Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy

Mid Tennessee Council of the Blind

  • Hermitage, TN
  • acb.org/tennessee/MTCB

Mission Statement

The mission of MTCB is to expand the social and employment opportunities for blind and visually impaired persons in Middle Tennessee, and to encourage and assist such persons in becoming more active, productive, and responsible members of the community. MTCB also strives to inform  the general public of the capabilities and accomplishments of blind and visually impaired persons.

Main Programs

  1. Advocacy Program
  2. Adaptive Computer Training
  3. Mentoring Program
  4. Double E
  5. Social, Recreation, Health & Fitness Program

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Service Areas

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Tennessee

MTCB serves Middle Tennessee and is an affiliate on the Tennessee Council of the Blind (State) and the American Council of the Blind (National).

ruling year

1998

Principal Officer

Source: Form 990N

Peggy Ivie

Keywords

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CHEATHAM DAVIDSON ROBERTSON RUTHERFORD SUMNER WILLIAMSON WILSON advocacy group for blind and visually impaired blindness support blindness information and referral vision loss blindness

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EIN

62-1190063

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Disabled Persons' Rights (R23)

Blind/Visually Impaired Centers, Services (P86)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (W01)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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MTCB initiated and helped fund the installation of audio description of live performances at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. This service provides blind and visually impaired persons with necessary details in order to fully enjoy TPAC programs. MTCB began a series of computer training classes at the School for the Blind for its adult membershias well as providing a necessary skill to improve their quality of life. MTCB fundraisers enabled the organization to provide college scholarship assistance funds for two young blind persons from Middle Tennessee.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Advocacy Program

MTCB works throughout the year to promote social change through advocacy with legislators and also at specific events such as Disability Day on the Hill held in March at Legislative Plaza, Nashville, and the American Council of the Blind Seminar at the Hill in Washington, D.C. in February.  MTCB regularly attends public hearings of the AccessRide Policy & Advisory Committee, and MTCB members serve on the Mayor's Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities.  Members also serve on the Board of Tennessee Disability Coalition.  In January, MTCB was on of several sponsors of the Legislative Reception hosted by a coalition of disability groups.  On September 15th, MTCB attended the Diabetic Care Club at Skyline Medical Center to present and provide education about vision loss to the people who provide services for people with disabilities - doctors, home care providers, and vendors of medical equipment and other health related products.  In 2011, MTCB worked to stop passage of Senate Bill 425 and House Bill 437, worked with the Tennessee Disability Coalition for continued funding for the Family Support Program, and will continue to advocate for revisions to House Bill 860 that has made the vehicle donation program that helps nonprofits more restrictive.

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Program 2

Adaptive Computer Training

Over 70% of the blind and visually impaired community is unemployed or underemployed. We are trying to meet this challenge by providing computer training classes to help our members become more employable. Classes take place at The Tennessee School for the Blind where specialized adaptive equipment can be used and training is provided by an experienced and knowledgeable instructor.

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Employment

Population(s) Served

Adults

Blind & Vision Impaired

Budget

$1,000.00

Program 3

Mentoring Program

MTCB is endeavoring to expand its mentoring program involving students at the Tennessee School for the Blind. In 2006, we increased our interaction with students through Career Day and Legislative Awareness day. We also participated in voter education with older students, as well as, the Braille Literacy Awards. In 2011, we mentored students regarding the necessary preparations and challenges of choosing a college curriculum, employment careers for the blind, share successful life skills and strategies and inform students of services in their community directed specifically toward the blind. We inform students on a regular basis regarding theatrical productions with live narration, movies with audio description, bowling with adaptive equipment, visits to the State Legislature, and have discussion groups on topics such as coping with college life, accessing reliable transportation and other community services.  In 2011, MTCB members manned booths at the Tennessee School for the Blind to provide information to parents of students regarding services and resources provided by MTCB, and to encourage their participation in issues that impact their daily lives.

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Program 4

Double E

For people who are experiencing vision loss, our Double E Outreach Program brings members of the Mid-Tennessee Council of the Blind to the community to share their life experiences and to demonstrate adaptive aids and products that enable them to lead independent, productive lives. Our program has visited numerous senior citizen centers, retirement homes and churches and has established a permanent outreach group at McKendree Village Assisted Living that expanded to 18 participants in 2011. One continuing goal of MTCB is to establish new support groups in the Middle Tennessee area.  This program also informs the general public regarding the skills and employability of the blind and visually impaired.

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Population(s) Served

Adults

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Program 5

Social, Recreation, Health & Fitness Program

MTCB continually strives to provide social and recreational opportunities for its membershia Supper Club that visits different restaurants, Blind Golf, luncheons that include Bingo and an annual Summer picnic. We also financially supplement members attendence at TPAC live narration programs and movies at Hollywood 27 where audio description is available. Also, we were instrumental in the implementation of an audio tour with tactile maps for the blind to use at Centennial Park. In 2011, MTCB collaborated with the Tennessee Association of Blind Athletes to hold Game Night on the last Wednesday of every month.  This activity is held at the TN School for the Blind where students also participate in the games and activities.  This affords socialization for students and adults, as well as providing positive role models.  MTCB also partners with TNABA on tandem bike riding and various other athletic events.

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Service Areas

Self-reported

Tennessee

MTCB serves Middle Tennessee and is an affiliate on the Tennessee Council of the Blind (State) and the American Council of the Blind (National).

Funding Needs

MTCB's most pressing needs include adequate funding: ...to continue our computer training ...assist members with transportation needs ...provide costly specialized CPR training to our members ...to help expand programs of interest to attract younger members ...to expand our scholarship program for the blind and visually impaired.

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Mid Tennessee Council of the Blind

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Principal Officer

Peggy Ivie

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr Dan Dillon

President

Term: Jan 2010 - Jan 2013

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