[NFB-NM] FW: 2020 Virtual Senior Retreat - Informational Flyer and Registration - Blindness Skills training Opportunity

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Best wishes,
Tonia Trapp, secretary
National Federation of the Blind of New Mexico
From: Veronica Smith 
Sent: Thursday, August 13, 2020 7:36 PM
To: nfbnewmexicosecretary at gmail.com
Subject: FW: 2020 Virtual Senior Retreat - Informational Flyer and
Registration - Blindness Skills training Opportunity
Tonia, could you please send this out to our list serve? Thanks in advance,
Hi You All
RE: The NFB Seniors Division's 2020 Virtual Senior Retreat
Please consider this training opportunity for yourself, and/or pass it on to
other seniors! Below find an informational flyer, followed by a registration
form. This virtual training event will temporarily replace our face-to-face
Sponsored by the NFB Seniors Division
October 18th-24th
This virtual retreat focuses on promoting a sense of wellbeing and
self-confidence despite living with newly acquired vision loss, and/or
lifelong blindness. Our collective experience has taught us, that learning
about blindness from competent blind people, while sharing the camaraderie
of fellow retreat members, strengthens personal growth and guides seniors to
advocate for themselves. Participants can look forward to receiving training
in basic skills in adaptive techniques, development of new strategies for
solving problems, an introduction to valuable resources, all to be better
able to determine for themselves, what steps they can take to Live The Life
They Want. We cannot overstate the positive impact an individual will
experience as a member of a group of seniors, working together, sharing the
life-changing activities in a retreat of this nature; just ask one of our
recent graduates!
Please use the registration form which follows this flyer, or visit our
website http://seniors.nfb.org to fill out the registration form and pay the
entrance fee, before September 30th. Come join with us to explore the
possibilities of taking control of your life, and accepting vision loss by
learning from a supportive, caring group of successful blind Americans.
Cost of the retreat: $50.00 per participant. This covers the entire week of
training, and a list of valuable resources. 
For any questions you may have, please contact Ruth Sager, President,
National Federation of the Blind Seniors Division. 
Phone: 410-602-9030
Email: rsager78 at gmail.com <mailto:rsager78 at gmail.com>  
Much more information relating to blindness can be found on our Seniors
website: http://seniors.nfb.org
October 18th-24th
Registration Form
Provide us with the following information and submit it no later than
September 30th.
Email Address:  
Preferred Phone Number:  
Address, Street:  
State, Zip Code:  
Have you had any skills training in blindness techniques in  the past? Yes-
When did onset of blindness occur?  Within the past year-  Within the past
three years-  More than five years-  More than ten years-  Longer-  
Check the classes you are most interested in learning: 
Cane Travel (cane required, preferably, NFB straight, rigid cane)-  
Beginning Braille-  
Daily Living-  
Organizational Skills-  
Exploring Hobbies-  
Basic information on iPhone and IOS devices-  
Meaningful Discussions on Living With My Blindness-  
Our greatest gift to you during this training, is to teach you how to think
as a blind person needs to think. All your instructors are competent blind
people who use these skills on a daily basis, and have been sharing this
knowledge for years.
Note: It is highly recommended that you acquire a long, rigid white cane,
free from the National Federation of the Blind.  to practice with the
instructors as you learn techniques for proper use, storage, and traveling
with a white cane. The proper length of your cane, when standing it vertical
at your front, it should extend up to your chin but not higher than your
nose. Canes should be ordered no later than September 5th, in order that you
receive it in time to participate in this retreat. Please contact the
National Federation of the Blind- on-line at-
or by phone at- 410-659-9314. 
Also, if you checked (yes) to having an interest in learning beginning
Braille, you will receive a Braille booklet. Note: If you do not own a slate
and stylus, the long-time tool for writing braille, the NFB will give you
one, free! Here is the link to have one sent to you.
The cost per attendee for this retreat is $50.00. It can be paid on our
website via PayPal, or credit card. Or, by check and sent to our Treasurer:
Seniors Division
Duncan Larsen
Colorado Center for the Blind
2233 West Shepperd Ave.
Littleton, CO 80120. 
The check should be made out to: NFB Seniors Division. In the memo field,
Note: Submitting a completed registration form can be either: Included with
your payment being sent to the above address. Or, for those who use email,
copy this registration form, or download a copy,  and paste it into a
message, fill in the blanks, and send it to: nfbseniorsdivision at gmail.com
<mailto:nfbseniorsdivision at gmail.com> 
Fees are nonrefundable; money will be considered a donation to the Seniors
Division. The registration  fee must be received no later than September
Should you have any questions, please contact Ruth Sager, President NFB
Seniors Division 
Phone: 410-602-9030 or
Email: rsager78 at gmail.com <mailto:rsager78 at gmail.com>  
Note: Once your registration has been reviewed, the retreat team will send
you the information necessary for you to call into the classes that you are
scheduled for; this phone platform is Zoom. If you need Some assistance in
knowing what to do to make this work for you, please email, or call! this
platform will work for the person using a landline phone, or a smart phone,
or a computer.
We look forward to your participation in our first-ever virtual Senior
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