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Social Welfare Stresses Aid To The OTTAWA HBRALD M',^ Thursday, April 80, 10M • ^;W'V By MILES One objective of the Franklin County Social Welfare Department is to prevent people, regardless of income, from going blind, Mrs. Wanda Baird, director, •tressed,; in a Herald interview. And for. people already blind the department offers numerous mechanical V aids and services. "For instance, there is a special gadget for frying bacon which keeps thg bacon from curling up at the ends so that a blind housewife will' have no trouble finding it with a fork," Mrs. Baird said. "Or an '^ordinary tape measure can be turned, into a useful measuring device.- for the blind by stapling •the tape at each quarter inch.* '; "Many 'people think our services are available only to people • in need of financial assistance, but the services are available to everyone at moderate or no charges," she said. " Two main services available to Franklin Countians are: (1) restoration of eyesight and prevention of blindness and (2) rehabilitation of the blind: "There are 300 Kansans who lose their eyesight each year," Mrs. Baird observed. "No less than 50 per cent of blindness is needless with early detection and correction." Counseling regarding need for medical eye care is given by the department to anyone free. Help with the cost of actual remedial and medical treatment is provided ^hen the person is unable to pay. Mrs. Baird said, "One of our responsibilities is to keep a register of all the blind or those with doubtful eyesight in the county and call upon them at least once a year. "There are 70 blind people re- I siding in the county. "The calls are made to keep the blind and near-blind informed of the aids available to them and to help them and their families adjust to their condition. "For Instance, we can teach women to put on makeup or do housework. I know of one blind child who has been taught to ride a tricycle, but even real elderly people do not have to sit'around the house and do nothing. "There are numerous mechanical aids — some of them so simple that they can be constructed at home or purchased in a dime store — to assist the blind. "We have ridged writing boards we give away which en able the blind to write so that their writing wiU not slope all over the page. "There are special clocks and watches, games, kitchen aids, sewing aids, sound and electronic aids, braille writing equipment, woodworking tools, drawing aids, and visual aids for those who do have some sight. "Talking book' machines long' playing phonographs — are loaned like books from a library. There is no charge. "A wide variety of literature has been recorded such as fiction, biography, history, psychology, religion, travel and even Westerns. "Ten of these machines are loan in Franklin County, but some of the blind who get the records from St. Louis use their own machines. "We find that people who use the service most are people who have read in the past. Others find radio and TV meet their needs. "One benefit which many peo pie do not know about is the one- fare concession plsn. This is an arrangement with the bus lines and railroads which makes Upcka has one of the outstanding possible for the blind person who nust travel with a guide to pay only one fare. "The blind person receives an [D card entitling him to this benefit. The forms for these cards are available at our office (Franklin County Social Welfare Department Office, City Building, Ottawa). "Canes and seeing eye dogs are available to assist the blind persons in the problem of getting around. "Our responsibility is not only to the blind, but to family and friends. A family can be overly protective," she said. Mrs, Baird noted that a blind person when he eats only needs to know where the food is. The blind can use a fork as a feeler and bread as a pusher. 'Many people are sensitive about saying it is good to see you today to a blind person," she said. But blind persons often speak of seeing TV." In another service/ home teach- erst who themselves are blind, give counseling .regarding acceptance and adjustment to blindness such as instruction in reading and writing braille, typing, performing household and • cooking tasks, and planning for leisure, etc. "I believe the Kansas Rehabilitation Center for the Blind in To- programs in the nation," .she said. Vocational counseling and test- Ing, physical restoration service 1 , vocational training, and employment service are available. There are lectures and discussions of problems related to blindness, classes in braille reading and writing, training in poise, grooming, and table etiquette, and the use of a cane. 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