|VOLUME 1 # 12||NOVEMBER 6, 1995|
IN THIS ISSUE
1.) NOTES FROM John & Joyce
Wow, we're making up for last week's short "NOTES..." with a L A R G E edition this week! :::smiles:::
Holidays are closing in Fasssssssssssssst! Looking at the possibility that you may be traveling for the season we are making a few travel tips/suggestions:
"This passport is issued without charge to any citizen of, or person domiciled in the United States, medically determined to be blind, or permanently disabled, for purposes of receiving benefits under Federal law. It shall entitle the permitee and any persons accompanying him/her in a single, private, non-commercial vehicle, or alternatively a permittee and his spouse and children accompanying him/her where entry is by any means other than private, non-commercial vehicle, to enter any designated entrance fee area of the National Parks system.... At the rate of 50% of the established recreation use fees. (This passport does not cover any "special" recreational fees.)"
In other words, you and your family can get a discount at the campgrounds and/or national monument parks (such as Mammoth Cave Park in Ky.) The ones we have visited have been clean and well patrolled. We have even been allowed entry for free in certain areas.
Unlike many "government offers," the GOLDEN ACCESS CARD did not require countless hours of applications. We had our's issued on the spot, with verification of being disabled, at Mammoth Cave.
If you are interested in more information about the GOLDEN ACCESS CARD, email email@example.com and I will get you information.
NOTE: Hook-up of water, electricity etc. is not available at all sites. ALSO note some of these areas are NOT open year round.
These are just a few ideas, we bet that there are many more to share. Send us your thoughts.
The next newsletter will focus on Holiday shopping. We will have some gift ideas for amputees and non-amputees, the trip to the mall, and mail ordering tips. Most of our gift ideas will be under $10 many under $5. We encourage YOU to send in your gift ideas as well, at any reasonable price...and who knows...maybe you could print out the newsletter and "just happen to leave it laying on the kitchen table"...[grin]
2.) "LETTERS TO THE EDITOR"
Dear John and Joyce,
I read the posting about ham radio. Since I am one (KE6TF) and maintain some ties with the ham community locally (Thousand Oaks, CA) I will be happy to assist any amputee who lives in the west San Fernando Valley, the Conejo, Simi, Malibu or Ventura (area) with finding instruction (it's learnable), testing (it's passable and administered by other hams), and finding used equipment (which can make sense economically and technically if you know what to buy).
Most communities have amateur radio clubs, and many clubs have an active outreach. Ham radio has been the companion and connection for disabled since it began. It was a blind ham who first got me interested in the hobby, when I was about 14 years old. I tuned his transmitter and antenna and made repairs; he taught me operating skills and Morse, which he could "copy" by ear at 25 words, or so, a minute.
Some ham licenses no longer require code proficiency. But there is a certain joy to be had in firing up a little rig with less power than a bathroom night light takes, and "working" a station miles, even continents away.
Anyone interested can contact me Tskizi@aol.com, or by phone (818) 707-8660.
(Incidentally, I can also help folks who have problems "accessing" computers.)
Hi John & Joyce,
(NOTE: This is an excerpt from information provided by Bill--sorry we needed to shorten it a bit, but I am sure that Bill will be happy to supply you with any information you require.)
Below is the info on the One Arm Dove Hunt. Anyone who would like to be on the Hunt mailing list can send their Snail Mail address to me as I manage the list.
OLNEY'S 25th ANNUAL ONE-ARM DOVE HUNT
SEPTEMBER 6th AND 7th, 1996
The 25th annual One Arm dove hunt will be held in Olney, Texas on September 6 & 7, 1996. What started in 1972 as a shooting contest between several local arm amputees has grown in the intervening years into an annual event that attracts over one hundred people, most of them amputees, to this small farming community 50 miles south of Wichita Falls, Texas. While still called a dove hunt, fellowship and helping recent amputees come to terms with their new situation is the primary focus of this two-day event.
... the founders of The One-Arm Dove Hunt Association, which is growing, add that the down home weekend Sept. 6-7 includes horseshoes, skeet shooting, cow chip chunking, a sidewalk sale along Main Street and a breakfast that costs ten cents a finger.
"The hunt is secondary. The friendship, the camaraderie is important - it's like a reunion," Northrup said. "New amputees particularly, have a lot of questions. We can share a lot of information."
For more information contact:
ONE-ARM DOVE HUNTER'S ASSOCIATION
P.O. Box 582
OLNEY, TEXAS 76374
Phone (817) 564-2102 (8 a.m. - 5 p.m. CST)
The Amputee Information Center
7776 Pickett Street
Jacksonville, FL 32208
(904) 765-5630 Voice/Fax
More Information from Bill Baughn:
I-CAN (Information Children's Amputee Network,) a new mailing list has been established to provide information and support contacts to children with absent or underdeveloped limbs and their parents.
Parents who have a child born with a limb difference or lose a limb/s in childhood are starved for information. Pick up any book on disabled children and you will most often find limb defects not mentioned. If the subject is mentioned, it is touched on in a superficial manner. It is my hope that I-CAN will fill this void providing parents with a place to contact knowledgeable professional, experienced parents and adults who grew up with a limb difference.
To subscribe send a message to MAISER@hoffman.mgen.pitt.edu Make the first line of the message :
Bill Baughn, Moderator
(EDITORS NOTE: Thanks for the information Bill, and thank you for what you are doing. We had been disappointed about the lack of support and information for other age groups and it is so nice to know that someone has started to address this.)
THE ADVICE (DISCLAIMER)
Please be sure to read the information at this link at least once.
4.) HINTS AND TIPS
For Lower Extremity:
If you are like me, you "pop" your leg off in the evening and store it beside the bed. By storing the leg upright, you can minimize the chance of "6-8 legged critters" invading the sockets. These little guys get in, no matter how clean you keep YOUR dwelling. I talked to a patient who put his leg in the socket, forgetting his sock, and got bit by a small spider.
Large thick rubber bands placed over door knobs increase the gripping surface. Surgical tubing placed of "hook" fingers reduces slippage.
Have a hint, tip, or suggestion? Please email us and we will consider it for use in the newsletter.
5.) QUOTE/THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
"Cherish the new friends as the old,
One is silver, the other gold."
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