During this month’s Low Vision Support Group which was held this past Tuesday at Mississippi Industries for the Blind, we were introduced to a new grant program called iCanConnect.  This funding program, found here at iCanConnect.org, gives people with hearing and visual impairments the opportunity to apply for assistive technology.


Participants at our Low Vision Support Group enjoy their refreshments while Kathy Foster of Low Vision Etc. poses for the camera!

According to the website, “the goal of the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP) [which funds iCanConnect] is to ensure that every person with combined hearing and vision loss has access to modern telecommunication tools and the training necessary to use them, granting every individual the opportunity to interact with the world as an involved, contributing member of society.”  Thus, each state receives funds from this program and is able to distribute computers, braille devices, signalers, and other technologies on a case-by-case basis.

Assistive technology, such as this Pebble HD, magnifies and enhances text for visually impaired individuals.

Assistive technology, such as this Pebble HD, magnifies and enhances text for visually impaired individuals.

If you live in Mississippi and would like to find out if you qualify for this assistive technologies grant, please contact the state’s iCanConnect partner, The Arc of Mississippi.

As always, a HUGE thanks to Kathy Foster & Low Vision Etc. for their monthly contributions to our support group.  Next month’s meeting will be held on the 17th of September–hope to see you there!

MIB Wellness Team Participates in National Walking Day

After attending the WebMD sponsored event, “Motivating Mississippi—Keys to Living Healthy,” at JSU in early March, Mississippi Industries for the Blind has increased its efforts at promoting healthy living around the facility.   Firstly, MIB has formed a Wellness Team that convenes to discuss the possible activities, programs, and resources to make available for employees at MIB.  The Wellness Team has already made efforts to raise awareness by setting out healthy snacks and posting the MS State Health & Wellness plans for various age groups around the facility.  They have also met with the WebMD Wellness Coordinator, Murray Harber, to discuss attainable health and fitness goals at MIB.

“Be a Cutie.  Eat good foodie.”  
Setting out healthy snacks in the break areas instead of sweets is just one way MIB is moving toward healthy habits at work.

Since the MIB Wellness Team is determined to continue forward with its health conscious efforts, today they celebrated the American Heart Association’s National Walking Day by organizing an internal walking event for all MIB employees.  Although the weather today in Jackson was all but nice, there were fourteen employees who chose to walk for one or two ten-minute time slots during the lunch break.  In the first group, the 11:45-11:55, there were 10 walkers; and for the 12-12:10 group, we had 7 walkers!  Although these are merely preliminary measures to help employees at MIB become more aware of their eating and exercising habits and how those factors can impact one’s eye-health, it has been–literally–a step in the right direction.
Ada, Connie, Elena, and Susie on National Walking Day!
Elena, Connie, and Ada make their way to the back of the plant, 
where they reach the half-way mark of the indoor walking route.

3 people walked close to1 mile, while most others walked nearly half a mile or more.  
What a great pre-lunch work-out!