Monday, October 8, 2007

Sun Sounds Launches New Safety Program

Tempe, AZ, August 28, 2007 – Safety Dance is a new radio series, featuring information and advice from local safety experts about simple things people can do to avoid common accidents, with special tips for people living with visual disabilities.

One of those safety experts and the host of Safety Dance is Mike Bryant, who thinks safety is more than common sense. He advises listeners that, “Injury prevention is like dancing. It takes a little practice to be good at it.”

Mike is a 13-year Safety Professional with technical expertise in employee health, safety and emergency response who currently serves as a Learning Coordinator for Maricopa County Community Colleges. “With my experience in injury prevention… this program was a natural fit.”

Mike is volunteering his time as an advisor, content developer and interviewer for Safety Dance. This is in addition to his duties as a Sun Sounds volunteer reader. He is one of 500 volunteers at Sun Sounds, many of whom read newspapers, magazines, the latest books and even grocery ads on this special radio station for more than 49,000 Arizona listeners who find it difficult or impossible to read print because of a medical condition or disability.

Listeners can tune into Safety Dance Saturdays at 10 AM and Sundays at 3 AM by logging onto sunsounds.org or by calling Sun Sounds for a special radio, which it provides on loan free of charge to eligible listeners.

Each of the first 13 episodes feature 30 minutes of tips and advice many people can apply right away. Among the specific topics covered on Safety Dance are: How to prevent drowning, falls, poisonings, fire, burns, elderly abuse and domestic violence; how to improve stairwells, bathroom space, furniture placement, and lighting; and how to keep safe from intruders, traffic hazards, ATM theft, crowds, sensory overload and sensory isolation.

“Safety Dance falls right in line with our programming mission,” says Andrea Pasquale, Sun Sounds Tempe Programming Manager. “We strive to give listeners information they can use to maintain their independence and improve the quality of their lives.”

Safety Dance experts launching the series include, Pamela W. Goslar, PhD, the lead Epidemiologist for St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Captain Jay Arthur of the Phoenix Fire Department and Mark Yoshimura of the City of Phoenix’s Employee Development Division.

“But as the old saying goes, it takes two to Tango,” says Mike Bryant. “Our listening audience must take action. Even if they decide to implement one suggestion per show, it will get them closer to our goal, an injury-free community.”

Safety Dance is a presentation of Sun Sounds of Arizona, sponsored by a grant from Catholic Healthcare West, administered by St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center.

For photos and additional information about this release, contact:
Annette Flores, Marketing CoordinatorSun Sounds of Arizona
2323 W. 14th St.Tempe, AZ 85281-6950
Office: 480-774-8300
Fax: 480-774-8310
annette.flores@riomail.maricopa.edu
http://sunsounds.org/

About Sun Sounds of Arizona
Sun Sounds of Arizona, established in 1979, is a radio reading and audio information access service for people who find it difficult or impossible to read print because of a disability or medical condition. It is a community outreach service with more than 500 volunteers, which is part of Rio Salado College and KJZZ with affiliate stations located in Flagstaff, Tempe, Tucson and Yuma. For eligible listeners, Sun Sounds of Arizona is available free of charge, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week using special radios, designated cable systems, telephone and the internet.
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