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THE CACTUS COURIER
Vol. 1, No. 3 Monday, July 12, 2010
Tour Policy and News
ONLY persons who purchase tickets through ACB registration may participate in ACB tours. No one will be permitted to join a tour at the tour site UNLESS they have purchased a ticket through ACB and UNLESS they have made prior arrangements with Michael Fulghum, ACB Tour Coordinator.
Some tickets are still available for the following tours: Hall of Flame and Phoenix Rock Gym (today), Foundation for Blind Children and Chase Stadium (tomorrow), Blind Services and Cerreta Candy Tour 2 (Wednesday), Heard Museum and Air Force Museum (Thursday), and Arizona Casino (Saturday).
Warmly Welcoming Our International Guests
The International Relations Committee would like to extend a special welcome to our international guests. Please be sure to leave your contact information at the Information Desk before noon tomorrow so that the committee can welcome you in a special way. We would also like to encourage you to join us tomorrow afternoon at 3:30 for a wonderful program.
Reminders for Guide Dog Users
Relief areas are located on the first and second floors. You may wish to use the first floor area in the mornings, as it is much closer to the elevators.
Here are some do's and don't's for convention week:
DO take your dog out regularly and often. This will help prevent indoor accidents.
DO pick up after your dog. Trash receptacles are located near each relief area.
DO take your dog with you when you go to meetings, events, or just out to visit with friends. If you must leave your dog in your room, be sure to put him or her on leash. Remember that housekeeping is not required to clean rooms with unaccompanied dogs, and that dogs left alone sometimes engage in excessive barking.
DO notify the hotel guest services immediately by dialing 0 from any house phone if your dog has an indoor accident, or if you become aware of an accident.
DON'T allow your dog to drink from the ice bucket or get on the bed in your room.
Thanks for your help and cooperation in making this a great week for all dog handlers and their dogs.
Meet the ACB Radio Show Hosts is at 9:00 p.m. this evening in 3041, not 8:00 p.m. as printed in the program.
Get Your Tickets Now!
Tickets must be purchased today at registration for the following events: BRL breakfast, AAVIA lunch, BITS lunch, FIA lunch, VIVA lunch, and the Voices from Around the World reception. Tickets will not be available for these events at the door.
Monday Café Specials
Today is Maxi-Aids Monday at the Café. Turn in your Maxi Money coupon from your registration bag to receive $1.00 off any purchase at the Café.
Today's hot item at the Café is cheeseburgers. What a great day to have lunch at the Café!
Every day at the Café you'll find pastries, bagels, muffins; salads and sandwiches; yogurt and fruit; granola bars, chips, power bars and cookies; coffee, tea, soft drinks and bottled water.
$9 brown bag special each day at lunch includes a sandwich, chips or fruit, and a beverage; pick one up as a quick meal option on your way from general session to afternoon meetings and seminars or tours.
The Café is open from 8:00 to 4:00 every day in Encanto B. Credit cards or cash accepted.
Youth Activity Center
The YAC opens today in room 444 at 8:15. YAC directors Gabe Carejo and Nicole Crawford are there to greet parents and help sign in kids. Parents must accompany their children to the YAC that morning to sign permission slips and complete necessary information.
The YAC is open each day from 8:15 to 5:00. Breakfast, lunch and light snacks are provided. Parents should pick up kids promptly at the end of the day. The YAC is also open Friday during the banquet.
Today's schedule includes movies, Wii games, swimming, and a trip to the Phoenix Rock Gym. Make sure your child brings swimsuit and towel, sunscreen, and any needed medications and instructions.
Tomorrow YAC will spend the day at Amazing Jake's in Mesa. 9,000 square feet of indoor fun - bowling, laser tag, an arcade, bumper cars, an unlimited buffet of great kid things to eat, and much more.
Kids will go on trips every day; they may want some spending money for souvenirs or extra snacks. They should also bring swimsuits and sunscreen every day in case there is time for some pool fun before or after field trips.
YAC registration is required, and your child needs to have a YAC ticket for each day. Registration is $10, and daily tickets are $10 each. Purchase YAC tickets at registration in Deer Valley on the second floor.
How to Make the Most of Your SRC
The Rehabilitation Issues Task Force invites you to its session this afternoon at 1:30 p.m. in Paradise Valley. The topic: “Making the Most of Your State Rehabilitation Council.” It costs $5 at the door, and is sponsored by VITAC.
HumanWare will host the following events during the 2010 ACB Convention:
Today from 5:30-7 p.m.: BrailleNote Apex: Introducing the thinnest and most versatile notetaker & braille display. Learn what's new in KeySoft.
Tomorrow from 5:30-7 p.m., Stream and Breeze: Reading and Navigation in the Palm of your Hand. Learn about new GPS travel features of the Breeze and the newly released SoftPak for the Stream, supporting EPUB, MP4, enhanced Audio and docx formats.
On Wednesday, July 14th from 5:30-7 p.m., Communication and Reading on the Go: Learn about Oratio for Blackberry smart phones, the Intel Reader and portable low vision devices that help you read where you go!
IVIE Breakfast, Expo and Other Events
Besides our networking breakfast today, the Independent Visually Impaired Enterprisers invites you to visit the IVIE Expo tomorrow afternoon from 4 to 7 in Maryvale B. Visually impaired business owners will be selling their products and services, which include technology, accessible signs, braille greeting cards, books, and health and wellness products. On Wednesday we’ll hold the IVIE luncheon. Speakers include Earlene Hughes (ACB webmaster) on accessible shopping carts and Debra Boehlken on scams, shams, spams and deceptive business practices. She is from the crime prevention resource center at the Arizona Attorney General’s office. See you there!
Come to Today’s RSVA Awards luncheon!
Kirk Wilkinson is a member of the National Speakers Association and the author of the bestselling book, “The Happiness Factor: How to Be Happy No Matter What!” His presentation style includes audience interaction, great stories and humor and has received rave reviews.
Having been abandoned by his mother, laid off, experienced financial setbacks, and survived cancer, he knows what it is like to be kicked in the teeth and why it can be the best thing for you. Audio products sold at the luncheon.
Circadian rhythm sleep disorders in totally blind people
Total loss of light perception prevents synchronization of circadian body clock rhythms to the 24-hour day leading to cyclic insomnia and daytime napping. The causes of this sleep disorder and possible treatment options will be presented and discussed.
Room: Laveen A
Time: Tuesday, July 13, 6:30 p.m.
NIB is giving away your choice of an iPad, iPhone or iBill. Register at booth 23 in the exhibit hall.
ACB-HSP will hold its business meeting and program tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. in Laveen B. Starting at 2:00 p.m. there will be a panel discussion with Andrew Baracco, Paul Edwards and Darian Slayton Fleming on Career Options in the Human Service Professions. Then, at 3:30 p.m., Pam Shaw will discuss The Coaching Advantage. What is coaching? Can a coach help you achieve your career goals? Is coaching a career option for you?
On Wednesday, July 14th in Laveen B, ACB-HSP and AAVL are co-sponsoring a presentation on Keeping Young by Getting Involved. Pam Shaw and Darian Slayton Fleming are the presenters. At 5:30 p.m., we will host a networking social in 443 ($10, $15 at the door).
Calling All Radio Amateurs
Meet fellow hams throughout convention week on 147.480 simplex. Come join ACB Radio Amateurs Thursday afternoon for our annual meeting at 1:30 in North Mountain, located on the second floor. In addition to our program and business meeting, we will hold a raffle open to licensed hams for a Woxoun dual-band hand-held transceiver with speech output. Tickets are $5 apiece, and will be sold at the door. The drawing will be held at the end of the meeting.
My Big Fat Greek Restaurant
Been across the street to the mall yet? No? Check out My Big Fat Greek Restaurant. You get a 15 percent discount when you wear your convention badge.
If you run across a volunteer wearing an orange shirt outside the hotel, ask for a 15 percent off coupon to 1130 The Restaurant.
Cold Stone Creamery
Craving ice cream? Wander across the street to the Cold Stone Creamery. Wear your convention name badge to get 10 percent off your ice cream.
Home of Quality Braille
Braille Quick Reference Guide: $10
XM Channel List, one-year subscription: $25 (convention price)
Brailling available on request. Please call us in room 2829, or visit us at the IVIE Expo on Tuesday between 4 and 7 p.m. After the convention, call (781) 254-9829, or e-mail us at jennco.productions at verizon.net. Convention prices good through the end of July.
In Dog We Trust
Guide Dog Users of California is proud to be back with our “In Dog We Trust” T-shirts. They are white with blue lettering and have a pocket on the front. There is a paw print just above the pocket that has GDUC written on the paw. Sizes are limited, so get them fast! Shirts are $10 each. Call Mary Beth Randall in room 2314, or at (559) 224-7999 after convention to order shirts.
Soothe Your Chocolate Cravings
For sale: plain chocolate and chocolate walnut fudge, $1 apiece. Coffee crisp bars, 75 cents each. Aero bars, 50 cents each. Scotch mints, $1 a bag. Contact Josette in room 1114 for more information.
We Want to Give You a Brand-New BookSense!
New participants in the Monthly Monetary Support Program, and all current participants who increase their contributions by $5 or more per month, will be entered in a drawing for a BookSense. All new participants will also receive a free FM Scanner radio. Just go to the MMS desk next to the information desk, which will be staffed each day from 11 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. starting Sunday. If you have questions, call Ron Milliman at (270) 996-7356. We can even arrange to meet you at your convenience.
FROM OUR SPONSORS
Technology that moves you.
Mobile Speak screen reader using text to speech technology
Alternate billing – Braille, large print or audio
Go to att.com/accesstheworld for more information.
Or call the AT&T National Center for Customers with Disabilities (NCCD):
Voice calls: 1-866-241-6568
TTY calls: 1-866-241-6567
Adobe Systems: Proud sponsor of the
2010 ACB National Conference and Convention
HumanWare: A Stream in your pocket, an Apex at your fingertips, and a Breeze to guide you to the future!
Freedom Scientific manufactures the world’s most complete line of products for vision impairments – visit our booth to learn about our newest products - JAWS® with Research It, the Focus 40 Blue wireless Braille Display, the ONYX (TM) Deskset XL, and the PEARL (TM) camera with OpenBook (TM) software for instant scanning and reading.
REGAL ENTERTAINMENT GROUP
We are proud to offer Open Captioning and Descriptive Audio at our theatres across the country. These services are available on nearly 200 screens nationwide and we continue to work on additional solutions to increase access with our conversion to digital projection systems.
Proud Sponsor of the 49th Annual ACB Conference & Convention
Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic (R), a national, nonprofit organization, is the leading accessible audio textbook library for individuals with visual and learning disabilities.
Visit RFB&D's Booth:
- Spin to Win FREE portable DAISY player and hundreds of other prizes
- Learn about FREE* individual membership
* This project is supported by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, Grant #H327D090001.
"I just thought I was stupid … I found a love for learning through recorded texts." – Monty Anderson
Employment Choices for People Who Are Blind
Every day, National Industries for the Blind's associated agencies located across the country are training and employing people who are blind or visually impaired in a wide variety of careers including:
- Contract Management Support (CMS) Services
- Knowledge-based computer jobs
- Professional and managerial positions
For tomorrow's leaders, NIB's Business Leaders Program provides on-the-job experience, training, and professional development opportunities.
For more information about opportunities in your area, visit www.nib.org.
Beaman Metal Company, Inc.
Have a great ACB conference in Phoenix! You can save and recycle your aluminum cans, in your area, for dollars to keep your chapter healthy.
Get more independence with the easy to use Jitterbug J cell phone:
- FREE U.S. based Operator Assistance – Friendly operators can update your phone book, look up phone numbers and place calls for you (5 minute connection fee waived for those with low vision)
- FREE Voice Dial makes calls by just saying name
- Familiar dial tone confirms service
- Large buttons with raised guides on the 5 button for easy dialing
Maxi-Aids Booth Show Special 7/10-7/15:
Buy the Jitterbug for ONLY $49.99 - $50 savings!
Plus, FREE Leather Case, Lanyard & Car Charger with activation - $50 value!
The communication center is grateful to Star Continuous Cards for its donation of braille paper. Star has supplied the paper for the convention newspaper for many years, and is a great resource for continuous braille paper. The company has manufacturing facilities near Philadelphia to produce its paper, and can supply your braille paper needs. White paper is available, as are pink (cherry), green, yellow (canary), blue, manila, and orange (salmon) papers. Sizes include 8 ½ by 11, 11 by 11 ½, and you can choose unpunched, 19-hole punched (for GBC binding), or 3-hole punched. Star can ship your braille paper order as free matter for the blind or via UPS. For more information, visit www.braillepaper.com or phone 1-800-458-1413.
Upcoming ACB Cruises
Oct. 17-24: the Carnival Splendor to the Mexican Riviera. Depart from Long Beach, CA and travel to Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, and Cabo San Lucas. Cabin with private balcony, $1,049 per person.
May 7-15, 2011: the Carnival Freedom to the Panama Canal. Depart from Ft. Lauderdale, FL and travel to Cozumel, Limon (Costa Rica) and Colon (Panama). Inside cabin, $1,067; ocean view, $1,187; private balcony, $1,357.
All rates are per person based on double occupancy and include port charges, taxes, and gratuities. Rates subject to change without notice and are subject to availability. For reservations, call Dave Kronk at (618) 409-0143, or e-mail dkronk at htc.net. Stop by booth 4 for more information. Hope to see you on one of our cruises!
Is Your Dog Stressed Out?
Massage can help keep your guide dog relaxed and focused despite hectic convention conditions. Even dogs accustomed to a busy life can find the frantic pace, crowds of dogs and canes, irregular schedules, complicated routes and tired and distracted handlers a bit stressful. Why not relieve some of that tension with a restorative massage?
Carla Campbell is a professional canine massage therapist. 10- to 15-minute massages are available in the GDUI suite Sunday afternoon and every morning for $20. For longer sessions or appointments at other times, call (650) 678-0884. Carla looks forward to helping your dog help you!
NIB Focus Groups
National Industries for the Blind (NIB) wants to hear from you. NIB is conducting a series of employment focus groups from Monday afternoon through Tuesday afternoon. The goal of these focus groups is to help NIB understand your employment needs and aspirations and ultimately improve employment opportunities for people who are blind.
Each group includes fewer than 10 participants and lasts about an hour. Light refreshments will be provided. If you would like to participate in one of these focus groups, please contact Rebecca Bridges at (703) 655-2474. All information provided is strictly confidential.
CCLVI’s New Scholarship Program
Six magnification devices (CCTVs) were donated to CCLVI by four low vision aid suppliers and provided to six low vision students through a scholarship application process. The project is a memorial to Dr. Samuel M. Genensky, founder and first president of CCLVI, who died in 2009. See our ad in the convention program for more details.
Handmade Lap Quilt
The Alamo Chapter of Texas is raffling off a handmade lap quilt. Tickets cost $1 each, or $5 for 6 tickets. Call (210) 884-7778 for more information.
Learn computer applications without leaving your desk. Learning on-line through carrolltech.org is the easiest way for computer users who are blind to learn Microsoft applications with assistive technology. Ideal for students, professionals, teachers and/or family members. Beginner and advanced courses offered. Courses combine text, videos and assignments for real hands-on instruction. Take the first 2 lessons of any course for free! Most courses are $150 or less. Try our FREE Online Public Access Catalog in use at more than 50 percent of the nation's Braille and Talking Book libraries. Visit www.carrolltech.org and sign up today!
Get Healthy with Yoga
Healthy bodies live happier lives! Don't procrastinate about your health. Beginning Yoga for the Blind and Visually Impaired is an inspiring five-CD set produced by Gretchen Hein, a certified Kripalu yoga instructor, and Marty Klein, a blind author and workshop facilitator. The goal of the series is to help blind and visually impaired folks use yoga to reclaim and sustain strong, flexible bodies.
More and more blind folks are enjoying the yoga package. Remember, you are worth it!
CD packages are available at the convention store. You can also order on line at www.blindyoga.net. Any questions? Call Marty, (845) 679-7532.
Used Computers Can Be Valuable Tools
"Windows to the World" is the name Lee Hansen calls his one-man operation of restoring used computers and donating them to people who are blind.
To prepare the computers, he removes unnecessary programs and any remaining personal information. Then he installs JAWS and makes an audio CD containing basic operating instructions.
He delivers these computers to needy recipients in his local area, and is seeking funding to ship them to others. He estimates the cost to ship one computer is about $30; he challenges all attendees to donate $1 to further this work.
To donate computers, arrange for a delivery, or to become a sponsor, contact Mr. Hansen at (909) 717-1959 or e-mail windowstotheworldcharity at yahoo.com.
Reading Anytime, Anywhere
Until now, reading the printed page anywhere, any time, has not been possible for blind people. The KNFB Reader Mobile changes all that. This marvelous technology lets you read the things you need to know, when you need to know them. Come to Bay Area Digital in booth 25 to see Ray Kurzweil's latest technology breakthrough. Also, plan to attend one of our in-depth seminars conducted by Michael Hingson, blind World Trade Center survivor and technology expert. Seminars will be held in 3008 today and tomorrow at 1:00 and 3:00. Please RSVP at booth 25 to let us know which seminar you prefer to attend.
Celebration and Praise Radio Gear
Based from the web site, www.celebrationandpraise.com. To see a sample of our products, contact Ellen Nolan at (505) 410-5918.
Have you ever considered starting your own business? If not, why not? Find out how to start. You can also buy quality products and take advantage of various services like home refinancing or help with credit card debt. Find out about my transcription services, too! For more information, contact Jeannette Gerrard in room 2623 or at the IVIE Expo on Tuesday afternoon. After convention, call (202) 363-4635 or e-mail jeannette.gerrard at comcast.net.
Products for Sale
For sale: Olympus digital recorders and accessories, telephone recording devices that even work with cell phones, voice-activated GPS systems, talking Bibles, combination braille and talking watches, talking blood pressure monitors, braille and print salt and pepper shakers, accessible computer games, communications courses, job readiness tests, books and more! For more information, contact Carla Hayes in room 2623 or at the IVIE Business Expo Tuesday afternoon from 4-7 in Maryvale B. After convention, call (724) 941-8184.
First-Timer Needs Help
Suzanne Whalen is attending her first convention, and needs help from a reliable individual to guide her walker or wheelchair. She will need this person throughout the day, every day, to assist as needed. Contact Suzanne in room 914.
Minnesota Daily 3
It’s time to start thinking about the American Council of the Blind of Minnesota (ACBM) Daily-3 fund-raiser. By purchasing a ticket you will have ten chances to win $100! You can purchase a ticket for $20. When the 2-digit number on your ticket matches the last two digits of the Minnesota Daily-3 lottery number, in the order drawn, you will win $100. You have 10 different chances to win starting on Aug. 11, and ending on Aug. 20. Contact Janet Dickelman at the Sheraton, or call (651) 428-5059.
The Seeing Eye …
Transforming challenges into opportunities, obstacles into victories, and Seeing Eye dogs (R) into partners in life's triumphs.
Find out how lives are being transformed every day:
- Visit our booth for a simulated Seeing Eye dog walk with one of our instructors.
- Speak with a graduate about his or her experience as a student at the Morristown, N.J. campus.
- Discover the exceptional follow-up support that graduates of The Seeing Eye are offered.
- Learn what it means to be part of The Seeing Eye family.
New this year -- check out the Seeing Eye merchandise (gifts, apparel and more)! We look forward to your visit to The Seeing Eye booth!
TracFone Wireless, Inc.
TracFone Wireless is Proud to Support and Honor the American Council of the Blind at their 49th Annual Conference and Convention.
We wish you continued success in your efforts to improve the well-being of all blind and visually impaired people.
We are the largest prepaid wireless service provider in the U.S. offering an off-the-shelf, prepaid wireless service.
We have millions of active subscribers.
We have no contracts, credit checks, monthly bills, security deposits, or age restrictions.
For more information, visit www.tracfone.com.
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