The UCB Flier

A publication of

Utah Council of the Blind

January 2017

For the latest news updates call the Utah Connection 801-299-0670 or 1‑800-273-4569. (You may also leave a message at the end of the announcement.)

Mail correspondence to: UCB, PO Box 1415, Bountiful, UT 84011-1415. E-mail us at info@utahcounciloftheblind.org.

In This Issue

President's Message.................................................................................. 1

Upcoming Events for UCB.......................................................................... 2

Calling All Chocolate Lovers................................................................... 2

For the Snow Bunnies Among Us........................................................... 3

St. Patrick's Day Celebration.................................................................. 3

State Training Conference...................................................................... 3

Yellow Cab of Ogden Announces New Services........................................ 4

Narrated Movies Available from the UCB................................................... 4

Mark the Date and Spread the Word!!!....................................................... 4

Results of the National Audio Description Survey...................................... 5

ACB Scholarships...................................................................................... 7

The UCB Credit Union Has A New Name.................................................. 7

Light in the Shadows: Feelings About Blindness DB19874........................ 7

Latest Calendar with Updates.................................................................... 8

General UCB Information........................................................................... 9

Membership Drive.................................................................................... 10

President's Message

Greetings UCB Friends,

Well, we are now full into the holiday season. I love this time of year. I love the change of seasons, the smells in the air and the feelings of gratitude for others.

The UCB held its annual budget meeting and we have successfully budgeted for all of our programs and committees. We are excited for the new year.

We are looking forward to the 2017 National Conference and Convention of the American Council of the Blind which happens next July. It will be held in Reno, which is pretty darn close to us.

We also discussed our state training conference with a focus on technology.

You can also look forward to more great activities. TerriLynne has done a great job with a wide variety of activities and we are looking forward to next year.

I want to thank all of you who have purchased things on Amazon Smile as well as Smith's. When your accounts are linked to the UCB we receive small donations, and every bit counts.

It was fun to see many of you at our Christmas Party Saturday, December 3. Cordie Weed and her committee did a great job. The program focused on Christmas around the world. It was fun and interesting to listen to presentations by people from several other countries.

Until next time keep smiling.

--Anna Jeffery

President, Utah Council of the Blind

Upcoming Events for UCB

Mark your calendars and plan to attend events now scheduled for January through April.

Calling All Chocolate Lovers

On Saturday, January 28th, come to DSBVI to hear the story of Mrs. Cavanaugh's candy business. The current owner, daughter of the original owners, will be telling us the story and sharing samples with us. There will also be lots of chocolate for sale--just in time for Valentine's Day. The program will begin at 10 a.m., will be followed by lunch, and will wrap up by 1:00 p.m. We must receive your reservations by January 23rd. Send your name, telephone number, the number in your party, and payment for $5.00 per person to: UCB, PO Box 1415, Bountiful, UT 84011-1415.

For the Snow Bunnies Among Us

On Saturday, February 18th, we have the opportunity for a winter adventure with Splore. We can choose snowshoeing or cross country skiing. Snowshoeing is a little more like hiking. On the other hand, cross country skiing is more of a sliding motion. You use poles to balance yourself for both types of activity. If you have a preference, please let your thoughts be known by calling TerriLynne at 801-299-8522 or e-mailing tl1@ml1.net. We will be meeting at DSBVI at 9:00 a.m. to go to the mountains, and will be returning to the center by about 4:30 p.m. The cost for this activity is $15.00. There will also be a lodge where you can take a break and have lunch or a hot drink. The cost for your food and drink will be on your own. Money needs to be received by Monday, February 6th. The number of people who can participate is limited, so the earlier you get your money in, the more likely that you can participate.

St. Patrick's Day Celebration

On Saturday, March 18th, we have an Irish experience planned for you. It will be held at DSBVI at 10:00 a.m. and will include lunch. More details next month.

State Training Conference

In April, on Saturday the 15th, we will be having an education day! Our focus will be on technology. We are looking for ways technology impacts the lives of all of us from thermometers to computers. It should be fun and informative.

Yellow Cab of Ogden Announces New Services

Yellow Cab of Ogden is now offering runs from Ogden to the Salt Lake City Airport. To learn more, call 801-394-9411.

Narrated Movies Available from the UCB

The UCB now has narrated movies on VHS tapes for your use. If you have a VHS player, you can borrow these movies for two weeks at a time to watch over and over again. If there is a particular title you wish to view please call the Utah Connection and make a request. Leave your phone number so we can call you back and talk to you about the availability of the particular movie. Remember that most of these are older movies. There is nothing like a narrated movie. You can actually tell what is happening. We will mail the movies to you. You can have them for up to two weeks and then mail them back. If we get any movies on DVD we will let you know.

Mark the Date and Spread the Word!!!

On Friday, March 10th, the Ogden Association of the Blind 2017 Spring Gala dinner and fundraiser, "Planting Seeds For The Future", will be held at Ogden's historic Union Station. This evening of fun will get underway at 6:00 p.m. and include dinner, live and silent auctions, a 50/50 drawing, entertainment and much much more. Come celebrate with us and help us make this one of the premier social events of 2017. Proceeds will benefit the Ogden Association of the Blind, the oldest continuously operating chartered organization in Ogden.

Hope to see all of you there.

Chris L. Green
Board Member
Ogden Association of the Blind

Results of the National Audio Description Survey

The American Council of the Blind (ACB) indentifies major demand for the increase in available audio-described programming carried through television broadcast, satellite, and cable programming. The findings come after ACB held a national survey on described audio content that had more than 479 respondents.

The study painted an interesting portrait of the use of audio description for television, with responses coming from Americans who were blind, visually impaired, or had other relationships to Americans with vision loss. Findings indicated that three out of four respondents felt the current amount of available audio-described content was significantly below demand, and other obstacles still exist for accessing currently available content.

       91% of respondents reported listening to audio description in the past, with 69.7% blind, 21.1% visually impaired, and 8.2% sighted.

       75.3% of respondents strongly agree to a greater amount of audio-described programming is needed.

       Almost half (45%) were having difficulty in finding programs with audio description.

       More than half, 53% of respondents, were over the age of 50, with one-third between the ages of 50 and 64.

       Breakdown of data showed overwhelming majority of use, regardless of the degree of vision loss, with nine out of ten being blind and eight out of ten partially sighted.

       More than three-quarters of respondents who were sighted reported using audio description in the household, noting among the reasons being other disabilities or roommates who were blind as a factor.

       One respondent who reported having no visual impairment but was autistic said that audio description is used in conjunction with closed captioning, in order to better assist with following the content.

Described audio programming is not just for individuals who are totally blind, but significantly used within the low-vision/partially sighted community. With this in mind, the Center for Disease Control (COULDC) reports through their Vision Health Initiative (VHI) that the current number of legally blind Americans is 3.4M, while over 21M have visual impairment even with corrective lenses, and an estimated 80M have potentially blinding diseases like diabetes. The COULDC reports that this number will likely double by 2030.

Past studies have shown that over 75% of individuals who are blind or have significant vision loss live in a household with more than one individual. Understanding this, ACB recognizes that a notable share of American households will be appreciably impacted, requiring that greater steps be taken to make homes more universally accessible. Television provides a window into the outside world, and while the COULDC's VHI acknowledges that increased morbidity, depression, and other factors that prevent social inclusion are greater for individuals with severe vision loss, ACB as well as the UCB encourages any action that can be taken to improve the quality of life through universal access in a manner that creates equal participation and inclusion in American society.

ACB asserts that the demand for audio description will continue to rise for the next two decades. Furthermore, the need will be greatest within households having residents 50 years or older. According to industry data from 2015, this demographic is the most loyal to the cable industry, with 83% of Americans over age 50 subscribing to cable, compared to only 65% for younger adults who are leaving cable for alternative viewing experiences. The more audio-described programming that is able to be televised via broadcast, satellite, and cable, then the greater the benefit for an increasingly growing segment of Americans. The UCB is on board with this study and in support of legislation which promotes audio description. Please let your congressman and senators know what you think. Does it help you?

ACB Scholarships

The American Council of the Blind (ACB) annually awards approximately 20 scholarships ranging in amounts from $1,000 to $2,500 to entering freshmen, undergraduate and graduate college students who are legally blind, maintain a 3.3 GPA and are involved in their school/local community.

Applications may be submitted beginning November 1, 2016, and all materials must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on February 15, 2017.

To read the scholarship guidelines and complete an on-line application, please visit www.acb.org/scholarship-application.

If you are interested in applying, or know someone who is, please contact Dee Theien by phone at (612) 332-3242 or by email at dtheien@acb.org for more information.

We look forward to receiving your application materials!

The UCB Credit Union Has A New Name

The UCB Credit Union is now called The Credit Union for Blind and Visually Impaired of Utah. Everything else about the Credit Union is the same. Remember, one of its best programs is that of providing low interest loans for adaptive technology. Presently these loans are available for only 2% interest.

The Credit Union is presently seeking people to serve on its Board of Trustees. If you are a member and wish to run for a position, call 1-801-220-0800 for more information. Your resume will be needed to apply to be considered. For more questions call the number above.

Light in the Shadows: Feelings About Blindness DB19874

By Elizabeth C. Perry and F. Hampton Roy. Reading time 2 hours and 45 minutes

Read by Art Metzler.

This book was an interesting read. It includes information gained from interviews with seven people who share their experiences with varying degrees of visual impairment. One experience is of parents whose child is born blind. The people interviewed tell about their adjustments with clarity and honesty, expressing their hopes and fears about living with their disability. Although this book may be especially interesting to people who have recently become visually impaired, I enjoyed it very much and have been blind most of my life.

The book had a list of suggested adjustment techniques which were:

1.  Assume the appearance of a sighted individual.

2.  Do for others.

3.  Take pride in personal appearance and body cleanliness.

4.  Retain visual memories.

5.  Be challenged to overcome obstacles.

6.  Educate the sighted to your adjustment.

Latest Calendar with Updates

Mail checks or money orders for any activities to UCB, PO Box 1415, Bountiful, UT 84011-1415. They need to reach us by dates given. Unless otherwise noted, classes and activities listed below are held at the Division of Services for the Blind, 250 N. 1950 W., Suite B, Salt Lake City.

       Friday, January 27, 2017, 3:45 p.m.: UCB Board Meeting, DSBVI Conference Room R

       Saturday, January 28, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.: Mrs. Cavanaugh's Candy

       Wednesday, February 1, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Snowshoeing or Cross Country Skiing at Silver Lake

       Friday, February 24, 2017 3:45 p.m.: UCB Board Meeting, DSBVI Conference Room R

       Friday, March 10, 2017, 6:00 p.m.: Ogden Association of the Blind (OAB) Spring Gala: Ogden's Historic Union Station

       Saturday, March 18, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.: St. Patrick's Day celebration

       Friday, March 24, 2017, 3:45 p.m.: UCB Board Meeting, DSBVI Conference Room R

       Saturday April 15, 2017: State Training Conference with focus on technology

       Friday, April 28, 2017, 3:45 p.m.: UCB Board Meeting, DSBVI Conference Room R

General UCB Information

We are always looking for articles or interesting tidbits of information from our readers or other interested persons. The deadline for submitting items for publication is the 1st of the month, e.g. the deadline for the March newsletter is February 1st. You may e-mail any articles you wish to submit for our newsletter to our newsletter editor, TerriLynne Pomeroy, at tl1@ml1.net, or send Braille or large print to UCB Newsletter, PO Box 1415, Bountiful, UT 84011-1415; please allow extra time for processing Braille or large print.

The UCB Flier is available in large print, Braille, audio cassette tape, audio CD, as a Microsoft Word and a plain text file on CD, and by e-mail. If you would prefer to receive your newsletter in a different format, please call the Utah Connection or send an e-mail to ucb.board@gmail.com and let us know.

Disclaimer: Articles and announcements included in this publication are presented for your information and interest. They reflect the opinions of the respective authors and are not necessarily endorsed by the UCB.


 

Membership Drive

NOTICE TO OUR LIFETIME MEMBERS

It is that time of year, again, when we are doing our membership drive. Because we use an agency mailing list, you may receive one of these membership drive packets. Be assured that we have your membership recorded, and you do not have to pay dues for the upcoming year. However, we ask that you verify that we have your correct contact information and preferred newsletter format. If any of the information that we have is incorrect, simply call our office at 801-292-1156 or return the form with any corrections noted.

**FOR ALL OTHER MEMBERS**

It is Membership Renewal Time

As the year comes to a close, we would like to remind you that it is time to renew your annual membership with the Utah Council of the Blind. We have included a membership form at the end of this newsletter. Please also be aware that we are sending out membership packets via an agency mailing list, therefore, you may receive more than one membership drive packet. In the event that you receive duplicate packets, fill free to share it with a friend.

The annual dues are $10 per person and the lifetime membership dues are $250 per person. You may pay your dues by sending a check to UCB, PO Box 1415, Bountiful, UT 84010-1415 or you may pay by credit card at the following link: https://gateway.itransact.com/h/cp/public/payments/hBnJv8wZBOIAb6xKq4v , Or you may request a link to be sent to you via e-mail to pay for dues by sending an e-mail to ucb.board@gmail.com and provide your name, e-mail address, and what you wish to pay for. You will then receive a return email that has a link to pay with your credit card, or by calling us at 801-292-1156.


 

UTAH COUNCIL OF THE BLIND

Membership Application

 

To help further the work of the Utah Council of the Blind and enjoy the privileges of membership, please complete the following application and return it with your membership dues to: UCB, PO Box 1415, Bountiful, Utah 84011-1415.

 

Name:_______________________________________________________

Address:_____________________________________________________

City, State, Zip:________________________________________________

Phones Home: ______________________ Cell:______________________

Date of Birth:____________________________

E-mail:_______________________________________________________

 

I am (Please check one):

____Totally Blind

____Legally Blind (Visual acuity no more than 20/200 or visual field subtends an angle no more than 20̊ in best eye with best correction)

____Visually Impaired (Visual acuity no more than 20/70 or visual field subtends an angle no more than 20̊ in best eye with best correction)

____Sighted

 

I prefer to receive UCB correspondence in:

Print______ Braille_____ Cassette_____

Print Document on CD_____ Audio CD_____ E-mail______

I prefer to receive the Braille Forum (ACB national publication) in: Print______ Braille_____ Cassette _____ E-mail_____ None_____

 

Enclosed is my check or money order for:

_____$10.00 Adult Membership _____$5.00 Jr. Membership (Under 18)

_____$250.00 Lifetime Membership $____________Additional Donation

Total Enclosed: $___________________

If you would like to pay by credit card, please visit our website at www.utahcounciloftheblind.org or call 801-292-1156 for more information.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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