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News and Views January 2016

National Federation of the Blind of Arizona

News and Views

January, 2016

In This Issue

Greetings from Our President
Word on the Street
Guess Who Just Took Another Trip Around the Sun
NFB Newsline Releases iOS Mobile App Version 2.0
Lawsuit Claims Voting Services in Ohio Violate ADA
AppleVis Golden Apple Awards for 2015
Lab Grown Retina Cells Repair Sight in Monkeys
Health and Wellness Opportunities at SAAVI
Braille Literacy Through Technology
The Bookshelf, 2 Selections
Tips to Avoid Injury During a Robbery
Healthy Choice, Healthy Living, Would You Like a Part Time Job?
West Valley Chapter News
Join Us for a Birthday Celebration to Remember
Flick, Swipe, and Tap, Shake to Undo
The Recipe Box, Rotel Chicken
Debbies List
Stay Connected
Grins and Groans, the Usual Endings


The NFB of Arizona newsletter has been produced in such a manner that makes it easier to stroll through the articles. If you are using JAWS, System Access, NVDA, or Window Eyes, press the letter H to move through the headings. If you wish to go back to a previous article, simply press the shift key + the letter H. For MAC users, press Control Option Command plus the letter H and to go backwards through the articles press Control Option Command shift plus the letter H.

Greetings from Our President

Hello, fellow Federationists,

I wish you a happy and healthy new year! We have a lot to look forward to in 2016.

We have a delegation of nine Arizonans participating in the 2016 Washington Seminar. This is the largest delegation we have had in a number of years.

· NFB National scholarship deadline March 31

If you know a graduating high school senior or an undergraduate or graduate student who would be interested in competing for one of our thirty scholarships, please encourage him or her to download the scholarship application from I need to make a personal recommendation for any Arizona applicant, and the sooner the better!

· The NFB of Arizona will hold our quarterly board of directors meeting the second Saturday of February via teleconference from 9:30 to noon. Our meetings are open, and all NFBA members are welcome. I will send out a notice as the date approaches.

· To listen to any of the 272 heart warming stories of the Kernel Books series, please visit and select one of the titles labeled as audio. You can choose to listen to each story individually online or to download an entire audio book as a zip file.

· Reminder: SSA Kiosk Testers Needed

This January, align your New Years resolution with NFB Resolution 2015 dash 24 regarding the accessibility of Social Security Administration (SSA) kiosks. Though designed to be accessible, Social Security Administrations Visitor Intake Processing kiosks are frequently made available without the keypads and audio output that are needed for accessibility. The NFB is seeking members in every state to assist with testing these kiosks this winter. Your support in this effort is critical. If you are interested in helping, please contact Valerie Yingling, paralegal, at, 410 659 9314, extension 2440. Additionally, if you recently visited an SSA office and encountered an inaccessible intake processing kiosk, please contact Valerie Yingling.

Help build a future full of opportunity for the blind by becoming a member

of the Jacobus tenBroek Legacy Society. Your legacy gift to the National

Federation of the Blind can be made in the form of a will or a living trust,

an income generating gift, or by naming the NFB as a beneficiary of a

retirement plan or life insurance policy. You can also become a member of

the Jacobus tenBroek Legacy Society by making a legacy gift to your state

affiliate. By committing to support an NFB affiliate, your gift will benefit

both local and national programs, since all bequests made to affiliates are

split evenly with the NFB national treasury. In addition to having the

satisfaction of contributing to the future success of the NFBees mission,

tenBroek Legacy Society members also receive a specially designed thank you

gift and other benefits. For additional information, please contact Lou Ann

Blake at the NFB Jernigan Institute by e-mail at, or by

telephone at, 410 659 9314, extension 2221.

· ScripTalk audible prescription labels are now available nationwide at all local Rite Aid and Walmart pharmacies, as well as at several national mail order pharmacies. Rite Aid and certain mail order pharmacies also offer large print and Braille prescription labels.

Be aware that you may have to educate your local Rite Aid or Walmart pharmacist that their employer is actually offering accessible prescription labels. These companies are very large, and it can take time for local pharmacists to become aware of new company initiatives.

If you are a Walmart customer and your local pharmacist is not yet familiar with the availability of accessible prescription labels, just tell the pharmacist to Search for ScripTalk on The WIRE. The pharmacist will know to search Walmarts internal communication system to find instructions on how to get ScripTalk implemented locally.

If you are a Rite Aid customer and your local pharmacist is not yet familiar with accessible labels, ask the pharmacist to call their corporate support number for more information, or you can also call EnVision America for assistance at, 1 800 890 1180.

Accessible prescription labels are also available via mail order from the following national mail order pharmacies:

1. Home Delivery supplies audible prescription labels.

2. CVS/Caremark PBM Mail Order supplies audible, large print and Braille prescription labels.

3. Humana Mail Order supplies audible and Braille prescription labels.

4. Rite Aid Mail Order supplies audible, large print and Braille prescription labels.

5. United Healthcare/OptumRx Mail Order supplies audible prescription labels.

6. Walmart Mail Order supplies audible prescription labels.

I am attaching the NFBA roster in MS Word and RTF formats. Please check to see if your information is current and call me if it needs updating.

Bob Kresmer, President
1 888 899 6322.

Word on the Street

Congratulations to Megan Homrighausen for her successful completion of the Comprehensive Day Program at SAAVI. Megan spent over one year working hard and learning the skills of blindness, graduating with flying colors! Megan has also been accepted as a trainee into the Business Enterprise Program as well! What a nice start to 2016! Good job Megan!

Got any news to share with us? Send it in to:
We look forward to sharing your news with our extended family here within the NFB of Arizona.

Guess Who Just Took another Trip around the Sun?

Happy birthday to our NFBA members below!

January 2, Megan Homrighausen, from Mesa.
January 9, Ryan Bishop, from Mesa.
Please help us build our birthday list, by sending your first and last name, date of birth, (year optional), and the city you live in to:

NFB Newsline Releases iOS Mobile App Version 2.1


Mark A. Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said: quote, Living the lives we want means being connected to important news and information at the same time as our sighted peers. We are proud that NFB NEWSLINE continues to expand the availability and selection of newspapers and other important information. It is a unique service developed by the blind, for the blind. End quote.

Scott White, Director of NFB NEWSLINE said: quote, We are excited to release this next version of NFB NEWSLINE Mobile. We are constantly striving to keep this app relevant and provide more features, and we thank our subscribers for the many useful suggestions that have been implemented in this version. End quote.

NFB NEWSLINE is a free service available to anyone who is blind, visually impaired or print disabled, offering over four hundred publications. The service includes national newspapers like the Wall Street Journal and USA Today, sixteen breaking news sources such as CNN and ESPN Online, fourteen international newspapers including the London Telegraph and Vancouver Sun, and countless state newspapers, plus fifty magazines like Time, PC World, Mac World, Guideposts, and more.

The new version of the NFB NEWSLINE Mobile iOS app includes a number of enhancements, including a global search function, allowing subscribers to search across all publications for topics of interest. The weather alert feature will now be linked to the iOS device’s GPS, so alerts will be more accurate than ever before. A blind person can hear the beep tones warning of weather emergencies on the television, but cannot read the messages scrolling across the screen. NFB NEWSLINE provides any current alerts as soon as subscribers log into the app.

In addition to these features, TV listings have been streamlined, retail ads, previously only available using the telephone access method, have been added, and choosing favorites is now made easier by the addition of an Add or Delete Favorites button on the screen for each publication.

NFB NEWSLINES vast array of publications, information, and announcements can be accessed anytime, on the subscribers schedule, all day, every day. And it is always free. To learn more about NFB NEWSLINE or to sign up, visit,, or call, 866 504 7300.

NFB NEWSLINE is a service of the National Federation of the Blind.

Lawsuit Claims Voting Services in Ohio violate ADA

Disability Rights Ohio, and the law firm of Brown, Goldstein, & Levy, LLP, have filed a federal lawsuit against the office of Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted. The suit, filed on behalf of three blind Ohio voters and the National Federation of the Blind, alleges that some voting services in Ohio are not accessible. This is in violation of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Registered Ohio voters Shelbi Hindel, Barbara Pierce, and Marianne Denning are blind and unable to access important voting information and forms on the Secretary of States website because of the sites inaccessible design and inability to work with screen access software. Additionally, because Ohios absentee ballots are only available on paper, blind voters are unable to fill them out without assistance, an infringement on their right to cast a ballot privately and independently. The suit asks the court to order Secretary of State Husteds office to make the changes needed to rectify these problems before the March 15, 2016, primary election in Ohio.

Quote, Voting is important to me, and I want to be able to read through the materials and be prepared for the upcoming Republican primary, quote, explains Hindel. Quote, Current technology makes reading text easy for the blind, provided the text is available in the right format. My polling location recently moved to a site further from my house, so voting absentee is a more convenient way for me to exercise my right to vote. Quote.

According to Kristen Henry, attorney at Disability Rights Ohio, quote, Secretary of State Husted has the responsibility to ensure that all eligible Ohioans have equal access to the states voting systems and resources. The solutions for the problems we are raising are readily available. Unfortunately, our attempts to collaborate with the state on this issue have not been successful. Quote.

Mark A. Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said: quote, The technology to allow blind voters to mark absentee ballots privately and independently is available and has been used successfully by blind voters, myself included. This technology protects ballot secrecy and puts blind voters on an equal footing with all other voters, as well as helping voters who have disabilities in addition to blindness that prevent them from getting to a polling place or using the voter technology available there. The National Federation of the Blind will continue to fight for the right of blind people in Ohio and throughout the nation to vote privately and independently. Quote.

AppleVis Golden Apple Awards for 2015

Reprinted from

We are pleased to announce the results of the fourth annual AppleVis Golden Apple Awards.

Since their launch in 2012, the AppleVis Golden Apple Awards have afforded blind and low vision users an opportunity to recognize and acknowledge the hard work and dedication which developers have put into making great and accessible iOS and OS X applications during the given year.

To be shortlisted for this years Golden Apple Awards, apps must:

· Be fully accessible to blind and low vision users.
· Have been launched or significantly updated during 2015.
· Be from a developer with a demonstrated and long term commitment to full accessibility.
· Demonstrate excellence in design, functionality and operation.
Candidates for Developer of the Year must:

· Have a long standing, exemplary commitment to making their apps fully accessible to blind and low vision users.
· Be receptive and responsive to the needs of blind and low vision users in a timely manner.
· Have delivered significant new features or updates to their app(s) during 2015, particularly updates which directly benefit blind and low vision users.
The 2015 AppleVis Golden Apples consist of awards in five categories:

· Best iOS App
· Best iOS Game
· Best Assistive iOS App
· Best Mac App
· Developer of the Year
For the Best iOS App of 2015, the AppleVis community chose Workflow: Powerful Automation Made Simple. Perhaps not surprising as Workflow has already won an Apple Design Award this year for it’s VoiceOver support and been rated an App Store Best of 2015.

1Password - Password Manager and Secure Wallet took second place, and Overcast: Podcast Player came third.

In the closest ever vote in the history of these Awards, Dice World - Dice with Friends! took the Golden Apple for Best iOS Game of 2015. A Blind Legend followed as a very close second, and Blindfold Bowling was just a handful of votes further back in third place.

In a landslide vote, the AppleVis community voted KNFBReader Best Assistive iOS App of 2015. BlindSquare took second place, and Be My Eyes - helping blind see placed third.

Audio Hijack was voted as the best Mac app of 2015 by a wide margin. 1Password - Password Manager and Secure Wallet came in second, and LaunchBar placed third.

Kid Friendly Software (Creator of the ‘Blindfold’ series of iOS audio games) was voted as the Developer of the Year, with MIPsoft (Creator of BlindSquare) and DeskConnect, Inc. (Creator of Workflow - Powerful Automation Made Simple) rounding out the top three.

We would like to extend our congratulations to the winners of the 2015 AppleVis Golden Apple Awards and to wish everyone a happy and safe new year and a prosperous 2016.

Lab Grown Retina Cells Repair Sight in Monkeys

By Claire Maldarelli

Popular Science

Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is a genetic eye condition that results in damage to the retina. It has no cure; over time, a person with RP loses much or all of their vision.

But scientists have gotten one step closer to finding a better treatment. Researchers at the RIKEN Institute in Japan have now succeeded in growing retinal tissue and transplanting that tissue into the retinas of rhesus monkeys with RP. Three weeks after the treatment, visual tests on two of the monkeys found their vision had improved.

In the study, published this week in the journal PNAS, researchers grew retinal tissue from stem cells and then transplanted the tissue into the retinal area of rats with advanced RP. The tissue grew and in some cases adhered to the cells already in the retina and formed connections, a key factor in the success of this approach.

Then, the researchers tried a similar approach on rhesus and macaque monkeys with end stage RP. Similarly, the retinal cells grew and formed connections and synapses, allowing the new retinal tissue to connect and quote, talk to, quote, the retinal cells already there. In order for a tissue graft like this to be successful, the cells need to not only grow and differentiate from stem cells but also connect to the cells already there to become one unit.

The researchers say that future studies will allow them to better understand how often the implanted retinal tissue is likely to form connections with the retinal cells already there. And while therapy like this for humans is still far out, they say that the monkey models will help them optimize for conditions that they would expect to see in humans.

Health and Wellness Opportunities at SAAVI

By Mike Armstrong

My name is Mike Armstrong and I am the Health and Wellness Coordinator for the Southern Arizona association for the Visually Impaired (SAAVI). As a totally blind Certified Personal Trainer I understand how serious the need is to improve the physical fitness of our VI/blind community. This is why I am excited about a fitness/health and wellness program we are continuing to grow. We are expanding our services in recreation and personal fitness training to the visually impaired of all ages with an emphasis on the senior community in the greater Phoenix area. This will enable financially challenged visually impaired to receive free personal and group fitness training. Through the use of our proven Health and Wellness model we assess the participant’s fitness level and build a custom program to fit their needs regardless of age or fitness level.

Children that are blind or visually impaired are often left out of physical activities. This is generally because the PE teacher does not have the time to work with them one on one. This can lead to a lack of physical fitness, depression, anxiety and obesity throughout their lives into adulthood.

In regards to our adult and senior population the loss of eyesight is extremely difficult to adapt to. Movement in general is difficult and the lack of confidence in their environment often leads to a less active lifestyle. A lack of exercise often results in several serious medical issues even death.

Our personal fitness trainers use the guidelines and regiments from the National Academy of Sports Medicine’s Optimal Performance Training program for weight, cardio, flexibility, and endurance training. We utilize classes in Karate, Jujitsu, Tai Chi Zoomba, and Yoga to improve strength, balance, and endurance. In addition we run outings exposing the participants to recreational activities like hiking, swimming, rock climbing, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, kayaking, and tandem cycling. We also run workshops for both adult and youth on adapted sports like Goalball, Beep Baseball, Blind Golf, and water sports. Now here is the best part of all, it is totally free!.

If you are interested in our program, or know somebody that would benefit from our services, please contact Me at, If you would like to contact me via phone, you can do so at, 602 795 0195, extension 102.

Braille Literacy Through Technology

By Jeremy Capati
Reprinted from the NFB of New Jersey Newsletter
The Sounding Board

Editors Note: Jeremy Capati, a former New Jersey LEAD student, interned at

the White House this past spring and at the National Center this past

summer. He is currently a student at Ramapo College. In this article, he

describes how he came to the realization that Braille really would make his

life more full. This article is also available at,

As a summer intern for the Jernigan Institute, I came to realize that there

were many areas in which I needed to improve in order to gain more

confidence and independence. It has been about 10 years since I became

blind, and I have to credit the National Federation of the Blind for pulling

me off the dark path that I was going down. The Federation shed light on the

importance of receiving training, and as a graduate of the Colorado Center

for the Blind, I can state that I can confidently use the majority of the

blindness skills taught there. My pride and stubbornness allowed me to leave

the center with the perception that it was acceptable to barely read and

write Braille.

After my training at the Colorado Center, I returned to college and was

still a successful student by using technology and other strategies to avoid

the reality that I was still missing an integral piece by not applying

Braille to my daily routine. Currently, I am comfortable with access

technology such as JAWS, Kurzweil 1000 and Voiceover for the iPhone. My next

move is to consistently practice and apply Braille. I had the patience to

learn to use access technology, and with that same patience, I must take my

development as a blind person to another level in finally accepting the need

for Braille.

My direct supervisor and the executive director of the Jernigan Institute,

Anil Lewis, has shared how the Federation challenges interns and other

Federationists to be better. The feedback from the Federation can be direct:

The NFB tells it like it is, even if it is something one would not want to

hear. Anils honest assessment of my skills in the areas of technology and

Braille was a wake up call. It turns out that I have some limitations. For

example, during the National Convention in Orlando, a critical part of the

week was deliberating the types of policies that the Federation will engage

in with the Resolutions Committee. I was selected to speak in favor of a

resolution on the ABLE Act, which allows the disability community, including

those who are blind, to set up an account that enables us to set aside money

for housing, employment, transportation, healthcare, etc., without impacting

benefits such as supplemental security income. Since I focus on memorizing

my presentations when I speak formally, I lose a crucial part of public

speaking, which is being comfortable and confident. My presentation to the

Resolutions Committee was a disorganized, rambling train of thought that

could have been avoided if my preparation had included Braille and a concise

set of bulleted notes (in Braille) to refer to as needed. I have experienced

this situation a number of times in college, as well, and it is time to be

proactive in being a well rounded person.

The accessible technology week of my internship was timely. The access

technology team laid out the various hardware and software options that I

could use to be more independent and productive in school, as well as in the

work force. I realized that I could be a more proficient Braille reader and

writer with the use of technology. Towards the end of the week, I reached

out to President Riccobono to share my thoughts and listen to the advice he

had. He reinforced the value of Braille and emphasized that it is never too

late to become more proficient. He suggested practicing reading and writing

30 minutes a day and including Braille in my daily routine. The use of

technology to increase my Braille skills would be applied in increments and

at different levels. The first level is to have hard copy of Braille to read

while listening to my screen reader, JAWS, or to Voiceover on my iPhone. As

I read and listen, the audio reassurance from JAWS can guide me in the

recognition of words and gradually build speed. This is a basic and

cost effective way to combine technology and Braille, and allows me to

practice independently. Next is to use a Braille display or BrailleNote to

read and write messages, and this is an ideal option to increasing my

reading and writing speed. This is a straight forward plan for combining

technology and Braille that requires a great amount of time and patience.

Consistent motivation and discipline in the use of Braille and technology

will enhance my blindness skills. I admit that this will be a difficult

process, especially as I near graduation and hope to enter the work force,

but as the NFB has shown time and patience in mentoring me, I must give

myself the same energy in becoming a more complete blind individual.

The Bookshelf, 2 Selections

Do you love to curl up with a good book? Been meaning to read that best seller? Here are two book selections that you may wish to read! If you have a book that you absolutely loved and want to share your thoughts about it with us, please send in your write up to:
Happy reading!

Book #1, Hunting Season, A Novel


Written by Peter Deutermann

Read by Jim Zeiger

Reading time 20 hours, 9 minutes
Genre: Suspense Fiction
Former FBI contract killer Edwin Kreiss's daughter is missing from an Appalachian hiking trip. Roanoke agent Janet Carter leads the search. Kreiss teams with Carter to uncover political scandal and motives for vengeance, but Kreiss has insider information, an effective weapon. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2001.
Download Hunting season: a novel

Book #2, Tricky Twenty Two, A Stephanie Plum Novel


Written by Janet Evanovitch

Read by Lorelei King

Reading Time 6 hours, 29 minutes

Genre: Suspense Fiction, Humor, Mystery and Detective Stories
Ken Globovic, arrested for beating up the Dean of Students at the Kiltman, College, misses his court date and goes into hiding. People see him on campus, but no one will talk. Bounty Hunter, Stephanie Plum, decides that something more than fraternity pranks are going on at campus. Unrated commercial audio book.

Download Tricky twenty two: a Stephanie Plum novel

Tips to Avoid Injury During a Robbery

By Robert D. Sollars

We may be blind, but we still shop everywhere. From the grocery store to the closest Wal Mart. This may surprise some people, but what is most surprising is that 99 percent of all people, even sighted ones, do not know how to protect themselves during a store robbery or home invasion. Hopefully, these tips, adapted for us specifically, will keep you safe from injury.

Always assume that there is a weapon of some kind. You should also always assume that the weapon is loaded, primed to explode, or ready to thrust.

Never argue with the criminal. This can only lead to them becoming desperate, irritated, anxious, and angry, which will not end well for anyone.

Do not make any sudden moves. Stand still and move very slowly, but only move if they tell you to do something.

Do not place your hands into your purse, backpack, or pockets, unless you have been told to remove your wallet or whatever.

Do not make eye contact. This may seem stupid, but many of us who went blind later in life and worked in the business world still have the tendency to look people in the eye.

Do whatever they tell you to do, and do not argue with them, no matter how sentimental your jewelry is to you, or the items you possess which they want.

Do not interrupt the robbery attempt. This may be difficult to realize at first, but if you do interrupt, then follow the above tips.

Do not be a hero. Very few of us know martial arts or Ninja style fighting, so do not try.

Do not chase the robber, Get a license plate number, or description; even their voice may be helpful but nothing more. Obviously, if you are blind or visually impaired, this may be a mute point, but they may still think you might be able to identify them.

Get a full and complete description of the criminal as best you can. Comparing them to friends or relatives, and yes, this means their voice as well.

If you interrupt the crime by accident, try to back out as silently as you can.

If you can do so safely, call 911.

Know your neighborhood. How quiet is it? Use your senses to know what is out of place in the area.

Do not use decorative side lights on the doors.

Keep all doors locked at all times. This is not the fifties!.

Never use a hollow core door as any entry door.

Never open the door unless you know who it is.

Always ask for ID and call to verify if necessary. If you cannot see the ID, then keep the door locked and call the company they supposedly represent.

Use a thumb turn deadbolt & key lock. This will give you some precious seconds to move away and call 911, if necessary.

Never leave your patio door open. And keep it secure at all times with a broom stick or a ‘charley bar’.

Have adequate lighting in and around your house.

If you feel anything amiss when talking to a stranger, then call 911 to have an officer dispatched to verify who they are.

Always cooperate, and do not try to be a hero. If you follow these tips, there is little chance of you being injured or killed in a robbery or home invasion.

During a holdup your chances of being harmed are very small unless you force the robber to do something. During a home invasion you have only a 50/50 chance of not being harmed. By nature most home invasions are extremely violent, and they really do not care if they hurt you or not. The key in either of these, is to be aware of what is around you. If you are not aware, then it is easy to be injured in a robbery or home invasion.

Robert D. Sollars is a 32 year veteran of the security field. Despite his blindness, he has continued to try and save lives and property by writing and consulting, with 2 published books, and a twice weekly blog, and has appeared in the media on a range of security topics. Contact him for questions or advice at, 480 251 5197, or contact him on his various social media platforms, Facebook, linkedin, twitter, or his blog site,

Healthy Choice, Healthy Living, Would you Like a Part Time Job?

By Lawrence MacLellan

Hello everybody, how would you like a part time job? You do not need any experience or any references. You do not even need to be friendly or polite. This is a job that they cannot say no, and the best part is you cannot get fired.
Here are some of the benefits. You will live longer, have more energy, be happier, look great, feel great, sleep wonderful, be more positive and attract other like minded people. All of this could be yours for the low, low price of next to nothing and even free.
Pray tell, what is it?
As I mentioned in past articles, I have been an exerciser all my life and it has helped me with all kinds of things. Confidence is one of the most important things that a person can have, especially when you are blind. As you already know, a lot of people marvel at the fact that we can walk and talk at the same time. There are lots of examples where people have set such low expectations on us. I have found that one way to gain respect from the general public is to be fit, to look like you work out, not to be overweight and to have that confidence. There is an epidemic when it comes to poor health. The obesity rate is rising every year and when you are feeling like a 90 year old, it is hard to be friendly and successful. What I mean about successful is to be happy, healthy and confident and I definitely attribute my success to exercise and being mindful of my health.
Back to that job. Think of exercise as a part time job. It is a job that you have agreed to set hours and set days. An example would be Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 7AM to 8:30AM. These are the hours that I work out and they are set in stone just like it is a job that I have to show up for.
Pick 3 or 4 days a week and set the hours that work for you, and commit to those hours. You may have to change them at first to find the best times that work for you.
Start out slowly and keep track of your workouts.
Ask for help and know that you are not training for the Olympics. Be consistent and remember that you want to still be able to workout when you are in your later years.
Go back and read the articles that I have posted in back issues and start with something, it does not have to be a lot at first. Find things that you enjoy and keep a record.
Recently I was chatting with my wife about why people let themselves go. They gain a lot of weight and find excuses why that is. My wife had chatted with some people she had worked with in the bank years ago and she was shocked at how much they let their health go downhill. I know that life gets in the way, working and raising kids and other things can prevent us from finding time to take care of yourself. Time seems to be one of the most popular excuses but I think that not taking pride in yourself, not caring about how you look is a big problem. What happened in our lives that caused this to happen? Maybe we just give up on life and start to believe all the negative programming about how hard it is to be healthy, how hard it is to not gain weight and, oh well it runs in the family.
Take some pride in yourself and sign up for that part time job.Show the world that it can be done, we have enough limitations set on us from the general public. The one thing that we can do is to be healthy and happy, that makes you a successful person. You will get the respect and credit that you deserve.
Congratulations on your new job!

West Valley Chapter news

By Marcus Schmidt

Some important news for West Valley members!

Our meeting time and location have changed, effectively immediately.
Starting January 23rd, we will be meeting on the fourth Saturday of each month from 1:30 to 3:30 at the Thunderbird Banner Medical center (formerly Thunderbird Samaritan Hospital) in conference room 1. It is located at 5555 West Thunderbird Road, in Glendale, but Phoenix Dial a Ride has committed to transport people from and to Phoenix without transfers.

Join Us for A Birthday Celebration to Remember!

By Debi Chatfield

It is chock full of cash prizes, fun games, and interesting and informative
presentations. It will all take place online, in an accessible LIVE audio
chat community and it is all free to attend. Its our 8th birthday
celebration and you are all invited. The location is,

Apply for your free membership, and join in this exciting birthday
celebration. All day on Saturday, January 30, there will be interactive
games, interviews with interesting and informative guests relevant to the
blind community, cash giveaways in each event, and an opportunity to meet
new friends from all over the world!

Here is our exciting schedule, so come and celebrate with us! (All times
are eastern).

9:00 AM, Out Of Sight Alphabetics, hosted by Kimmie, from New Zealand
10:00 AM, Rapid Fire Trivia, hosted by Pam, from New York
11:00 AM, Buzz Word, hosted by Tali, from Israel
12:00 PM, Eric Damery, from Freedom Scientific
1:30 PM, Marty Schultz, from Blindfold Games
3:00 PM, Nick Barbato, from Dice World
4:30 PM, Mike Tindell, from Humanware
6:00 PM, Ginny Owens, Contemporary Christian Singer and Songwriter
6:30 PM, Blind Joe Bommersbach, Singer from TV show, “The Voice”
7:30 PM, On Stage, debut of auction songs
9:30 PM, Zilch, hosted by Suzy, from Tennessee
If you need any assistance with accessing our website, please write to,
Catch the vision! It is Out OF Sight!

Flick, Swipe, and Tap, Shake to Undo

By Rita Howells

Have you ever written something and realized you want to erase it? Do not
bother holding down the delete key. Simply shake your iPhone and you can
undo your typing! When you shake your phone and a pop up window will offer
to Undo or Cancel. Tap Undo to remove whatever text you just typed. If you
change your mind, you can restore the text by shaking again and tapping the
Redo button. Shake to Undo works in many apps built into the iOS like
Safari, Mail, Notes, and Messages and can even undue some things besides

Yes, seriously, physically shaking the iPhone initiates an Undo or a
Redo, making the action buttons for each task visible. These can undo/redo
anything, whether it is typed text, copying, pasting, deleting text,
basically whatever the last action was it will figure out.
A friend of mine thought I was joking when I showed this to them, so it is
important to emphasize this is actually how you undo/redo on their Phone.
There are no Undo / Redo buttons like there is on the iPad keyboard until
the physical jostling action has been triggered. Yes, the shake motion does
work on the iPad as well, but waving around a 1 pound piece of glass and
aluminum is probably not the best of ideas.
When the shake motion has been recognized, you will finally see the Undo
Typing and Redo Typing buttons appear on the iPhone screen, then just tap
on them to perform the desired action.
Sometimes you have to be fairly abrupt with the shake to get the feature to
trigger, and usually one or two quick jolts is not enough, so what I like to
recommend is giving it a good shake as if you were making percussion sounds
with a maraca or a rattle.
Shake to undo and Shake to redo works in any place where you have inputted
text, and it is basically the iPhone equivalent to the oh so popular
Command Z and Command Shift Z keystrokes to undo/redo in Mac OS X.
Admittedly this is a bit goofy at first, but once you get the hang of it
it is actually quite cool and very intuitive. Just give it a few tries,
you will pick it up quickly.

How to Disable Shake to Undo on iPhone Running iOS 9
Step #1. Launch Settings app on your iPhone
Tap on General. Tap Settings Then General in iOS 9
Step #2. Tap on Accessibility
Now tap on Shake to Undo.
Step #3. Toggle Shake to Undo off.
Now you can keep shaking your iPhone and it will not undo your actions.
Shake it Off!

The Recipe Box, Rotel Chicken

By Debi Chatfield

1 package Doritos
4 chicken breasts, cooked and diced, about (4 cups plus)
1 can Cream of Chicken Soup
1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 can Rotel Tomatoes
8 ounces sour cream
2 cups shredded cheese

Crush Doritos, and cover bottom of buttered baking dish. Mix all but cheese, and add to baking dish. Sprinkle with cheese, and bake in 350 degree oven for 25 minutes, until bubbly.
You can top with extra crushed chips and return to oven for an additional 3 minutes.
This recipe is easily halved; using only one can of soup.
Enjoy, and best dishes!

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Grins and Groans - The Usual Endings

Submitted by Bob Kresmer

1. Dear Algebra,
Please stop asking us to find your X. She is never coming back. Do not ask Y.

2. I had to quit my job crushing soft drink cans. It was soda pressing.

3. I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger.
Then it hit me.

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