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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 16, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Basic living techniques make blind independent MONTREAL (CP) Misconceptions about the blind range from "once you're blind you can't do anything any more" to "all blind per- sons use seemg-eye dogs Not true says Bill Rudkin, co-ordmator of rehabilitation for the Montreal Association for the Blind (MAB) "We offer all sorts of courses here ranging from personal grooming to house- hold management, all design- ed to help the blind person become independent" Mr Rudkin said in an inter- view that courses are geared to individual needs and that some persons considered legally blind have partial vi- sion that can be useful if they are trained in its use "People who go blind come in here thinking they should learn to type This is a useful skill but what they don't realize is that they can write just as easily and can learn to put their signature on such things as personal cheques BASIC SKILLS VITAL Techniques for daily living, orientation and mobility are the most important things a blind person must learn, he said "If blind persons cannot get around, they are not indepen- dent and this is not good Mr Rudkin explained this type of training can take anywhere from a few months to a few years, depending on the degree of vision the blind person still has and what other handicaps he may have The general public also has misconceptions about the use of seemg-eye dogs Mr Rudkin said less than two per cent of all blind per- sons are physically capable of using a dog and that less than one per cent actually do use an animal "People think it s the dog that takes the blind person around when, in reality, the blind person must be well- oriented and know where he is going and how to get there because he has to give the animal directions SCREEN APPLICANTS He said the seemg-eye dog school decides which applicants are capable of us- ing an animal and will reject those they feel are better off with a cane Mr Rudkin explained that dogs are expensive, requiring exercise, food and care, they are not useful for the very young or the elderly and they are often not allowed in restaurants or public buildings People are constantly astounded at the mistakes a trained dog can make such as taking off after another dog and perhspsdraggingthe blind person into oncoming traffic he said "One does not have these problems with a white cane Wilfred Williams, MAB director-general, said a popular misconception about the blind is that their other senses become more acute once they lose their vision "In reality what happens is that the blind person learns to do old things in a new way us- ing senses other than his vision AIDS HANDICAPPED The MAB, primarily an English language organization, was founded 65 years ago and caters not only to blind people but to multi- handicapoed persons whose loss of vision is only a part of their problems These persons would mally be treated in other rehabilitation programs but their loss of vision means they need help from people who are trained to understand the problems arising out of blindness The MAB comprises a school, workshop, residences, a gymnasium, library and swimming pool and its programs embrace pre- schoolers as well as geriatric cases Mr. Rudkin said one of the organization's biggest problem is finding employ- ment for the blind "In most cases it is easier for us to help them further their education than to find them a job Ann Landers Dear Ann Landers: I have a practical suggestion for the young lady who invariably finds herself seated next to a bore on a plane, train or bus She says she has a "friendly" face and people just start con- versations with her She would love to look out the win- dow, or daydream, or enjoy the pleasure of silence, but somehow she is denied these luxuries because some creep starts talking to her and she doesn't know how to turn him off A foreign language new- spaper will provide her with the perfect escape She should carry one in her purse at all times and practice saying, "No speak English I have tried it and it works The bore almost always moves away and finds another victim Helpful Helga Dear Helga. That gimmick might work for some, but it is not entirely foolproof I once carried a Spanish magazine on a plane, hoping to bone up for a visit to Puerto Rico A gentleman spotted it and I was trapped He talked my ear off in Spanish, yet all the way to San Juan' Dear Ann Landers: Twenty years ago I married an only child To his credit, he has provided a lovely home for his daughters and me He doesn't drink or run around He is de- cent and faithful His only vice is that he never has time for us Since the beginning of our marriage my husband has always been involved in ac- tivities that pleased him softball, fishing, hunting We were never included When the children were small I was stuck at home In Alberta the low cost of Natural Gas helps cut the high cost of living I Natural gas is the world s premium fuel Its available at reasonable cost and backed by service that you can depend on canaoian uuesrern naruraLoas company LimrreD I remember the time I pleaded with him, on a hot summer night, to take us for a ride and maybe buy us ice cream cones He refused I cried My mother-in-law was there She gave me a lecture on how men needed to enjoy their hobbies and sports, with no criticism from their wives Fifteen years age I gave up begging for his tune Last December my father- in-law died of a heart attack My mother-in-law cries every day because her son doesn't have tune for her 'Now that I am she whines, "I need his love but he doesn't know if I am dead or alive I don't have the heart to re- mind my mother-in-law of her words of advice when I cried because her son didn't have time for me or his daughters She raised him to be selfish and now she is reaping the bitter harvest As for me, the pain is gone I learned to be in- dependent and the girls don't miss his company one bit Last Laugh But Not Laughing Dear L. L.: This is no laughing matter I feel sorry for your mother-in-law but even sorrier for her selfish son His marriage sounds like an empty shell and I'll bet his daughters won't give him standing room at a skunk ras- sle when he wants THEIR company in later years Dear Ann Landers: I know you've said repeatedly that children should be told they are adopted But my problem is different I was an unwed mother at 16 I filed a paternity suit against the father It is on record at City Hall The rat skipped town and I haven't seen him since My daughter was a year old when I married a wonderful guy She is eight now and believes my husband is her real father Is it necessary that we tell her the truth7 Several people in town know the story What would it do to ifer if she should learn it elsewhere9 Hurry your answer We are on Pins And Needles Dear P N: Tell the child the truth It will be far less damaging now than if she hears it later from an out- sider Had you written to me three years ago I would have suggested it THEN What's prudish? What's O.K.? If you aren't sure, you need some help. It's available in the booklet: "Necking and Petting What Are the Mail your request to Ann Landers, P.O. Box 3346, Chicago, Illinois 60654, enclos- ing in onln and S !osg, stamped, self-addressed envelope. (Copyright 1973 Field Enterprises, Inc.) I Curling is just around the Corner CURLING SHOES for MEN and WOMEN Available in solid colors or the new STRIPE Styles Joe GREEN'S SHOES DOWNTOWN ON SIXTH STREET Open Thureday ill p m Henry! You don't have to show off just cause you got new shoes from Joe GREEN'S TuMday, October 16, 1973 LETHBRIDGE HERALD -9 No place on team for hockey nut BLOOMINGTON, Minn Chris Redding is a hockey nut who can't con- vince men's teams to allow her to show off her goaltending talents "I've called arenas about open ice time and what leagues would be open to said Ms Redding, a graduate of art history from Nebraska- Omaha "They've suggested I try women's leagues But the calibre of hockey is not the same "Now, don't get me wrong, I don't want it to sound like I want to be a man I'm into women's lib and I prefer Ms because it sounds better But I like playing good hockey Ms Redding, 25, concealed her feminine characteristics to play goalie in an industrial men's team in Omaha until it was discovered she wasn't a man "For two months, no one knew I was a girl except my she said "I came out with my goalie mask on and I never took it off I had to keep my mouth shut, and that was pretty hard for me to do I couldn't cheer my guys on "They found out about me and decided it would be OK if a girl played But someone on another team came up with another rule It was illegal to play without a regulation un- iform, without the proper size of equipment, worn properly "Well a girl does not wear a jock strap properly I couldn't dangle it around my glove, so they disqualified me even though I had a 1 8 goals- agamst average Ms Redding currently job hunting in the Mmneapohs-St Paul area since her recent move from Omaha, took up hockey five years ago while dating a minor league prospect in Nebraska She often goes into Canada in the summers, and once played in goal during open ice time at a hockey school operated by Walt Tkaczuk of New York Rangers and Den- nis Dupere of Toronto Maple Leafs "The guys got a big she said, "I stopped a few shots but those guys are too high-classed for me PUBLIC BINGO 16 GAMES BLACKOUT Until Won) LETHBRIDGE ELKS LODGE ROOM (Upstairs) EVERY THURS.-8 p.m. President and vice-president Lt. Gen. Juan Peron and his wife Isabel are shown at Government House in Buenos Aires shortly after they were sworn m as President and Vice-President of Argentina. AFTERNOON BINGO MOOSE HALL 3 Ave. North 5 Cards Money DOUBLED Weekly Jackpot Prizes Free Cards SPONSORED BY THE WOMEN OF THE MOOSE No Children Under it Allowed- Everybody r Alberta children each need a Mother and Rather What are you doing with the rest of your life? There's a young lad in one of our institutions we think you can help From all indications, he's a nor- mal, hockey-loving, TV-clicking teenager who can sense dinner-time within a tenth of a second Yet this boy lacks something Abandoned by his true parents as a baby, he has lived most of his life under government care He tends to shyness in the presence of strangers He is reluctant to return af- fection He is afraid to share his true feelings We're asking you to be his parents for a while With the right kind of help, we're convinced that this youngster and 2500 others like him can regain confidence in themselves and the world that never gave them anything but a raw deal If you think you have the right combination of patience, perserverance and humour, why not give us a call7 You could be making a friend for life BE A FOSTER PARENT CALU403) 327-4501 COLLECT HEALTH SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT ;