The Braille Monitor                                                                                               March, 2002

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Dialysis at National Convention:

During this year's convention of the National Federation of the Blind in Louisville Wednesday, July 3, through Tuesday, July 9, dialysis will be available. Those requiring dialysis must have a transient patient packet and physician's statement filled out prior to treatment. Conventioneers must have their unit contact the desired location in the Louisville area for instructions well in advance. The convention will take place at the Galt House Hotel, 140 N. Fourth Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40202.

Individuals will be responsible for and must pay out of pocket prior to each treatment the approximately $30 not covered by Medicare plus any additional physician's fees and any charges for other medications.

Dialysis centers should set up transient dialysis locations at least six to eight weeks in advance. This helps assure a location for anyone wanting to dialyze. There are many centers in the Louisville area, but the area is quite large, so we strongly recommend early reservations. Here are some dialysis locations:

Renal Care Group, Inc., 635 South Third Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40202; telephone (502) 561-1314. About one-half mile from hotel.

BMA Dialysis, 720 East Broadway, Louisville, Kentucky 40202; telephone (502) 584-3021. About one-half mile from hotel.

University of Louisville Kidney Disease Program, 615 Preston Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40292; telephone: (502) 852-5757. About one-half mile from hotel.

BMA of Southern Indiana, 525 Broadway, Jeffersonville, Indiana 47130; telephone (812) 282-0420. About two miles from hotel.

Please remember to schedule dialysis treatments early to ensure space. If scheduling assistance is needed, have your dialysis unit's social worker contact Ed Bryant, Diabetes Action Network president, telephone (573) 875-8911. See you in Louisville.

Book Now Available from NLS and RFB and D:

In the April, 2001, issue of the Braille Monitor, Carol Castellano reviewed the book titled Prenatal Testing and Disability Rights, edited by Erik Parens and Federationist Adrienne Asch. This book contains a range of views on the complex question of prenatal testing and selective abortion after diagnosis of disability, and as Deborah Kent points out in her contribution to the book, this question can affect many of us in thinking about our own quality of life. This book is now available in Braille from the National Library Service (BR013232) and on tape from Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic.

We hope that Federationists will avail themselves of the opportunity to read this set of discussions of cutting‑edge blindness and disability issues.

Scott and Anahit LaBarre
Scott and Anahit LaBarre

Wedding Bells:

We are delighted to report the marriage on January 5, 2002, of NFB of Denver President and longtime Federation leader Scott LaBarre and Anahit Galechyan, who came to the Colorado Center for the Blind from Armenia last spring for training. She had planned to return home following her CCB training, but instead her parents flew to Denver for the wedding. Many Federationists took part in the ceremony and the festivities. Congratulations to the newlyweds.


At its December 2 meeting, the NFB of Maine elected officers for the coming year. They are Steve Hoad, President; John Batron, First Vice President; Brent Batron, Second Vice President; Ann Dill, Secretary; and Amy Nunan, Treasurer.

Hoping to Buy:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

I am looking for a functional Sharp talking calculator and am willing to pay for one that you no longer need. If you have one, please contact Jose Duvall, (803) 786-7864, 728 Summit Avenue, Columbia, South Carolina 29203.

Recycled Cassettes Needed:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

Christian Services for the Blind in Pasadena, California, can recycle cassettes for use in its recorded publications. A catalog of Braille and recorded publications is also available to those interested in borrowing them. For more information contact Dr. Franklin Tucker, Executive Director, (626) 799-3935, e-mail: <[email protected]>. Send cassettes free matter for the blind to Christian Services for the Blind, P. O. Box 26, Pasadena, California 91030-0026.

Look out South Carolina:

The Georgia affiliate of the National Federation of the Blind already has one completely sold-out chartered bus to the 2002 NFB National Convention. We are chartering a second bus. If you live in Georgia or a neighboring state, reserve your seat today. Seats are only $20 per person round‑trip to Louisville, Kentucky. The bus will leave Atlanta, Georgia, on Tuesday, July 2, and return on Wednesday, July 9. For more information call the NFB of Georgia, South Fulton Chapter, Stephanie Scott, President, at (404) 763‑1551 or toll-free at 1‑866‑999‑6324.

Win a Quilt:

The South Fulton Chapter of the NFB of Georgia wants to extend an opportunity to you to win a hand-crafted, beautifully designed NFB quilt. The quilt is woven in the colors of the American Flag: red, white, and blue. The NFB logo is in blue, surrounded by white, with a 20-inch trim in red. Donations are only $2 per entry. Don't let this opportunity pass you by. Mail your donation to National Federation of the Blind of Georgia, South Fulton Chapter, P. O. Box 1767, Atlanta, Georgia 30301. The drawing will take place April 1, 2002. For more details call (404) 763‑1551, or e‑mail us at <[email protected]>. Thank you for your support.

New Chapter:

In November of 2001 the Gray Chapter of the NFB of Maine was formed. In a meeting moderated by Colorado visitor Diane McGeorge, the following officers were elected: President, Brent Batron; Vice President, John Batron; Secretary, Ena Haveta; and Treasurer, Mike Jacubouis.

Another New Chapter:

January 6 saw the birth of perhaps the first new NFB chapter of 2002. It happened in the NFB of Maine. The Augusta Area Chapter was formed with the following officers elected: Steve Sawczyn, President; Amy Nunan, Vice President; Steve Hoad, Secretary; and David Van Wickler, Treasurer. These officers and other members of the chapter hope you'll be joining us for a meeting if you visit the Augusta area.


The NFB of North Carolina's Mecklenburg Chapter held its election on November 17 with the following new officers: Muriel Brown, President; Mabel Conder, Vice President; Hazel Staley, Secretary; Janis Lynn Stallings, Treasurer; and John Brown and Pat Robbins, Board Members.

Items for Sale:

The Parents of Blind Children Division of the NFB of Ohio is excited to announce that it has for sale the following items:

*NFB rhinestone pins: these pins are high-quality Austrian crystal. The pin has the letters NFB written in clear crystals approximately 1 inch high. The pins sell for $8 at the convention or $8.50 including shipping.

*Guide Dog Pins: these dog's head pins are also Austrian crystal. (The dog looks like a Lab.) They also cost $8 at convention and $8.50 shipped.

*NFB T‑shirts: these shirts come in Adult sizes L‑XL‑XXL with a choice of orange or gray/green. They also come in kid sizes medium and large in orange or bright neon green. The front of the shirt says, "I LEARNED MY ABC'S FROM THE NFB. A‑ATTITUDE B‑BRAILLE C‑CANE SKILLS." The back of the shirt says "DO YOU KNOW YOUR ABC'S?" These shirts are available at the convention for $10 and $12 shipped. Contact Crystal McClain, President, Parents of Blind Children of Ohio at <[email protected]> or (937) 599‑5782 to order. Remember we will be at the Ohio booth at the 2002 national convention.

Kaaren Mayry
Karen Mayry


National Federation of the Blind of South Dakota President Karen Mayry and Ponderosa Chapter President Clayton Hyde were recognized during the Modern Woodmen dinner on November 12, 2001, for their volunteerism with the blind of South Dakota. Modern Woodmen, a fraternal organization, has agreed to match candy-wreath fund-raising profits up to $2,500. The award states the following: "With appreciation, Modern Woodmen of America recognizes Karen S. Mayry and Clayton Hyde. You believe in community service, and so do we. As a fraternal life insurance organization dedicated to the future of American families, we recognize your accomplishments and appreciate your contributions of volunteer community service.


The Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the NFB of Pennsylvania elected officers for the new year. They are Gus Jasper, President; Donna Jones, Vice President; Yvonne Mason, Treasurer; Blanche Moore, Secretary; Lois Holmes, Corresponding Secretary; and Claudia Scott, Eileen Jasper, Dolly Singh, and Russell Smith, Board Members.

For Sale:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

I have a black-and-white thirteen-inch-screen Visual Tech for sale. It has an adjustable reading tray. This machine is thirteen years old and in very good condition. It has had only one repair. I am asking $475 or best offer. Contact Gary Posch, Jr., 1110 Greenleaf Drive, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18017. Phone 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., EST, (610) 866-7675.


At its fall meeting, members of the Syracuse Chapter of the NFB of New York elected Robert Miller, President; Wilbur Webb, Vice President; Linda Webb, Treasurer; Lucy Cox, Recording Secretary; and Judith Warner, Corresponding Secretary.

Pen Friends Wanted:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

I am a Swedish woman of thirty-nine who has been visually impaired since 1982, and I want to correspond with members of your organization. I have two boys (thirteen and nine years old), and my hobbies are reading Talking Books, food and wine, music, and my house and friends. My new friends can e-mail me, Agneta Rennqvist, at <[email protected]>, or send me a letter to Agneta Rennqvist, Krokgatan 34, s‑784 52 Borlenge, Sweden.

For Sale:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

Internal DECTalk PC card, comes with drivers and external speaker, asking $300 or best offer. CCTV, only three months old, 21-inch monitor sits on top of unit with removable table, asking $1,200 or best offer. If interested, call (804) 353-1128 or e-mail <[email protected]>.

In Memoriam:

We are sorry to report the death on November 23, 2001 of David Kostyshyn, creator of Window Bridge, the first speech-access program for Windows. Here is the letter Curtis Chong wrote to Mr. Kostyshyn's brother on behalf of the National Federation of the Blind:

January 18, 2002

Mr. Glen Kostyshyn

Stoney Creek, Ontario


Dear Mr. Kostyshyn:

I learned only yesterday of the passing last November of your brother David and the closing of Syntha-Voice Computers, Inc. My sympathy goes out to you and your family for the tragic loss of an outstanding person and a company which has contributed immeasurably to the cause of equal access by the blind to information.

Those of us who recall the long and painful struggle of the blind to be able just to use the same computers and software as their sighted peers will never forget that David and his company beat everybody else to the punch by coming out with the very first speech-output screen-reading program for the Windows operating system. David Kostyshyn and Syntha-Voice Computers should never be forgotten for the exemplary contribution made in this field.

Yours sincerely,

Curtis Chong, Director of Technology

National Federation of the Blind

For Sale:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

Perkins Brailler still in its original shipping box. Brailler and Braille paper are still in plastic wrapping. The Brailler has never been opened or used. I am asking $500. I'll accept cashier's checks or money orders.

If interested, please call or write Charles Dockery, 405 W. Waldron Street, Apt. 109, Corinth, Mississippi 38834, phone: (662) 286‑3335, or e-mail <[email protected]>.

Braille Transcription Services:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

We would like to take a moment to introduce you to an energetic and reliable Braille transcription service called AccessBraille. When you order from AccessBraille, all of your work is produced by a Library-of-Congress-certified Braille transcriptionist and mailed to you free of charge via UPS ground. We specialize in production of Braille textbooks, technical manuals, product catalogs, large-volume brochures, and other general literature requests.

Please visit <> or call (812) 339‑6351 to find out more valuable information about AccessBraille.

For Sale

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

I have a Braille 'n Speak 2000 for sale. Asking $700, cables and manuals included. Please call Jerry, evenings after 6:00 p.m. Pacific time: (503) 761‑3133.

Summer Employment Opportunity:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

The Society for the Blind in Sacramento, California, is looking for college-age blind mentors for its Summer Youth Retreat held each year in the beautiful mountains of the Sierra Nevada. Two camp sessions will run between July 20 and August 9, 2002. Those applying should have experience working with blind teenagers twelve to eighteen years old, enjoy outdoor activities, actively use daily cane‑travel skills, have knowledge of Grade II Braille, be familiar with blindness access technologies, and use alternative techniques for cooking and home management.

If you are willing to share your skills, experience, and goals with teenagers who truly need the support of blind peer mentors, this is the job for you. Those who are interested may contact Debbie Bacon, Program Coordinator, Youth Enrichment Program, at (916) 452‑8271, ext. 305. Or you may e‑mail Debbie at <[email protected]> for an application and further information about the position, including stipend and travel expenses. This is your opportunity to create positive attitudes about blindness and bring about true youth metamorphosis by mentoring.

Close-Out Sale:

The NFB of Illinois has the perfect solution to groping willy-nilly in stacks or boxes of mixed tapes. For a mere $3 each you can have your very own attractive, compact, white vinyl cassette holder that accommodates a dozen cassettes. Our cassette holders come complete with clear sleeves front and back for print labels and ample space on the spine for Braille labels; but the supply is limited. Only a hundred or so remain.

Act now and avoid the dreaded cassette avalanche by sending a check or money order, made payable to the NFB of Illinois, in the amount of $3 for each cassette holder, to Stephen O. Benson, NFB of Illinois, 7020 N. Tahoma, Chicago, Illinois 60646.

Financial Security That Fits in a Pocket:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

BRYTECH's Note Teller 2 is a talking money identifier for blind and visually impaired people. It accepts both old- and new-series U.S. bank notes inserted in four orientations and announces the denomination in English or Spanish. Note Teller 2 is priced at $295 with a thirty-day money-back guarantee and six-month warranty.

For additional information and distributor list, contact Trish Hodge, BRYTECH, Inc., (800) 263-4095, Web: <>.

Challenge to Local Chapters:

Stephanie Scott, President of the National Federation of the Blind of Georgia‑South Fulton Chapter, reports that her chapter is changing what it means to be blind by making a pledge to the NFB Capital Campaign of $30,000. They strongly encourage all other local chapters of the National Federation of the Blind to meet or beat this pledge.

Hear Ye, Hear Ye, a Drawing:

The Diabetes Action Network of the National Federation of the Blind provides support and information to thousands of people. Because operating this valuable network and producing the Voice of the Diabetic costs a lot of money, we must generate funds to help cover these expenses. Our Diabetes Action Network has elected to hold a drawing, which will be coordinated by our division treasurer Bruce Peters.

The grand prize will be $500. The winning ticket will be drawn and the winner's name announced on July 8, 2002, at the banquet held during the annual convention of the National Federation of the Blind.

Drawing tickets cost $1 each, or a book of six may be purchased for $5. Tickets may be purchased from state representatives of our Diabetes Action Network or by contacting the Voice Editorial Office, 1412 I-70 Drive SW, Suite C, Columbia, Missouri 65203; telephone, (573) 875-8911. Anyone interested in selling tickets should also contact the Voice Editorial Office. Tickets are available now. The names of those who sell fifty tickets or more will be announced in the Voice.

Please make checks payable to the National Federation of the Blind. Money and sold drawing ticket stubs must be mailed to the Voice office no later than June 10, 2002, or they can be personally delivered to drawing chairman Bruce Peters at this year's NFB convention in Louisville, Kentucky. This drawing is open to anyone age eighteen or older, and the holder of the lucky ticket need not be present to win. Each ticket sold is a donation, helping keep our Diabetes Action Network moving forward.

Piano and Guitar Lessons for the Visually Impaired:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

If you are interested in learning to play the piano or guitar without using music or Braille notation, audio courses are available through the Library of Congress's National Library Service. The courses are by Bill Brown. They are called "Intro to the Guitar for the Visually Impaired" and "Intro to the Piano for the Visually Impaired." Each course is made up of four Braille-labeled cassette tapes that come in a bookshelf-quality album. If you want to purchase either course directly from the publisher, you can call (229) 249-0628. The price of each course is $39, which includes shipping to any place in the USA.

The Library of Congress also has over 200 individual songs taught in the same fashion by Bill Brown. These can also be obtained through the National Library Service or directly from the publisher. For more information go to the publisher's Web site: <>.

For Sale:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

Internal DECtalk PC card comes with drivers and external speaker, asking $300 or best offer. CCTV only three months old, twenty-one-inch monitor sits on top of unit with movable table, asking $1,200 or best offer.

If interested in either item, call (804) 353-1128 or e-mail: <[email protected]>.


The St. Louis Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of Missouri elected new officers for 2002. They are Loretta Boavidez, President; Rhonda Howard, Vice President; Kathy McCracken, Recording Secretary; Bryan Schultz, Treasurer; Kerry Smith, Corresponding Secretary; and Debbie Royce, member at large.

Abraham Nemeth
Abraham Nemeth


The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) awarded its Creative Use of Braille Award to Federationist Dr. Abraham Nemeth for development of the Nemeth Braille Code for Mathematics and Science Notation. The code became official in the United States in 1952. It has since become official in Canada and New Zealand.

Dr. Nemeth, who was born totally blind in New York, New York, is now a retired professor of mathematics at the University of Detroit. He was instrumental in launching the institution's graduate program in computer science. He served as chair of the Michigan Commission for the Blind from 1991 to 1993. He has received numerous awards and honors over the years, including the American Foundation for the Blind's Migel Medal.

The Creative Use of Braille Award is given, when appropriate, to one or more individuals in recognition of a physical product, idea, method, or promotional effort that increases the availability or awareness of Braille. It must be currently in production or use. Congratulations to Dr. Nemeth.

Seeking Old Records, Etc.:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

I am a blind record collector seeking old and unusual 78 RPM phonograph records. Also phonograph record labels, and/or sleeves, old jazz, blues, Okeh, Paramount, Brunswick, etc. Please contact Richard Tussey, 5701 Lansdowne Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri 63109, phone (314) 457-1871, or e-mail, <[email protected]>.

For Sale:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

I have the following items for sale: 1) four-cassette box set, 101 Songs from 1947-1967, asking $12; 2) Juice Man juicer, $25; 3) four-piece Stanley steel pot set with lids, $25; and 4) case of assorted sunglasses. I have other items for sale that will be discussed when you call. You can call Eldridge Hardy toll-free at (800) 242-0363, extension 8920.

For my upcoming network I am looking for someone to tell jokes and recite short poems. If you know anyone with these talents, call me at the number listed above, but extension 9191.

Books and Magazines on Tape Available:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

Many books are now available on tape from Vision Community Services, a division of the Massachusetts Association for the Blind. They include books for children, computer and technological books, cookbooks, textbooks (art and writing, research, counseling and psychology, and nursing).

New audio magazines include Harper's, American History, Parenting, Cat Fancy, Utne Reader, The Economist, and Harvard Business Review.

For information about subscriptions and other custom-recorded materials, call (617) 972-9117 or (800) 852-3029 (in Massachusetts) or write Vision Community Services, 23A Elm Street, Watertown, Massachusetts 02472. You may also e-mail <[email protected]>.

For Sale:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

Braille Lite (eighteen characters), English and Spanish languages, November 2000 update, asking $2,000 or best offer. Contact Debbie Willard, (925) 849-4124, 2180 Ashby, #6, Berkeley, California 94705.

Attention Those Interested in Travel and Tourism:

Due to the overwhelming response to the announcement about forming the Travel and Tourism Division, we ask interested people to send in writing your name; address; telephone number; e-mail address; preference of Braille, cassette, or large print; and a list of places you would like to visit. Mail the information to National Federation of the Blind of Georgia-South Fulton Chapter, P. O. Box 1767, Atlanta, Georgia 30301. You may e-mail us at <[email protected]>, or call (404) 763-1551, toll-free 1-866-999-6324. Please stay tuned for details of our first meeting at the 2002 NFB Convention.

For Sale:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

I have for sale a slightly used Index Budget Basic Braille printer (Swedish-made). It is still in good condition. This printer comes complete with Duxbury software, operating manuals, connecting cables, and hardware. A box of Braille paper is included. Asking $700. Please contact Carolyn Tussey, 5701 Lansdowne Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri 63109, phone (314) 457-1871, or e-mail <[email protected]>.




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.

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