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The Utah Council of the Blind (UCB)

The Utah Council of the Blind (UCB) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1972 by a group of people who were blind who saw a need to establish programs to help people who are blind to be more independent and active in their communities. This is very important since the inclination of society is to place people in care centers when sight is lost.

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The UCB Flier, January 2015

President ‘s Message
Hello friends,
It was so nice to see so many of you out to our Christmas party; we had a really good time. I wanted to especially thank Cordie Weed and her Christmas Committee. Big thanks to JD and the Community Projects Committee. And a special thanks to Ramona Rice and her Decorating Committee that stepped in last minute to add the final touches to the party.

I am really looking forward to this new year upon us. TerriLynne Pomeroy and her Activities Committee have been putting together a very exciting activities calendar starting with an activity in January with a focus on transportation, followed up by our annual talent and pasta event.
This new year also brings many opportunities for you to be involved. Please don’ t hesitate to let us know if you would like to serve on any of our committees, help with any of our activities, or just attend a board meeting and see what ‘s going on behind the scenes. Thank you all for your support. I wish you all the very best for this new year.

Anna Jeffery

Travel Options for People With Visual Loss and Deafblind

From Ramona Rice
Sponsored by Utah Council of the Blind
We would to welcome you to join us at our Travel Options meeting at the Blind Center in Salt Lake City, Utah on January 17th, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.
There will be great speakers on the behalf of their agency/organizations who will share information about travel options for us.

Speakers:

Leslie Gertsch, Utah Council of the Blind/Driver Program
Leslie Gertsch, Utah Council of the Blind/Cab Coupon Program
Jeff O?Connell, UTA Travel Trainer/Fixed Routes/Frontrunner/Flex
Joy Millet, UTA Paratransit/Program Eligibility
Brenda Gonzalez, State of Utah Deaf Blind Specialist/SSP Program
Everette Bacon, Utah NFB President/Uber and Lyft
Deja Powell, Cane Travel Instructor/Independent Cane Travel

Light refreshments will be provided!
I hope to see you all there, so until then Happy Holidays!
Any questions/concerns email me at rricetx@gmail.com

Ramona Rice

Annual Pasta and Talent Day

By Aunilie Hathaway
You are cordially invited to attend our Annual Pasta and Talent Day on Saturday, February 21, 2015 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at DSBVI (250 N 1950 W, Salt Lake City).

We will serve salad, pasta, bread, and of course a yummy dessert. The cost for lunch will be $4.00 per person. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED! You, our members, will provide the entertainment.
We know many of you have talents that you can share with all of us. If you would like to share a talent, please sign-up. You may leave a message on the Utah Connection or send an e-mail to ucb.board@gmail.com. When you sign-up please leave your name, your talent, and contact information. Sorry, you will have to provide your own accompaniment or special equipment. There is a piano available, and we will make sure we have the microphones available.

Please send your reservations and request to participate in the talent show no later than Saturday, February 14, 2015.

Reservations and payment can be made in the following ways: Call the Utah Connection and leave a message, send money to UCB, PO Box 1415, Bountiful, UT 84010-1415 or call Aunilie Hathaway at 801-244-5505 to pay using a credit or debit card.

Transportation Program Changes
As of January 1, 2015, the Board of the UCB has decided to change a few points in the transportation programs. It has long been recognized that transportation is one of the greatest challenges facing people with sight loss. The Subsidized Cab Coupon Program and the Driver/Guide Program have been offered to assist with transportation issues. The Board of Directors is aware of the increasing cost of cab travel. In order to compensate for this increase, the UCB will be offering a greater number of coupons for less money. It will now cost $4.00 for every $10.00 worth of coupons purchased. An individual will also now be able to purchase $160.00 worth of coupons monthly instead of the former $100 worth. The change means that an individual using the Cab coupon Program can purchase $160.00 worth of coupons for $64.00 plus $5.00 for priority shipping. For those using Yellow Cab of Salt Lake City, a $20 coupon book will now cost $8 instead of $10. So, on your next order, please remember to pay $4 for each $10 worth of coupons. If you wish the full amount available for the month, you would send a check for $69.00 to UCB, PO Box 1415, Bountiful, UT 84011-1415, designating the cab company you wish to use. This will purchase $160.00 worth of coupons and pay for shipping.

The Driver/Guide Program was established particularly for those living in the more rural areas of the state where cab companies do not exist. It has been brought to the attention of the Board of Directors that the maximum of 200 miles of reimbursement is too low. Someone really wishing to get to a doctor, travel to the big city or to visit friends or family from most areas of the state really needs to be able to use more miles. The board has elected to increase this amount to 300 miles. This means that a person with sight loss can purchase 300 miles worth of Driver/Guide Coupons for $45.00 each month instead of the former $30.00 for 200 miles. The UCB will reimburse the driver/guide at the rate of $.50 a mile for the 300 miles a month. The driver/guide can receive as much as $150.00 for driving the full 300 miles.

Remember, for both of these transportation services checks must be made out to the UCB and must be sent to PO Box 1415, Bountiful, UT 84011-1415. All coupons can be carried over to the next month if they are not totally expended. However, it is advised that an individual not accumulate too many cab coupons in case a cab company becomes defunct. Coupons used for the Provo area, the Ute Cab Company in Salt Lake, Davis County, Ogden, Park City, Cedar City, and St. George are an exception to this issue and can be used interchangeably with the companies in these areas. It is hoped that these changes will help everyone be better able to travel to the places they wish to go.

2014 Christmas Party and Santa’ s Helper

By Cordie Weed
First, I would like to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New

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