June 2010 Chronicle

June 2010 Chronicle



Greetings To all!

I hope this finds all of you doing well and enjoying the last days of summer in a cool and relaxing way.

Our annual convention is fast approaching, and I hope you are making plans to attend.  It will be held in Jefferson City at the Capitol Plaza hotel and is hosted by the Blind of Central Missouri affiliate.  They are also being assisted by an affiliate that most likely will be approved at the convention, Capitol City Council of the Blind.

Our guest speaker will be the ACB president, Mitch Pomerantz.  Mitch will be speaking to the general assembly on Saturday morning and will also be speaking to the affiliate presidents at our luncheon.  I have also asked Mitch to host the advocacy for the blind breakout session on Friday afternoon.

Speaking of the Breakout Sessions, along with the Advocacy for the Blind Session, there will also be a Fitness and Relaxation Session, hosted by the Jefferson City YMCA, and Brandi Jones will be hosting a session on fashion and etiquette.  These sessions will run concurrently at 4:00 on Friday afternoon.

I am adding a new segment to our convention called, In Memory.  We will be reading the names of members that have passed on since our last convention.  We will also include any person that may not be a member of MCB but that has made a contribution to the blind community of Missouri.  Please send the names of anyone you feel should be included to the MCB office.

There are several amendments that have been submitted for consideration at our convention this year.  My thanks to John Weidlich, our By-Laws and Resolutions Chair, and to Virginia Berberick our Parliamentarian, for the work they put into getting these amendments in order.  If you would like to hear what these amendments are you can call (712) 451-6100

And when prompted for the access code, enter 880954#.  When asked for a reference code, just press your pound key once again.

I have made a visit to all 19 affiliates that MCB has and many of them more than once.  My most recent visit was to the River City Workers in Cape Girardeau.  I was pleased to see Sabrina Fowler there.  She has retired from Alpha Pointe in Kansas City and moved to Cape.  Of course, it was good to meet all of the other members of the River City affiliate, too, and to be a part of their business meeting.

If you have never participated in the MCB Connect, I encourage you to join us sometime to keep informed on what is going on in MCB.  Our next conference call will be on Sunday, September 19 at 2:00 pm.  During that session we are asking for all of the candidates that are running for one of the offices this year to be on the call with us. 

The number for the MCB Connect is 760-569-0800 and the access code is 250486#.  This is a toll call so if you do not have unlimited long distance and would like to participate, give me a call at 888-362-1383 and I’ll be glad to connect you on the conference call with us.

If you have never called the MCB Phone cast I hope you will call to listen to the information provided in that recording.  I try and update the phone cast every couple of weeks and let the members know some of what is going on with MCB.  That number is 816-298-8969.  It is available 24 – 7 and normally lasts for about 10 minutes.

Our Executive Director, Jennifer Parker, our Second Vice President, Mike Keller and I will be meeting with the superintendent of the Missouri School for the Blind (MSB), Patty Yocum.  Our hope is to see if MCB can assist MSB in some way.  The MSB is struggling not only financially with the budget cuts, but also suffering from an attendance drop. 

I am not sure how we can assist them, but hopefully this meeting will prove fruitful and the MCB can be of some assistance in some way.

That’s all I have for this edition of the Chronicle.  I hope to see many of you at the convention in Jefferson City in October.

Take care and if you ever have any questions or concerns feel free to give me a call or send me an email.  My toll free phone number is 888-362-1383, my email address is dhuff@moblind.org.  If you would rather send me a postal letter, my address is:  P.O. Box 515; St. Clair, MO  63077.  Thanks and God bless each of you. 

Denny Huff


It is time to begin preparing for our MCB Convention.  I am proud to announce that this year’s state convention will be hosted by The Blind of Central Missouri, and will be held in Jefferson City, Missouri at the Capital Plaza Hotel, October 15 through the 17th.  In addition to conducting the business of the MCB, this year's convention promises to be fun packed with lots of surprises and exciting activities.

Planned thus far, are the two traditional breakfasts, one hosted by the Library Users, and the other one hosted by The Guide Dog Users, as well as a luncheon hosted by The Braille Revival League, and MUCH, MUCH more.

This year's representative from the ACB will be no other than Mitch Pomerantz, the President of the ACB.  He will be speaking at the general session updating us on all the great things going on at the national level.  We shall also continue a tradition started last year, by having several break-away sessions as well as delicious meals served at our Youth Services hospitality, the Friday night MCB hospitality, and, of course, our banquet.

Now if that is still not enough to fulfill your weekend, thanks to Linda Gerken and The Blind of Central MO, there is a tour planned of the Wolfner Library.  There you will be given the opportunity to meet some of the great people behind the books, as well as having the opportunity to see the operation and entire production that provides such a great service.

Now if that is still not enough excitement for you, don't worry we've got more.  This year we have 3 new affiliates requesting membership in the MCB.  Two are regular affiliates, and one is a special interest affiliate.  One is located in Jefferson City and the other is in Lebanon. The Jefferson City affiliate is named the Capital City Council of the Blind and the Lebanon affiliate is named Route 66 Council of the Blind.  The special interest affiliate is named Social Outreach Council (SOC).

Oh, yes, door prizes. This year we plan to have door prizes, throughout the entire convention, from the general session, to the banquet, and everything throughout the convention.

Make your reservations now for a great and wonderful time.  I believe this will be one of the best conventions ever.  You won’t want to miss it.  To make your hotel reservations call 573-635-1234 or 800-338-8088.  When making your reservation be sure you tell them you are with the Missouri Council of the Blind to get our discount rate of $79.00 plus tax.  You must make the reservation before September 20, 2010.  For pre-reservation for convention call the office or go on-line at the MCB website. 

Pre-reservation dead line is September 7 at 4:00.  Be sure to get your forms in before this date to save time and money when you get to convention this year.  We want your MCB convention to be a fun and memorable one.

I am looking forward to seeing you all and having a great time.  There is a lot to do, and you don’t want to miss any of it.

MCB Convention Coordinator,

Susan Sanderson


E-mail clown_4@hotmail.com





The Craft Room is ready for our twentieth year.  Please bring your crafts as soon as possible. 

Remember, any used blind related items can be sold, also.


Thursday, Oct 14 from 12 pm to 8 pm

Friday, Oct. 15 from 8 am to 12 pm and 4 pm to 6 pm

Saturday, no sales.  Pick up your craft items and money before 12 pm 


No businesses, MCB members and affiliates only.

All items must have price tag with name and affiliate name.

All sales, except affiliate fund-raising items, must go through cashier.

Affiliates with fund-raising sales must man their own tables.



By Mark Richert

Late Thursday evening, August 5, the U.S. Senate passed the Twenty-first Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act by unanimous consent. 

The Senate version of the bill incorporates most of the key provisions of the House-passed version and will now go back to the House for final approval which could happen as early as next week.  Once signed into law, the Act will authorize the FCC to require up to an average of 63 hours of video description per week from among the top 4 network channels and top 5 cable channels nationwide.

* Allocate up to $10 million per year for equipment used by individuals who are deaf-blind.

* Require televised emergency information to be accessible to people with vision loss.

* Require advanced communications equipment and services, such as text messaging and e-mail, to be accessible.

* Require accessibility of Internet browsers built-in to mobile telephone devices such as smart phones.

* Require devices of any size to be capable of displaying closed captioning, delivering available video description, and making emergency information accessible.

* Require accessible user controls and electronic program guides for televisions and cable/ satellite set-top boxes, and easy menu access to closed captioning and video description.

All advocates are congratulated for their critical contributions bringing such monumental legislation to this historic turning point.

Janelle Edwards, candidate for the office of MCB Secretary says she wonders why they sing Take Me Out to the Ball Game at the middle of the 7th inning when in actuality they are already there!



Member of the Month Award winners are:


May – Beulah Ziegler, Southeast Missouri United Blind Club


June – Carl Franklin, Blind of Central Missouri


July – Cheryl Anthony, Allied Workers for the Blind




Congratulations!  This year's Jim Henderson Member of the Year Award was presented to Harold and Alice Poiry, members of the Southwest Missouri Friendship Council. 


At their affiliate meeting on September 6 they were presented with an attractive commemorative plaque along with a check for $150.00.  Over the years they have been valuable assets to their affiliate, and they are certainly well deserving of this award.



Over, Across and Around Missouri

Let’s Find Out What’s Happening Where



Hello to everyone from Sedalia.

There is one thing I would like to mention, we look forward to hosting the state Convention.

Our picnic that we had on May 23 was a big success. We had about 50 members and guests.

Our candy bar sale went really well.

We have a new member in our club.  Her name is Marilyn Harding, and she is legally blind. A big, warm welcome, Marilyn.

The convention plans are going really well.

Until next time, keep your smile and a song in your heart, and if you can't be good, be good at it.

Trudy Blood

Recording Secretary


The members of the Braille Revival League invite you to join us at the MCB convention. 

This year’s meeting will be held on Saturday, and we will be having a luncheon named in honor of our cherished founder, Alma Murphey.  There will be a big prize giveaway at this luncheon.  We will enjoy good food and we will also be conducting our annual business meeting.  Come join us, have some fun, and contribute your great ideas at the meeting for our upcoming year. 

Remember that it will be dues-paying time again.  You can bring your $15.00 with you to the meeting or, if you would prefer, send them to Susan Pearce at 4914 Smart Ave.; Kansas City, MO  64124. 

We look forward to seeing you! 

Judy Burch, Secretary



Greetings to all from Joplin.

Our Affiliate has had a pretty active 3 months.  We now have 66 members; 42 blind and 24 sighted.

On May 15th, several of us went to Springfield to the White Cane Walk held by the Springfield Service Club of the Blind, for Lions Eye Research.  Including our Affiliate's donation of $100, Marylou Reeves raised $237 this year.  Good job, Marylou!  Thanks to the Springfield Service Club for their hard work and hospitality!

On June 18th, we had a great time at Schifferdecker Park, participating in the Day of Action sponsored by the United Way.  We had good food, great fellowship, and a beeper ball game for the youth.

We had 14 people who went to Camp Cobblestone in June.  They all had a fantastic time!  We really appreciate the MCB for making this program possible for us!

At our July business meeting, we had nominations for officers, and they will be voted on in August.

On July 22nd, we had a dinner with food being provided by the First Presbyterian Church.  We had 52 people in attendance.  Entertainment was provided by The Friends of God, an awesome gospel group!  One of them just happens to be Stephanie Mann's brother.

Terri Shellenbarger's daughter, Becca, had a baby girl on July.  They named her Kennedy.  She weighs 7 pounds, 13 ounces, and is 20 inches long.  This is Terri's second grandchild, and of course, she is a very proud Grandma!

We had 3 people who had eye surgeries.  Linda Russell, Susie Verhaar and Nancy Harwell seem to be getting along fairly well.  Carolyn Youngblood also had stomach surgery.  May Markham had heart surgery in May, and because of complications, she has been in rehab for several weeks.  She was able to come home on July 8th, and we all feel as though her situation is an absolute miracle!  George is so happy to have her home, and all of us are rejoicing with him!  May, we hope you get stronger every day!

That's all I have for now, but I will look forward to writing more in three months

Cindy Smart!






We hope the summer has been treating you and your dogs well.  Below you will find several snippets of interest for this issue. 

There's a lot to look forward to at the Guide Dog User's breakfast at the 2010 MCB convention this year.  Not only is it our 15th anniversary, but it is time once again to vote in a new batch of officers.  The President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer will be up for grabs.  Be ready that morning to cast your vote, or be brave and run for an office.  May the best man or woman win.  Also, we will be voting on changes to the MGDU constitution and bylaws. 

Several people have expressed a need to fine tune these documents now that we are a little bigger. 

Finally, the breakfast itself:  The Capital Plaza offered a number of yummy choices for breakfast, and I would have gone for the Spinach kiesh but instead I chose a conventional breakfast.  Remember to bring dues of $5 to our meeting, or mail them to Jack Lenk, 6347 Mardel Drive, St. Louis, MO 63109.  Please try to respond to me if you're coming to the breakfast so we can get a good count of members attending the breakfast.  Call me at 314-838-5868 home or 314-440-0902 cell and leave a message. You can also email me at papaschnelle@hotmail.com. I hope to see everyone, including our new members, at the breakfast.  Take care.

Steve Schnelle, MGDU president


From Ginger Kutsch, Seeing Eye List:  I am posting her message only with the Web site where you can go to read the final regulations.  “It is worthy to note that the only other animal besides dogs to be considered as a service animal is the guide horse; however, there are stipulations regarding this animal.  FYI. The Department of Justice finally released the revised ADA regulations implementing Title II and Title III which includes the new definition of a service animal at:



Finally, for those who may be considering training with a guide dog, or those who may just like to read guide dog blogs, there is a good blog detailing day-to-day training which can be read by going to the following site:


Click on the link that has “follow Sylvia’s guide dog blog.”  Sylvia Stinson, Executive Director of the Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind of Port Richey, FL gives a good account of her training with her dog at The Seeing Eye earlier this year.  Enjoy!”

Next issue we will be posting great points of guide dog etiquette published by the American Foundation for the Blind as contributed by the Guide Dog Foundation of Smithtown, Long Island, NY. 

If anyone has any suggestions for articles or tips you’d like to contribute for this column, please contact me at Basil05@sbcglobal.net

Or send them to 220 Woodridge Rd., Kirkwood, MO  63122.

Until next time!

Judy Burch, Secretary


Greetings from Lake Stockton.

We have been passing the sweet tea around, trying to stay cool this summer.

Thanks to Linda Dawes for making sure the April 20th informational meeting went so smoothly.  We were happy to have the MCB President, Denny Huff, with us.  That event brought us four new members:  Teresa Richard, Pat Dietz, and Eddie and Beverly Robertson.

The White Cane Walk in May was hosted by Springfield affiliates.  It took place in Phelps Grove Park.  Teresa Evans, Robert Evans, Angie Crowson, Willa Hood and Garland Birch were in attendance.  The Springfield Police Chief volunteered to be led around the park blindfolded.  Willa Hood escorted a six year old girl through the circle track around the park.  Three-quarters through, we were met by rain.

We are sad that Louise Cockrell will be leaving our group.  She returned the money from her deceased husband's hospital stay.  We will miss our baker, who rivals Lambert's Café’s throwed rolls.

It was good to see Bill Deaton back in circulation after a recent stroke.  A special prayer is sent out to former President, Jean Dody, who is reportedly doing well.  Helen Gilliam says past member Pauline Eggert sends her best.  Pauline served as secretary for many years.

Harry Hickman's Silver Throat is promoting our cause on KY00 Radio with Ann Parish.  It must be his vast travels around the world that keeps our interest.  He was sung Happy Birthday twice in June.  Once from the Group and another solo from Ellen Bell, a fellow employee at Southwest Baptist University.

Irene Sparks came to our July 1 meeting with her daughter, Judy Rinker.  As usual, she had on her winning smile, and a good joke to tell.

The best for last; but is not good news for our club.  Ellen Bell moved to the Baptist Home in Ozark, MO in the middle of July.  Affectionately known as Ma Bell, she cheer led SBU as secretary to the President.  She carried her expertise to our Council of the Blind.  If ever in the neighborhood, drop by & give her a cherished visit.  She has many delightful thoughts to share.

Happy trails to you, till we meet again.

Angie Crowson, Secretary

Addendum:  Lake Stockton’s annual auction was held after the deadline date for her Chronicle report.  Following, however, are 3 reports sent to the Missouri e-mail list serve on the subject:

“Hi all.  If you didn't attend the 2010 Lake Stockton auction you missed out on an awesome time.  Once again, Lake Stockton put together a wonderful event for MCB.  The theme this year was Rootin' Tootin'.  To celebrate, the MCB officers in attendance received a bottle of root beer and a can of chili with beans.  Five of us were also given a chance to show our hog-calling abilities.  I know the next time I hear something about the first people raising their hands, I will listen more clearly as to why.  (grin)  I got caught talking to my mom and some friends and ended up calling hogs.  However I did go home with another can of chili with beans.  This function is truly one of the MCB highlights of the year.”--Linda C

“You're absolutely right!  It was a great day at Bolivar.  If you're curious, Leroy Welch won the hog calling contest.  The auction was great and of course, I spent more money that I meant to do.  The auctioneer, Jack, makes the auction fun.  Thanks, Lake Stockton.”  --Phyllis Lovett

“Yes, this was a wonderful event.  This year was my first time to attend, but I am so glad I did.  I was treated to wonderful food, and I found items of interest to me at the auction.  The highlight of the day for me was the people--meeting some wonderful members of the Lake Stockton affiliate and catching up with MCB friends.”  --Janelle Edwards



The MCB Member of the Month for April was one of our affiliate members, Marti Watson.  Congratulations, Marti!

In July 4 of our members attended the ACB convention in Phoenix.

A few of us are attending various sessions of camp this year.

Our affiliate will elect new officers in August.  Due to term limits, we will definitely elect a new president, vice president, and secretary.  Our Treasurer has no term limits.

Janelle Edwards, Secretary





Hello from St. Charles County Council. Summer always goes by too quickly, and, as I write this, August is just around the corner.

There is not much to report as everybody seems to go their separate ways during the summer and then regroup in the fall.

Our dinner for the installation of officers went off without a hitch in June with the Key Club of Duchene High school providing another awesome spread.

The MCB Convention is coming up with important voting taking place this year. I strongly urge all members to come to convention this year for voting purposes or consider running for an open position. St. Charles Council will have cook books to sell if you did not get one last year. The price is $12 and features recipes from council members as well as other famous and important people. 

That's all of the exciting news I have to report. Take care and I'll see you at convention.

Steve Schnelle, Vice President


By Bill Benson

Your editor is both excited and enthused by one of the latest projects of the Braille Revival League of Missouri.  I’m speaking of the establishment of The First Annual Alma Murphey Luncheon, held in conjunction with the MCB state convention. 

Alma Rogers was born on April 11, 1916,  and died in January of 1994.  While enrolled at the Missouri School for the Blind she was a good student but didn’t display any particular leadership qualities. Her subsequent marriage to Jack Murphey changed matters, however.  Jack was a deaf-blind individual who was a definite leader.  While he was several years older than Alma, they seemed perfectly matched in so many ways, and Jack brought out many of the strongest and best qualities in Alma.

She went on to spearhead the founding of the Missouri Federation of the Blind in 1956 which later changed its name to the Missouri Council of the Blind.  For many years organizational operations were carried out from offices in the Murphey home, and official correspondence bore that familiar address of 4103 Castleman Avenue. 

She began the Missouri Chronicle fifty years ago in 1960.  She was right in the thick of   things when the American Council of the Blind (the ACB) had its birth in Kansas City in 1962. 

In fact, she was the first secretary of that young organization. 

In 1982, when the ACB held its national convention in St. Louis, she was instrumental in the founding of the national Braille Revival League as an affiliate of the ACB.  She went on to head up the establishment of the Missouri chapter of the BRL.  It’s fitting that Missouri was one of, if not the first, state chapter since the Missouri School for the Blind was the first school outside of Paris to begin teaching Braille in 1862.

Braille skills were a very high priority to Alma.  She and Jack were both very active workers with a Braille magazine for the deaf-blind called Good Cheer.

Alma was not liked by everyone, of course, as is the case with all leaders I guess.  For the most part, though, I think people who knew her respected and admired “Mother Alma” as I called her.  Unfortunately, it is also very true that many leaders are under-estimated and under-appreciated during their lifetime. 

As scripture tells us, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country”.  Missouri may not have fully appreciated the treasure they had in Mother Alma, but the Braille Revival League is stepping forward to try and correct this mistake.  The First Annual Alma Murphey Luncheon is instituted this year as a tribute to honor this great lady. 

Congratulations, BRL. This is long overdue,  and this writer wishes you a huge success!



September brings us shorter days

As evening turns to night.

Why do we say after dark

When really it’s after light?





So, September has arrived, and the cooler weather must be close at hand.  Aside from the heat, hope your summer was a good one.  We have quite an accumulation of stuff in the drawer this time so we may as well get started.  First, of course, is our usual reminder that material in the Drawer is presented for its news interest only, and is never to be considered an endorsement or solicitation.  Okay, here we go…


A To Z Adaptive Aidz:  Here are some items you might find interesting.  Talking desk Top Calculator, only $19.99; Clear female voice speaks the individual digits or whole integers; Volume control also turns the voice off; it is available with an earphone, and features a large 8 digit LCD readout with numbers that are .62 inches high.  The calculator adds, subtracts, divides, multiplies and calculates percentages; speaks digits and full numbers.  Requires 2 AA batteries (not included). 

Chess and checker board set, Only $39.99; the black and white squares on this lovely plastic board provide a very sharp contrast, plus the white squares are lower than the black for tactual differentiation, and to keep pieces from sliding around the board.  A hole in each square accommodates pegged chess pieces.  The wooden chess pieces have tactual markings to distinguish the two sides, and pegged bottoms.  The sturdy checkers pieces can be tactually identified by the square shapes for the black pieces and circles for the red.  Sold as a complete set or individually as listed. 

Clothes Braille and text tags, Only $28.99.  These Brailled tags help you match and identify which color of shirt, pants, socks... you are putting on.  There are a large assortment of different colors including solid colors, multiple colors and the tags are simple to put on.  Just sew these tags onto your clothing tag on your shirt, dress, pants... 100 little aluminum assorted color identifiers.  The colors are Brailed and printed in text.  Washer and dryer safe. 

Wireless Door and Window Alarm, only $43.99.  This wireless door and window alarm provides a safer feeling.  When a window or door is opened, the detector activates a chime or vibration to the receiver, which can stand on a desk, or you can clip it to yourself.  The door or window unit is easily installed using the included double sided tape or screws.  If someone opens the door or window and the two sides are separated by more than .5 the chime sounds or the receiver vibrates, whichever notification you select.  Signals are transmitted over 50 feet. The door sensor measures 2.25 x 1.25 x .5, and the receiver measures 4.25 x 2.75 x .75.  Transmitter uses 12 volt battery and receiver uses 9 volt battery.  Batteries not included. 

Indoor-Outdoor and Water Talking Thermometer, only $18.99.  This very popular digital talking thermometer will display the temperature in both Fahrenheit and Celsius.  The hourly temperature will be announced from 7am to 9pm.  Talking Exact Temperature Cooking, All-purpose Thermometer,, only$29.99.  This talking cooking and all-purpose thermometer is accurate and affordable.  Check your meat or poultry whenever you desire, announces the temperature in a loud clear voice. Stop guessing and cook your meal safe and just the way you like it. 

A to Z Adaptive Aidz is a family owned and operated business that only employ's blind or low vision individuals.  Check out our other products and get great deals.--David Wermuth”


Email / David@atozadaptiveaidz.com

Phone (352) 593-4915

Toll free (877) 759-7173


Craig’s List:  If you want to put an ad on Craig's List, there's an audio link for those of us who cannot see.  When you complete your ad, the link asks for you to type in some odd words to finish your ad.  Skip that and go down to the next link, get an audio challenge and click.  This link gives you a line from a movie or a quotation which you type in the edit box. 

If you don't get it the first time, click on the link again.  Thanks to Linda Coccovizzo for that tip.


Bible Related Items:  President, Denny Huff, sends along the following message from Optasia Ministries.  “We have designed a Bible format that works very well with JAWS, and works well on desktop and laptop computers as well as the Braille notetaker devices. 

We have 14 versions available, and are preparing to add a few more in the near future. 

Optasia Bibles are in HTML format so they run in Internet Explorer.  You do not have to be online to use them.  They run off files on your own hard drive.  Each Bible opens with a table of contents page with links to all the books of the Bible.  Each book has links to its chapters.  Each chapter displays in full, with links to each verse.  You can do exact word/phrase searches as well.  And we will send you these Bibles free if you are blind.  In addition, Optasia Ministry has a large library of Bible study tools, such as commentaries, and a variety of other Christian reading as well.  All of it is free.”  Check it out at


email:  tom.vos@optasiaministry.org


New ADA Ruling:  With more and more disabled folks taking cruises these days, the following may certainly be interesting.  Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood, announced the first federal rule to specifically provide Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protections to people with disabilities who travel on boats and ships. 

This Administration is committed to protecting the rights of passengers with disabilities in all modes of transportation, said Secretary LaHood.  This rule will ensure fair treatment for people with disabilities who travel by ship or boat.  The rule applies to two categories of vessels: vessels operated by public entities, such as public ferry systems, and vessels operated by private entities primarily engaged in the business of transporting people, such as cruise ships.  The rule will ensure that vessel operator’s policies do not discriminate against passengers with disabilities. 

Under the rule, vessel operators cannot charge extra for accessibility-related services to passengers, cannot require passengers to furnish their own attendants, and cannot deny access to passengers based on disability.  Vessel operators will have to provide information to passengers about the accessibility of their facilities and services and make a knowledgeable person available to resolve accessibility concerns.  This rule does not establish physical accessibility standards for new construction or alteration of vessels.  The Access Board, an independent agency, is currently developing proposed accessibility guidelines that the Department would adopt in a subsequent rulemaking.  Department of Justice (DOJ) regulations will cover a third category of vessels not covered by DOT rules – those operated by private entities not primarily engaged in the business of transporting people, such as fishing charters and dinner cruise boats.  The new rule will become effective 120 days after it is published. 

There will be a 90-day comment period concerning three issues:

  1. whether vessel operators should be required to allow passengers with disabilities to bring emotional support animals on board,
  2. requirements operators must follow concerning the use of mobility aids, and
  3. the relationship of DOT and DOJ disability rules. 

The rule is available on the Internet at www.regulations.gov,docketdot-ost-2007-26829/

A Note From Chip Hailey: 

Our MCB Education and Welfare chairman informs us that the Senate passed  the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (S. 3304) by unanimous consent on August 5, 2010! 

S. 3304 requires captioned television programs to be captioned when delivered over the Internet; requires video description on television for people with vision loss; allocates $10 million per year for communications equipment used by people who are deaf-blind; ensures emergency information is accessible to individuals who are blind or have low vision; (Up to now, TV stations were only required to sound an audible signal to alert viewers to the fact that an emergency message was being shown on the screen, and blind listeners would have to seek out exact details elsewhere.) and provides for accessibility of advanced communications such as text messaging, email and web browsing on mobile devices, among several other provisions. 

“This takes us a huge step forward for accessible technology," said Jenifer Simpson of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD).  "They have given Americans with disabilities access to smart phones, other advanced communications technology, and video programming," she added.  "Our community was left behind as television moved to the Internet, and S. 3304 takes a big step in the right direction," she added. 

"Video description for television programs - the narration of visual elements during pauses in dialogue - is essential in this day and age," said Eric Bridges of the American Council of the Blind.

"More importantly, I thank the U.S. Senate for ensuring that we will now have access to the same emergency information everyone else has been seeing on television for years.  Having equal access to emergency information increases the safety of our community and will save lives!" 

Among the other provisions in S. 3304 are requirements for accessible user controls for televisions and set-top boxes, and easy access to closed captioning and video description.

Mark Richert of the American Foundation for the Blind said: "The Senate's action last week brings people with vision loss so much closer to the access they deserve to advanced communications equipment and services, such as text messaging, email, and web browsing. These technologies aren't luxuries; they are essential tools for learning, working and participating in community.

The U.S. Senate's leadership will bring people into the digital world, people who have been left out and left behind when industry fails to design accessibility into their products and services.

S. 3304 will encourage companies to innovate to make advanced communications accessible on smart phones and other devices."  S. 3304 will now go to the House of Representatives. 


Upcoming Midwest Conference:  The first annual Vision Midwest Conference will be held October 22-24, 2010 in Madison, Wisconsin.  This conference is not sponsored by either national blind organization.  Although the Conference seeks to draw from 12 Midwestern states, they are not going to check airline tickets, passports or visas to determine whether you really live in the Midwest!  Anyone interested should feel free to come!

Conference registration is only $35!  (some sports and professional CE credits a bit extra)  For more information and to register, go to:


The Vision Midwest Conference is for Individuals who are Blind or Visually Impaired, Professionals/Caretakers who are in the Blind/Low Vision Field, and Parents of Children who are Blind or Visually Impaired. 

It will be held in Madison, Wisconsin; October 22-24, 2010.  Where can you go to a blind bowling tournament and touch a 2,000 year old sculpture at a museum?  Where can you attend a diabetes symposium session about a talking insulin pump and take in a free music concert that evening?  Where can you find professional presentations on VIP careers and the latest in accessible cell phones and computers?  

From stem cell research to teaching with "A Tactile Guide to the Solar System," the first annual Vision Midwest Conference welcomes you with diverse programming that offers a quality conference education with the amenities of a vacation. 

Brought to you by the new nonprofit 12 State, Inc., the conference features an Assistive Technology Training, three symposia including a Diabetes Symposium open to visually impaired and non-visually impaired audiences, five VIP sports, and over 120 presentations by more than 80 expert presenters for consumers & professionals. 

Traveling Blind:  The following comes to us from Dan Rossi. 

“National Braille Press has a new book out called, "Sites Unseen:  Traveling the World Without Sight" by Wendy David.  It is a resource book about how to do independent pleasure travel as a blind person. 

I had dreamt of attempting independent vacation travel in the past but was always too scared to attempt it.  Wendy and her partner, Larry, have done a lot of travel, they are both blind, and apparently so have a lot of other blind people. 

Granted, I now have a sighted wife, so I will undoubtedly be doing all of my pleasure travel with her, but Wendy's book gives lots of great resources for contacting museums for accessible tours and other advice like that. 

Even with a sighted partner, getting hands on access in museums is great, and often, you get much more out of a guided tour by a museum docent, than you do by wandering around yourself and reading the plaques.

Turkey Shoot for the Blind:  If you live in the St. Louis area you might be interested in the following info passed along by Jack Lenk.  He was contacted by some Lions regarding the possibility of holding a turkey shoot for the blind sometime in November.  Presumably, participants would shoot at an audible target to win prizes of various meats.  If it sounds intriguing to you, please contact Jack at (314) 351-2814.


How About this for a Christmas Gift:  The following interesting messages came across our desk.  These are hand carved animals for jewelry at low prices.  If interested in any of the following, email me at severus13@gmail.com.

Free gift with first order and any order 50 dollars and up. 

1.  Small fat 3D hematite pig. Two thirds of an inch by half inch.  Very cute.  Hematite is a silvery black stone; 7 dollars only. 

2.  Jade frog.  Great quality jade frog, 3D, inch and a third by half inch; 10 dollars only. 

3.  Large jade dragon, red and green jade in a natural  pattern, 2 inches round, but very thin so light weight; 20 dollars only. 

4.  Fat wooden hand carved owl pendant, inch and a third by inch round carved of boxwood; 15 dollars only. 

5.  Hematite bear, great 3D black bear, inch and a half standing carved in mid step, very detailed, 3D comes  on black cord too wear; 10 dollars only. 

6.  Rose quartz bear, same as above hematite except this one is light pink. 

7.  Silver raccoon holding 12 MM round rose quartz ball; inch by an inch, very detailed, 3D; 12 dollars only. 

8.  Hematite frog pendant, carved as if about to jump, 3D, very detailed, inch by inch; 7 dollars only. 

9.  Hematite thunderbird in flight on strand of hematite beads, 16 inch.  thunderbird is two inches across counting wing span and inch and a half from end of beak to fan tail; 12 dollars only. 

10.  Small flat rose quartz fish pendant, inch by two thirds of an inch, 5 dollars. 

11.  Pisces pendant, two fish joined at the tail, in rose quartz, two inches by a little over half inch; 10 dollars only. 

12.  Silver butterfly seated on top of blue lace agate pendant with geode in center, lovely natural shape, highly polished; 15 dollars only. 

13.  Size 8 silver dove ring, 3D, dove in flight, great detail, over inch and a half wing span; 20 dollars only. 

The following are one of a kind, unique gemstone Christmas-tree pendants.  I realize these are being posted way before Christmas, but come the Fall, people are Christmas shopping and not wanting to really buy for themselves.  Also, when the Christmas decor comes out, you'll already have your cool Christmas jewelry to wear for the entire season if you get it now. 

The pieces I found for the foundation of these creations are some I've never seen before, so I am like 99 percent sure I'll never find them again.  This means, once they're sold, they're gone. (Free gift with first order as well as any order 50 dollars or more.) 

1. Featured item, large Christmas tree pendant. This is a little over 2 inches by a little over half an inch wide and lies flat against the chest.  Silver is only on top where the chain goes, and directly under that at very top of tree is a little silver star.  The tree is carved from lovely dark gray agate with lighter splashes of color on some.  Dark coloring is great for winter, and the agate is shaped like a Christmas tree.  It comes on one of the following cords to wear at your choice:  A 24 inch red and green silk braided ribbon cord (Christmas colors); or a 24 inch silver and gold braided silk ribbon (likewise more Christmas colors) or a silver and gold 16 inch braided cord, looks a lot like a chain, and stretches over the head so you can still have it short and don't have to fuss with clasps.  So you have the pendant with your choice of cord to wear it on of the listings above for 35 dollars shipping included. 

2. Red and Green Christmas pendant.  If the Christmas tree is a little large for you, but you'd still like to be in the Christmas spirit with gemstones, consider a red and green gemstone pendant.  At the bottom is a chunky fancy faceted red coral topped by a lovely green aventurine.  Cord of choice sold separately.  20 dollars only.  If interested please email severus13@gmail.com

More Items From Charlotte:  Shop early for the greatest selection! 

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1.  Angel Charm Bracelet  Celebrate the holidays with angels on your wrist!  These lovely angels are small charms, that are flat but are shaped like angels.  The bracelet is accented with blue and clear plastic beads and silver accents.  It stretches so will fit most wrists.  $3. 

2.  Snowman and Snowflake Charm Bracelet.  Let it snow this holiday season with this festive charm bracelet.  It includes snowflake and snowman charms, dark and light blue plastic beads and silver accents.  The bracelet stretches so will fit most wrists.  $3. 

3.  Snowflake Necklace, a great match to the item listed above, this necklace consists of blue and white pony beads spaced between 5 plastic snowflakes.  The largest snowflake is in the center surrounded by smaller snowflakes.  The necklace is strung on a cotton cord that pulls over the head.  $3. 

4.  Wooden Beaded Light Bulb Necklace:  This festive necklace consists entirely of wooden beads.  The focal points are 5 carved Christmas light bulbs spaced between wooden beads.  The lights and beads are red, yellow and green.  The necklace is strung on a cotton cord and slips over the head.  $3. 

5.  Wooden Light Bulb Necklace with Bells:  This necklace is similar to the one above, but with a different ring to it.  It features 5 wooden light bulbs in red, yellow, purple, green and blue.  Spaced between each bulb are red and green beads and gold bells.  On each side at the end of the beads is a yellow star.  The necklace is strung on a cotton cord and slips over the head.  $3. 

6.  Jingle Bell Keychain  Need to find your keys?  Want to hear the festive sounds of the holidays any time?  These fun bell key chains come in either blue, red, green or gold bells and have gold cords and key rings.  $1 each. 

7.  Santa Land Charm Bracelet: This bracelet has everything from the North Pole already included.  Charms include a Santa, a Santa head, a reindeer, Christmas tree and sleigh.  Between each charm are red and green beads and silver accents.  The bracelet stretches, so will fit most wrists.  $3. 

8.  Peace Dove Necklace:  This is a great necklace for those who would like to give peace for the holidays.  It features a lovely detailed white dove with the word peace below it.  It measures about an inch and a half by an inch and a half.  It is strung on a white cotton cord.  $3. 

9.  Light Up Light Bulb Keychains  Add some light to the holiday season with these fun keychains.  Each keychain resembles a large Christmas light and with a push of the top of the bulb, it really lights up!  Available in blue, orange and red.  $1 each. 

10.  Resin Bear Christmas Ornament  This very detailed bear will be a great addition to any tree.  It is a brown bear with a red bow
and in its lap is a sleeping doll.  It is 3D and very detailed and comes individually gift boxed.  It has a gold cord for hanging.  $3 each. 

11.  Ceramic Santa Head Ornament  This is a very detailed Santa's head, complete with red hat.  It is made of ceramic and would be a great addition to a tree.  It measures about 2 inches by 2 inches.  The Santa head is white and there is a gold cord for hanging.  $2. 

12.  Gingerbread Man Wreath Ornament.  This is a very cute and unique ornament.  It features 5 gingerbread men formed into a circle to form the shape of a wreath.  The gingerbread men are brown with red buttons and a red cord for hanging.  The ornament measures almost 4 inches around, but is flat.  $3. 

13.  Miniature Angel Figurines  These would make great gifts for all the angels on your list! The angels are beige and each holds a different item.  The items available are a gold guitar, white dove, gold violin, white harp with brown trim, gold flute and white rabbit.  They measure from an inch and a half to 2 inches tall.  $1 each. 

14.  Holiday Print Scarves  Jazz up any outfit with these holiday print scarves.  There are several styles to choose from.  All are 100% polyester and measure 60 inches long by 13 inches long.  The designs are as follows:

Snowmen and Snowflake scarves feature white snowmen and snowflakes and come in black, ivory or red.  Each has a different type of hat as well.  Holiday print scarves have everything Christmas throughout.  Items include Christmas trees, snowmen and lights.  These are available in red, white and black.  $8 each. 

An Interesting Web Site:  If you have access to a computer, this site sounded as though it could come in handy sometime. 

Christian music song lyrics at ShareSong.org


MSB Memories: 

The MSB Boosters’ Club has a professionally produced CD called MSB Memorabilia available for purchase at the up-coming convention for $10 each.  If you attended MSB anytime between 1935 and 1975, you would certainly find this CD a treasure trove of memories with voices from the past such as Al Eberhardt, Marie Buchman, Victor Johnson and MSB’s first black graduate, Belle Phillips Bundy.  To get your own copy see Mark Perr at the convention.

Rick Belcher is with a group known as the St. Louis Funk Brothers.  He is offering a CD, called Funk Live.  He will be selling his CD at the convention for 10 dollars each.  Give him a call at 314-289-8769 to place your order.  The CD will be delivered at Convention.



In conclusion, let me leave you with this touching little scene:

At one point during a game, the coach said to one of his young players,

"Do you understand what cooperation is? What a team is?" The little boy nodded yes.

"Do you understand that what matters is whether we win together as a team?" The little boy nodded yes.

"So," the coach continued, "when a strike is called, or you are out at first, you don't argue or curse or attack the umpire. Do you understand all that?" Again, the boy nodded yes.

"Good," said the coach. "Now go over there and explain it to your mother."

See you come December.