[nfbmi-talk] interpreters/ asl

Mr. James A. Prather, Jr. aka "Jim in Detroit" james.prather at comcast.net
Sat Aug 4 23:17:12 UTC 2012

I find that, when I went to the "Y," I found acceptance of me within the 
aerobics course that I took.  I even tried steps for a while.  At work, I 
took TaiChi, but the instructor retired a few year ago.

-----Original Message----- 
From: Christine _boone
Sent: August 04, 2012 18:29
To: NFB of Michigan Internet Mailing List
Subject: Re: [nfbmi-talk] interpreters/ asl

Georgia, your involvement in the community by going to a fitness place and 
taking clay classes is really great.  I know that it sometimes takes some 
courage to get involved like that, because we never know how the public will 
react to us, whether someone will help with those darned flat screened 
machines and so forth.  You are doing something wonderful each time you set 
foot in the gym or the pottery class...you are changing people's attitudes 
about blindness in a positive way!  I know that you know this, I just want 
to thank you for stepping out there and making a difference right where you 
live.  We should all take a page from Georgia's book!

I am actually going to our fitness club tonight for the first time--oh man, 
hope I can stick to it!


Boone Christine Sent from my iPhone

On Aug 4, 2012, at 3:10 AM, "Georgia Kitchen" <ghkitchen at comcast.net> wrote:

> Hi,
> The NFB in the past has utilized both volunteer and paid interpreters.
> Many  years ago in Flint, thanks to a prof at MCC LindaLee Masoud, we had 
> volunteer interpreters at the  local chapter meetings.
> The policy of the colleges has changed and  any volunteers  must be 
> supervised by a certified asl interpreter.
> It was very expensive for the NFB of MI to provide this service at 
> convention. I cannot remember the cost but it is very high.
> I cannot speak for the board on this issue. I am only relating what went 
> on in the past.
> If the deaf  blind person can use a braille device many of our own 
> memberrs can volunteer.
> That is my 2  cents.
> I feel bad about this young child not having a Girl Scout Troop. I believe 
> it was perhaps something the local office should have assisted with.
> I have been taking a clay class for quite  a while now. i do get some 
> help. However, the teacher cannot spend all her time with me.
> An art  teacher in the class worked with me on making these tiles with 
> raised figure of a cat you could feel. She had made the plaster of paris 
> molds ahead of time and had to hand carve out from the plaster what she 
> wanted raised on the clay.  It is not the easiest thing getting the tiles 
> to come out correctly. If you are not careful you will get these double 
> images. They tell me they don't look that cool like that.
> I have thought to  ask the director for someone to help me with the wheel. 
> However, I am not real crazy about doing that. i just don't have the 
> patience. I have 4 pots I have made by hand. They arre the kind for 
> plants. I meant to do a little gardening. So far, the only living thing 
> that has been in 3 of them has been my cat.
> I also have made some bowls out of slabs. My work is not juried quality I 
> am afraid. I do have a good ime in the class. I learned that I like 
> working with clay when I was down at MCBTC. I waited about 15 years before 
> I got up the courage to take these classes.
> Speaking of accomodations, I have just joined fitness Planet.  I am still 
> going. Every once in a while, I  get  some employee that offfers to help 
> me and then they ask where my care giver is. I think next time, I will 
> just tell them I don't need any help.
> Actually, the only help I need is setting the cardio machines because the 
> machines have flat panels.
> I think such a big chain would be a task for the  recreational  division 
> to take on if they were ever interested.  They will eventually replace 
> these machines and it would be helpful if they talked etc.
> I noticed that when the manager is there,  employees are walking about and 
> will offer to help. Otherwise, it is my observation that I hear them all 
> talking up in front.
> The machines there are ok. We have other fitness places here that are 
> great but they are much more  expensive.
> Georgia
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