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Knock, Knock, Knock:

Opportunity is knocking on your door. Job Fair 2000 is coming soon; make sure you are ready. The National Federation of the Blind will host its premier Job Fair at the 2000 National Convention. This will be an opportunity you do not want to miss. Where else can you meet with twenty companies in one setting? Explore different employment opportunities, talk to recruiters about your skills, make contacts, and interview for a job.

We are constantly adding to our list of nationwide companies looking for experienced employees. If you want to work in high tech, customer service, general office, industry, or hospitality or travel departments, you must attend Job Fair 2000.      To attend, submit a resume and cover letter outlining your skills and qualifications to the Colorado Center for the Blind, 1830 South Acoma, Denver, Colorado 80223 or e-mail <jstevens@ccb-denver.org>. Space is limited; get your resumes in as soon as possible. If you have questions, call Jennifer Stevens at (800) 401-4632.

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Y2K Wedding Bells:

We recently received the following wedding announcement:

A Crystal, Minnesota, couple celebrated the millennium by getting married on Leap Day, 2000. Eric Smith and Laura DeMarais were married at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 29, at the Como Park Conservatory in St. Paul. About twenty family members and friends attended the ceremony, which took place amid the blooming azaleas, cyclamen, and assorted flora of the Conservatory's glass-enclosed sunken garden.

An active member of the National Federation of the Blind for the past twenty-nine years, Smith currently serves on the Board of Directors of the NFB of Minnesota. He is a communications specialist for the Internal Revenue Service and was recently elected vice-chair of the Minnesota State Rehabilitation Council for the Blind, the advisory body for State Services for the Blind.

DeMarais has done volunteer work for BLIND, Inc., the NFB's adult rehabilitation training center in Minnesota, and played a key role in designing the agency's Internet Web site <www.blindinc.org>. She is director of the Reading and Study Skills Center at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul and currently serves as president of the Minnesota affiliate of the National Association for Developmental Education.

According to Smith and DeMarais, they chose the date because it symbolizes the unique nature of their love and commitment to each other. February 29 happens infrequently, occurring once every four years under ordinary circumstances and just once every 400 years in century-change years such as 2000.

Elected:

On Saturday, March 18, 2000, the Capitol District Chapter of the NFB of New York held elections, and the following officers were elected: Gisela Distel, President; Charlie Richardson, Vice President; Joy Harris, Secretary; David Hoskinson, Treasurer; and Teresa Downie, Board member.

For Sale:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

I wish to sell a DECtalk PC1 with an internal speaker system that requires a 5-1/4-inch bay. Asking $225 or best offer. Buyer pays shipping and can select shipping method. Contact Marty R. McKenzie, SCCB Outreach Program, beeper: (800) 420-1952, e-mail: <marty2@ftc-i.net>, or SCSDB Web site: <http://scsdb.k12.sc.us>.

New Chapter:

The newly formed Suburban West Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of Massachusetts is pleased to inform Monitor readers that the chapter, which covers the towns of Watertown, Waltham, Newton, and other surrounding communities within the suburban west area near Boston, held an organizational meeting on October 9. The following officers were elected: Mary Ann Lareau, President; Thomas Duffy, Vice President; Lucille Burkhardt, Secretary; and George Blake, Treasurer.

Elected:

The National Federation of the Blind of Greater Long Island has elected new officers. They are David Stayer, President; Christine Faltz, First Vice President; George Dominguez, Second Vice President; Lorraine Stayer, Recording Secretary; Sara S. Berger, Corresponding Secretary; Jo Anne Masgard, Treasurer; and Brad Greenspan and John Stevenson, Board Members.

New Commission in Nebraska:

Mike Floyd, President of the National Federation of the Blind of Nebraska, recently wrote to tell us the following joyful news:

The National Federation of the Blind of Nebraska is pleased to announce that L.B. 352, Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired, was passed April 4 in the Nebraska State Unicameral by a vote of 37 ayes, 10 nays, and 2 not voting. Our special thanks go to Senator Lavon Crosby of Lincoln, who introduced and fought for our bill for many years.

Then, on Monday, April 10, 2000, Governor Mike Johanns signed the bill into law, creating the Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired. On July 1 the existing state agency providing vocational rehabilitation services for Nebraska's adult blind population will be separated from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. It will be established as a free-standing, independent commission, otherwise retaining its previously held assets.

The Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired will by law henceforth be administered by a board of five commissioners, three of whom shall be blind and one of whom shall be a Federationist.

Nebraska Federationists are excited, relieved, and looking forward to the challenges ahead. We offer thanks to the many who have worked hard here in Nebraska, and we also thank those of our Federation family outside the state who have shared their inspiration and their prayers.

In Memoriam:

We regret to report that on Friday, March 31, 2000, Edna Nemeth, the wife of Dr. Abraham Nemeth, died quietly. Mrs Nemeth was bilingual in English and Hungarian due to having lived in Hungary during the First World War. At the time of her death the Nemeths had just celebrated their twenty-ninth wedding anniversary. Mrs. Nemeth had three children from her first marriage, nine grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren with two on the way. We extend our sympathy to Dr. Nemeth and his family in their sorrow.

Elected:

The San Fernando Valley Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of California held its election on February 12, 2000. The new officers are Tina Thomas, President; Robert Stigile, Vice President; Ron Smith, Treasurer; Shari Main, Secretary; and Donna Roysner, Board Member.

APH Announces Math Flash:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

The American Printing House for the Blind's Math Flash software helps visually impaired or blind elementary students sharpen and improve math skills. This self-voicing program uses the computer's sound card to communicate instructions, drills, practice sessions, and games. Math Flash allows students to modify the presentation as well as control the difficulty of the math drills and tests.

The easy-to-use Math Flash program allows students to select their favorite Math Mentor to lead the exercises. The Mentor's voice (created with professionally narrated human speech rather than computer-generated speech) guides the student through problems in addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division.

A free demonstration of this product is available on the APH Web site. Visit <www.aph.org> to download a demo. For more information contact American Printing House for the Blind, Inc., 1839 Frankfort Avenue, P.O. Box 6085, Louisville, Kentucky 40206-0085, phone (502) 895-2405, (800) 223-1839, fax (502) 899-2274, e-mail <info@aph.org>.

Elected:

The Kanawha Valley Chapter of the NFB of West Virginia elected new officers. They are Roland Payne, President; Eddie Greenleaf, Vice President and Board Member; Barbara Smith, Secretary; Barbara Olive, Treasurer; Mike Smith, Chaplain; and James Olive, alternate Board Member.

Honored:

On March 7, 2000, Eddie Greenleaf of Charleston, West Virginia, and an active member of the Kanawha Valley Chapter of the NFB of West Virginia, received one of Bell Atlantic's top awards. He was chosen from among 47,000 employees as one of six recipients of the Service to the Community award. He was flown to New York City, where he was wined and dined at Tavern on the Green and met top Bell Atlantic officials.

Eddie has been active for twenty-five years in the NFB of West Virginia. He has served as an affiliate Board Member and as Vice President of his local chapter. He has raised funds for NEWSLINE(r) and educated legislators about the importance of Braille and access technology. He has also advised companies in the Bell System about effective access technology for blind employees.

Congratulations to Eddie upon this well deserved honor.

World Series Baseball Game:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

With the 2000 baseball season now underway you can play your own games and look up baseball facts by obtaining Version 14 of the World Series Baseball Game and Information System. Among the 269 teams that come with the game are all the pennant winners from 1901 through 1999, all-star teams, and Japanese and Negro league teams. You can also review the history of baseball, find out who is in the Hall of Fame, check out all the baseball records, and try out your knowledge of the game on a 1,000-question quiz.

The game is being played by sight-impaired baseball fans of all ages in forty-eight states on IBM-compatible computers with screen readers and synthesizers. The price is still the same as when the game was first introduced in 1986, only $15 to new users, $5 for the annual update (which comes out after the World Series).

Send your check to Harry Hollingsworth, 692 S. Sheraton Drive, Akron, Ohio 44319, or call (330) 644-2421 or e-mail <hhhollingsworth@attglobal.net>.

"Nickelodeon" Demonstrates Internet Access for Kids:

We are pleased to report that on its April 30 broadcast the children's program "Nickelodeon" turned its attention to the problem of Internet access for kids who use access technology. A producer contacted Mrs. Maurer, who helped the staff identify Michael Forzano, age nine, of Yonkers, New York, to demonstrate the way he surfs the Net using his talking computer. Curtis Chong, director of the NFB's Technology Department, provided the voice-over. Both Michael and Curtis stressed the importance of having those who design children's Web sites include text tags labeling the many pictures. Congratulations to "Nickelodeon" for accurately covering this important subject.

Green Thumb Seeks Older Workers to Honor:

In an effort to identify blind seniors who are still contributing to their communities, we have been asked to carry the following announcement:

Green Thumb, Inc., the country's oldest and largest provider of mature-worker training and employment, has launched its third national Prime Time Awards search for the Outstanding Older Worker to represent each state. The winners will be announced and recognized in their respective states and at the Prime Time Awards dinner on October 6, 2000, in the East Hall of the historic Union Station in Washington, D.C.

To be recognized as an Outstanding Older Worker, nominees must work at least twenty hours a week in paid employment, be over age sixty-five, and be a resident of the state for which they are being nominated. To obtain the nomination form, entrants should visit the "Outstanding Older Worker" page of Green Thumb's Web site at <www.greenthumb.org>. Deadline for entries is June 30, 2000. Entrants may submit their own names or be nominated by employer, family, or friends.

Smithsonian Publications Available on Audio Tape:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

You can now choose to listen to Smithsonian's National Museum of American History exhibit brochures and the script texts recorded on audiocassette. The new audio tapes for people with disabilities are produced by the Smithsonian Accessibility Program's Voices to Access 2000 project.

Voices to Access 2000 can provide audiocassette alternative format for most Smithsonian publications. This service brings the Smithsonian closer to its goal of making its publications readable by anyone in formats accessible to everyone. For information on the nearly 100 audio tapes currently available or to request taping of a particular Smithsonian publication, call (202) 786-2942. The audio tapes list will also be posted on the Web at <http://www.si.edu/resource/access>.

There is no charge to people with disabilities for the taped versions, and much of the related print material is free. However, audiocassettes will accompany only paid subscriptions to such publications as Smithsonian Magazine.

New Tape Magazine:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

Disabled Christian Tape Fellowship is a monthly, non-charismatic Christian tape magazine. It is a forum in which you can share information or ask questions. The first issue is expected to be released in July, and it is free. After that you may subscribe for $5, August through December, 2000. It will then cost $12 for the year 2001.

You can submit a cassette with your testimony, favorite Christian Web site, Christian libraries, your business, or music, etc., but your contribution must be five minutes or less. Send your request for the July issue to Disabled Christian Tape Fellowship, 610 B Avenue, Vinton, Iowa 52349, or e-mail your request to <disabledchristian@juno.com>.

Are You Prepared:

Are you prepared for the challenge of finding a job? Job Opportunities for the Blind is hosting Success Every Step of the Way, an employment seminar.

Come and learn about

* Interviewing

* How to access those hidden jobs

* Best ways to disclose

* Dressing to impress

* What to do as a student to prepare for your career

* Do you need blindness skills training?

Bring your resume for review by employment staff of the National Federation of the Blind training centers. Learn about new and exciting jobs and much, much more.

Attend Success Every Step of the Way at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Atlanta on Sunday, July 2, 2000, 12:30 to 4:00 p.m. See the convention pre-agenda for specific room assignments.

NFB PLEDGE

I pledge to participate actively in the effort of the National Federation of the Blind to achieve equality, opportunity, and security for the blind; to support the policies and programs of the Federation; and to abide by its constitution.

Copyright 2000 National Federation of the Blind