The Braille Monitor                                                                                               April, 2002

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Comments Needed:

Jerry Whittle has asked us to carry the following announcement:

Samples 1 and 2 of the Unified English Braille Code (UEBC) are now available for assessment by consumers of Braille.  Sample 1, featuring the literary portion of the proposed code changes, was distributed at the NFB convention in Philadelphia last summer.  Many people may also have received sample 1 in the mail.  If you would like to receive a Braille copy of sample 1 and fill out a questionnaire with your comments about the proposed changes, please contact Kim Charlson, Braille and Talking Book Library, Perkins School for the Blind, 175 North Beacon Street, Watertown, Massachusetts 02472, work phone (617) 972‑7249, e‑mail <[email protected]>.

A Braille copy of Sample 2, featuring the Math and Science changes in the code, may be obtained from Eileen Curran, National Braille Press, 88 St. Stephen Street, Boston Massachusetts 02115, work phone (617) 266‑6160, ext. 17; e‑mail: <[email protected]>.

For print copies of both Sample 1 and 2, contact Frances Mary D'Andrea, 100 Peachtree Street, Suite 620, Atlanta, Georgia 30303, Phone: (404) 525‑2303, E‑mail: <[email protected]>.

Please be sure to fill out the questionnaire and mail it to the specified address.  At the NFB Convention in Louisville, July 2002, special presentations will be made about the proposed changes in the Unified English Braille Code.

Brailler Repair:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

Do you have a Brailler that needs repair? Frank Levine, master mechanic, can get your Brailler up and running. Complete Braille Writer repair services available. Specializing in Perkins Braillers. Reasonable rates, fast turnaround. For more information call Frank Levine (770) 432‑7280, or e-mail <[email protected]>.

Summer Braille Music Intensive for College Students:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

The National Resource Center for Blind Musicians will hold a one‑week course in Braille music and technology at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia, for students already studying music in college. Program dates are July 13 to 21, 2002. Topics will include sight reading and learning repertoire from Braille, taking down dictation, and ways to produce theory assignments in print. This is in response to the requests of older students for an opportunity for several hours a day of concentrated study so that they will be able to keep up in classes.

Students should consider this program only if they are already in college or will be starting in the fall of 2002, are fluent readers of Grade II Braille, have some computer experience, have good independence and mobility skills, have had several years of music lessons, and understand the importance of theory and Braille music. Cost of the one‑week intensive is $900; partial scholarships are available. The program is being offered in lieu of the Resource Center's usual Summer Institute for Blind College-Bound Musicians in Connecticut, which will be offered in 2003.

For information about the Summer Intensive for college students, or if you are a younger student or a teacher seeking guidance about resources and preparing for future programs, please contact David Goldstein at (203) 366‑3300, or by e‑mail at <[email protected]>.

Stars and Stripes Pin:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

This wonderful, one-of-a-kind collectible is now available from Christiansen Designs, creator of the world's first line of Braille jewelry, which many have grown to love. In cast brass, this lapel pin is just $15 and can be seen on the <> Web site. The pin is about one-inch wide and seven-eighths of an inch high. It looks like a waving flag on a flagpole with stars and stripes that can be felt. On the flag are the letters "USA" in Braille. Visa and MasterCard accepted. Questions can be asked and orders placed by calling (802) 295‑2486 or by e-mailing <[email protected]>. If you have a store or are an organization looking for fund-raising opportunities, be sure to ask about selling Christiansen products.


At its January meeting the Seattle Chapter of the NFB of Washington elected new officers for the coming year. They are Josie Armantrout, President; Dan Frye, First Vice President; Bo Donaho, Second Vice President; Renee West, Secretary; Doug Johnson, Treasurer; and Kris Lawrence and Jacob Struiksma, Board Members.

Michelle Wright
Michelle Wright

In Memoriam:

We received the following sad news from William Harmon, President of the NFB of Nevada:

A great number of you who attended our 1999 National Convention in Atlanta probably remember a presentation given by a delightful young scholarship winner from Las Vegas named Michelle Wright. She talked about her adjustment to blindness and her long struggle with serious health problems. She also described the tremendous obstacles that she had to surmount as she worked to become accustomed to what for her was a completely different way of living. Her presentation was very positive and highly inspiring, and everyone who heard what she had to say that day was moved.

In the course of less than a decade this courageous young woman had to change her college major, her career goals, and her general perspective on life as well as cope with a life-threatening disease. Yet she did what she had to do. At times, when many would have given up and stayed at home depending on the generosity of the social welfare system, Michelle completed her education and began a career as a licensed social worker. She also discovered the National Federation of the Blind and in a very short time made a significant contribution to its ongoing effort to change what it means to be blind. In August of 1998, when some in the Nevada affiliate walked out in anger, Michelle stayed and promised that she would help rebuild the organization. She kept her promise. She served as our state treasurer and worked diligently to recruit new members and to spread the word about our programs and philosophy.

Unfortunately, over the years her health problems became worse: her body rejected the kidney she had received a few years earlier, and she had to endure treatments several times a week while waiting for another kidney. She maintained her work schedule as long as she could and continued to work for the NFB of Nevada. But on the morning of Sunday, December 2, 2001, three days after a fall, she lost her hard-fought battle to stay alive. The National Federation of the Blind of Nevada lost a dedicated fighter for the cause, and I lost a dear friend. We all loved her, and we will miss her. Michelle was deeply devoted to the NFB, and she was proud to tell people that she was a Federationist. May she rest in peace, may her family be comforted, and may all of us carry on with her work.

For Sale:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

Braille 'n Speak 2000, including case and charger, for sale. We seek $600 or best offer. If interested, call Terri Uttermohlen, phone: (410) 433‑3465, or e-mail her at <[email protected]>.

The Resume Workshop:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

TECSO, Inc., developer of educational software for the blind and visually impaired, is launching its newest product, the Resume Workshop, which can generate professional‑quality resumes and cover letters, no matter how new you are to computers.

* Built‑in accessibility using text‑to‑speech narration. Fully interactive and easy‑to‑use tutorial on CD‑ROM.

* Sample resumes and complete walkthrough. Tell Me More feature with contextual information.

* In‑depth discussion tricks.

* Onscreen narrated preview screens.

* Pre‑formatted resume output styles.

* Automated print and export functions.

Place your order now. The cost is $29.95. Contact TECSO, Inc., toll-free in North America: (866) 590‑4218, phone: (514) 590‑4218, e-mail: <[email protected]>, <>.

Attention Those Interested in Refurbished Computers from the Texas Center for the Physically Impaired:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

During the last several months the Texas Center for the Physically Impaired has received an unusually large number of requests for computers for the blind. We have missed some of our telephone messages, and both training material and computers have become lost or damaged in the mail.

We have also been forced to suspend action on new requests until after July 1, 2002. This will give us a chance to provide a computer for those who are now on the waiting list. When we start accepting requests in July, we will ask for a $100 donation for a Pentium I computer with Windows 98, a demo copy of Window-Eyes, and a computer training tutorial by Dean Martineau.

We regret that we must postpone delivery to those on the list now and cannot accept any new requests until after July 1, but we are preparing and shipping the computers as fast as we can. If anyone on our computer waiting list has not received the training tutorial cassettes or computers that have been shipped, please call so that we can send replacements. Contact Texas Center for the Physically Impaired, Bob Langford, (214) 340-6328. We are sorry for any inconvenience.

Free NFB-NEWSLINE® Posters:

NFB‑NEWSLINE(®) announces the availability of NFB‑NEWSLINE® posters. These colorful posters measure sixteen by twenty inches. The toll‑free number, 1‑888‑882‑1629 is displayed prominently, and there is additional space to add local contact information for NFB‑NEWSLINE®.

Please help place these posters at any local agency for the blind, senior citizen center, library for the blind, or anywhere else those who can no longer read newspaper print and who would benefit from this service might learn about it. For more information or to place an order, contact Mrs. Peggy Chong at the National Center for the Blind. Call (410) 659‑9314, ext. 356.

Free Jobline® Posters:

Jobline®, the way to access America's Job Bank using any touch‑tone telephone, announces the availability of Jobline® posters. These colorful posters measure sixteen by twenty inches. The toll‑free number for Jobline®, 1‑800‑414‑5748, is displayed prominently along with the simple instructions for using this service. Jobline® is available to anyone looking for a job.

Please help place these posters throughout your community. Although this program was developed for blind people, it quickly became apparent that anyone seeking employment can benefit from this valuable service. For more information or to place an order, contact Mr. Cobb at the National Center for the Blind. Call (410) 659‑9314, ext. 371.

For Sale:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

I have for sale an American Printing House for the Blind portable, four-track tape recorder, including headphones and plug-in power supply. In addition to regular features, it also has settings for tone, balance, and pitch. Asking $25 plus $5 shipping.

I also have a Captek #1420 Digi-Voice scientific calculator. It serves higher math, engineering, and physics functions. It is fully programmable and can be fully voiced or partially voiced. Hardly used. Original retail $400, now selling for $100.

For more information on these items, contact Dorothy Piel, (201) 599-1860, 287 N. Fairview Avenue, Paramus, New Jersey 07652, e-mail: <[email protected]>.

Italian Dolomite Trek for Women July 27‑August 2, 2002:

Erik Weihenmayer has asked us to carry the following announcement:

World T.E.A.M. Sports invites women of all backgrounds and abilities to join us on this exciting six‑day trek through the Dolomites of northern Italy. We will travel along the Via Ferrate (Iron Route) through the Brenta region, a magnificent range of bold rock towers and spires, splendid cliffs and knife-edged ridges.

The climbing will be challenging but very doable for novices. We encourage able‑bodied and disabled women of all backgrounds and experience to participate. Unfortunately, however, the trails are not wheelchair-accessible.

World T.E.A.M. Sports brings individuals with and without disabilities together to undertake unique athletic events throughout the world to encourage, promote, and develop opportunities in sports for all people. Our team-oriented athletic events coupled with medical and educational outreach programs stimulate the power of learning through participation.

For more information about this amazing opportunity please contact Jenni Gaisbauer at (704) 370‑6070 or <[email protected]>.

New BEP Web Site Launched:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision at Mississippi State University has created a new Business Enterprise Program (BEP) Web site: <>. The Web site includes business resources, state program contacts, membership organizations and associations, legislative links, and a marketing video highlighting different types of facilities located throughout the country.

Deep Sea Fishing Club:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

Join the Helen Keller Fishing Club for a day of fishing. The club is now scheduling trips aboard boats for the 2002 season from ports along the North and South Shores of Long Island. This unique club is entering its fifty-fourth season and is known to be the only deep sea fishing club in the United States for men and women who are blind, visually impaired, or deaf-blind.

If you would like to accompany the club for a day of fishing and excitement or want information on becoming a member of the club, contact Walter Bach at Helen Keller Services for the Blind, (718) 522-2122, extension 347, days or evenings.

For Sale:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

I have a one-year-old Braille Blazer for sale for $1400, including shipping. It is in excellent condition, and I have all the instruction manuals and tapes. If you are interested, contact Glenn Levine, member of the San Diego chapter, (760) 839‑2601.

Recipes and Recipe Search Service:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

The Recipe of the Month Club is a new service providing all the recipes you want. For $25 a year you get five recipes a month in the format of your choice‑-Braille, cassette, large print, computer disk, or e-mail. You also get unlimited recipe search and transcription service. Need a recipe in Braille or other format? Let me know, and I'll find it and send it to you. Or send the print copy to me, and I'll transcribe it.

To join, send a check or money order (or Pay Pal credit card through the Internet) for $25 payable to Maureen Pranghofer to Recipe of the Month Club, 4910 Dawnview Terrace, Golden Valley, Minnesota 55422. Any questions: contact me at (763) 522‑2501 or e-mail <[email protected]> or <[email protected]>.

For Sale:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

Braille ‘n Speak 2000 for sale, asking $600.

Fuller Brush products for sale. Book is available on tape. Free gift just for inquiring.

I would also like to know where I could buy 3-by-5-inch cards with six holes and where I could get 3-by-5-inch cards for Rolodex with two holes. Please contact Alice Cresco, (718) 545-1529, (212) 374-8035, or cell: (917) 940-2356.

Candle in the Window:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

Many of us seem to focus almost exclusively on our work, and feel guilty when we think about our play-‑those things we do just because we enjoy them. Candle in the Window, a small national non‑profit organization with the aim of building both individual skills and a sense of community among persons with visual impairments, welcomes blind people with varied experiences to join them at its sixteenth annual conference entitled "The Way We Play: Recreation and Social Interaction of Blind People." We aim to address such questions as what encourages/discourages us from being playful? How can we better interact with sighted people in social situations? How can we develop a more playful spirit? In addition to provocative presentations and stimulating discussions, there will be plenty of time for swimming, hiking, eating, singing, quiet reflection, and just plain hanging out.

The conference will take place from Wednesday, July 24, through the morning of Sunday, July 28, at the Kavanaugh Life Enrichment Center, just outside of Louisville, Kentucky. The cost is $230 ($15 discount if we receive a $35 non-refundable deposit by June 15); limited scholarships and payment plans are available.

For additional information, contact Peter Altschul at (202) 234‑5234, e‑mail: <[email protected]> Kathy Szinnyey at (502) 895‑0866, e‑mail: <[email protected]> or Jonathan Ice at (319) 298‑2919, e‑mail: <[email protected] >.

                                                                   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.

                                 The National Association of Blind Students (NABS)

NABS is a division of the National Federation of the Blind. Established in 1967, NABS is an organization of blind high school, college, and graduate students dedicated to securing equality and opportunity for all blind students. Through advocacy and collective action we work to maintain high standards and expectations of education for blind students across the country as we address relevant issues that face us. Such issues include Disabled Students Services offices, relationships between consumers and state rehabilitation agencies, and validation of standardized gateway tests such as the GRE and LSAT.

NABS has a listserv to which we encourage students and parents of blind children to subscribe. Just send a message to <[email protected]>. Leave the subject line blank and write, “subscribe nabs-l” in the body of the message. NABS also offers a semi-annual publication, The Student Slate, which contains articles written by blind students about their experiences because of blindness. We invite students to submit articles.

In addition we meet twice a year—at National Convention and Washington Seminar. At both the annual meeting and seminar we discuss current issues of concern to blind students and hear from fellow Federationists about their success in academia, which often comes with hard work and a sound Federation philosophy. We invite everyone to join us at these meetings. They are not only insightful but full of energy.

The NABS board consists of nine positions. The offices and the people currently serving are as follows: Angela Wolf, President; Jason Ewell, First Vice President; Thomas Phillip, Second Vice President; Kimberly Aguillard, Secretary; Brook Sexton, Treasurer; and Rod Barker, Robin House, Stacy Cervenka, and Allison Hilliker, Board Members.

Have you made your campaign pledge yet? We need everyone’s help. Please take this opportunity to complete your pledge form. Without you our job will be just that much harder.

The Campaign to Change What It Means to Be Blind

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