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by Kate Moss, TSBVI Deafblind Outreach and Ron Lucey, Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (formerly known as Texas Commision for the Blind)

This time of year parents are beginning to think about the long, hot summer ahead and ask about camp options for their child with visual impairments or deafblindness. Many camps have already filled for this summer, but it would be a good idea to get information for next year. We are not endorsing any particular camp, and we strongly suggest you take the time to visit any camp to determine if it is the right one for your child. We would encourage you to consider camp for your child; it can be the most positive experience he or she may ever have. Listed below are a variety of camps that take place in Texas.


Camp C.A.M.P.
(210) 671-2598, 671-4098
Centerpoint, TX
Sam Van Neste, Program Dir.

This camp provides a wide range of recreational, rehabilitative and respite services for children with developmental disabilities ages 5-21 and their families. Five one-week sessions available throughout the summer. Disabilities served: physically and medically disabled; MR or seizure related disabilities; multiple disabilities; and autism and PDD. Call for information and applications. Limited scholarships available, sliding fee scale, or pay according to family's ability.


Camp Summit
(972) 484-8900
Lewisville, TX

Residential camping program for children who are physically and/or developmentally disabled, ages 6-adult. Fee per one week session is $400; some scholarships available. Please call for dates and age-appropriate camp sessions.


Cool School Summer Camp
462-5330 or 462-5329
Texas School for the Deaf, Austin, TX
Sharon Hovinga

Several types of camps including early childhood education, adventures in learning, computers, high school, family weekend retreat. Call for information.


Camp Challenge & Technology Camp
TSBVI Summer School Programs
(512) 206-9251
Austin, Texas 78756
Miles Fain

Sponsored by TSBVI, these camps offer great experiences for children who are blind and visually impaired. Technology Camp runs June 1-14 for students who will be in grades 7-12 in the Fall and are functioning academically on grade level or no less than 2 years below their current grade placement. Camp Challenge runs July 27-August 2 for students 12-18 who have the ability to communicate needs and wants with a variety of peers and adults and demonstrate a high degree of independence in self-care areas. There are also a variety of longer summer school programs available to children 6-21 who may have additional developmental disabilities that you may want to consider.


Camp Independence
(409) 435-2155
Stephen F. Austin University
Nacogdoches, TX
Dr. Ouida Fae Morris

For students with visual impairments who are 13 or older in the East Texas area.


Camp Sign
(512) 451-8494 (V/TTY)
Conroe, TX
Texas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Ann Horn, Billy Collins

Camp for deaf or hard of hearing youth aged 7-17. An outdoor training camp with various physical activities, teaching leadership skills and 911 awareness. Held at Camp Misty Meadow in Conroe, 35 miles north of Houston. Physical activities on rugged, rocky terrain not designated for wheelchair users. Sessions in July. $350 (sliding fee scale) with nonrefundable application fee of $25. Please call for more information and current fees.


Camp Villa
(806) 798-8181
Amarillo, TX
Stephani Campbell

Camp Villa, sponsored by Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (formerly known as Texas Commision for the Blind) , is designed for blind and visually impaired people ages 12-18. This camp is scheduled at the same time as Camp Challenge at TSBVI. They are very similar camps.


Camp Lone Star - Christian Record Services
(402) 488-0981
Athens, TX
Peggy Hansen

For individuals who are visually impaired ages 9-65 and who are able to function with a good degree of independence. One-on-one support is very limited. Activities include: skiing, horseback riding, beep ball.


Camp Teen Challenge
817-666-0707 ext 252
Waco, Tx.
Rhonda Adams

This camp takes place June 9-12 and is sponsored by Education Service Center Region 12 and Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (formerly known as Texas Commision for the Blind) .


Down Home Ranch
(512) 856-2256
20250 FM 619
Elgin, Texas 78621
Jerry & Judy Horton

Ranch Camp dates are June 15-20 and June 22-27. Ages 11-adults. Camp primarily for youth and adults with MR. Crafts, nature lore, archery, target practice, fishing, hiking, farm animal care and swimming are the camp activities. Call to register.


Elks Camp
(210) 672-7561
Gonzales, TX 78629
Shannon Siegel or John Kaulfus

Any child with disabilities not requiring one-on-one care, ages 6 to 16, who is a resident of the State of Texas, is eligible. An admissions committee reviews each application. Eligibility disregards race, religion, or ethnic origin. The camp is free of charge. Six 6-day camp sessions available between June 15 and Aug. 2. To apply, call and ask for an application. Activities include social, self-help and leisure skills. Benefits are both recreational and therapeutic.


Muscular Dystrophy Association
(512) 345-3800
Bruceville, TX
Karen Brown

A one week camp in Bruceville will be offered this summer. Any child ages 6-21 with at least one of the 40 neuromuscular diseases served by MDA is eligible. This is an overnight camp which will provide at least one doctor and two nurses on site. There will be a 1:1 ratio with a volunteer. There is no cost for this camp. Please call for more information.


Texas Lions Camp
(210) 896-8500 or FAX (210) 896-3666
Kerrville, TX
Wilma Hudson

Free summer program with many activities to challenge physically handicapped and diabetic children. All children must be residents of Texas, and must have a Lions sponsor. Contact any Lion in your area, or call the camp for the name of a Lion near you. Most disabilities served, prefer 70+IQ, but depend on case. Three 1-week sessions and two 2-week sessions. Separate camp is arranged for diabetic children and youth. Please call for more information.


Work in Tyler This Summer - WITT
(903)581-9945
Tyler Junior College
Judy Moore - Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (formerly known as Texas Commision for the Blind)

A summer work program for students 15 -21 who are visually impaired.

You may want to contact your Education Service Center, Vision Teacher or O & M Instructor, or your Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (formerly known as Texas Commision for the Blind) Caseworker to find locally sponsored camps. You may want to contact some of the camps about visiting their programs to plan for next year. If you are unsure about the benefits of camp, visit with another parent whose child has attended camp. You may contact Kate Moss at (512) 206-9224 if you need the name of such a parent.

por: Jean Robinson, Coordinadora Apoyo a Familias VI TSBVI

Con tantas juntas escolares, idas al doctor, menesteres diarios, usualmente olvidamos la importancia de practicar las habilidades de diversión y recreación. Probablemente está pensando - ¡otra área de "aprendizaje incidental" que tenemos que enseñar! Sí, parece extraño tener que enseñar a su hijo a jugar, divertirse, solo flojear, pero como padre, yo sé lo importante que es para el niño entretenerse independientemente con una actividad divertida. Los padres y maestros enfocan su atención en la enseñanza de las habilidades de vida diaria, como comer, vestirse, comunicarse, contar números, escribir y leer, y muchos olvidan que estas habilidades son parte de las actividades recreacionales. Cuando un niño aprende a divertirse, ya sea en un ambiente social o solitario, él o ella se convierte no solo en un ser independiente, sino también en una persona agradable...interesante, con la que otros desean pasar el tiempo. El aprender hobbies y tener intereses aumentará las interacciones de su hijo con otros y también es una habilidad funcional. De hecho, ¿sabía usted que la recreación es parte del plan central de estudios de los estudiantes con incapacidades de la vista y puede ser parte del IEP? La familia puede trabajar en estas metas IEP en el hogar y en la comunidad para aumentar conexiones que puedan usarse en la escuela.

Exponga a su hijo a una variedad de actividades en el hogar, y en su comunidad, para que descubra lo que le gusta y lo que no le gusta. Piense en cuántas personas disfrutan la naturaleza, los animalitos mascota, el baile, la música, las artes, artesanías, lectura, drama y la tecnología. Muchos museos, especialmente esos de ciencias, historia, tecnología y de niños son museos en los que se pueden "tocar" las cosas. Algunos museos tienen personal específicamente asignado para ayudar a que sus exhibiciones sean accesibles a todos, no vacile para llamar y hacer arreglos para pedir ese servicio. Si usted no obtiene una respuesta apropiada, aproveche esa oportunidad para educar al personas acerca de lo que necesitan hacer para ofrecer acceso a su hijo. Si usted deberas tiene energías, ayude a la maestra de su hijo a planear un paseo con otros estudiantes. Esto toma tiempo, especialmente si los administradores no ayudan, pero es una gran oportunidad para que su hijo aprenda una gran variedad de habilidades y también se divierta.

Les pedí a tres mamás que me dijeran qué actividades especiales hacen con sus familias y me dejaron impresionada con el vigor, optimismo y deseo de aventura que muestran sus familias.

La familia Gómez vive en Waco, y está compuesta de Gladys, sus tres hijos, un gato y un perrito. Gladys tiene a sus hijos en el programa de escuela en la casa, ofrece sus servicios de voluntaria para Meals on Wheels, y es una intercesora regional para The Arc. Ella quiere estar accesible a todos los padres y los anima a que la llamen. Cynthia tiene 13 años, y tuvo un problemas antes de nacer que resultaron en microcefalia, palsía cerebral y vista de luz únicamente. Jonathan tiene 10 años y está en los Boy Scouts, también toma clases de karate. Gabrielle tiene nueve años y toma clases de ballet. Ellos van de compras, van a sus clases, visitan el parque y el zoológico. Juntos, ellos fueron al retiro de DBMAT y a cantar villancicos navideños en invierno, y están esperando asistir al campamento C.A.M.P este verano. Usualmente, toda la familia va junta en su camioneta, lo que requiere que lleven la silla de Cynthia y su carrito. En el gimnasio hay tapetes en los que Cynthia se puede sentar mientras que sus hermanitos asisten a su lección. Después que sus otros hijos nacieron, Cynthia decidió introducir a Cynthia a las actividades sociales, simplemente como una manera para sobrevivir. Los tres estaban todavía en pañales, y ella no tenía tiempo de tratarlos diferente. Al principio se encontró con comentarios, gente que se le quedaba mirando, risitas, etc. pero a medida que la gente y los otros niños comenzaron a conocer a Cynthia, la atención y las interacciones se convirtieron en positivas. Cynthia no tiene miedo de los ruidos fuertes y gentes que no conoce, lo que permite que ella sea una persona sociable. Todos disfrutan oír comentarios como "te ves bien", "estás creciendo". Gladys ha tenido sus decepciones: ella deseaba que su hijo (que no está incapacitado) fuera el próximo José Canseco, pero él no le atina a la pelota con el bate; en ese sentido se le puede considerar "incapacitado". Gladys cree que las diferentes habilidades y debilidades de la gente pueden ser usadas para complementarse unos a los otros "porque todos nos necesitamos unos a otros".

Rod y Glenda Hellyer viven en Liberty con sus tres hijos, Heather, 10 años, Jeffery, 7 años, y Jessica de 5 años. Glenda ayuda en las actividades de la escuela y en PATH. Jessica padece de Síndrome Cri du Chat lo que le ha producido pérdida de la vista, del oído y de sus habilidades motores. A la familia le gusta ir a los parque como Sea World y Fiesta Texas. Los problemas consisten de esas cosas como encontrar un lugar en donde cambiar los pañales, y personas que se les quedan viendo porque les toma más tiempo para acomodarse en los juegos. Los parques requieren que un padre (no un hermanito) se siente con Jessica. Desafortunadamente esto limita los juegos a los que se puede subir, ya que en algunos no admiten adultos. A Jessica le gusta ir al parque a subirse en los columpios, escuchar música y nadar. A ella le encanta la escuela, aunque su maestra la hace trabajar muy duro. Las personas favoritas de Jessica son: su papá y su abuelita (su abuelita le canta). Jessica sin falla ve a Marvin Zindler en el noticiero de televisión y cuando lo conoció en persona se quedó ¡bastante impresionada!

Tina y Jeff Cooper viven cerca de Houston, con Kelsey, de 6 años y Kristin de 4 años. Ellos viven en una casa construida especialmente para acomodar las necesidades especiales de Kristin. Su casa tiene rampas para la silla de ruedas, por lo que Kristin puede dar vueltas en la silla de ruedas, usar los gabinetes, alcanzar los switches y entrar a la regadera del baño. La casa ya tiene refuerzos extra en el baño para instalar un sistema de elevador. Kristin recibe terapia en la alberca, a la cual puede meterse usando un elevador. Kristin nació prematuramente, esto le causó palsía cerebral (CP) y retinopatía del prematuro (ROP). Ella puede ver un poco con su ojo izquierdo y usa lentes con banda. El año pasado fue el primer año que no necesitó ser hospitalizada. Está recibiendo un tratamiento experimental que temporalmente relaja los musculos. Tina trabaja para un centro de rehabilitación que provee terapia física, ocupacional y de lenguaje, en su mayoría a los niños. Ella también aboga por Kristin en el distrito escolar de Fort Bend, es miembro activo de una organización para entrenar a los padres, y ha implementado una clase de catecismo de domingo para niños con incapacidades. (Para estas clases ella encontró una abundante fuente de recursos). Kristen asiste tres días a la semana a un jardín de niños con incapacidades, y un día a la clase de PPCD en la Escuela Primaria Fort Bend. Kristin se queda en casa un día a la semana con su nana. Recibe dos horas de OT, tres horas de PT, y dos horas de terapia de lenguaje a la semana. Su familia todavía encuentra tiempo para ir al centro comercial, a la tienda de comestibles, a McDonalds, al rodeo y al circo. Se hicieron arreglos especiales para que los niños de su clase pudieran tocar a los animales y a los payasos. A Kristen le gusta nadar y comerse un plato entero de enchiladas, arroz y frijoles. La comida mexicana a veces se le da como recompensa después de un arduo día de trabajo. Dos veces al año, la familia va en avión a casa de abuelita, lo que requiere llevar la silla de ruedas, la cual, después que Kristin está acomodada en su asiento, se envía en el compartamento de equipajes. Al llegar a su destino la silla está esperándola al salir del avión. El último cumpleaños de Kristin se festejó en una granja cercana que permitía acceso a las sillas de ruedas. Ahí pudieron tocar a los marranitos, ordeñar a las vacas, montarse en los ponies, subirse a las carretas, pintarse las caras, alimentar a los pescaditos en la fuente y reírse de los chistes de un payaso. Una fiesta típica de cumpleaños, en donde todos los niños pudieron participar y aprender mientras que se divertían.

Me siento cansada solamente de oír todo lo que estas familias hacen, lo mismo que hacen todas las familias ordinarias, sin embargo con sus esfuerzos, mejoran la calidad de vida para los miembros de sus familias, para ellos mismos y para mí también. Si usted desea darnos a conocer alguna experiencia o actividad especial que pueda ayudar a otras familias a convertirse en parte de su comunidad, por favor llame. Esas familias cordialmente nos han dado sus direcciones y números de teléfono para que ustedes puedan llamar. También he recoletado una lista de recursos que los puede ayudar a divertirse!

e-mail:

Vida Independiente (Curriculum TSBVI)
Volumen III: Juegos y Actividades de Descanso
por Robin Loumiet y Nancy Levack
(512) 454-8631 
website: www.tsbvi.edu

Glenda y Rod Hellyer
Rt. 3, Box 53K
Liberty, Tx. 77575
(409) 336-2723

Asociación de Patinaje para Ciegos
e Incapacitados, Inc.
548 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, New York 14222
(716) 883-9728

 

Tina y Jeff Cooper
11618 Sendera Lane
Richmond, TX 77469
(281) 277-6840

Asociación para Atletas Ciegos de E.U. 
33 North Institute St, Brown Hall
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
(719) 630-0422

RECURSOS:

Deportes, Recreación al Aire Libre
y Juegos para Ciegos y Físicamente
Incapacitados - Sección de Referencia
Nacional de Biblioteca para Ciegos
y Físicamente Incapacitados
Biblioteca del Congreso

El Programa Padre/Hijo
Escuela para Ciegos The Hadley Servicio
700 Elm St.
Winnetka, IL 600093
800-323-4238 o 847-446-8111
website: www.hadley-school.org

Juegos para Personas con Incapacidades de los Sentidos
Estrategias para Incluir a Individuos de
Todas las Edades. Por: Lauren J. Lieberman y James F. Cowart
(800-747-4457 o (217)351-5076

Lions Blind Sports
1939 16th Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94116
415-681-1939

Nota del editor: Si desea comunicarse con Jean escriba a TSBVI VI Outreach, 1100 West 45th Street, Austin TX 78756, o llame al: (512) 206-9418 o por e-mail al . El artículo de Jean me recordó algo que dijo Liz Halperin de Seattle, Wa. en la Lista Deaf-Blind el otro día. "El otro día, salí a caminar a una calle de mucho tráfico. Entré a una tienda que se llama The Body Shop, en donde venden jabones, perfumes, etc. Olía delicioso. Así que entré nadamás para divertirme y caminar "oliendo" de un lugar a otro. Se me acercó una vendedora y me preguntó que si me podía ayudar. No gracias, le dije, nadamás estoy "viendo". Otra vendedora se me acercó y me ofreció si me podía ayudar a "encontrar" algo. Le expliqué que esta era mi versión de lo que es un museo: caminar "oliendo" todas las cosas, nadamás para aprender y divertirme".

by Jean Robinson, TSBVI VI Family Support Coordinator

Leisure and recreation skills are usually forgotten in the hurried pace of school meetings, doctor visits and routine errands. You're probably thinking there is another area of "incidental learning" that must be taught! Yes, it seems strange to have to teach your child how to play, have fun, and just hang out, but as a parent, I know how it important it is for a child to entertain herself independently with an enjoyable leisure activity. Both parents and teachers focus on teaching daily living skills such as eating, dressing, communicating, counting, writing, and reading and may forget that many of these skills are part of leisure and recreation activities. When a child learns to enjoy both social play and solitary play she becomes not only independent, but a pleasurable, interesting person with whom others want to spend time. Developing hobbies and interests will increase your child's interactions with others and is a functional living skill. In fact, did you know that recreation/leisure is part of the core curriculum for students with vision impairments and can be part of your child's IEP? These IEP objectives can be worked on at home and in the community by the family, to promote partnerships that will carry over into school.

Expose your child to a variety of activities at home and in your community to discover her likes and dislikes. Think about how much people enjoy nature, pets, dance, music, arts & crafts, reading, drama, and technology. Many museums, especially those geared toward science, history, technology, and children, are "hands on" experiences. Some museums have staff specifically assigned to making their exhibits accessible to everyone, so don't hesitate to call ahead and make arrangements for this service. If you don't get a favorable response, use this opportunity to educate the staff about your child's needs in order to access their services. If you're really energetic, help your child's vision teacher plan and coordinate a field trip with other students with vision impairments in your area. It takes time to plan, especially if the administrators are not supportive, but it is a valuable opportunity for your child to learn a variety of skills that are both functional and fun.

I asked three moms to share information about their families' special activities and was quite impressed with their openness, optimism, sense of adventure and stamina.

The Gomez family lives in Waco and consists of Gladys, her three children, a cat and dog. Gladys home schools her children, volunteers for Meals On Wheels, and is the regional advocate for The Arc. She wants to be accessible to parents and encourages them to contact her. Cynthia is thirteen years old and had a stroke before birth resulting in microcephaly, cerebral palsy and light perception only. Jonathan is ten years old and is a Boy Scout and takes karate lessons. Gabrielle is nine years old and takes ballet lessons. Their life involves going shopping, attending lessons, visiting the park and zoo. As a family, they went to the DBMAT weekend retreat and Christmas caroling last fall and hope to attend Camp C.A.M.P. this summer. Usually, all the family goes together in their station wagon which involves bringing Cynthia's travel chair and stroller. There are mats on the floor of the gymnasium that Cynthia can use while her siblings are attending their lessons. Gladys decided to introduce Cynthia to society after her other children were born simply as a way to survive. All three were in diapers, and she didn't have time to treat them differently. She did encounter stares, comments, and giggles from others, but as people, including children, got to know Cynthia, the attention and interactions became positive. Cynthia is not scared of loud noises and unfamiliar people which makes it possible for her to be sociable. Everyone enjoys hearing comments like "you're looking good" and "you're growing." Gladys has dealt with "shattered dreams" with all her children. She dreamed her son (who does not have disabilities) would be the next Jose Canseco, but he cannot hit a baseball and could be considered "handicapped" in that sense. Gladys believes that the different strengths and weaknesses found in people can be used to compliment each other because "everyone has a soul to be nurtured."

Rod and Glenda Hellyer live in Liberty with their three children, Heather, age ten, Jeffery, age seven, and Jessica, age five. Glenda is involved with school activities and PATH. Jessica has Cri du Chat Syndrome which involves significant losses in her vision, hearing and motor abilities. The family enjoys going to amusement parks like Sea World and Fiesta Texas. The hassles include such things as finding diaper changing facilities and people staring because it takes longer for her to get on rides. The parks require that a parent (not a sibling) sit with her. Unfortunately this limits her choice of rides since some are not large enough to include an adult. Jessica enjoys going to the park to swing, listening to music and swimming. She loves school even though her teacher makes her work hard. Her other favorite people are her dad and her grandmother (who sings with her). Jessica faithfully watches newscaster Marvin Zindler and was overwhelmed when she met him in person!

Tina and Jeff Cooper live near Houston with Kelsey, age 6, and Kristin, age 4, in a house built to accommodate Kristin's special needs. Her home is wheelchair accessible which means she can make 360 degrees turns, fit under counters, reach switches, and roll into the shower. Extra reinforcements were made for a lift system to be installed in the bath area later. Kristin receives therapy in their pool using a lift. Kristin was born prematurely which caused her to have cerebral palsy (CP) and retinopathy of prematurity (ROP). She has some vision in her left eye and wears glasses with a strap. Last year was the first year since Kristin's birth that she did not have a hospital stay. She is receiving an experimental treatment for CP which relaxes her muscles temporarily. Tina works for a rehabilitation center that provides physical, occupational, and speech therapy, primarily to children. She also is a parent advocate for Kristin in the Fort Bend school district, active in a local parent training organization, and has developed a Sunday school class for children with disabilities. (She found an abundance of resource curriculum.) Kristen spends three days a week in a private preschool for children with disabilities and one day in the PPCD class at Brazos Bend Elementary. She needs one day with no demands put on her so she stays with a nanny at home. She receives private OT (two hours), PT (three hours), and Speech (two hours) each week. Her family still finds time for trips to the mall, grocery store, McDonalds, the rodeo, and the circus. Special arrangements were made so her class could touch and feel the circus animals and clowns. Kristen enjoys swimming and can eat an entire child's plate of enchilada, rice, and beans. Mexican food is a special reward for her after working hard. Twice a year, the family flies to grandma's which involves taking her "Kid Cart" wheelchair which is stowed in the baggage compartment once she is seated and is waiting for her in the jetway when they arrive. Kristen's recent birthday party was at a country farm that was wheelchair accessible. It included petting piglets, milking cows, pony rides, hayrides, face painting, feeding fish in a pond and watching a clown, i.e., a typical birthday party, where all children could participate and learn about their world while having fun.

It makes me tired just hearing about these families leading their ordinary lives, but their efforts improve the quality of life for me, as well as your family and theirs. If you want to share a special activity or experience that would help other families become part of their community please call me. These families have graciously agreed to share their addresses and phone numbers so you may contact them. I have also listed a variety of resources to help you have some fun!

Gladys Gomez (Bilingual)
P.O. Box 5698
Waco, TX 76708
(254) 754-1768
e-mail:

Glenda & Rod Hellyer
Rt. 3, Box 53K
Liberty, TX 77575
(409) 336-2723

Tina & Jeff Cooper
11618 Sendera Lane
Richmond, TX 77469
(281) 277-6840

RESOURCES:

The Parent/Child Program
The Hadley School for the Blind
700 Elm St
Winnetka, IL 600093
800-323-4238 or 847-446-8111
website: www.hadley-school.org

Games for People with Sensory Impairments
Strategies for Including Individuals of All Ages
by Lauren J. Lieberman & James F. Cowart
(800) 747-4457 or (217) 351-5076

Independent Living Curriculum from TSBVI
Volume III: Play & Leisure
by Robin Loumiet & Nancy Levack
(512) 454-8631
website: www.tsbvi.edu

Skating Assoc. for the Blind & Handicapped Inc.
548 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, New York 14222
(716) 883-9728

United States Association for Blind Athletes
33 North Institute St, Brown Hall
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
(719) 630-0422

Sports, Outdoor Recreation, and Games for Visually & Physically Impaired Individuals
Reference Section
National Library Service for the Blind & Physically Handicapped
Library of Congress
Washington, DC 20542

Lions Blind Sports
1939 16th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94116
415-681-1939

Editor's Note: If you wish to contact Jean about this article you may reach her by mail at TSBVI VI Outreach, 1100 West 45th Street, Austin, TX 78756, by phone at (512) 206-9418 or by email at . Jean's article reminded me of something Liz Halperin of Seattle, WA. wrote on the Deaf-Blind List the other day. "I was wasting some time the other day, on a busy street. I went into The Body Shop, which is a shop that sells bath soap, lotions, etc. Many wonderful smells there. So I went in just to amuse myself by smelling my way up and down the store. A salesperson came up to help me. No thanks, just browsing. Another came up and offered to help me find things, and I explained that this was just my version of an art museum: smelling all the different items for pleasure."