Voice of the Blue Ridge
3435 Melrose Avenue
Roanoke, Virginia 24017
Enriching the lives of those with vision impairments
|Resources for the blind and low vision|
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2014 First Fridays at Five
February 17, 2014
Happy President's Day! Most people are aware that Franklin Delano Roosevelt, our 32nd president, had several disabilities. However, did you know, according to a book written in 2009 by Dr. Steven Lomazow, a neurologist, and journalist Eric Fettmann, that FDR may also have had a vision impairment? After analyzing the video of a speech that Roosevelt gave to Congress in March 1945 reporting on the Yalta Conference and comparing that video to the original manuscript of that speech, they theorize that FDR may have had hemianopia, a left-side visual field impairment.
February 5, 2014
Hey, did you know that February is Low Vision Awareness Month? Here's a great little editorial from the American Foundation for the Blind's AccessWorld magazine. Check it out. And we echo the editor's recommendation...be sure to get your annual eye exam!
Many thanks to the sponsors of our
Evening to Benefit Voice of the Blue Ridge Event!!
Drs. Newman, Blackstock and Associates
Our Lady of the Valley
Dominion Air & Machinery
Bank of Floyd
Professional Rehabilitative Options
Some past events at Voice of the Blue Ridge
A huge thank you to Healing Strides for hosting Voice of the Blue Ridge
What a great event! The folks who participated in the horseback riding at Healing Strides reported having a wonderful time. They were treated to lessons on grooming a horse, the contents of a tack room, basic riding and even some balancing exercises on the horse! We discovered what wonderful people are associated with this organization. Please visit their website www.healingstridesofva.org to find out more information! Below are some pictures of this event.
Lola grooming Tuck Linda riding Sugarfoot Suzanne grooming a horse
Artist John Bramblitt participates in Vision Awareness Week Activities
Vision Awareness Week was June 24 - June 29.
Below is a list of events that took place during Vision Awareness Week.
Saturday, June 22, 2013—Vision Awareness Days Kick-Off and Information Days. An information booth was located at Valley View Mall which provided information about vision loss and vision screenings were provided to children.
Sunday, June 23, 2013—“Going Blind”, a documentary about vision loss was shown at the Alleghany Room at Richfield Retirement Community, followed by a question and answer period.
June 24, 2013—Health and Safety Fair for People with Vision Impairments was held at Voice of the Blue Ridge. Below are some pictures from the Health Fair.
Health Fair Participants Health Fair attendees got to Yoga demonstrations were held
listening to a lecture on home safety. speak to vendors. throughout the day.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013—Celebrity Reader Day. On-air personalities from WDBJ7 were the guest readers for the Voice of the Blue Ridge Dial-In News Service.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013—John Bramblitt met with technology students who attend VOBR computer classes. Below are some pictures from this event.
John Bramblitt speaking to Students are able to feel the textures
computer students. in John's paintings.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013—John Bramblitt conducted a workshop for interns and docents at the Taubman Museum of Art. He also spoke on “Healing Through Art” at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.
Thursday, June 27, 2013 - John visited children at Carilion Clinic Children's Hospital and assisted then in creating their own works of art.
Later that same evening Mr. Bramblitt attened "Dining in the Dark" at Carlos International Brazilian Restaurant, Roanoke. A delicious four-course meal was eaten entirely in the dark!
Friday, June 28, 2013 - Barefoot Studios' Roanoke. John demonstrated his painting technique. John Bramblitt also conducted a workshop for middle-school students at the Taubman Museum of Art.
Saturday, June 29, 2013 -John Bramblitt conducted a workshop for high school students at the Taubman Museum of Art.
Saturday, June 29, 2013 - “Painting Music”. Accompanied by a small ensemble of musicians, John Bramblitt interpreted the music being played into a painting.