AS WE SEE IT, Summer 2009, Lighthouse of the Big Bend Newsletter Articles in the issue: 1. It’s Summer (Transition Program) Time! 2. Meet the Board: Jamie Ito 3. Florida Disabled Outdoors Association Activities 4. Mobility Tips: Using Cardinal Directions 5. Top Ten Ways To Go Green & Save Money 6. Practical Tips for Living 7. How Many Copies Did You Get of This Newsletter?! 8. Save the Date! Dining in the Dark: 10/18 9. Lighthouse Summer 2009 Classes 10. Frequently Called Numbers 11. About Lighthouse of the Big Bend 1. It’s Summer (Transition Program) Time! Starting June 8th, the halls of the Lighthouse will be filled with teenagers, here for the Summer Transition Program. For the next two months, these students will learn to be active participants in their world, gaining career awareness, independent living skills, social skills, and self determination. As a part of the program, the students will participate in mock interviews, weekly work experiences, and a community service project at Second Harvest. They will learn assistive technology skills through blogging, home management skills when cooking at the Lighthouse and at the new FSU daily living skills lab, and they will be exposed to recreational activities through participating in exercise classes—and even horseback riding. Some students will experience the beach for the very first time when the group visits St. George Island! To create awareness about blindness and the Summer Transition Program, it will be the subject of Dr. Liz Holifield’s National Public Radio show named 411 Teen. It airs on WFSU 88.9 from 2-3pm on Sundays, and our show will most likely air on Sunday, July 18th. Dr. Holifield will interview a panel consisting of three Lighthouse staff members, a Summer Transition Program student, a parent and a college student who is visually impaired. At the end of the program (to demonstrate the skills they learned throughout the summer) the teens will be conducting a fundraiser at Bruster’s Ice Cream on Wednesday, July 22nd from 7-9pm. They will be taking your orders and serving ice cream. There will be a live band playing on the deck. The transition students will keep 25% of the profits and 100% of the tips made that night. This will give them the opportunity to use their skills to plan and budget for a trip with the funds they raise. The FSU Visual Disabilities program will be on hand to educate folks about blindness. Please tell your friends and come support the transition students on July 22nd! 2. Meet the Board: Jamie Ito I am Jamie Ito and have been a board member of Lighthouse of the Big Bend for just over one year. I originally learned about the Lighthouse (at that time FIRE) through a co-worker at my old job with the Florida Department of Health. My co-worker, who had been a supporter for a number of years, invited me to attend Dining in the Dark with her. I was amazed at the experience of eating dinner in complete darkness with only my senses of sound and smell to guide me. I realized how my senses all work in harmony – it was difficult to trust what I heard or smelled without the accompanying sight to which I was accustomed. At about the same time as my first Dining in the Dark experience, my very good friend Jeff English began working at the Lighthouse. He couldn’t say enough wonderful things about the organization and a little over a year later recommended me for a vacant position on the board. I was glad to become involved and am thankful for the opportunity to be a part of such a great group of people. My first experience with individuals with vision loss was as a young child when my dad, a social worker with the Unites States Department of Veterans Affairs, worked in the Visual Impairment Services of the VA in Pensacola. I recall an occasion when the coordinator of the program came home with him. He had lost all of his vision when he was shot in the head during the Vietnam War and I marveled at his ability to navigate our home with the use of a cane. I currently work as an attorney at the North Florida Center for Equal Justice, a legal services office based in Tallahassee. We represent indigent citizens primarily in housing and consumer law cases. My organization has a number of visually impaired clients with legal issues ranging from disability discrimination to unfair lending practices. In one case, my organization compelled a local county government to repair a badly damaged sidewalk along a street where an apartment complex houses individuals with disabilities. The residents had complained for months that they were forced to drive their wheelchairs in the street because of the condition of the sidewalk, but had no response from the county officials. In another case, my organization is fighting to save the home of an elderly gentleman with vision loss from foreclosure. Our client was given and signed loan documents that he could not read because of his vision loss, and misled about the terms in the documents. Many of our clients are referred to us by Legal Services of North Florida, our “sister organization.” My husband Marc and I both attended the FSU College of Law and enjoy hanging out with our two and a half year old son, Max. Max was born with a cleft lip (which was repaired when he was three months old). My experience with Max’s birth defect has led me to become a supporter of a number of organizations such as the March of Dimes and the Smile Train, which trains doctors in developing countries to perform cleft repairs on children who otherwise would not have access to such surgery. I am happy to be a member of the Lighthouse Board and look forward to watching the organization grow and evolve. 3. Florida Disabled Outdoors Association Activities Do you ever find yourself just sitting around the house with not much to do? Why don’t you consider some activities with the Florida Disabled Outdoors Association (FDOA)? Each month the FDOA is helping to coordinate ongoing activities in our community. We would encourage you to come and participate. If fear or uncertainty is a barrier, please call one of the staff members at 201-2944 ext. 3 to help overcome those barriers or to express your leisure interests. All events or activities listed below have no charge. FISHING, Hands Helping Anglers, Saturday, June 13—FREE Enjoy fishing provided by volunteers with the North Florida Gulf Fishing Club (NFGFC), Tallahassee Northside and Capital Rotary Clubs. The event includes lunch and transportation. You may bring an assistant with you. Please register ASAP by calling 850-201-2944 ext. 3. SAILING clinic, Saturday, August 22 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm @ Shell Point—FREE Come out and see if this sport might be for you; no prior experience necessary. Please pre-register by August 19 at: kcarter@xxxxxxxx or 850-201-2944 ext. 3. TENNIS, Every Monday 6:30 pm @ Jake Gaither Tennis Courts (801 Tanner Drive)—FREE Up - Down Tennis practice; Wheelchair Tennis Champion, Suni Patel, will help you learn to play! Contact Suni Patel at Sunil4fsu@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx POWER SOCCER—FREE; Power soccer excitement and interest keeps stirring! Power Soccer is the first competitive team sport designed and developed specifically for power wheelchair users. Contact David Lowe for more information at 850-544-2037. 4. Mobility Tips: Using Cardinal Directions Implementing the use of cardinal, or compass, directions in your mobility adventures can enhance the efficiency and reliability of your routes. The term cardinal direction refers to the directions north, south, east or west. When a traveler is learning to use cardinal directions, a compass is a useful tool. Compasses are available in multiple designs for accessibility to people with all degrees of vision loss. A compass will provide the most accurate reading when a traveler stops walking and positions the compass flat in the palm of the hand and perpendicular to the front of the body. In addition to Braille and print or tactile compasses, talking compasses are also available. Using cardinal directions can assist a traveler in problem solving when he finds himself off-course. Cardinal directions provide the traveler a means to concretely describe her current location or desired location. The use of cardinal directions in street travel is also invaluable. While traveling on sidewalks through city blocks or neighborhoods, knowing your direction of travel and the street intersections you will encounter can help determine your progress and estimated time of arrival. A traveler can even use cardinal directions without a compass. Learning the direction traffic flows on specific streets (i.e. north to south, east to west) will enable the traveler to analyze his or her position in relation to the flow of traffic. For example, a traveler might begin a journey at the corner of Copeland and Jefferson, going to Kleman Plaza. However, the traveler could be uncertain of the specific address. From previous experience, the traveler knows that Kleman Plaza is between two streets with traffic flowing in opposite directions. The first two intersections the traveler encounters has traffic flowing in two directions. The next intersection has traffic flowing one way, going south. The traveler can now anticipate arrival at Kleman Plaza and that then, the next intersection would have traffic flowing one way, going north. A traveler who uses cardinal directions as part of daily mobility will experience the success of effective problem solving and the resolve that s/he knows where s/he’s going and where s/he’s been. 5. Top Ten Ways To Go Green & Save Money 10. Unplug your appliances when you are not using them; many actually still use energy when they are supposedly off. 9. On long trips wrap your favorite food in aluminum foil & place on the engine of your vehicle—ready to eat upon arrival! 8. Switch to energy-efficient fluorescent light bulbs when your old incandescent bulbs burn out… &/or dine in the dark! 7. Buy locally grown produce from the farmers of this area or even better, start your own garden. 6. Plant a drought-tolerant shade tree for your home. 5. Defrost food before cooking, as cooking from frozen uses twice the electricity; also turn off your oven 10 minutes early as ovens retain enough heat to finish the cooking. 4. Car pool to the grocery store with friends and make a day of it. Buy in bulk and split it up. 3. Skip the bottled water and drink our high-quality tap water from the faucet in a reusable container. 2. Borrow from libraries instead of buying books or movies. 1. After a bath or washing dishes, bathe your pet or offer the water to neighborhood children for water balloons or slip-n-slide! 6. Practical Tips for Living Cleaning artificial flowers: Pour some salt into a paper bag and add the flowers. Shake vigorously and the salt will absorb the dust and dirt, leaving your artificial flowers looking like new.~ Bess Bradley Easy mixing: Use a ziplock bag to mix anything! For example, put flour and chicken in a plastic bag and shake them together to put on flour. You can put eggs, onion, green pepper, cheese, etc. in a bag and shake it all together to make an omelet. ~ Sally Benjamin Slick solution: Instead of measuring cooking oil use solid shortening, it won’t spill. ~ Elizabeth Bowden 7. HOW MANY COPIES DID YOU GET OF THIS NEWSLETTER?! The Lighthouse now has one new mailing list for the whole agency, combined from many different lists. We attempted to delete duplicates, but you may still be on the list more than once — or if you had asked to be off the list, you may mistakenly be back on it. Please let us know and we will correct the mistake—and our apologies. 8. Save the Date! 5th Annual Paula Bailey Dining in the Dark: Sunday, October 18, 5-8pm, University Center Club The 5th Annual Paula Bailey Dining in the Dark event is a unique dinner to raise awareness about blindness and raise funds for the local non-profit serving the blind, Lighthouse of the Big Bend (formerly FIRE.) We are honoring Paula Bailey, a former client and Board member, who was both blind & deaf from meningitis, and passed away in 2005. Experience food, drink and conversation as you may never have before – without your sight. Your other senses are stimulated to savor the smell, taste and texture of your dining experience. This year we will have an exciting new menu, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team will once again wait on you with their night vision goggles, and after dinner the Paula Bailey “Inspirational Community Member Award” will be presented. We have eight opportunities for you or your business to receive some publicity and partner with the Lighthouse to support our work in assisting people who have lost their vision: Scholarship: $55 * Reserve a ticket for someone who can’t afford to go. à la carte Angel: $100 * We will thank you in our event program. Table for Eight: $600 * You will receive tickets for a private, named table of eight. NEW! Table for Ten: $700 * You will receive tickets for a private, named table of ten. Silver Spoon: $1,000 * You will be recognized in two ads in the Democrat, on Lighthouse’s website, newsletter, and on event signage. * You will receive a framed certificate of appreciation. (Plus all the benefits above) Gold Goblet: $2,500 * We will name one monthly Computer Class that takes place in the coming year in your honor. (Plus all the benefits above) Platinum Platter: $5,000 * We will name one weekly Independent Living Class that takes place in the coming year in your honor. (Plus all the benefits above) Diamond Dining: $10,000 * Your contribution will be recognized on the event’s annual award and we will guarantee a photo of the presentation in the Tallahassee Democrat. (Plus all the benefits above) Simply send in your donation, or donate online at www.lighthousebigbend.org through Guidestar & Network for Good. Thank you! 9. Lighthouse Summer 2009 Classes Braille Class: Every Wednesday, 9:30am-3pm Computer Class: 1st Fri. & last Saturday of month, 10am-2pm Dog Guide Group: 3rd Thursday of each month, 5:30-7pm Independent Living Class: Every Friday, 10am-3pm Perry Braille: Every Tuesday, 10am-3pm (in Perry) Summer Transition Program: June 8 - July 30, M-Th, 9am-3pm 10. Frequently Called Numbers 211 Big Bend (24 hours) 211 Dial-A-Ride 891-5199 DBS 245-0370 800-672-7038 Elder Care 921-5554 Lighthouse of the Big Bend 942-3658 Insight Support Group 878-1923 Magnifiers & More 671-3936 Medicaid 921-8474 Octopus Club 894-9025 Project Insight 24-hr Helpline 1-800-267-4448 Senior Center 891-4000 Talking Book Library 1-800-226-6075 VA Low Vision Clinic 878-0191 ext. 2086 Yellow Cab 580-8080 11. About Lighthouse of the Big Bend 1286 Cedar Center Drive Tallahassee, FL 32301 Phone: 850-942-3658 Toll-free: 1-888-827-6063 Fax: 850-942-4518 Email: info@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Lighthouse of the Big Bend provides free services to individuals who are visually impaired or blind in Franklin, Gadsden, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lafayette, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Suwannee, Taylor & Wakulla Counties. Lighthouse Board President: Norris Coster Vice President: Lynda Breen Treasurer: Evelyn Sewell Secretary: Jamie Ito Members: Sharyn Davidson Norine Labitzke Sila Miller Kim Peaden Elizabeth Ricci Fred Sanguiliano Susan Whaley, OD Lighthouse Staff Executive Director: Barbara Ross, ext 201 Assistant Director: Evelyn Worley, ext 203 Assistive Technology: Liz Bowden, ext 214 Data Entry Specialist: Joyce Warner, ext 213 Early Intervention: Jennifer Crowder, ext 202 EI / O&M Specialist: Amanda Bernath, ext 216 Independent Living Supervisor: Jeanine Kane, ext 215 IL Specialists: Roderick Palmer, ext 209 Eva McElvy, ext 205 Toni King, ext 211 Transition Specialists: Shannon Carollo, ext 206 Amanda Kan, ext 208 Sharon Scherbarth, x 206 Billy Badeau ext 206 Vocational Services: Wayne Warner, ext 210 Check out the TABI resource web page at http://acorange.home.comcast.net/TABI to unsubscribe send a message, containing a subject line of the word unsubscribe, to tabi-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx if you'd like to unsubscribe you can do so through the freelists.org web interface, or by sending an email to the address tabi-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word "unsubscribe" in the subject.