TUCSON SOCIETY OF THE BLIND (TSB) P.O. Box 57655. Tucson, AZ 85732
OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2019 NEWSY NOTES
TSB meets every Tuesday - 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Christ Presbyterian Church, 6565 E. Broadway
Come when you can and leave when you must. Bring a sack lunch.
For more information call Barbara, 298-2427 or Tom, 721-1029
1 - Captain Justin Lane East Division, “Fighting Crime & Ways to stay Safe
8 - NOTICE: The church will need our meeting room, so we will meet in room EF. Get dropped off at the mailbox in the front parking lot. Walk straight down to the 5th door. There will be a sign there and someone will show you where to go. If you get dropped off at our usual place, someone will walk you to the room. Our program will be Dr. Chuck Gerba, “Winning the War on Germs.”
Dr. Gerba is from the University of Arizona and one of the world’s leading microbiologists.
11 - TSB Board Meeting 10:00am-1:00pm Biscuit Country Cafe 7026 E. Broadway
15 - Nick Clement author and educator, “Summer School Lessons from Barry the Bass”
22 - Miriam Cruz, Better Business Bureau, “How to Avoid the Latest Senior Scams”
29 - Halloween Party Costume contest with Prizes. Come dress in a costume or wear a funny hat. Enjoy the musical performance by Robert Murrillo, Singing the oldies, country, and blue grass. Those of you without costumes can judge the rest of us.
1 - Hot Tub and BBQ Party at John McCann’s, 8761 E. Placita Bolivar, 9:30-1:30pm, See details below
5 - Jeff Babson, biologist, “Learning about Arizona Birds and Bats”
8 - TSB Board Meeting 10:00am-1:00pm Biscuit Country Cafe 7026 E. Broadway
12 - Annual Meeting, Board of Directors Election and Thanksgiving Lunch, See details below.
19 - TSB closed due to Thanksgiving holiday
26 - Christine Vivona, Harpist, playing glorious Christmas music and classical music
December 3 - Star Spangled Senior Holiday Show
Save the Date:
Annual Meeting and Thanksgiving Lunch - Nov 12, 2019
BBQ POOL PARTY on Friday, Aug 30
From 9:00am-1:30pm. TSB will provide hot dogs and hamburgers cooked on the grill. Please bring a side dish to share with others. The McCann’s have a fantastic pool, so wear your swim suit. There also is plenty of shade under the large back porch and there will be live music. Come join the fun, and please let Barbara know what food you are bringing. Address: 8761 E Placita Bolivar.
Friday, Nov 1, Hot Tub & BBQ Party, from 9:00am-1:30pm.
TSB will provide hot dogs and hamburgers cooked on the grill. Please bring a side dish to share with others. The McCann’s have a fantastic pool, so wear your swim suit. There also is plenty of shade under the large back porch. Come join the fun, and please let Barbara know what food you are bringing. Address: 8761 E Placita Bolivar.
Annual Meeting on Tuesday Nov 12. TSB will celebrate its 16th birthday.
There will be the Annual President’s Report. Then the members of TSB will elect members to the Board of Directors. At press time the following members are running for the board: Tom & Bobby Young, Vicki Postula, Shirley Jackson, and John McCann. According to our bylaws, members interested in running for the board must let President Barbara Macpherson know before the October board meeting and must be approved by the board. Interested members need to attend the October board meeting. There will be no nominations taken on the day of the annual meeting. Members will also approve the annual budget prepared and approved by the board. Then we will have time for comments from the membership to the board. Thanksgiving luncheon will be prepared by Mark at Tony’s Deli, 747-0070 at Wilmot and 22nd street. The menu includes turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetables, cranberries, rolls, and two kinds of pie, pumpkin and apple. Please let Barb know if you are coming by Nov 5. Please stay until 12:15pm.
V-Rate Conference Friday Nov 15 and Sat. Nov 16
The Blind, Low Vision Technology Fair will be held two days at Glendale Civic Center from 9-4, with free parking. There will be many exhibits on vision loss and the latest technology with guest speakers.
TSB Members Selling Jim Click Raffle Tickets
TSB members need to ask doctors and other service providers and family members to buy Jim Click tickets. All of the funds raised go to TSB. Tickets are $25 each or 5 for $100. The Grand Prize is a white Jeep 2019 Grand Cherokee Summit with all the options. Second prize is two first class round trip airplane tickets to anywhere in the world. Third prize is $5,000 in cash. To buy Jim Click raffle tickets contact Tom Young 721-1029. So far TSB has raised $1,075. Our goal is to sell $2,000 worth of Jim Click tickets. So all TSB members, see how you can help to sell tickets.
Direct Services at Independence Center, 1001 N. Alvernon Way, 624-6452
Lupita Hernandez, a teacher, spoke to remind that Direct can offer rehabilitation teaching, lessons in independent living skills such as cooking, and learning Braille. Some assistive technology training is available. Direct Center also provides peer support and advocacy training. All services are free and there is no waiting period.
Katie Duneberry Healthy Aging Center - Pima Council of Aging, PCOA has a new 16,000 square feet center on 600 S. Country Club, north of Reid Park. The new center has a tomahawk walking signal and nearby two covered bus stops. The Center will open soon. PCOA will have all of its services there, such as Caregiver Support and all PCOA classes such as a Matter of Balance will be taught there. In the new facility, there are meeting rooms, classrooms and offices. PCOA is still fund raising to pay for it. This Healthy Aging Center will be a welcomed addition to the senior community.
Inspirational Stories of the Visually Challenged plus Resources by Margaret Barnhart - We are so proud of Marge for publishing this book. It features 10 stories from TSB members. The book is available in two formats, so far: a paper back for $10 and an e-book. Marge is working on an audio format. Here is what she has to say about the e-book. It is an e-book for $3.99 on Amazon. It is awesome and amazing. You can go to the Table of Contents and click on every highlighted chapter and every resource and it will open. Within many of the resources there are words such as “diabetes,” “macular degeneration,” and “Hadley Institute,” etc. that you can click on and you will be taken to another location that explains and defines. The book can be downloaded to a tablet and I-phone.
This is definitely the way to go for the visually challenged and anyone, even me. If you purchase, it is very important that you take time to write a brief review on Amazon so others see its value. Contact information for Marge Barnhart,
President‘s Message by Barb Macpherson
I can’t believe it is almost time for our annual meeting on Tuesday November 12. TSB will be celebrating our 16th birthday. I hope all of our members will come, to elect Board of Directors, hear annual reports and enjoy a delicious turkey lunch from Tony’s Deli.
The members of TSB have only two months left to sell Jim Click tickets. We are half way to our goal of selling $2000 worth of tickets. All of the funds go to the TSB treasury. So ask your doctors and everyone you meet to buy Jim Click tickets and support TSB.
Laughter is truly the best medicine. Take time to laugh with your friends, and learn new jokes. Why do blind people not sky dive? Because it scares the guide dogs. Read a funny book. I enjoyed Lessons from Lucy by Dave Barry, available on BARD. Watch a funny movie or TV show. Tickle your funny bone, it’s good for you.
Eye Talk by Annie Schlesinger
Recently I changed to LED light bulbs in the chandelier above my dining/game/desk table. I have always preferred soft white incandescent light because I am sensitive to glare and blue light. My new LED bulbs are 60 watt equivalent and are 2700 K which is warm light and easy on my eyes. Higher K numbers produce light equivalent to daylight which contains blue light and which can be harmful to some eyes. LED bulbs are more expensive, but the package said they will last over ten years and use less electricity. Another good thing is the new bulbs produce much less heat; it is now cooler under the chandelier.
News You Can Use by Barbara Macpherson
Recently I ordered large print checks from Wells Fargo for free. I’m really enjoying writing checks now. You will need sighted help to set up as the bank will ask questions such as your last deposit, etc.
In August I checked the prices of older I phones at Walmart. The SE model was $150, Apple 7 $300’ and Apple 8 $400. All are brand new have regular sized screens and work with Walmart’s Straight Talk plan. These models also have a home button. If you want your phone unlocked so you can go with any carrier cost $150 extra. Walmart’s Straight Talk prepaid plan runs around $30 with unlimited phone calls and texting with 2 KB of data is good unless you watch a lot of movies and videos on your phone. Prices have gone down since Apple released a new phone model. So if you are in a market to buy a new I phone check out Walmart.
Tucson Tech: Fast-growing AudioEye helps clients build disability friendly websites.
Tucson-based AudioEye Inc. has made a business of making sure people with disabilities can access web content. And the homegrown company is growing at a phenomenal rate - thanks to a new emphasis on accessibility driven largely in recent years by court rulings holding websites accountable for inaccessible content.
While most people don't think twice about mousing around a website to find information, enjoy entertainment, and shop, internet users who are blind or have other disabilities face a much different and often frustrating experience. Todd Bankofier, CEO of AudioEye, estimates that 90% of commercial websites are not compliant with current standards for accessibility to people with disabilities such as blindness, dyslexia, or hearing impairment. Yet an estimated 20% of the population struggles with internet accessibility, Bankofier said. "It's an opportunity to take care of a bigger population than most people understand," he said. More than 1,400 customers, including major companies in banking and e-commerce, schools, and government agencies including the Social Security Administration and the Federal Communications Commission.
Founded in 2005 by University of Arizona alumnus and current Chief Strategy Officer Sean Bradley and his brother, Nathaniel, AudioEye was acquired by a Chicago company in 2010, spun off as an independent company in 2011 and went public in 2013. The company offers website operators a comprehensive accessibility service including website analysis, remediation of accessibility issues, and constant monitoring and updating of websites to make sure they comply with current industry standards. On the user side, AudioEye provides a toolbar that allows users with disabilities to have text read to them or played automatically -including things like descriptions of images - as well as automatic captioning and voice-enabled site navigation.
Sales pitch: avoiding lawsuits; the tool helps companies and other website hosts make websites accessible not only to improve users' experiences - but also to help customers avoid a growing wave of lawsuits over inaccessible web content. Advocacy groups such as the National Federation for the Blind began pressing major website hosts for changes several years ago, in some cases suing to prompt improvements. "They started about six to eight years ago really letting companies know that their sites aren't accessible, and now today you've got companies getting sued because they're just fed up with it," Bankofier said. In January, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that pizza giant Domino's inaccessible website violated the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act, which doesn't specifically address internet content, Bankofier noted. Companies including Apple, Amazon, Target Stores, Nike and the NBA also have been sued for inaccessible web content under the ADA. Accessibility lawsuits have been called a "cottage industry," with several large plaintiffs' law firms attacking large companies and sometimes whole industries, with the number of lawsuits filed jumping from more than 800 in 2017 to more than 2,200 last year. Nearly 6,000 accessibility lawsuits have been filed so far this year,” Bankofier said. Carr Bettis, a longtime investor in AudioEye and executive chairman of the company, blamed much of the issue with business sites on lack of awareness. "They think consumers with disabilities have their own tools to make everything accessible because they see accessibility (options) on their Apple or Samsung phones," Bettis said. "But the publisher of that content, the website host, or your newspaper or whatever, has to do things in a very specific way to make that technology even work for the consumer who has a disability.”
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