April 10, 2008
President’s Council Luncheon
McGreal Sight Center
May 31, 2008
5th Annual Blind Awareness
McGreal Sight Center
Check-In and Registration 10:00 A.M.
11:00 A.M. Walk-A-Thon Begins. See 2008 Brochure inside this Newsletter!
October 23, 2008
Spooky Silent Auction
The Executive Court and Banquet & Conference Center
November 13, 2008
McGreal Sight Center
November 21, 2008
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Association Receives Grant to Build Volunteer Capacity
On December 20, 2007 the New Hampshire Association for the Blind received wonderful news. The
New Hampshire Charitable Foundation notified us of a $20,000 grant award to build our capacity to assist an increasing number of clients who are blind and visually impaired, through the expansion of our Seacoast Volunteer Program. The grant was made possible through the following funds: Greater Piscataqua Charitable Foundation Community Fund, Greater Portsmouth Rehabilitation Center Fund, and the Tallman Fund for the Greater Piscataqua Charitable Foundation.
Earlier this year, Stephanie Hurd was hired as a part-time Volunteer Coordinator, working from our
Seacoast Office in Portsmouth. It quickly became apparent that her position would need to become fulltime to recruit new volunteers to meet client needs. We are fortunate to have someone with Stephanie’s skills and
experience. Not only is she a professional woman, she is blind. She and her husband, who is also visually
impaired, live in the Portsmouth area with their two children. They know the geographic area well, and they know, in real terms, what it means to be blind.
The Association is also fortunate to have a funding partner in the NH Charitable Foundation in our
efforts to meet the growing demand for volunteer services by increasing our Volunteer Coordinator’s position in the Seacoast to full-time. It will mean a great deal to our clients who rely and look forward to the support of an NHAB volunteer.
Volunteers play an important role in the client’s rehabilitation and are truly part of the client’s team. The
assistance they provide such as helping with shopping (interpreting labels), transportation, reading and writing helps clients to maintain or regain their independence. In addition, volunteers offer support at community events, allowing the client to more fully participate and build confidence.
We greatly appreciate this support from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and its confidence in
A Message From Frank Spain,
Chair of Blind Awareness Walk-A-Thon
The Blind Awareness Walk-A-Thon will take place at the McGreal Sight Center in Concord on Saturday, May 31, 2008. I am very excited about being
selected as this year’s Chair and hope that many of you will be able to
take part in this very important event. It will be a fun day and as in
past years there will be plenty of camaraderie, music, food and fun.
Since becoming a member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Walk, I’ve had the opportunity to talk with many people including clients,
donors and others I’ve met in my travels. A question that often comes up
when I talk about fundraising is, “Where does the money go?” Let me see if
I can help shed some light on this important question.
The Association serves clients in every community of New Hampshire and along its borders, for as long as needed and regardless of a person’s
ability to pay. We have specially trained staff who offer essential
services including counseling and referral, rehabilitation teaching,
orientation and mobility instruction, low vision services, assistive
technology, volunteer services, as well as educational services for
school-age children. These services are usually provided on a one-on-one
basis. This year the Association provided 29,000 hours of direct service.
The New Hampshire Association for the Blind raises almost 80% of its funding from philanthropic contributions from individuals, private
foundation grants, trusts, corporate grants, civic, and service
organizations. Contrary to what many people believe, we receive no money
from the federal government and limited funding from the State of New
Hampshire. What’s more is that all funds raised in New Hampshire stay in New Hampshire.
It takes a lot of money for the Association to continue to deliver quality services to New Hampshire’s residents and it will take even more
as the numbers of people needing rehabilitation services continue to grow.
It also takes more and more effort to keep the issue of blindness out
there in the public eye. For these reasons we must continue to
aggressively raise funds and increase awareness through special events
such as the Blind Awareness Walk-A-Thon.
We have enclosed a Walk-A-Thon Brochure in this newsletter. Please take time to pre-register and line up some sponsors to support you.
If you are interested in being a Team Captain for the Walk-A-Thon, or forming a Team, please call (603-224-4039, Ext. 324) or email Mary Chase
center.org for more information. You may also mail us at the NH Association for the Blind, 25 Walker St., Concord, NH 03301. You may walk
as an individual or as part of a team.
Have you ever heard of a “Ghost Walk”? Would you like to be a “Ghost
Walker”? Or form a “Ghost Team”? Or be a Team member but a “Ghost” walker?
In the past we have been fortunate to have some dedicated individuals
“walk” on behalf of the Association. Even though they were not able to
actually come to Concord for the event, they “walked” with spirit in their
area or community. They took equivalent steps and raised money through
generous sponsorships. If you are interested in this phenomenon, please
contact Mary Chase.
We need your help to reach our goal of $40,000!!!!! Come on out and help make a difference! ꞧ
National Eye Institute Awards Association $10,000
George Theriault, President and CEO of the New Hampshire Association for the Blind, recently announced the receipt of a $10,000 grant award
from the National Eye Institute of the National Institute of Health. The
award, funded through the Institute’s 2008 Healthy Vision Community Awards,
will support low vision community outreach activities while promoting the
CMS (Center for Medicare/Medicaid Services) Demonstration Project.
According to Theriault, “Over the next year the Association is planning a
series of outreach activities that will improve the understanding of the
benefits of the direct vision rehabilitation services provided by the
Association and its partners statewide. In addition, we hope to clarify
the objectives of the CMS Demonstration Project.”
The CMS Low Vision Demonstration Project is being carried out in 6 states or regions nationally. The New Hampshire Association for the Blind
is one of the participating providers in this project. The ultimate aim of
supporting the Demonstration Project is to gain Medicare reimbursement for
the vision rehabilitation specialties of Low Vision Services, Orientation
and Mobility Training, and Rehabilitation Teaching, carried out by
certified professionals under the “general supervision” of an eye medical
professional. The CMS Demonstration Project allows services to be provided
in the client/patient’s home and community as well as in clinic settings.껟
On June 17th five teenage girls boarded a flight to Europe. Their destination was Provence, France to attend L’Occitane’s Summer Fragrance
Workshop. For over 25 years, L’OCCITANE has been creating the highest
quality body care, skincare and fragrance products using natural
One of our clients, Stephanie O’Donnell from Derry, New Hampshire, was among those selected to attend the workshop. Through a competitive
application process, she won the opportunity to participate in a special
session designed to develop the senses, “Provence dans tous les sens”
(Provence in every sense).
The idea for this exciting workshop came from L’Occitane’s founder, Olivier Baussan, who was inspired by watching a blind woman smell his
perfumes. He wanted to help people focus on using the senses they had,
rather than the ones they lacked. At the same time, L’Occitane also began
to introduce Braille labeling for its bath, body and home products in an
effort to reflect the company’s commitment to accessibility for all.
During her trip, Stephanie learned about the many scents and aromatic plants of Provence, a region in France that borders the Mediterranean Sea.
“I like girlie things,” exclaimed Stephanie. I got to make my very own
liquid soap with different fragrances. And the fields of lavender were
Awesome is a word that describes Stephanie as well! As a junior at Pinkerton Academy, Stephanie carries a course load that includes:
Chemistry, Algebra ll, English, US History, Sign Language, and Chorus. At
Pinkerton Academy, she has achieved a perfect attendance record to date
and her name has even made the Honor Roll for 6 out of 8 semesters!
When not in class, Stephanie can be found cheering for her school. Last year, she was the Manager of the JV Cheerleading Squad. Being Manager
kept her busy and involved. She is so excited that this year she made the
Squad and cheers at Pinkerton’s sporting events. The cheering squad has a
hectic schedule with practices every day except Wednesdays, Sundays and
game days. Just recently, Stephanie began helping out with the special
needs cheerleading team at Extreem Cheer Center in Hampstead, NH.
Stephanie wore her first pair of glasses at 8 months, but she was fond of yanking them off! Worried about a possible ear injury, her mother
devised a unique way to keep the glasses in place. She cut the hem off of
Stephanie’s pants and hand-crafted matching headbands for each outfit!
Though Stephanie is legally blind, she “believes there are “no
barriers to having an eye problem.” She wants people to know that having a
visual impairment should not limit a person from doing what they want. “I
can’t go through life crying about being visually impaired. I have to
learn to laugh.” Stephanie credits her Mom, Carol O’Donnell with helping
her to live by that philosophy.
Traditional eye glasses improve Stephanie’s vision, but she also relies on enlarged print, books on CD, and a variety of assistive devices.
Her laptop computer is equipped with Zoom-text software as well as a
rotating camera called an “Acrobat” that pivots on an arm-like attachment.
By rotating and pivoting the camera, Stephanie can magnify images at near
and far distances. For example, it allows her to snap pictures of notes on
the board while in her classroom and save them on her computer to review
as needed. A dome magnifier, which she calls a “bubble”, also offers
magnification, as does her monocular telescope. For safe travel, Stephanie
uses a white cane when crossing busy streets and while traveling in
In October, she and another student who is visually impaired went to Boston on a field trip with their Orientation and Mobility (O & M)
Instructor from the New Hampshire Association for the Blind, Susan Sherry.
There they were introduced to subway travel and had numerous opportunities
to experience street crossings in a city environment. Their ultimate
destination was the New England Aquarium. O&M can be fun, too!
This past summer, Stephanie was a Counselor in Training (CIT) at Camp Inter-Actions where her love of music intersected with Camp activities!
She composed a song to describe the Camp experience and created a special
African drum. She originally was scheduled to help for a week but begged
Director, Debbie Gross, to be a CIT for three weeks instead! Stephanie
hopes to return to Camp Inter-Actions next summer as a full-fledged
Her interest in making music a career in some way began in her sophomore year at Pinkerton Academy. Stephanie “job shadowed” Nazzy from
WJYY 105.5. The experience started her thinking about what she might like
to do “when she grew up.” She has begun to explore some possibilities in
the field of music and health education. Schools under consideration are
as close as the University of Hartford and as far away as the University
of Central Florida.
No matter where Stephanie goes, lots of opportunities await her. The next few years will bring challenges and changes but Stephanie is ready
and waiting. She’s not one to “sit around crying about having a visual
Honoring Years of Service
95 Years of Service: Volunteer Spirit Celebration
In 2007, the Association celebrated 95 years of service to the people in New Hampshire who are blind and visually impaired. We honored all of
our volunteers who served throughout the years, including our founder,
Emma Coolidge Weston. Lynne Saltonstall, our Volunteer Administrator,
presented special recognition certificates to fifteen volunteers who have
been with the New Hampshire Association for the Blind for five or more
years. These volunteers are Irene Ackley, Janet Akins, Peggy Aplin, Judy
Bissonnette, Alix Guerin, Kathleen Hart, Jack Helie, Shirley Howard,
Charlie McCaffery, Eda McCarthy, Don Nelson, Irene Reale, Kevin Smith, Ann
Somers and Andrew Walsh. Lynne thanked each recipient for his/her
commitment to the volunteer program and for the years of service to our
If you are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities at the New Hampshire Association for the Blind, please contact Lynne
Saltonstall at 224-4039, ext. 317.
Volunteer Administrator Lynne Saltonstall… In Her Own Words
Alix Guerin is one of the first Recording Studio Volunteers. She trained in May 2001 and volunteered as a Community Volunteer while she
awaited her first recording “assignment.” She is one of a core group of
regular volunteers in the Recording Studio. She is always willing to
tackle any and all requests. Alix is the one I call on to read the long
list of donors in every issue of the New Hampshire Association for the
Blind Newsletter as well as the Annual Report. Her quick wit has provided
many laughs during production. Her dedication and experience are a great
asset to the Association’s recording services.
In addition to her valuable work in the Recording Studio, Alix has volunteered as a Community Visitor and for the Blind Awareness Walk-A-Thon.
This speaks to her commitment to the people we serve throughout New
Alix, thank you for your commitment to the volunteer program at the New Hampshire Association for the Blind.
Volunteer Alix Guerin…
In Her Own Words
Once upon a time, I had been a contributor to NHAB (albeit a minor one) and had been broadcasting the Union Leader for the “blind & print impaired” on the Notre Dame College radio station (now defunct). My interest in NHAB stems from the fact that I have sight in only one eye
(sniff) and would miss terribly not being able to read since it’s
something I enjoy tremendously (along with chocolate).
In one of the NHAB newsletters I read that the New Hampshire Association for the Blind was looking for volunteers in many areas. One
“assignment” involved recording in a studio that would be set up at the
McGreal Sight Center. So I applied and waited and waited (but I didn’t go
away). Then I learned that NHAB wasn’t quite ready to start a recording
studio but I was asked to read mail for a client during the winter months,
which I did following Volunteer Orientation.
Then, at long last, my debut came. I met George Theriault and was introduced to the studio which actually wasn’t a studio yet. It was a
table in what is now Lynne’s office. On the table was a dual cassette
recorder and headphones. George explained the mission — to provide
materials that are not otherwise available to persons who are blind
through other organizations — and showed me how to use the recorder. It
was a high quality machine with capabilities beyond my “ken”
(understanding). He also explained that plans for a more extensive
recording studio were ongoing and he was very enthusiastic about the
prospects for the studio. He then left me to record an NHAB newsletter or
Annual Report, which, as I recall, was the bulk of what I recorded at that
time. Jean Jaworski was the contact person and she was always helpful and
I have found everyone at NHAB to be highly professional. It is an
organization that guards clients’ privacy, respects volunteers and each
other, and provides a multitude of valuable services to its clients.
You, Lynne, are a pleasure to work with — you are very accepting of
our individual differences, flexible with scheduling, and really, really
good at fixing our flubs in the studio! As a volunteer, I am made to feel
accepted and valued by you, George, and other staff who have all shown an
interest in the work of the volunteers.狀
New Hampshire Association For the Blind
MAY 31, 2008
For more information about the Walk-A-Thon call 1-800-464-3075 (toll free in NH)
or visit our website:
For general information,
contact Nancy Burgess at email@example.com. For team information,
contact Mary Chase at
COME JOIN US!
Blind Awareness Walk-A-Thon
Saturday, May 31, 2008
Rain or Shine
A 3k walk in Concord’s Historic North End, beginning and ending at
the McGreal Sight Center,
25 Walker Street, Concord.
All proceeds benefit the services of the New Hampshire Association for the Blind.
REGISTRATION/CHECK-IN: 10 a.m.
Walk BEGINS: 11 a.m.
Lunch and Entertainment after the Walk!
Reception Emcee &
sponsored by: media sponsor:
New Hampshire Association for the Blind
5th Annual Blind Awareness Walk-A-Thon
Please fill out completely and return with your registration fee
to the address below. One form per person.
Company Name (if applicable):
City: State: ______ ZIP: ____________
T-Shirt Size (circle one): Adult $10.00 o S o M o L o XL o XXL
Child $5.00 (under 12) o YS o YM o YL
(T-shirts will be given to all who register by May 1, 2008)
o I will walk as an individual participant. Please send me a sponsor sheet. o I would like to become a Team Captain. Please send me a Captain Packet. o I will walk as a member of a Team:
My Captain’s Name is:
o I will be accompanied by a dog guide or dog guide in training.
o I am interested in volunteering for the event. Please contact me. o My employer has a Matching Gift Program (please include matching gift form). o I am unable to participate but would like to make a donation of $ _____________.
o Cash/Check o MasterCard o Visa
Card #: Exp. Date: ______ 3-digit code: ______
Please make checks payable and mail to: New Hampshire Association for the Blind (NHAB) 25 Walker Street
Concord, NH 03301
The following MUST BE SIGNED for this registration to be valid. In consideration of me and/or my
minor child being permitted to participate in the Blind Awareness Walk-A-Thon, I hereby — for myself, my
heirs and personal representatives — assume all risks that might be associated with the event. I further waive,
release, and discharge any claim against sponsoring agencies, companies, staff, volunteers, or other
representatives or their successors for any injuries or damages to my person and/or my minor child or property
while a participant in this event. This waiver also applies to on or off the premises at any time during the event.
I also consent to the use of photos, film or videotape taken of me and/or my minor child to be used by the Association for publicity and public education purposes.
(or parent/guardian if under 18) Date: ____________
To advance the independence of persons who are blind and visually impaired.
It is easy to get help for people who are blind and visually impaired.
Since 1912, the New Hampshire Association for the Blind has provided direct vision rehabilitation services to Granite Staters of all ages
regardless of their ability to pay. Fully accredited by the National
Accreditation Council of Agencies Serving the Blind and Visually Impaired
our direct services include:
$ Social Work
$ Rehabilitation Teaching
$ Orientation and Mobility Training
$ Low Vision Services
$ Assistive Technology Services
$ Educational Services
$ Volunteer Services
$ Public Education晦
Top Ten Facts About the New Hampshire Association for the Blind’s 2008 Blind
10. The Blind Awareness Walk-A-Thon will take place on Saturday, May 31, 2008. It is a 3K walk in Concord’s Historic North End, beginning and
ending at the New Hampshire Association for the Blind, 25 Walker Street,
09. The Walk-A-Thon is in its 5th year!
08. Registration/Check-In begins at 10 a.m., the Walk begins at 11 a.m.
07. RAIN or shine
06. There is a $10 registration fee to participate, $5 for children under 12. Lunch, a Walk-A-Thon t-shirt, and entertainment are included.
05. An incentive prize of a beautiful fleece picnic blanket will be awarded to anyone who raises a minimum of $200 (one gift per person).
04. Generous Gift certificates for Outback Steakhouse will be awarded to the top individual fundraiser and the top team fundraiser!
03. We have a list of generous Event Sponsors. Please check our web site for a complete list: www.sightcenter.org.
02. Information on the Blind Awareness Walk-A-Thon can be found on the NHAB website at www.sightcenter.org or by emailing Nancy Burgess
(general information) at nburgess@ sightcenter.org or Mary Chase (team
information) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
01. And the #1 Top Ten Fact about the 2008 Blind Awareness Walk-A-Thon: All proceeds benefit the programs and services of the New Hampshire
Association for the Blind, helping “to advance the independence of those
who are blind and visually impaired.”
Thank you for supporting this year’s Blind Awareness Walk-A-Thon!臨
Welcoming New Staff
In mid-October, Lois Hanlon began her work at the New Hampshire Association for the Blind as our Client Services Clerk. During the course
of a day, Lois can be found preparing documentation to support billing,
designing and producing monthly statistical and service reports, gathering
and recording weekly report information or maintaining reports of services
provided to our clients, not to mention the myriad other “tasks and
duties” that come along in the course of a normal day!
When not wearing her “NHAB hat,” Lois is renovating an 1840’s
farmhouse where she lives with her partner Jonathan, two cats, Lily and
Lovey, and a dog Sophie. She likes to hike, bike, snowshoe, bake (breads,
cookies and other fattening things) and garden. Her gardening includes
growing gourds and crafting with them. With sisters in Massachusetts,
Maine and North Carolina, she is often traveling as well!
Welcome Lois! Glad you are here!
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