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News and Views March 2016

National Federation of the Blind of Arizona

News and Views

March, 2016

In This Issue

Greetings from Our President
Word on the Street
Guess Who Just Took Another Trip Around the Sun
NFB Scholarships Available
NFB Jernigan Institute Programs for Children and Youth
NFB Senior Division, Spring Seminars
The Power of Love: How Kenneth Jernigan Changed the World for the Blind
NFB and Amazon Join Forces to Improve Accessible Reading for Students
Summer Jobs Available at the Colorado Center for the Blind
Would You Like to Star in a Documentary?
Jury Finds County Discriminated Against Blind Employee
Survey About Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviors
2016 Writing Contest for Youth and Adults
NFB Performing Arts Survey
Phoenix Seminar Recap
Arizona is about to Ring the BELL for the Third Time and We Need You
Free Weekly Martial Arts Classes
Time to Donate to Our Fall Auction
The Book Shelf, 2 Selections
Situational Awareness
Dictation Bridge, Exciting New Software Available Soon
Healthy Choice, Healthy Living, My 3 Challenges for You
Arizona Association of Blind Students News
East Valley Chapter News
East Valley Raffle
Happenings in Tucson
Do You Have a Story to Tell?
Flick, Swipe, and Tap, Ways to Expand Your iPhone Storage
The Recipe Box, Cracker Barrel Green Beans
Debbies List
Stay Connected
Grins and Groans, The Usual Endings


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Greetings from Our President

Hello, fellow Federationists,

Now is the time our chapters and divisions are planning picnics and outings.

Daylight Savings time begins on Sunday, The first day of Spring is just around the corner, and our flowers and fruit trees are blossoming and smelling up the place. What a great time of year!

Also, deadlines for NFB activities are coming up quickly. If you intend to apply for a Jernigan stipend for first time national convention participants, you need to speak with me before April 1. If you are applying for an NFB national scholarship, you need to speak with me before March 15. If you are thinking of applying for a volunteer or paid position with our NFB Bell Academy, you need to do it quickly by speaking with, or emailing Amy Porterfield soon. Deadlines for various summer internships to work for the NFB or various federal programs are fast approaching.

We had a record breaking participation at our legislative day at the capitol, and I have received positive comments from both the legislators and our participants! Our various NFBA board committees are hard at work planning activities revolving around our state convention, philosophy meetings, technology challenges, transit opportunities, educational opportunities, youth and children activities, and much more. If you are interested in volunteering your time and energy to help develop and implement many of our projects, please call me.

I hope you will enjoy the Spring and our many NFB activities,

Bob Kresmer, President

1 888 899 6322.

Word on the Street

Wedding bells are ringing!

Congratulations to Marcus Schmidt and Kristen Johnson, who plan to be married on October 28th! We wish you all the happiness in the world!

Got any news to share with us? Send it in to:

We look forward to sharing your news with our extended family here within the NFB of Arizona.

Guess Who Just Took another Trip around the Sun?

Happy birthday to the following NFBA members!

March 8, Danielle Jones, from Mesa.

March 10, Tony Sohl, from Mesa.

Please help us build our birthday list, by sending your first and last name, date of birth, (year optional), and the city you live in to:

NFB Scholarships Available

By Patty Chang

Are you a legally blind college student living in the United States or Puerto Rico? This annual program offers 30 scholarships worth from $3,000 to $12,000 to eligible students, from high school seniors beginning their freshman year in the fall semester of 2016, up through grad students working on their PhD degrees. These merit scholarships are based on academic excellence, community service, and leadership. In addition to the money, each winner will receive assistance to attend the July 2016 NFB annual convention in Orlando, Florida providing an excellent opportunity for high level networking with active blind persons in many different professions and occupations. To apply, read the rules and the Submission Checklist, complete the official 2016 Scholarship Application Form (online or in print), supply all required documents, and request and complete one interview by an NFB affiliate president (unless the president requests a later date). Applications are accepted through March 31. Go to,

for complete rules and requirements.

Please also consult your state president as many of our state affiliates also award scholarships. A list of state affiliate president information can be found at:

NFB Jernigan Institute Programs for Children and Youth

Submitted by Bob Kresmer


NFB Braille Reading Pals Program

A noncompetitive early Braille literacy program for blind infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and older children.

NFB Early Explorers

A free program designed to introduce young blind children and their families to the long white cane.

The Bee Newsletter

A newsletter containing ideas for early movement and literacy for blind children. Targeted at ages birth to 7.

Letters from Santa

Program includes a letter from Santa (in Braille and in print) and an accessible activity. Operational from mid November to mid December each year.


A Braille initiative that promotes Braille literacy, the wide availability of high quality Braille materials, and general awareness about the importance of Braille in the lives of the blind.

Braille Certification Training Program

Learn about courses offered by the NFB Jernigan Institute in literary, mathematics, and music transcribing as well as literary and mathematics proofreading for Library of Congress certification.


American Action Fund Free Braille Books

Offers one book per month for children in grades kindergarten through second. Offers a book every other month for children in grades 3 through 6.

NFB BELL Academy

The Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning (BELL) Academy provides blind and low vision children, ages 4 through 12, with concentrated Braille and nonvisual skills instruction through fun, hands on learning.


The only national clearinghouse of information, resources, and programs to improve the opportunities for the blind in science, technology, engineering, and math subjects and careers.



NFB EQ is a week long advanced engineering design program for high school students held in the summers of 2015 and 2016.


NFB STEM2U brings accessible STEM learning opportunities to blind and low vision children in elementary and high school from across the United States and offers learning opportunities to parents of blind children and educators working with blind students.


Resources for Teachers of the Blind

For teachers of the blind, from promising practices to tactile bulletin board ideas, learn how teachers of the blind can provide more meanginful experiences and learning opportunities for blind and low vision students.

This site is designed to help recruit interested individuals into the field of teaching blind students and to learn about other opportunities available for those new to the field.


National Convention Youth Track

Each year at our national convention, the Jernigan Institue partners with the NFBees National Organization of Parents for Blind Children (NOPBC) to provide a variety of seminars and social activities designed to provide a more meaningful convention experience for blind youth.

Positive Attitudes about Blindness

The Institute also works with affiliates to plan youth tracks for their own state conventions.

Youth Outreach Seminars

Visits to the National Center for the Blind (NFB Headquarters, in Baltimore, Maryland) are customized to meet the needs of particular youth groups. Activities include confidence building experiences, philosophical discussions, and workshops on transition goals and college preparation.


Future Reflections

Future Reflections is a quarterly magazine for parents and teachers of blind students.

National Organization for Parents of Blind Children

The NOPBC is a proud division of the National Federation of the Blind as serves as a voice and support to hundreds of parents across the country.

NOPBC Facebook Page

NFB Listservs

Electronic mailing lists related to educational, or parent content.

NFB Senior Division Spring Seminars

By Ruth Sager

Once again, the Senior Division of the NFB is proud to sponsor four upcoming conference calls on a variety of topics with moderators presiding over each call. We hope these calls provide information and thoughtful discussions in your local chapter and other senior meetings throughout the year.

If you have not yet been to a national convention of the NFB, we hope you will reconsider and come and join us as we meet in Orlando, Florida for our annual Division meeting Saturday July 2, 2016. Time and place to be announced in the agenda.

The numbers to dial are the same:
712 432 1500, with access code:
759633pound. You will then be asked if this is correct as you hear the access code repeated that you just dialed. You are prompted to press (1) if the code is correct. You then announce yourself by stating your name, and, you are entered into the conference call.

The time for the calls remains the same as well:
4:00 Eastern.
I understand, in the past, we have had people join us from other time zones such as Hawaii. We are delighted that you have joined the call and hope you will continue to do so. Please determine for yourself the time to enter the call if you live in another time zone, other than listed above.

the call if missed, can be listened to again with a playback number which will be given a few hours after the calls have taken place. The main playback number is: 712 432 1202. You will then be asked to choose from a menu of numbers from 1 to about 13 up to 17 as each call is put on the list in sequence of dates in which the conference call took place.

Conference Calls for Spring 2016:
Thursday, march 17, 2016, Losing Vision and Adapting to Lifes Changes, moderated by Shelley Copel, South Carolina.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016, Churchgoing,­Making Everyone more Comfortable with Our Blindness, moderated by Tom Anderson, president of the national Association of the Blind in Communities of Faith, Kansas.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016, How To Solve The Little problems in Your Life When Significant Vision Loss occurs, moderated by Jan Bailey, Minnesota.

Wednesday, June8, 2016, Lets Keep Writing, Publishing, and More, moderator, from the Writers Division of the NFB.

In order to obtain the best possible sound for these calls, it is recommended that each caller, after dialing in, press star 6, which puts you in a mute mode. You will be able to hear everything during the call, but background noise from your location will not disturb others listening in on the conversation. When you wish to speak and enter the discussion, press star 6 once again and you will be released from the mute mode and able to participate.

It is also highly recommended that each person wishing to speak state his or her name and wait for the moderator to recognize you before speaking. We can have too many people trying to seek the floor at one time and chaos can occur. The moderators will do their very best to recognize as many callers as possible however, they will determine the order in which speakers poceed.

Again, when finished with your comments, press star 6 once again to go back into mute mode to facilitate better, uncluttered communication for everyone. If using your speaker on your phone, you can also put the star 6 “mute” mode and listen just the same. However, in the past, we have heard people moving about their home with their speaker on. So, please, please use the star 6 mute mode so you and everyone else can hear more clearly.

Please share this information with your friends and especially newcomers to the federation family. I look forward to hearing and speaking with many of you in the next several weeks.

The Power of Love, How Kenneth Jernigan Changed the World for the Blind

The eBook, The Power of Love: How Kenneth Jernigan Changed the World for the Blind is now available from iUniverse, Amazon, GoogleBooks, Barnes and Noble, and other book sellers for $9.99.

The Power of Love: How Kenneth Jernigan Changed the World for the Blind shares the voices of a collection of individuals whose writings reveal the deep truth that serves as the foundation for the life and work of Kenneth Jernigan. His life and their writings together speak of how Thomas Jeffersons self evident truths imply that equality extends to embrace blind people just as surely as this country has come to understand equality's inclusion of all people regardless of the color of their skin. Ramona Walhof, editor of The Power of Love and longtime friend of Kenneth Jernigan, draws together the distinctive voices of individuals who knew Kenneth Jernigan and whose lives he touched through his work with the National Federation of the Blind. Each of the reflections begins with a brief biographical sketch that introduces the chapter's author and ties his or her life to Kenneth Jernigan and his work. The book concludes with a chapter, Blindness: The Federation at Fifty, a retrospective written by Kenneth Jernigan himself in the last decade of his life. The Power of Love: How Kenneth Jernigan Changed the World for the Blind gathers a polyphonic chorus of voices that tell how the power of love, coursing through the life of Kenneth Jernigan, changed the world for the blind and, in so doing, changed the world for everyone

NFB and Amazon Join Forces to Improve Accessible Reading for Students

By Chris Danielsen

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) and Amazon announced today that they will be working together to increase selection, enhance accessibility, and improve reading experiences for blind students, including those who have low vision or who are deaf blind. Amazon and the National Federation of the Blind will collaborate on improvements to Amazons education content, platforms, and applications, and will meet on an ongoing basis to review progress and exchange ideas and feedback. Initial results of this collaboration are expected this year and beyond.

Quote, We are seeing educational institutions embrace digital learning for its ease of access to a large selection of learning resources for students, quote, said Rohit Agarwal, General Manager, Amazon K through 12 Education. Quote, This shift provides a great opportunity to improve accessibility for blind students. By collaborating with the National Federation of the Blind, we hope to advance accessibility for all content, platforms and applications that Amazon develops to better serve K through 12 and higher education students. Quote.

Quote, The National Federation of the Blind is dedicated to using our expertise in the development and implementation of built in accessibility in technology to ensure that the blind have equal access to the information and tools we need to live the lives we want, quote, said Mark A. Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind. Quote, The NFB and Amazon have sought a productive collaboration to improve accessibility, and we now look forward to working together closely to improve the technologies that will make digital reading experiences better for all customers. The commitment that Amazon has made in this agreement brings us ever closer to the day when blind students of all ages will have the same digital reading experience and access to content as others, and demonstrates that access for the blind goes hand in hand with continued innovation in technology. Quote.

Summer Jobs Available at the Colorado Center for the Blind

By Brent Batron

If you want to have an exciting and rewarding summer then we have the job for you!

The Colorado Center for the Blind is now accepting applications from positive blind role models to be residential counselors and classroom instructors in our 2016 summer programs.

We offer 3 programs for students:

Summer for Success College Prep Program

Earn and Learn High School Program

Initiation to Independence Middle School Program

Staff must be available May 24 through August 5. Applicants must be good role models, competent in the skills of blindness, well rounded, flexible, excellent communicator both oral and written and willing to lead by example. Must be excited to work with blind students ages 11 to 21. Challenge recreation is an exciting component of the job. Staff will go rock climbing, hiking, canoeing, whitewater rafting, attend martial arts classes and much more.

All staff and students will attend the national convention of the National Federation of the Blind in Orlando!

To learn more about our summer programs, please click the following link:

If interested, please contact Brent Batron at, 303 778 1130, extension 222, or via email at,

Would You Like to Star in a Documentary?

By Marion Gwizdala

The National Association of Guide Dog users has been contacted by a national video production company seeking a subject for a brief documentary sponsored by a major pet food company about the relationship between a guide dog user and his dog. We are seeking a subject for this documentary who meets some specific criteria.

The subject must be a male between approximately 20 and 40 years of age, who lost their eyesight after having once been sighted and has a light colored dog. Ideally, candidates should live in either the Mid Atlantic, Northeast or Pacific Northwest of the US, but they are open to people in other areas for the right story. The person chosen will need to be available for production for 3 to 5 days between March 25 and April 4.

There will be financial compensation for appearing, and if the person chosen is the result of this search, the National Association of Guide Dog Users and the National Federation of the Blind will be given credit in the production.

If you meet these criteria and would like to be considered for this project, please send an email with your name, telephone number, email address, and the best time to contact you to:

Jury Finds County Discriminated Against Blind Employee

By Chris Danielsen

The National Federation of the Blind, the nations leading advocate for equal access to employment and technology for the blind, today applauded a jury verdict reached in the matter of Yasmin Reyazuddin versus Montgomery County in federal district court Friday afternoon. The jury found that the county failed to provide Ms. Reyazuddin, who is blind, with a reasonable accommodation, as required by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, by refusing to implement accessible software so that she could continue to work as an information specialist in the countys 311 call center. Ms. Reyazuddin worked in the call center of the Countys Department of Health and Human Services until the County consolidated that call center and others into its Montgomery County 311 Call Center. Ms. Reyazuddin had been using screen access software, which converts information on a computer screen into synthesized speech or into Braille that can be displayed on a device known as a refreshable Braille display, to access the computer programs with which she needed to interact in order to provide accurate information to callers, keep records of calls, and perform other tasks necessary for resolving the concerns of callers. When she learned that her agencys call center would be consolidated into the Countys new 311 call center, she repeatedly inquired of County officials whether the software for the new call center would be accessible and provided information to the County about accessible solutions. The county ultimately procured call center software that was not accessibly configured. Thereafter, the County refused to implement the necessary changes. As a result, instead of being transferred to the new 311 call center, Ms. Reyazuddin was transferred to make work positions which, at best, involved duties that only filled roughly half of her eight hour work day. Ms. Reyazuddin filed suit with the assistance of the National Federation of the Blind in April of 2011. In addition to its finding that Montgomery County failed to reasonably accommodate Ms. Reyazuddin, the jury found that the failure to transfer her to the customer service center was an adverse employment action. The jury rejected the countys defense that it would have been an undue hardship to make the customer service center accessible to Ms. Reyazuddin. Ms. Reyazuddin will now proceed before the Court to seek injunctive relief ordering the County to make the software accessible.

Mark A. Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said: Quote, Blindness does not define an individual or his or her capacity to contribute in the workplace, and this was demonstrated by Yasmin Reyazuddins ten years of service to Montgomery County prior to this debacle. The only thing that prevented her from continuing to be an effective employee was the countys failure to provide the reasonable accommodation of accessible technology, as the jury found after careful deliberation. This case underscores the critical importance of accessible technology for the success of blind workers in the modern workplace. Generally, as in this case, procuring and deploying such technology does not place an undue burden on employers. I encourage all employers to take steps to ensure that their workplace technologies are accessible at the time they are first implemented so that the technology does not erect an artificial barrier to people who are blind. Quote.

Ms. Reyazuddin said: Quote, I am grateful to the men and women of the jury for their time and their careful consideration of my case. My only desire throughout this litigation has been to work at my full capacity and serve the good people of Montgomery County by providing them with the information they need. Thanks to this verdict, I believe that I will soon be able to achieve this goal. Quote.

Ms. Reyazuddin is represented by Joseph B. Espo and Daniel F. Goldstein of the Baltimore firm Brown, Goldstein, and Levy LLP, and by Timothy R. Elder of the TRE Legal Practice of Fremont, California.

Survey About Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviors

By Justin A. Haegele, PhD, CAPE

Assistant Professor

Health & Physical Education

Department of Human Movement Sciences

Old Dominion University

We are conducting a study involving the validation of 2 surveys to explore the beliefs of adults with visual impairments toward physical activity and sedentary behaviors. To conduct this study we need the participation of adult aged individuals (ages 18 and over) with visual impairments. This study will ask participants to complete an online survey consisting of 41 questions which should take approximately 20 minutes. All responses will be anonymous and confidential.

All participants who complete the online survey will have the option to enter a drawing to win one of two $50.00 gift cards. If you, or someone you know, is interested in participating in this study, please follow the link below:

Please share this link if you know others who would be interested.

As a note, we have received feedback about the accessibility of our survey using some screen readers. Our technology has been reviewed by accessibility experts, however, it has some limitations. For most questions, 1 refers to strongly disagree, while 7 refers to strongly agree.

Thank you for your time.

2016 Writing Contest for Youth and Adults

By Robert Leslie Newman

The 2016 writing contest for youth and adults will close for submissions on April 1st. Less than a month to get your work into the compitition!


Adult contests are: short Fiction, non fiction, stories for youth, and poetry.

Youth contest are: Short fiction, poetry, and a new category called Federation History. The youth contest is divided into three groups, determined by grade level, elementary, middle, and high school. Note, our new category, Federation History, is unique, different from the fiction and poetry contest, in respects to the following three points:

First, an entry can be of any style or genre of writing as long as it pertains to the history of the National Federation of the Blind. Second, all entrants compete equally, no matter what grade they may be in. Thirdly, the best of this category will be honored at the National Convention and will be able to read their piece at one of the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children’s functions.

As always, in both adult and youth contests, there may be up to three prize winners (1st, 2nd, 3rd), and one or more receiving honorable mention. Additionally, a prize winning entry may be published within the Writers Division’s magazine, Slate & Style.

All contest winners will be announced during the first week of July, at the Writers Divisions business meeting, during the NFB national convention to be held in Orlando, Florida.

* Youth contest winners will receive $30 for 1st place, $20 for 2nd place, and $10 for 3rd place.

*Adult contest winners will receive $100 for 1st place, $50 for 2nd place, and $25 for 3rd place.


*This is a contest for students who use Braille.

*Note: if you are 18 years old, or older, you must enter the adult contest.

*Entries must be submitted in hand embossed Braille, either with a slate and stylus or Braille writer, and there are no exceptions.

*Submissions must be brailed by the entrant.

*All submissions, no matter your grade level, must be in contracted Braille. Let us know if you, know, or are learning, contracted Braille. Additionally, let us know if you have chosen to use UEB, or not.

*Each entrant must provide an identical electronic copy of the cover letter and contest entry as a Microsoft Word file [doc] or as a Rich Text Format [rtf] file).

*Attach the electronic copies to an email and send them to EvaMarie Sanchez at:

*Send your hardcopy Braille and cover letter to:
EvaMarie Sanchez
202 East Louisiana

apt 2
Ruston, La 71270

Entries must be accompanied by a cover letter containing entrant's information: Name, address, phone, e-mail, title of the entry, school, and grade of entrant.

*We will consider only unpublished original entries.

*Youth short fiction or Federation History stories submissions cannot be more than 1,000 words, and poetry of no more than 50 lines.

*Authors of either poetry, Federation History, or fiction are encouraged to submit multiple pieces.

Youth ENTRY FEES, None

Are you the best brailler in the contest? Be sure to double check your work. Remember to use braille paper so the braille is easy to read. Good luck!


*Note: this contest is for everyone 18 years old, or older.

*We will consider only unpublished original entries.

*Fiction short stories can be of any main stream genre, and cannot exceed 3,000 words.

*Non fiction entries should be either a memoir or personal essay, and cannot exceed 3,000 words.

*Stories for youth are stories with content written at an intellectual level appropriate for the younger reader, and cannot exceed 3,000 words.

*Poetry: We will accept poetry of any length

*Authors of either poetry and/or prose are encouraged to submit multiple pieces.

*Adults are required to submit all poetry, fiction, non fiction, and stories for youth as attachments to an E-mail message.

*The attachments must be in either Microsoft Word (doc) or Rich Text Format (rtf).

*Fiction, non fiction and stories for youth should be written in a normal prose style, with paragraphs being left justified, lines are single spaced, and having a 14 point font of Aerial, regular.

*No hard copy submissions will be accepted.

Along with your entry or entries, include a cover letter providing the following:

*Your name, mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address.

*List the titles of all submissions, including the category in which they are being entered.

*State your method of payment for the entry fee (check or PayPal).

*Finally, the cover letter could be your e-mail message, or a separate document attached along with your submissions.

Adult Fees:
*The fee for each short story, non fiction piece, or story for youth is $6.00 for members and $10.00 for non members.

*The base fee for poetry will cover up to three poems, if the combined line count of all three pieces does not exceed 108 lines, additional poems require a second fee, following the same fee payment scheme. Base fees are $6.00 for members and $10.00 for non members.

*You may use PayPal from the Writers Division website,

*Alternatively, you may mail a check made out to NFB Writers Division, with a note in the memo line relating to the contest. Send to:
Shawn Jacobson
19541 Olney Mill Road
Olney, MD 20832.

* E-mail submissions should be sent to EvaMarie Sanchez at:

We look forward to seeing your words!

NFB Performing Arts Survey

By Katelyn MacIntyre

We want to hear from YOU! What interests you, and what would you like to see from the NFB Performing Arts Division in the future?
Please take just a few minutes to fill out our short survey and let your voice be heard!
The responses to this survey will be used to help determine future events at National Convention and throughout the year. We value and appreciate your input and look forward to working with you as we raise expectations for blind performing artists.

Phoenix Seminar Recap

By Donald Porterfield

My Federation Family:

On February 22, 2016 the National Federation of the Blind of Arizona successfully completed its second annual Phoenix Seminar. Similar to the Washington Seminar, the Phoenix Seminar is our opportunity to educate Arizona legislators about issues affecting blind Arizonans and to push our legislative agenda forward.

This year, we had approximately 125 participants advocating for blind Arizonans. We were able to meet with most of our state senators and representatives and show them the power of grassroots advocacy. Our five legislative priorities are:

· Additional Funding for Vocational Rehabilitation, Here, we are asking the legislators to support the governors budget, which includes approximately $4.7 million in additional funding for Vocational Rehabilitation

· Blind Parents Right to Parent, Model State Custody Bill, Here, we are asking for legislation that mirrors the model State Custody legislation developed by the National Federation of the Blind. This legislation would prevent discrimination against the blind in guardianship, adoption, custody and visitation proceedings.

· Service Animal Legislation, Here, we are supporting legislation that seeks to punish quote, bad actors quote, rather than imposing additional requirements on those who use service animals.

· Privatizing Arizona Industries for the Blind, Here, we are supporting legislation that would privatize Arizona Industries for the Blind. This would make them more competitive and open more job opportunities for the blind.

· Accessible Instructional Materials In Higher Education, Here, we are asking for legislation requiring colleges and universities to purchase and deploy only accessible technology and instructional materials. We were able to get a member of the Arizona Senate to agree to help set up and facilitate focus groups with stakeholders.

While there was a lot of positive response to our issues we still have a long way to go before we can claim success. I want to thank those who participated and helped coordinate this event. I also want to ask that each one of you, whether you participated or not, to reach out to your legislators and ask them to support our issues. As Dr. Jernigan often said, quote, come, join me on the barricades. Quote. We can make a difference and change the lives of blind people in Arizona.

Arizona is about to Ring the BELL for the Third Time and We Need You

By Amy Porterfield

The NFB BELL academy is now recruiting mentors and volunteer support positions for this years Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning Academy. The following outlines what we need to give our new generation that type of encouragement and support they will use to live the lives they want. The NFB Bell Academy will run from May 30 through June 10 and will be held in Tucson at SAAVI, 3767 East Grant Road, Tucson, AZ 85716, and will take place week days from 8:00 through 4:30, including before and after care. Currently we need, mentors who can commit their time daily to demonstrating high expectations through reading and writing Braille, using access technology, playing interactive games and sports, and performing all manner of household tasks. If you are interested in a paid mentor position, please send résumés to,

If you would like to volunteer an hour, day, or provide any type of contribution, please send me an email to the above address. We could use a variety of contributions ranging from prepping materials for lessons, helping to set up lunch or snack, making phone calls, or any other creative idea you may have that will help make this summer exciting and fun for our bell ringers. For more information, please call Amy Porterfield at, 520 396 8707, and lets talk about how you can help our young blind leaders live the lives they want.

Free Weekly Martial Arts Classes

By Mike Armstrong

Free Weekly Martial Arts Classes at the Blind Tiger Martial Arts Academy Dojo. Wednesday, 5:00 PM to 6:15 PM, at 4201 East Robert E Lee Street, Phoenix.

This martial arts program is designed for blind or visually impaired youth aged 7 through 18 years.

Sensei Mike Armstrong, who is blind himself, will be leading the program. He has been involved in teaching the martial arts for over 25 years. Quote, Martial Arts training can benefit building self confidence, strength, balance, goal setting, flexibility, and discipline. This is a great opportunity to help children and youth grow as a person and experience a more independent life. Quote.

The program includes uniform, belt and training in the areas of Karate, Jujitsu, and Kung Fu. There is open enrollment, and we ask that you RSVP one week prior to enrollment. Transportation can be provided if given a one week notice.

For more information, please contact Sensei Mike Armstrong at,

or call, 602 795 0195, extension 102, or 602 885 2712.

Time to Donate to Our Upcoming Fall Auction

By Debi Chatfield

Do people tell you that you make the best fudge and chocolate chip cookies in town? Do you have an old iPhone lying around that you no longer use, because you have upgraded to the latest and greatest? No longer using that Victor Stream as often as you used to do? Or, maybe your speciality is creating a beautiful afghan, or hand crafting a vase out of wood?

Looking for a place to donate these items? Well, we have got just the place for you! Donate them to our 2016 NFBA Fall Auction coming up in Tucson, from September 9 to 11.

Help us now to collect items for donation. All proceeds go to our state affiliate for continuation of our important programs, education, and sharing of our philosophy.

Important details:

· Items must be $20 or more in value. Items below $20 should be donated to the Door Prize committee.

· Items should be hand delivered to your chapter or division President, no later than September 5.

· Please email a description of your item, such as, the brand name, condition of the item, age of the item and any pertinent information you feel the winner of the item would need to know, and send it to:

· Auction item descriptions will be displayed on our website at:

It is due to the generosity of you, the members of the NFB of Arizona, that we are able to continue providing so many resource and outreach opportunities to those who need to know what we have to share; the truth about blindness! So, thank you for your donation, and let’s get busy and make this auction the best we have ever had!

Here is one of our items up for bid at this years convention! Write in and get your items on the list as well!

Blue tooth Wireless MonoPod, Selfie Stick

Donated by Debi Chatfield

Supports iOS and Android devices

180 degree adjustable frame. Fits most Smart phones

Brand new, never used.

The Bookshelf, 2 Selections

Do you love to curl up with a good book? Been meaning to read that best seller? Here are two book selections that you may wish to read! If you have a book that you absolutely loved and want to share your thoughts about it with us, please send in your write up to:

Happy reading!

Book #1, Crew Chief


By Jesse T McLeod

Reading time: 11 hours, 37 minutes.
Read by Roy Avers.
War Stories
The lives of a helicopter crew depend on the thoroughness of the crew chief, and this novel, which is set during the Tet offensive of 1968, mirrors the authors own experiences in that role. While he portrays the brutality of war, he also gives a sense of the competence and reliability of the men who fought that war. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex.
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Book #2, Tell No Lies: A Novel


By Greg Andrew Hurwitz

Reading Time: 12 hours 42 minutes

Read by Scott Brick

Suspense Fiction

Daniel Brasher counsels paroled violent offenders. When a threatening note is placed in his office mailbox by accident, he investigates, and finds that the person to whom the note was addressed was brutally murdered. And, new notes keep arriving. Violence, strong language, and descriptions of sex. Commercial audio book. 2013.

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Situational Awareness

By Robert D. Sollars

Do YOU have Situational Awareness?

As those of us that are blind or visually impaired can attest, getting along in the mall, grocery store, or just walking down the sidewalk can be a challenging proposition. But, I have yet another thing to add to your thinking and listening while you are out & about.

In addition to just walking and not tripping, or running into obstacles that your cane does not connect with, is situational awareness. And while most everyone has a vague idea of what that is, they cannot define it, and they do not know if they possess it. So, let me try to explain it as best as I can.

It is defined as, knowing and being aware of the situation around you. The situation can vary greatly from the environment when outside shopping or even at home. And for those of us who are blind, we have to have situational awareness to avoid putting ourselves into a hazardous situation.

You cannot just be in a daze and walk around. If you did, you are liable to walk into anything that may be harmful even with your cane. And many of the things that are out & about even within your own home can be life threatening if you are not aware of them.

One of the first things you need to learn is to think on your feet and make adjustments on the spur of the moment. Most of us already do that anyway, but we need to make those adjustments about sound and intuition as well.

Listening to the sounds around you, as well as listening to your internal voice or intuition about something amiss, is a requirement. Even if your intuition is sensitive, it still needs to be improved. If it is not as enhanced as others, you need to put effort into developing it.

Another item that will help you to develop situational awareness may sound a little bit strange and just a tad weird. A trick I always taught my security officers is to be paranoid. Yes, paranoid.

If you are paranoid, then you will constantly be aware of what is around you, and therefore, be aware of any danger.

Obviously, you do not want to be so paranoid that you are scared of your own shadow. And just because you hear something a little out of place, does not mean you have to run to the police or call someone because you are scared. Being scared allows your intuition to be on alert and ready. Ready for anything.

The idea of situational awareness is to be aware of what is happening around you at all times. Yes I know that walking takes a lot of concentration when you are in an unfamiliar place, but situational awareness cannot be helped if you want to stay safe and knowledgeable.

We all know if we hear a jackhammer, that construction is going on somewhere around us, and likewise, with traffic sounds. But, can you hear anything else besides the jackhammer? You have to concentrate on other sounds as well as your cane and location. And I will be the first to say, it is not the easiest thing to do.

But situational awareness is as much an acquired skill as it is inborn. While you can have those intuitive instincts and have the awareness, it can also be taught. You have to endeavor to teach yourself how to have that awareness.

To summarize the points I made here:

· Adjust as quickly as possible to your environment

· Listen intently on other sounds around you & do not forget about the sound of changing air pressure when passing close by large objects

· Use your instincts and intuition as often as possible. If you believe something to be wrong it most likely is

· Be a little paranoid. This will help to sharpen your audible observational skills.

Dictation Bridge, Exciting New Software Available Soon

DictationBridge will be a screen reader plug-in that will allow blind users to better enjoy speech recognition.

DictationBridge will enhance the interaction model for blind users of Dragon and Microsoft dictation utilities.
It may seem that speech synthesis and recognition would conflict with each other. . . Indeed,, if you place a microphone near speakers, it does pick up sound and can cause squealing feedback. However, with DictationBridge, screen reader users will not experience this issue for reasons too complex to describe in this brief announcement.

In most cases, users interact with screen readers via a collection of keyboard commands. However, there are many screen reader users who have additional impairments, such as learning disabilities or repetitive strain injuries, who need to use speech recognition to get things done. With DictationBridge, they can enjoy their screen reader in a more efficient manner and one that is compatible with other disabilities or repetitive stress injuries, a malady, based on observational and anecdotal evidence, common among blind people due largely to using a keyboard far more heavily than those who use vision for their computational experiences.

Command and control of one’s system can also be made more efficient for screen readers using dictation and DictationBridge provides access to this as well. Speech-recognition is often represented in popular culture with scenarios like Star Trek where the computer would do whatever the crew of the Enterprise would ask of it. Speech recognition is not quite at that level, however it is possible to command your computer using speech recognition today and have it carry out pre programmed tasks.

DictationBridge enhances the users’ experience with speech recognition and screen readers. It fills many gaps that occur due to the interaction of these systems and accessibility problems in the software from Nuance and Microsoft.

DictationBridge is designed to be as screen reader agnostic as possible. The program, however, will be first coded for and tested against the NVDA screen reader for Microsoft Windows .

DictationBridge is free, libre, open source software (FLOSS) . and it will be available, including 100% of it’s source code, upon release. The DictationBridge team is dedicated to protecting your freedoms.

Attached to this newsletter is a demonstration of Dictation Bridge in mp3 format.

Healthy Choice, Healthy Living, My 3 Challenges for You

By Lawrence MacLellan

Hello everybody, March is here and this month I would like to challenge you to 3 things that will make you a healthier person. Your first challenge is to drink more water. Your blood test may show that you are hydrated but the hydration that I am referring to is on a cellular level. Research shows that we have about 50 trillion cells in our body and when they are hydrated, they return to normal function. I am not saying that everything will return back to normal but I am saying that things like more energy, less pain, better skin, fewer allergies, fewer problems with asthma and a whole host of other problems can improve. Now if you go on the internet you will find this to be true and you will find this not to be true. The internet can be a wonderful thing but it can be a real pain sorting out what is real and what is not real. What I will say about water is that you can only check the results. I do know that I am much healthier when I keep up with my water intake. Consume half your body weight in ounces, so if you weigh 150 pounds then you should drink 75 ounces of water each day. I tell my clients to try and have it finished by 8:00 PM in the evening so that they are not up all night. Start with increasing your water by 1 glass each day until you are at your quota. Think of it like a prescription. If you have any medical conditions that restrict your water consumption then check with your doctor before making any changes. This is my first challenge to you.

My second challenge to you is to cut way back on your sugar. When I am talking about sugar I mean things like soda pop, white flower, chocolate bars, ice cream, baked goods like cookies, breads and cakes or in other words, anything that is made with flour, especially white flour. Sounds terrible eh?well I am not saying not to eat any of these foods but I am saying that if you want to be healthier, then you should look at sugar, simple carbs, as one of the best places to start. Oh, and this includes diet sugars. Fifty years ago, the average person ate about 5 pounds of sugar a year. Today, the average person eats about 150 plus pounds of sugar each year. That is a lot of sugar. Look at all of the health problems that we have today, heart problems, strokes, Diabetes, cancer and on and on it goes. By the way, cancer cells love sugar. The computer has been a God send for the blind community but it also has kept us sitting for hours and hours at a time without moving. Most of us are guilty about sitting in front of our computers too long, me included. If we spend that much time with our computers then it is easy to see why we will reach for foods that are simple, convenient which usually translate to simple carbs. So my second challenge is to cut back on the sugar.

My third and final challenge for this month is to get enough sleep. A few years ago I had a cough that I just could not get rid of. I was working full time and trying to exercise 4 days a week. My work outs were kind of wimpy and this cough just wouldn’t leave. I looked at what I hated to give up and found it was staying up late at night. I work long days that take me into the evening and wanted to stay up and chat on the computer and play games. I set a rule, I went to bed each night earlier. I had an extra hour each night and after 5 or 6 days, my cough was gone and I felt like a million bucks. Now I know that there are some people that have sleep problems that have to do with their blindness. They have a much more difficult time especially if they work or go to school. Most of us do not get enough sleep, and staying up late and sleeping in every day, is not the best thing for our health. Usually when we sleep half the day away, we do not accomplish much and it can lead to depression. Going to bed earlier can give us the time the next day to exercise and have a more fulfilling day. There are people that get too much sleep and that is not very good as well. A lot of the time, these people complain about how tired they feel. Too much sleep does not give them more energy. So how much sleep do you need? Some people do just fine on 6 hours a night, and other people need 7 or 8 hours each night. Everybody is different, and by experimenting, going to bed a little earlier and being consistent, you will find the right amount of sleep you need. So my challenge to you is to take a look at your sleep habits and see where you can make wiser choices. It can make so much difference in your life. So if you are struggling with no energy, poor health and are just tired of being tired, well it will not take long to see the results of your effort. Drink more water, cut back on sugar and be smart about your sleep. They say that we are creatures of habit, even if the habits do not serve you well. We resist change, and we often wait to see if our health problems will just go away on there own. Check what beliefs you may have that are causing resistance and start by making a decision to change. Ease into it, and after a few short weeks, check your results. You owe it to yourself to be healthier and happier. Pleasant dreams!

Arizona Association of Blind Students News

By Isaac Zwinger

The Arizona Association of Blind Students would like to welcome you to a Spring Seminar being held at the Southern Arizona Association for the Visually Impaired in Tucson, Arizona. Our agenda will be essential, enriching, and lots of fun. Our theme for the seminar is, transition. it will be held on Saturday, April 9, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, and the registration is free. All we ask is some general contact info, such as your name, email, and phone number. We look forward to seeing you there!!

And, just to catch you up on the members of our Board, here they are:

* Isaac Zwinger, President

* Bryan Duarte, Secretary

* Jonathan Candler, Treasurer

* Brittany Bomboy, Board Member

* Murrieta McDaniel, Board Member

If you would like to contact me, just email or call at, or 520 609 4830.

East Valley Chapter News

By Megan Homrighausen

We have a whole lot of fun things in store within the next few months that you definitely will not want to miss out on!


We found a room in a restaurant that is more than willing to accommodate us. The new location is right by the bus stop on Thomas and 71st Street, in Scottsdale. Just hop on the 29, and it puts you right there! Starting March 15th, and every other Tuesday thereafter, Braille club will be held at the Filibertos Mexican Food And Bar, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, at 7111 East Thomas Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. I also wanted to throw in, that Braille Club falls on a great day. Yes, the club meetings happen to land on Taco Tuesdays at Filibertos. I know it is going to be a little tough, but we are just going to have to muddle through, right? Taco's are $1.29 each.

Stop on by and see what Braille club (and taco Tuesdays) can do for you!


The East Valley Chapter will be having a Tupperware fundraiser with Megan Homrighausen as the host. Please come and support the East Valley Chapter in our efforts to make money for our state as well as our chapter. Forty percent of the proceeds will be given to us. This will be an online fundraiser, as well as a live, hands on party so you will have the opportunity to see and touch what you want to buy. The party will be at the home of Megan Homrighausen, 4158 East Hope Circle, Mesa, AZ 85205. The date of the party will be Saturday, April 9th, from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Bring your friends and family. Please come and support our efforts to create more opportunities for the blind and get yourself some Tupperware as well!


Several years ago, the National Braille Readers are Leaders contest was discontinued. Over the years Mark and Debbie Felices students took part in the contest. We realize that there is still a need for a contest. So, the East Valley Chapter is sponsoring a braille reading contest for students K through 12 in East Valley Schools. Our chapter has allocated up to $900 for prizes. We plan to have the contest finished, judged, and present the contestants with their prizes at their school award programs. Stay tuned for the results!


Also, as you know, one of our long time federationists and our newest chapter member Arlen Keen Jr. is very sick. He has stage 4 cancer and is battling every day. He has a GoFundMe account if you would like to follow him and read updates about his cancer. You may also donate money to him if you wish. Please keep him in your prayers.
Click here to support Arlen's Stage 4 Cancer Battle by Arlen Keen Jr


Find an East Valley Chapter member, and ask them how you can win $1000! Yes, The East Valley is giving away $1000! All you need to do is buy a raffle ticket for only $5 and you have a chance to win the grand prize! Tell your family and friends to buy their tickets today!

For every $100 worth of raffle tickets that an individual sells, $50 Will go towards the individuals cost of attending a convention. Monies raised from this fund raiser will not only benefit the East Valley Chapter, but will be shared with the state affiliate as well. See the details below in Debras article.

If you have any questions, please contact me at:

480 510 6196

East Valley Raffle

By Debra Smith

The East Valley Chapter will hold an exciting raffle, with a $1000 cash Prize to be awarded. The raffle is a way for ticket sellers to earn money to be put towards a state or national convention. For every $100 worth of raffle tickets that an individual sells, $50 Will go towards the individuals cost of attending a convention. Monies raised from this fund raiser will not only benefit the East Valley Chapter, but will be shared with the state affiliate as well.

This 6 month sale begins February 20, and will finish August 20. All money and tickets must be turned in by the August East Valley Chapter meeting. Individuals from other chapters are also welcome to sell tickets, so that they may earn some money to go to convention as well. We will get checks to people at least a week prior to our state convention.

Someone has asked, if they sell $100 worth of tickets, but they are not going to convention, can they still have the $50? No, this is a fund raiser for the chapter, and funds can only be used for the state or national conventions. Also, if you turn in a total with an odd amount, such as $130.00, you will only receive $50.

If a member gets busy and wants to use their share for national convention, then let me know in June and we can work the details out.

Tickets are $5.00 each.

Ways to sell raffle tickets:

Make a plan. Make a list of family events, and make sure you take your tickets with you. Send a letter or email to each of your friends and family members, and tell them what you are doing, and why the NFB is important to you. Ask them to purchase a ticket. Develop a Facebook page. After you sell a raffle ticket to someone, make sure you send them a personal thank you note. If we do this fund raiser in the future, thank them again and give them an overview on the past years fund raiser . Be sure to ask them to support our organization again.

We will have volunteers from the fund raising committee to help you develop a Facebook page and to write letters if you wish. We will also develop a webpage, where people can purchase the tickets online.

Please, do not hesitate to ask for help. The current members on the committee are Debi Chatfield, Joe Goode, Garret Mooney, Brittney Bomboy, Megan Homrighausen, and I. If you would like to join us, please let me know.

You may contact me with questions at,

480 299 4541

Happenings in Tucson

By Amy Porterfield

We are well into the new year , and Tucson wants to be sure we are keeping you up to date with the latest from your state convention host chapter this year.
We are excited to report some of the new occurrences taking place in the Old Pueblo. Tucson held our elections last November and reports the following board positions:

* Amy Porterfield, President

* Sami Hamid, Vice President
* Judith Schneider, Secretary
* Doris Martin, Treasurer

* Donald Porterfield, Director
* Roxanne Torrez, Director
* Marys Figueroa, Director
* Ashley Adison, Director

it is time for us to line up at the gate for our annual 50 50 raffle at the Rellito Park Horse Racetrack. This year the races occur each weekend from February 13 through March 20th, with additional dates to occur during the fall season 2016. All interested in helping with our biggest fund raiser are welcome and appreciated. Please contact Larry Martin at, 520 747 0937.
Tucson is holding our Family Pick nick complete with jumping castles, Barbecue, and fun and games for all ages. Join us Saturday morning at Reid Park. For more information please contact Ashley Adison at,

Finally, Tucson is well into our plans to help make this years Arizona State convention the most exciting yet. WE offer the following spoil alerts. You may want to start considering now if you or any of your fellow federationist could be guilty of... Well Never mind. You will find out when you come down to Tucson this September.

Stay tuned for more invitations to wine tastings, horse races, Philosophy jams, and much more.

Do You Have a Story to Tell?

By Robert D. Sollars

Do you have a story to tell? Is it real life memories, or a wild fanciful tall tale to enthrall the reader? Would you like to write for a publication? Do you know how to start the writing process and go about getting published? Would you like to know the so called tricks of the trade? Would you like to join me in starting a writers group strictly for blind writers here in Arizona? If interested, call or write Robert Sollars, at 480 251 5197, or

with the word writers in the subject line, and we will get one started up!

Flick, Swipe, and Tap, Ways to Expand Your iPhone Storage

By Rita Howell

With all the photos, videos, apps and music that we load onto our phones, filling up 16 GB doesn't take much effort.

Unfortunately, the iPhone doesn't have expandable storage like some other smartphones. But there are ways to expand your iPhone's storage without breaking the bank or deleting everything.

1. Plug in a flash drive. Even though you cannot expand your iPhones internal storage, you can grow its external storage. Flash storage works for your iPhone just like adding an external hard drive for your PC, except this one comes along for the ride wherever your iPhone goes.

Flash storage devices like the $60 Leef iBridge plug right into your Lightning port and instantly boost your phone's storage. The iBridge has a J shape so it bends around your iPhone, but it is a lot of money to spend on just another 16 GB of storage. There are plenty of other options, including a $42 SanDisk iExpand, which has 32 GB of storage.

Mophie makes a combination battery and 32 GB external storage case called the Space Pack. It costs $149, but you were probably going to throw down some money on a case anyway.

And the $38 TFZ i-Flash Drive lets you add as much storage as you want with an SD card. (If you do not have any lying around from your old digital camera, you can buy a 128 GB micro SD card on Amazon for about $60).

2. Keep a wireless hard drive in your pocket. If you are not keen on wires or having something constantly plugged into your phone, there are wireless storage options too.

By connecting them to the same WiFi network, your iPhone can sync with a wireless storage device in your pocket or purse. With a corresponding app, you can set your phone to automatically store stuff on the wireless drive instead of storing it internally.

The $36 RAVPower Filehub is a great example. You can stick any flash drive or SD card into it. And if you plug it into your phone, it doubles as an external battery. The $47 SanDisk Connect comes with 32 GB of onboard storage (no need for an SD card).

3. Keep your files at home. If you need a lot of extra storage, you can build your own personal cloud. The $159 Western Digital MyCloud network storage device lets you store up to 4 terabytes (that is 4,000 GB) worth of files.

You keep the MyCloud at home, but you can access the files from wherever you are using the corresponding app. As an added bonus, you can also use the MyCloud to back up all the files from your home PC or Mac.

4. Use the cloud. Why store your files on your own hard drive when you can store them on someone elses servers? You can use DropBox, Amazon Cloud Drive, Google Drive, Microsoft (MSFT, Tech30) OneDrive or Apple (AAPL, to manage your files in the cloud. Depending on how much you store, you might have to pay a monthly subscription fee.

5. If you use apps such as DU Speedbooster for Android or PhoneClean for iPhones, you can clear out unnecessary files that accumulate on your phone. But you will only reclaim so much space, a couple gigabytes at most.

If that is all you need, cleaning your phone is a free and easy solution.

The Recipe Box, Cracker Barrel Green Beans

By Debi Chatfield


¼ pound, sliced bacon

3 cans, 14 and 1/2 ounces, whole green beans, with liquid

1/4 yellow onion

1 teaspoon, granulated sugar

½ teaspoon, salt

½ teaspoon, freshly-ground black pepper


In a 2 quart saucepan over medium heat, cook bacon until lightly brown, but not crisp. When bacon has browned, add green beans. Add salt, sugar. and pepper

and mix well. Place onion on top of green beans. Cover saucepan with a lid and bring to a light boil. Turn heat down to low and simmer beans for 45 minutes.

Debbies List

No, this is not Craigs List, but it is the next best thing! If you have something to sell, or announce, send us your ad, and we will post it, as long as there is space available in the newsletter. Send your ads to:

** Would you like to stay safe at home, school, work, online, and everywhere in your daily life? I may be able to help you. I can come to your location and give a presentation on multiple areas of security and safety concerns.

Presentation topics range from situational awareness, home security, workplace/school violence prevention, and holiday shopping safety. I can offer helpful tips for our Arizona community. Being blind myself, I have adapted these valuable techniques for our specific needs. Contact me at, 480 251 5197, or

with Blindness Security Workshop in the subject line. My fee is variable depending on travel distance. I look forward to assisting all of you with your security needs. Have A Safe Day!

** Would you like your name on a book cover? Are you good at organization & writing? I am in need of someone to help me to compile, organize, & write a book on customer service. The book has been in the works for 20 years or so. I first turned my knowledge into a workshop, and then I went blind and postponed the project for a while. Now, I want to turn those ideas into a saleable book.

This is a monumental task, and it will not be easy. The material is written, but needs to be organized and put together in some semblance of coherent order. Wanna help me?

Please contact me at,

with the word, Book, in the subject line, or you may give me a call at, 480 251 5197.

This is a very worthwhile and important project to undertake, and I would really appreciate some help with it. Thanks for your consideration.

** With Spring on its way, now is a good time to be thinking about the upcoming cycling season! There is an email list, specifically focused on empowering the blind into the arena of bicycling. We are a friendly community, dedicated to helping you to reach the next level, in your fitness goals.

Even if you do not own a tandem, there may be local opportunities that we can uncover, together. So, click on the below link and come join us. Introduce yourself and enjoy the ride! Federationists greatly encouraged!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Ron Burzese, NOMC
916 716 5400

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Whether your needs are personal or business related, we have the solution that is right for you and easy on your pocketbook.

We offer Instruction in the latest mainstream and specialized technologies, such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Power Point, Access, Dragon Naturally Speaking, JAWS for windows and much more.

We also set up and configure all forms of hardware, from single computers to business networks

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** Are you blind and a lover of craft making? Would you like to share your love
of crafting with other like-minded people? Would you be interested in
learning a new craft taught by and geared specifically for blind folks? If
the answer to any of these questions is yes, then visit the NFB Crafters
Division website at
We offer a free email list for discussion of all crafts with friendly folks
ready to help in any way.
We also offer classes in both phone conference call as well as email
formats, which are only available to members of our division. The cost for
membership is $20 per year allowing a member to take as many classes as they
wish. Having offered 72 classes in 2014 in a wide variety of crafts, you are
certain to find classes to peak your interest.
Check out our membership page, join during our early bird special in March,
and get four months free.
For questions, please contact our president Joyce Kane at,

Cathy F.

** a Useful, Stylish New Idea!
When you go out for a walk, or running to class, are you looking for a way to easily carry your water bottle and cellphone, in a way that would be both stylish and practical? Are you looking for something that can hold many items, yet is not heavy on its own? Well look no further than the Invisibag! This is a stretchable belt like strap that clips easily around your waist. It contains two zipperred pockets, one for a conventional water bottle, and one that is the perfect size for your smartphone. With the water bottle pocket you will be able to carry around a water bottle, without the need to carry a purse or backpack, as it simply hangs from your belt. The cellphone pocket allows you to carry your cellphone in a safe, secure environment. You can feel your cellphone vibrating, yet it is difficult to steal as one must open the zipperred pocket to get the cellphone out. And when you're done using it for the day, just take all your items out and let it sit around your waist. it is so light you will not even notice.
As these are imported products, you will not find them anywhere on the U.S. market. I personally handle all the importing and costs myself. I'm asking only $20 per each one.
Please send me an email at, if anyone is interested.

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Grins and Groans - The Usual Endings

Submitted by Bob Kresmer

Are part time band leaders, semi conductors?

Why do we call something sent by car, a shipment, and something sent by ship, cargo?

The past, present, and future walked into a bar.

It was tense.

Debi Chatfield


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