National Federation of the Blind of Alabama

Live the life you want!    Changing what it means to be blind!

FOCUS on SENIORS


SAVE the Date! Thursday,  August 9, 2018, 7 PM to 8 PM.

CALL (563) 999-2432. This is a free conference call line. The access code is 813429.


TOPIC: Vision Rehabilitation Therapist Amy Katherine Wolff will join us to update us on all things new about the Jitterbug phones, including smartphone features friendly to people with low or no vision 


and/or hearing impairments. Facts about available plans and places to buy Jitterbug phones will also be given. We will have time for questions about new and not-so-new apps for other phones as well. 


Amy Katherine is employed with the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services in Tuscaloosa.


Are you approaching or over age 50? Are you blind or starting to lose your vision? Are you wondering how other people like you handle problems you have not had to worry about before now? If so, you are not alone. All over Alabama there are people like you.


The National Federation of the Blind of Alabama Seniors Division is with you! We want to open lines of communication about what NFB has to offer “junior seniors” and older throughout the state. We know banding together is the key to helping each other learn to live the lives we want.


We meet each month by phone for an hour of sharing practical information. We have one face-to-face meeting annually in March at the NFB of Alabama State Convention. The meetings are orderly, friendly, and focused on particular topics of interest. Some of the topics covered since we organized as a division of Alabama’s NFB affiliate are how to use cell phone apps effectively, finding exercise programs that have good voiced instructions, and taking charge of our general health with good dental care.


We received our charter at the NFB of Alabama State Convention in March 2018. We have our own constitution. Membership dues are $5 annually and are paid by January of each calendar year. Membership entitles a person to vote on all decisions made by the members. Members also belong to a local NFB of Alabama chapter (see first page of this website). However, it is not necessary for a person to join the Federation to participate in our meetings by phone. We welcome all who call in.

We who have lost or are losing vision must meet all the challenges all seniors face. We also have a few additional concerns. See if any of these ring a bell:


1. Maintaining a positive attitude about vision loss


2. Finding good training to use a white cane or guide dog for travel, reading and writing Braille, using computers and phones, keeping your home safe and organized, gaining and keeping a job


3. Understanding services offered by the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services and the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind


4. Finding affordable ways to get a CCTV, computer, cell phone, or other equipment


5. Learning about how the National Federation of the Blind can help you stay independent in your home


6. Learning how you can help other blind people through supporting the NFB

 

As you read this list, consider the concerns that matter to you. If even one of them does, your NFB Alabama affiliate is here to help! We NFB seniors all have at least one, and most have several of these. We want to help each other with becoming empowered by increasing our personal freedom to live the lives we want.


For more information call Seniors Division President Carol Braithwaite at

205.903.8520 or email her at

[email protected]