The Stylus

March 2016, spring Issue


The official quarterly publication of the

American Council of the Blind of Oregon.


James Edwards, President, ACB of O

Phone: (541) 404-8214



For more information about the American Council of the Blind of Oregon, go to our updated web page at:





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Cell: 503-871-6175

4352 Trapper Drive NE

Salem, Oregon 97305


Stylus Editor, Teresa Christian

Phone: 971-322-8462


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Contents in This issue

** A Word from Our President

** You can do a Win Win, Help Yourself and

** Connections- Why Do They Matter?


** Thriving Blind

Script Talk Now Available in Many Pharmacies

** Announcing Three New Regular Feature Articles

** Featured SIG, ACB Lions

** New iPhone App from ACB,

** The Accessible World

** Thank You to Our 61st State Convention Sponsors

** How to Access Your ACB Braille and E-Forums





** A Word from Our President


    February was a very busy month for me. I was in Salem on two different occasions, in Las Vegas, at the Blind Licensed Vendors Sagebrush training session, (thanks to Randy Hauth and BEST for inviting me and sponsoring that trip.) Randy invited me to the Sagebrush session as a speaker on a panel discussion on advocacy. After returning home for a few days, I flew to Washington D.C. to participate in the national ACB legislative day.


    I was joined on the D.C. trip by Sue Staley, our first Vice President, Marja Byers, President of the Willamette Chapter, Chelsea Chamberlin, from the PDX chapter, and Randy Hauth, also from PDX, and President of BEST.


    The trip was great, it was my first time in D.C., and I was truly impressed with the area, and the city. I hope to return some day as a tourist, there is so much to see and so much history of our country.


   Our group attended three long days of meetings on issues pertaining to the blind community, then we went to the Capitol and spoke with Oregon Senators and Representatives. That was a very interesting day, and we certainly hope, productive. We were given four topics of discussion by our national office staff. H.R. 729, the Medicare Demonstration of Coverage for Low Vision Devices, asking Medicare to cover costs of devices of visual aid for the blind community, H.R. 3535, The Alice Cogswell and Anne Sullivan Macy Act, which address the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, seeking to improve the delivery of appropriate special education and related services to all students who are visually impaired and deaf or hard of hearing.


    We talked about a Regulatory Imperative asking the DOJ to move forward with proposed rules covering web accessibility for blind and vision impaired people. These rules would make the internet totally accessible to the blind community. DOJ recognizes the need to develop clear industry guidelines, but has indicated they will wait until 2018 before issuing an Announcement of Proposed Rule Making. We do not, and should not, have to wait that long.


    The last Imperative we addressed is called the Marakesh Treaty. This treaty is important to us because it will provide for an exception to the copyright laws that will allow reproduction of works in foreign languages, by an authorized entity, for the purpose of converting them into accessible format.


    I, personally, felt we could not overstate the importance of these visits, by ACB and NFB, representatives of the blind and vision impaired community, to remind our congress people of the value added to our lives with passage of these kind of legislative issues.


    An added benefit to sending ACB members to functions such as this, especially new members, as in the case of Marja and Chelsea, is the exposure to the people involved in ACB on a national level, our leaders and colleagues. Having communication and discussions with other people in attendance can easily lead to networking and collaboration in ways otherwise not available to us.


     The World Blind Union is the global organization representing the estimated 285 million people worldwide who are blind or vision impaired. WBU members are organizations of and for the blind in some 190 countries, and international organizations working in the field of vision impairment. This year, the WBU general assembly meeting will be held in Orlando Florida, August 18 through 25. This meeting will be broadcast on ACB radio for those who are interested.


    Speaking of ACB radio, do you listen? They have a lot of interesting and entertaining programs that you might find worth your time to listen to. If you don’t listen already, check it out.


    We will be starting our convention planning very soon. As I have done for the past several years, I am encouraging all of you members reading this to get involved in convention planning. If you have an idea for our convention, something you would like to see happen, or suggestions on how to make it better, please contact us and we will certainly consider your proposal.


   We were contacted by John Learned, our original car donation program administrator, who has proposed working with us on car donations again. He has some ideas of using social media to promote our cause, which he believes will increase our income from the program. Check out our ACBO webpage for more information and encourage people to donate their cars to ACBO.


Spring is here, enjoy the good weather and flowers coming up!


James Edwards, President





** You can do a Win Win, Help Yourself and

Help Others at the Same Time


Have you ever had a hard day, you’re bone tired but still have to make dinner happen somehow?

Have you ever had company coming and didn’t have a clue what to fix?

Have you ever been going to a potluck but didn’t have all the ingredients to make the perfect thing?

We have all been there and it’s a huge drag isn’t it?


Here is the solution to your problem and how you can help ACBO continue to do the fantastic things they do all in one fell swoop.


Schwan’s Home Delivery offers over 350 delicious foods, flash-frozen at the peak of freshness and conveniently delivered to your door. Through, you can order from Schwan’s Home

Delivery and help our organization meet its fundraising goals.


Thank you to everyone who ordered during the first part of the campaign from February 1 through March 17th 2016. 20% of product orders and 40% of eGift Card sales came back to our organization. Thanks to those who helped out we are now $243 closer to our goal of $2500.


It’s not over yet, you still have time to get what you need and help ACBO too. Until June 13, 5% of all orders will come back to ACBO.


Here’s how to order:

To order Online:

1. Visit

2. Click on either the "Shop to Give" or "Shop Now"

3. Start shopping and get the great feeling that you have solved your food dilemma and are helping a great cause!


To order by Phone:

Call 1-855-870-7208 and provide Campaign ID: 22708


If you have any questions, contact Sue Staley

American council of the Blind, of Oregon, (ACBO),

Fund-raising chairperson.

Phone 503-430-1868 or



** Who won this time? Keep reading!


** Connections- Why Do They Matter?

As visually impaired people, it is very easy to become isolated due to transportation issues, money issues and/or from the difficulties of maneuvering through a crowd. However, connecting with other people is critical to our health and wellbeing not only because it is a warm, fuzzy, feel good, but because it hugely helps us live longer, healthier and happier. Check out what Cindy Kirchhoff, a Wellness Coach has to say about it. This is reprinted from her weekly e-zine “Wellness in a Minute”, March 9th 2016.


What is more damaging to your health than smoking 15 cigarettes a day? Or being obese? Or getting little movement?

What will help you live happier, healthier and longer?

It’s connection. Relationships with others. Good ones. Connection is a little recognized part of wellness. Good connections add fuel to you being well. Lousy ones harm you, health wise and in many other ways.

Thankfully, connection as it pertains to wellness is being looked at more and more. There’s proof! Here’s what Harvard Medical School has to say about it:

 “Social connections … not only give us pleasure, they also influence our long-term health in ways every bit as powerful as adequate sleep, a good diet, and not smoking. Dozens of studies have shown that people who have satisfying relationships with family, friends, and their community are happier, have fewer health problems, and live longer.


“Conversely, a relative lack of social ties is associated with depression and later-life cognitive decline, as well as with increased mortality. One study, which examined data from more than 309,000 people, found that lack of strong relationships increased the risk of premature death from all causes by 50% — an effect on mortality risk roughly comparable to smoking up to 15 cigarettes a day, and greater than obesity and physical inactivity.”

Wellness in a Minute tip: Clean up your connections. Make time for the ones that give you pleasure and lift you up. You feel better after being with that person? That’s a good sign it’s doing your health good, too. You feel angry, depressed, defeated? Damage is occurring. So, watch this for a while. You may not be able to get rid of all the lousy connections (say, a boss), but where can you clean up? And, just as important, are you making quality time for the ones who are your health boosters? If not, go fit that in this week. It’s worth it.

Live well,


You can connect with Cindy by going to her web site at


Or calling her at 815-434-0130




Submitted by Darian Slayton Fleming


We all end up spending time alone whether it is because we live alone or happen to be alone for other reasons at any given time. This is important info to know.


1. Let's say it's 7:25pm and you're going home (alone of course) after an unusually hard day on the job.

2. You're really tired, upset and frustrated....

3. Suddenly you start experiencing severe pain in your chest that starts to drag out into your arm and up in to your jaw.

You are only about five km from the hospital nearest your home.

4. Unfortunately you don't know if you'll be able to make it that far.

5. You have been trained in CPR, but the guy that taught the course did not tell you how to perform it on yourself.


Since many people are alone when they suffer a heart attack without help, the person whose heart is beating improperly and who begins to feel faint, has only about 10 seconds left before losing consciousness.

7. However, these victims can help themselves by coughing repeatedly and very vigorously.

A deep breath should be taken before each cough, and the cough must be deep and prolonged, as when producing sputum from deep inside the chest.

A breath and a cough must be repeated about every two seconds without let-up until help arrives, or until the heart is felt to be beating normally again.

8. Deep breaths get oxygen into the lungs and coughing movements squeeze the heart and keep the blood circulating. The squeezing pressure on the heart also helps it to regain a normal rhythm.

In this way, heart attack victims can get help or to a hospital.

9. Tell as many other people as possible about this. It could save their lives!


** Who won this time? Was it you?



** Thriving Blind

Script Talk Now Available in Many Pharmacies


All Rite Aids nationwide, CVS pharmacies, Humana Services, and Portland Area Kaiser Facilities.

Check with En-Vision America to locate Additional Pharmacies.


ACB and En-Vision America Pave the Way for Script Talk to be available in many pharmacies across America.

Rite Aid, CVS, Humana and Portland area Kaiser pharmacies.

Are now offering Talking Prescription Devices to Customers with Visual Impairments 


Many pharmacies across the country have announced the availability of talking prescription devices to assist customers with visual impairments. The device will be provided at no cost to customers who are blind or who are visually impaired.

"It's important that all of our customers, including those who are blind or visually impaired, are able to access and understand information on their prescriptions," said Jocelyn Konrad, Rite Aid executive vice president of pharmacy. "By offering these devices, we're helping customers who have difficulty or who are unable to read a standard prescription label understand and safely take their medications as prescribed by their physician."  


“One size does not fit all with our blind and visually impaired members. Effective communication, in the chosen format of the member, is extremely important.  Braille and talking labels on prescription bottles are two ways that Humana serves its members,” states Dr. Michelle Griffin, PhD of  Humana Language Assistance and Alternative Format Services.


Visually impaired customers can request a talking prescription device at any of the participating pharmacies across the nation

"The American Council of the Blind and the California Council of the Blind congratulate Rite Aid on taking this step to better serve the needs of its blind and visually impaired customers," said Kim Charlson, American Council of the Blind president. "This action clearly illustrates their motto, 'With Us, It's Personal,' and we are proud to have collaborated with Rite Aid to bring this valuable resource to their customers." 

Participating pharmacies are also able to provide customers with large print prescription information sheets as well as a Braille option. Ask for the accommodation that will best help you:

ScripTalk talking labels, ScripView large print labels or Braille labels.


For interested people who use the Kaiser system and live in Portland you can call

Sandra, 503-261-7544 and leave a message saying you are interested in getting accessible prescriptions with either the Script Talk, large print or Braille.


For Rite Aid and CVS customers, contact your pharmacy to get started.


To contact Humana

Alex Kepnes

 Humana Corporate Communications

 502-580-2990 (link sends e-mail)


To read the press release about CVS pharmacies go to


For more information contact En-Vision America at






** Announcing Three New Regular Feature Articles


Announcing a new regular feature called Blind Success. A blind person will be interviewed in every issue and share with all of us. We will discover how they got where they are and what made them successful. How did their visual impairment effect their journey? What did they do differently that made it work for them?


Also in every issue we will be highlighting a different national affiliate special interest group or (SIG.) this month’s SIG is on the ACB Lions affiliate.


The third new feature is called Thriving Blind. This will have tips and tricks that you can use to thrive as a blind person. This issues article is about Script Talk and how many more pharmacies have made them available.


If there are topics you would like covered and/or if you have some tips and tricks you think other visually impaired folks might benefit knowing about, please send them to me and I can include them in the next issue.


Look for these new features in future issues.





** Featured SIG, ACB Lions


Huh? What the heck is a SIG?

SIG is an acronym for Special Interest Group. ACB has, as many large organizations do, regular chapters but also have special chapters or affiliates that are focused on one specific topic or interest. These are called special interest groups. The SIG we are going to look at this time is the ACB Lions. Yep, ACB actually has its very own Lions club.

It is made up of ACB members who are also a member of a regular Lions club in their local area. They do the usual Lions club activities, but also network and share about special issues that come up from being a visually impaired person in a sighted club. Here’s what they say about it on the ACB website.


“ACBL encourages others in ACB to become Lions and participate in service projects in their local communities.


In 2015, as a Topaz convention sponsor, ACBL assisted three outstanding scholarship winners to attend the ACB National Conference and Convention in Dallas, Texas, creating meaningful opportunities for young people and helping them learn about ACB.


ACBL holds telephone conference calls on the first Thursday of each month at 9:00 PM Eastern Time. Callers help plan ACBL activities, discuss issues of importance to Lions, share ideas and seek help from fellow Lions.


ACBL sponsors a Facebook page and an email list. Share your Lions experiences on the Facebook page at Join the email list by sending a blank email message to


Join us now and help us increase our Lions' roar!”


To join ACBL contact Carla or Adam Ruschival.

Dues are just $15.00 for one year, or $150.00 for a life membership. Go to and pay dues with your credit card. Our PayPal address is Or make check payable to ACBL and mail to:


American Council of Blind Lions

Adam Ruschival, Treasurer

148 Vernon Avenue

Louisville, KY 40206


Carla Ruschival, Treasurer

American Council of the Blind






** Who won this time? Was it the Easter Bunny maybe?





** New iPhone App from ACB,

Links Blind People to its Affiliates and Services


The American Council of the Blind (ACB) announced today that its iPhone app, ACB Link, is now available. This app will assist ACB staff, members and friends to readily communicate news of relevance to the blind community. For more information about the app called ACB Link, go to or read more at





** The Accessible World


The Accessible World, a division of Helping Hands for the Blind, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, seeks to educate the general public, the disabled community and the professionals who serve them by providing highly relevant information about new products, services, and training opportunities designed specifically to eliminate geographic and access barriers that adversely affect them


Accessible World Email Announcement List and Tek Talk Discussion Email List


Accessible World uses email lists to inform people of the topic and times for the many Discussion Groups on Accessible World. The lists are announce only to keep the traffic to a minimum.

You can join the Accessible World one way Announce List by visiting:

or by sending an email to:


Accessible World also provides a Tek Talk Discussion List. This list is intended to give you an opportunity to ask computer related questions, suggest topics to be used in the weekly Monday training programs, or just to interact with others interested in using assistive devices to access computers. You may sign up for this list by going to:

or by sending an email to:


If you have a twitter account, feel free to follow us. Tek talk and other archives and events will be tweeted.


You can also sign up for the Tek Talk and other lists accessible world has by going to: and clicking on the "News Wires and Discussion Mailing Lists" link.


Robert Acosta, Chair

Accessible World








** Thank You to Our 61st State Convention Sponsors

By Darian Slayton Fleming


We were especially blessed to receive generous sponsorships for our 61st state convention held in Cottage Grove in 2015. A big shout of thanks goes to the following sponsors.


Central Print Reprographic has generously produced our print program every year since we were in Cottage Grove in 2012. Don and Rhonda Smith never hesitate to say yes to producing our print program Valued at $300. This year we were able to give back by ordering our print Schwan’s Fund-raiser flyers from Central Reprographic.


Our Friday night meal was especially enjoyable with the addition of the wine tasting provided by King Estate Winery. King Estate representatives were gracious and generous. Some of us gave back by purchasing wine that was shipped to us after the convention. The value of this donation was $500. King Estate Winery offers on-site tours and tastings. You might consider visiting them as a fun chapter outing.


Starfire Lumber sponsored our convention when we were in Cottage Grove in 2012; this year they doubled their contribution donating $1,000. Its companies like this that make a difference in our communities.


Uber Oregon sponsored our Saturday lunch. In addition, General Manager, Bryce Bennet, attended our banquet and spoke about the company’s efforts to provide helpful and affordable transportation to people with disabilities. Members of Metro PDX worked with Uber Oregon’s Marketing Manager, Gabriela Bater, to produce a guide for using their app on our phones with Voiceover. If you wish to have a copy of the guide and helpful E-mail addresses, send a message to:


Donald R. Slayton, Attorney at Law, generously funded three banquet dinners for sponsors.  He also attended our banquet and poignantly spoke about how family support enhances independence.


We sincerely appreciate the support of our sponsors. With their help, we are able to assist our members to learn about resources for integration in our communities. These opportunities also further our cause by raising awareness about the abilities as well as the needs of people who are blind. To learn more about our sponsors, go to our website and follow the links. 





** How to Access Your ACB Braille and E-Forums

Submitted by Joan Hill


The ACB Braille Forum is available in the following ways:


Mail- by mail in the following formats: in braille, large print, half-speed four-track cassette tape and data CD.

To have it mailed to you in your format of choice  call the ACB national office at

202-467-5081 or 800-424-8666


Online- you can read or download the current issue or back issues by going online at

There are three format options: a Word doc, plain text or a braille-ready file


E-mail- to get the e-mail version subscribe to the list by visiting the e-mail lists page at

Or copy this into your browser


Podcasts- You can subscribe to the podcast versions from your 2nd generation Victor Reader Stream or from


How to Access ACB Info via Phone


Trouble accessing computers? There is an alternative. To hear ACB Radio, ACB Braille and E-Forums and ACB Reports by phone, check out these numbers.

You can hear ACB Radio on the phone by dialing



You can listen to the ACB Braille Forum, E Forum and ACB Reports by dialing







** Drum roll please!

The winner this time, for this issue is Joan Hill. She will receive a $20 prepaid VISA.

Remember for each submission you will get one entry in the contest, so if you submit five items to me, you will get five entries in the contest and win a $20 prepaid VISA to do with as you wish.

The next issue is in June so send me your interesting items, your tantalizing tidbits.




Thanks for reading this issue of the Stylus!


May you always have enough!


In love and light, your happy editor, Teresa Christian