Future Reflections Spring/ Summer1987, Vol. 6 No. 2

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Hear Ye! Hear Ye!


The National Braille Press sent us this announcment.

The Constitution is more than just words on a piece of parchment paper. It's the oldest written instrument of national government in the world, and to read it is to share in the experience of what happened in Philadelphia 200 years ago.

Celebrate this year's bicentennial by sending for your own Braille copy of the Constitution. Thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Human ities, anyone who requests a Braille copy of the Constitution gets one for free. Simply write to: National Braille Press, 88 St. Stephen Street, Boston, MA 02115. Or call: (617) 2666160.


We were asked to print this announcement:

For two years I have been marketing tactile/ visual/ auditory toys called Learning Pillows. I am pleased to announce the creation of several new proucts:

1. Big Bug Little Bug! $25.00. These two finger puppets have fun discovering big and little items and shapes on the urface of the Learning Pillow.

2. Sticky-nose puppets learn to share. $25.00. Did you ever have something extra that you wanted to share with a friend? These two puppets have lots of fun exploring all of their pockets on the Learning Pillow. Some pockets are filled with toys while other pockets are empty. Your child will have fun interacting with the puppets and learning how to share simple things.

3. Mr. Bug finger puppets. 2 for $5.00. These simple puppets slip comfortably over your index finger. They are fun to play with and your child will enjoy telling stories along with his/her new friend the Mr. Bug finger puppet.

Tapes now available: Mr. Bug Goes For A Walk: story and parent-teacher activity guide. $7.00. Includes simple sound effects and suggestions for use with the Learning Pillow. Easy to use, easy to follow.

Mr. Bug Tries to Hide: story and parent-teacher Activity guide. $7.00. Simple sound effects and suggestions for use with the Learning Pillow.

The King and His Closet: story and parent-teacher activity guide. $7.00. Sound affects, suggestions, loads of fun!

If you have already purchased the pillows that correspond with these tapes, you will be interested in including the tape in your Learning Pillows collection. For additional information on the Learning Pillows products, contact: Jane K. Kronheim, 22 Cypress Street, Watertown, MA 02172; phone (617) 926-6974.


This information conies from a company in New Hampshire.

KIDSVIEW SOFTWARE, Inc. introduces a large character environment for the visully impaired, the special needs student, and children. In fact, anyone who finds regular computer characters too small, can use Kidsview Software, Inc. products. Kidsword is a large character work processor expecially designed to be easy enough for children; yet it contains features which make it suitable for more advanced applications such as business or college.

Kidsview and Kidsword are available on disc for the Commordor 64, 64C, and 128 (in 64 mode). Kidsview and Kidsword will be available for Apple and IBM computers in the coming months. For more information write or call: Kidsview Software, Inc., P.O. Box 98, Warner, NH 03278; (603) 927-4428;


Olivia Ferrante is a teacher of blind and visully impaired children in Massachusetts. She is also one of our readers. Here are a few tips she has for the child's regular classroom teachers.

Independence: Let the child carry his own milk or lunch tray. The child should be responsible for his own work and materials. He should pass in his homework on time. Older children should be responsible for finding out what is being written on the board if no one tells them.

Lighting: Albinos need dim light, children with retinal diseases like bright light. Children who have had cataract surgery also need dim light. A doctor's report should be the guide. Ask the school nurse or vision teacher for advice when unsure.

Electronics: For some children, large type and magnifiers are not sufficient; they need expensive closed circuit television magnifying systems. I consider this as a last resort; these divices are tremendously expensive and nonportable. Braillemight be better.


(Reprinted from the June-July, 1987 Braille Monitor.)

Ruth Swenson, President of the National Federation of the Blind of Arizona, recently wrote a letter to Bob Hockin, General Manager of the Phoenix Transit System. The policy of the bus company had been that the blind ride for free. Ruth Swenson pointed out that this is no way to treat blind bus riders and that blind people insist upon the rights to participate equally with the sighted on the bus or off. Response to this letter is instructive. Because of the work of the National Federation of the Blind of Arizona, a new bus company policy was adopted. The blind have the right to ride and not be treated as charity cases. Here is the policy:

Bulletin #87-2-23-46

SUBJECT: Blind Passengers Requesting to Pay Their Fare

Effective immediately any blind patron who boards a Phoenix Transit bus wishing to pay their fare should be allowed to do so. Please do not block the farebox prohibiting them to pay or creating an issue with the blind patron bringing attention to his/her handicap. The blind community has requested that we alert our operators of the uncomfortable situations they have been put in. Thank you in advance for your cooperation. -Safety Department


(Reprinted from the March, 1987 Braille Monitor.)

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

"The Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults announces the publication of its revised DIRECTORY OF AGENCIES AND ORGANIZATIONS SERVING DEAF-BLIND INDIVIDUALS, 1987, which is designed as a resource and an aid to parents and professionals who are seeking services for deaf-blind individuals nationwide. The Directory includes Federally Funded Programs, and the listings appear alphabetically according to state, city and name of agency. The data include director's name, geographical service area, eligibility requirements, age range of the population served, major services, communications modes, funding sources, and contact person. The Directory's three ring binder permits the addition of updated material which will be forwarded periodically to users. To order, send $10, payable to HKNC, to: Community Education Department, HKNC, 111 Middle Neck Road, Sands Point, NY 11050, (516) 944-8900."


(Reprinted from the January, 1987 Braille Monitor.)

On Tuesday, November 25, 1986, the Job Opportunities for the Blind program (JOB) sent out its 100th JOB Bulletin. During the time that the JOB program has been in operation more than half a million job listings have been analyzed. More than 3,500 people have been JOB applicants. Fifty-seven JOB seminars have been conducted. More than 150,000 tapes have been distributed. And finally-- the most important fact of all--there are 664 blind JOB applicants we know about who now have jobs.


(Reprinted from the March, 1987 Braille Monitor.)

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

"Free Matter Mail Labels: Bold-print, self-adhesive, and touch-keyed for orientation. 1" x 3-1/2", 100 for $2.00. Unique 3" x 4" package size, has bold outlines and embossed boxes for address location, 50 for $2.00; custom printed with return address, only 50 cents more. Send to: J.P. Enterprises, Department M, Box 44217, Denver, Colorado 80201. Free information and samples. (Braille, cassette welcome: send tape for information.)"


(Reprinted from the February, 1987 Braille Monitor.)

Theresa Herron, President of the National Federation of the Blind of New Hampshire, writes:

"On November 30, 1986, I was booked with US Air to fly from Baltimore, Maryland, to Manchester, New Hampshire, by way of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At 5:55 p.m. I boarded flight 1930 for Philadelphia. Since it was a commuter flight, the seating was 'open,' and I seated myself across from the rear door by which we had entered. It did not occur to me it was considered an exit row until the usual pre-flight blurb, to which I paid scant attention until the row and door were mentioned and registered on my consciousness. In the unpredictable manner of the airlines, nothing had been said to me about my sitting in an exit row, only an offer to take my cane, which I politely but firmly declined. The flight was full, and some people were asked to exchange seats in order for children to sit with their parents, but not a word to me about the exit row across from the rear door. One never knows what the policy will be from one flight to another or one airline from another--simply inconsistent."


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(Reprinted from the March, 1987 Braille Monitor.)

Please give me no directives.
I'm tired of the term.
Nor do I want your guidelines ;
Just the mention makes me squirm.
I will not contribute input,
Though I'll gladly have my say.
If you ask me to communicate,
My answer's: "Not today."
I'm dead set against relating,
But I'll be a loyal friend;
And if you ask for this in depth,
Forget it! It's the end!


The June 27, 1987 NFB seminar for parents of blind children was absolutely one of the best seminars we have ever conducted. Readers will recall that it was held in conjunction with our NFB National Convention and that a good portion of our WINTER 1987 issue of Future Reflections was devoted to information about the seminar and convention. Anyway, even before the seminar adjourned we had people asking how and when they could get tapes of it.

The seminar tapes are ready now, and the set (four tapes) can be purchased for $8.00. To order, send your $8.00 with a request for the 1987 Parent Seminar tapes to:
National Federation of the Blind
Aids and Appliances
1800 Johnson Street
Baltimore,MD 21230
Checks should be made payable to the National Federation of the Blind.

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