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Voice of the Blue Ridge

3435 Melrose Avenue

Roanoke, Virginia 24017     


540-985-8992 (fax)

Enriching the lives of those with vision impairments

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 Resources for the blind and low vision

    Bookshelves containing books on tape and cassette          radio reading service radio        Dial In news computer         Large Print Calendar              Accessibility classes

    Recording Library                 Radio Reading Service                      Dial in News Services                         Large Print calendars             Technology Classes

November is National Diabetes Month.

While it’s always important to have regular eye exams, it is especially critical for those with diabetes to get a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once a year. A dilated eye exam is when an eye care professional puts drops in the eyes to dilate, or widen, the pupils in order to examine the back of the eyes for signs of disease. Diabetic eye disease is a group of eye problems people with diabetes may face as a complication of the disease, which can lead to vision loss or blindness. These include:

All people with diabetes, type 1 and 2, are at risk. The longer a person has diabetes, the greater his or her risk of diabetic eye disease. African Americans, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Hispanics/Latinos, and older adults are at higher risk of losing vision or going blind from diabetes. Diabetic eye disease often has no warning signs, but it can be detected and treated early, before noticeable vision loss occurs.

Infographic from the National Eye Institute about Diabetic Eye Disease


Source: National Eye Institute

Have you had your annual eye exam??





Many thanks to all who made

An Evening to Benefit

Voice of the Blue Ridge

a huge success!!

We appreciate everyone who attended, purchased an auction item or made a donation. We especially want to thank our sponsors:


Platinum Sponsors

Drs. Newman, Blackstock & Associates


Gold Sponsors

Business Solutions

Carilion Clinic

Dominion Air & Machinery Co.

First Citizens Bank

HomeTown Bank

Jobe Florist

Our Lady of the Valley


Silver Sponsors


Blacksburg Breakfast Lions Club

Blue Eagle Credit Union

Corridor Mortgage Group, Inc.

Dr. Steve Jacobs, Optometrist


Professional Rehabilitative Options

Southern Print and Copy

SunTrust Bank

Woods Rogers


Mark your calendar for next year's event!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Hope to see you there!


2014 First Fridays at Five

 We are very pleased to announce that Voice of the Blue Ridge has been selected as one of the participating charities in the 2014 First Fridays at Five!! Thanks to the great folks at First Fridays at Five who not only put on a heck of a party every... month but also help out so many deserving charities!!

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2014 Schedule of Remaining Events for First Fridays

August 1 • Fuzzy Logic

August 15 • McKenzie’s Mill

Sept 5 • Superhold

Sept 19 • The WORX

October 3 • Leggz


Events at Voice of the Blue Ridge

April 24, 2014 - Volunteer Appreciation Dinner held

A volunteer appreciation dinner was hosted by Voice of the Blue Ridge in honor of the many volunteers who make our services possible. Volunteers with our Dial In News Service, Radio Reading Service and the Miss Virginia Pagent were our guests for a special evening of recognition, dinner and entertainment. Below are some pictures of this event. A big "thank you" to all of our volunteers. We truly could not provide our services without you!

Executive Director Jan Smyth with Board President Lila Dickerson Some of our honored guests Gift bags given to volunteers A listener and her friend attend the dinner

Executive Director Jan Smyth                Some of our honored guests                  Gift bags given to volunteers            A listener and her friend attend the dinner

and President of the Board Lila

Dickerson address the crowd.

More wonderful volunteers The singing group Revelation Jan and Sherrie greet guests Guests enjoying the entertainment

          More wonderful volunteers                 The singing group Revelation              Jan and Sherrie greet guests                     Guests enjoying the entertainment

Book Club October reading is Sycamore Row by John Grisham. The November reading will be Calico Joe, another John Grisham book. The book club meets the first Wednesday of every month in the technology center at Voice of the Blue Ridge from 10 AM - 11:30 AM. Please contact Irene Peterson at vobrtechcenter@gmail.com for more information.




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