[tabi] Re: Fw: ACCESSIBLE WORLD CLASSROOM OF THE AIR PRESENTS dDR. TERRI HEDGPETH, NOV. 16, 2010

  • From: "Allison and Chip Orange" <acorange@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 11 Nov 2010 19:41:10 -0500

Darla,

what a thoughtful and useful set of skills!

I hope whatever group there is for those seeking employment gets to hear
about this; these are great skills for helping you to learn about presenting
yourself.

great find Darla!

Chip
 

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Subject: [tabi] Fw: ACCESSIBLE WORLD CLASSROOM OF THE AIR PRESENTS dDR.
TERRI HEDGPETH, NOV. 16, 2010

, 2010 3:22 PM
Subject: ACCESSIBLE WORLD CLASSROOM OF THE AIR PRESENTS dDR. TERRI HEDGPETH,
NOV. 16, 2010


> News Wire:
>
> Dr.Terri Hedgpeth, Director, Disability Resource Center, Arizona State
> university will give us a presentation on socializing at a party.  She
> outlines her presentation below for us to consider.
>
>
>
> Working A Room: Why is it important and what are some helpful tips?
>
>
>
> Learning to "work a room" be it at a friends party or a large function at
> your work place, is an important skill to have or learn even more so today
> then in the past for people who are blind or visually impaired. I  say 
> this
> because more and more people who are blind are turning to social 
> networking
> sites for their social interactions and as a place to meet others. Once 
> one
> finds a site that they are able to utilize with a degree of comfort, it is
> easy to slip into the comfort zone of visiting with friends where you 
> don't
> need to worry about what you are wearing, how you look, dealing with all 
> the
> disability related questions and the whole curiosity factor.
>
>
>
> First step begins long before the day of the event arrives.
>
> You need a "mirror." you know, one of the human variety. One you can 
> trust.
> Later, you may find someone else, or several someone elses to serve in 
> this
> capacity. But find one to help for now.
>
> You need a human mirror that will be honest with you, and tell you things
> they might not consider telling you or other friends otherwise. Offer them
> lunch on you, or perhaps a Starbucks card in exchange for giving you a 
> hand
> in the following tasks.
>
>
>
> Seriously consider having them come over and go through your clothes in 
> your
> closet, to identify garments that are soiled, dingy, worn looking or torn.
> Then have them assist you with matching tops and bottoms together for
> complete outfits. Don't forget your shoes in the sorting.
>
>
>
> If you can afford to do so, get this person or another friend you can 
> trust
> on taste in clothing, to go shopping with you. Don't forget some 
> second-hand
> stores can yield some real bargains in nice quality clothing. A more
> affordable option for many of us.
>
>
>
> If you are carrying around a few extra pounds, don't make the mistake of
> wearing and or buying clothes that are a little tight on you. Such clothes
> make you look bigger, and no matter how nice the clothes are, if they do 
> not
> fit right, they will not be attractive on anyone. That is why it is
> important to have someone you know  who will be honest with you and tell 
> you
> things you may not enjoy hearing. You will have to reassure the individual
> that you will not feel bad and that you need them to be honest and direct
> with you about how something looks.  As people who are blind, it is so 
> easy
> for us to default to the comfortable old t-shirts and deans or God forbid,
> sweat pants.
>
>
>
> Now, I have to share with you what many people say to me at this point. 
> "if
> someone doesn't like me the way I am, then they can go find someone else 
> to
> be friends with." Or something like that.
>
>
>
> To that I ask how do you feel about someone who has really bad breath or
> B-O? Or someone who makes nonverbal noises all the time such as snorting
> flehm up into their mouth; sniffling all the time; making loud smacking
> noises while eating; maybe slapping their hand on their leg while they 
> talk
> to imphasize points in their speech; or so on. Can you honestly say you do
> not judge these individuals who make a cacophony of noises?
>
>
>
> If you are like most people, you do, and that is how people who are 
> sighted
> feel about people who don't dress appropriately or have other annoying
> habbits.
>
>
>
> So, make sure you know what the proper attire is supposed to be for the
> event you'll be attending and have your outfit ready to go ahead of time.
>
>
>
> Don't forget your hair, whether you are a guy or gal, make sure your hair 
> is
> clean and combed or brushed into an attractive style.
>
>
>
> If you are a gal, and want to wear lipstick or makeup, have someone check 
> it
> for you before hand. You don't want to look like a raccoon, or have 
> lipstick
> on your teeth.
>
>
>
> I only wear lipstick and I always wipe my teeth with a tissue before I 
> leave
> the house or after reapplying lipstick.
>
>
>
> Next, find out what you can about the room where the event will be held.
> This is not critical, but you will probably feel a little more at ease if
> you have an idea how many people are expected, room size, furniture
> arrangement, and if you are arriving to the place by yourself, how to get
> from arrival point to the door of the room.
>
>
>
> Furniture: is there tables and chairs? Just chairs? Sofas and chairs? 
> Stand
> at tables?
>
>
>
> Now comes your big entrance into the room.
>
> VERY VERY important! Do not allow someone to shuddle you to a chair to sit
> and . well, wait for people to come to you.
>
> Working a room is done on the move. You will likely encounter a few kind
> soles that want to help you find a seat, even though no one else is really
> sitting. Just say, with a smile on your face, no thank you, I am going to
> rome around and see who is here. Then just do that. Walk around slowly in 
> a
> "meandering" style, and stop at clusters of people here and there and 
> listen
> to see what they are talking about. If that particular topic does not 
> sound
> interesting to you, just casually move on. If someone from a group says 
> "do
> you need any help?" Just say no thank you, just hanging out. Gage the
> conversation to see if it is more public and not a private one before you
> join in. You will most likely find some conversations that are closed and
> not intended for others to join in. Just move along to the next cluster of
> people.
>
>
>
> Remember, facial expression is important. If you walk up to a cluster that
> are talking about weather, politics, an accident someone saw on their way 
> to
> the gathering, you probably don't want a big smile on your face. A big 
> smile
> in such situations interrupts the flow of conversation and communicates 
> that
> you are wanting something and looking for an opportunity to cut in and ask
> something like "where is the hostes?" practice a neutral but friendly
> expression. Find one that is somewhat natural and comfortable to you 
> though.
>
>
>
> Presenter: Dr. Terri hedgpeth
>
> E-Mail: terrih@xxxxxxx
>
>
>
> Hosts: Ruth Ann Acosta, Sherry wells
>
>
>
> Date:  Tuesday, November 16, 2010
>
>
>
> Time:  6:00 PM PST, 7:00 PM MST, 8:00 PM CST, 9:00 PM EST,
>
>           and elsewhere in the world Monday 2:00 GMT.
>
>
>
> Approximately 15 minutes prior to the event start time; go to
>
> TheAccessible World  Classroom at:
>
> http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rs0f1c528bd81b
>
> Or, alternatively,
>
>
>
> Select The Classroom at: www.accessibleworld.org
>
> Enter your first and last names on the sign-in screen.
>
>
>
> If you are a first-time user of the Talking Communities online 
> conferencing
> software, there is a small, safe software program that you need to 
> download
> and then run. A link to the software is available on every entry screen to
> the Accessible World rooms.
>
>
>
> All online interactive programs are free of charge, and open to anyone
> worldwide having an Internet connection, a computer, speakers, and a sound
> card. Those with microphones can interact audibly with the presenters and
> others in the virtual audience. To speak to us, hold down the control key
> and let up to listen. If no microphone is available, you may text chat 
> with
> the attendees.
>
>
>
> Accessible World uses News Wires, like this one, to inform people of the
> topic and times for the many Discussion Groups on Accessible World. The
> lists are announce only to keep the traffic to a minimum. You can join the
> Accessible World Announce List, the Tek Talk Announce List or the Sports
> Talk Announce List by completing the form at:
> www.accessibleworld.org/mailinglists
>
>
>
> Accessible World Contacts:
>
>
>
> Robert Acosta, Chair
>
> Accessible World
>
> 818-998-0044
>
> Email: boacosta@xxxxxxxxxxx
>
> Web:   www.helpinghands4theblind.org
>
>
>
> Marcia Moses, Events Coordinator
>
> Accessible World
>
> 734-495-1496
>
> Email: mgmoses@xxxxxxxxxxx
>
> net
>
>
>
> Steve Hoffman, President
>
> Talking Communities
>
> Email: steve@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
>
>
>
> The Accessible World, a division of Helping Hands For The Blind, a 
> 501(c)(3)
> not-for-profit organization, seeks to educate the general public, the
> disabled community and the professionals who serve them by providing 
> highly
> relevant information about new products, services, and training
> opportunities designed specifically to eliminate geographic and access
> barriers that adversely affect them
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> From: Bob Acosta [mailto:boacosta@xxxxxxxxxxx]
> Sent: Sunday, November 07, 2010 1:16 PM
> To: Terri Hedgpeth
> Subject: Re: Accessible World Presentation - Can You Meet to Discuss on
> Tuesday?
>
>
>
> Hi Terri,
>
> please send me a news release ASAP or we just can't move forward at this
> time.  I can meet you at 9 am California time on Tuesday, but without a
> press release, I can't do much.  Let's see what Sherry thinks here.
>
> Bob
>
> ----- Original Message ----- 
>
> From: Terri Hedgpeth
>
> To: Sherry Wells ; Bob Acosta
>
> Sent: Sunday, November 07, 2010 11:40 AM
>
> Subject: RE: Accessible World Presentation - Can You Meet to Discuss on
> Tuesday?
>
>
>
> Hello Sherry and Bob,
>
> I would be happy to meet with both of you Tuesday. Would it be convenient
> for you if we change the time to Tuesday morning at 10:00 Mountain 
> standard
> time? I believe with the time change today that would be 9:00am for Bob. I
> don't know what state-city you are in Cherry. I am in Arizona and we don't
> change our clocks, so now we are on Mountain time.
>
> Looking forward to visiting with you both.
>
>
>
> From: Sherry Wells [mailto:sdwells@xxxxxxxxxx]
> Sent: Saturday, November 06, 2010 7:03 PM
> To: Terri Hedgpeth; Bob Acosta
> Subject: Accessible World Presentation - Can You Meet to Discuss on 
> Tuesday?
>
>
>
>
> Hi Terri,
>
> I work with Bob & Ruth Ann Acosta on arranging / hosting Classroom of the
> Air on Accessible World.  I understand you will be giving a presentation 
> on
> Working the Room on 11/16.  Would you be free for a short call next 
> Tuesday
> 11/9 at 2:00 PM Central Time to discuss your presentation?  If not, is 
> there
> any other time on Tuesday you could meet?  Please let me know what works
> best for you.
>
> To meet, we will use a conference number.  Just dial the number below then
> punch in the passcode when prompted.  Looking forward to talking with you
> and especially to hearing your presentation!
> Thanks!
>
> Conference #:  218-844-3388
> Passcode:  090807
>
> Regards,
> Sherry Wells
>
>      "Bob Acosta" <boacosta@xxxxxxxxxxx>
>
>      10/31/2010 12:32 PM
>     To
>           "Terri Hedgpeth" <terrih@xxxxxxx>
>
>            cc
>
>
>            Subject
>           Re: responding to your voice mail
>
>
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>
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>
>
>        hello Terri,
> i shall call tomorrow at work.  I will need a press release soon as we 
> need
> the time to prepare a news wire. Bob
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: Terri Hedgpeth
> To: boacosta@xxxxxxxxxxx
> Sent: Sunday, October 31, 2010 9:37 AM
> Subject: responding to your voice mail
>
> Hello Robert,
> I was crazy busy Thursday and Friday with our VRATE conference. I am the
> co-chair of the conference and so there are always little things to attend
> to at the last minute.
> www.vrate.org
> Anyway, please feel free to give me a call today on my cell or tomorrow on
> my work phone 480-727-8133
> I absolutely agree it is not to early to talk about the presentation.
> Talk soon.
> Terri
>
>
>
>
>
> Robert Acosta, President
> Helping Hands for the Blind
> Email: boacosta@xxxxxxxxxxx
> Web Site: www.helpinghands4theblind.org
>
> You can assist Helping Hands for the Blind by donating your used computers
> to us. If you have a blind friend in need of a computer, please mail us at
> the above address.
> 

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