Future Reflections Spring/ Summer1989, Vol. 8 No. 2

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Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

Parent Tips

Have you ever wondered if your blind child could ever become a responsible parent someday? Parent Tips is a book written by a blind mother for other blind parents. However, it is just as suitable for blind youth and for parents of blind children as it is for blind parents. The author, Janiece Betker, deals with such questions as: How can a blind person carry a baby about the home safely? How does a blind parent measure and prepare formula? How does a blind parent establish eye contact with a baby? Can I teach my child to recognize colors? And will my kids resent the fact that I am blind?
Parent Tips is available in print at ($9.95 per copy plus $2.00 postage and handling. It is also available on two track, 1-7/8 speed or the Library of Congress four-track 15/16 speed. Both formats are tone-indexed and the price for either is ($9.95 per copy. Be sure to specify which format you prefer when you order. Checks and money orders should be made payable to Janiece Betker and mailed with the order to: 1886 29th Ave. NW, New Brighton, RUN 55112. If you have further questions, you may also phone (612) 639-1435.

Be a Friendly Agitator

This article comes from the newsletter published by the Iowa Parents of Visually Impaired, Inc.
Think of your role in community, county, regional, state, and federal activities as a "friendly agitator." Stay calm and listen to all sides. This will be extremely difficult at times, since it is very hard to stay calm when emotionally involved if you're upset about an issue. Most people will listen if you stand firm on your position and if you are also rational and fair toward them. This will be true when working with other parents, professionals, administrators, school board members, and elected officials. Let them know you care about them as individuals even though you may disagree wilh ibeir viewpoint. This will break down barriers to commumcaijun and bring everyone together in working towards the wm: goal, while keeping the focus on what really is important-- our kids!
Don't miss an opportunity to give of yourself--to gi\e a teacher a "warm fuzzy", to be PTA president, to be a friend to another parent in time of need, to work for any candidate you support.Most people will not forget your help and will often put themselves on the line for you.It is very difficult to turn down someone who has bent over backwards for you.
Resources that can help you be an effective "friendly agitator": When contacting resource agencies, be clear about your need and purpose, give your name, phone number and address clearly. If the individual on the other end of the line does not know the answer to your question or cannot provide you with a resource, ask them to refer you to someone else who may be able to give you the information you need to help your child.

The following three items are reprinted from the Maryland Library for the Blind newsletter.

Vision Foundation of Watertown, MA, has published the ninth edition of its Vision Resource List. It lists over 100 items, many of which are free. The resource list is available in single copies in large print or cassette from: Vision Foundation, Inc., 818 Mt. Auburn St., Watertown, MA 02172 or call (617) 926-4232.

Radio Shack also has a catalog of selected products for people with special needs. Featured items include telephone amplifiers, cassette players, talking clocks, and one-handed tools. Call your local Radio Shack for information.

The C&P Telephone Company provides, without charge, a service called directory assistance to anyone who has a vision, reading, or physical disability which makes handling a phone book difficult. In order to receive this service, you must complete a certificate of exemption form. The exemption covers calls made from your home or billed to your C&P calling card. There is no charge for the card and no limit on the number of cards you may request. For more information, write to: C&P Telephone, P. O. Box 657, Baltimore, MD 21265-0001, or call your local C&P business office.

The Fifth Sense Teaching Cards

We have been asked to publish the following information.
[The] firm, "Jerico Publications of Erie County, Inc." has compiled a kit containing 25 cards measuring 8- 3/4 x 3- 3/8 with the upper right-hand corner cut at an angle so a sight impaired person can determine which part of the card is up. Each card has a capital letter and relating word for each letter, i.e., S for strawberry, R for rose. At the bottom of each letter will be Braille lettering of that word and letter for the blind.
To the right of the card, a recessed pressure-sensitive label is affixed to the card emitting the fragrance of the topic once its surface is scratched. In a card labeled O for orange, the encapsulated smell once released will be that of the fruit. The association of smell, according to Jerry, is a powerful tool for learning. Each kit contains 25 cards with a dangerous smell such as turpentine, gas, etc. clearly indicated for the education of young children. Costing $21.00 a kit, the set will last a long time. Jerico Publications, P. O. Box 24, Alden, NY 14004; (716) 937-6002.

New Telescopes

The American Optomctric Association, headquartered in St. Louis, MO, sent us this information and asked that we publish it.
A Houston optometrist has developed some new glasses for people with macular degeneration and other potentially blinding diseases. Although the new glasses do not offer better vision than the glasses currently available, people who wear the new design look better in them.
Currently, eyeglasses that help people with macular degeneration see better have telescopes mounted on the outside of the lenses. In many cases, wearers have to make a psychological adjustment to the use of these glasses, in addition to the loss of their central vision.
However, Larry A. Spitzberg, O.D., Ph.D., has developed miniaturized telescopes that fit inside, rather than outside, eyeglass lenses. He and Randall T. Jose, O.D., have been testing the telescopes at the University of Houston/Lighthouse Houston Rehabilitation Clinic, with funding provided by the National Eye Institute.

Large Print Encyclopedia

From the Contrast newsletter, a publication of the New York Parents of Visually Handicapped Children Organization, comes this information.
A six-volume large print encyclopedia set is printed in 18-point type on glare-free paper. It costs $274.00. Write: Columbia University Press, 136 South Broadway, Irvington,
NY 10533.

Medical Toys and Books

Pediatric Projects, Inc., is an organization which provides a variety of medical toys and books to help families understand pediatric care, illness, or disability. Some of the items available from their catalog include: anatomical dolls and toys, medical games and toys, medical stuffed animals, medical books for children and teens, medical books for parents and staff, and medical greeting cards. You may request a catalog or more information about the organization from: Pediatric Projects, Inc., P.O. Box 1880, Santa Monica, CA 90406-1880.

Large Print Book Club

The Doubleday Large Print Home Library is, according to the publishers, America's only large print book club. Members of the club are required to purchase one book within the first six months of membership, after which they may cancel at any time. According to the publishers most of the books are priced between $10.95 and $18.95.
For more information write to: The Doubleday Large Print Home Library, Garden City, NY 11535-9924.

Amateur Astronomy

This information came in a letter from Denise Sabalini, President of the Syracuse Astronomical Society, Inc.: Throughout the United States and Canada there is a network of amateur astronomers. Astronomy is one of two sciences in which amateurs can make significant contributions and work side-by-side with the professionals. Most of these amateurs have two main goals. The first is to enjoy astronomy whenever permitted by the demands of their jobs and families. The second is to share this wonderfully fulfilling hobby with others.
Each year, weekend seminars are held throughout the continent in hopes that amateur astronomers will gather to share their thoughts, ideas, inventions, and stories. There is usually time set aside for the attendees to present paper talks on their thoughts, ideas, inventions, and stories.
Recently the Syracuse Astronomical Society, Inc. hosted our annual seminar in Vesper, NY. I presented a paper on an 18th-century astronomer, John Goodricke. My particular reasons for presenting a paper on this man were threefold. First, he made significant contributions to the field of astronomy. Second, he made these contributions before he died at the age of 21. Third, he was totally deaf from birth.
As I have attended several seminars it became alarmingly apparent that disabled people were not participating in this exciting hobby. After careful analysis of our policies, I realized that although we were not "keeping disabled persons out," we were not seeking them out, either. All this was not done intentionally; the results were the same.
For those of you who are or think you may be interested in astronomy, there are organizations just waiting to show you the universe. Most amateur organizations would be happy to accommodate you. If you cannot find an amateur organization in your area, you may write to the following organization to put you in touch with the nearest local group: The Astronomical League, James Brown, 3939 Parkcrest Dr., NE, Atlanta, GA 30319; The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, 136 Dupont St., Toronto, Ontario M5R 1V2, Canada; The Syracuse Astronomical Society, Inc., c/o Denise Sabatini, 1115 E. Colvin St., Syracuse, NY 13210; or Denise Sabatini, Box 196, Sharbot Lake, Ontario KOH 2P0, Canada.

Did You Know?

Here are some interesting statistics from a report put out by Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) of 598 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10022.
800,000 Americans are considered legally blind; 2,000,000 children have visual impairment from strabismus and amblyopia; 14,000,000 people have impaired vision not correctable by glasses; 700,000 each year are visually impaired from retinal diseases; 6,400,000 cases of eye diseases occur each year; 4,280,000 cases of corneal diseases occur each year; and 1,070,000 have diagnosed visual impairments from glaucoma.

For Blind Parents

This information comes from the NLS Braille Book Review.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) has produced one of its publications in Braille. Just in Case: Parental Guidelines in Case you Need a Babysitter tells parents how to insure that a child is safe with a babysitter and how to detect if there has been sexual abuse. NCMEC has mailed copies to many parents. For a free single copy or for more information, contact NCMEC Publications Department at 1835 K Street, N.W., Suite 600, Washington, DC 20006.

Brailled Patterns Available:

Jobs Dragonaa wntcs. "Crocheting and knitting patterns that have been published by Good Housekeeping magazine are now available in Braille for fifteen cents per page. Requests must include the originals, photocopies, or cassette copies of the patterns (for a quick return) or mention of the issues and page numbers in which the patterns were published. Crocheting and knitting patterns that have appeared in other sources can also be Brailled. However, originals or copies of those patterns must be accompanied by permission from the publishers to reproduce their material in alternative formats. For more information or for information on the low cost of Brailling of other material, contact TFB Publications, 238 75th Street, North Bergen, New Jersey 07047; (201) 662-0956. Correspond by Braille, cassette, or print, but please include full return address in the correspondence."

International Concerns Committee for Children

A representative of this organization recently contacted us because she wanted our readers to know that there are a number of blind, foreign-born children who are available for adoption. Although the ICCC is no! an adoption agency, they do maintain a "listing service (updated monthly) for children still in their birth countries whose placing agencies are seeking adoptive homes."
For more information contact: International Concerns Committee for Children, 911 Cypress Drive,Boulder, CO 80303.

Large Print Books

From G.K. Hall, a book publisher, comes this information.
G. K. Hall has a wonderful selection of Large Print titles for the young reader. The enclosed brochure describes recently published titles and lists over 90 additional Large Print titles. All are printed in 16- to 18-point type, are unabridged, and feature original 4-color covers.
Along with our general reading books, we also publish several Large Print reference titles. They are: The MerriamWebster Dictionary for Large Print Users, The MerriamWebster Thesaurus for Large Print Users, The Concise Columbia Eneyclopedia in Large Print, and the Hammond Large Type World Atlas. We also publish audio books for the young reader.
Large Print Books and Audio Books are available directly from G. K. Hall. Our toll-free number is 1-800-3432806. (In Alaska, Hawaii, or Massachusetts, call (617) 4233990.) Or write G. K. Hall, 70 Lincoln St., Boston, MA 02111.

Braille Writer Repair Service

Not long ago a gentleman from Iowa toured the National Center for the Blind. He stayed a couple of days, and before he left people were hustling to get their Braille writers to him. It seems that the man, Alan Ackley, repairs Perkins Braillers and does a first- rate job of it, too. He also repairs, as I understand it, AFB Tellatouch machines.
In any event, if you have a Perkins Brailler in need of repair or adjustment, you ought to consider getting in touch with Alan Ackley. You may contact him at: Ackley Appliance Service, 627 E. Fifth St., Des Moines, IA 50309, (515) 288-3931.


Note: The following list of resources was compiled by Job Opportunities for the Blind (JOB). Although the list is not exhaustive, we believe our readers will find the information useful. We thank JOB for sharing it with us.
JOB also distributes, free of charge, the publication Access To Personal Computers By The Blind. This is a comparative review of several hardware and software access devices for personal computers. To order write to: JOB, 1800 JOHNSON STREET, BALTIMORE, MD 21230. Please designate your choice of print or tape format.

Sources Of Closed Circuit Television Magnifiers *The recent merger of VTEK and TSI may cause changes in their operation, but details are not yet known.

VTEK 1625 Olympic Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(213) 829-6841, (800) 345-2256

TSI 455 North Bernardo Avenue
P. O. Box 7455
Mountain View, CA 94039-7455
(415) 960-0920

325 Ayer Road
Harvard, MA 01451
(617) 772-3395

Coburn Optical Industries, Inc.
4606 South Gamett Road, Suite 200
Tulsa, OK 74146
(800) 262-8761, (918) 665-1815

LS&S Group
P. O. Box 673
Northbrook, IL 60065
(800) 486- 4789

Overseer Electronic Visual Aids
6826 Logan Avenue
South Richfield, RUN 55423
(612) 866-7606

300 West Pontiac Way
Clovis, CA 93612
(800) 421-1146. In California (800) 537-1991

Talking and Visual Aids
8136 Appoline
Detroit, MI 48228

Visual Solutions, Inc.
P. O. Box 2338
Davenport, IA 52809
(319) 322-5778

Large Print Computer Access Devices and their Sources
(Note: All of these devices work with IBM-PC or compatible computers. Most will work with the PS-2 models 2530. Several will work with PS-2 models 50-80. For further information about any of these devices, contact the appropriate vendor. Products are listed in alphabetical order by vendor.)
1463 Hearst Drive
Atlanta, GA 30319
(404) 233-7065

PC Lens
Arts Computer Products. Inc.
145 Tremont Street
Suite 407
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 482-8248

Lyon Large Print Computer Diskcourse
(Distributed by VTEK)
1625 Olympic Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(800) 345-2256 or (213) 452-5966

Large Print Display Processor DP-11
and VTEK DP-11 Plus
1625 Olympic Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(800) 345-2256 or (213) 452-5966

LP-D0S Vision Ware Software, Inc.
(distributed by Optelik)
325 Ayer Road
Harvard, MA 01451
(508) 772-3395

Vista or Vista-II Telesensory Systems, Inc. (TSI)
455 North Bernardo
P.O. Box 7455
Mountain View, CA 94039-7455
(800) 227-8418

Adaptive Software and Hardware for
Apple Computers
(Note: The following is a list of suppliers of adaptive software and hardware for the Apple computer. This market changes constantly, so check periodically with suppliers for new data. Magazines for blind Apple computer users are also included in this list.)

American Printing House for the Blind
1839 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206
(502) 895-2405

The American Printing House for the Blind is a large producer of educational computer programs for the Apple computer. Speech synthesizers-particularly Echo systems can also be purchased through the Printing House.

Computer Aids Corporation
124 West Washington Street
Suite 220
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
(219) 422-2424 or (800) 647-8255

Computer Aids Corporation produces software for Apple computers. Although their main emphasis has shifted to IBM compatible personal computers, Apple products are still supported.

337 South Peterson Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206
(502) 896-1288

MicroTalk produces a number of programs for Apple computers. They also publish a magazine for blind Apple users and maintain a library of shareware programs.

Raised Dot Computing, Inc.
408 South Baldwin Street
Madison, WI 53703
(608) 257-9595

Raised Dot Computing developed the BEX system for producing quality Braille on an Apple computer. This program will interface with the VersaBraillc or a Braille embosser. The BEX system makes it possible to reconfigure a standard computer keyboard so that six keys represent those of a perkins Brailler. Braille transcribers use this system to create computer-assisted Braille. Raised Dot Computing also publishes a newsletter.

RC Systems, Inc.
121 West Winesap Road
Bothell, WA 98012
(206) 672-6909

RC Systems produces the slotbuster for Apple computers.
Jeff Weiss
3015 South Tyler Street
Little Rock, AR 72204
(501) 666-6552 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. central time only.

Mr. Weiss edits a quarterly magazine called Apple Talk. This magazine is available on Apple disc.

Adaptive Hardware and Software for IBM Computers and IBM Compatibles For detailed information about what is available in adaptive equipment for IBM's and IBM compatibles contact:
Support Center for Persons With Disabilites
P.O. Box 2150
Atlanta, GA 30055
(800) 426-2133 or (416) 474-3200

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