[nfb-talk] NFB Centers and Rock Climbing

David Andrews dandrews at visi.com
Fri Oct 16 15:05:43 UTC 2009


You of course have the right to be concerned -- but it seems to me 
that it would be more constructive to talk to Centers directly, 
instead of an open list where speculation, assumptions and other 
nonproductive practices reign.


At 06:45 PM 10/15/2009, you wrote:
>Hello Peter and all,
>So far, I have noted that not all NFB centers have the rock climbing
>activity.  If I'm wrong, let me know!  I'd probably go to the one which does
>not have this activity at this point in time!  I do know a friend of mine
>was injured to the point where he had to come home and no telling how long
>he'll be recovering from his injuries.  He might bring a doctor's statement
>which says he should not participate in this activity!  If this is so, I
>hope this is noted and he can continue with his training despite what had
>happened!  If not, I wouldn't be surprised if a given center might not be
>taken to task for this legally if service is in fact denied!  All of this is
>most interesting!  My friend is probably one of the few which may have had
>problems which is a good thing of course!  As for myself, I don't see myself
>coming to an NFB Center any time soon!  This will be left to younger people!
>Rock Climbing isn't on my agenda presently till the time I may need to
>consider such activity!  I think an NFB center deals nicely with blindness
>but not sure about programs for aging persons, multi disabilities etc.  I
>guess before I attend any of the NFB centers myself, I'd like to know how
>and where exceptions if any are made!  I think it is good to know that
>people are considered on a case by case situation!  Unfortunately, not many
>other centers conduct themselves in the same fashion as an NFB center.
>Perhaps I should apologize for stepping on a sacred cow or two but I have a
>right to be concerned!  After all, I am a member of this organization myself
>for better or for worse (grin smile)!  I do like to know that people are
>indeed being treated fairly and are given the best opportunities possible
>despite other challenges.  That's all!
>Thanks for reading!
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Peter Donahue" <pdonahue1 at sbcglobal.net>
>To: "Chad Allen" <chad at chadallenmagic.com>; "NFB Talk Mailing List"
><nfb-talk at nfbnet.org>
>Sent: Thursday, October 15, 2009 11:43 AM
>Subject: Re: [nfb-talk] NFB Centers and Rock Climbing
>Good afternoon everyone,
>     Exactly. Anyone who doesn't want to fulfill this requirement for
>successful completion of training at one of our centers needs to rethink
>their choice of orientation and adjustment center. Informed choice rules!
>Peter Donahue
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Chad Allen" <chad at chadallenmagic.com>
>To: "NFB Talk Mailing List" <nfb-talk at nfbnet.org>
>Sent: Thursday, October 15, 2009 12:03 PM
>Subject: Re: [nfb-talk] NFB Centers and Rock Climbing
>It is considered a requirement for graduation from the center. Everything is
>discussed prior to enrollment and is simply par for the course.
>-original message-
>Subject: Re: [nfb-talk] NFB Centers and Rock Climbing
>From: "Bryan Schulz" <b.schulz at sbcglobal.net>
>Date: 10/15/2009 10:31 AM
>oh yea,
>try getting out of it!
>Bryan Schulz
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Alan" <awheeler at neb.rr.com>
>To: "NFB Talk Mailing List" <nfb-talk at nfbnet.org>
>Sent: Thursday, October 15, 2009 10:44 AM
>Subject: Re: [nfb-talk] NFB Centers and Rock Climbing
> > No one is forced.  It is, to my knowledge, just an option.
> >
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "John G. Heim" <jheim at math.wisc.edu>
> > To: "NFB Talk Mailing List" <nfb-talk at nfbnet.org>
> > Sent: Thursday, October 15, 2009 10:03 AM
> > Subject: Re: [nfb-talk] NFB Centers and Rock Climbing
> >
> >
> >> I'm unclear as to the purpose of these centers? Do people go to them for
> >> the opportunity to do things like rock climbing?  Because I would imagine
> >> that if the NFB didn't provide opportunities like that, it would be very
> >> difficult to find them otherwise. I can't imagine most rock climbing
> >> places letting blind people participate. Heck, one time I tried to sign
> >> up for a wood working class and they kicked me out when they found out I
> >> was blind.
> >>
> >> But if a person wants to work on his job and mobility skills, he
> >> shouldn't be forced to climb rocks. I wouldn't have a problem with state
> >> governments supporting recreational facilities for the blind. But if
> >> these centers are intended primarily as rehab centers, then they
> >> shouldn't be forcing people to climb rocks.
> >>
> >> ---- Original Message -----
> >> From: "Peter Donahue" <pdonahue1 at sbcglobal.net>
> >> To: "NFB Talk Mailing List" <nfb-talk at nfbnet.org>
> >> Sent: Wednesday, October 14, 2009 4:17 PM
> >> Subject: Re: [nfb-talk] NFB Centers and Rock Climbing
> >>
> >>
> >>> Hello Jim and listers,
> >>>
> >>>    Okay let me take a stab at this one. I'll insert my comments
> >>> following
> >>> yours and will indicate them with the letter A. Here goes:
> >>>
> >>> Hello all!
> >>>
> >>> Do all NFB centers insist that clients rock climb?  I'm referring to the
> >>> three NFB centers in Minnesota, Colorado, and Louisiana as well as
> >>> centers
> >>> which are a part of a state's rehab program as is the case in Iowa and
> >>> Nebraska?
> >>>
> >>> A. Yes
> >>>
> >>>  Can a client be exempt from this exercise due to health, age or
> >>> other complications?
> >>>
> >>> A.
> >>>    Each case is considered on an individual basis.
> >>>
> >>> Have people been denied services from all of the above
> >>> agencies if they refused to rock climb or they obtained a doctor's
> >>> statement
> >>> that they shouldn't engage in such activity?
> >>>
> >>> A.
> >>>    Recall the discussion of informed choice we've had from time-to-time.
> >>> These centers have a set curriculum students are required to take
> >>> including
> >>> participation in recreational activities such as rock climbing.     Such
> >>> exemptions could be viewed as attempts by center students to "Menuize"
> >>> the
> >>> training. They never realize the full benefit of the program if they
> >>> attempt
> >>> to "Water down" these center curriculums by requesting exemptions from
> >>> this
> >>> or that part of the training. Here again each case is considered on an
> >>> individual basis.
> >>>
> >>>  What exempts people from this
> >>> activity and if they are exempt, can they still receive services from
> >>> our
> >>> NFB agencies?
> >>>
> >>>    A.
> >>>    Much of my answer can be found above but I'll add here that if a
> >>> student
> >>> chooses not to participate in a class or activity all center students
> >>> must
> >>> attend or take part in they should reconsider their choice of
> >>> orientation
> >>> and adjustment center if they're unwilling to participate in the entire
> >>> center curriculum.
> >>>
> >>> A friend of mine returned from one of these centers.  He has a badly
> >>> sprained leg or he has pulled ligaments in his leg!  Needless to say, he
> >>> is
> >>> out of the program or is immobile for an undetermined amount of time!
> >>> This
> >>> person was otherwise happy with the program and I commend this person
> >>> for
> >>> giving it a good try but I think there comes a time when a person my age
> >>> who
> >>> is twice 30 shouldn't attempt such a thing!  If I were in my 20s and
> >>> 30s, I
> >>> wouldn't question this but when one is in their late 40s and beyond, I'd
> >>> question whether this is such a good idea!
> >>>
> >>> Any thoughts?A.
> >>>
> >>>    Our centers have had students in their 80s participate in roc
> >>> climbing,
> >>> skydiving, and other high-impact activities. There are several accounts
> >>> of
> >>> blind senior citizens that attended our centers and participated in all
> >>> aspects of their programs and had a darn good time doing so published in
> >>> The
> >>> Braille Monitor. Your friend needs to not allow his accident prevent him
> >>> from returning to the NFB center to finish his training. There are
> >>> numerous
> >>> accounts of students who due to accident or illness were unable to
> >>> complete
> >>> the initial part of their training but returned later to finish. This
> >>> should
> >>> not be a problem.
> >>>
> >>>    As far as doctors exemptions go remember that health care
> >>> professionals
> >>> are influanced by the same prevailing attitudes and beliefs about
> >>> blindness
> >>> and our capabilities as is the general public. It would be easy for a
> >>> doctor
> >>> to "issue a letter requesting that a student not be required to
> >>> participate
> >>> in this or that part of the center program due to these mistaken
> >>> attitudes
> >>> and beliefs about the blind. What happens if that same doctor is
> >>> presented
> >>> with a health report for a blind individual in their 80s wishing to
> >>> attend a
> >>> sports camp where rock climbing is one of the activities offered and
> >>> that
> >>> patient chooses to participate in that activity. There's the possibility
> >>> that the doctor may discourage this person from engaging in rock
> >>> climbing
> >>> even though the person is healthy. They can thank the patient who
> >>> mistakenly
> >>> believed that older blind individuals shouldn't participate in this
> >>> activity. Let me recommend that you take some rock climbing lessons and
> >>> then
> >>> reread your post.
> >>>
> >>>    I hope I was able to shed some light on this issue for you. All the
> >>> best.
> >>>
> >>> Peter Donahue

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