Knowledge, Creativity, Belief

By Nancy Scott, KCB Member

The Keystone Council of the Blind (KCB) is a statewide telephone chapter of the Pennsylvania Council of the Blind. KCB meets the third Saturday of each month at 11 a.m. Usually, we hold a brief business meeting followed by a speaker or group discussion. Telephone meetings are slightly over an hour in length.

Have you ever considered what would happen if you were unable to tell an EMT or doctor that you couldn’t track light with your eyes? How would you convey medical information that would make a difference in your diagnosis if you couldn’t speak? At a meeting last
fall, Lisa Salinger talked about wearable and fileable medical information usually displayed on a bracelet or necklace. There was also discussion about Smart 9-1-1 which is available in some Pennsylvania counties.

Would you like to own a talking Power Bank? Or a sturdy backpack? Or a cane whose tip gives off enough light for people to see you at night? At December’s meeting, we heard about guide lights and gadgets where we were tempted by many products and special pricing.

In January, we assigned chapter committees and talked about Netflix and Amazon Echo set-up and accessibility. The Echo Dot is still very inexpensive.

This year, KCB hopes to be over 20 members strong. Our current officers are: President, Mary Ann Moore (formerly Cowfer); Vice President, Lisa Salinger; Secretary, Lynn Shields; and Treasurer, Joe Fagnani. KCB annual dues are $12 which includes membership in both PCB and ACB. You can also join us as a secondary chapter choice for $2 per year, provided you are already a Pennsylvania Council of the Blind member.

Since we’re on the phone, you don’t have to travel or dress up. I often attend KCB meetings in bedroom slippers.

We are planning a meeting to introduce new members and catch up on the happenings of current members. We’re also discussing future chapter projects.

Keystone Council of the Blind members have knowledge to share and the creativity and belief to put that knowledge to use. We invite you to be part of our journey.

For more information about how to visit or join KCB, contact the PCB office at 877-617-7407, President Moore at 814-215-0853, or Cathy Long at 717-732-5265.

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