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August 26, 1987

The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas · Page 24

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la-B THE BAYTOWN SUN WedntMcUy, August 26, I9t7 I ! baytoi^n sheltering arms 411-0441 Disabled help in restaurant WHIN YOUR PUT HURT. YOU HURT ALL OYH Or. j.C. Tanenbaum Diplomoto, Amtrtcon Board of Podtetrlc Swrgory -Board Ctrtrfled foot Surgery- • Central Foot Cart 1 Rehabilitation * Adah i Children • Correctly* Footjurgtry • Sports Medfeint • Insurance Accepted 1101 W. Lobit Baytown (Acratt fr*M S« uttnto 428-1922 THE BIGGEST HITTER Newspapers Far More Reliable, Believable For "Best Buy" Info A survey by the Texas University research department has revealed that consumers Teel newspapers easily outdistance all other media in providing "best buy" shopping information. MEDIA Newspapers Direct Mail TV Radio PERCENT 6496 2196 11% 496 (SOURCE: Texas University's Center for Research) : * * * * Shoppers looking for the best, most reliable deal - - look to newspapers first and most, because they don't have to remember what they heard. If it's printed in the newspaper, it's RELIABLE and ALWAYS AVAILABLE tor rfiflrlin Cj and re-reading, Prepared by Texas Newspaper Advertising Bureau (TNAB) ; An Affiliate of tht T«XM Press Association MADISON, i Conn. (AP) First there was the Apple Doll House Tea Room in Guilford, a tiny restaurant with a storybook name that challenged entrenched notions that mentally retarded people should be segregated from the rest of society. Thirteen years later, a vocational rehabilitation organization has gotten even bolder, opening a 200-seat restaurant on a busy highway in the middle of the resort town of Madison. The wood-paneled Hob Nob, operated by the parents of a mentally retarded teen-ager, now has 15 mentally handicapped adults helping in the kitchen and serving meals and eventually will have more than 30. The venture is one of the projects of the Shoreline Association for Retarded and Handicapped Citizens (SARAH). "The ultimate goal is to place the trainees in other people's restaurants," says Peter McManus, the association's director of vocational services. The new restaurant is in the same roadhouse on U.S. Highway 1 where for 17 years James and Diana Morris operated another Hob Nob until they sold the business nine years ago. They came out of retirement to operate the new Hob Nob out of commitment to SARAH and to their 17-year-old son, John, who is mentally retarded. James Morris, a retired pilot, says he believes in SARAH's philosophy that the mentally retarded should be living and working among non-retarded people. "Everybody has to be pushed to their limit," Morris says. SARAH got into the restaurant Newspaper Advertising . your home run slugger Drug/Alcphol/Emoiional Problem? Call Humana Hospital Baytown 4-CHANGE (424-2643) 24-hour information line BAYTOWN EYE CENTER Dr. James G. McKinnon and sta// will continue to deliver quality eye care at the same location in Gul/Coast Hospital 2800 Garth Rd., Suite A that \vehave occupied /or the past 16 years. • Routine eye exams /or glasses •Cataract surgery at "NO COST" /or medicare patients (including limousine service to &/rom hospital. • Contact lenses. • Radial Keratotomy. • Laser surgery • Emergency care (day or night), Please call for appointment. 420-2440 business in 1973 when it opened the Apple Doll House, which the organization's executive director Ted Bergeron says was the first restaurant in the country operated by developmental^ disabled people. "We had hundreds of visitors come through the tearoom to pick our brains," McManus says. In 1978, SARAH also bought the Country Squire Inn in Killingworth. About 25 trainees from those restaurants now have jobs in other food service businesses. McManus says. A labor shortage in Connecticut helps rehabilitation organizations find job openings. The idea of training retarded adults for food seryice jobs has caught on around the country. A number of major chains, including Wendy's and the Marriott Corp., have hired disabled workers: Arid the National Restaurant Association strives to forge partnerships between its members and vocational rehabilitation agencies. Of the 27,725 adults whose major disability was mental retardation and who were rehabilitated in fiscal year 1984, 13.9 percent were trained in food and beverage service, says Larry Mars, a statistician in the U.S. Department of Education's Rehabilitation Services Administration. He said the group was second in size only to the 21.5 percent reported as entering sheltered workshops. SARAH also operates a number of other small businesses in products and services such as landscaping, firewood and concrete. The Hob Nob will serve vegetables and herbs grown in SARAH gardens. In all, SARAH businesses are training 117 people full time and the organization supervises 67 in other jobs. "I think we have broken down the prejudices here in the community." McManus says. The Country Squire was only modestly successful because of its out-of-the-way location, so the Morrises were consulted about opening a larger restaurant in a more prominent location to replace the other two. Please support the AMERICAN V CANCER #5OriFTV* NEW EMPLOYEE GIFTS GAYLA TOWNSEND, right, president-elect of Baytown Classroom Teachers Association, and Elaine Hall, left, BCTA president, present a welcome bag to Felicia Thomas, a new teacher at Ross S. Sterling High School, at the BCTA breakfast honoring the district's new teachers. (Sun staff photo by Angle Bracey) Determined woman '••••;'/ ' ' '' • ' overcomes Handicaps CLUTE (AP) - Kay Lee could write a book about her life, but she doubts all her stories would fit into a single volume. She has survived three brain operations . and;, two ; car accidents, and has learned to cope with cancer and her paralyzed right side, which has left her handicapped for half of her 38 years. "It doesn't bother me I'm crippled any more," Mrs. Lee said from the apartment where she has lived since her parents died. She strains to recall how long that's been, but surgery has affected her memory and she has a hard time furnishing dates. A self-proclaimed country girl from West Columbia. Mrs! Lee relates stories with a sense of humor that belies her physical condition, which requires her to drink six quart-size glasses of water a day to flush out all the medication she takes. She? can walk, but she moves cautiously, clinging to the walls and chairs in her home for support. She tells of her birth at the Cra?.y Water Hotel in Mineral Wells and in the same breath recalls breaking off a relationship with a boyfriend after her brain surgery because "1 couldn't handle my own life, let alone anyone else's." Before her surgeries .Mrs. Lee. who stands 5 feet H inches and has a slight build, ran track, wore miniskirts and went honky- tonking on Saturday nights. While working at Texas Instruments' Stafford plant, she served on an employee advisory board and sponsored a girfs* drill team. C But her paralysis ended all that. "There's going to be something better for me one of these days," Mrs. Lee said. Her mother used to console Kay by saying she faced so many hardships because God felt she coiBd handle it. "I've got a lot of things to replace what was taken away. The only time 1 got mad was losing my parents," she said. Aftfcr their deaths, Mrs. Lee had to do for herself. Even doing the wash required planning. "I would have to wait until nighttime when everybody was asleep." she said. "I'd scoot the wash to the washateria, scoot it back. 1 was so determined." Determined to be independent. Then about three years ago, Kay Hightower married Steve Lee, vl had a lot of stepping down to do." Kay said of adjusting to married life. "1 was fighting him because he's trying to do things and I'm getting aggravated. I had never been married." She was 35 and set in her ways when her husband decided that if their marriage was to survive, Kay had to have a more regular schedule. One weekend, he kept her going morning to night to wear her out so she would sleep and wake up when he did. It worked. Now she gets up with Steve in the morning and times dinner to coincide with his arrival home. SHAPE IT UP • TOv^nV'v^BaiVvW Vf r ^Wvv ^VvVi We're in business to give you what you want from exercise. We'll help you become a new you and moke It fun! Facilities include Separate Exercise Areas for Women, Men and Coed. 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