Autumn, 2002


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

Editor's Note

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In order to produce an interesting, informative and creative newsletter, articles of interest; chapter reports; etc., need to be submitted in a timely manner. The Stylus will come to you quarterly in March, June, September and December, so please submit materials by the 1st of February, May, August and November.

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Klamath Falls, OR 97603
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Presidents Message
By Bev Rushing

As I write this, I hope you and yours are enjoying a very pleasant summer. I know that a number of the chapters are planning picnics and penny auctions, which are one of the highlights of the summer months.

I wanted all of you to know, that David Becker is no longer able to continue on this committee as chairperson. Gloria Libby is now our nominations committee chairperson. Gloria's address is: 829 SE 15th Ave. Apt. C Portland, OR 97214 Her phone # is 503-233-2967; E-mail: Email the nominations committee chairperson
Gloria requests that you contact her by phone, e-mail, Tape of Braille. If you have anyone in mind that, you think would be a good candidate for one of the District Rep. Positions, please contact Gloria no later than October 1st. PRESENT DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVES MUST LET GLORIA KNOW IF THEY WISH TO RUN AGAIN.

I also want to remind you that I am the awards chairperson, so if you have an individual in mind who has done an outstanding job of working in the best interest for all members of A.C.B. of O., please submit his/her name for consideration by the Committee. Our two annual awards are as follows. One is the distinguished Service Award and the other is for Life Membership in the ACB of O.

We had a large Oregon delegation attend the ACB convention in Houston. We all felt it was a learning experience as well as an inspiration. The speakers addressed a number of issues that concerned the blind community such as, pedestrian safety, new technology, and education.

Our Oregon scholarships were awarded to two very deserving young ladies. We were all very proud, when our own Deb Marino received one of the national scholarships. Deb will be completing her education at George Fox College in Newberg, Oregon. One will be going to school in Oregon and the other in Washington and we wish them the very best in the future.

The 2003 ACB Convention will be in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; so make your plans to attend. In 2004 the national convention will be in Birmingham Alabama. There is an opening in 2005, and they are looking for an affiliate host in the Western states. The 2006 convention will be in Jacksonville Florida.

Don't forget our ACB of O convention, October 18th through the 20th. There will be bus transportation for most areas. Bob Johnson will be sending out more information on this. We are planning an interesting program and Charlotte Noddin, our convention coordinator is working tirelessly on plans for a great convention. The Shilo Inn, has been very cooperative and you will find accommodations comfortable. Brady Remsen, our convention chairperson and the Spilyay Chapter are working to make this a memorable convention. Brady is also in charge of exhibits, so if you wish to reserve a table, please let him know soon as they are going fast. E-mail brady@:E-mail brady, phone: 541-330-0715.

We will consider other interesting issues this year such as changing our convention format to include a Thursday evening Board Meeting and have workshops and speakers on Friday and Saturday morning. The business meeting would take place on Saturday afternoon, with the banquet on Saturday evening. If approved, this change would take effect for our 2003 state convention.

This year is going too fast, so make your reservations at the Shilo Inn and plan to attend. The Shilo Inn, will take reservations until September 27, 2002. After that date, we cannot guarantee the prices quoted. Their Phone number is: 1-541-389-9600.

Have You Made Your Plans for the ACB of Oregon 2002 Convention?
By Charlotte Noddin - Convention coordinator

Phone 541 888 9651
E-mail Email E-mail charlotte Noddin


Have you made your hotel reservations for the ACB of Oregon state convention in Bend, Oregon? Convention dates are October 18, 19 & 20, 2002. To receive special prices on rooms, your reservations must be made no later than September 27, 2002. Room rates are $69.00 for king size bed and two persons and $89.00 for two queen size beds with two persons. There will be a $10.00 charge for each additional person in the rooms. These prices do not include the tax.

The convention will be at the Shiloh Suites, 3105 O.B. Riley Road. Bend, Oregon 97701. The telephone number is (541) 389 9600. Check in time at the hotel is 3:00 p.m. If you arrive earlier, there is a chance that you will not be able to get in the room before then.

The registration forms will be in the mail by the time you read this article. Please check your choice correctly for the banquet dinner, as no substitutions will be made. Bob Rushing must receive registrations, no later than September 15, 2002.

Spilyay chapter members are looking forward to making you feel welcomed in their area. Join them in making this a good convention.

Southern Oregon Bus to Convention in Bend
By Joan Hill

Are you going to the ACB of Oregon convention in October? There will be a bus for people living in southern Oregon. The bus will have pick up points in Grants Pass and Klamath Falls. There is no charge for the bus, but you need to make a reservation by September 10. Please make your reservations to Bob Matti Email Bob Matti or Joan Hill (541) 882-9967 or email: Email Joan Hill. Space is limited so first come gets a spot.

Other Bus Transportation
By Darian Hartman

Bob Johnson has arranged transportation with Razz Transportation for members traveling to Bend from Portland, Salem and Eugene. Those departing Portland will meet at 9:30 A.M. at Shari's Restaurant, 1832 NE 122nd. The phone number for Shari's is (503) 252-9590. The bus will leave at 10 A.M. The next stop will be in Salem, at St. John Lutheran Church, 1350 Court St. NE (Court & 14th) at 11:A.M. the bus will leave at 11:20 and arrive next in Eugene at around 12:20, at 10th & Pearl (behind the Greyhound Bus Depot). The bus will leave at 12:30. Expect to arrive in Bend at the Shilo Inn Suites, 3105 O.B. Riley Rd. Bend Or 97701, at around 3 P.M. The phone number there is (541) 389-9600 or 1-800-222-2244.

On Sunday, the bus will leave Bend at 1:00 P.M. Expect to arrive at Shari's, in Portland between 6 and 6:30 P.M.

Membership Information
By Joan Hill

We are working on updating the membership list. If you know of any corrections please let me know. National ACB has raised annual dues by two dollars. This means dues will be $ 7 for next year except where chapters have set a different amount.

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Descriptive Video Night at ACB of Oregon Convention, 2002

This year one of the hospitality events being offered is Descriptive Video night. It will take place on Friday night from nine thirty until eleven in the Noddin's suite. Since the suite is small, the dog users are being asked to relieve their dogs and leave them in their rooms.
Soft drinks will be served in this suite.

Following the Friday night board meeting, those wishing to visit with one another may also gather in the Rushing suite for hospitality and conversation.

2003 Convention
Charlotte Noddin

63204 Crown Point Road
Coos Bay, Oregon 97420
Telephone 541 888 9651
Email charlotte Nodding

At the January 19th ACB of Oregon board meeting, held in Springfield, Oregon, I asked the board to consider the following for the 2003 state convention. Thursday night ACB of Oregon board meeting. Friday morning, separate breakfasts for Guide Dog members and other members. The morning and afternoon sessions would be for special speakers, work shops on membership & leadership. Friday noon would be box lunches, so members could go either to the Guide Dog business meeting & speaker or to a workshop for reports from chapters. Saturday morning's session would be speakers. The business meeting and memorial services would take place in the afternoon. The convention would come to a close after the banquet Saturday night. This would help people that have to travel long distances to get away early on Sunday morning. This recommendation has helped to make other state's conventions more interesting and did help bring younger people into their chapters. This proposal will be brought up in front of the membership at the convention in 2002 being held in Bend, Oregon.

Klamath Falls Chapter News
By Glenn Keep

As with much of the state, this summer has brought a record-breaking heat wave to our area. While the heat has returned to normal, the fires in Southern and Eastern Oregon continue to rage. This has created very smoky conditions in our region. However, refusing to be daunted by a little smoke, we push onward.

Members, who attended the Traffic Safety Board meeting in May, were pleased to learn that the board had accepted our suggestion and will be installing the very first audible crosswalk in Klamath Falls. The much needed crossing will be on the busy corners of Shasta Way and Avalon Streets, and should be in place by this fall.

At our May meeting we held a potluck and a penny auction. The auction provided an opportunity for members to get rid of white elephants they had around the house as well as the chance to try out the idea for a future fund raising event. As always, the potluck provided an excellent opportunity for members to socialize while enjoying some very good food.

Also in May, some of our group had the good fortune to attend an audio descriptive play in Ashland with some of our friends from the Rogue Valley Chapter. The play, Robert Sherwood's Idiot's Delight was absolutely delightful. We were given a comprehensive preface before the play and a running commentary of the play's action was provided via earphones. For those who have not yet attended one of the productions, I highly recommend the experience.

Our group held a picnic, at a local park, for our June meeting. Despite somewhat inclement weather, those in attendance reported having a great time. Aside from the great food and company, the event gave members the chance to plan future events and action.

The chapter held no meeting in July, due to the fact that many of our members were either on vacation or were spending time with family and friends. Plans for the future include resolution of our ongoing transportation issues, as well as informing driver education students about white cane and guide dog awareness.

Multnomah Chapter News

In June, Gregg and Carolyn Welch opened their home to us for a lovely summer picnic. Thank you to Gregg and Carolyn for their gracious hospitality.

The Multnomah Chapter does not normally meet in July and August. We hope everyone had a wonderful summer, and we look forward to fun and educational meetings beginning in September.

Rogue Valley Chapter News
By Sue L'Esperance

Although our chapter does not have meetings during the summer months, it has been a great year for us thus far. We have had increases in membership, fundraising efforts, community awareness activities and just great times of socialization.

Currently we have 69 members: 38 regular and 31 associate. Our condolences were sent to family and friends of regular member Glenn Campbell who passed away on June 6. His humor, welcoming smile, and friendliness will be greatly missed by those who knew him.

This was our first year to enter a float in the Boatnik Festival Parade, with approximately 30 members participating either by riding the float, or walking and handing out candy to children and pamphlets to adults. In addition to Rogue Valley Chapter members, Karl Baker accompanied us from Oregon Commission for the Blind and several Guide Dog puppies and their trainers. We would like to thank the American Legion for use of their parking lot for our float decorating session and keeping an eye on it for us overnight.

The quilt raffle created a budget boost, which greatly exceeded our expectations. In addition, the chapter received a local grant. A BIG THANKS to all who put forth their time and effort into making this project a great success!

We had our first penny auction, which brought in $251 plus lots of laughter. We look forward to another next year.

In May, several members of the Rogue Valley and Klamath Falls chapters met at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland to see the play "Idiot's Delight". For those who have attended several plays, they agreed that this was the best thus far! We greatly appreciate the efforts of the OSF staff, through the prologue and audio description, which make this an enjoyable activity for us. Plans are underway for ACBO members, family, and friends to attend "As You Like It", a Shakespeare comedy, on September 8th.

Our annual picnic held June 22nd at Riverside Park was once again a time of great food and lots of fun and laughter. Friends of the Old Time Fiddlers provided entertainment. Special guests included District 2 Representative James Edwards, Karl Baker of the Commission for the Blind, and several members had out-of-town guests.

We are looking forward to resuming our monthly business meetings in September, beginning the membership drive and attending the ACBO convention in October. We are looking forward to getting back to our workshop making toys for the Christmas Basket program.

We hope you are enjoying the summer months as much as we are, and we look forward to seeing many of you at the state convention in October!

Blind Ambition, America's First Blind Dragon Boat Team
By Patricia Keppler
Co-Captain Blind Ambition

Blind Ambition, America's first blind dragon boat team was pleased to be awarded a grant from ACB of Oregon so we could travel down to an International Dragon Boat Regatta, held in Oakland California, August 10 and 11. Blind Ambition debuted at the Portland Rose Festival and is quickly becoming a well-known team.

The Oakland Dragon Sports Association invited us to compete in their regatta. They waved the $1300 registration fees so that we could attend.

We received the Spirit of the Dragon award and were written up in several newspapers including one article that was sent all the way to Hong Kong!

The most exciting part for me was making the emcee eat his words. When he introduced us for our first race, he introduced us as not being a competitive team, but in it for the fun. At the end of the first day of competition, we were ranked number one in our division. The papers and the local TV news were saying we were the team to watch. When they introduced us the next day the announcer said, "This team is not just here for fun, they are truly a competitive team." We felt like we had just won the highest award when we heard those words.

This trip would not have been possible with out the support of ACB of Oregon. Thank you for helping us show the world how capable and competitive the blind can be.


The following web page lists all of the daily television programs that are available with audio description:

Traveling with Disabilities or Special Needs
Security Screening Advice for Passengers with Disabilities

These tips are provided to help travelers with disabilities through the security screening process. These tips are not all-inclusive and are simply meant to provide recommendations and advice to passengers. These tips will be updated from time-to-time to reflect changes that occur in the screening process at airport security checkpoints.

For additional information, travelers can also go to:

* Remember, you can always ask for and receive a private screening.
* Make sure medications are properly labeled (professionally printed label identifying the medication or a manufacturer's name or pharmaceutical label).
* It is recommended that you notify your airline in advance if you have special needs or need assistance at the airport.
* It is recommended that you notify your airline if you need an airline representative to accompany/help you to your gate.
* It is recommended that you check with your airline on the procedure for getting a pass/authorization for your companion/assistant to accompany you through the security checkpoint and to your gate.
* The limit of one carry-on bag and one personal item (e.g. purse or briefcase) for each traveler does not apply to passengers with disabilities medical supplies, equipment, mobility aids, or assistive devices.
* Mobility aids and assistive devices permitted through the security checkpoints include: canes, walkers, crutches, prosthetic devices, body braces, wheelchairs, scooters, augmentation devices, Braille note takers, slate and stylus, service animals, and diabetes related equipment/supplies as specified below.

Mobility Disability
* As you proceed through the security checkpoint, don't hesitate to ask screeners for assistance with your mobility aid and carry-on items.
* It will expedite the screening process if you let the screener know your level of ability (e.g. whether you can walk, stand, or perform an arm lift).
* Inform screeners of any special equipment or devices that you are using and where this equipment is located on your body. This will help the screener to be careful of that equipment if a physical search is necessary.
* Let screeners know if you cannot remove your shoes when additional screening is necessary.
* If you can remove your shoes, ask screeners for assistance if needed.
* To expedite the process, ensure all bags and satchels hanging from, carried under or on your equipment are put on the x-ray belt for inspection.
* Ask the screener to reunite you with your carry-on items and assistive device once x-ray inspection is completed.

Hearing Disability
* If the screening process is unclear to you, ask the screener to write the information down, or look directly at you and repeat the information slowly.

Visual Disability
* Ask the screener to:
*Explain the security procedures
* Describe what will happen next
* Let you know where the metal detector is located
* When you will be going through the metal detector
* Let you know when there are obstacles you need to avoid
* Let the screener know when you need someone to escort you through the screening process.
* Notify screener if x-ray inspection (i.e., Braille note takers) will harm the equipment you may be using. Ask for your device to be visually and physically inspected instead of x-ray inspection.
* Ask the screener to reunite you with your carry-on items and assistive device once x-ray or physical inspection is completed.
* Ask the screener to reunite you with your computer or electronic items that required additional screening.
* Ask the screener to verbally direct you toward your gate once the screening process has been completed.

Service Animals & Guide Dogs
* There is no documentation required to take your service animal through the security screening checkpoint.
* The service animal/guide dog and its belongings will require a physical inspection (i.e., whether they walk through the metal detector together or the animal walks in front or behind the user with the user continually maintaining control of the animal with the leash, harness/halter, etc.)
* Advise the screener on how to best screen your service animal or guide dog.
* This inspection includes: the animal and its belongings (collar, harness, leash, backpack, vest, etc.).
* Ask the screener to not take off the animals' belongings during this inception since this is a sign to the animal that they are off work.
* Service animals/guide dogs should not be separated from their owner.

Hidden Disability
* Passengers with a hidden disability can, if they chose, advise screeners that they have a hidden disability and may need some assistance or need to move a little slower than others.
* Family members or traveling companions can also advise screeners when they're traveling with someone who has a hidden disability, which may cause that person to move a little slower, become agitated easily, and/or need additional attention.
* Notify screeners if you have special equipment that cannot go through the x-ray machine. Request a physical/visual inspection of your equipment instead of x-ray inspection.
* Notify screeners if you need to sit down before the screening process is completed.

Persons With Diabetes
* Notify the screener that you have diabetes and are carrying your supplies with you.
* Make sure insulin (vials or outer box of individual doses), jet injectors, pens, infusers, and preloaded syringes are marked properly (professionally printed label identifying the medication or manufacturer's name or pharmaceutical label)
* There is no limitation on the number of empty syringes that you will be allowed to carry through the security checkpoint; however you must have insulin with you in order to carry empty syringes through the checkpoint.
* Lancets, blood glucose meters, blood glucose test strips can be carried through the security checkpoint.
* Notify screeners if you're wearing an insulin pump and ask if they will visually inspect the pump since it cannot be removed from your person.
* Insulin pumps and supplies must be accompanied by insulin with professionally printed labels described above.
* If possible, advise screeners when/if you are experiencing low blood sugar and are in need of medical assistance.

Persons With Pacemakers
* It is recommended that individuals with a pacemaker carry a Pacemaker Identification Card (ID) when going through airport security.
* A Pacemaker ID card is typically issued by your doctor or hospital where you received your implant.
* This ID card may be helpful when you are trying to clear airport security.
* Advise the screener that you have an implanted pacemaker, show the screener your pacemaker ID, if you have one, and ask the screener to conduct a pat-down inspection of you rather than you walking through the metal detector or being hand-wanded.

Assistive Devices
* Notify screener if x-ray inspection will harm your equipment. Ask for your device to be visually and physically inspected instead of x-ray inspection.
* You can ask for a private screening for the visual and physical inspection of your prosthetic device and/or body braces.
* Crutches, canes, and walkers will need to go through the x-ray machine.
* If equipment cannot fit through the x-ray, then the screener will perform a visual and physical inspection of your equipment.
* Collapse canes whenever possible before they are put on the x-ray belt.
* Ask for assistance with your device(s) if needed.
* You should not be asked to remove your prosthetic device or body brace for it to undergo x-ray inspection. Prosthetic devices and body braces should be visually and physically inspected once you have walked through the metal detector.
* Screeners will need to see and touch prosthetic devices and body braces as part of the physical and visual inspection.

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State Officers

President: Bev Rushing
4730 Auburn Rd. N.E., Space #52
Salem, OR 97301
(503) 362-4151

Past President: John Fleming
106 NW "F"
PMB #258
Grants Pass, OR 97526
(541) 846-6981
Email John

1st Vice President: Bob Johnson
4074 Market St. NE, #11
Salem, OR 97301
(503) 361-8693

2nd Vice President: Ed Ripplinger
4730 Auburn Rd. N.E., Space 91
Salem, OR 97301
(503) 391-7114
Email Ed

Secretary: Gery Hallisy
746 Browning Ave., SE
Salem, Oregon 97302
(503) 364-5561
Email Gery

Treasurer: Bob Rushing
4730 Auburn Rd. N.E., Space #52
Salem, OR 97301
(503) 362-4151
Email Bob

District Rep. #1: Jerry DeLaunay
Golden Hours Radio
7140 SW Macadam Ave.
Portland, OR 97219
(503) 293-1902
Email Jerry

District Rep. #2: James Edwards
1075 Laurel Ave.
Reedsport, OR 97467
(541) 271-1226
Email James

District Rep. #3: Jan Chance
1505 Madison, Space #67
Klamath Falls, OR 97603
Email Jan

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