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ICUB BULLETIN Fall 2018

ICUB BULLETIN

Fall 2018

Published by the

IOWA COUNCIL OF THE UNITED BLIND

Web Site: www.icublind.org

An Affiliate of the American Council of the Blind


Carrie Chapman, President

200 Parkview Dr.

Waukee, IA 50263

(515) 657-1461

E-Mail: c.chapman657@yahoo.com



Don Wirth, Co-Editor

921 – 9th St., #208

Ames, IA 50010

(515) 451-3779

E-Mail: don.wirth@gmail.com


Sandy Tigges, Co-Editor

2904 34th St.

Des Moines, IA 50310

(515) 277-1256

Email: tigges@dwx.com



SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION: The ICUB Bulletin is available in large print, via email, and on an NLS-compliant digital audio cartridge. To subscribe to the cartridge edition, please contact the Iowa Department for the Blind Library at 515-281-1323 or in Iowa 800-362-2587, option 3. Please direct other questions about format and address changes to Co-Editor Don Wirth.


SELECTING ICUB AS A BENEFICIARY


If you or a friend would like to remember the Iowa Council of the United Blind in your will, you may do so by using the following language: “I grant, devise, or bequeath unto the Iowa Council of the United Blind, a non-profit charitable organization, the sum of ______ dollars, ____ percent of my net estate, or the following stocks and bonds (please list them) to be used for its worthy purposes on behalf of blind persons.” If your wishes are more complex, you may have your attorney call (515) 279-4284, or write Iowa Council of the United Blind, 4013 30TH Street, Des Moines, IA 50310.


DONATING YOUR VEHICLE TO BENEFIT ICUB


Do you need to dispose of a used vehicle? ICUB's Used Vehicle Donation Program offers a perfect solution. Your vehicle will be picked up from your home and sold at auction. A portion of the proceeds go directly to ICUB. You claim a tax deduction equal to the dollar value of the vehicle. Call 800-899-4925 for more information.


SHOPPING TO BENEFIT ICUB!


Are you an online shopper? You can help ICUB secure some additional funds when you shop at smile.amazon.com. There, enter your e-mail address and password. You will be prompted to shop for the charity Amazon is promoting that day or to select your own. In the dialog box for selecting your own, type our name, Iowa Council of the United Blind. We will be the charity of choice each time you shop at

smile.amazon.com . ICUB will receive 0.5% of the value of purchases. If you do not yet have an account at Amazon, go to their website, establish an account, and then go to smile.amazon.com to make your purchases. Happy shopping!




Table of Contents


President’s Message …………………………………………………………4


Editor’s Greeting ……………………………………………………………...5


Taking the Long View ………………………………………………………..5


Riding into Sight: Changing the Future for the Visually Impaired ….8


A Tribute to Ed Sheppard ………………………………………………….10


Jabber Jackie ………………………………………………………………...12


Chances ……………………………………………………………………….13


Life Coach Corner …………………………………………………………...15


News You Can Use…………………………………………………………...16


Taking Advantage of Courses from the Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired ……………………………………………………….17


Hawaii Comes to Dubuque for the Annual Dubuque Chapter Banquet ……………………………………………………………………………………18


Memories of My First ACB National Convention ……………………….19


Across Iowa At-Large Chapter Report ……………………………………21


Des Moines Chapter Report ……………………………………………..…21


ICUB Officers and Directors ………………………………………………..23



President’s Message

Dear ICUB members and friends,

I hope this bulletin finds you well. I am the proud grandma to a new grandson. Easton Eric was born on July 16, 2018. He is doing very well and catching up quickly weight-wise to his brother, Aydin. They have brought a lot of joy and happiness to our family and there’s nothing better than being a grandma.

The 2019 ICUB Conference and Convention will be held April 12 - 14, 2019. The convention will once again be held at the Holiday Inn located at 4800 Merle Hay Road in Des Moines. We have many great things planned. Mark your calendars and watch for more details coming soon!

Among the many things I did July’s ACB national convention, a favorite was the Amazon session. Using various accessibility features they demoed some of their products, including their smart TV, tablets, and fire TV stick. The gestures you use in a lot of cases are similar--if not the same--as the VoiceOver you use on your iPhone and iPad. Amazon also offers over 400 movies and TV shows with audio description, which they are increasing all the time. I purchased one of their TV’s and was able to set it up without assistance using The Voice view accessibility option. This feature allows me to interact completely with my TV. Hats off to Amazon!

In the coming months, we will be busy planning the convention, making organizational duties more efficient and easier to access, and discussing our goals for 2019. If you’re interested in helping or being on a committee, please let me or another Board member know. We would love to have you join us.

Have a wonderful holiday season!

Carrie Chapman, President

Editor’s Greeting

Don Wirth


This issue of the Bulletin begins a new era. As mentioned in the last issue, Norma Boge has stepped down as co-editor after several years. Taking her place is Sandy Tigges. Many of you know Sandy for her years of service at the Iowa Department for the Blind as well as through ICUB. Sandy has volunteered to help edit the Bulletin. She has the editing, educational, and patience skills to pick up Norma’s duties (which as I mentioned in the last issue are the lion’s share of the duties), so I can take a lot of the credit while Norma did most of the work.

Welcome aboard, Sandy. This has been a great first issue, and I look forward to working with you on many more. Now, if you can just remember my name!



Taking the Long View

Don Wirth


Editor’s Note: This is the next in a set of articles intended to help you get to know better the members of the ICUB Board of Directors. Let us know what you think of this series.


If you’ve attended an ICUB State Convention, you know one of the things you can count on is the Hospitality Suite on Friday and Saturday nights. And that Arlo and Elsie Monthei will be behind the counter passing out beverages and helping fill your plate. They have been doing that “forever,” but that “forever” may pale when compared to the 42 years that Arlo worked as an occupational therapist at the Younkers Rehabilitation Center in Des Moines. Clearly, once Arlo finds a task he is good at, he sticks with it. That includes serving on the ICUB Board of Directors.

The third of eight children, Arlo grew up in Jefferson and Altoona, Iowa. His father was an electrical engineer and his mother a school teacher. He and his 2 brothers were born with x-linked chromosome deficiency that prevents seeing the color red, a genetic condition male children inherit from their mothers.

After high school, Arlo attended Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa. During the summers he worked at Camp Sunnyside, where he got interested in vocational rehabilitation. After 2 and a half years at Cornell, he spent six months attending the Orientation Center at the Iowa Department for the Blind. He married Elsie and they moved to St. Louis, MO, where he attended Washington University. He completed his B.S. in occupational therapy and then moved back to Altoona to work at the Younkers Rehabilitation Center in Des Moines.

Arlo joined ICUB when he moved to Des Moines from Altoona. His father had also lived in Altoona so they had been able to car pool together to work. When his father retired, Arlo and his family moved to Des Moines to take advantage of the bus system to commute to work. Two of Arlo’s and Elsie’s daughters were born with cataracts. The daughters wanted to be involved in a consumer organization of the blind and joined ICUB. Arlo and Elsie decided to join also.

Arlo’s current stint on the ICUB Board is not his first. In a previous term, he served as President. He has also served as Treasurer of the Friends in Art at the national level in the American Council of the Blind (ACB). Arlo believes participating in ICUB and being on the Board provides service to all blind people.

Arlo and Elsie have hosted numerous international students in their home over the years. Those students included a visually impaired Russian teen who was referred to them by the Iowa Department for the Blind. That student has since returned home and is working in service to blind individuals in Russia.

Arlo and Elsie have travelled internationally to places such as Hong Kong, Rome, Venice and Germany. They always travel with their white canes. They see it as a way to promote the interaction with and education of sighted people, especially when the sighted person starts the conversation with, “What are you doing with that fishing pole?”

Arlo exhibits living a well-rounded life. He works with others to show that loss of vision can be accommodated to get things done. And he also explains that it’s all right to ask for assistance at times.

He has demonstrated through his work with ICUB, his professional career, and his travels that blindness may be an inconvenience at times, but it doesn’t need to be a prohibitive