We welcome all with visual impairment

Serving Tucson and Pima County

Welcome to the Tucson Society of the Blind, TSB, website. TSB provides social and educational programs for those individuals with low or no vision. TSB provides valuable resources on coping with blindness and vision impairment. It is wonderful to meet other visually impaired seniors who can act as mentors and provide emotional support.

Join Us at our Weekly Meetings

   Tuesday mornings from 9:30am- 1:00pm.
   Christ Presbyterian Church
      6565 E. Broadway Blvd., Tucson, AZ
   Includes topic as noted on our calendar, followed by games.

Calendar

OCTOBER

4th: Stan Kane, Republican candidate, will talk about safety, respect, education, environmental, and water issues.

7th: Friday Pizza Party at John McCann’s house, 8761 E. Placita Bolivar, from 10:00AM to 2:00 PM, The patio has shade and is cool and inviting. Wear your bathing suit if you want to go into the hot tub. There is no cost as TSB will provide the pizza. If you are coming, please let Barb know by October 4th.

11th: Dana Almond, Democratic candidate for House District 17, will talk about safety, respect, education, environmental and water issues. We will have a meatball potluck after the meeting, so plan to get a 12:30 to 1:00 PM ride home. Please let Barb know by October 4th what side dish you are bringing.

14th: TSB Board Meeting, Biscuit Country Café, 7026 E. Broadway Blvd. 10:15 AM

18th: Annie Schlesinger and Barbara Macpherson will lead a discussion on “Dealing with Emotional Loss of Vision.” We will listen to the podcast, “There’s a Monster in the Closet,” by Dan Roberts.

18th: Lesson with Manny on the iPhone on Zoom 6:30 - 8:30 PM

21st: Field trip to Tohono Chul Park, 7366 N Paseo Del Nort. Be there at 10:00 AM for a hands-on garden tour. There are lots of benches to sit on and we will take our time. The cost is $5.00 plus lunch. We will have lunch at 12:00 PM at the Denny’s restaurant located at 5000 N Oracle Road.

25th: Jean Parker - “My life story and being a Blind College Instructor”

NOVEMBER

1st: Annie and Barbara will lead a discussion on “Overcoming Fear and Positive Self Talk” after listening to the podcast by Eric Weinmayer titled “Achieving your Dreams.”

8th: TSB Annual Meeting to include election of the Board of Directors, approval of 2022-23 budget, annual President and Financial Reports, members feedback. After the Annual Meeting we will enjoy a submarine sandwich lunch and pumpkin pie. Plan to get a 12:30 PM to 1:00 PM ride out.

11th: TSB Board Meeting, Biscuit Country Café, 7026 E. Broadway Blvd. 10:15 AM

15th: John McCann, a TSB Board Member, will perform the oldies on his guitar

15th: Lesson with Manny on the iPhone on Zoom 6:30 - 8:30 PM

18th: Field trip to Old Tucson. Details will be announced later.

22nd: No meeting, Thanksgiving Vacation

29th: Craig Plotner will play his guitar and perform Christmas music to get us into the holiday spirit.

DECEMBER

3rd: “Disability Pride Day” at Udall Park, 7200 E. Tanque Verde Rd. We will have a resource table there. Activities include entertainment, health screenings, resource fair, and food trucks selling food.

6th: Christine Vivona will perform glorious Christmas music on the harp.

13th: Christmas party to include gift exchange, games, and potluck. Let Barb know what side dish you are bringing by December 6th.

20th: No meeting, Christmas Vacation

27th: No meeting, Christmas Vacation

JANUARY

3rd: Back to the church

Tips for the Visually Impaired: Marking and labeling and locating objects - Eye Talk by Annie Schlesinger

Similar-shaped items may be labeled with a product called “Hi-Marks”, which is a three-dimensional liquid, or with “Puff Paint”, sold at fabric and craft shops. Marks may be applied in Braille or using any coding system of dots or lines. Tactile stickers can be used or you can wrap items with rubber bands.

Record information with the voice-labeling system called “PenFriend.” Self-adhesive labels are applied and can be recorded and re-recorded. You can then scan and instantly play back the recording.

Currency can be folded in different ways to indicate the values, or you can keep different bills in different compartments of your billfold or purse. Try to practice identifying coins by feel. They are each unique.

One of my favorites is using raised dots or bumps to mark microwaves buttons, thermostats, keys, and much more. I put a dot on the top of a polarized electric cord and then easily know which way to plug it in.

Phone numbers are easy to memorize and find by touch. The number 5 usually has a raised bump on it for getting your bearings on the keypad.

Purchase a luggage locator to put in the outside pocket of your airport luggage and put the remote on your keychain. When the bags come out, hit the remote and you will hear your bag beeping. Similar items are available to attach to keys, etc. Use a brass safety pin coding system to identify color of clothing or use iron-on patches in various sizes and shapes. You can place a brass safety pin on one corner of a fitted sheet to identify and match the corner of the bed where that sheet corner goes. 
Many banks and credit card companies offer a toll-free number where you can use your phone’s dial pad to access information on your account.

Timothy: Cactus walking with a white cane, dark sun glasses, and white cowboy hat.

Volunteers Needed

--MAKE A DIFFERENCE --

TSB needs sighted volunteers to:

  • drive
  • assist with activities
  • help with luncheons, field trips, and fund raising events

IRS #  84-1636485
TSB is a 501c3 Organization

Green Check Mark in square box with Black border.

Or mail your donations, which is 100% tax-deductible to:

Tucson Society of the Blind
P.O. Box 57655
Tucson, AZ  85732

Thank you for your support

For membership and general information contact:

Barbara Macpherson, President
  (520) 298-2427

Tom Young, Director
  (520) 721-1029

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