The Lodge at Burkeville is designed with the vision impaired and blind in mind. There are two private rooms that are wheelchair accessible.
Eight rooms have private baths and sleep two people. Two suites consist of two rooms sharing one large bath and sleeping more individuals in single beds. The cottage has dorm style rooms, sleeping four and sharing baths. There is only one step to enter the cottage and no steps for entering other rooms.
Around the main facility there are covered walks which have rails for support if needed, or for landmarks. A trail to and around the pond also has a rail to follow or lean on if tired. Three docks on the pond have railings and benches for resting.
A bookshelf in the cottage has a multitude of books on tape and players to borrow during your stay. Also, there is a limited amount of Braille material.
The playing cards have large print and Braille so that everyone can participate in a hot game of Uno or the other card games. Bingo is played by the entire group when there is a large number of guests and the cards are also large print and Braille. Scrabble is available in large print and Braille for those who are word savvy.
Meal times are “family” times. Everyone joins together at about 8:30 AM for breakfast, 12:30 for lunch and 6:00 for dinner. Food is buffet style but the blind and vision impaired are always served.
The swimming pool is the summer highlight with swim times in morning and afternoon with a lifeguard on duty. There are 3 concrete steps to enter the pool and two ladders. Floatation devices are available for a feeling of security or for lounging.
For computer geeks there is a JAWS and Zoomtext accessible computer in the dining hall and there is wireless Internet (WIFI)connection.
Transportation is always a problem for folks who cannot drive; however, with advanced reservations and planning on the part of our guests, the Lions Clubs and members of the VAWB will work with everyone to attempt transportation although this is not guaranteed.