impact. Our hope is to help as many people as possible who have been impacted by a very difficult year.
We are so grateful for this community and your ongoing support. Let's make a difference, together 💋
We here at the Center for Deaf-Blind Persons are so excited to have been chosen by Aesthetics 360°, a medispa in Milwaukee’s Third Ward, as a benefitting non-profit during its 12 Days of Giving event.
On Thursday, Dec. 10, Aesthetics 360° will be donating 10 percent of all sales to the Center for Deaf-Blind Persons. Learn more about Aesthetics 360° at a360mke.com.
Please share this with family and friends and help us support a local business as they support us!
We appreciate your support!
Thank you to all who participated in Giving Tuesday. Your support does make a tremendous impact in the lives of individuals who are deafblind.
For those of you who missed this opportunity, did you know that it is still not too late to participate? You have until December 15 to make a donate through Facebook to the Center. Your donation will not be matched by Facebook but it is still a donation. Other options are to give via PayPal through the Center’s donate button on its website: www.deaf-blind.org or mail a check to the Center.
Deafblind individuals live full lives, get married, have families and even participate in a variety of activities. The video below shows a deafblind man enjoying a soccer match in Barcelona with the use of tactile communication.
This fan, who is deaf-blind, experienced a Barcelona win with his guide-interpreter.
They created a system of unique signs that allow him to follow games 👏
(via Brooks Peck/Howler Magazine)
The Center for Deaf-Blind Persons has been busy trying to keep in touch with the deafblind people in Wisconsin.
One great way to do this is virtually. The Center provides a virtual support group, hosted a virtual Halloween costume party and also provides virtual instruction when possible.
Wishing everyone a safe, healthy, and Happy Thanksgiving.
In honor of Thanksgiving, the Center will be closed both Thursday, November 26th, and Friday, November 27th. We will be open on Monday, November 30th.
***Attention CDBP family!***
Make time to visit with family and friends on Thanksgiving Day via Zoom. Stay home and stay safe!
Zoom is lifting the 40 minute limit on Thanksgiving day, November 26th to allow you to visit with family and friends as long as you want. #ZoomTogether
Wisconsin Association of the Deaf
We had our successful Virtual RTC :) Many thanks to our delegates for their patience as we navigate this virtual world! :)
The Center had a virtual costume party/contest to celebrate Halloween last month because WISH did not have its traditional Halloween Party. Here is a screenshot of a few of our guests.
We are looking forward to seeing more of you in December. Look for more information to come.
Shout out to Beyond Vision for providing us with COVID barriers. Thank you!
Thank you to the one who sponsored and had ten very generous people participating in a Facebook event on 09/11/2020 and 09/12/2020. The Center for Deaf-Blind Persons recently received a check from Network for Good from your efforts. The Center is most fortunate to have people that believe in our mission and support it. THANK YOU!
WISH had a great visit to the Milwaukee County Zoo last Saturday.
We hope you enjoy our pictures as much as we enjoyed our visit to the zoo.
Please check back to our events page for future WISH events.
Saturday is Deaf Awareness Day. Check out these events you can participate in virtually. 🤩
Deaf Awareness Day! Join us on Zoom by using your phone to scan the QR code below or enter "aslmeetings" in the Meeting ID on https://zoom.us/
See you Saturday!
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The Center for Deaf-Blind Persons is currently offering virtual support group meetings via Zoom.
The Center for Deaf-Blind Persons has a support group for adults and youth with combined hearing-vision loss. Consumers may be blind or visually impaired with problems hearing, deaf or hard of hearing with problems seeing, or totally deaf and blind.
The Center support group has been in existence for over 25 years and has proven extremely effective in promoting acknowledgement and adjustment. Participants share mutual concerns and bolster each other.
If accommodations will be required, please request ahead of time to allow for scheduling needs.
Persons with a dual sensory loss do not have to be enrolled in other Center services to participate in the support group.
If you, a family member or friend might benefit from this support group please contact Joan Schneider at the Center at 414-481-7477 for available times and request accommodations needed.
What an amazing journey! Check out this short article about a local man's bike trip through Vietnam.
Council client Chris Quinn was biking around Dane County with a friend, practicing and honing nonvisual biking techniques. Little did they know, the duo was preparing for a bike trip of a lifetime.
In October of 2018, they embarked on an 18-day bike trip across Vietnam. They joined 11 other people from all over the world as part of a tour run by Intrepid Travel tour group. A Vietnamese biking guide led the group from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City.
“I’m a veteran of the Vietnam War,” says Chris. “Vietnam is a place which holds a lot of personal history for me. One of my great dreams was to bike across Vietnam because I had heard about a lot of other veterans doing the same.”
The distance between the two cities is 1,800 KM (1,118 mi). Due to the mountainous region which was unsafe to bike, the group biked 600 km (372 mi), and took a train and bus for the remaining 1,200 km (745 mi).
Chris says the most challenging aspect of his bike trip was a steep, ten-mile-long hill with a busy road on the left and a deep ditch on the right.
“There was no margin for error,” Chris explains. “I followed my friend’s back wheel as closely as I could. I didn’t look at the trucks passing me, I didn’t look at the ditch. I was glued to her back wheel for ten miles.”
When he and the others arrived in Ho Chi Minh City, it felt like a great accomplishment.
“It felt wonderful!” he says. “It took a lot of self-discipline, self-determination and trust in myself and in my friends. I needed to believe that I could get through the whole trip.”
Chris points out that to bike following another person takes a bond of trust from both parties.
“I needed to have trust in the person in front of me,” says Chris. “I needed to trust that she would tell me what I needed to know, and that through our experiences biking together that she knew what I would need. She, for her part, needed to trust that I would tell her what I needed, and the belief that I could do it. It would have been unhealthy for her to be worrying about me the whole time that I would be unable. It all takes practice.”
To those who have a once-in-a-lifetime dream or opportunity Chris encourages them to go for it.
“This trip is something I will tell stories about for the rest of my life,” Chris says. “Finishing the bike ride was a very powerful moment for me. I would encourage others to think of the possibilities, consider what is the worst that could happen and just do it.”
Photo: Chris with dragonfruit at a market. Chris holds his bike over his head in Vietnam.
#Blind #VisuallyImpaired #Biking #Bike #BikeTrip
Happy Thursday! Hope you enjoy todays riddle...
I have cities, but no houses. I have mountains, but no trees. I have water, but no fish. What am I ?
Your vote counts!
Become informed. Learn how you can make your vote count.
Join Vision Forward for an on-line session on voting!
Wednesday, September 9, 2020
7:00 - 8:00 pm
Join us on Zoom and Facebook Live for this interactive webinar
Vision loss should not be a barrier to exercising your right to vote. Vision Forward, Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition, Disability Rights Wisconsin and the
Wisconsin Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired are teaming up to make sure people with vision loss are set up to have a successful voting experience this fall. Join us for an interactive webinar (also on Facebook Live) covering information on how to vote and your voting rights. We will also address barriers voters have experienced in previous elections and your accessible voting options for the November 3rd election.
Submit your voting questions before the webinar to [email protected] and they will be addressed during the webinar.
Closed captioning will be available with the Zoom session. If you have disability-related accommodation needs, please email [email protected] prior to the event by September 1. If we hear from you after that date, we will do the best to be responsive but cannot guarantee that we will be able to meet your needs.
Register for this Zoom webinar with this link:
https://vision-forward.org/vote or connect on Vision Forward's page to the Facebook Live stream.
For more information, contact: [email protected] with any questions.
My Vote Wisconsin: myvote.wi.gov/ to request an absentee ballot, register to vote, find your polling place
Municipal clerk: Find your clerk on MyVote Wisconsin
Wisconsin Election Commission: 1-866-VOTE-WIS [email protected]
Photo ID for Voting: DMV Voter ID Hotline: (844) 588-1069
Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition: disabilityvote.org/
Disability Rights Wisconsin Voter Hotline: 844–DIS-VOTE or [email protected]
Don't let vision loss stop you from voting Your Vote Counts! Join us for an on-line session on voting! Wednesday, September 9, 2020 7:00 - 8:00 pm Join us on Zoom and Facebook Live for this interactiv
It's your weekly brainteaser! Here we go...
When I take 5 and add 6 I get 11. But when I take 6 and add 7 I get 1. What am I?
An inspirational story about a deafblind runner and her guide dog. The following article is about Maricar Marquez from Women's Running.com.
A lifelong athlete, Maricar Marquez has more freedom to run since getting her guide dog, Cliff.
Milwaukee County Transit System
Save the date! Attend any of these three virtual open houses to weigh in on MCTS and the 2021 Milwaukee County budget.
Thinking Thursday is here again! Hope you enjoy this brain teaser! Have a great week!
Don't forget to leave your answer in the comments and share!
A cowboy rides into town on Wednesday. He stayed two nights and left on Wednesday. How could that be? 🤠
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