Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Quick Reference Braille Guide

This teacher has a quick reference guide posted at her TeacherWeb site. She is going to move it soon so if you will need it to help or learn to read braille with oyur child/student better hurry and get a copy. from theispdf file. I am working on the same type of reference in large print with ASCII characters for my parents and teachers. When I am done I will post it, or a link to it on my teacher web "Handouts" page.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Amazing Space: Tactile Astronomy!

Making the Universe Touchable

"This new section of Amazing Space features "Images of the Month" — a collection of the latest Hubble images that can be printed in a tactile format. The opening of the section is in celebration of Hubble's 20th Anniversary."

Deaf-Blind UK Support Group Information

Wheelchair dispute leaves teen waiting / People News / News

Wheelchair dispute leaves teen waiting / People News / News

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Louisiana Tech University's Professional Development and Research Institute on Blindness

I knew the Center for the Blind up there in Ruston was an involved group concerning the education by and for the blind. I was not aware that they were cooperating with Louisiana Tech in this type of venture.

Hopefully there will be more young'uns up there in north Louisiana going into this field because we truly need them. There are not many of us here and most of us in my department can smell retirement in our very near future.

Here's contact information:

Professional Development and Research

Institute on Blindness

210 Woodard Hall

Ruston, LA 71272


The Esther House Applications

I volunteer for Second Chance Mentoring which is a program in which volunteers serve as mentors to folks in parish jail so that they do not return nor "advance" to state prison. Please read below for  how you can donate items or your time for one of the recovery houses. Thanks!
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----- Forwarded Message ----
From: EULA S
Subject: Re: The Esther House Applications

Thanks, William! Passing it on to my group of mentors.
Eula Shelmire George
Romans 10:9-10
Jeremiah 29:11
Philippians 4:6-8

From: William Bradford
To: w Sent: Wed, August 4, 2010 2:52:19 PM
Subject: RE: The Esther House Applications

Sorry, no attachment again! It gets me every time J

William Bradford
Correct and Recovery - Director of Re-Entry
(225) 445-5612 cell
(225) 924-1910 work
(225) 924-9188 fax

Correct and recovery (C.A.R.) is now taking applications for The Esther House. I've attached the application to this email. Once it's completed it can be mailed or faxed to me at the contact information on the application.

Also, please help me spread the word to the community that we're looking for help in the following areas: (1) hygiene products for the ladies, (2) appliances, (3) clothes, (4) dishes, (5) eating utensils, (6) a Godly mentor that will disciple them in the Word (1 per client), (7) help getting them connected to a local church, (8) volunteers to teach life skills and Bible studies during the week.

If you can help with any of the above items, please let me know.

Thanks again!

William Bradford
Correct and Recovery - Director of Re-Entry
(225) 445-5612 cell
(225) 924-1910 work
(225) 924-9188 fax

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

A Vision For The Future Of Health Care

Ms.Kathy spotted this on the site and thought you should see it.
To see this story with its related links on the site, go to
A Vision For The Future Of Health Care
Pamela Peter-Agbia
Wednesday June 9 2010

The mark of any community is how it treats its most vulnerable. Communities all over Uganda are working together to eradicate river blindness; a debilitating and destructive disease affecting the country's poorest and most vulnerable.
In Mbale District, Uganda, a young girl waits to have her height measured. A stick in hand, she points to pictures she has traced in the dry earth. Every so often, she solicits compliments for the trail of doodles that stem from her feet but nobody seems to be paying attention. Beside her, are school friends, neighbours, and family, including Mustafa Mugwano, who is resting docile on a bench. It's a hot and stuffy afternoon, but all are gathered here today to see Cleus, the village health worker, who is measuring people so he can give them the right dose of a drug called Mectizan.
Mectizan treats Onchocerciasis, commonly known as River Blindness. The disease causes intense itching, skin disfigurement, vision damage, and in some, irreversible blindness. Parasitic worms burrow under the skin and multiply throughout the body. The worms spread from person to person by little black flies which breed, in their thousands, near fast flowing waters.
Bunawazi is a remote farming village in the Mbale district of East Uganda. Here, the nearby rivers are the only source of water, the sustenence of life, but also of disease. The rivers teem with black flies that cause River Blindness and the Bunawazi community fish, wash, bathe and play in the rivers contaminated water, every day.
In this environment up to 300 bites daily are common says Dr. Frank Richards, a public health specialist from The Carter Centre, who help distribute Mectizan. 'This is the kind of biting rate that will easily sustain river blindness'.
River Blindness is the world's second largest cause of preventable blindness. Uganda is one of 18 endemic countries in Africa, where 99% of cases occur. Here in Bunawazi, the majority if the community are infected, including Mustafa who is partially blind.
'There is no misery like it' says Cleus, who has witnessed the suffering of many in his community. 'You cannot work, you cannot sleep, he who cannot work or sleep becomes poor'. The disease ravages not only the individual, but the family and wider community. Young children without severe symptoms are often taken out of school to look after ill family members, or to work themselves as the main breadwinner. In the long term, the chains of their community's poor health hang over their own future and slow down development.
Today, Mugwano is only partially blind and he is able to work, but his legs look as though someone has taken a sander to them. They are permanently disfigured from his battle with river blindness, the unbearable itching made him violently scratch his legs with rocks and sticks until they cut open. Like many, Mugwano lived like this for years, scratching in the absence of a medical authority to diagnose River Blindness. Traditional healers assumed he was bewitched, which led to stigmatization in the community, estrangement from his family and eventual displacement from his home. Mugwano was exiled from Bunawazi. For 10 years he lived in oppressive freedom, surviving in the wild forests nearby, with nothing but his own personal hell to keep him company. 'I hated myself, nobody wanted to be near me'. Mugwano looks to this time in his life with tides of worry; 'But, I am lucky', he says stoically. Some sufferers become psychologically traumatized and never recover. Some become tired of suffering and take their own lives.
Mugwano's symptoms have improved since his return to Bunawazi, and so have public perceptions of River Blindness. The community are more knowledgeable about the disease and less fearful because health workers like Cleus have been trained to educate them as well as treat them.
Mectozan relieves itching, improves vision and prevents blindness by stopping the worms inside the body from breeding. To date, it has been the most effective drug used to prevent continued infection. However, getting the drug to as many people as possible remains a difficult task. One of the greatest challenges within the African health sector is a critical shortage of human resources. According to health development organisation AMREF, the average doctor-to-patient ratio across Africa is 1 in 20,000. In remote areas where local medical infrastructure is less adequate than average, the ratio is closer to 1 in 50,000.
Through the Carter Centre assisted River Blindness Programme, more than 20,000 people have been trained to serve as community health workers. Volunteers like Cleus don't get paid, however they're primary incentive is the well-being of their communities. This makes the program a cost-effective and sustainable way of treating the disease.
The Ugandan government have made a bold commitment to eradicate River Blindness by 2015. Working in partnership with NGOs and service providers such as The Carter Centre, the Ugandan River Blindness Programme presents a fine model for community-led health care and perhaps, a template for combating other endemic diseases such as HIV/Aids.
In an article written to G8 leaders, Dr Michael Salley, Director General of AMREF, suggests that community health workers are the answer to most of Africa's health care problems. 'Disease doesn't exist in isolation' he says 'it thrives on an already weakened health-care system. Addressing the system includes getting communities to participate in identifying their needs and addressing the social, cultural and economic factors that make them vulnerable in the first place.'
Last year, former Minister for Health, Emmanuel Otaala reported that Uganda had significantly reduced the prevalence of River Blindness from 60% to 20%. With 5 years to go, Uganda is on its way to eradicating River Blindness; which is due in no small part to its large infrastructure of community health workers. If anybody needs proof that people-driven initiatives work, this is it. Certainly, community mobilization on a global scale will play a big part in whether the Millennium Development Goals are also met by 2015.
Beyond the simple satisfaction of meeting basic needs, is the satisfaction of simple pleasures. Mugwano likes to farm his land. It's impossible to ignore the joy he receives from gaining his sight and life back. His smile is infectious yet contented; eyes misty yet bright. 'Life has been given to a lifeless soul,' he says.
This feature was written between 6 March and 30 April 2010 as part of the Guardian International Development Journalism Competition

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Western Cape Health Address Preventable Blindness

Western Cape Health Address Preventable Blindness
Cape Gateway
With an indigent population of about four (4) million in Cape Town, it is estimated that thirty thousand (30 000) people are blind of which twenty three ...
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BBC E-mail: Sight loss could double by 2031

Kathy saw this story on the BBC News website and thought you
should see it.
** Sight loss could double by 2031 **
The number of Scots going blind may double in next twenty years according to a report from RNIB
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** BBC Daily E-mail **

To serve

I thank brother Checo for this one! Lotsa street marchers for hate are forgetting this. But then those are the kind are only Christian behind the four walls of a building of people who look like themselves and agree with them...but not necessarily with Christ's teachings.
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----- Forwarded Message ----
From: Checo Yancy
To: Checo Yancy
Sent: Thu, June 3, 2010 2:49:35 PM
Subject: To serve

Good afternoon, what blessing it is to serve others as we serve Him.

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Your attitude must be like my own, for I, the Messiah, did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give my life. Matthew 20:28 (LB)
"For Christians, service is not something to be tacked onto our schedules if we can spare the time. It is the heart of the Christian life. Jesus came 'to serve' and 'to give'—and those two verbs should define your life on earth, too. "
We are commanded to serve God. Jesus was unmistakable: "Your attitude must be like my own, for I, the Messiah, did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give my life." (Matthew 20:28 LB).
For Christians, service is not something to be tacked onto our schedules if we can spare the time. It is the heart of the Christian life. Jesus came "to serve" and "to give"—and those two verbs should define your life on earth, too. Serving and giving sum up God's fourth purpose for your life. Mother Teresa once said, "Holy living consists in doing God's work with a smile."
Jesus taught that spiritual maturity is never an end in itself. Maturity is for ministry! We grow up in order to give out. It is not enough to keep learning more and more. We must act on what we know and practice what we claim to believe. Impression without expression causes depression. Study without service leads to spiritual stagnation.
The old comparison between the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea is still true. Galilee is a lake full of life because it takes in water but also gives it out. In contrast, nothing lives in the Dead Sea because, with no outflow, the lake has stagnated.
The last thing many believers need is to go to another Bible study. They already know far more than they are putting into practice. What they need are serving experiences in which they can exercise their spiritual muscles.
Serving is the opposite of our natural inclination. Most of the time we're more interested in "serve us" than service. We say, "I'm looking for a church that meets my needs and blesses me," not "I'm looking for a place to serve and be a blessing." We expect others to serve us, not vice versa.
But as we mature in Christ, the focus of our lives should increasingly shift to living a life of service. The mature follower of Jesus stops asking, "Who's going to meet my needs?" and starts asking, "Whose needs can I meet?"

God Bless,
Checo W. Yancy

"We are not put on this earth for ourselves, but are placed here for each other. If you are there for others, then in time of need, someone will be there for you"
Jeff Warner

Fw: Help NPR beat FOX News

Yeah, help NPR beat "Faux" News!   
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----- Forwarded Message ----
From: Action Alert 

To: mrs.micha
Sent: Fri, July 30, 2010 8:14:11 AM
Subject: Help NPR beat FOX News
Sign the Petition
Dear Kathy,
This Sunday, the White House Correspondents Association will decide which news organization will be awarded the seat recently vacated by Helen Thomas. The news organizations most actively vying for the seat are FOX, NPR and Bloomberg News.
FOX News is a right-wing propaganda outlet, not a legitimate news agency.
In recent weeks the network has turned the volume up on its race-baiting political agenda. The media assault on falsely accused Department of Agriculture official Shirley Sherrod is just a latest in a series of racist and politically motivated attacks on targets like Van Jones, ACORN, and Eric Holder's Department of Justice.
It's bad enough that we have to endure the constant smear campaigns and appeals to racial paranoia from FOX. We can't let them have the legitimacy conferred by having the best seat in the White House press briefing room.
NPR has had a full time White House correspondent since the 1970s. The public radio network regularly reaches 27 million listeners with its news programming.
The Board of the White House Correspondents Association will make its final decision during its upcoming board meeting on Sunday, August 1. So it's urgent that we take action on behalf of NPR now.
Thank you for taking action,
- The team in partnership with CREDO Action

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LCWE Community Extends Our Sympathy

Wow! Richard, thanks. I will share the news!

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--- On Mon, 8/2/10, Richard Beall  wrote:

From: Richard Beall
Subject: Fw: LCWE Community Extends Our Sympathy
To: "Kathy
Date: Monday, August 2, 2010, 4:51 PM

FYI.  Stan Campbell had served on a previous Angola team. He attended AKT training with me,and 3 others and was originally going to head a team at Hunt Correctional, which never materialized.  He died from kidney cancer.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, August 02, 2010 2:50 PM
Subject: LCWE Community Extends Our Sympathy

Community Prayer Request
Emmaus Header 

Dear Emmaus Community,

Mr. Stan Campbell (LCWE #34) passed away Saturday. Please be in prayer for his son Scott (LCWE #32) and Scott's wife Melody (LCWE #31) and all of Stan's family and friends who are affected by his passing.

Father God, we ask for your reassuring presence for Stan's family and friends. Give strength to Scott and Melody, that they might impart your peace to those around them. We ask this in the name of our Savior and your Son, Jesus. Amen.

Lord, hear our prayer.


The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.
Isaiah 40:8

For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Jeremiah 29:11

Lagniappe Country Emmaus Community
..the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much...James 5:16

Lagniappe Country Emmaus Community | P.O. Box 83662 | Baton Rouge | LA | 70884

Monday, August 2, 2010

Programs of Service for First Time Homebuyers & New & Emerging Business Owners

Thanks, Eula! Sharing with others in this reply.
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----- Forwarded Message ----
Sent: Tue, July 27, 2010 10:31:52 PM
Subject: Fw: Programs of Service for First Time Homebuyers & New & Emerging Business Owners

Baton area family and friends, please see below...
Eula Shelmire George
Romans 10:9-10
Jeremiah 29:11
Philippians 4:6-8

----- Forwarded Message ----

The attached flyers are provided for informational purposes to engage those interested in these community services:

1.         Attached is a promotional flyer inviting first time homebuyers to an exclusive briefing for King's Children Subdivision.  Please disseminate to your eligible clients with an interest in an extraordinary opportunity to own a $134,000 newly constructed home for $84,000.  This is unprecedented in this economy and offers eligible low to moderate income families an avenue to build long term assets and wealth that can literally transform their household capacity and financial sustainability for generations to come!  (Please note that consideration is limited to clients currently registered to attend or graduates who have completed first time home buyer training programs within the last 6-12 months.)
2.         Attached is a second flyer offering Small Business Training to eligible clients – Including an introduction to entrepreneurial principles, financial literacy and personal/professional skills development.  It is a course of study valued in excess of $1,000 per person provided free of charge and covers the equivalent of a full semester of college study as well as technical assistance and financial resources to new and emerging business owners.
For additional information or to register feel free to call 225.356.6060 or 225.356.8871 ASAP as space is limited and applicants will be processed on a first-come, first served basis.  Late comers will be added to the waiting list of clients in the pipeline for future classes.

Children's Church and Food

I like Children's Church at my church. For whatever age group we work with we teachers rotate so that our turn comes around about once every four months. Unlike Sunday School which is every week. It's a special treat for me because I get to visit with between five and fifteen four- to five-year-olds about once every four months. So, I probably get more excited than the kids do about it. No, I definitely get more excited than the kids.

Seven- and eight-year-olds are great for Sunday school each week but the four- to fives--I like their "take" on things. I don't like just reading a lesson and having them spit it back. I like for them to get up, run around, do things, make things and offer some critical thinking.

Yeah, critical thinking in four-year-olds; there is such a thing! It's an adventure. You take a li'l-o'-this--which may be an awesome Bible story or a concept like helping other people; then you do a -o' that--which may be a game and you make something else then you use it to see if they "got it!" "Tell me what you think..." "How would you...?" "What would you do if...?" If they can process what the media is telling them they should be about processing positive messages via the Word of God. I know which I prefer. The Word of God tells them that they are something special--wonderfully made and connected to other wonderfully made spirits while the media tells them something entirely different. But I digress on another of Ms. Kathy's soapbox issues. At any rate, like the older kids, four- and five-year- olds should be encouraged and are anxious to share their spin on things and it's always wonderment

Today's lesson was about being thankful for food. The lesson dealt with how the Israelites complained to Moses when the food they took with them from Egypt started to run out. "We should have stayed in Egypt to be slaves rather than die of starvation out here in the desert!" some of them complained. So God told Moses that they would have quail and manna each morning. Then they complained of getting tired of manna. The children concluded that if someone gives you something you should say thank you. 

We marched around and around the room pretending to be on a long hike while in the background Glad sang "So goooood to me" on the CD player. "Imagine walking like this every day! You have no car, no bike, no trike and no roads--just sand." 

"Oh, I'd be so tired! I got to sit down and rest!"

It made sense that the Israelites had to rest, too, especially at night. So they stretched out on the floor and went to sleep for the night 'cause the Israelites didn't have beds. They camped out under the stars. Some of them snored, too. Really.

"Ooo! I'm glad I got a bed in my house!"

"I got a bed at my house, too!"

The next morning, breakfast on the grounds served by God! While they had their little eyes closed I placed some small paper plates on the table. Each plate had about a teaspoon of mashed potato flakes. They could taste it if they liked and pour the rest into the plate at the center of the table.

"What's that stuff?"
"That's manna like them people had, boy!"
"I don't want dat! I ain't eating' it!"

"That's what them people said! If you don't got no money and no store you s'posed to say thank you for whatcha get!"
"I still ain't eatin' dat!"
"Do you got some juice with this?" 
"Hey! It tastes good! Tastes like potato chips! I love potato chips!"
"You do not have to eat it, but anyone who wants to taste it, you may try it now."
"If your mama gives you food you're s'posed to say, 'Thank you, Mama!' Even for the stuff you don't like."
"Yeah then you eat up all the stuff you like."

An interesting topic, as we made peanut butter and honey sandwiches, was where all the ingredients originated. Half the children agreed that the bread came from the grocery store because they’d seen it there when they shopped with a parent. They knew honey came from bees and peanut butter from peanuts. Somebody had to "mush up" the peanuts and I think the bees have some kind of factory according to a five-year-old's theory. 

We talked about wheat and processing it into bread and how the grocery store has food delivered from different sources. But the ultimate source is from the One whom we give thanks when we sit down to eat.

Just think! The Israelites didn't even have to go to the grocery store! "They ain't got any Winn Dixie [grocery store] So they shoulda been glad they didn't have to walk to Winn Dixie! That's a long walk!"

I had pictures drawn on the board. They took another look at the quail and figured it was a bird--so we had to talk about quail.

"Hey! They ate birds? You ain't supposed to eat no birds! That's nasty!"

"Do you go to Popeye's Chicken?"

"Oh! I do!"

"Do you go to Church's Chicken? KFC? What do you eat from there? Corn, mashed potatoes and what else?"

One little boy gave me the Duh! It's so obvious look and said, "You get chicken there! I eat Popeye's Chicken!" Then he folded his little arms and looked at me like I was some kind of pitiful if I couldn't figure out they called the place Popeye's Chicken and not Popeye's Filet Mignon.

"Well, a chicken is a bird, boys and girls."

Silent pause. Crickets chirping. One little girl's chin dropped to her chest and her eyes became saucers.

"Nah ah!" said the little boy who was anti-mashed potato flakes manna. "Chicken ain't no birds! Chicken is food!"

That led to pictures of other foods and where they came from. The children helped me draw lines from favorite foods to food sources. Then we circled all the pictures and made a big arrow that pointed to the Ultimate Food Source. 

"That is why you s'posed to say 'Thank you, God, for the food' when we eat lunch!" one child concluded.

"Yeah! We say grace at our house!"

"We do, too! We go like this!" another little girl chirped as she clasped her hands together and bowed her head as if in prayer. Two children shared prayers of thanks for food as it is done in their homes. Then she ate the rest of the potato flakes that all of the children had poured from their plates.

The saucer-eyed child was stuck on the chicken parts like she would never eat chicken again.

We prepared for Food Bingo. Each child was to twice fold a sheet of copy paper so that when the sheet was unfolded the creases made four rectangles. Inside each rectangle they were to draw food they liked. They could look at the drawings on the board for examples. The pictures were to be refolded, taken home and opened during home prayer time for remembering to say "Thanks for pizza!" "Thanks for eggs!" "No thank you for chicken, not ever again!"

On the way out of the classroom door the children received their bag juice and a bag of graham cracker snacks. "Mmmmmm! Thank you for snacks, God!"

Thank you God, for the opportunity to be in the presence of your most precious pint-size gifts!