BNI (Business Network International) - Cedar Creek
Professionals - meets every Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. at Comfort
Suites, located at U.S. Hwy. 175 and TX 198 in Mabank. For more information, call Larry
Williams (903) 887-2847 or www.bninetexas.com
Boy Scout Troop #398 meets at
the Cedar Creek Bible Church from 7-8:30 p.m. each Tuesday. For more information, call
(903) 498-5725 or (903) 498-3830.
Cedar Creek Art Society meets
from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the last Thursday of each month at the Mabank Volunteer Fire
Department. A $3 donation per artist is asked.
Cedar Creek Domino Club meets
each week on Wednesday at the Mabank Volunteer Fire Department. For more info, call (903)
Cedar Creek NAR-ANON meets at 8
p.m. on Thursday at 715 S. Hwy. 274, Ste. D in Seven Points. (903) 432-2405.
Cedar Creek Narcotics Anonymous
meets at 8 p.m., Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, at 715 S. Hwy.
274, Ste. D in Seven Points. (903) 432-2405.
Cedar Creek 49ers Club meets
every Thursday for fellowship and dancing. Doors open at 6 p.m. The club is located off
Arnold Hill Road in Seven Points. Call for more information, (903) 432-3552.
Cedar Creek Lake Kiwanis Club
meets at noon each Wednesday at The Jalapeno Tree in Gun Barrel City, except the second
week of the month, when the club meets Thursday in conjunction with the area chamber of
Cedar Creek Optimist Club meets
every Tuesday at noon at the Dairy Queen in Seven Points. For more info, call Danny Hampel
at (903) 778-4508.
Cedar Creek Republican Club
meets every fourth Thursday. For more information call (903) 887-4867.
Cedar Creek Rotary Club meets at
noon each Friday at Vetonis Italian Restaurant. For more information, call Dee Ann
Owens at (903) 340-2415.
Celebrate Recovery meets each
Friday at Rope, Catch & Ride Church in Mabank, located at 570 VZ CR 2807. For more
info, call (903) 603-8051.
Cub Scout Pack #333 meets at the
First United Methodist Church of Mabank the second and fourth Monday at 7 p.m. For info,
call Mary Harris at (903) 451-5280 or Tonya Capley at (903) 498-4725.
Disabled American Veterans Chapter 101 meets the second Monday of each month at the Senior Citizens Center on
Hwy. 31 in Athens.
Girl Scout Troop #112 meets at
the First United Methodist Church in Mabank on Fridays at 6:30 p.m. For more info, call
GeriLeigh Stotts at (469) 323-7943, email email@example.com,
or (800) 422-2260 or visit www.gsnetx.org.
Girl Scout Troop 2667 meets
every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Aley United Methodist Church. For more info, call Suzann
Smith at (903) 887-3889.
GriefShare Recovery support group
meets at 7 p.m. each Tuesday at Cedar Creek Church of God, located at 142 Rodney Dr., Gun
Barrel City. Call (903) 887-0293 for more information.
Gun Barrel Quilters Guild
meets from 10 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the Tri-County Library in
Mabank. For more information, please call (903) 451-4221.
Kaufman County Republican Womens Club meets the third Saturday of each month at the Farm Bureau Insurance
Company, located at 2477 N. Hwy. 34 in Kaufman. For more info, call (972) 287-1239 or
Kemp Kiwanis Club meets at noon
each Thursday at La Fuente Mexican Restaurant in Kemp. For more info, call Dr. Jim
Collinsworth at (903) 887-7486.
Lake Area Council of the Blind
meets at 6 p.m. on the second Saturday of the month at West Athens Baptist Church.
Lake Area Democrats Club meets
at 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month at the Library at Cedar Creek Lake in Seven
Points. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.
Mabank Al-Anon Family Group
meets at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays at Mabank First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. Families of
alcoholics are welcome. Call (903) 887-2781 for info.
Mabank/Cedar Creek Area Lions Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Tri-County
Library in Mabank. Call (903) 887-5252 for info.
Mabank Garden Club meets at 2:45
p.m. at the Tri-County Library on the third Tuesday of every month (different times in May
Oak Harbor/Tanglewood Crime Watch
meets at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at the R.T. Beamguard Community Center
in Oak Harbor.
Rainbow Girls, Masonic Youth organization meets on the second and fourth Saturdays at 10 a.m. at the Cedar Creek
Masonic Lodge. For more information contact Donna Dean at email@example.com.
Roddy Masonic Lodge meets at
6:30 p.m. the second Monday each month. Call (903) 887-6201 for info.
RootSeekers meet at 7 p.m. on
the third Monday of the month in the Tri-County Library in downtown Mabank.
Southeast Kaufman County Senior Citizens Center Board of
Directors meets at 1 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each
month at the center, located at 300 N. Dallas Street in Kemp. For info, call (903)
Suicide Survivors Group for
those grieving the loss of someone by suicide, meets every Monday at 6:30 p.m. at First
United Methodist Church in Mabank.
Tamarack Ladies Club meets at 11
a.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the TLC Hall.
TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)
meets at 9 a.m. each Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church of Athens. Call (903)
489-0563 or (903) 675-2600.
Trinity Valley Community College Band meets at 7 p.m. every Tuesday in the TVCC band hall. Group is open to any
community member who plays an instrument. Call (903) 675-6222 for info.
Trinity Valley Singles Support Group meets at 7 p.m. each Monday at Athens First United Methodist Church
Fellowship Hall on Lovers Lane. This is a support group for singles of all ages. For more
info, call Jean Love at (903) 451-4697 or Donna Stinson (903) 675-7270.
Local resident shows Medical Documentation industry
changes needed for visually impaired professionals
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
CEDAR CREEK LAKE-An Enchanted Oaks resident is helping to transform an entire industry, so
its accreditation programs are more accessible to everyone.
She has become the face of those locked out from visual information on a computer screen.
Kathy Melton wears her convention badge she wore in Austin recently, where she was a
speaker to 200 Medical Documentation professionals about the needs of the visually
impaired in the industry.
Kathy Melton, a medical transcriptionist for 30 years, was recently
invited to address the international Association of Healthcare Documentation Integrity
(AHDI) when it met in August for its annual conference in Austin.
The association offers accreditation, support and networking opportunities for the entire
industry of medical transcriptionists.
Melton addressed about 200 industry leaders during a breakfast meeting about the
challenges the visual impaired experience when they seek accessibility in such areas as:
the platforms used by employers of medical transcriptionists,
availability of reference materials,
inclusion in webinars offered by the Association, and
textbooks and other material offered by schools which teach medical transcription.
Melton is blind and has been training others like herself via the Internet for the past
When I became certified 30 years ago, we didnt have computers, Melton
said. We used typewriters.
Now, all testing is done on the computer. However, testing centers do not allow screen
Its like asking a sighted person to take a computer test with the monitor shut
off, she said.
(A screen reader is a computerized voice, which verbally tells the operator whats on
the screen. It reads the contents at very high speeds.)
Melton wasnt able to maintain her accreditation because the continuing education
courses in her profession were not accessible to the blind, and when she attempted to
retest, well, she had to do so
with her eyes shut.
However, she could also report that this issue had been resolved earlier in the year with
the use of online testing centers.
She pointed out that updated reference materials, once accessible, are now unavailable to
the visually impaired, and the software platforms that carry medical transcription
programs at employment sites are also inaccessible.
Most of the fixes are fast and relatively easy, Melton pointed out.
Her talk won her an introduction to some of the major software platform designers for the
In those talks, she learned that many of them have already begun to address some of the
problems she pointed out, and they appreciated putting a face to the end-user for which
they are redesigning much of their software.
Melton had come to the attention of the association about two years ago, when she
contacted them about forming a chapter for the blind and visually impaired.
About 20 representatives from the Association held an online conference with Melton, which
resulted in the formation of the Visually Impaired Transcriptionist Alliance or VITA in
March, 2009. Membership is open to any member of AHDI. Today, there are about 30 members,
When she made her request, the association was developing an approved training program for
spouses of military personnel that they could take while overseas.
This brought the association under the scrutiny of the U.S. Department of Labor, which
asked the some hard questions about what it was doing to accommodate workers with
disabilities. At that time, not very much was being done, she said.
Online testing centers seemed to be a way to address both issues.
As chairwoman for VITA, Melton was invited to talk to the contractor who was setting up
the online testing centers and found the company to be very agreeable to including online
screen readers and designing the program to run either without use of a mouse, or
attracting the cursor to the next logical selection.
The associations interest in bringing its military spouse program forward offered
VITA the opportunity to get its issues heard and some of them resolved.
The convention was a way to bring these developments to a wider audience.
I was made to feel welcome, and every possible offer of help was offered,
I could have attended the convention unaccompanied, she said. Her husband,
Claude, came to assist her.
She was able to show key people that the reference materials online, which used to be
compatible with a screen reader, were that way no longer.
She also spoke with programmers from a company whose online reference data base is
They promised a skeleton package text driver that would be compatible with a screen
reader, she said. Two association representatives witnessed the
The company was already considering such a program, she was told.
Melton also got to meet with a software company representative who works with making sure
there is a way to put narrative dictation into transcription platforms.
When the lack of accessibility within these platforms was explained to this gentleman, he
promised to make sure the needs of the visually impaired transcription population are
addressed by these companies.
Melton said shes been corresponding with him via e-mail since she returned from the
August convention. He has asked her to meet with software developers via an online
conference to discuss the details.
Its a programming thing to make sure that if its a button, it says what
the button is and made so the cursor lands on it and the operator doesnt have to
hunt for it. These are the types of accommodations the federal and state governments are
interested in seeing, she said.
It was exciting to interact with others and to explain issues that the visually
impaired deal with in this industry, she added.
Following her breakfast presentation, she was asked what individual association chapters
could do to be more accommodating to the visually impaired.
Melton told them that being willing to talk to and communicate with someone with visual
impairments is very important. We depend a great deal on audible communication.
Dont be afraid to talk to us, she said.
A Best Practices session left Melton feeling a little low, as it presented what seemed to
be insurmountable obstacles to the visually impaired. However, in that session Melton met
a woman from Louisiana, whose company employs two blind transcriptionists.
She told Melton that she has always wanted to open a school, but not by herself.
Id love to work with you, she told Melton.
Well, thats been a dream of mine for a long time, Melton answered.
So the two of them are working together on making a mutual dream come true.