Future Reflections September- December 1983, Vol. 2 No. 5
From Eye Care, Inc. comes this announcement: Develop
coordination and teach basic shapes with these
safe, simple, soft-sculpture puzzles. The foam shapes
are covered in bright colors and contrasting cloth textures to appeal to the child's visual or tactile senses. Each washable TUZZLE measures 6><10 inches, and they come in these puzzle combinations:
circle and square
circle and triangle
triangle and square
They can be ordered with hand-embroidered doll or animal faces, or in high-contrast solid colors.
TUZZLES are hand-made in Haiti by disabled women, from all new U.S. materials. Eye Care carries out a comprehensive ophthalmological program in Haiti.
To order, send $6.50 each to Eye Care, Inc., 523 8th Street, S.E., Washington, DC 20003. Eye Care, Inc., is a non-profit, tax exempt organization.
VIDEOTAPE FROM MISSOURI
The Missouri Bureau for the Blind asked that we make this announcement: The Missouri Bureau for the Blind has completed a 26 minute color videotape entitled, COPING, COMPETING, CONTRIBUTING. The production includes work station scenes and candid commentary by fourteen competitively employed blind persons. The jobs shown include attorney, personnel training coordinator, machinist, computer programmer/ analyst, food services manager, switchboard operator/ receptionist, executive secretary, small engine mechanic, electronic converter repairman, radio/stereo repairman, public relations coordinator, psychologist, salesman, and state agency director.
Interested organizations and agencies may schedule review of this program by contacting Rodney Wilson at the Missouri Bureau for the Blind, 619 East Capitol Avenue, Jefferson City, MO 65101. The videotape is available in Vz" and %" VHS format.
The National Federation of the Blind has long been known as a way for blind adults to get together for self-help and information. Now, through FUTURE REFLECTIONS and the NFB Parents Division, parents are discovering that the NFB is a source of help for parents as well.
Kathy Andrus discovered that last fall when we printed a letter from her requesting contact with other parents who also have children with aniridia (her daughter has aniridia). Last April we received another letter from her. If you missed that earlier letter and are interested in sharing information about aniridia, here is the April letter complete with address.
"Last fall I wrote to you about the newsletter and about my daughter with aniridia. Thanks so very much for printing my name, address and request for information regarding aniridia. I have been overwhelmed with the people who have contacted me... Already we have been pulling information together to disseminate. So thanks very much for your help."
1032 Croton Drive
Alexandria, VA 22308
HYPO-PLASTIC OPTIC NERVE INFORMATION WANTED
Many of our readers'children have eye conditions that are considered rare. For that reason, they find it difficult to get accurate, practical data and ideas to help them cope with the situation. We welcome requests from parents who want to hear from other parents whose children have a similar eye condition. Just be sure to include name, address, and eye condition (phone number, too, if you wish).
A mother from Montana recently wrote and said that she would like to get in touch with other parents who have children with Hypo-Plastic Optic Nerve. She tells me it is a syndrome that is characterized by vision and hearing losses and high intelligence. She would like anyone who has a child with this syndrome, or has information about it, to contact:
1730 Alder Drive
Great Falls, MT 59404
The NFB July 2, 1983 Seminar for Parents of Blind Children was recorded and is available on cassett tape format from the NFB National Office. There are three tapes to each set, and a set costs $6.00. To order your set of Parent Seminar tapes, send check or money order with your request to: National Federation of the Blind, 1800 Johnson Street, Baltimore, MD 21230.
From the NFB of Nebraska Newsletter comes this article from David Robinson: The 1981 Convention of the NFB was the birthplace of a privately run firm that is bringing a new picture to the world of aids for the blind and handicapped. Aids Unlimited, Inc., with main offices in Baltimore, Maryland, was founded by W.H. "Hal" Bleakley. Its owners are shareholders throughout the country... The group was founded on the principle that aids that are of good quality and fill a need should be marketed to the consumer at a reasonable price and in a timely fashion.
Operating on sound business principles, Aids Unlimited helps to bring solid competition to the field of aids for the blind. Other sources throughout the country have been bringing prices down, a fact that will benefit us all. The company utilizes a series of sales representatives throughout the country to market its products. Almost all of the current sales personnel are blind or handicapped; all work on a commission only basis. Although the company is still small, it is growing rapidly. Many of you have visited the table in the Exhibit Room at the past two NFB Conventions. The firm's sales at the 1983 Convention were twice the volume of the 1982 Convention; a sign that indicates very significant growth. Some of the products now available from Aids Unlimited include the following items: Braille paper, file cards, clear view cards, copy clear (a new clear type of thermoform paper), can hold labels, talking scale, sound off bulk tape eraser, Panasonic calculators, Spartus talking chime clock, Cassio combination calculator/ clock/calendar, Scrabble games (in Braille or large print).
Other products include: elevator markers, chair shocks for wheelchairs, and new telecommunications system for the deaf are also available from Aids Unlimited. For more information write to: Aids Unlimited, Inc., 1101 North Calvert Street, Baltimore, MD 21202, Voice/tty (301)659-0232.
Susan Ford of Missouri tells us her son, Brent, really enjoys his COUNTRY CRITTER PUPPET and sends us this information about them. These hand or arm, "animal" or "monster" puppets are advertised by their manufacturer as, "The cutest and most realistic puppets in the world." Select puppets are equipped with noisemakers and the animal puppets are, "designed to resemble its real counterpart as closely as possible in color, shape and even action." Prices range from $15.00 to $20.00. For more information write to: Ron Strawder, Country Critter Puppets, By S&S Sales, 217 Neosho, Burlington, KS 66839, (316) 364-8623.
The following survey comes from Byron Sykes, President of the NFB of North Carolina. Byron tells us this: "As you may know, we have a Consumer and Advocacy Advisory Committee to the agency. One of the things we're doing is to study education of blind children in the state. I have been appointed to chair a subcommittee to do that. Therefore, the group came up with the following survey ... It seemed reasonable to share it with you."
Survey on Education
1. Is your blind/visually impaired child receiving reading material or other aids on a timely basis?
2a. Are you experiencing difficulties with the school system regarding your child's education?
2b. Are you experiencing difficulty with your child taking such courses as: math, algebra, geometry, biology, or physical education? If so, please specify.
3. What are the especially good points about your school system?
4. What specific improvements would you make regarding your child's education?
5. (Parents) Does your child have freedom and responsibility comparable to his peers?
6. (Teachers) What classroom activities does your blind student hot take part in?
7. Is your child prepared to handle public attitudes concerning blindness?
8. How does your school system carefully screen its students to determine eligibility for special services for the blind?
9. Does your child share the social and cultural opportunities in the community?
10. What steps are taken to assure your teenager's understanding of personal grooming?
The following comes from the CAPITOL DISTRICT PARENTS OF VISUALLY HANDICAPPED CHILDREN NEWSLETTER. Capitol District Parents is a parents group in the state of New York.
The dictionary defines contrast as ... "to show dffierence by comparing"; "a difference of quality." The only difference between visually impaired and sighted children is the quality of their vision ... not the potential quality of their lives.
The main purpose of PVHC is to ensure the highest possible quality of life for our children. Our members desire to minimize the differences, the contrast, between sighted and visually impaired children. The "CONTRAST" logo on our newsletter serves as a reminder to work together in order to fade out the contrast between our children and sighted children. For we too must, at times, minimize the contrast in our OWN minds before we can minimize the contrast in the minds of others.
BOOKS FOR CHILDREN
Science for the Blind Products (SFB) offers vision aids and special tools, instruments and materials for the blind. They also have a number of book titles for children. Scratch and Sniff books, Touch and Feel books, Do-It Cloth books and Tactile books are some of the kinds of books they offer. To request catalogues or more information, write to: SFB Products, (Wayne) Box A, Southeastern, PA 19399, or call (215) 887-3731.
The following items are reprints from various summer through fall, 1983 BRAILLE MONITOR issues.
SFB PRODUCTS WRITES US AS FOLLOWS:
MUSICAL GREETING CARDS
Open the card. A tiny electronic music box plays a tune appropriate to the occasion.
$3.95 each + 85$ shipping/handling; $3.75 each for 2 or more + 85$ + 20<P for additional card shipping/ handling; $3.50 each for 5 or more. Regular shipping/ handling, $2.50 + 3% of order.
SPECIAL: We will send your greeting card for you. We will address the envelope and put your name and a 2-5 word greeting inside. Price includes postage. $4.50 each.
The greeting card battery will last through hundreds of repetitions. The sound is about as loud as through an ear-phone; people with normal hearing can hold it in the hand at normal reading distance and hear it well. We anticipate having Christmas cards next fall.
We can also offer wholesale prices on quantity purchases as indicated below. This item is excellent for fundraising or for inclusion in gift shop offerings.
Wholesale: Box of assorted cards (12 Birthday, 8 Mother's Day, 2 Wedding, 2 Anniversary). Retail value at $3.95: $94.80. Retail value at $4.25: $102.00
24 cards: $60.00 + regular shipping: $2.50 + 3% of order, maximum $7.00 (Introductory Officer: Special shipping rate $2.50for box of 24.) 10dozen or more, call for quote.
Southeastern, PA 19399
(215)687-3731 (Mary Ann)
WALL STREET JOURNAL
In recent hearings which were held before a House Subcommittee concerning minimum wages and other matters dealing with sheltered workshops for the blind, the American Council of the Blind (ACB) and National Industries for the Blind argued that blind people should be paid less than the minimum wage because of their inability to compete with others. After all, they said in effect, three quarters of a loaf is better than none. However, the Wall Street Journal for May 19, 1983, reports that Blind Industries and Services of Maryland (the shop headed by Ralph Sanders, a shop which pays no worker at less than the minumum wage) has come out with a new premium quality legal pad, which is being widely sold. This quality product is produced by blind workers. It is thought good enough by the nation's leading business publication to merit comment and mention. If blind workers are truly not competitive, how can all of this be explained?
PICKETS BOARD OF EDUCATION
On Thursday and Friday, July 28-29, 1983, NAC accreditation of the Missouri School for the Blind was reported to be a topic for consideration by the Missouri State Board of Education, which has jurisdiction over the School; but events did not go that way. The members of the Missouri affiliate of the National Federation of the Blind (led by President Billie Weaver) showed up in force. While some stayed outside to picket, others went inside to present their case. The matter did not come up for formal consideration. There was too much heat. However, there was a great deal of discussion and behind-the-scenes negotiating. There was also a great deal of press and radio and television coverage. At the time of this writing the decision still hangs in the balances, but one thing is certain. Regardless of the outcome, NAC has taken a heavy blow in Missouri.
MATERIAL IN SPANISH
The speech "Blindness: Handicap or Characteristic" by President Jernigan is now available on a C-60 cassette in Spanish. The recording was done at the National Office in Baltimore, July 25,1983. The translation and reading are done by David Arocho, who is a member of our New York affiliate. There is a brief opening message (both in Spanish and English) by President Jernigan. Copies of the cassette will be sent to regional libraries and to anyone who requests them as long as the supply lasts. We will attempt to make enough copies to meet all anticipated demand. If the demand and interest warrant, we will translate additional material into Spanish. In any case, we would be pleased to have reaction.
The Kentucky Industries for the Blind, 1900 Brownsboro Road, Louisville, Kentucky 40206, announces the availability for immediate shipment of the "Say When" liquid level indicator.
The device was designed and manufactured by the blind and for the blind and deaf-blind to readily determine when a glass, cup or other container of either hot or cold liquid is filled to within M> inch of the top. The compact size, 23A" high, 1" wide, VA" deep and less than 21/2 ounces makes it easy to carry and it comes completely assembled and ready to use. The "Say When" consists of a long life, 9-Volt, replaceable battery that is snapped into a circuit containing a buzzer and soldered to two metal prongs. The circuit board and battery terminal are covered by a molded plastic material so that no liquid touches this area or the user. The "Say When" is hung over the lip of the container with the two prongs on the inside and the battery outside. The liquid is then poured into the container. When the liquid reaches the prongs the buzzer will sound and the "Say When" will gently vibrate. Price: F.O.B. Kentucky Industries for the Blind, $13.95.
FEEL AND READ, SEE AND READ
"For twenty-one years this has been a constant Braille greeting card service on a voluntary basis. Christmas cards, combination print and Braille, with or without scripture text priced 16 for $3.00. Add 70$ for name in print per set. Everyday greeting cards such as birthday, get well, sympathy, etc. priced at 8 for $1.50. Special offer while they last, 18 all occasion cards for $3.00. Also, religious reflection cards, all occasion, 14 per box for $3.00. Add 70$ for name in print on either assortment. Name in Braille free on all cards by request only. ENVELOPES: #10 long white -100 for $2.25; 61/2x91/2 with clips - 100 for $6.00; 61/2><91/2 without clips -100 for $4.00. Please include full payment with your order. Postage prepaid. Send to: Harry A. Fribush, 400 Hudson Avenue, Apt. 104, Albany, New York 12203."
AIDS AND APPLIANCES
A new organization has been set up in Nebraska that produces and sells a variety of aids and appliances. Some items now available are: Click rules, tactile handmade wooden living room clocks, writing guides, a game called T'd Off, and slate and stylus holders. For information contact:
Community Advocates, Inc.
P.O. Box 83304
Lincoln, Nebraska 68502
The National Office of the Federation will stock the click rule, which offers an easy and accurate way of measuring to one-sixteenth of an inch.
Horizons for the Blind announces that their new library will open May 2,1983. The library will specialize in materials dealing with arts, crafts, sports, and science. It is not meant to duplicate but to augment materials from the National Library Service of the Library of Congress. The catalog is in Braille, large print, and cassette; subscription is $10.00 per year. For more information contact Horizons for the Blind, 7001 North Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois 60626; (312) 973-7600.