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the saavi insight a client run publication Issue 3; January 2015



Wow! We have made it to the third issue and we are just continuing to grow. With the new year will come many new things and the saavi insight will be there the whole time. Our client advice columnist, though changing through the coming years, will always remain anonymous. This will give questioners a stronger feeling of anonymity themselves. Ask Eyesa is a great source of answers and advice on a myriad of blindness related subjects. And just as you could send your questions to Eyesa at the email address of you could also send any suggestions or concerns to the same address. They will get forwarded to the proper person. If you would rather send your questions through hard copy you could put them in the suggestion boxes that are found in the lobby of your particular saavi. If you ever have something you would like to see in The Insight or perhaps you have something you would like to contribute for consideration; contact me at ****All who know Becky will understand her passion. While reading the below story, without considering the danger she put herself in, let’s all applaud her ability to truly advocate for herself and to stand up for her rights. No one will take advantage of this girl just because she is blind.**** Almost Lost to Me by Rebekah Gilbreath When I looked back and you weren’t there; I thought I had lost you forever. Worn out from another long day at saavi, I sat at the bus stop waiting to go home. While gossiping with the other students I received a phone call. Trying to keep the sweaty phone pressed up to my ear suddenly the bus pulled up. Not only was I worn out from the day but now everything is happening at once. Everyone jumped on the bus before I even got a chance to think. I stayed on the phone rummaging through my backpack looking for my bus pass. I found it! Turning around; still on the phone, I saw them running towards the street corner. The anger and frustration I had built up inside from who-knows-what had suddenly found its way out. The person on the other line heard nothing but silence as I had no desire to speak anymore. Confused and enraged, I ran towards them wondering if I would ever see you again. They had made it across the street right as the light changed. Waiting for it to change back to green I wondered if I would spare their lives. Pursuing them down the street towards the bank; I lost them. I knew I shouldn’t rely on my eyesight so I began frantically asking anyone on the street if they had seen you. Some ignored me and some even told me to just call the police but I wasn’t going to stop looking, I wasn’t going to give up. Memories and flashbacks fill my mind as I start to wonder if I would ever get you back in my arms again. My eyesight was not doing enough at this point. I saw people; but not you. As I got closer to the street I lost all control, you were there in my view but out of reach. Paying no attention to the cars I ran across the street, came up right behind the old man and ripped you from his clutches. The man stood silent as he had nothing to say about what he had done. I knew I should spare him. He had no desire to fight so I let him live his pathetic life with one more chance. **** ”Just Do It. **** Tai Chi by Melody Taylor When I first heard that the clients at the Phoenix saavi had the opportunity to take a Tai Chi class, I was elated! I had met the Health and Wellness instructor who would be teaching the class, Mike Armstrong, and I knew that he was thoroughly capable of making it an enlightening experience. Mike is very creative with his verbally visual instructions. He is aware of each client and whether they need more encouragement or a strengthening challenge. His patience is from another world. The Tai Chi class, which is 50 minutes long, begins with Band Warming Exercises. Then, Mike verbally explains the first step to us, then the next step and so on. He guides us through the short form to begin with. The short form is as follows; 1. Golden Dragon Spreads its Wings, 2. Dragon and Tiger Come Together, 3. Grasping The Swallows Tail, 4. Wave Crashes to Shore, 5. Snake Covers Tracks, 6. Leaf Falls To Rock, 7. Empty Kick, 8. Empty Punch, 9. Repulse The Monkey, 10. Carry The Tiger Up The Mountain. Although, Mike has no sight, it seemed as though he could see us as we tried each of these moves. He would have 3 to 5 clients in the room trying out each move and he could tell when someone needed a little extra detailed instruction or encouragement. The long form we do is called the Yang Standardized 24 Step Tai Chi Set. We have, also, performed the Push the Mountain into the Sea Chi Gong exercise. After receiving instruction from Mike for a few months, we developed into an amazing flow where we can work through the form with a partner which is invigorating! One of Mike’s students, Tanya Harper, gave this report, “Mike Armstrong is a competent instructor. The class provided me with the opportunity to exercise as well as relaxation, because Mike is so well-versed in the art, he was able to show me self-defense techniques that will stay with me always. I enjoyed the class.” If you have the opportunity to take Mike’s Tai Chi class, as well as his Yoga or Self-defense class, you won’t regret it and you will never forget the experience. ****“There is no mystique to Tai Chi Chuan. What is difficult is the perseverance. It took me ten years to discover my chi, but thirty years to learn how to use it. Once you see the benefit, you won’t want to stop.” – Ma Yueh Liang**** Short Cut Keys by Laurence Stone Tab key = moves through dialog boxes by control Shift tab = move backward through dialog box by control Ctrl tab = move between pages of a multi-page dialog box Spacebar = selected first item in a list, also press a button Backspace = deletes characters right to left and also moves up a level in a folder ****The first mouse was built in 1964 and was officially called the XY Indicator for display systems. It was made of wood and had wheels. The name, Mouse, which is still used in our day, was earned because of the wire coming out of its back end and appearing to be a rodent’s tail.**** Events Calendar: National Federation of the Blind meetings and events; The Phoenix Chapter holds their meetings on the first Saturday of each month at 9:30am at the saavi office. The Tucson Chapter also has their meetings on the first Saturday of the month at the saavi office. They are 1:00pm. Northern Arizona will be meeting at the Flagstaff Public Library at 300 W Aspen, Flagstaff on 31 January from 12:00 to 4:00. This month we will be having a Braille and social media training clinic. Bring your technology and have some fun getting wired. Yuma has made a change in their schedule. This month’s meeting, which is also at the saavi office (GO SAAVI!), will be on the third Monday at 3:00pm. The East Valley chapter meetings are held every 3rd Saturday of the month. They meet at Fiesta Mall from 1pm to approximately 3:30pm. The address is 1445 W Southern Ave in Mesa. To get to the meeting room, enter the mall through the Best Buy entrance on the lower level. Walk straight through to the mall. The meeting room is to the right once you get out to the mall entrance. If you have any questions or can”t find the room, please call Megan Homrighausen at 480-510-6196. They plan to start the year out fresh by getting down to business as well as having some fun. In January, they are going to remember Louie Braille with some trivia and cupcakes. In February, long time chapter members Tony and Tina Sohl will be giving a presentation on the System Access website, , and all the neat things it can do. The meetings will consist of business, news, philosophy, and fellowship. Everyone in the chapter is ready to welcome anyone who has an interest and wants to see what they are about. After the meetings some of the chapter members will meet at Old Chicago to have dinner and talk from about 4pm to about 6:30 or 7pm. It”s something the members look forward to every month. The address to Old Chicago is 1665 S Alma School Rd, Mesa. West Valley will be meeting the first Tuesday of every odd numbered month starting January 6th. They will be eating at The Olive Garden at 2710 West North Ln. near metro center and the time will be 5 to 7 pm If anybody would like to get involved with and learn more about advocacy you could contact Donald Porterfield at and he will keep you informed. Have you ever tried to get a hold of Sun Tran or Sun Van? You likely have the number to call which is (520) 792-9222, but if you want to say something and be sure it is heard it is best to send an email to get a response. The address is For Phoenix Public Transit and Dial-A-Ride, you could contact Maria Hyatt at (602) 534-6765 or send her a note at Dear Fellow Author, Friend, Teacher, or Parent RE: announcement of the Opening of the 2015 NFB WRITERS’ DIVISION WRITING CONTEST It is time for all of you to either…now send in, and/or set down to seriously work on your entries for the annual NFB Writers’ Division’s writing contest. Read the insert below. The annual youth and adult writing contests sponsored by the NFB Writers’ Division has officially opened today, January 1st and will close April 1st. NEW THIS YEAR: 2015, being the Federation’s 75th birthday, the contest will for the first time ever, have a required theme. All submissions will need to somehow incorporate the theme of 75. It does not have to be necessarily about the anniversary of NFB. It could just be the number 75, or perhaps the diamond anniversary, or 75 steps to your destination, or even 75 balloons. Thinking of past entries, 75 aliens would work. Seriously, let your imagination take over. Write the piece you want, just remember to include the theme of 75; this is inspired by the 75 years of the great work that has been happening within, and because of the National Federation of the Blind. Adult contests, poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and stories for youth are open to all entrants eighteen and over. The youth writing contest, poetry and fiction, are to promote Braille literacy and excellence in writing and entries must be submitted in Braille. The contest is divided into three groups, determined by grade level – elementary, middle, and high school. Prizes for contest winners range up to $100 for adults and up to $30 for youth. All contest winners will be announced the first week in July, at the Writers’ Division business meeting during the NFB national convention, held in Orlando, Florida. In addition, a list of winners will appear on our website, All winners from both, the adult and youth contests will be considered for publication in our Division’s magazine, Slate & Style and sent out to all participants. For additional contest details and submission guidelines, go to our website, ****”I Have a Dream” is a well-known speech by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., that we are all familiar with, but who really has ever heard or read the speech in its’ entirety? To find it just go to where you could both read and hear it for yourself. **** Equal Judgments by Eve Sanchez Civil Rights are about more than just having equal rights to go and do as one pleases. It also is reliant on not being judged for a characteristic, life style, belief or heritage alone. Not all Blacks are gangsters. Nor do all Mexicans pick lettuce. All blind people are not casino online helpless idiots and all stylish men do not automatically love show tunes. Unsure of the proper lingo of today, let us say that not all teens of particular interests are rebellious drug users. We do not want to be judged, so why would we justify the judging of others? In the United States of America we say that people are innocent until proven guilty. This should carry over to every part of our being if we are to afford the equality to others that we desire for ourselves. “Judge not lest ye be judged.” Have you ever seen someone on the bus that you thought lowly of without even speaking to them? You judged them by their appearance? Have you ever assumed someone was a terrorist due to their religion? Perhaps you have seen a group of teens riding their boards and thought they were probably drop-outs who were just getting high. In reality, we do not know, and when we are presuming just because of a single characteristic or action, we are assuming to know the whole person presented. We are in essence, taking away their rights to be judged for whom they are and to succeed on their merits. Pigeon Holing is the term. It actually means to give no merit to the individual in question, to put them aside. Once ignored, their rights have been taken. Let us try and honor Dr. King’s dream by not jumping to conclusions and judging others with bias. Let’s give each other equal opportunities and take the time to listen. We may learn something. ****January 15th marks the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and as such, the third Monday of January, has been designated as Civil Rights Day in his honor. Remember that these rights must continue to be fought for so that they are never lost.****

Blindness, Quotas, and the Disadvantages of Civil Rights by Marc Maurer *This is only a portion of the original speech given by Dr. Maurer at Oxford University on February 16th, 2001. You could easily read the piece in its entirety at Is it better for a disadvantaged minority (such as the blind) to have an established law to protect them from the larger society, or is it better for that group and for society as a whole if no law exists? This depends upon the nature of the law, the way it is interpreted, the behavior of the protected minority, and the behavior of society as a whole. If a society decides to discriminate unreasonably, it loses the talents of the affected group. The group singled out for specialized treatment cannot achieve its potential, and the overall capacity of the society is diminished. If the blind are capable, it is in society”s best interest to employ that capability. If doing so requires a law, it is well to adopt one. However, the power of law is restricted; it may set limits on behavior, but it cannot create understanding. The members of society interacting with the minority group must do that. The institution of a law may inhibit this process by establishing a set of requirements which are minimum guidelines. Employers and others may say that they have met the requirements of the law, and they may not be willing to consider anything else. The natural laws of physics say that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. They also tell us that matter cannot be created from nothing. These principles are just as true in social affairs as they are in the physics laboratory. If the disabled demand equal treatment without providing equal service, there will be a shortfall in the equation, and somebody will pay. I fear that the payment will be exacted in the social acceptance of those with disabilities. If only fifty percent performance is required, true acceptance of those who offer it is unlikely. Promotions will not come easily to this group, and even when there is outstanding performance, recognition of it will be inhibited because the inherent expectations will be of only minimal performance. Because the employer will expect less of the disabled than is required of others, this group will always be regarded as inferior. The tragedy is that, if this standard is once put in place, many disabled people will come to believe that it is fair and reasonable. The whole structure of rules and regulations is suggestive of conflict in which fear, confrontation, and reprisal are part of the norm. Confrontation and fear are corrosive. If society permits these attributes of life to become extensive, they will undermine the foundation of our civilization. However, all groups that have achieved first-class status within society have passed through a period of hostility. Even the barons of England confronted King John demanding that a law be established. The law was written during a period of conflict. However, as essential as conflict may be, it cannot solve all problems. There must be a time of consolidation beyond confrontation. If the blind and the otherwise disabled insist that nondiscrimination laws be interpreted to provide equality of opportunity and that the only acceptable interpretation of them is that equal work be a prerequisite for equal pay, our society may achieve a measure of understanding that extends beyond the law. When is it reasonable to demand that civil rights legislation be adopted? When should a group be willing to suffer the disadvantages that come with conflict, confrontation, and the imposition of legal force? Whenever conditions for that group have become intolerable and there appears to be no alternative. The adoption of legislation to protect the interests of a minority implies that many in society are not willing to offer that group equal treatment without the requirements of law. However, it also implies that the minority has the political muscle to make itself heard. It is doubtless unnecessary to observe that those with political muscle get more respect than those without it. The law is a tool; it has the capacity to get attention. However, we must resist the seductive temptation to believe that the law alone is adequate to protect our interests–it is not. We must think beyond law and express our dreams in terms of social acceptance rather than force. The law can help us get a job, but it cannot make employers want to use our talents. It can give us the right to enter a public place or participate in a public program, but it cannot induce our neighbors to want to have us there. It can express our wish for equality, but it cannot make us equal–we must do that for ourselves. We who are blind can dream of a time when we will not be talking of the battles, the demands, or the requirements of law. We are blind, but we are not inferior to others, and we have every confidence that our sighted neighbors will join us and accept us for the capable people we are. ****”Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.**** Pipe Bars by Eve Sanchez Recently in my Access to Technology class I was doing some work on my Victor Stream. I had been practicing downloading Podcasts and was at the moment looking through the menus categorically. There was one word that kept coming up over and over in various titles. That word was “Pipe” and it caused some discussion between everybody who was present. No one knew what that had meant. I started suspecting it was some type of computer punctuation, but it was unfamiliar to all. Google was in order and so I found this webpage that had some interesting tips for both writing and computing. Following is what I found. ~The pipe bar isn’t really a punctuation mark, but it’s still fun to know how to use. Pipe bars look like this: |. Look closely, and you’ll see that it’s not actually a lowercase “L”. Pipe bars are used in UNIX coding. They also work as a division symbol if you’re typing out a math formula. In design, they are often used to space out information on business cards. Find the backward slash (\) key on your keyboard; it should be right next to your “Enter” key. Just hold down shift while you press it, and voila! Pipe bar!~ The site I found this on is and it is worth looking at. There are so many punctuations that we do not think of whether we are writers or technology operators. They are all here in simple language explaining their purposes, how and when to use them, and how to find them on your keyboard. Some of them actually have little tricks depending on your operating system, but I cannot attempt to explain that as most things technological are way over my head. **** “Strength is not born from strength. Strength can be born only from weakness. So be glad of your weaknesses now, they are the beginnings of your strength.” – Dr. Claire Weekes**** Ask Eyesa is a monthly column where questions could be sent. The answers may not come straight from the horse’s mouth, but the advice givers will always try their best. Questions could be about anything, but will usually be blindness related for benefit of all readers. Send queries to the editor at for consideration. Ask Eyesa. Dear Eyesa, I love meat. I love to eat any kind of meat and cannot get enough. Burgers, chops, steaks, roasts, whatever. The problem is that since I have lost my vision I am scared to cook it. How do I know if it is done? I want to be safe. Can you help this carnivore? Signed, Seeing Red Dear Seeing Red, Cooking meat to the proper temperature is important for safety as well as enjoyment. There are many tips that will help you have a properly cooked piece of meat. The experts say that the visual assessment of color of a piece of cooked meat is not accurate. The only way to truly be safe is by knowing the internal temperature. I have listed a few of the more common cooking temperatures to look for. Ground Meat & Meat Mixtures: Beef, Pork, Veal, Lamb –160 Poultry: Turkey, Chicken –165 Fresh Beef, Veal, Lamb Steaks, roasts, chops –145. Then let rest for 3 minutes. There are many talking internal thermometers available. Enjoy! Timely Trivia: 1. What is the significance of January 4th? 2. How much snowfall equals 1 inch of rain? 3. How old was Louis Braille when he first came up with the concept of the tactile dots we all love? 4. How far does the ball drop in New York’s Time Square? Who Am I? My favorite color is either red or Purple. My all-time favorite movie is The Godfather. I was born in Tucson Arizona and love the University of Arizona Wildcats basketball team. I am also devoted to the Pittsburg Steelers. And I am a sucker for any kind of chips and dip. A. Amy Porterfield B. Michael Gordon C. Carol Lopez Insight Trivia 1. What or who was taken from Rebekah? 2. What is the first step in the Short Form of Tai Chi? 3. Dr. Maurer stated that confrontation and fear are what? 4. Must all entries into the writing contest be submitted in Braille? (All answers to above will be listed in next issue, so you must keep reading the saavi insight Answers to December’s Insight Games Timely Trivia: 1. How many Christmas trees did Hagrid put in the Great Hall? 12. 2. How did Yukon Cornelius describe the fog? “It’s as thick as peanut butter.” 3. What were the first words that Frosty the snowman said? “Happy birthday!” 4. What did Ebenezer Scrooge tell the boy to buy and deliver to the Cratchit home? The big prize turkey hanging at the Poulterer’s. Who Am I? My favorite color is hot pink Favorite Movie has to be “It’s a Wonderful Life” I was born in Phoenix, Arizona. My favorite sport is between basketball and ice skating in the Olympics. And my favorite food is delicious pizza. A. Shannon Kemlo B. Shannon Mandodi C. Shanin Lowe Who is our Hot Pink Pizza loving Mama? Hint* She was born in Phoenix and is still there. Shannon Mandodi. Insight Trivia 1. What does Becky try to pick out while shopping at Fry’s? Spaghetti sauce. 2. What silly thing did Eve do on her computer now? She turned the whole screen upside down. 3. Should a guide dog ever be distracted while working? No, calling out to a guide dog or intentionally obstructing its path can be dangerous for the team as it could break the dog’s concentration on its work. 4. What 3 letters were included in Braille Time that are not actually short form words? A, I and O. ****As you fight for what is right, remember to pass on your knowledge to the young, so that it is never lost. ”Are there young men and women who are willing to take on this charge? Who will raise their voices, when mine is carried away on the wind, to plead their case?”-George Adamson. **** Have a happy and safe year living each day to the fullest.