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Volume 16, Issue 4 Spring 2000

From the President's Desk

Dan Martinez, AzCB President

If you are reading this, it means you have survived the turn of the millennium, the dreaded Y2K. It means that all the prognosticators of doom and total devastation were wrong. Yet, is it not our nature, as people, to see the negative in most things. Don't you think now that we have dodged the proverbial Y2K bullet, that most of the people you know will say the that turn of the millennium is really 2001 and disaster will strike then? We just have a propensity for pessimistic expectations. Thinking in negatives is often just a way of saying that outcomes are beyond our control. In fact, It is giving up ownership of our lives to fate. We can then remain blameless if our efforts do not turn out good. It is easy when something or someone else is responsible for our lack of success. Yet, the responsibility for our lives belongs to us. Take ownership and responsibility for outcomes, by having expectations of success. Therefore, I am saying, positive thinking influences and enhances affirmative outcomes.

If you find yourself thinking in negatives and always finding reasons why you cannot do something, give yourself a good talking to. Positive self-talk consciously modifies your thinking thus your behavior. Moreover, even if you do not see you thinking in negatives, positive self-talk is still a good practice.

If you want good things to happen in your life, expect them to happen. You will then act to make them happen. Be of good faith.

Large Print Bills

Just call SRP residential customer service at (602) 236-8888 if you would like to receive your Salt River Project bill in large print. (This billing information is in a simplified format.) If you know someone who would like to receive one, please share this information with him or her.

Braille And Talking Book Library

Linda Montgomery, Division Director

FOR RELEASE: February 14, 2000

The Arizona State Braille and Talking Book Library has kicked off a three month public education campaign, "Take a Talking Book," aimed at reaching the state's seniors and their families and friends. The Library of Congress, in cooperation with state and local agencies, provides talking books for people who are visually or physically disabled. According to Ms. Linda A. Montgomery, regional librarian, "More than 65,000 individuals in Arizona are eligible for the free reading program, according to Library of Congress data. We are using television, radio, newspapers, and posters in a coordinated mass media campaign to bring our program to the attention of people who could use this service."

"Arizona is one of seven states where this campaign is being mounted in 2000. Eventually it will be released to all 138 cooperating libraries administering the service nationwide," Ms. Montgomery explained. "This campaign is directed toward seniors who have had a decrease in sight or physical dexterity. The talking book program offers those who cannot see regular print, hold a book, or turn a page, an opportunity to continue enjoying reading. These high-quality recordings of books and magazines are played on easy-to-use playback equipment. The talking books and playback equipment are sent by mail, at no charge, to people who are eligible," she said.

With nearly 50,000 book titles available in recorded formats, the program is able to provide a range of books similar to that in any public library collection. The program also offers recordings of 35 national magazines, such as National Geographic, US News & World Report, People, Harper's, Good Housekeeping and Sports Illustrated. New reading lists, produced and distributed in large print, braille and on cassette, include bibliographies on a variety of subjects of interest to senior adults.

For further information on the talking book program or eligibility information contact:
Ms. Linda A. Montgomery, Arizona State Braille and Talking Book Library,
1030 N. 32nd Street,
Phoenix AZ 85008,
(602)255-5578 or 1-800-255-5578.

Monthly Meetings of the AzCB

Attend the monthly meetings of the Arizona Council of the Blind. The meetings are held the 4th Saturday of the month, at St. Joseph Hospital at 3rd Avenue and Thomas Road. The meetings run from 10 AM until about Noon in room "A" across from the Cafeteria. Please call to verify time and place, in case of changes. (602) 273-1510 Everyone is welcome, please come and see who we are and what we are about.

Irons in the Fire

Happy Spring! Lots of interesting items to share.

1. The Foundation for Blind Children (FBC) has been serving the Phoenix area since 1952, providing services for blind or visually impaired folks and their families, from infancy to adulthood. It supplies braille and large-print books for school children throughout the entire state. When I was in high school, FBC staff arranged for me to get braille copies of many of the textbooks I needed. In recent years, I have received excellent computer instruction through FBC's Technology Center. Now I am proud to be a member of its Board of Directors. The Foundation has developed into a nationally acclaimed organization. When the present facility was built, it was designed for an eventual second story. With ever-increasing demands for service, the space crunch has become critical. So funds are being sought to finance the construction of that desperately needed expansion.

Wednesday, April 19, FBC will hold the Phoenix Suns Legends Golf Tournament, followed by a dinner and auction. It will be held at the Orange Tree Resort in Scottsdale. Please spread the word. If you would like to attend any of these special events, or to make a contribution to the building fund, please contact FBC: 1235 E. Harmont Dr., Phoenix, AZ 85020; (602) 331-1470

2. April 27-29 the Enrichment 2000 National Low Vision Conference will be held at Circus Circus in Las Vegas. It is open to everyone, and will provide a wealth of professional presentations on research, treatments, adjustments skills, etc., along with all kinds of exhibits of helpful products and services. The cost of the conference is $75 before April 15, or $95 at the door. The agenda includes a host of sessions related to macular degeneration. For more information, contact:
Enrichment 2000
c/o Macular Degeneration International
6700 N. Oracle Rd. #505
Tucson, AZ. 85704
(1-800) 393-7634

3. It's time to sign up for camp! There are many opportunities around the country for blind or visually impaired adults or children to participate in camp programs. Generally these are free, aside from transportation. Here in Arizona we have Lions' Camp Tatiyee, near Show Low, in the White Mountains - July 16-21 (for adults). This is not a rugged experience. "Campers" sleep indoors, in beds; there is indoor plumbing. Plenty of sighted assistance available. Good food. Heated indoor pool. Various activity options (which may include an evening at a casino in the vicinity, a dance, and a talent show). For an application, call (602) 275-2604.

4. July 26 is the tenth anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. We would like to hear from you about ways in which the ADA has affected you and your community, and also about hitches in its implementation. (Remember, you can call, tape, write, or e-mail us with your feedback.) This law has opened many doors for improved lifestyles, though lots more work remains to be done. Meanwhile, there are many ongoing challenges to this trail-blazing civil rights legislation. Let your Congress critters know you appreciate the ADA and want to see it retained and strengthened.

5. March 14 Phoenix voters approved the Transit 2000 proposal 65% to 35%, after years of frustration and disappointment with previous attempts to pass such a measure. It involved a four tenths percent sales tax increase, to finance expanded bus and Dial-a-Ride service (long-awaited Sunday service, more vehicles, more bus routes, 20 hours a day!) and eventually a light rail system. I share this with glee, to celebrate the efforts and rewards of this advocacy project, and to offer hope to those of you in other communities who have little or no access to affordable public transit. The keys to success are being vocal and persistent. Make it clear that improved transit provides benefits not only for people with disabilities but for the entire community.

Membership/Outreach Report

Our membership stands at 156. This is slightly higher than last year, and we have nearly 90 new members. However, several previous members have not yet renewed. We sincerely hope that they will do so soon (or let us know why not). We need all the support we can get. Please encourage people you know (regardless of vision status) to join us - to expand our ranks throughout the state, to facilitate spreading information to the blind, the visually impaired, and the general public.

March 10 several of your Board members made a presentation to a group of visually impaired seniors at the Citadel, a Mesa retirement community. (Contact person Nancy Scullion - 480-832-7600.) While transportation difficulties are generally the primary environmental challenge voiced, this group raised the problem of careless drivers failing to yield to pedestrians with white canes. This is undoubtedly a concern in many places. We welcome ideas on how we, as an organization and as individuals, can work to remedy this situation.

March 20 a Board delegation visited the visually impaired group at Olive Branch Senior Center in Sun City. (Contact person Tim Ayres (623-974-6797.) There was lively discussion. The concern voiced loudest was inadequate transportation.

Wishing You Bright Skies,
Gail Elaine

Arizona Council of the Blind
State Convention
May 6, 2000

First Congregational Church
1407 N. 2nd Street,

Registration: $20.00 (Includes lunch, banquet, and Play)

For more information about the convention or hotels in the area contact
Edwin Druding, (623) 937-1211 or e-mail []

8:00 - 8:30 Registration; Refreshments

8:30 - 8:45 Welcome; Opening Remarks; Dan Martinez, President

8:45 - 9:30 Past and Future of Services for the Blind; Ed House & Craig Warren RSA

9:30-10:00 AIB, Then and To Become; Don Mediate, AIB Sales and Marketing

10:00-10:15 Break

10:15-10:45 ADA Ten Years Later; Denise Thompson

10:45-11:15 Ride into the Future; Peggy Rubach

11:15-11:45 Support Groups for Your Future; Jacque and Dan Olsen, Foundation Fighting Blindness Arizona Affiliate

11:45-12:45 Working Luncheon; Reports; Business; Nominations; Elections.

12:45 - 1:15 Blind and Leaving Home at Age 6; Harlene Anderson

1:15 - 1:45 Looking into the Future with Foundation for Blind Children; Elaine Baldridge

1:45 - 2:15 Teaching Blind Kids, Another Perspective; Jay Taska

2:15 - 2:30 Break

2:30 - 3:00 Small Business Opportunities; Gail Gesell, SBA

3:00 - 3:45 Macular Degeneration; Ruth Druding, AzCB Board Member

4:00 - 5:00 Banquet

5:00 - 7:00 Play "MIXED EMOTIONS"; performed by the Palladian Playhouse Theatre Group directed by Lu Richards.

Come Join Us! This promises to not only be an informative Convention, but also a fun one!

There will be Arizona Council pocket T-shirts for sale and 50/50 raffle tickets will be available for purchase throughout the day! The raffle drawing will be held just before the banquet! The raffle prize in a 50/50 drawing is 50% of the money from the sale of the raffle tickets!

The World Wide Web
By Tom Belsan

The Arizona Council of the Blind Web Page has had several updates since the last article about the Page. We have new Links to some Arizona specific items in the Arizona section. We have added a link to Salt River Project. If you would like to pay your bill try this link. It also has a lot of information that you might like to read.

If you would like to tell the AzCB what you think of us, good and bad, there is a survey form on the AzCB Home Page. If you would like to renew, join, or change information that you have given us on an application, there is a form for these items. We are now a member of the Blind Ring which allows you to go and visit other sites on the Web that are blindness and low vision related. Just click and visit a new place. When you get there look around and then pick another Blind Ring site to review. Information and new knowledge are products of improved communications that the World Wide Web gives everyone. Don't forget that the Web Is World Wide, so foreign sites also can be visited.

If you are not on the Internet, think about learning more about it and getting in on the pool of information it can lay at your finger tips. Would you like to read Newspapers from Arizona or even other States around the country then go to the Newspaper Section of the Arizona Council Web Page and pick the Newspaper Association of America Link. From this site you can pick newspaper listings by city, state, or name. This is a great way to learn about a place you are planning to visit or even a new place to live. If you have some functional vision you might like to see what your board members look like, visit the board section of the page and view pictures of the people who administer the AzCB.

As the Web Master, I like to see the number of visitors to the page go up and this is a way to do that. If you would like help please send us a message via phone, post, or email. See you on the "Information Super Highway".

Regards, Tom - KB7NRG

The Arizona Council Home Page is at:

By Harold Newsom

The increasing level of activity that AzCB has recently experienced, has resulted in officers who have the responsibility to carry out the business of AzCB sometimes are unsure what funds are available to do their jobs. Some of the budget categories are now shared between two, or more, Vice-presidents and/or Directors. Also, since the activities and associated line items have not been formally categorized, there has been some confusion as to who is responsible for what, and decisions have to await Board action.

These ambiguities make conducting business more difficult.

Assigning the line items of the budget to the Vice President or Director who is responsible for that line item, is one possible operational restructuring answer. It will give each Vice President a better sense of control for their activities. At "budget time" each affected VP, or Director, will be better informed when giving input for the following year.

If you have any thoughts or comments about this suggestion, please e-mail
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