The Braille Monitor                                                                                       January 2003

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Bob Hartt
Bob Hartt


Bob Hartt is treasurer of the Northern Potomac Chapter of the NFB of Virginia. The following is an entry in the Congressional Record:

Tribute to Brookings Fellow Robert M. Hartt

November 22, 2002, page E2122

by Hon. Danny K. Davis of Illinois

in the House of Representatives

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute and gratitude to Mr.Robert M. Hartt. Recently Mr. Hartt has ended a six‑month fellowship with the Brookings Institution and will be returning to his position at the Committee for Purchase from People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled. While working in my office, Mr. Hartt brought an aspect to disabilities issues that shed a new light on legislation and office policies. Mr. Hartt passionately used his personal experiences as a man with a vision impairment to ensure improvements be set forth in computer software, educational textbooks, and healthcare for all individuals with disabilities. His advocacy and strength instilled a renewed hope that one day our nation will have equality for all people. Again, Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank Mr. Hartt for his exceptional hard work for the residents of Illinois's Seventh Congressional District and America's disability community.


On Saturday, November 16, 2002, the East Hillsborough Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of Florida held its annual appreciation banquet and awards ceremony. After the banquet the chapter held its annual elections. We are pleased to announce the following results: Marion Gwizdala, president; Richard Brown, vice president; Patricia Crumbley, secretary; Merry Schoch, treasurer; and Dory Bartell, Janice Butler, and Sophia Brenner, board members.

New Babies:

Noel Nightingale and Jim Peterson with new son Cosmo
Noel Nightingale and Jim Peterson with new son Cosmo
The newest member of the Palmer family, Lauren
The newest member of the Palmer family, Lauren










November 21, 2002, was a big day in the Federation family. In Seattle, Washington, Cosmo James Peterson, son of NFB of Washington President Noel Nightingale and her husband, Jim Peterson, was born weighing seven pounds, three ounces and measuring twenty-and-a-half inches.

In Utah on the same day, National Organization of Parents of Blind Children Board Member Marla Palmer and her husband Mike became the parents of Lauren, who weighed in at seven pounds, six ounces and twenty-and-a-half inches. Congratulations to both families.


The NFB of Oregon's Rose City Chapter conducted elections on November 16, 2002. The new officers are president, Carolyn Brock; vice president, Laine Gardinier; secretary, Jerry Hathaway; and treasurer, Joyce Green.


The NFB of Wisconsin conducted an election at its fall convention. The results were as follows: Mark Riccobono, president; Dan Wenzel, first vice president; William Meeker, second vice president; Linda Mentink, secretary; Larry Sebranek, treasurer; and Nezvat Adil, Elizabeth Buhrke, Tony Olivero, and Kathleen Sebranek, board members.

In Brief

Notices and information in this section may be of interest to Monitor readers. We are not responsible for the accuracy of the information; we have edited only for space and clarity.

NFB banner with full color Whozit
NFB banner with full-color Whozit

NFB Banners for Sale:

The Greater Summit County chapter of the NFB of Ohio is still selling eight-foot heavy vinyl banners. Chapters and affiliates who bought the original version of this banner will be glad to know that we have made a full-color Whozit decal which can be firmly affixed to cover the old NFB logo and convert your banner into a stunning new advertisement for the National Federation of the Blind. The cost of this 22-by-20-inch vinyl decal is $20. It comes with exact instructions for applying it to your banner.

If you have put off buying a banner but now wish to have one for your chapter or affiliate, the cost of the Whozit banner is $45. Add $7 for shipping and handling if you are ordering the full banner. The handling cost for the decal alone is $5. Make checks payable to NFB of Ohio, and send orders to NFB of Ohio, 237 Oak Street, Oberlin, Ohio 44074-1517. Be sure to tell us where you wish to have your banner or decal sent.

Hermansky‑Pudlak Syndrome (HPS) Network Recruiting for New Research Protocol:

Hermansky‑Pudlak syndrome (HPS) is a serious genetic disorder affecting people from many nationalities. It is very prevalent in families from northwestern Puerto Rico and their descendants. HPS involves albinism, a tendency to bleed and bruise, and in some cases a life‑threatening lung disease.

Doctors at the National Institutes of Health are writing a protocol for a treatment for the pulmonary fibrosis of HPS. Patients will be treated by some of the nation's leading experts at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. There is no cost for the medicine, hospitalization, or doctors' fees.

Eligible candidates will have a forced vital capacity on pulmonary function tests of below 85 percent. If you or someone you know has breathing problems related to Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome or if you suspect you may have this form of albinism, please contact the HPS Network. Patients are always albino but are often unaware that they have the syndrome. If you are albino and have a bleeding tendency or have been diagnosed with Crohn's disease or asthma, please contact the HPS Network for more information about Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome and how you can be tested. Call (800) 789-9477 or (516) 922-4022 for more information.

No Professional-Level Blind Employees Left at JBI:

With great sadness and regret we report the forced resignation of Cantor Mindy Fleigelman from the staff of the Jewish Braille Institute of America (JBI), effective November 26, 2002. Cantor Fleigelman's resignation was tendered on October 26, 2002, prior to the publication of the article about JBI which appeared in the November issue of the Braille Monitor. Cantor Fleigelman was the director of the recording studio at JBI and was responsible for the production and duplication of its Talking Books on Tape. She appeared most recently before the 2002 NFB convention in Louisville, Kentucky, at the meeting of the board of directors to give a progress report on JBI.

Upcoming O&M Conference Reminder:

Jim Omvig reminds Braille Monitor readers that the National Blindness Professional Certification Board will conduct a national orientation and mobility conference in connection with the Washington Seminar. The conference will be held on Sunday afternoon, February 2, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Information about the conference will be available when you arrive at the Capitol Holiday Inn.

Braille Transcription Service Available:

We offer customized Braille transcription service that meets the individual needs of the customer. Print can be transcribed into Braille at modest prices for all kinds of documents. This may include bulletins, agendas, menus, theater programs, employment materials, legal documents, letters, lists, invitations, labels, and much more.

Documents can be received on disc in MS Word format and by e-mail attachments. For more information about this service give Kerry Smith a call at (314) 644-7733, or e-mail <[email protected]>.

Monitor Mart

The notices in this section have been edited for clarity, but we can pass along only the information we were given. We are not responsible for the accuracy of the statements made or the quality of the products for sale.

For Sale:

CCTV, Aladdin Ultra Pro 75 by Telesensory for sale. Less than one year old. Asking $995. If interested, contact Hyman Easton, 320 E. Shore Road, Great Neck, New York 11023, (516) 487-7882.


I pledge to participate actively in the efforts 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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