From the President's Desk
Dan Martinez, AzCB President
We respect that no two people are the same in ability or disability.
Who is the average blind person? If such a person does exist, I have never met him or her. People who are blind come in all kinds of shapes and colors with a variety of aptitudes, attitudes, skills and abilities. This is not a surprise to anyone. Or, is it? Within the blindness movement for many years there has been a tremendous public relations effort to create a positive image people who are blind. The persona created is based in part in fact and on a perception of what is socially acceptable.
This PR image is of an independent self-reliant successfully employed person with "appropriate" blindness skills including good orientation and mobility and good braille proficiency. This is a nice neat picture. The problem with this stereotype of course is that it is a polished generalization. Because it is a simplification it lacks depth and does not reflect the variables found in the human condition. So, we, each of us, do not necessarily fit this one-dimensional model.
Our challenge then, our responsibility really, is to accept people as they are and not ostracize folks just because they don't meet some artificial image. We need to encourage people to be the best that they can be. Yet, we need to understand that there is no ideal person so, there is no ideal blind person.
WHITE CANE AWARENESS WALK 2001
Saturday, October 27th 9 AM
The Burton Barr Central Library
In celebration of National White Cane Awareness month, the 1st annual White Cane Awareness Walk will be held in Phoenix on Saturday, October 27th at the Burton Barr Central Library. The Arizona Council of the Blind, The Foundation for Blind Children and Guide Dog Users of Arizona invite you all to join in on this very special event!
The White Cane Awareness Walk raises needed funds to support the work of three organizations that serve Arizona's Blind and Visually Impaired and enhances public awareness of the need for safer roadways in our communities.
As you may know, Arizona's pedestrian environment has become increasingly hostile to the safe travel of all persons and especially to those of us who are blind. As a group, blind and visually impaired citizens are particularly dependent on safe streets. Sadly, Maricopa County is the most dangerous metropolitan area for pedestrians in Arizona, and the city of Phoenix ranks among the ten most dangerous cities in the U.S.
2001 Vision Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Expo
You Don't Have To See The Top To Reach The Top
The all day Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Expo will be held on Friday, November 9, 2001 from 10am to 7pm, at the Phoenix Civic Plaza at 111 N. 3rd Street in Phoenix. The informational conference will provide educational lectures and exhibits that will feature services, products and technology currently available for persons who are blind or visually impaired.
The expo is pleased to offer an impressive list of speakers and seminar facilitators. One of this year's speakers will be Diane Shapiro Jager, winner of the Ms. Senior Arizona pageant, who is an accomplished painter despite being legally blind. Joining her will be Rick Boggs, a professional audio sound engineer, musician and artist who is also blind; freelance writer Eileen Bailey who will talk about how assistive technology has helped her to continue her writing career; and Dr. Bryan Horsman, a retinal specialist. The youngest speaker this year is Paul Ruffner who recently won the Arizona State Geography Bee and who was a top-ten finalist in the National Geography Bee held in Washington, D.C. in May. For more information about the conference, please call Rich Kenney at 602-331-1470.
Deaf Blind Event
The Arizona Deaf Blind Community invites people with combined vision/hearing disabilities to attend "Autumn Harvest Fest".
The event will be held at the Valley Center for the Deaf conference room at 3130 E. Roosevelt in Phoenix on November 3, 2001 from 12 noon to 3:00 PM. This celebration of the fall season is a "pot luck" so, If you attend plan to bring food or drink to share.
RSVP Ellen at Eboyd@de.state.az.us or call 602-266-6716 ext. Ellen (TTY) or 602-4434 Ext. 202 (V) for accommodations and/or transportation.
For more information contact Mike Hinkle at: Azdeafblindcom@aol.com
Regional Ski for Light 2002 Event
The 10th annual SRSFL three-day cross country ski event will be held in Truckee, CA, Saturday, March 9 through Monday March 11, 2002. Lodging will be at the Best Western Truckee Tahoe Inn, in Truckee, CA. Skiing will be at Tahoe Donner Cross Country, Truckee, CA. Cost: $155 if you bring your own skis, $180 if you need skis. Add $110 if you wish a private room. The fee includes 2 nights lodging (double occupancy) in Truckee, 2 breakfasts (Sun. & Mon.), 2 dinners (Sat. & Sun.), and trail passes for all three days. For those needing lodging at the La Quinta Inn in Sacramento Friday night March 8, the cost is an additional $35 double, $70 single.
Skiers will be provided with experienced sighted ski guides throughout the three-day event. BRP>Transportation will be provided from the train station, airport, and bus station to the La Quinta Inn upon arrival in Sacramento Friday March 8. Transportation will be provided between Sacramento and Tahoe Donner as well as back to the train station, airport, and bus station on March 11.
By Thomas Belsan
We at the Arizona Council start our renewal process in the forth quarter of the year. October starts the forth quarter so it is time to renew. One of the things that I do around this time is renew all the subscriptions and memberships that need action.
Earlier this year we sent a letter to all those who did not renew for 2001 and asked them to renew for 2001 and 2002. As a result we have sent out membership cards for about 32 persons for 2002. Of course, some of the people still have not renewed for 2001 and they will be dropped from our membership list and stop receiving the Fore-Sight. We will send a final notice to them and hope they will renew. As you might imagine producing letters and mailing is an expense both in time and money.
Please, when you receive your renewal letter; check the information printedon the application form and correct any errors, put the form and your $5.00 (per year) payment in the self-addressed envelop and mail.
The annual dues for the Arizona Council will be going up for the 2003 membership year. This is the result of the National organization increasing their membership. When you send us your $5.00 we send $3.00 to the National organization for your membership and subscription to the Braille Forum. The National is now going to cost $5.00 per year and you can see that the AzCB would be getting nothing from your membership. In the next few months the board of AzCB will be voting on what our increase should be. You could save a few dollars if you pay now for 2003 and beyond. Yes, until the board changes the membership fee you can renew for $5.00 per year. Some of our membership are paid through 2004. If you would like to pay a few years ahead and save a few dollars just send $5.00 per year and note on the payment that it is for membership through 20?? (i.e. $10.00 will get through 2003 and $20.00 will get membership through 2005).If you would like to forget about renewing and become a member for life there is our Life Membership for $500.00.
As you have read there are several options for continuing your membership in the Arizona Council of the Blind and the American Council of the Blind. Please send in your membership soon so we can continue to be a force for the blind in Arizona and the World.
By Tom Belsan
There are a few new things on the AzCB Web Page and I have a request or favor to ask. The first big new item is that we now have a new way to get to the page. Yes, we have a address that is now a little shorter than before, it is http://www.azcb.org.
The GDUA, ADA, GROUPS, and VENDOR sections have all been updated since our last issue. Go out with the new address and check out the site. One of the most interesting links added is in the ADA/Government section, it is the Government Blue Pages and has many good features.
Please use the AZCB.ORG site and also vote for us in the Blindness Community Count Down.
When you get your ISP and load the software from MSN, JUNO, QWEST, or some other system you are almost always given that providers web site as your default starting point when you get on the World Wide Web. I would like all AzCB web browsers to change their default starting point to the AZCB.ORG page. If you now start with your provider. You probably open another site when you start surfing the web. Think about changing your default to the AZCB.org site and vote for us each day as you start your journey on the Web. There are great blindness related links in all sections of our site and it will be a new and different view of the WWW.
If you have any sites or ideas for the Web Site please send me an email at: email@example.com. Till next issue have fun and don't forget to visit http://www.azcb.org everyday.
Ford's Favorite Famous Family Foods
by Kevin Ford
One whole slab of baby back ribs
One bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce
(I personally recommend Jim Beam barbecue sauce)
Salt and pepper
And now you're ready!
Take one slab of baby back ribs and cut each bone half way through, so seasonings can cook through. Put in large baking pan. Shake half of the tablespoon of pepper and one teaspoon of salt. Spread well over meat. Turn ribs over in pan meaty side down. Apply 1/3 teaspoon of ground cloves, 1/2 teaspoon of pepper and one tablespoon of salt. Shake on one tablespoon of your favorite hot sauce. (If you like it spicy, I recommend Louisiana hot sauce) Next, shake on two tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce. Pour half a cup of apple juice in pan, but not directly on the ribs. Add one teaspoon of butter. And now, the final ingredient. Pour in one 18 oz. bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce. Completely cover the top of pan with aluminum foil. Place the pan in an oven preheated to 250 degrees. Don't forget to use your oven mitts. Cooking time is 90 minutes. PLEASE SET YOUR TIMER. When ribs are done removed from oven and place on heated barbecue grill. Smoke each side for 15 minutes.
if you can't wait or don't have time to smoke your ribs on a grill, then serve them right out of the oven with pasta salad. Oh! I forgot to give you the recipe for my favorite home made pasta salad. Well, I guess you'll have to wait until next time. ENJOY
Notice about the Governor's State Rehabilitation Council
Governor's State Rehabilitation Council Is Looking for: Your Recommendations Your Ideas for Change Your Advice Your experiences Public Forum Date: Wednesday, January 16, 2002 Time: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Facilitator: Dona Rivera, SRC Chairperson Location: ATP Video Conference Room 4710 East 29th St., Bldg 12 Tuscon, AZ 85711 Purpose: For your input about experiences with the State Vocational Rehabilitation Program
Video Conference Downlink Site at the following VR office:
RSA Video Conference Room 4622 West Indian School Rd., Ste. C6 Phoenix, AZ 85031
We want your comments, advice, experiences, and recommendations in any/all areas including:
Cooperation and Coordination with Schools, Behavioral Health, DDD, etc. VR Staff Problem Solving and Appeals Service Gaps Client Participation and Informed Choice Employer Services
Participate and Be Heard!!
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