[nfbmi-talk] interpreters/ asl

Georgia Kitchen ghkitchen at comcast.net
Sun Aug 5 04:56:42 UTC 2012

Hi Christine,

Thanks for your support. Yes, sticking to those workout sessions is a 
challenge. I do like  getting out though.

I am getting a little braver. I finally made something with a slab.

They changed the layout of our clay studio out. I asked if it was because of 
my blindness. Well, to find out a woman in my class while working on the 
weekend in the studio fell over a cord or something. I think she had a minor 
injury. We all  know that research has shown that the blind have a better 
safety reccord on the job and I guess in other places.

Speaking of safety, we don't have any round a bouts where I walk here  but I 
know they are getting more and more of them.
 When Leader Dog--Richard Michaels came he told me he was from the United 
Kingdom and over there they are working at getting rid of their round 
about's. Figure that out. I also told them that I had just worked with 

Does anyone have any tips when navagating round abouts?  Maybe the state of 
Michigan should talk to someone in the UK about these things...

I quit going down to Ford's Hospital because my husband found the round 
about down there very tricky to say the least. He is a good driver too.

Yes, we are so lucky to have the  Art institute here. They do offer 
scholarships. It is a long walk and a quick ride in the car. / Flint does 
have a lot of cultural resources. I know some blind youth that take classes 
at the music institute.

There are folks  that travel one hour one way to get to clay class.

Thanks for all your work at the mCBTC and with the NFB!!


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Christine _boone" <christine_boone at comcast.net>
To: "NFB of Michigan Internet Mailing List" <nfbmi-talk at nfbnet.org>
Sent: Saturday, August 04, 2012 6:29 PM
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!
> Christine
> 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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