OREGON COUNCIL OF THE BLIND PUBLICATION
Affiliated with the American Council of the Blind Available in large print, via e-mail and on cassette
Edited by Darian Hartman
Contributions by Members of the Oregon Council of the Blind
By John A. Fleming
Once again it's my honor and privilege to welcome a new chapter into the American Council of the Blind (ACB) of Oregon/Oregon Council of the Blind (OCB) family. In July, the board of directors voted to grant a Chapter Charter to "Guide Dog Users Of Oregon (GDUO)". As a special interest chapter GDUO has members from almost every chapter in ACB of Oregon. Their work on behalf of those of us that use Dog Guides is invaluable. This is another example of our Theme for this year's convention. "Together We Will Make A Difference."
The American Council Of The Blind's National Convention in Des Moines, Iowa was another big success this year. Oregon's delegation included Bob and Bev Rushing, Ted and Charlotte Noddin, Jerry and Holly DeLaunay, David and Glynness Becker, Darian Hartman and her son Tim, Carol McCarl and myself, John Fleming.
One of the most important things done at this year's convention was the election of a new slate of officers. It was in interesting election process with several candidates running for the five officer positions. The campaigning was fierce and some of the elections close, but Democracy prevailed and new officers were selected.
Congratulations to ACB's new president, Chris Gray; First Vice President, Steve Speeches; Second Vice-President, M. J. Schmidt; Secretary, Donna Seliger; Treasure, Ardis Bazyn and new Board member, Brian Charlson.
On the convention's lighter side, after laughing for a couple of hours at the Comedy night in Des Moines, Darian Hartman won a Fifty/fifty raffle worth $129! Her scream of delight was heard miles away. It was a happy ending to a fun night.
For those of you who are planning to attend our state convention in Salem in October, you may make reservations by calling toll-free, 1-800-733-5466. This is the Nation-wide toll-free number for the Red lion. Remember to tell them you want the Red Lion in Salem, Oregon. Be sure to tell them that you are with the ACB of Oregon/Oregon Council Of The Blind's convention so that you get the discounted room rates. I am looking forward to seeing you at the convention. Until then, I wish you all blue skies!
"Unless we can hear each other singing and crying, unless we can comfort each other's failures and cheer each other's victories, we are missing out on the best that life has to offer. The only real action takes place on the bridge between people."
MULTNOMAH CHAPTER NEWS
By Patty Bessant
Multnomah Chapter members participated in two social activities. The picnic in Trish Kennedy's back yard received rave reviews as always. Fellowship, weather and food resulted in wishing there could be more such times. Our visit to the guide dog campus in Boring was very enlightening. The scope of the operation is amazing and impressive. The graduation ceremony brought both laughter and tears.
Two of our chapter members, David Becker and Darian Hartman, attended the ACB National Convention. We look forward to hearing all about it in September.
We have been participating in audible signal meetings. Enthusiasm continues to be strong, and winning a lottery jackpot would be a dream come true. Since that is unlikely, we rejoice in our successes.
To dispel certain concerns of those traveling to and from Portland and the convention in Salem in October, by bus, the Midland Branch Library remains open until 5 P.M. So, departure from Portland should be later on Friday and by mid afternoon from Salem on Sunday.
As so aptly summed up in words, in an old song, "The days dwindle down to a precious few". Enjoy to the fullest the remainder of this precious summer.
ROGUE VALLEY CHAPTER
By Sue L'Esperance
Summer, as usual, is keeping members very busy. First, we had our annual picnic at Riverside Park on June 23 where we enjoyed entertainment by Friends of the Old Time Fiddlers and a great variety of delicious food. Sixty-eight persons attended, including Karl Baker of Medford Commission for the Blind, and Charlotte and Ted Noddin of the Coos Bay Chapter who also extended an invitation to us to join them for their chapter picnic on August 11.
July began with John Fleming, state president and chapter member, attending the ACB National Convention in Des Moines, Iowa.
Next, on July 15, several members attended the performance of Merry Wives of Windsor at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. Currently, Bob Matti, chapter president, is taking reservations for the matinee performance of The Tempest on Sunday, September 2.
Our second annual yard sale was held on July 21. It was a long, exhausting day, but the rewards were sweet. We raised $595 towards funds to be used for scholarships at Rogue Community College and YMCA day camp for persons who are visually impaired or blind. A special thanks to the Grants Pass American Legion Post for allowing us to use their parking lot and tables again this year!
WELCOME TO THE 47th ANNUAL O.C.B. CONVENTION
By Flo Dugan
Willamette Chapter President
We, the members of Willamette Chapter of The Oregon Council of the Blind would like to welcome you to attend the 47 annual convention to be held here in Salem on October 19,20 & 21st. We have selected the Red Lion Inn, on Market Street to be our headquarters. There is a good restaurant in the hotel as well as Rockin Rogers, Village Inn, and Newport Bay to mention a few. Hopefully there will be an audible street signal crossing on Market and Hawthorne for your convenience. Guide Dog Users of Oregon will be joining us again on Friday the 19th , for their annual meeting and banquet. Our A.C.B. banquet speaker will be Pan Shaw from Philadelphia. She was a member of the A.C.B. board of directors, and is a dynamic speaker. We are sure you will be entertained and enjoy her message. There will be lots of food, exhibits, snowflake Christmas afghan raffle, and a good time visiting old friends and making new ones.
GUIDE DOG USERS OF OREGON
GDUO will be holding its annual fall convention in conjunction with the ACB of Oregon's annual convention on October 19 at the Red Lion Inn in Salem, Oregon. Our presenters this year will include Dr. Tony Yu, veterinary dermatologist. Dr. Yu is a familiar face to many of us. He will be discussing food, inhaled and skin allergies. For those of us with some vision his presentation will come complete with slide show. We are still working on scheduling some other speaker to join Dr. Yu.
Our banquet dinner this year will be a full course prime rib dinner. The convention will be meeting Friday from 2-5PM. Our banquet will begin at 6PM. The cost this year, including dinner is $28. For ACB of O members, registration will be included in the ACB of Oregon registration packet. Non ACB of O members, for registration information, please contact either Judy Wilkins at (503) 227-3504 or Patricia Keppler at (503) 649-5086 or by e-mail at Blinkypk@yahoo.com.
GDUO SPRING ROMP REPORT
By Judy Wilkins
Our first speaker was Larry VanWyngarden, from the Oregon Commission for the Blind. Larry shared information about the recreational programs available through the Commission For The
Blind. The recreational time is once a month. This is some good downtime for clients with a heavy schedule. The Commission has some apartments close by for clients that come from out of the Portland area.
Larry described the different recreational events available, such as cross-country biking. He read a poem entitled "Love Means", love means when a puppy licks your face after leaving him." After reading the poem, he introduced Helen, a guide dog user. Helen gave some helpful tips to the commission to incorporate guide dog teams to be able to participate with this program. Some of the tips were:
1. Always plan ahead
2. When biking, keep Guide dog in the follow, medical van or
Guide dog can stay with camp cook
Tips for Travel:
1. Provide Pet Passport for the dog
2. Consider dog's comfort level--three days before travel give dog
Next, John Fleming talked about his experiences parachuting and how he accomplishes this sport through making adaptations to consider his blindness. He wears a two-way radio to communicate, so that he can have an accurate location with relationship to others, to locate the landing spot. He described the prerequisite requirement before the actual parachuting adventure
takes place. He also described the differences between tandem and single man parachuting. To answer the question about how is dog likes this unusual demand on his guiding, John's guide dog Kiowa, stays with others at the landing site.
Shelley Lemon then talked about her favorite sport, golfing. Shelly's guide dog Julius accompanies her while golfing. An O&M instructor helped her research teaching the "find command" so Julius can assist her in golfing. She describes how golf clubs vary from each other.
Our next Saturday morning presentation was given by Stan Miller who teaches Self Defense. He described how he and the Commission for the Blind became acquainted and how he adapted his program for blind people on an individual basis, e.g. amount of vision loss and physical ability to defend ones' self. The program is tailored to the participant's needs. "One needs to decide for themselves if they're going to defend themselves." He described the mission statement--Avoid reacting to the attacker and seek assistance.
He showed us some stretching exercises and talked about balance levels. High center of gravity means easily knocked over. Lower center of gravity means with bent knees, more stabilized, less likely to be knocked over. With contact response, one can tell the direction of one's attacker. Keep track and know your environment.
Our final Saturday morning presentation was given by Vicki Jack. Vicki spoke of her experiences sailing. Vicki's guide dog Mecca participates in this sport. Mecca wears a life jacket designed for dogs. Mecca has learned how to brace herself and where to lie down while on board the boat. Relieving Mecca is a challenge. She must wait to be taken to shore. One needs to have the dog under control and secure.
Vicki discussed sailing adaptations such as the latitude and longitude. "If the coast guard is needed or whatever, if they want me to change radio channels, I explain to them I cannot change the channel due to my blindness, as this would be a hard task. They need to stay on that channel."
Vicki also mentioned the importance of having a lower center of gravity balance. "Sailing is 80 percent calming and 20 per cent high energy."
Due to bad weather, our barbecue became an indoor picnic. There were burgers, hot dogs, and chicken sandwiches. All the usual picnic amenities were there, even watermelon!
After lunch, afternoon activities began--During this we had time to socialize with others, bike, walk the trails, rest or whatever else we desired.
The final event of the day featured Mark Duntley, Chaplin for Lewis and Clark campus ministries who officiated the blessing of
the animal services. We had a memorial service to acknowledge 17 retired guide dogs and several guides that have crossed the rainbow bridge this year.
To all the retired guides, thank you for all that you have given us over the past years of services and your loyalty to us. Thank you from all guide users.
Sunday's presentations began with Bob Wendler from Guide Dogs of America. Bob shared with the group program and remodeling updates in progress. GDA is in the process of transforming their dorm rooms into private apartments, complete with phones, refrigerators and coffee pots. Bob also explained that the school has opened up their kennels to graduates from other guide dog schools. If a graduate is visiting or lives in the Los Angeles area, and is in need of kenneling services, GDA's doors are open. Thank you GDA for putting the needs of guide dog handlers before school politics.
The second speaker was Melinda Carlson from Guide Dogs for the Blind. Melinda also brought us up-to-date with staff and remodeling changes. The San Rafael campus is in the early planning stages of a complete dormitory remodeling project. Along with the remodeling they also plan to modify the landscaping to make it easier for the students to get around. Don Frisk has transferred off of the phones and is now the field representative for the Arizona area. Don we will miss you on the phones.
Our third speaker was Arial Gilbert. Arial spoke on her favorite subject, rowing. She shared with us stories of her rowing competitions. Her guide dog Deanne stays in the support boat. The rowing boat is small so there is not enough room for Deanne. Arial shared stories of her recent victory at Catalina Island.
Our final speaker was Loy McIver--Dog Sledding. She shared with us stories of the obstacles she found in the snow and she showed the group her equipment and clothing that she uses. Her guide is in the support vehicle. When demonstrating the equipment, she used her dog as the demo dog to show dog positioning. Both Loy and her dog were a big success. Many stayed around after the presentations were over to examine the equipment she uses.
The Spring Romp concluded, safe travel, and hope to see you next year.
In attendance, we had approximately 65 to 70 people at the romp. Wouldn't Margo Epiley be proud?
Author's remarks about the first romp-"I remember the first romp, we had 65 people in attendance. WOW, I'm so proud of this year's turn out".
FYI - WHITE CANE DAY
October 15, 2001, is again White Cane Day. In Portland, members of the Audible Signals Committee, in cooperation with the City Department of Transportation, the ACB of Oregon, the Oregon Commission for the Blind, IAM CARES, Independent Living Resources and several other disability service organizations are holding our second-annual White Cane Day Event. This year it will take place in the park-and-ride location at northeast 122 and east Burnside, on Monday, October 15, 2001, from 7 to 9 A.M. Speakers, refreshments and interactive activities will be featured. We will demonstrate crossing the intersection safely with the audible signal at that location. Join us for the fun!
ARE YOU VISUALLY LIMITED OR EXPERIENCING VISION LOSS? - DO YOU WANT TO WORK?
IAM CARES is a national, nonprofit organization that works in cooperation with the Oregon Commission for the Blind on a statewide basis. If you have been unemployed six months or longer and are eligible for vocational services, we can help you. Gain proficiency in resume writing, interviewing skills, retaining employment and everything that goes along with this. Call Lynda VanDoran at (503) 731-3221, extension 254, or Darian Hartman, at (503) 731-3221, extension 243 in Portland. You may also contact Michael Thomas, in Eugene, at (541) 683-1399. If you prefer, you may write to Lynda VanDoran, IAM CARES, C/O Oregon Commission for the Blind, 535 SE 12, Portland, Oregon, 97214. Call us today. Go to work!
If you like having fun with your computer, you can go to www.gamesfortheblind.com and find out about an accessible chat program that brings people who are blind together from all over the world. You can download this program for free and use it with Jaws for Windows or with Window-Eyes. Gamesfortheblind also has accessible games that you can download for a 15-day trial basis and buy if you wish. One popular game, which you can also play on line, through Accessible Chat, is Accessible Star Fight. It is like the game Battle Ship. Other games include word play games and Yahtzee. At www.whitestick.com, you can listen to the music of blind musicians and more. Www.for-the-people.com is another accessible chat room environment. Finally, did you know that MSN Instant Messaging is compatible with Jaws for Windows? Download it today!
The Product Access Project, which has a group through YahooGroups, is looking to increase the number of product submissions/product submission requests it receives so that more information regarding product packaging (i.e. cooking directions, nutritional info, Ingredients, Allergy Info, and Company Contact Info) can be made available.
Members of the Product Access Project receive updates on new products added To the YahooGroups Files section of the group and the Product Access Project's Home Page at: http://home.att.net/~phichta/ProductAccessProjectHome.htm. If it
is easier, members can go to this address and fill in their e mail address in the field to be subscribed to the Product Access Project Listserv. If you prefer, you do not have to subscribe. You can take part in the project's development by submitting products to the project. There is a form on both the Product Access Project group site and the P.A.P.'s home site, ProductForm.txt, that can be downloaded to submit new products. The project coordinator will review, format and add the products sent to her (Shelley.Proulx@verizon.net) within 24 to 48 hours. If necessary, she will send the file directly to whoever requests it.
Making product type requests for addition: surfers can make requests as to what products they'd like to see added to the websites involving the PAP and she will do her best to get the information out. It would be easier and more likely to occur, however, if these requests were sent to the PAP Listserv as there are more members who can search for the items requested. You can write directly to submit a request to the PAP listserv.
Although in its early stages, the Product Access Project has great potential. Support from as many people/organizations as possible can only improve its chances of continued success. At present, there are over 100 products out there and it is hoped that this invitation will yield a greater variety. Join the ProductAccessProject list at Yahoo!Groups.com
Go to: http://home.att.net/~phichta/ProductAccessProjectHome.htm to
Subscribe to the list and see the project's progress.
For Sale: HP 4p Scanner with Open book Ruby version 5 software program. Dec-talk PC hardware Synthesizer is an ISO long card with speakers. The total asking price is $400. Contact Wade Kuntz, (541) 488-0545, e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Sale: Pentium III 550 Mhz, 256K-Advanced Transfer Cache, 256 MB SD RAM, 13 GB hard drive, 1.44 Mb 3.5inch floppy drive, 48x CD ROM drive, Sound blaster live value sound card with stereo speakers, ATI rage 8 MB Video card, 56K U.S. Robotics Fax Modem, Windows Keyboard, Mouse, Desktop case, Windows 98and second edition operating system. I will leave the latest version of Jaws, but will remove my authorization so Jaws will only run in Demo mode. The asking price is $650 (I purchased new in June 2000 for $1,555) The above has an Internal Dec-talk PC Card with external speaker, which I will leave in for an additional $300. Contact Robert R. (Bob) Matti at (541) 846-6385or via e-mail email@example.com
TEXAS BLIND JOKES
The Blind Man gets up mistakenly goes through the door leading to the Swimming Pool. Falls In. Waving His Arms Saying, "Don't Flush!! Don't Flush!!" Everything is bigger in Texas!
When the Blind Man arrives at his hotel he goes into the bar and orders a small beer, he gets huge beer, he says to the bartender, hey, I ordered a small one. Bartender says "Everything's Bigger In Texas."
President: John Fleming
106 NW "F"
Grants Pass, OR 97526
E-mail: bj2kiowa@cdsnet. net
President: Bev Rushing
4730 Auburn Rd. N.E., Space #52
Salem, OR 97301
President: Leonard Kokel
1845 W. Anderson Ave.
Coos Bay, OR 97420
President: Bob Johnson
4074 Market St. NE, #11
Salem, OR 97301
STATE OFFICERS - continued
Secretary: Gery Hallisy
746 Browning Ave., SE
Salem, Oregon 97302
Treasurer: Bob Rushing
4730 Auburn Rd. NE, Space #52
Salem, OR 97301
Rep. #1: Jerry DeLaunay
Golden Hours Radio
7140 SW Macadam Ave.
Portland, OR 97219
Rep. #2: James Edwards
1075 Laurel Ave.
Reedsport, OR 97467
Copyright © 2001 by The ACB of Oregon/Oregon Council Of The Blind