Tuesday, January 5, 2016

New Research: Stepped Care for Coping with Age-Related Vision Loss

Helpful article for those of you dealing with friends/family members who are losing their vision later in life: Stepped Care for Coping with Age-Related Vision Loss

OK Council of the Blind Advocacy Training Seminar

Good Evening!!!

It’s almost here!

That’s right!!!

The Oklahoma Council of the Blind Advocacy Training seminar will be held on January 9, Saturday, from 9 A.M. to 1 P.M.

The location is Deaconess North, 5701 N. Portland, in the basement.

This is your chance to glean how best to communicate your issues and concerns to your legislators, how to accomplish this concisely, how to network with others and what your legislators would like to know from you.

Kara Joy McKee with the Oklahoma Policy Institute will be our trainer.  Legislators will also join us to give their perspective.

It is important that you contact us to let us know you will come so we have handouts for you and enough food.

If you need financial assistance to pay for transportation, the OCB Board of Directors has approved a limited amount of financial assistance for transport:

1.  Up to $65 per vehicle for gasoline.  Note:  the words up to!!!

2.  You must have a receipt.

3.  If you take a cab, you must obviously pay the driver.  Then you will file with OCB for reimbursement from the Judy Pool Hansen Transportation Fund.  A receipt for the trip to and from the event is required.


Vicky Golightly                       Jay Doudna
(405) 740-6227                         (405) 942-3413
vgolight@yahoo.com             Jaydoudna@cox.net

New Officers

Tulsa Council of the Blind
Meeting Minutes for December 12, 2015

Meeting was called to order by President Julie Bailey.

A motion was made to approve the minutes as sent via email. A question was asked about the Yolotti fundraiser. The event was discussed and Julie Bailey will find out when an alternate date would be available. There was no other discussion about the minutes. A second was made and the motion passed.

The treasurer’s report for November was sent via email and also read at the meeting. A motion was made and seconded to approve the report as presented. The motion passed.

President Julie Bailey asked Nominating Chair Jeri Cooper to preside over the voting for the 2016 TCB Board.

Jeri Cooper read the slate of recommended officers. 

Starting with position of president, Jeri asked for nominations from the floor. Dan Garrett nominated Allison Fallin for the position. Members voted by paper ballot and Allison Fallin won the vote.

Jeri Cooper asked for nominations from the floor for position of Vice President. No nominations were made and a motion was made and seconded to accept Kathy Shelton by acclimation. The motion passed.

Jeri asked for nominations from the floor for position of treasurer. No nominations were made and a motion was made and seconded to accept Jeri Cooper by acclimation. The motion passed.

Jeri asked for nominations from the floor for position of secretary. Mark Cook nominated Darla Cook and spoke on her behalf. As Allison Fallin was recommended by the committee for this position and was voted in as President, a motion was made and seconded to accept Darla Cook by acclimation. The motion passed.

Jeri Cooper asked for nominations from the floor for position of Member at Large. For the first position Diane Garrett was recommended by the committee and no nominations from the floor were received. A motion was made and seconded to accept by acclimation. The motion passed.

Jeri asked for nominations from the floor for the second position of Member at Large. Darla Cook was recommended by the committee for this position. As Darla was voted in as Secretary, the position was open for nominations. Mark Cook and Daniel Brookshires were nominated from the floor. Representatives spoke for each of them on their behalf. Voting was completed by paper ballot and winner of the position was Daniel Brookshires.

Congratulations to the new TCB Board!

Meeting was adjourned.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

White Cane Walk - Oct. 15

We are having a walk for White Cane Awareness Day, which is October 15. Details of the route are below. More details to come at our regular monthly meeting this Friday October 9.

White Cane walk routeFrom City Hall to Caz's Chowhouse
175 East 2nd Street to 18 E. Brady Street 

We will begin the walk at City Hall which is located on the Northwest corner of Cincinnati and 2nd Street.  For those arriving by car, there is parking on the Southeast corner of 2nd and Cincinnati as well as on Cincinnati between 2nd and 1st streets.

There is a small plaza area in front of city hall that is up a couple of steps from the street level.  This is where we will meet prior to the walk.

The walk will begin by heading North on Cincinnati to 1st street.  We will cross 1st street and then make an immediate left turn.

Proceed West on 1st street past the bus stop and then turn right onto a pathway which will take you toward a metallic tower structure that is located in the pathway.  Continue North on the pathway and you will pass the tower and then you will pass the  "Center of the Universe" which you should check out if you have never experienced it before.  The Center of the Universe is a spot at which your voice will reverberate when you talk.

As you continue North on the path, you will reach Archer Street where you will turn to the right and walk a few steps until you reach a pedestrian crossing.

You will cross Archer at which point you will be heading North along the East side of Boston.  You will pass the Hardesty Arts building on your right and there will be some restaurants and bars across the street on your left.

Continue North on Boston for 1 block until you reach Brady Street.

Turn left without crossing Brady and cross over Boston heading West.  

Continue on Brady until you reach 18 which is Caz's Chowhouse .  This is where we will be dining.
If you have any questions about it all, please contact 

Jeri Cooper at 918-832-7035 or email 

or Kathy Shelton at 918-298-6363 or email at 


TCB Monthly Meeting - Oct. 9th

We will be having our regular monthly meeting this coming Friday, October 9, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Mazzio’s located in the Farm Shopping Center at 5119 S. Sheridan in Tulsa.

Be looking for an agenda to follow. We will have lots of good stuff to discuss and decide on.

Come and support your local chapter of the Oklahoma Council of the Blind!

See you there!!!

Please call if you have questions or need more information.

Julie Bailey
TCB President

Saturday, September 5, 2015

TCB Meeting - September 11

Our September TCB meeting (Friday September 11) will be at the Tulsa Bible Church located at 5838 S. Sheridan Rd. You should direct your drivers to the circle drive on the 58th street side of the building. We will have someone outside to direct you inside. Party time is from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

If you have accessible games you would like to share with the group, please bring them. We will have several types of games to choose from.

Please bring some type of finger food to share with the group. This can be anything from hot links, to chips, to brownies, to tortilla wrap ups – whatever you like. We will have use of a microwave if you bring something that needs to be heated. If you have a particular drink you want for yourself, please bring it. David and I will bring lots of bottles of water to share.

Also, please remember that at our August meeting members voted to provide ten scholarships to the OCB conference coming up the end of this month, and that along with that we agreed to donate money to help cover these scholarships as our treasury is getting pretty low. So, this is a reminder to bring a few dollars to donate to the cause.

If you have questions about the meeting/game night, please call or email me.

Hope to see you there!!!

Julie Bailey
TCB President

Monday, May 11, 2015

Rooster Day Parade

TCB and Green Country Deaf Blind group members participate in Rooster Day, Broken Arrow, OK.

Rooster Day May 2015
Rooster Day May 2015

Monday, May 4, 2015

TCB Meeting May 8th

This is to remind you that the May TCB meeting is this Friday evening, May 8th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. We will meet at our regular spot, the Mazzio’s located in the Farm shopping center at 5119 S. Sheridan Road.

If you are a regular attendee you are probably familiar with the pizza and pop deal we have for the meetings. If not, it is $5.99 for pizza and pop, and you can add a salad bar for a total of $7.99. Pizzas are brought to the meeting room and we serve ourselves and get our own drinks and refills. Please make sure to pay at the register when you come in.

If you have questions or transportation needs, please contact either Julie Bailey at 918-231-0202 or j.bailey@cox.net, or Jesse Martinez at 918-232-7164 or okie3268@yahoo.com.

See you there!!!!!

Julie Bailey, TCB President

Friday, April 3, 2015

Muskogee Council of the Blind Meeting and Picnic

The Muskogee Council of the Blind April meeting will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 17 at the Civitan Park Clubhouse. Upcoming activities, meeting dates, community outreach, and advocacy concerns are on our agenda. We will also sign thank you cards. Please plan to attend! 

The MCB Annual Picnic is at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 2 at the Civitan Park Clubhouse and the Muskogee Civitan Club will be helping us serve. We are asking MCB members to bring a dish to share or contribute toward the expenses of the meal. Join us as we visit with friends from across the state and enjoy great food! After lunch, check out our homemade crafts and pretties for sale. All proceeds will benefit MCB. Please RSVP to Sandy Evans by text, call, email or facebook message. 
Phone: 918-839-6885

Friday, November 14, 2014

News Update

The Braille Authority of North America (BANA) is pleased to make available The UEB Reader, a resource designed to introduce braille readers to Unified English Braille (UEB). This introductory hardcopy braille booklet incorporates into one document several key resources found on the BANA website. 

The UEB Reader includes content from BANA’s publication, Overview of Changes from Current Literary Braille to UEB, plus several example documents transcribed in UEB for readers to use as practice. This resource was compiled to help current braille readers become more familiar with UEB and to assist braille readers, transcribers, teachers, and families as they make the transition to UEB.

To receive a free braille copy of The UEB Reader, contact Kim Charlson at kim.charlson@perkins.org with your name and address for mailing purposes. Requests for the UEB Reader including your name, address, and phone number can also be left on the UEB Information Line at 617-972-7248.
NOTE: This press release is available in HTML on the BANA website at LINKFor additional resource information, visit www.brailleauthority.org.

Comcast Introduces Talking TV Guide For Visually Impaired. More Information at http://consumerist.com/2014/11/12/comcast-introduces-talking-tv-guide-for-visually-impaired/

From: U.S. Department of Justice [mailto:usdoj@public.govdelivery.com]
Sent: Wednesday, November 12, 2014 10:12 AM
To: mitch.pomerantz@earthlink.net
Subject: Joint guidance on effective communication for students with disabilities in public schools issued by Justice Department and Department of Education

Today the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division together with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights and Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services issued joint guidance about the rights of public elementary and secondary students with hearing, vision or speech disabilities to effective communication.  The guidance includes a letter to educators, a Frequently Asked Questions document, and a summary Fact Sheet, and is intended to help schools, parents, and others understand schools’ obligations under Federal law to meet the communications needs of students with disabilities. The guidance documents are available in HTML and PDF versions on ADA.gov.  The Dear Colleague Letter and Fact Sheet are also available in Spanish in PDF versions. 
To find out more about the guidance documents or the ADA, call the Justice Department’s toll-free ADA Information Line at 800-514-0301 or 800-514-0383 (TDD), or access its ADA.gov website.

Financial Wellness Webinar: Credit: Accessing it, Understanding it, Using it Wisely
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
3:00 - 4:00 P.M. EDT

Credit affects many aspects of our lives that we may not even realize. Join NDI and hear from experts on the interplay of credit and finances from National Disability Institute and on protecting your money from the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, an independent agency of the United States government responsible for consumer protection in the financial sector. Establishing and maintaining good credit will help in reaching goals (short-term, intermediate, and long-term). Maintaining credit involves many aspects of our financial lives including, but not limited to, setting up a bill paying system to ensure that obligations are met on time, as well as prioritizing debts with a plan of reduction or outright elimination. We will also explore the safest ways to access your credit report, check the accuracy of information, and understand your credit score and standing.

Register for this webinar by clicking on or copy and pasting the following link:  https://ndiwebinars.webex.com/ndiwebinars/onstage/g.php?MTID=e42af61efcee4d2dfef7ca2327b8d053c

For more information on NDI's Financial Webinar Series, read the press release or webinar information page
*Please note this webinar will be captioned.