If undeliverable return to PRINT POSTAGE Emmanuel Centre A SELF HELP CENTRE POST PAID for People with Disabilities PP602669/00280 AUSTRALIA 25 Windsor St Perth WA 6000 Tel: (08) 9328 8113 (Voice) (08) 9328 9571 (TTY) SMS 0401016399 Fax: (08) 9227 9720 Email: EmmanuelCentre@westnet.com.au EMMANUEL NEWS July 2010 COMING EVENTS AS WE GO TO PRESS (Check inside for more details) Monday 19th July “Challenges “ 9.30-10.30am Emmanuel Centre “Wii Fit” with Michele11-12.30 noon Tuesday 20st July “Painting with Geoff” 9.30-10.30am Emmanuel Centre Pet Care” with John 11-11.30am Emmanuel Centre “Craft with Shirley” 11-1.30pm Wednesday 21st July “Conversational Sign Language” 1-2.30pm Emmanuel Centre Mental Health supports in the Hills with Helen Dullard - Lesmurdie Parish Hall Lesmurdie – 6pm – 8pm. See information inside. Thursday 22nd July Mental Health support Morley Infant Jesus Parish Centre. 7-8.30pm . “Guilt and its Benefits”. Gerry Smith. More information inside Saturday 24th July “Mass at St Denis” (Interpreter) 6.30pm St Denis Church Monday 26th July “Challenges “ 9.30-10.30am Emmanuel Centre “Wii Fit” with Michele11-12.30 noon Tuesday 27th July “Painting with Geoff” 9.30-10.30am Emmanuel Centre “Scrapbooking with Edith” 11-12.30pm Wednesday 28th July Conversational Sign Language” 1-2.30pm Emmanuel Centre Saturday 31st July “Mass at St Denis” (Interpreter) 6.30pm St Denis Church Monday 2nd August “Challenges “ 9.30-10.30am Emmanuel Centre “Wii Fit” with Michele 11-12 noon Tuesday 3rd August “Painting with Geoff” 9.30-10.30am Emmanuel Centre “Craft with Shirley” 11-1.30pm Wednesday 4th August “Conversational Sign Language” 1-2.30pm Emmanuel Centre Saturday 7th August “Mass at St Denis” (Interpreter) 6.30pm St Denis Church Monday 9th August “Challenges “ 9.30-10.30am Emmanuel Centre “Wii Fit” with Michele11-12.30 noon Tuesday 10th August “Painting with Geoff” 9.30-10.30am Emmanuel Centre “Scrapbooking with Edith” 11-12.30pm Wednesday 11th August “Conversational Sign Language” 1-2.30pm Emmanuel Centre Saturday 14th August “Mass at St Denis” (Interpreter) 6.30pm St Denis Church Monday 16th August “Challenges “ 9.30-10.30am Emmanuel Centre “Wii Fit” with Michele11-12.30 noon Tuesday 17th August “Painting with Geoff” 9.30-10.30am Emmanuel Centre “Pet Care” with John 11-11.30am “Craft with Shirley” 11-1.30pm Wednesday 18th August “Conversational Sign Language” 1-2.30pm Emmanuel Centre Mental Health supports in the Hills with Laughing Workshop. Lesmurdie Parish Hall Lesmurdie. 6pm – 8pm. See information inside. Saturday 21st August “Mass at St Denis” (Interpreter) 6.30pm St Denis Church Monday 23rd August “Challenges “ 9.30-10.30am Emmanuel Centre “Wii Fit” with Michele11-12.30 noon Tuesday 24th August “Craft with Shirley” 11-1.30pm Wednesday 25th August “Conversational Sign Language” 1-2.30pm Emmanuel Centre Thursday 26th August Mental Health support Morley Infant Jesus Parish Centre. 7-8.30pm Dealing with Conflict in relationships and self: Guido Vogels. See inside of more details Saturday 28th August “Mass at St Denis” (Interpreter) 6.30pm St Denis Church Monday 30th August “Challenges “ 9.30-10.30am Emmanuel Centre “Wii Fit” with Michele11-12.30 noon Tuesday 31st August Painting with Geoff” 9.30-10.30am Emmanuel Centre “Scrapbooking with Edith” 11-12.30pm Assumptions “BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD” tend to (Psalm 46:10) trip me up I make lots of presumptions throughout my day and none of them ever enter into the history books or seem that important but in reality my presumptions or assumptions affect everything I do, every encounter I have. For example, I presume that when I flick the switch on my bedside table lamp, the light will go on. I presume that when I turn the hot water tap on to have a shower, hot water will come out. I presume that ……………….. These are all presumptions that I make about THINGS in my life. I also make presumptions/assumptions about PEOPLE. How presumptuous of me! For example, John (not his real name) was a volunteer at Emmanuel Centre for about 4 years. John could not speak well and could hardly connect 3 sentences together at one time. But John could listen to people and through his patience with people helped countless others come to grips with their own situations and get on with their lives. This same man could repair radios with no other tools except his hands. One time we all went out for a meal to celebrate a birthday and at the food hall they had some game machines. John looked at them and found the highest score attained on one of the game machines and then proceeded to beat that score 10 times over. My presumptions about what John could achieve went right out the window the more I came to know him. I reflected that it was really arrogant of me to presume I knew what God had in mind for John. I presumed I knew what role John would take in society. John went on to drive a car, get a job, get married and raise a family. He is a constant reminder to me about not judging a book by its cover. We are all victims of presumptions and assumptions. I have been reminded plenty of times by other people who presume that the only way to run a computer is to have a desktop with as few icons on it as possible. The number of people who have wanted to “tidy” up my desktop is beyond counting. I like my desktop the way it is, with its over 50 icons. I can find files on it. It works for me. My presumptions, my assumptions, our presumptions, our assumptions have an impact on others. In the area of disability, presumptions and assumptions are many. Are disabilities by chance, an oversight on God’s part, a punishment for sin? Or are they a social construct that we have developed over the years, through a sophisticated labelling system, that helps us keep a barrier between “them” and “us”. If someone has a slight variation of a label we make up a new one (in the guise of being better able to treat the person) and so society has more and more labels. Some people are excluded from receiving support because they do not fit the category (label) the organisation says it is there to support. How presumptuous am I to assume that God makes mistakes because a person does not fit into what my idea of how people should look and act! Even the word “disability” is a label that draws attention to difference. Is my life more about Barbara knows best or God knows best? With a small mind, a limited understanding, an assumption is made that the person shouldn’t be like that. I find myself reflecting more and more on Romans 9:21. “A potter surely has the right over his clay to make out of the same lump either a pot for special use or one for ordinary use” and Exodus 4:11, “ Then the Lord said to him, "Who gives speech to mortals? Who makes them mute or deaf, seeing or blind? Is it not I the Lord? “ The message to me is “Our God, my God, is an awesome God and he has plans for all of us”. CATHOLIC MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT and WELLBEING GOES RURAL YOU ARE INVITED TO ST JOHN THE BAPTIST CATHOLIC PARISH HALL, STIRLING TERRACE, TOODYAY ON THURSDAY 5TH AUGUST FROM 10AM -2PM Many Catholic Mental Health Support and Wellbeing Groups operate in metropolitan parishes or zones through their local parish community. Some of these groups are supported by Emmauel Centre. For many years we have had requests from people in rural areas seeking assistance. The Tooyday Parish Pastoral Council through the efforts of Gina Gulbransen and Moya Bruce are helping to organise an initial meeting on Thursday, 5th August from 10am – 2pm. It is hoped that this venture will become a permanent opportunity to provide much needed support particularly to Catholic people with mental health issues as well as their families, friends and supporters. TIMETABLE FOR MEETING AUGUST 5th, 2010 10-10.30am Arrival and morning tea 10.30am-12noon “Introduction to taking control of your life” Workshop leader Barbara Harris. This in an opportunity to reflect on who we are in God’s plan. What we can control. What barriers are in our lives that stop us. How we can positively change to address these issues. 12noon -12.30pm Lunch (please bring a plate of finger food to share) 12.30 -1pm Brainstorming and discussion on where we go from here. How can we support each other for the future. FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT Gina 9584 0136 or Barbara 08 9328 8113. MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT GROUPS FORTHCOMING EVENTS JULY – SEPTEMBER 2010 LESMURDIE Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Hall Lesmurdie 6 pm-8pm, 207 Lesmurdie Road, Lesmurdie, Wednesday 21st July Bring a plate of finger food to share. Topic: Mrs Helen Dullard, CEO Hills Community Support Group, addressing “What’s in the community to support people with mental health problems and their families”. Contact Ann 9291 6670. MORLEY Infant Jesus Parish Hall, Morley, 7pm-8.30pm. 47 Wellington Street, Morley, Topic: Gerry Smith, Grief Counsellor, talking about “Guilt and its benefits”. Thursday 22nd July. Contact Darren 9276 8500 or Barbara 9328 8113 LESMURDIE Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Hall Lesmurdie 6 pm-8pm, 207 Lesmurdie Road, Lesmurdie, Wednesday 18th August 6pm- 8pm. Please bring a plate of finger food to share. Topic: “Laughing Workshop”, Leaders Ann Page and Fr Paul Pitzen. A group session, designed to remove stress, build up self confidence and relax the participant. Contact Ann 9291 6670 or Barbara 9328 8113. MORLEY Infant Jesus Parish Hall, Morley, 7pm-8.30pm. 47 Wellington Street, Morley, Thursdayb26th August. Topic: Guido Vogels, Relationship Counsellor, talking about “Dealing with Conflict in relationships with others and self” Contact Darren 9276 8500 or Barbara 9328 8113 ========================================================================= AUSLAN GAMES something out of nothing. CAFÉ 11am Tuesday 20th July Infant Jesus Parish 11am Tuesday 3rd Aug 47 Wellington Rd, MORLEY 11am Tuesday 17th Aug 11am Tuesdays24th Aug Thursday 19 August COME ALONG ON Thursday 16 September TUESDAYS Do you have an interest in learning Australian Deaf PET CARE WITH Sign Language? Would you JOHN like to play board games or Learn how to take care of card games, in sign your Pet language? John will come on 20th July and 17th August at 10 - 12noon. Morning tea 11am provided further information contact COME ALONG ON TUESDAYS Susan or Barbara at SCRAPBOOKING WITH EDITH Emmanuel Centre 27th July ph/tty 9328 9571 or 9328 8113 10th August email firstname.lastname@example.org sms 0401 016 399 31st August 11am-12.30pm AUSLAN CONVERSATION WITH GEOFF Wednesdays from 1-2.30pm COME ALONG ON TUESDAYS Join in the fun with Shirley. Create Australian first for deaf Catholics in Perth Photo and article by Anthony Barich from The Record Newspaper of 09 July 2010 Fr Peter Williams, director of the Australian Catholic Bishops’ National Liturgical Office, addresses liturgists at the Vietnamese Catholic Community Centre in Westminster on 17 June with his speech captioned behind him. FOR anyone who has ever watched a foreign film with subtitles, the idea of captioning an event would not be foreign. Captioning, unlike subtitles, assigns different what we missed by looking at the screen. It colours to different speakers so that those who was wonderful.” cannot hear can still keep track of who is speaking. Captioning will also briefly describe Many people thought Fr Paul was typing it up what is happening off screen like dogs barking, because he sat at the computer. His job, car starting, screech of brakes, doorbell or though, was to make sure that the connection phone ringing, etc. with Adelaide didn’t drop out and that the sounds being sent there were loud and clear,” Fr Peter Williams, director of the Australian Ms Harris said. “The whole process, once I Catholic Bishops’ Conference’s National understood it, was very simply done.” The Liturgical Office was in Perth on 17-18 June to backbone of the process was Skype (a deliver some seminars to clergy, the laity and software application that allows users to make Catholic educators. Fr Peter has been leading voice calls over the Internet) and CART the development of a resource to implement (Communication Access Realtime Translation). new changes in the English version Roman The sound went to Adelaide via Skype, the Missal. typing came back through Skype and straight into the CART program for projection. Deaf and The resource, called One Body, One Spirit in hard of hearing people are hoping that an Christ, was produced by Fraynework, a digital edition of the new DVD resource One Body, media company based in Melbourne and One Spirit in Christ, produced by Fraynework, established under the auspices of the Sisters for ICEL, International Commission on English of Mercy Religious congregation named after in the Liturgy, will also include a version with the Irish nun who founded the order in captions and Auslan. Barbara Harris and Fr Australia in 1846, Mother Ursula Frayne. Paul said they have been “inundated with In a first for Australia, live captioning was positive feedback” from people who available to those who attended Fr Peter experienced the captioning at the Vietnamese Williams’ presentation at the Vietnamese Centre. “We are desperately looking for Catholic Community Centre in Westminster. volunteers in the West who are involved in stenography who would be interested in The Emmanuel Centre had arranged for an developing a service here in Perth,” they said internet connection to send an audio feed to in a statement to The Record. They said that Adelaide where a stenographer typed up what advances in Information technology opens up she heard and sent it back to Perth to be doors for deaf and hard of hearing like ramps projected on the large screen. The do for people with mobility issues. “The need stenographer was very accurate and quick. for inclusion is seen in all community services such as television, Internet and Web pages,” Barbara Harris, coordinator of Emmanuel they said. “Eighty per cent of television Centre, interpreted the proceedings in sign programmes are captioned, and we see more language. Deaf and hard of hearing people movies captioned. The Church needs to be at present at Fr Williams’ talk about the DVD the forefront.” resource, said, “It was really nice to have the text on the screen because if we turned away For more information or if you are a interesting in from Barbara or we don’t know sign language volunteering to learn how to develop a local service and you can provide live captioning, please contact because we have become deafened later in Emmanuel Centre on (08) 9328 8113 or email life, we can still hear. We could catch up on email@example.com Want to Be Happier? And this is when my taxi driver told me what I now call, 'The Law of the Garbage Truck™' Learn the Law of the He said: Garbage Many people are like garbage trucks. They run Truck around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment. As their How often do you let garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it. other people's nonsense And if you let them, they'll dump it on you. change your mood? Do you let a bad driver, So when someone wants to dump on you, rude waiter, curt boss or don't take it personally. Just smile, wave, wish an insensitive employee them well and move on. Believe me. You'll be ruin your day? Unless you're the Terminator, happier. you're probably set back on your heels. So I started thinking, how often do I let However, the mark of your success is how Garbage Trucks run right over me? And how quickly you can refocus on what's important. often do I take their garbage and spread it to HAVE YOU HEARD THIS STORY BEFORE? other people at work, at home or on the street? I hopped in a taxi, and we took off for Morley It was then that I said, 'I don't want the garbage Galleria. We were driving along when all of a and I'm not going to spread it anymore.' sudden a black car jumped out of a parking I began to see Garbage Trucks. I see the load space right in front of us. My taxi driver they're carrying. I see them coming to drop it slammed on his brakes, the car skidded, the off. And like my taxi driver, I don't take it tyres squealed and at the last moment the car personally; I just smile, wave, wish them well stopped just 10 centremetres from the other and move on. car's back-end. The bottom line is that healthy people do not And what did we see next? The driver of the let Garbage Trucks take over their day. What other car, the guy who almost caused a big about you? What would happen in your life, accident, whipped his head around and he starting today, if you let more Garbage Trucks started swearing at us. pass you by? And then here's what blew me away. My taxi And my taxi driver was right. I am happier. driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean he was friendly. So, I said, 'Why did you just do that!? This guy could have killed us!' ============================================================================ I want to see what's coming up, not looking at The Train of Life the past. Some folks ride the train Life’s too short for yesterdays, it moves along of life looking out the too fast. rear, So if the ride gets bumpy, while you are looking Watching miles of life back. Go up front, and you may find, roll by, and marking Your life has jumped the track. every year. They sit in sad remembrance, of wasted days It's all right to remember, that's part of history, gone by, And curse their life for what it was, and But up front's where it's happening, hang their head and cry. There's so much mystery. But I don't concern myself with that The enjoyment of living, is not where we I took a different vent. I look forward to what have been, It's looking ever forward, life holds, and not what has been spent. to another year and ten. It's So strap me to the engine, as securely as I can be. searching all the byways, I want to be out in the front, to see what I can Never should you refrain, see. For if you want to live I want to feel the winds of change, your life, blowing in my face, I want to see what life unfolds, As I move from place to place. You've gotta drive the train. A CONVERSATION WITH GOD GOD: Frank, you know all about gardens and nature. What in the world is going on down there on the planet? What happened to the dandelions, violets, milkweeds and stuff I started eons ago? I had a perfect no- maintenance garden plan. Those plants grow in any type of soil, withstand drought and multiply with abandon. The nectar from the long-lasting blossoms attracts butterflies, honey bees and flocks of songbirds. I expected to see a vast garden of colours by now. But, all I see are these green rectangles ST. FRANCIS: It's the tribes that settled there, Lord, the Suburbanites. They started calling your flowers 'weeds' and went to great lengths to kill them and replace them with grass. GOD: Grass? But, it's so boring. It's not colourful. It doesn't attract butterflies, birds and bees; only grubs and sod worms. It's sensitive to temperatures. Do these Suburbanites really want all that grass growing there? ST. FRANCIS: Apparently so, Lord. They go to great pains to grow it and keep it green. They begin each spring fertilizing grass & poisoning any other plant that crops up in the lawn. GOD: The spring rains and warm weather probably make grass grow really fast. That must make the Suburbanites happy ST. FRANCIS: Apparently not, Lord. As soon as it grows a little, they cut it-sometimes twice a week. GOD: They cut it? Do they then bale it like hay? ST. FRANCIS: Not exactly, Lord. Most of them rake it up and put it in bags. GOD: They bag it? Why? Is it a cash crop? Do they sell it? ST. FRANCIS: No, Sir, just the opposite. They pay to throw it away. GOD: Now, let me get this straight. They fertilize grass so it will grow. And, when it does grow, they cut it off and pay to throw it away? ST. FRANCIS: Yes, Sir. GOD: These Suburbanites must be relieved in the summer when we cut back on the rain and turn up the heat. That surely slows the growth and saves them a lot of work. ST. FRANCIS: You aren't going to believe this, Lord. When the grass stops growing so fast, they drag out hoses and pay more money to water it so they can continue to mow it and pay to get rid of it GOD: What nonsense. At least they kept some of the trees. That was a sheer stroke of genius, if I do say so myself. The trees grow leaves in the spring to provide beauty and shade in the summer. In the autumn, they fall to the ground and form a natural blanket to keep moisture in the soil and protect the trees and bushes. It's a natural cycle of life. ST. FRANCIS: You better sit down, Lord. The Suburbanites have drawn a new circle. As soon as the leaves fall, they rake them into great piles and pay to have them hauled away. GOD: No!? What do they do to protect the shrub and tree roots in the winter to keep the soil moist and loose? ST. FRANCIS: After throwing away the leaves, they go out and buy something which they call mulch. They haul it home and spread it around in place of the leaves. GOD: And where do they get this mulch? ST. FRANCIS: They cut down trees and grind them up to make the mulch. GOD: Enough! I don't want to think about this anymore. St. Catherine, you’re in charge of the arts...what movie have you scheduled for us tonight? ST. CATHERINE: 'Dumb and Dumber', Lord. It's a story about.. GOD: Never mind, I think I just heard the whole story from St. Francis. People with Disabilities on the Web In our last newsletter we talked about making websites accessible. For many of us we do not know what happens “under the bonnet of web pages”. Happily, most of us don’t need to know that. However, users who need accessible sites, are instantly aware of web sites that don’t work for them. Though estimates vary, most studies find that about one fifth (20%) of the population has some kind of disability. Not all of these people have disabilities that make it difficult for them to access the internet, but it is still a significant portion of the population. Businesses would be unwise to purposely exclude 20, 10, or even 5 percent of their potential customers from their web sites. For schools, universities, government entities, parishes and organisations and many others it would not only be unwise, but in many cases, it would also break the law. The major categories of disability types are: Motor Vision Inability to use a mouse, slow response Blindness, low vision, colour-blindness time, limited fine motor skills Hearing Cognitive Deafness- Hard of Hearing Learning disabilities, distractibility, and inability to remember or focus on large amounts of information Each of the major categories of disabilities requires certain types of adaptations in the design of the web content. Most of the time, these adaptations benefit nearly everyone, not just people with disabilities. Who of us couldn’t benefit from helpful illustrations, properly-organized content and clear navigation? Similarly, while captions are a necessity for Deaf or Hard of Hearing users, they can be helpful to others, including anyone who views a video without audio or those for whom English is a second language. In those circumstances people can listen to the English words and see them in print at the same time. There are websites which will provide some tools, hints and tips on getting your websites to be accessible. One of them is listed below. Go to this site and check your favourite web page to see how it measures up. http://wave.webaim.org/ WAVE is a free, web-based tool to help web developers make their web content more accessible. WAVE allows anyone to quickly and effectively evaluate the accessibility of their web content. The online testing site pointed out that we could not assume everyone using the web would have a program on their computers to read PDF files. It suggested that we provide a link on our website so people could download a free program like Adobe Acrobat Reader to access our PDF files. Good idea. Current text readers and screen-reading software are not able to interpret information or links presented only in graphics or photographic format like PDF files Material provided only in audio format will not be accessible to Deaf people or some people with hearing impairments unless an alternative is provided; Although users can determine many aspects of colour, size and print font of output for themselves, some approaches to text font or colour will make access difficult or impossible for users with impaired vision (and in some cases many other users also).