ACB Diabetics in Action
The American Council of the Blind Diabetics in Action is an affiliate of the American Council of the Blind. We provide support by our listserv, monthly phone call, newsletter, and seminars at our yearly convention. Did you know diabetes is one of the leading causes of blindness? According to the Centers for Disease Control, 4.2 million adults have diabetic retinopathy and 899,000 have vision-threatening diabetic retinopathy.
Vision problems and blindness caused by diabetic retinopathy may be prevented through good blood sugar control and going to see your eye doctor for early detection of eye diseases. This may seem overwhelming. That’s why we are here: to support you. Consider joining our affiliate for $10 a year.
One of our goals is to make meters more accessible to low-vision and blind users. We are sure there are many blind members who have diabetes in ACB. Are you one of them? Join us today by contacting Dee Clayton via email, [email protected].
CCLVI Scheigert Scholarships
This year’s CCLVI Scheigert scholarship recipients are: freshman Madison Allen, undergraduate Samantha Mayberry and graduate Maureen Hayden. Madison, from Rosman, N.C., is attending the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and majoring in nuclear engineering. Samantha, a two-time Scheigert recipient from Elizabeth, Ind., is a junior at Columbia College (Chicago) majoring in acting. Maureen, from College Station, Tex., is a doctoral student at Texas A&M University majoring in marine biology.
On Jan. 1, 2019, the application window for 2019 Scheigert scholarships opens, and will remain open until 11:59 p.m. Eastern on March 15th. Eligible applicants must satisfy specific low-vision and academic requirements. Details are available at www.cclvi.org. Click on Scheigert Scholarship to review guidelines and other relevant information. For more information, call CCLVI at 1-844-460-0625.
Top Dog 2019
Top Dog 2019 will be held Jan. 18-20, 2019 in Charleston, S.C. The hotel is the Comfort Suites West of the Ashley, 2080 Savannah Hwy., Charleston, SC 29407; phone (843) 769-9850. Room rates are $89.95 plus tax per night, and that rate will be good from Jan. 14 through Jan. 21. Be sure to tell them that you’re with Top Dog to get the special nightly rate. For more information, visit https://guidedogusersinc.org/.
Michigan Launches Internet Radio Station
After being inspired by Internet radio leaders like ACB Radio and The Legend, the Michigan Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired recently launched MCBVI Radio. The station offers a great assortment of musical memories, plus many specialized music and talk programs, including 45s Alive with Michael Smith; country hits and more with Pam Francis, daily album features; Motown Memories; Peace in the midst of Pieces with Rev. Russel Zimmerman; Treasure Island Oldies; Big Bob’s Memory Lane Show, and much more!
Check out MCBVI Radio at www.mcbviradio.com. There you’ll find the schedule, information about making requests, the various ways you can listen (computer, Victor Reader, smartphone, and more), a list of presenters, and much more. You can also listen to MCBVI Radio by calling Audio Now at (701) 801-1098. Long-distance and cellular charges may apply.
Give us a try and send your feedback to [email protected].