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December 22, 1978

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Page 4, HERITA6E, Florida Jewish News, Oecomber 22, 1978 An opportunity for YOUI00 Blin 00lt become INVOLVED r 00lin being JEWIS !! Renewal, at Home and Overseas" -- to improve senses, were very limited conditions for a better Jewish way of life in our own community and in Israel and other parts of the world. We need hundreds of volunteers to help solicit, promote, mail, keep records, telephone, etc., etc. a to make the 1979 campaign a success. _m Become a part of the new, growing i team of Jewish volunteers who are both giving and ga,ning a renewed spirit of accomplishment to make 2 our community one of.the leaders in zl spearheading the pride of Jewish accomplishments. =[ li _ WE NEED YOUR HELP to make this _m campaign a success!!! ,i I i * IJ .. IL"V a r Home L I0 APPEAL CAMPAIGN BEGINS " NEXT MONTH = il I = = m VeAmOr Please call: Sunny Mandell Chairperson, Women's Division 843-1098 Jim Shipley General Chairman (o) 628-4488, (h) 677-0570 Susan Bierman Associate Chairman 831-3847 Rabbi Larry Halpern Associate Chairman (o) 645-0444, (h) 862-7295 Paul Jeser Executive Director (o) 645-5933, (h) 869-5387 Mark Cooper Associate Chairman (o) 422-3463, (h) 830-6219 JEWISH DESTINY IS IN JEWISH HANDS ... indeed. ...Until two-and-a-half years ago, when Mara Schlosser was instrumental in founding the CITE program--Valencia Community College's Open Campus for Independent Training and Education, which she also directs. After becoming a student in September, Brigham now lives alone, and cooks, sews, and can "walk outside my house alone." She is just 81 years old. "When I began classes, 1 never thought I'd be able to walk around or do anything for myself. Here at Valencia they don't assist you, they instruct you and then you do it yourself," she commented. Seventy-five students, like Brigham, have attended the CITE program since it began in Odando, according to Schlosser, who firmly believe "with training and education, blind people are capable of doing anything a sighted person can do." Although CITE works with any adult who is blind or going blind from age 2.2-92, "most of our students are senior citizens," Schtosser said, "because blindness is a process of aging. "We are not a welfare program, we are an educational program to teach people tobe independent. The biggest gift we give is self- confidence. Most students come to us severely depressed thinking they can't do anything but sit. "By teaching them to do small things -- threading a needle and sewing, or walking around their homes without bumping into furniture -- gives them self-confidence to continue living. "We also have individual- ized teaching to meet the needs of a student. If one student wants to learn to light the Shabbat candles, we will teach them." "1 have learned how to feel the bottom of a pot roast," Brigham explained, "so I know when to turn it over in the oven. When the meat feels a little hard, not soft, then its oeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee' Oeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeq ": CHILDREN  : CAROUSEL LL J.." . : . INTERSTATE MALL i-4 AND S.R. _..: ,',, ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, FLORIDA -1  / L' ' i' J' -,1 30s- 8s0- 70s !;.' '1 '/ : Happy H, i to a//our v/ued students in period. In addition to blind adults to also works with blind taught sllts work with home so i SINCE BECOMING BLIND nine BHgham (aboue) has weathered the austmenL After four months In the sags, 'P/ow l don 't feel btind and i don t home either." ready. "1 also learned how to find something on a table when I lose it. I put my fingertips lightly on the table close to me and slowly move it up the table." Brigham said her major problem is transportation. But the CITE program provides transportation for its 10-1.5 WATCHING SELF.CONFIDENCE GROW as learns to type, Mara Schlosser an Instructor a wide uarlety of dally activities.