National Federation of the Blind of Alabama

Live the life you want!    Changing what it means to be blind!

FOCUS on SENIORS


Next Meeting! Thursday,  January 10, 2019, 7 PM to 8 PM.

CALL (563) 999-2432. This is a free conference call line. The access code is 813429.


Topic: Ms. Angela Fisher-Hall, librarian at the Alabama Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped will be on this free conference call to highlight services and how to register and navigate the ones through which books and magazines can be read in audio and Braille formats. She will also give information about the two new online services (replacements for Overdrive) for downloading audio books that are now available through many local Alabama public libraries. - Call: 563­_999_2432, access code 813429.


Belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and pass the leftover fudge and candy canes! I apologize for not getting greetings out to all our affiliate members, especially those on the Board, in my local Magic City Chapter, and members of the Seniors Division. I have no excuses other than what everyone else faces—extreme busy-ness and lack of time and energy to get to all the things I would like to accomplish. You were all in my thoughts, though—especially those of you who are ill or have lost loved ones in 2018.

Our upcoming Seniors Division meeting is set for Jan. 11 at 7 PM. Ms. Angela Fisher-Hall, librarian at the Alabama Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped will be on this free conference call to highlight services and how to register and navigate the ones through which books and magazines can be read in audio and Braille formats. She will also give information about the two new online services (replacements for Overdrive) for downloading audio books that are now available through many local Alabama public libraries. All NFB members who want this life-broadening information are encouraged to call. All vision professionals are also welcome, and please inform the consumers and students you serve to call. The number is (563) 999-2432. The access code is 913429.


With warm wishes for a happy 2019,


Carol Braithwaite, President of NFB of Alabama Seniors Division


Are you approaching or over age 50? Are you blind or starting to lose your vision? Are you wondering how other people like you handle problems you have not had to worry about before now? If so, you are not alone. All over Alabama there are people like you.


The National Federation of the Blind of Alabama Seniors Division is with you! We want to open lines of communication about what NFB has to offer “junior seniors” and older throughout the state. We know banding together is the key to helping each other learn to live the lives we want.


We meet each month by phone for an hour of sharing practical information. We have one face-to-face meeting annually in March at the NFB of Alabama State Convention. The meetings are orderly, friendly, and focused on particular topics of interest. Some of the topics covered since we organized as a division of Alabama’s NFB affiliate are how to use cell phone apps effectively, finding exercise programs that have good voiced instructions, and taking charge of our general health with good dental care.


We received our charter at the NFB of Alabama State Convention in March 2018. We have our own constitution. Membership dues are $5 annually and are paid by January of each calendar year. Membership entitles a person to vote on all decisions made by the members. Members also belong to a local NFB of Alabama chapter (see first page of this website). However, it is not necessary for a person to join the Federation to participate in our meetings by phone. We welcome all who call in. We who have lost or are losing vision must meet all the challenges all seniors face. We also have a few additional concerns. See if any of these ring a bell:


1. Maintaining a positive attitude about vision loss


2. Finding good training to use a white cane or guide dog for travel, reading and writing Braille, using computers and phones, keeping your home safe and organized, gaining and keeping a job


3. Understanding services offered by the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services and the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind


4. Finding affordable ways to get a CCTV, computer, cell phone, or other equipment


5. Learning about how the National Federation of the Blind can help you stay independent in your home


6. Learning how you can help other blind people through supporting the NFB

 

As you read this list, consider the concerns that matter to you. If even one of them does, your NFB Alabama affiliate is here to help! We NFB seniors all have at least one, and most have several of these. We want to help each other with becoming empowered by increasing our personal freedom to live the lives we want.


For more information call Seniors Division President Carol Braithwaite at

205.903.8520 or email her at

cwbraithwaite@bellsouth.net