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News And Views June 2016

National Federation of the Blind of Arizona
News and Views
June, 2016

In This Issue
Greetings from Our President
Word on the Street
Guess Who Just Took Another Trip Around the Sun
USA Jobs Now on NFB Newsline
Final Push to Get Space Available Passed in the Senate
First Timers Guide to the NFB Convention
Habitat Build Service Project at National Convention
Contest for Braille Readers
The BELL Ringers are Here
D E S Announces Privatization of Arizona Industries for the Blind
The NFBA Will be Calling You
Do I Hear $10, or How About $15?
The Book Shelf, 2 Selections
Choosing an Alarm Company for Your Home or Office
7 Great Google Features You Probably Do Not Use
Read This Before Taking a Facebook Quiz Again
East Valley Chapter Member Wins National NFB Scholarship
Calling All Teens
Happenings in Tucson
New Location for East Valley Chapter Meetings
Writing in the Dark
Healthy Choice, Healthy Living, Finding Your Space
The iPhone Touch ID Sensor
The Recipe Box, Tuna Salad Sandwiches
Debbie’s List
Say Connected
Grins and Groans, the Usual Endings


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Greetings from Our President

Hello, fellow Federationists,

Kids are out of school, summer programs are in full swing, summer vacations are being enjoyed, temperatures are in the 100’s, and we are getting ready for the NFB national and state conventions! I remember the lazy days of summer when I was a kid, but now there is always lots of planning and arranging for our NFBA events and activities. I hope you enjoy the summer as much as my family and I.

I am sorry to report that our friend and fellow Federationist, Ray Mungaray, passed away unexpectedly this week. Ray was a retired RSA rehabilitation teacher, past chair of the Governor’s Council on Blindness, and was serving as chairman of the board of directors of SAAVI at the time of his death. Ray is survived by his wife, Armeda, and condolences can be sent to her at, 520 882 3806. No arrangements for services or funeral are available yet, but I will keep us informed as soon as they are announced.

Gerry Piatt, of our Tucson chapter, fell and broke her hip recently and is recuperating slowly. Friends can share get well wishes by contacting her by phone or email at,

520 790 8102.


Judi Schneider, also of our Tucson chapter, had the bad luck to fall and break her hip while looking after her brother in Florida. Judi is recuperating and intends to return to Tucson soon. Get well wishes can be sent to her at,

Arlin Keene, of our Phoenix chapter, is Recuperating from surgery for his cancer. Get well wishes can be sent to him at,

602 544 9094.

I am attaching the MS Word file of our 2016 NFB national convention agenda. We have more than one hundred Arizonans participating in convention this year, nearly fifty of whom are first timers. The Arizonans will meet Saturday evening for our caucus from 9: 30 to 10:30 in the Wekiwa 6 room.

We are in the middle of our NFB Bell Academy, with twenty young blind students participating.

We partner with SAAVI on this project, and again this year we have lots of great teachers, mentors, role models and volunteers. We have new parents again, and our Arizona Parents of Blind Children division is introducing these parents to our efforts and philosophy. We also have dozens of blind high school students participating in their summer youth transition programs sponsored by Arizona Vocational Rehabilitation services. The students who chose to participate in the SAAVI and the Colorado Center for the Blind will participate in our NFB national convention at state expense again this year.

I will be sending out in a separate mailing our September 8 through 11, 2016 NFBA state convention information. This will include the pre-registration form, a doorprize letter that will help you collect doorprizes from local businesses, and the hotel room booking information. The affiliate will again offer financial assistance by booking rooms for men and for women that will be available to members on a per need basis. Speak with your chapter president for this assistance. The chapter president will make the recommendations to me for this limited number of rooms to share.

The need for access to public websites continues to be an area of critical importance to the NFB. Though the courts have increasingly identified that websites fall within the intent and scope of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and cannot be vehicles of discrimination and exclusion against blind citizens, the federal government has yet to confirm regulations that would require websites to be accessible to individuals with disabilities. The NFB’s advocacy for such regulations cannot stop until websites are accessible.

In May, the U.S. Department of Justice published its Supplemental Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking titled Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability; Accessibility of Web Information and Services of State and Local Government Entities (SANPRM) in the Federal Register. In response to the new SANPRM, the NFB is gathering comments and stories from members to highlight the importance of access to state and local government websites. We need your stories, both positive and negative, regarding the importance of accessible state and local government websites—websites for voter registration, applying for a state or local government job, appealing a property tax assessment, renewing a library book, requesting food stamps, registering for a class at your local state or community college, or any other state or local government service. Visit, for steps on how you can help the NFB advocate for accessible websites, and/or contact Kyle Walls at, 410 659 9314, extension 2223, or We will be gathering member stories through July 15.

If you have suggestions for events and activities that will help build our Federation in Arizona, please call or email me.

Bob Kresmer, President
1 888 899 6322.

Word on the Street

Congratulations! On May 28, on a horse and carriage ride in Denver, Colorado, Garret Mooney and Brittany Bomboy became engaged! The happy couple took lots of photos, and are excited about their upcoming marriage! We are told, that the two love birds will most likely wait until after they have graduated from college to be married. We wish you the best!

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 our fellow NFBA members!

June 2, Lauren Heimerdinger, from Mesa.
June 5, Vincent Blaise, from Phoenix.
June 7, Carol Scharlat, from Mesa.
June 10, Connie Jacomini, from Phoenix.
June 22, Paula Gray, from Phoenix.
June 28, Tauru Chaw, from Chandler.
June 29, Vicki McDaniel, from Tempe.

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:

USA Jobs Now on NFB Newsline

By Chris Danielsen

The National Federation of the Blind has added USA JOBS to the job listings feature of NFB NEWSLINE, a free information service it provides, with support from state sponsors, for people who are blind and print disabled. These job listings are in addition to the over 100,000 listings currently provided to subscribers by

"The National Federation of the Blind is committed to ensuring that the blind have independent and timely access to information, and also to helping them find gainful employment so that they can live the lives they want," says Mark Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind. The enhancement to the job listings feature of NFB NEWSLINE that we are announcing today helps advance both of these critical goals.
"NFB NEWSLINES job search feature, in addition to the over four hundred newspapers and magazines, emergency weather alerts, and retail ads provided on the service, is one we are very proud to offer," says Scott White, Director of Sponsored Technology Programs at the National Federation of the Blind. "We are extremely pleased to add USA JOBS to the more than 100,000 job listings already provided on the service by Career Builder." is a free web-based job board enabling federal job seekers access to thousands of job opportunities across hundreds of federal agencies and organizations, providing public notice for federal employment opportunities. As the federal government's official source for federal job listings and employment opportunity information, provides a variety of opportunities.

Now in addition to NFB NEWSLINES existing job listings, subscribers can set up profiles to include opportunities offered by Using the job listings feature of the NFB NEWSLINE service, subscribers can set up the search profile and customize the search by radius from a zip code, category, salary range, and can even include a specific search phrase such as entry level, or benefits.

Subscribers can set up multiple profiles (for example, searching in several different geographical areas, or searching for more than one type of employment). They also have the capability to email job listings to their email inbox.

For more information about accessing NFB NEWSLINES job listings feature, or if you would like to sign up for NFB NEWSLINE, you can visit, or call, 866 504 7300, or email

Final Push to Get Space Available Passed in the Senate

By Mark Riccobono

Fellow Federationists:

Last week, Senator Heller from Nevada introduced an amendment to the Senate’s version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to include the same Space Available language that you already helped pass in the House NDAA last month. This is the first time we've ever been able to get an amendment for Space Available introduced in the Senate. This amendment currently has two cosponsors, Senators Tester from Montana and Ayotte from New Hampshire, but we need more support.

Please call your senators and urge them to cosponsor amendment S.A. 4235 to the Senate NDAA so that all veterans with disabilities rated as total can participate in the Space Available Program, not just those injured on or after September 23, 1996. We expect the Senate to begin debating the NDAA next week so time is of the essence for us to build support for our legislation. If we can get this amendment through the Senate, we will only need a signature from the President to end the disparate treatment of our courageous vets in the Space Available Program based on which war they fought in.

The US Capitol switchboard number is:

(202) 224-3121 The fact sheet is available at: If you have any questions, feel free to email or call Derek Manners, Advocacy and Policy Analyst, or (410) 659-9314, extension 2210.

First Timers Guide to the NFB Convention

By David Andrews

For all you first time convention goers, there is now a First Timer's Guide to the Convention of the National Federation of the Blind. It is available in audio, and as a web page. Both versions can be found at:

On the same page is other convention information including the schedule and full agenda.

Habitat Build Service Project at National Convention

By Darian Smith

Federation family,

The National Federation of the Blind Community Service Division is excited to tell you that we, along with Habitat for Humanity of greater Orlando will be offering the opportunity to participate in a habitat build community service project.

This Service Project will be a part of the various activities and events set to take place during our 76th convention of the National Federation of the Blind, and will be unique in that we as blind people from across the nation will be taking an active role in building a home while building up positive attitudes about blindness.. .

this off-site project is scheduled to take place on June 30 and is tentatively scheduled to run from approximately 7 am to 2:30 pm (including travel time), with transportation to and from the project site to be provided by the Community Service Division.

This project has a limited capacity of twenty participants. Interested persons should contact Darian Smith at by June 9, should they have any questions or should they wish to reserve a spot for themselves.

Contest for Braille Readers

The Onkyo Braille essay contest is administered by the National Federation of the Blind for the North America/Caribbean Region of the World Blind Union. Essays must be written in Braille and in English or their author's native language and must be completely original. Entries should be no fewer than eight hundred words and no more than one thousand words.

The contest is divided into two groups of competitors--one junior group, aged twenty five and under; and one senior group, aged twenty six and above. Prizes range from $500 to $2,000. All essays must be received by June 30, 2016. Visit,

for more information and an application.

The BELL Ringers are Here!

By Amy Porterfield

The Arizona 2016 NFB BELL Academy has begun, and the mood is high. This year we have 21 bell ringers ranging in age from 3 years old to age 13. Our festivities began with an open to all work party as chapter members and BELL mentors working side by side to prepare all the materials the teachers needed to run their fun and enriching bell instruction. What could be better than music, pizza, jokes and braille among friends. Our Bell mentors spent several days refining their non-visual skills and learning all the ropes of the art of role modeling from a kid's perspective.

We began our BELL academy on Memorial day, and spend time with our President Kresmer who is known for bringing our bell ringers happy meals on their first day. Our bell ringers decorated their canes, and learning shades, performed science experiments, played extremely high energy games, and so much more. As we end our first week. All bell ringers are traveling around the campus using their learning shades and canes, reading braille, and encouraging each other to hold high expectations and challenging each other. More information on our Bell academy coming in the next newsletter. Stay tuned.

D E S Announces Privatization of Arizona Industries for the Blind

The Department of Economic Security (DES) lauds the passage of SB1411, the privatization of the Arizona Industries for the Blind as passed by the Legislature and signed by Governor Ducey. The Arizona Industries for the Blind (AIB) is a rehabilitative services program that has been operating under DES since 1973, but has been self-supporting since the mid-80s. More than seventy-five percent of its direct labor workforce is legally blind. The transition of Arizona Industries for the Blind (AIB) to a private nonprofit will best position AIB to fulfill its mission of creating, sustaining and improving employment opportunities for people who are blind.

“On behalf of the Department of Economic Security, I’d like to thank Governor Ducey and members of the Legislature for support of this legislation,” said Director Tim Jeffries. “This is a huge win for our colleagues at AIB. The transition will allow them to grow and continue providing much needed employment and training services to individuals who are blind, assisting them towards self-sufficiency. I could not be more pleased.”

“The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry is extremely pleased with the adoption of legislation to move the empowering services of Arizona Industries for the Blind to the private non-profit sector,” said Glenn Hamer, president and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry. “Governor Ducey, Director Jeffries and the Legislature deserve tremendous credit for this important reform that will position Arizona’s visually impaired citizens to better improve their access to needed services and training that will lead to upward mobility. This is an accomplishment to be proud of.”

Arizona Industries for the Blind provides employment and training opportunities for Arizonans who are blind. AIB is market-driven and technology enabled, providing products and services to military, government and commercial customers. AIB operates under the AbilityOne Program and is an affiliate of National Industries for the Blind. The complete transfer establishing AIB as a private nonprofit corporation will take effect July 1, 2017.

“Seventy percent of working-age Americans who are blind are not employed and we need to change that,” said General Manager Richard Monaco. “Arizona Industries for the Blind has been a self-supporting enterprise fund within DES for many years, and this is perfect timing for a new beginning. AIB will continue to be a model for the community, demonstrating that there are no limits to what a person who is blind can do. AIB greatly appreciates the many years of support from DES.”

The NFBA Will be Calling You

By Amy Porterfield

The NFBA Membership committee is working alongside our chapter presidents in an effort to update all our member information. We want to be sure we not only have all the right information for all our members, but we also want to be sure you have access to all the resources the NFB has to offer. In the next month you will be receiving a quick phone call just to check in and connect with you and offer information or support. If you don't hear from us in the next month or two, please feel free to contact me at 520-396-8707 or email me at WE want to be sure that none of our members are forgotten. WE are looking forward to talking with you.

Do I Hear $10, or How About $15?

By Debi Chatfield

More items added for this year’s auction, so check them out and lend us a hand by letting us know what items you will be donating as well!

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’ve 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 brought to the convention and delivered to either Debra Smith, or the Auction Committee.

· 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 are the items we have up for bid at this year’s auction. Hurry, and send in your descriptions so we may add them to our auction page! Don’t forget! Send them to:

Blue Tooth Wireless, Mono Pod Selfie Stick
Donated by Debi Chatfield

Supports iOS and Android devices
180 degree adjustable frame. Fits most Smart phones
Brand new, never used.

Sony Speaker System
Donated by Patrick Hamblin

3 years old, but gently used.
Cost $350. Has 4 speakers and can hook up to a TV, Cable Box, or DVD player. Awesome Sound!
Minimum bid is $125.

Levi Strauss Brown Jacket
Donated by Patrick Hamblin

Size Medium. Brand new. Jacket has one inside pocket on left side and two small pockets on outside, upper chest.It also has a hood, and is very warm. A cross between a heavy jacket and a Windbreaker.
Minimum bid is $50.

Black Hills Gold and Silver Earrings
Donated by LaDonna Rocher

These beautiful dangle earrings were purchased in South Dakota at the price of $55. The gold was also mined there in the Black Hills. These earrings are for someone with pierced ears.

Autographed Hits and Hymns CD by Jimmy Fortune
Donated by Debi Chatfield

Country music Hall of Fame singer and songwriter, Jimmy Fortune, performs some of his classic Statler Brothers hits, in addition to top Gospel hymns. The album, which features unique collaborations with country and Gospel music’s top artists, including Vince Gill, The Isaacs, Dailey and Vincent, The Oak Ridge Boys, Ricky Scaggs, the Gaither Vocal Band and the Whites, was released in August, 2015. Songs include, “Elizabeth”, “Amazing Grace”, and “How Great Thou Art”. This CD was autographed by Jimmy in March, 2016 during his performance at the Mining Camp Restaurant in Apache Junction.

George Foreman Grill
Donated by Debi Chatfield

George Foreman GRV80, Lean Mean Fat Grilling Machine measures 10 inches long by 9 inches wide. Includes, exclusive fat removing design, George tough, non stick coating, power indicator light, dishwasher safe drip tray, and print owner’s manual. Grill is approximately 4 years old, but has never been used. Grill plates are not removable.

Pepper Mill and Salt Shaker
Donated by Debi Chatfield

See through, acrylic and stainless steel salt shaker and pepper mill, measuring 7 inches tall. Received two as a gift, so auctioning one set.

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, The Promise


Written by Robert Crais

Read by Jack Fox

Reading time 8 hours, 6 minutes
Genre: Suspense Fiction, Mystery and Deetective Stories

PI Elvis Cole is hired to find Amy Breslyn by her concerned colleague. Amy, who is grieving the murder of her journalist son by a suicide bomber,disappeared with company money and her explosives expertise. Elvis's first lead sounds benign but turns into a murder scene. Violence and strong language. 2015.
Download The promise

Book #2, Dewey: The Small Town Library Cat Who Touched the World


Written by Vicki Myron and Bret Witter

Read by Mitzy Friedlander

Reading Time 8 hours, 27 minutes

Genre: Animals and wildlife.

Spencer, Iowa, public library director Vicki Myron describes finding a kitten in the book drop in 1988. Named Dewey Readmore Books, by library staff, the feline became an increasingly famous mascot over the next nineteen years. Myron also discusses her divorce, single parenthood, breast cancer scare, and love of librarianship. Bestseller. 2008.
Download Dewey: the small-town library cat who touched the world

Choosing an Alarm Company for Your Home or Office

By Robert D. Sollars

If you are like many homeowners, or apartment dwellers, you receive numerous solicitations for buying or leasing an alarm system. And even if you have an alarm system, you will still get these offers.

If you have never had an alarm, and you think you need one, what do you do? Who are you going to ask about them? How accurate are the books in the library about what you need? Will the alarm company tell you the truth and are they reputable? Will they do the job correctly and not try to sell innumerable upgrades and things you do not need?

1. who can you ask? This is fairly simple, ask your friends who have alarms in their homes. If they are satisfied with everything, then contact that company and go from there.

2. after you have settled on a couple of contractors to get bids from, you need to ensure that they are registered with the Arizona Registrar for contractors and the Better Business Bureau. Check to see if they actually have a license to install security equipment, and secondly if they have any complaints against them. Some complaints may be trivial and others may give you pause to eliminate them from your list.

3. Do they install the system themselves or do they contract it to another company, of which you are not sure about. If not, then do not let them do it until they are checked out.

4. Do not let them sell you something you do not need. They may brag that they are the experts, but, they are also salesmen. They will attempt to sell you items you do not need. For example, a camera for your front door, even though you live alone and are blind.

5. Whether you are visually impaired or not, it is a good idea to have someone else read the contract, especially the fine print. Some contracts require you to keep the alarm for years or pay a massive cancellation fee. Others will add incentives which will cost you money but not add anything to your safety and security. Always be aware of the fine print. Have them explain it in detail if you do not understand it.

Most people need audible alarms on the doors and windows, and many of those alarms can be combined, so as not to have too many in your home. Even a home with numerous doors and windows can save on the installation costs. If you have a friend who is handy with a screwdriver and wrench, then purchase a self installation alarm. Usually, these kits come with everything you need to install and setup an alarm system and the cost is negligible compared to having a company sell and install for you.

7 Great Google Features You Probably Do Not Use

Submitted by Barbara MacPherson

According to a recent report , by the time you read this sentence, an average of 2.3 million Google searches were conducted. No doubt, Google is our go-to resource. We use it so much that "Google" has become a verb as in, 'Just Google it. There's more you can do with Google than merely finding an article, products for sale or websites. Here are seven Google tricks you'll use time and time again.

There are a slew of travel sites including CheapTickets, Expedia, Hotwire, Kayak, Orbitz, Priceline, and Travelocity that help you book flights, hotels and vacations. But, when you want an uncluttered and simplified way to find a flight and check prices, head over to Google Flight Search . Google Flight Search gives you quick access to information from various airline and travel sites in one place. It shares many of the same features as the other sites such as airline comparisons, rate monitoring, and price trends. Flight Search's beauty, though, is its lack of ads and straightforward approach. For example, if you're flexible with your travel dates, the ticket prices are listed day-by-day on the calendar. I especially like the map displayed on the home page. It shows pricing information at a glance for destinations you might be interested in visiting. Go ahead, while you're booking that business trip, take a moment to daydream about seeing the sunset from the Space Needle or the Eifel Tower. Booking is easy. Just select the flight you want, and follow the prompts to purchase your ticket.

Note: Having a great online tool isn't the only thing you need to get a great price on tickets. Click here for a secret formula that shows if you're paying too much for airfare .

Not everything you do on Google has to be completely practical. Sometimes you just need a break, and puzzles and building blocks are a great way to challenge your mind while recharging your battery. And if you have kids in the house, show them this. They'll love it. The free online Lego builder browser extension works with Chrome and Firefox, and allows you to build models out of Legos. The models are saved to the cloud, where you can share them and see models that others have created. It's a slew of fun. Just tell the kids you're trying it out before you let them take the reigns. Click here for a video tutorial and a download link to the browser extension .

Let's say you're wondering what time it is in New York, London or anywhere else in the world. Just type 'What time it is in [location]? for an instant answer.

You can also ask Google what is the time difference between any two cities pretty much covering the world.

Google can also help you stay on schedule. Type "Set a timer for [x] minutes," and Google will pop up a timer. There's a handy stopwatch to the right of the timer window.

When you are wondering if it is better to fly or drive somewhere, type the phrase, "How long does it take to get to [destination]? Google provides the approximate drive time including any road construction or delays.

Whether you're a frequent traveler, or trying to learn a new language, Google can help you overcome language barriers. The Google Translate function is integrated right into the regular Google search, so you don't even have to visit another page. To translate with Google, type "translate" in the search bar. This will bring up two boxes in your search results. The box on the left is for the language you'd like to translate from, and the box on the right will show the results of the language you'd like to translate to. There are tabs above each box that let you choose from a list of more than 100 languages, including common languages like Italian, French, Russian and Spanish, and even lesser known languages, like Icelandic. My son, Ian, is learning Mandarin, and uses Google Translate on his iPad to write out the characters and listen as the words are repeated back. And I love using the Google Translate app whenever I travel out of the country. One of the app's most useful features is its ability to scan printed words and translate them instantly. Perfect for restaurant menus, venues and street signs! Click here to learn more about the Google Translate mobile app.

When you're wondering how many calories are in a particular meal, type, "How many calories does [food item] have? and Google will tell you the answer. It also includes details such as portion sizes, and additional ingredients that are factored in to the overall calorie count. Use it to also compare the calorie count of different foods. For example, imagine you're out having drinks with friends, but don't want to go overboard. Go ahead, ask Google, "Which has more calories wine or beer?

If you thought Google Earth was great, then this is going to blow your mind. You can step off of our planet and into the universe with Google Sky . Instead of searching locations on this planet, you look at outer space using images from different telescopes, probes and satellites. It works similarly to Google Earth. You can search for items in the search bar at the top and Google Sky will show you the most recent images of the stars, planets and galaxies you are looking for. The tool also includes showcases at the bottom of the page to direct you to popular and interesting parts of the map, like images from the Hubble Telescope and shots of our own Solar System. In addition to the basic map, you can look at infrared and microwave images of space. You can also look at a historic map of the stars made by Giovanni Maria Cassini in 1792! For fun, overlay these different images on top of one another to see how they compare.

If you're searching for answers, you want to find the fastest (and most accurate) results possible. You don't have time to sift through pages and pages. To get better results, here are a few secrets. One of the easiest tricks is to place your search terms between quotation marks. This tells Google to search for that phrase exactly, instead of searching for those keywords anywhere in an article. When you're looking for something on a particular website, you can begin that search right on the Google home page. There are a few ways to do this. The first way is to type the website name in the address bar, followed by a colon. Next, hit the spacebar and type your search term. For example, ' smartphone battery tip'. Another way to do this is to include the website name along with your search term such as ' smartphone battery tip'. Either of these options will limit Google's search to find content on the specific website. If you're looking for information between a certain date range, you can find faster results by including two periods between the dates themselves. For example, 'top rock bands 1960 .. 1980'. Using these tricks will help you pinpoint the information you need without wasting your time on content that barely meets the criteria of your search.

On the Kim Komando Show , the nation's largest weekend radio talk show, Kim takes calls and dispenses advice on today's digital lifestyle, from smartphones and tablets to online privacy and data hacks. For her daily tips, free newsletters and more, go to:

Read This Before Taking a Facebook Quiz Again

By Kelli Uhrich

We know it's tempting. You've seen that quiz going around that all your friends seem to be taking. It's a personality quiz, and that's right up your alley. But, wait a second. Before you take it, you might want to think twice.

Just last fall there was a scary quiz going around on Facebook that wound up being a scam. The quiz was called "Your Most Used Words on Facebook," and the scammers were using it to collect data about Facebook users. Birth dates, hometowns, which school users attended and where they worked - these were all the particulars that the scammers were able to collect through this seemingly innocent quiz. If you missed the full story, click here for all of the details.

We get it. These quizzes are fun. We all enjoy taking them, but they can also have a negative effect on your privacy. Just like the example previously mentioned, developers of these Facebook quizzes could use them to access the details listed in your Facebook profile, including: your religion, sexual orientation, political affiliation, photos, groups you're part of, events you've attended and more.

Even if you're not a big quiz taker yourself, you probably have Facebook friends who are. And, in some cases, when your friends take or share a quiz the developers could gain access to the details in your profile. Now that's scary.

Hiding in plain sight:

It's important to point out that, in most cases, people who take these Facebook quizzes actually give the developers permission to access this information without even knowing it.

The thing is, some people get so excited about the quiz itself that they forget to read the fine print. If you look closely, just above the "Allow" button is a statement that says, "Allowing [quiz name] access will let it pull your profile information, photos, your friends' info, and other content that it requires to work." And just beneath the "Allow" button is a statement that says, "By proceeding, you are allowing [quiz name] to access your information and you are agreeing to the Facebook Terms of Use."

But how often do you stop to read through the Facebook Terms of Use? Or any disclosure statement, for that matter?

Beyond the disclaimers that are mentioned by the developers, Facebook also includes the following disclaimer on its Privacy Update page:

"When you use third-party apps, websites or other services that use, or are integrated with, our Services, they may receive information about what you post or share. For example, when you play a game with your Facebook friends or use the Facebook Comment or Share button on a website, the game developer or website may get information about your activities in the game or receive a comment or link that you share from their website on Facebook. In addition, when you download or use such third-party services, they can access your Public Profile, which includes your username or user ID, your age range and country/language, your list of friends, as well as any information that you share with them. Information collected by these apps, websites or integrated services is subject to their own terms and policies."

That last sentence is really scary. "Subject to their own terms and policies," is Facebook's way of warning you that third-party developers may have a different set of rules that they follow.

This is why it's extremely important that you always read that fine print to see exactly what it is you're agreeing to.

It's safe to say that not all of the quizzes you see on Facebook are proven scams. In fact, many of them are legitimate quizzes that are fun and harmless. But keep in mind, scammers are hoping their scams won't stand out, which is what makes them so difficult to spot. Here are some additional ways scammers use quizzes to trick you.

Like Farming:

Data collection isn't the only thing scammers are after. Quizzes are often used in a scam called "Like Farming," where scammers create a piece of click-worthy content, then swap it out for something else once the post has gone viral. Click here to see how Like Farming works, so you won't fall for it.


Scammers are smart when it comes to hiding malicious code in places you wouldn't suspect, and quizzes are prime targets. Links, images and other elements within these quizzes may be laced with viruses that can infect your computer, phone or tablet.

How to Protect Yourself:

Be aware: Quizzes are one of the easiest tools fraudsters can use because they're so popular. They spread rapidly as people share them. With that in mind, be skeptical of any quiz that shows up in your feed. Look into it first, before you participate.

Keep your privacy settings tight:

If you haven't updated your Facebook Privacy Settings in a while, it's a good idea to check them out now. Under "Who can see my stuff?" click "Friends," or, "Only me." It's also a good idea to review your Activity Log and edit posts you've been tagged in.

Remove details from your profile:

Facebook asks you all sorts of questions when you set up your profile, but that doesn't mean you should answer them. In fact, less is more when it comes to what you share, since much of your profile information is automatically public. Your profile photo, for example, can be seen by anyone. So can other details you list, such as where you went to school, where you grew up, where you work, etc. Click here for five critical details you should never share on Facebook, even if you're asked to.

When in doubt, play it safe:

If you're not sure whether or not a quiz is safe, it's probably best not to click on it.

East Valley Chapter Member Wins National NFB Scholarship

By Megan Homrighausen

Hello Federation,

I would like to announce that our own member from the East Valley Chapter of Arizona, Garret Mooney, has been chosen to win a National Scholarship through the National Federation Of The Blind. He will be receiving his award on July 5, during our banquet festivities at the National Convention this year.

Garret Mooney sure made an impression on the National Federation Of The Blind Of Arizona in 2012, when he joined as a new member. Since then he became president of the student division and became nationally known.

Garret is not one to quietly sit back and do nothing, if he does not agree with something. He is always asking questions and trying to understand the situation better. Garret is our East Valley representative on our legislative committee as well. Yes, Garret has been active in speaking with our legislators about issues of concern for the National Federation Of The Blind. He has guided other affiliate members to help in this effort as well. If there is anything you need done, Garret will always try to help if he can.

Not only is Garrett a great advocate for the National Federation Of The Blind and students around the country, he is just an amazing person all the way around!

Here is to you James Garret Mooney! It has been extremely hard to put into words how proud the East Valley Chapter is of you! You are going to do great things and we will be there for you every step of the way!

Calling All Teens!

By Debi Chatfield

Calling all teens!

A brand new summer event called, Teen Talk, has arrived on

Come in and say hello to other teens all over the world, and make some friends along the way. We discuss unlimited topics, from school topics to technology, to science and everything in between. So log in, , share a laugh, and hang out with your new friends. Note, this event is designed for teens under the age of 18 years old. Teen content, discussions, and games are on the agenda every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 3:30 to 5:30 PM eastern time! To sign up for the site and meet new friends, go to:

and fill out the request for membership form under the, “Become a Member” link on the home page. The membership is free, and all you need to participate is a microphone. The fun begins on Wednesday, June 15, so hurry and sign up soon!

Happenings in Tucson

By Amy Porterfield

For the Month of May, The Tucson Chapter held its annual pick nick on May 7th. Our festivities were multi-generational as always with games for the younger members that consisted of water balloons, Three armed Cane Races, and other inventive games. Our 2016 NFB BELL Academy mentors all attended, and played right along with our future bell ringers both in and out of our jumping castle. Our barbecue masters Kresmer and Donald Porterfield served up hamburgers and hotdogs. and sides salads, deserts and other dishes were all prepared under learning shades as part of the training for BELL mentors and SAAVI camp life coaches. We also had live music, and a fabulous time was had by all.

For our June Chapter meeting, WE combined our regular meeting with an ice-cream social to welcome parents of our 2016 NFB BELL Academy students. For a change of pace, Our officers and board members advocated our positions for the day to some of our younger members Who assisted with running the meeting, making motions and general management of the business at hand. We all suspect a Coup d'éta. A great time was had by all

New Location for East Valley Chapter Meetings

By Megan Homrighausen

Starting the 3rd Saturday in June, the East Valley Chapter will be meeting at the Mesa Public Library, from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM. The library is located at 64 East 1st Street in Mesa, 85201. Our first meeting will be held in the Board Room of the library. From there after we will be meeting in the Saguaro Room, which is at the same location.

This month, Saturday, June 18, we will be talking about National Convention! We are excited to announce that we have 10 members who are registered to attend the 2016 National Convention this year from the East Valley! We will all be there to support the efforts of the National Federation Of The Blind. We will also be showing our support for our own National Scholarship winner, Garret Mooney, who is from our East Valley Chapter. We are so excited for him!

For our meeting on July 16, we will have guest speaker, Ron Brooks, who works hand in hand with Valley Metro and the Dial a Ride system to talk to us about the new regional Dial a Ride, going in effect on July 1. If you have any questions concerning Dial a Ride, or if you have feedback for Ron Brooks, please feel free to join us. You will get a lot of information out of it.

Writing in the Dark

By Robert D. Sollars

The regularly scheduled meeting of Writing in the Dark writers group was conducted on June 6 at the Arizona Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired, (ACBVI) located at 31st &Roosevelt in Phoenix. The group was specifically formed to help blind writers gain the necessary knowledge so they may publish their work.

This month our guest speaker was Jen Wolfe, of Wolfe Creative, in Phoenix. She discussed the writing & editing process and the difficulties of each. She took questions about the process and was very helpful in our journey towards getting everyone in the group into publication. Her 30 years of experience shined through brightly and she illuminated many questions and doubts that we had. She gave us a lot of practical applications for writing & editing issues.

Writing in the Dark is dedicated to giving information that will get its members published and driving its members towards that goal in any way possible, including educational items, experience, guest speakers, reading of individual writings, as well as writing exercises.

The next meeting will be at the ACBVI office on August 1 at 4:30 PM.

If you wish to become involved & participate, please call me at, 480 251 5197.

Healthy Choice, Healthy Living, Finding Your Space

By Lawrence MacLellan

Hello everybody, hope you are all well. This month I would like to chat about making a special place in your home to exercise, to become healthier and to learn new skills. This place is your floor, and the first thing you need to do is to find that special place, and from now on that will be designated as the place where you can improve your health.

Now you may have to move some furniture or rearrange your living space to accommodate this but I am sure it can be done.

Often people will say that they don’t have any exercise equipment, don’t have any room to exercise, don’t have time and don’t know how to exercise. Well the first place to start is to create your own gym, your special place, your very own home health club.

Now what can I do in this space you may ask? With the help of a friend you can learn how to stretch, maybe learn about yoga, how about using your own body weight for resistance exercise like push ups, planks, crunches, squats, calf raises and maybe even Pilates.

How about dancing or just moving your body to music? Meditation is another idea to calm the mind and it is good for relieving stress.

All of the above are things that you can do with a little floor space and the first step is to ask for help. Keep adding new things to your routine and it won’t take long before you have a great exercise program.

Now that computers are so accessible for us, we can find lots of ideas to start with.

Keep a record of what you’re doing and keep adding to it.

Your first exercise could be to move your furniture and make that special place.

There are people that will not be able to do this because they may be in a wheelchair or using a walker or have other restrictions. However you could see a physiotherapist to see if they can set you up with exercises that will benefit you.

After you have your floor space, there is a simple test to see where you are as far as what kind of shape you are in. Lie down on your back and try to get up into a standing position without using your hands or arms. Don’t be alarmed if you can’t do it, you are not alone.

We do a lot of sitting around, especially now that we can access computers. You may have heard the quote “sitting is the new smoking”? And there is another quote that I recently heard that I like, “exercise is the new medicine”.

It’s up to you, only you can show up, only you can make that space in your home, only you can make the time to do something about your health and finally, it’s only you that can see the results.

Until next time , enjoy your space

The iPhone Touch ID Sensor

By Rita Howells

Rita’s iDevice Advice

the Touch ID sensor on the iPhone can work with more than one fingerprint and the other fingerprint can be from someone else such as a spouse. You can use up to five different fingerprints with the Touch ID sensor that comes with certain iPhone and iPad models, so one of those fingers could be from a spouse. Apple's support site does warn, 'Each new print might make fingerprint recognition take slightly longer,' and keep in mind that certain circumstances require the numeric passcode instead of Touch ID to unlock the device. Opening the Touch ID & Passcode controls in the iOS Settings is one of those situations where you do need to enter the four- or six-digit numeric passcode for the device. Once you tap in the number to unlock the Touch ID & Passcode settings, scroll down to the Fingerprints section and tap the Add a Fingerprint option. The next few screens guide you through placing the new finger on the Touch ID sensor in several ways so the fingerprint information is collected and stored on the phone. By default, the fingerprints will be listed as Finger 1, Finger 2 and so on in the settings, but you can name them something more helpful by tapping an entry and typing in a new name on the next screen. (You can also delete a fingerprint here if needed.) If you have not renamed the fingers yet, you can see which one is listed under what name by placing a finger on the Touch ID sensor; iOS highlights the name in the list that matches the digit. Press the Home button to close the iOS Settings app when you are finished adding and editing fingers. Make sure your spouse also knows the iPhone's passcode. Those numbers are needed after the device restarts, if a fingerprint is not recognized after five tries, or if the phone has not been unlocked in 48 hours.

The Recipe Box, Tuna Salad Sandwiches

By Debi Chatfield


2 cans, (6 ounces), tuna packed in water

1 medium stalk, celery

1 small onion

½ cup, mayonnaise

1 teaspoon, lemon juice

¼ teaspoon, salt

¼ teaspoon, pepper

6 to 8 slices, bread


Drain tuna. Dice celery into small pieces measuring approximately ½ cup. Peel and dice onion into small pieces measuring approximately ¼ cup. Combine tuna, celery, onion, lemon juice, mayonnaise, salt, and pepper in medium size bowl. Mix well. Spread mixture onto sandwich bread.

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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.

Harrison Tu

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Grins and Groans - The Usual Endings

Submitted by Bob Kresmer

What did the hotdog say when he crossed the finish line?

I am the weiner!

How do you keep a bagel from getting away?

You put lox on it.

Why do birds fly south for the winter?

Because it is too far to walk.

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