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    April 10, 2008

    McGreal Society

    President’s Council Luncheon

    McGreal Sight Center

    Concord, NH

    May 31, 2008

    5th Annual Blind Awareness


    McGreal Sight Center

    Concord, NH

    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

    Manchester, NH

    November 13, 2008

    Annual Meeting

    McGreal Sight Center

    Concord, NH

    November 21, 2008

    Signature Event

    Palace Theatre

    Manchester, NH

    $See information on Charitable Gift Annuities inside

    this Newsletter!

    Page 7.

    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

    our work.

    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

    at mchase@sight 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!

    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.


    Stephanie O’Donnell:

    No Tears

    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

    unfamiliar places.

    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

    many clients.

    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.


    Alix Guerin

    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.

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)

    (603) 224-4039

    or visit our website:

    For general information,

    contact Nancy Burgess at For team information,

    contact Mary Chase at


5th Annual

    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.


    Walk BEGINS: 11 a.m.

    Lunch and Entertainment after the Walk!

     Reception Emcee &

     sponsored by: media sponsor:

Major sponsors:

New Hampshire Association for the Blind

    5th Annual Blind Awareness Walk-A-Thon

Registration Form

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: ____________

    Phone: Email:

    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:

    Team Name:

    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

    Cardholder’s Name:

    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.

    Participant’s signature

    (or parent/guardian if under 18) Date: ____________

    Our Mission:

    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

    Top Ten Facts About the New Hampshire Association for the Blind’s 2008 Blind

    Awareness Walk-A-Thon

    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,

    Concord, NH.

    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:

    02. Information on the Blind Awareness Walk-A-Thon can be found on the NHAB website at or by emailing Nancy Burgess

    (general information) at nburgess@ or Mary Chase (team

    information) at

    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!

    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!

    Make a gift to

    her future…

    while protecting yours.

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    For more information on how you can help, in complete confidence, please contact:

    Shelley Proulx

    Vice President for Development

    NH Association for the Blind

    McGreal Sight Center

    25 Walker Street, Concord, NH 03301

    (603) 224-4039, Ext. 327 or

    1-800-464-3075 (toll free in NH)

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