The Braille Monitor                                                                                               April, 2002

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2002 Convention Attractions

The exhibit hall is one of the most popular attractions.   Pictured here are a number of folks checking out the Independent Living Aids Display
The exhibit hall is one of the most popular convention attractions. Pictured here are a number of folks checking out the Independent Living Aids display.

From the Editor: Every year's National Convention is an absolutely unique event. The agenda items, the exhibits, the new friends and business acquaintances: all these give each convention its own character and significance. Some activities lend a luster to the convention in part because they do take place every year and provide helpful fixed points in the whirl of events. In this category are the meetings of the Resolutions Committee and the Board of Directors, the annual banquet, and the many seminars and workshops of the various divisions and committees. Here is a partial list of activities being planned by a number of Federation groups during the 2002 Convention, July 3 through 9. Presidents of divisions, committee chairpeople, and event presenters have provided the information. The pre-convention agenda will list the locations of all events taking place before convention registration on Thursday, July 4. The convention agenda will contain listings of all events taking place beginning that day.

                                  The Agriculture and Equestrian Interest Group

by Fred Chambers

Growing by leaps and bounds, we are organizing to become an official division of the National Federation of the Blind. You are invited to be at the founding meeting for the Agriculture and Equestrian Division. Come elect officers, snack on local produce, network, share stories, and meet some locals. Kentucky is one of the eighteen states with an AgrAbility Project. You'll hear from advisors and participating farmers. Learn about resources you can tap into to start or expand a career in agriculture's myriad fields. Find out more about AgrAbility by visiting <www.agrabilityusa.org>.

Always a highlight and a bargain, our Louisville agriculture and equestrian tour is on Sunday, July 7, 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. We're still finalizing details, but count on horses as a major feature. Our past tours have included horseback riding and touring stables, carriage barns, thoroughbred ranches, urban organic farms, microbreweries, and much more. Send your $20 deposit to President Diane Starrin.

In the event of a sellout, deposits from the unlucky will be refunded. Reservations will be accepted up to Monday, June 17, 2002. Keep reading the Braille Monitor for developments. The total tour price should be under $50. As usual, prices are subject to change. We will try our best to satisfy all respondents. To make your reservations, send a check or money order made out to Starrin Enterprises in the amount of $20 for each tour participant. Be sure to include phone, address, and e-mail address, as well as your particular areas of interest.

President, Rancher, and Riding Instructor

Diane Starrin

Starrin Enterprises

1042 Hawthorne Street

Redding, California 96002

Phone: (530) 223‑9084

Tour Coordinator and Aquaculturist

Fred Chambers

Phone: (760) 505‑8500

e-mail: <regenerative@earthlink.net>

                                                     BLIND, Inc., Karaoke Night

by Joyce Scanlan

This year, at the National Convention in Louisville, don't miss your chance to witness a rare and riveting karaoke performance by none other than vocalist extraordinaire Dr. Marc Maurer! Will he sing country? Broadway? Disco? Swing? Rap? Come find out for yourself on Wednesday, July 3, from 8:00 to midnight, at Karaoke Night! This fun-filled event is hosted by BLIND, Inc., and admission is only $5. There will be door prizes galore, as well as the best karaoke around by Federationists from all over the country--and maybe even a performance by you. Come join us.

                                             Blind Industrial Workers of America

by Ken Staley

The Blind Industrial Workers of America will conduct its business meeting on Friday, July 5, at the 2002 convention.

The Kenneth Jernigan Braille Carnival for Children

Back by Popular Demand

by Melody Lindsey

Kids enjoy a Braille version of the game Twister at the Braille Carnival.
Kids enjoy a Braille version of the game Twister at the Braille Carnival.

Once again the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children will host a Braille Carnival for children between the ages of five and twelve. This exciting and entertaining event will take place on Wednesday, July 3, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

The activities of the Braille Carnival are designed to promote curiosity about Braille and the many fun and creative ways in which it can be used. Both sighted and blind kids will discover fun games and activities. In addition, there will also be activities for children with multiple disabilities.

In order to make this event successful, we need affiliates, chapters, and organizations to sponsor activities at the carnival. If you are interested in doing this, please contact Melody Lindsey, coordinator of the Braille Carnival, at (616) 388‑2686. The deadline for requesting space for an activity is June 17, 2002, or when all spaces are filled.

We can't wait to show you how much fun Braille can be. Don't miss your opportunity to participate in this creative event highlighting the advantages of reading and writing Braille. Come with lots of energy and enthusiasm for working with kids.

                                             Braille Carnival Buddies Needed

by Robin House

Once again the Braille Carnival is coming to the 2002 National Convention of the National Federation of the Blind in Louisville, Kentucky. Plans are already underway to ensure a quality event. But we need your help. The Braille Carnival offers many activities for blind and sighted children to explore while their parents attend meetings. Think about it; wouldn't you prefer to be at the Braille Carnival? We are looking for good people to be role models and buddies for these children from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on Wednesday, July 3.

Braille Carnival buddies are responsible for guiding children through the maze of games and activities at the Braille Carnival. State affiliates and divisions sponsor unique Braille activities for children. Games of chance and skill will challenge children of all ages and their buddies. The purpose of the Braille Carnival is to increase Braille awareness in fun and creative ways.

If you are available and interested in being a buddy to a child or children at the Braille Carnival, please contact Robin House at (314) 524-7308 or by e-mail at <RobinLHous@aol.com>. If you enjoy working with children, this is a great opportunity, rewarding to all participants. More details will be provided to those who reply, including an organizational meeting prior to the Braille Carnival.

The Braille Carnival is sponsored by the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children, a division of the National Federation of the Blind.

                                                                  Committee on Associates

by Tom Stevens

The Committee on Associates will meet on Friday evening, July 5, to hear how a cotton picker gained upward mobility. The Committee will also consider goals for 2003. Y'all come!

                                                                Correspondence Committee

by Jerry Whittle

Newsletter editors and others interested in editing are cordially invited to this meeting. We often discuss the nuts and bolts of editing such as sentence structure, formatting, effective fonts, grammar and punctuation, and graphic design. Everyone with editing responsibilities is encouraged to attend.

                                                          Deaf-Blind Division

by Joseph Naulty

As has been the case during the past several years, the Deaf-Blind Division will conduct both a seminar for those interested in deaf-blind issues and a general business meeting at this year's convention. The seminar will take place Friday evening, July 5, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The business meeting will occur at the same time on Sunday evening, July 7. Election of officers will take place during this meeting, but Joseph Naulty will not be a candidate for President. Please come and help determine the division's leadership for the coming term of service.

                                                Diabetes Action Network Seminar

by Ed Bryant

At the 2002 convention of the National Federation of the Blind in Louisville, Kentucky, our Diabetes Action Network will have its seminar and business meeting on Saturday, July 6, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Our keynote speaker will be podiatrist Dr. Kenneth B. Rehm, DPM, whose practice is limited to diabetes and the feet--which is also the subject of his presentation. There will be plenty of time for your questions.

Once again we will have our "Make the President Pay" diabetes quiz game, and I will give a nice donation to the division for each right answer. Our seminar is free and open to the public. Its room location will be posted in the Agenda (which is provided when you register for the convention).

                                                   Educators of Blind Children

by Gail Wagner

Andrew Wai of Pennsylvania examines tactile artwork on the wall of the exhibit hall.
Andrew Wai of Pennsylvania examines tactile artwork on the wall of the exhibit hall.

If you will be attending the National Convention, let's get together and chat. We will have an informal, quick get‑together Thursday, July 4, in the morning to see who is attending and to share stories. Contact Gail Wagner, <swagkat@worldnet.att.net>, if you plan on coming. At the Galt House Hotel, contact Gail Wagner's room for more details on time and location. Hope to see you there.

                                                              Ham Radio Group

by D. Curtis Willoughby

In accord with long‑standing tradition, the first meeting of the 2002 convention will be the Emergency Preparedness Seminar conducted by the NFB Ham Radio Group. The seminar will be held at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 3. We will discuss frequencies to be used during the convention, especially those to be used in the event of an emergency call-out. We will also discuss those architectural features of the convention hotels and other information that NFB hams need to know if an emergency response is necessary.

Any Louisville hams willing to do a little frequency scouting before the convention are asked to contact Curtis Willoughby, KA0VBA (303) 424‑7373, <ka0vba@dimensional.com>.

The Ham Radio Group has a service project to serve the Federation by handling the distribution of the special FM receivers to allow hearing-impaired conventioneers to hear a signal directly from the public address system, which is much easier to understand than the sound that normal hearing aids pick up in a meeting. These same receivers are used to allow Spanish speakers (those who do not understand English fluently) to hear a Spanish translation of the convention and the banquet.

We will take some time at the Emergency Preparedness Seminar to prepare for this project as well. It is important that all Group members willing to help come to the seminar. The annual business meeting of the NFB Ham Radio Group will be held at noon on Monday, July 8.

 

Human Services Division

by Julie Deden

If you work in a human services field or are interested in a career in the area of human services, do not miss the divisional meeting to be held on Friday, July 5, from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Some of the topics to be discussed will include unusual careers in the profession, professional testing for licensure, administering psychometric tests, finding an internship in graduate school, management principles, and much more. We look forward to seeing you there.

 

International Braille and Technology Center

Technology Seminars for Everyone

by Curtis Chong, NFB Director of Technology

The International Braille and Technology Center for the Blind is pleased to announce that we will sponsor technology-related seminars at the 2002 convention of the National Federation of the Blind. These seminars are designed to appeal to computer users with a wide range of skills and experience. There will be presentations for beginners, intermediate users, and people who really want to delve into highly specific technical issues. The seminars will be held on Wednesday, July 3. In all there will be eight ninety-minute sessions, each of which will be held in one of two rooms. Everyone is welcome.

Here is the tentative schedule. Please remember that the final schedule will appear in your pre-convention agenda, which you will be able to get once you check into the Galt House Hotel.

SESSIONS 1 and 2: 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.

Configuring Windows for Screen-Access Programs (beginning and intermediate users)

Getting Linux to Talk (advanced and highly technical users)

SESSIONS 3 and 4: 10:30 to noon

Making E-Mail More Speech-Friendly (for beginning users of Outlook Express and Microsoft Outlook e-mail programs)

The Ins and Outs of Sound Forge and CD Mastering (advanced users)

SESSIONS 5 and 6: 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

A Beginner's Guide to Books On-Line (beginning and intermediate users)

An Internet Adventure (intermediate and advanced users)

SESSIONS 7 and 8: 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Braille Translation and Formatting (for serious users of Duxbury for Windows Braille translation software)

NFB-Net Training Seminar (for beginning and intermediate users)

 

Job Seekers Take Notice

Once again Job Opportunities for the Blind (JOB), BLIND, Inc., the Colorado Center for the Blind, the Louisiana Center for the Blind, and JOB employer partners will sponsor the annual Job Fair and JOB seminar at the NFB convention in Louisville. Bring your resume (at least fifteen copies) and job-hunting ideas to the convention and learn how to get the job of your dreams.

Because the opening gavel for the convention is on Saturday, July 6, this year, we have had to change the order of these two events. The Job Fair will be on Wednesday, July 3, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., with registration beginning at 1:30 p.m. The JOB Seminar will be on tour day, Sunday, July 7, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., with registration beginning at 12:30 p.m. Job seekers should dress for success in jackets and ties for men and business suits or dresses for women. Also they should ensure that resumes are current.

This year we are using a new system. BLIND, Inc., has overall responsibility for coordinating the Job Fair and seminar, with specific responsibilities for the Job Fair handled by the Louisiana Center for the Blind and seminar by the Colorado Center for the Blind. Invitations have gone out to employers, and the agenda for the JOB Seminar is under construction.

If you have ideas or suggestions for the seminar, please contact Dick Davis, Assistant Director for Employment Programs at BLIND, Inc. His phone numbers are (612) 872-0100 and (800) 597-9558, or you can e-mail him at <ddavis@blindinc.org>.

                                      Louisiana Center for the Blind Players Present

by Jerry Whittle

The Louisiana Center for the Blind Players present First Step Forward, an original play about a blind minister who works in a homeless shelter in New Orleans. Tickets for both evening performances on Friday evening, July 5, are $5, and all proceeds go to support the summer training program for blind children at the Louisiana Center for the Blind.

                                                        National Association of the Blind

in Communities of Faith

by Robert Parrish

It is hard to believe that another annual convention of the National Federation of the Blind is fast approaching. The leadership of the National Association of the Blind in Communities of Faith is hard at work making plans for division activities.

Over the past few years the Communities of Faith Division has held a seminar encouraging blind people to become fully included in their faith communities. At these seminars topics ranging from "getting beyond healing" to "angels of mercy and healing" have been addressed. These seminars have proven to be outstanding as well as informative. The seminar for this year will be no exception.

The topic this year is "Being Empowered and Progressive." We chose this theme because, while blind people are a part of various faith groups and traditions, they often lack the tools and confidence to give service to the community and its activities. Actually, a few days ago a member of this division from West Virginia commented on the fact that many blind people wish to teach Sunday school but lack the skills and tools to do so. The seminar for this year will address such questions as these. Our hope is that blind people from every faith tradition will be more effective and empowered in whatever religious activities they pursue.

Communities of Faith will also be taking leadership in the convention devotionals. As is the case with the seminar, please consult your convention bulletin for times and location. These interfaith devotionals are open to all. I am looking for participants. If you can sing, play, do liturgical dance, preach, chant, or engage in any other worshipful activity, please feel free to call me. My phone number is (919) 250-0998.

I hope that you will all have the best convention yet and hope that you will have the opportunity to be with us during the Communities of Faith activities. See you in Louisville.

 

The National Association of Blind Entrepreneurs

by Marie Cobb

The National Association of Blind Entrepreneurs will conduct a seminar on Wednesday, July 3, featuring people who have been successful in their own businesses. We will also have a session on the importance of funding and mentoring during and after the establishment of a new business.

Registration will begin at 8:15 a.m., and the session will start promptly at 9:00 a.m. We will aim at adjourning by 4:00 p.m. We will have some very interesting business owners from whom we have never heard. Some of them have rather unusual occupations.

 

National Association of Blind Lawyers

by Scott LaBarre

As the Louisville Convention draws near, we in the National Association of Blind Lawyers are preparing to have some great activities in the city that hosts some famous horse race or other. First I would like to invite all of you to join us in Louisville to take part in the largest meeting of blind lawyers and legal professionals held anywhere in the country. The National Association of Blind Lawyers will meet Friday, July 5, 2002, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Galt House in downtown Louisville as part of the sixty-second annual convention of the National Federation of the Blind.

We will discuss many exciting topics on that afternoon. Speaking from their expertise, lawyers will give an update on the current status of laws affecting the blind. We will hear reports on various advocacy matters in which the Federation has been involved throughout the last year. We expect that officials from the American Bar Association, Kentucky Bar Association, and Louisville Bar Association will address the group about what's new and exciting in the organized bar of the nation and of Kentucky. Experienced practitioners will offer strategies on how best to conduct various types of cases.

We will share strategies and techniques about how to secure the best possible job in the legal field. We expect to hear from on-line legal research company representatives, in particular those from West Group, about the latest developments in on-line research and how the blind can access this important research tool. We will have a discussion about the recent challenges being brought against the ADA, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, IDEA, and other similar federal laws. We expect to have guest speakers from the United States Department of Justice, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and other federal agencies. This and much, much more will take place at our annual meeting in Louisville.

                                                                                Reception

As NABL President I am also pleased to announce that we will be hosting our fifth annual reception after the NABL meeting for blind lawyers, law students, and legal professionals. This reception will give us the opportunity to get to know each other and share ideas. Blind law students will be able to learn how their predecessors did it. Practicing professionals will learn new tips from their colleagues.

With our regular meeting, the mock trial, and the reception, the National Association of Blind Lawyers plans to be busy in Louisville. Make your plans now and join us there.

Mock Trial

by Scott LaBarre

The National Association of Blind Lawyers will sponsor the Fifth Annual Mock Trial at the 2002 Convention. This trial will reenact a recent Federation case. Federation lawyers will be pitted against each other arguing the merits of the two positions. We will relive the Norwegian Cruise Lines case from last year in which two Federationists, Joy and Robert Stigile of California, were told that they had to sign waivers releasing NCL from all liability, have a non-disabled person cruise with them in their cabin, obtain extra insurance, and have a doctor certify that they could travel. Keep in mind that this was supposed to be their honeymoon cruise.

A lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. This case was never tried to a jury because the parties negotiated a conclusive settlement, but the mock trial will assume that the case eventually went the whole route. Watch the fireworks go up as your favorite Federation lawyers strut their legal stuff.

You, the audience, will serve as the jury. This year's trial promises to be as entertaining and thought-provoking as the past trials. A nominal charge of $5 per person will benefit the National Association of Blind Lawyers. The trial will take place on Thursday afternoon, July 4, at 4:30 p.m. somewhere in the convention hotel. Consult the convention agenda for the exact room.

 

National Association of Blind Merchants

by Kevan Worley

Wednesday afternoon, July 3, at a time and place known only to a few dozen Federation Merchants, a secret assembly line will form at the Galt House Hotel to fill variety grab bags of snacks and candy. Yes, the Snack Pack is back, and conventioneers can purchase them at the Merchants' table beginning Thursday, July 4, in the Exhibit Hall. Get the energy you need and the goodies you like for only $5, and while you're at our table, we will give you a free drink, and you can buy a drawing ticket for the $1000 drawing at the banquet Monday evening, July 8.

The annual meeting of the National Association of Blind Merchants will take place Friday afternoon, July 5, at 1:00. Check the convention agenda for location. This year registration for our division meeting will begin approximately thirty minutes after adjournment of the Board of Directors meeting. If you are involved in the Randolph-Sheppard Program or operate a similar business, you won't want to miss this merchants' meeting.

On Sunday, July 7, from 7:00 until 8:30 pm, we invite you to our second annual Randolph-Sheppard Reception. Socialize, network, and learn more about Randolph-Sheppard opportunities. Check the convention agenda for location.

 

National Association of Blind Musicians

by Linda Mentink

The National Association of Blind Musicians will hold a seminar Wednesday afternoon, July 3. This year we hope to have a conducting workshop.

Plans are not yet final for our annual meeting. It will be Thursday evening, July 4, at 7:00, with an opportunity to renew your membership or join for the first time beginning at 6:30. We will discuss starting a Web page, get an NLS update from Debbie Brown, and conduct elections.

Our annual Showcase of Talent will take place Saturday evening, July 6, beginning at 8:00. If you wish to participate, please follow these guidelines: (1) Sign up by 12:00 noon on the day of the Showcase. (2) Perform one number, no longer than four minutes. (3) If you are using a taped accompaniment, please have it cued up. Do not sing with the artist; you will be cut off while performing. (4) If you need an accompanist, please make arrangements before the Showcase. If you wish to register for the Showcase before the convention, contact Linda Mentink: 1740 Tamarack Lane, Janesville, Wisconsin 53545‑0952; telephone: (608) 752‑8749; e-mail: <lmentink@ticon.net>.

Membership dues are $5 per year. If you wish to renew your membership or become a member before the convention, please make your check payable to NABM and send it to Bee Hodgkiss, 1117 Marquette, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403.

 

National Association of Blind Office Professionals

by Lisa Hall

The National Association of Blind Office Professionals will conduct its annual meeting on Wednesday, July 3, at the Galt House Hotel. Please consult your pre‑convention agenda for room location. Registration will begin at 6:30 p.m., and the meeting begins at 7:00 p.m.

This year we will conduct election of officers, so please think about whom you would like to elect as your leaders for the coming year. We will have a chance to talk about office issues and other topics. The agenda is on its way to being put together, so now come one and all, and let's have a wonderful time.

Membership dues are $5. If anyone needs more information about our division, please contact Lisa Hall, President, National Association of Blind Office Professionals, 9110 Broadway, Apt. J‑102, San Antonio, Texas 78217, or call her at (210) 829‑4571, leave a voice mail at (210) 228‑5161, or send an e-mail to <lehtex@concentric.net>. If you have MSN Messenger installed on your computer, you are welcome to add this information to your contact list. My address is <lehtex@concentric.net>, the same as my real e-mail address. See everyone at the 2002 NFB Convention in Louisville, Kentucky.

 

The National Association of Blind Piano Tuners

by Don Mitchell

The annual meeting of the National Association of Blind Piano Tuners will be held on Friday, July 5, at 3:00 p.m. Please consult your convention agenda for room location. Annual dues are $10. If you are unable to attend our meeting, you may send your dues to Connie Ryan, Treasurer, 56 N. Extension Road, Apartment 107, Mesa, Arizona 85201, home phone: (480) 890‑8061, e-mail: <connie.ryan@gsa.gov>.

                   The National Association of Blind Rehabilitation Professionals

by Shawn Mayo

The National Association of Blind Rehabilitation Professionals Division will hold our meeting Saturday, July 6, from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. This year's program will include tips on grant-writing, discussion of the reauthorization of the Rehabilitation Act, a look into how the workforce centers are affecting rehabilitation, and many more critical issues. Come help guide rehabilitation.

Shawn Mayo and President Maurer make a bet during the student division meeting.
Shawn Mayo and President Maurer make a bet during the student division meeting.

Due to our huge success at the Washington Seminar, the National Association of Blind Rehabilitation Professionals will once again conduct our "Write Your Own IPE" Workshop on Friday, July 5, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Whether you are a student who is writing or amending your IPE, a rehabilitation counselor, or an advocate wanting to inform others back in your state, this seminar is for you! Items covered include history of the Rehabilitation Act, clarification of laws and federal directives, explanations of the rights and responsibilities for both the customer and counselor, plus much more. We will have time to discuss specific concerns. Be sure to bring writing materials.

Please preregister with Shawn Mayo, President, NABRP, by calling (612) 872-0100, or e-mail her at <smmayo@att.net> (Please put IPE in the subject line.) The registration fee of $5 can be paid at the seminar.

Space is limited to twenty-five. If you are unable to preregister, you may register at the time of the seminar and will be able to attend, space permitting.

 

                                       National Association of Blind Students

by Angela Wolfe

The National Association of Blind Students will be having our annual student division meeting on Thursday, July 4, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. We will also be hosting Monte Carlo Night on Sunday,July 7, from 8:00 p.m. until midnight. This year it will be bigger and better than ever. Come support the students and have fun at the same time.

                                National Association of Guide Dog Users

by Gigi Firth

As has become traditional, the National Association of Guide Dog Users will hold two meetings: a business meeting and the popular seminars, "A Guide Dog In Your Life." The business meeting will take place from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3. Registration will occur from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., and the meeting will begin promptly at 7:00. All division officers and board members are up for re‑election this year. The seminar night will be Saturday, July 6, also from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. Roughly from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. we will hold a seminar for those interested in learning more about working with guide dogs. From 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. will be the seminar for experienced guide dog handlers. Of course everyone is welcome at both seminars, and it is always helpful for new people to have veteran guide dog users on hand to share their experiences. We are still finalizing details of the meetings, but there is sure to be something to appeal to everyone with an interest in guide dogs. We look forward to a great crowd at both the business meeting and the seminars.

                         National Association to Promote the Use of Braille

by Nadine Jacobson

It's already time for our National Convention, and that means it's time for our splendid annual NAPUB meeting. For those who are new to the convention, NAPUB stands for the National Association to Promote the Use of Braille. The meetings we have each year are full of information, excitement, and enthusiasm.

This year the meeting will be held on Friday, July 5, at 7:30 p.m. We will be sharing results of the Braille Readers Are Leaders contest as well as discussing the Unified English Braille Code (UEBC) and many other matters. This is the place to be for people who want to be informed about Braille. We have some new Braille products to talk about and show to all the members. We look forward to seeing all of you there.

If you have any questions about the meeting or if you would like to have time on the agenda, please contact Nadine Jacobson, 5805 Kellogg Avenue, Edina, Minnesota 55424, telephone: (952)927‑7694, e‑mail: <nadine.jacobson@visi.com>.

                          NFB Camp: It's More than Child's Play

by Carla McQuillan

Three kids take advantage of the wide range of toys in NFB Camp
Three kids take advantage of the wide range of toys in NFB Camp.

During convention week children between the ages of six weeks and twelve years are invited to join in the fun and festivities of NFB Camp. NFB Camp offers more than just childcare; it is an opportunity for our blind and sighted children to meet and develop lifelong friendships. Our activity schedule is filled with games, crafts, and special performances designed to entertain, educate, and delight. If you are interested in having your children participate in this year's program, please complete and return the registration form provided. Preregistration with payment on or before June 15, 2002, is mandatory for participation in NFB Camp. Space is limited, and each year some families have to be turned away.

About the Staff: NFB Camp is organized and supervised by Carla McQuillan, the executive director of Main Street Montessori Association, operating two schools, parent-education courses, and a teacher-training program. Carla is the mother of two children, the President of the National Federation of the Blind of Oregon, and a member of the Board of Directors of the National Federation of the Blind.

Michelle Ros is this year's activities director for NFB Camp. Michelle is a Montessori teacher employed by Main Street Montessori Association. Carla and Michelle will supervise a staff of experienced childcare workers and volunteers.

Activities and Special Events: The children are divided into groups according to age: infants and toddlers, preschoolers, and school-aged children. Each camp room is equipped with a variety of age-appropriate toys, games, and books; and children will enjoy daily art projects. Blind teens will come in to read stories in Braille, and we will sing, dance, and play instruments with blind singer/songwriter Daniel Lamonds. In addition, the school-aged children will make excursions to local attractions of interest. On the final day of NFB Camp we will conduct a big toy sale--brand new toys at bargain prices.

Banquet Night: NFB Camp will provide dinner and activities during the banquet. The cost for banquet activities is $15 per child in addition to other camp fees.

NFB Camp will be open during general convention sessions, division and committee meeting day, and the evening of the banquet. Plenty of teens are always available to babysit during evening and lunchtime meetings. The schedule this year will be as follows:

Wednesday, July 3, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

(You are responsible for lunch)

Thursday, July 4, Camp is closed.

Friday, July 5, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

(You are responsible for lunch)

Saturday, July 6, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

 and 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

(You are responsible for lunch)

Sunday, July 7, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Monday, July 8, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

and 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

(You are responsible for lunch)

Tuesday, July 9, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

and 1:30-5:30 p.m.

(You are responsible for lunch)

These times may vary, depending on the timing of the actual convention sessions. NFB Camp will open thirty minutes before the beginning gavel and close thirty minutes after session recess.

Fees: for the entire Week (not including banquet), first child $80, siblings $60 each. By the day, each child (does not include banquet), $20, banquet, $15 per child.

Please use the NFB Camp preregistration form provided.

 

                  National Federation of the Blind in Computer Science

by Curtis Chong

This year's meeting of the National Federation of the Blind in Computer Science (NFBCS) will be held on Friday, July 5, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. Computer novices should be forewarned that program items at these meetings tend to be more than a little technical. However, for many of us they are nonetheless quite fascinating. Here is a preliminary list of topics to be discussed at the meeting:

1. A growing number of blind computer programmers are moving into the world of Java. We will therefore feature a panel of blind programmers talking about their experiences creating and testing Java programs.

2. We will hear from Hewlett-Packard and learn about an innovative yet accessible technology it is developing for a blind person using a screen-access program to interact with the control panel of an HP printer. While nothing has been released to the general market yet, some of the testing--done in part with our International Braille and Technology Center for the Blind--looks quite promising.

3. Macromedia, makers of the Flash product (used on many Web sites to display animated pictures) and Dream Weaver (a Web-development tool) will, by the time of our meeting, have some exciting news to share about its efforts to promote accessibility to its software. Heretofore Flash has been an unpleasant word when one considers access by the blind to many Web sites.

4. We should also be hearing from Microsoft, which continues to be a major player in our technological lives. It will, we hope, update us on its continuing efforts to ensure access to the products it develops.

As I say, this is but a preliminary list. Other items will almost certainly be added to the program as the time of the meeting approaches. And remember, this is the year to elect NFBCS officers and Board members.

For more information about NFBCS and its upcoming meeting, contact Curtis Chong, President, National Federation of the Blind in Computer Science, 1800 Johnson Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21230, phone (410) 659-9314, extension 349, e-mail <CChong@nfb.org>.

                         National Organization of Blind Educators

by Sheila Koenig

The National Organization of Blind Educators seminar offers an excellent opportunity for teachers and would-be teachers to network with blind people who are teaching in a wide range of grades and subjects. Though differences exist in classroom activities, all teachers share some fundamental professional duties. How do we manage student behavior? How do we assess student progress? How do we assert equal footing with our colleagues? During our seminar on Friday afternoon, July 5, you will have the opportunity to discuss the strategies and alternative techniques that enable blind people to be successful teachers. If you are interested in teaching as a career, please join us.

                            National Organization of the Senior Blind

by Christine Hall

The National Organization of the Senior Blind will hold its annual division meeting on Thursday evening, July 4, from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m. Please plan to be there at 6:30 because we will be registering people and collecting annual membership dues of $5. We want to get your name and address on our mailing list so you can receive our great newsletter and other announcements and publications as they become available.

We are beginning to put together our agenda, and judging from past experience--if I am not having a senior moment--our meeting will be filled with creative ideas, new information, and lots of fun, including hearing our proposed new theme song. If you have any questions regarding the senior division or the annual division meeting, contact Christine Hall, President, (505) 268‑3895; Ray McGeorge, Vice President, at (303) 321‑4268; or Paul Dressell, Treasurer, at (513)481‑7662.

                                                       Public Employees Division

by John Halverson

The Public Employees Division will meet again this year in Louisville. Please check the agenda for time on Friday, July 5, and location. This should prove to be an exciting meeting. Our main speaker is Sandra Williams, the Affirmative Action Officer for the City of Louisville. Sandra Williams happens to be blind.

During last year's convention Federationists working for Social Security met to discuss problems and concerns. As a result letters to regional Social Security Commissioners were written. We will discuss the positive results of our efforts. Finally, blind Social Security employees are being promoted to Claims Representative. We will have a discussion of how these promotions happened.

If you have ideas for additional agenda items and want to contribute to our meeting, please email me at <Johnh50@earthlink.net>. See you in Louisville.

                                                 Science and Engineering Division

by John Miller

Come participate in the Science and Engineering Division activities at the National Convention in Louisville. Once again our division meeting appears in the convention agenda at a different time from the NFB in Computer Science Meeting so that people may choose to attend both. Our meeting will spotlight how blind people use scientific instrumentation independently. Also come learn about the innovative science careers that division members are pursuing right now.

RSVP for the Science and Engineering Networking Breakfast 7:00 a.m. Saturday, July 6. Contact John Miller for the Networking Breakfast location. To RSVP, contact John Miller by e‑mail: <jmiller@ucsd.edu>, phone: (858) 587‑3975, or mail: 8720 Villa La Jolla Drive 118, La Jolla, California 92037.

                                                           Social Security Seminar

by James McCarthy

An outreach seminar, "Social Security and Supplemental Security Income: What Applicants, Advocates, and Recipients Should Know," will take place on Sunday afternoon, July 7. The purpose of this seminar, which will be conducted by the National Federation of the Blind, is to provide information on Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits for the blind, including recent developments such as the Ticket to Work and Expedited Reinstatement. Seminar presenters will be Jim McCarthy, Assistant Director of Governmental Affairs for the National Federation of the Blind, and his wife Terri Uttermohlen, also an NFB member and a training and technical assistance liaison employed by Virginia Commonwealth University to provide training and technical assistance to work incentives specialists as part of a nationwide project.

                                                           Teen Hospitality Room

by Gail Wagner

Blind and sighted teens get ready for the scavenger hunt.  Left to right, they are Tracy Yeager (VA);Michelle Povinelli (VA); Stephanie Povinelli (VA); Richard Solis (TX); and Thomas Panaro (NJ).
Blind and sighted teens get ready for the scavenger hunt. Left to right, they are Tracy Yeager (VA); Michelle Povinelli (VA); Stephanie Povinelli (VA); Richard Solis (TX); and Thomas Panaro (NJ).

Attention all teens! This year at convention we will again have our Teen Hospitality Room. This is a great place for all teens ages twelve to eighteen, blind or sighted, to get together, hang out, meet friends, play games, eat, listen to music, and just have

fun.

The location will be a suite in the East Tower. It will be open on July 4 in the afternoon, July 5 in the afternoon, July 6 at noon and again in the evening, and July 8 and 9 at the noon hour. While at the convention, contact Gail Wagner's room for more information.

Adults--we need your help to monitor the room while it is open. Please contact Gail Wagner (505) 237‑0544 or e‑mail <swagkat@worldnet.att.net> if you can volunteer a few hours to chaperon discreetly.

Hope to see you there.

                                                             Travel and Tourism Group

by Stephanie Scott

Do you have dreams of traveling to exotic places? Well the Travel and Tourism Group wants to make your dreams a reality. Come meet with like-minded people at the NFB National Convention in Louisville at the Galt House Hotel, Wednesday, July 3, 2002, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. We will discuss the development of a constitution for a division, election of the Board of Directors, and travel destinations. For more information call (404) 759‑5513, or e-mail <STEPHANIELSCOTT@AOL.COM>.

                                                                    Writers' Division

by Tom Stevens

The NFB Writers Division will meet on Friday afternoon, July 5. We will have another stimulating program. The Division will also present a two‑hour seminar during the afternoon of Wednesday, July 3, on the subject of "Communication: The Cutting Edge for Persuasion and Motivation." We will feature a high‑octane speaker; be alert for further announcements

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