Braille Monitor                                                 June 2011

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Jesse and Mary Jo Hartle admire their new baby, Kayla ElizabethNew Baby:
National Center staff members Mary Jo and Jesse Hartle joyfully announce the birth of their daughter Kayla Elizabeth, born at 1:00 p.m. April 7, 2011, weighing nine pounds, eight ounces, and measuring twenty-one-and-a-half inches long. Jesse is a governmental affairs specialist, and Mary Jo directed education programs in the Jernigan Institute before leaving to become a mother. All three Hartles are doing well. Congratulations to the Hartles!

In Memoriam:
Larry StreeterWith deep regret we must announce the death of Larry Streeter on April 25, 2011. Larry joined the NFB in 1975 and became a leader wherever he lived. He served as president of the NFB of Idaho for five years. He earned five post-secondary degrees, the most recent of which was a PhD. At his death Larry was the assistant superintendent at the Indiana School for the Blind, where he worked hard to encourage and inspire students.

Larry is survived by his wife Sandy, their two daughters, and their families. We extend our sympathy to Sandy and Larry’s entire family.

Tribute to Larry Streeter:
We received the following tribute from Aundrea Moore a few days after Larry Streeter’s death. It seems fitting to include it with his obituary. Aundrea is a member of the NFB of Texas. This is what she says:

I think about Larry Streeter every time I cash my paycheck at the first of the month. If not for him, it would be significantly lower than it is now. In 1987 Larry and I were both unemployed. I wanted to stay in Austin if possible, but Larry wanted to leave Texas and move to a cooler climate. So he would read the newspaper, searching for out-of-state jobs that he could apply for. He had also promised to tell me about anything he saw that he thought might interest me.

“Hey!” voice brimming with enthusiasm, “I found a job that you can do. How would you like to be a skip trace locater for the Child Support Division of the Texas Attorney General’s Office? You would track down people who are not paying their child support.”

I thought that sounded like fun, so I applied for it. Larry filled out my application since such forms were not computerized then. Because of my work with the NFB I knew people, which always helps when you are looking for employment.

I was hired and started work in March of 1988, but not as a skip trace locator. I accepted a position at a lower pay scale to get my foot in the door because much of the case material was not computerized either. But they said, “We promise to hire you a part-time reader in our next budget.” They either lied or changed their minds. So in 1989 I filed a section 504 complaint against the most powerful lawyer in Texas—the attorney general.

Larry Streeter agreed to be my legally designated representative. Back then there was no email to speak of. I would document issues on Braille index cards at work, discuss things with Larry over the phone at night, type up my documentation, and mail it to him. He would then fill out the forms needed to solidify my complaint. In 1990 Larry and I won the following compensations: I was given a full-time reader; I was given a ten-thousand-dollar-a-year raise; I was moved from the Houston child support office to the state office in Austin at the expense of the attorney general; and I had a job title that made me part of middle management. I paid Larry for his time and trouble, but he allowed me to send him checks once a month until I had paid him the amount we had agreed on. He and his wife Sandy used the money to help them attend the convention of the NFB in 1990.

I got several more promotions during my years at child support, and by the time I left fourteen years later, my salary was about three times as high as it had started out being. I work for the Texas Talking Book Program now and will be able to retire next year. But had it not been for Larry Streeter, I might not ever have been hired by the state of Texas at all.

Larry worked in many states besides Texas, and many blind people all over the country have stories similar to mine. While Larry and his wife Sandy lived in Austin, I was a frequent overnight guest at their house. Larry was a great storyteller and mimic. He had a wry wit.

Larry and Sandy Streeter were tireless advocates for blind people all over the country and great friends—endlessly generous with their time, their money, and their love. I was deeply saddened to learn of his untimely death.

New Baby:
Husband Mike and C.J. Fish are shown here with Gabriel Andrew.We are delighted to report that NFB scholarship winner in 2008 and tenBroek Fellow in 2010, C.J. Fish, and her husband Mike are the proud parents of Gabriel Andrew, born on March 23, 2011, at 12:02 a.m. He weighed 8 pounds, 6.5 ounces and was 19.5 inches long. After some complications at first, mother and son are now doing well. Congratulations to the entire Fish family.

Opening the Doors of Chemistry to the Blind:
Mary Willows and Henry Wedler recently sent us the following short report:

The National Federation of the Blind of California and the California Association of Blind Students sponsored a unique science experience for blind high school students called “California Chemistry Camp 2011,” held April 29 to May 1, 2011, in the serene Enchanted Hills Camp near Napa, California, directed by the San Francisco Lighthouse for the Blind.

Ten blind students were invited to spend the weekend with four NFB of California mentors. Several post-doctoral fellows and graduate students from the University of California, Davis Chemistry Department, the UC Davis Chemistry Club, and professors from the prestigious UC Davis Chemistry Department assisted Henry, undergraduate student and treasurer of the California Association of Blind Students, to assemble materials and facilitate hands-on activities that will change what it means to be a blind student. His goal for the two-day academy was not to teach a science class, but to teach blind high school students that a blind person can study chemistry, and there are ways to make the subject completely accessible. Ultimately, when these students get to a science class in which a teacher says that they should be concerned about their safety, they can say with conviction that they want to participate fully in laboratory activities, that they understand the instructor’s safety concerns, and that they know how to work safely with chemicals. If it’s something the students don’t feel comfortable with, they know how to ask for assistance and how to work with an assistant to ensure that they are in charge and not merely letting the assistant do everything for them. One student from Davis even asked Henry if he could do chemistry research during the summer working for a UC Davis chemistry professor. This will most likely happen either this summer or next.

Chemistry is based on observations of various solutions, atoms, molecules, chemical reactions, and reaction mechanisms. In particular, chemistry concentrates on the composition, structure, and properties of matter as well as chemical changes that occur during a reaction. Students at Chemistry Camp got to involve themselves fully in each of these fields.

All of us have taken a science class in school where experiments were performed and students were required to make observations of the changes they observed. But how many of us led the experimental process, played an active role in performing the experiments, or demonstrated that a blind person can and should be a chemist? How many of us were relegated to the end of the lab table to listen while sighted students learned how to create esters; titrate chemicals; or explore thermodynamics, kinetics, natural products chemistry, and combustion? How many of us learned to use a pipette, pour chemicals safely, and observe chemical changes using senses other than vision?

What do chemists do anyway? If you ask Henry Wedler, you will get a litany of career choices that require a degree in chemistry. For instance, you could get a job with a candy company making esters and, using the sense of smell, analyze them as artificial flavorings for candies. As Henry is doing, you could study theoretical chemistry on the computer and then get a job either teaching or working in industry to develop new and innovative theoretical models to understand how organic chemistry reactions actually happen. If you’re good at theoretical chemistry, you could do anything. You could work for NASA developing material for space suits, rocket fuels, etc. Alternatively, you could perform wine chemistry at one of the wineries next door to Enchanted Hills Camp, making some of the finest cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc wines in the world. Henry’s graduate chemistry will revolve around the chemistry of wine and olive oil. With the right adaptations theoretical chemistry is completely accessible to a blind person without assistance. The motivation for the students is that a blind person is capable of embarking on any of these careers.

In addition to having fun with chemistry, Henry made sure there was time for students to get to know each other. The students showcased talents, told jokes, and shared stories about their frustrations with an education system that discourages breaking through their comfort zones. Students got to collaborate during social time with students of the Transition Summit, a program sponsored by the Lighthouse for the Blind of San Francisco, where high school students receive guidance on the transition between school and work. This collaboration proved to be extremely fruitful. Friendships were formed in short order between these budding chemists, their mentors, and other students at camp. The California affiliate will be holding a fundraiser to ensure that similar weekend experiences continue. We will be holding a live auction and pasta feed on June 12, 2011, at the Courtyard Marriott in Fairfield, California. If you would like to buy tickets to the event or make a donation to future Chemistry Camps, please visit <http://www.formstack.com/forms/?1071735-2Hx4MPDim9>.

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.

Sales Opportunity:
Job search going nowhere? Tired of hearing that you ought to learn massage, do transcription, or maybe leave home for several months of training to find rewarding work? If you enjoy working with people, won't settle for low-paying, dead-end jobs and don't mind dedication and hard work, a career in sales may be for you.

You don’t have to be a college graduate, have a silver tongue, or even consider yourself the sales type to enjoy a stable, rewarding, and accessible career in sales. Despite the current tough job market, there are openings for business development specialists, inside sales executives, sales coordinators, and account executives.

Access First offers a four-week training program, the Success in Professional Sales Series (SIPS), that teaches the fundamental concepts and skills you need to qualify for, get hired, and enjoy success in a sales career. SIPS training can be taken in person, or online by accessible online Webcast. Tuition includes all training materials, meals, and lodging. Beyond the core training there is a 120-hour paid internship so that you can start making money while practicing what you've learned in class and up to four months employment assistance to help you find the best opportunities, get your foot in the door, and launch your new career.

Registration is open for spring and summer 2011 sessions and are handled on a first-come, first-served basis. To find out more, view the class schedule, or determine whether a career in professional sales is right for you, visit <www.access-first.com>, email <info@access-first.com>, or call (412) 452-9700.

Scholarships Available:
The College of Education and Rehabilitation at Salus University in Philadelphia is offering scholarships for those interested in obtaining a certificate or master’s degree in orientation and mobility. Candidates must possess an undergraduate degree and express an interest in working with children. Applicants can enroll either part time or full time. The majority of courses are online with several blended and face-to-face courses offered at the university campus in Philadelphia over one summer.

Those interested can apply in several ways: Apply online or download an application at <www.salus.edu/cer/grad_application_process.html>, or request applications by calling (215) 780-1360. For more information contact Lynne Dellinger, M.Ed., COMS, TVI, <ldellinger@salus.edu>, (215) 780-1362.

Fun on the Internet:
First you're a programmer; then you're a wizard; and, before you know it, you're off on an adventure that will enhance entertainment for blind computer users around the world. About two-and-a-half years ago, three blind game programmers and a couple of their buddies wondered if people would be interested in a few more accessible multi-player Internet games. These young men are in college or in high school or are freelancing. They live up north, down south, and in the heartland.

First they tackled Monopoly. For the first time players could compete with each other over the Internet or play with computer-controlled bots. British players wanted their board, and they got it. Park Place is Park Lane, and Boardwalk is Mayfair. The Brits are happy to play with dollars.

Two from this budding techie team envisioned a way to set up a platform which could serve Monopoly and several other games. Then along came Uno. The guys spent lots of last-minute time fixing bugs before they headed back to school. The fall and winter holidays offered a little downtime, so they focused on Yahtzee and Blackjack. Yahtzee came aboard on December 20, 2010, marking the one-year anniversary of the Monopoly launch. Blackjack was their Christmas present to the world. Like many other Christmas presents, it needed some tweaking, but it is reliably tempting peoples' virtual pocketbooks daily. On December 28, 2010, the server achieved a record 157 players connected at the same time. There are over 6,500 registered users world-wide. RSGames received the Blind Bargains Access Award for best game for its adaptation of Monopoly in 2009, then again in 2010 for Uno.

What's next? Who knows? It's up to Michael Forzano, Jayson Smith, Ryan Smith, Andy Smith, and Derek Roberts, members of the RSGames development team. Want to play? Visit <http://rsgames.org> where software is available for Windows, Mac, or Linux. The software works directly with most popular screen readers, and each game has its own set of sounds. However, if you prefer not to download anything, you can play directly from within your Web browser. There is no charge for participation in any of these games.

Hats off to accessible entertainment and these creative young men who love a challenge. Join the fun--you might get hooked!

Accessible Product Manuals Available:
Tired of fighting with another hard-to-scan or read product manual? Custom accessible manuals can be ordered from David B. Lafever, a rehabilitation engineer in Indianapolis, Indiana. Mr. Lafever has provided assistive technology services to blind and low-vision people for almost twenty years. Depending on the original manual, accessible product manuals can be direct translations or partially revised to replace images with descriptions or completely rewritten. In custom manuals the product’s switches and controls are described by location and feel to help orient the user. Also the most important features, such as battery charging, are moved to the first sections of the manual. Custom manuals may also include strategies to make the product more useful for someone with limited vision if the product was not designed for this market. All manuals are designed to help the user work with the product as independently as possible.

Most manuals are available in a wide variety of formats, including plain text, Microsoft Word documents, MP3 audio files, and even microcassette tapes with tactile markings for identification. The accessible manuals are often far shorter than the originals, since unimportant sections can be removed, which also makes them more practical for translation to Braille.

Manuals have been created for sewing machines; digital tape recorders, such as the Olympus DM-520 with the Voice Guide feature; multi-line phones; CCTVs; and other devices. Accessible manuals are produced on request for a fee, which varies depending on the complexity and length of the original manual as well as the final form desired. Dave Lafever can be reached by email at <davelafever@engineer.com>. More details about his services and contact information are listed at <www.rehabilitationengineer.com>.

Prescription-Reading Device Now Available to All Blind Americans:
All blind people need to do is let En-Vision America know that they are interested in receiving the ScripTalk device and what pharmacy they use. En-Vision America is trying to persuade major pharmacy chains that this program is valuable to blind customers. The pharmacy chains maintain that there isn't enough need for them to spend the money to provide the infrared labels needed to allow the ScripTalk to read prescription labels to blind users. If enough people contact En-Vision America, it can demonstrate that the need exists. Here’s how it works: a blind patient receives the ScripTalk Station unit. The pharmacy provides infrared labels that are affixed to the medication bottles. These infrared labels are then read by the ScripTalk unit in the blind person's home. The labels contain all the information available to a sighted person, including warnings, dosage information, side effects, script number, doctor's name, etc. Here is the text of the press release:

Accessible Prescription Label Program Now Free For Blind Americans

En-Vision America, Inc., has announced a new program to aid the blind and visually impaired to obtain accessible prescriptions. Under its Pharmacy Freedom Program, eligible individuals may obtain a free ScripTalk Station patient reader that will allow them to access their prescription label information. Participating pharmacies attach a small RFID label to each prescription containing all printed information. This provides a safe, private, independent way for the blind and visually impaired to manage their medication regimen, as well as helping pharmacies to comply with ADA regulations in serving their patients. Interested individuals may contact En-Vision America to provide pharmacy details and get their free reader. Pharmacies concerned with meeting the needs of their special-needs patients may also contact the company for more information about the program.
ScripTalk Station is a cutting-edge technological solution for prescription medication information access. It has been adopted by the Veterans Administration for use in its facilities across the country. ScripTalk uses RFID (radio-frequency identification) and TTS (text-to-speech) technologies to allow those who cannot read their prescription labels a way to access the information. It is the only product on the market to provide full label information in a way that meets ADA, FDCA, and HIPAA regulations.

En-Vision America, Inc., provides high-tech products aimed at solving problems for those with visual or print impairments. Located in Normal, Illinois, En-Vision America has successfully introduced several voice-enabled products such as i.d. mate Summit, the talking bar code reader, and ScripTalk, the talking pharmaceutical reader. For additional information contact Anna McClure, En-Vision America, 1845 Hovey Ave., Normal, Illinois 61761; (800) 890-1180, fax (309) 452-3643; <www.envisionamerica.com>.

NFB and Law School Admissions Council Agree to Settlement:
On April 26, 2011, the NFB circulated the following press release announcing that our long struggle with the Law School Admissions Council had finally been resolved with justice for future blind law school applicants. Here is the text of the release:

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) today announced that it has settled a lawsuit with the Law School Admissions Council, Inc. (LSAC) regarding access to the LSAC Website (www.lsac.org) by blind people. As part of the settlement LSAC will provide full and equal access to its Website for blind users by September 1, 2011. Changes will be made to the LSAC Website that will allow blind applicants using screen access technology, which converts what is on the computer screen into synthesized speech or Braille, to read and interact with it. The accessibility requirements extend to all parts of the Website on which services or products are made available to prospective law school applicants or to LSAT and Credential Assembly Service registrants, including, but not limited to, the process of applying to law schools through lsac.org and the documents and practice tests LSAC makes available online.

Dr. Marc Maurer, president of the National Federation of the Blind, said: “Access to Websites is critical to the full and equal participation of blind people in all aspects of modern life. In this instance access is especially critical, since without it blind people experience significant barriers to entering the legal profession. The National Federation of the Blind is pleased to have reached a settlement with the Law School Admissions Council, and we look forward to working with its officials and technical staff in the coming months. It is our sincere hope that other educational entities and credentialing organizations that provide vital services over the Internet will follow LSAC’s example and take affirmative steps to provide full access to their Websites by blind consumers.”

Deepa Goraya, a named plaintiff in the suit, said: “As someone who has gone through the law school application process and struggled to use the Law School Admission Council’s Website, I am pleased to see that the Website will be made fully accessible and the process of gaining admission to law school will now be easier for all blind people who are interested in entering this noble profession.”

Under the settlement the National Federation of the Blind will perform semi-annual accessibility testing of the LSAC Website until September 1, 2012. The National Federation of the Blind is represented in this matter by Daniel F. Goldstein of the Baltimore firm Brown, Goldstein, and Levy; Laurence W. Paradis, Anna Levine, and Karla Gilbride of the Berkley firm Disability Rights Advocates; and Scott C. LaBarre of the Denver firm LaBarre Law Offices.

NFB Announces Agreement with Ticketmaster:
Here is another press release that our national office recently circulated:

Ticketmaster Makes Website Fully Accessible and Fan-Friendly to Blind Users
 
The National Federation of the Blind, the nation’s leading advocate for Internet access by blind Americans, announced April 26 a cooperative agreement with Ticketmaster, the global event ticketing leader and one of the world’s top five eCommerce sites, to make its Website fully accessible to the blind. Under the agreement Ticketmaster will make its Website (www.ticketmaster.com) fully accessible to blind people using screen access technology by December 31, 2011. Screen-access technology converts what is on the computer screen into synthesized speech or Braille.

Dr. Marc Maurer, president of the National Federation of the Blind, said: “An increasing number of goods and services are now offered primarily over the Internet, and Ticketmaster’s extremely popular ticket sales Website is a prime example of this trend. Ticketmaster customers gain many of the company’s valuable benefits and services, including access to special pre-sales and promotions, through its Website. The National Federation of the Blind is pleased that Ticketmaster has recognized the importance of providing equal access to its Website for its blind customers, and we look forward to working with the company to achieve that goal. The National Federation of the Blind will continue to work tirelessly until the blind have equal access to the full range of products and services available to the public through the Internet and other information technologies.”

“For Ticketmaster the future is all about the fans. We want to participate wherever and however so that fans can have the best possible fan-friendly experience,” said Nathan Hubbard, CEO of Ticketmaster. “Partnering with the National Federation of the Blind is enabling us to address the needs of our blind fans so that they can have the same positive experience when purchasing tickets for their favorite artists’ performances or live events. We are committed to working with NFB to enhance the Ticketmaster Website so that it’s accessible and usable by all of our fans out there.”

Pursuant to the agreement, Ticketmaster will develop a comprehensive accessibility program that will include the development of an accessibility guidelines manual, as well as the appointment of both an accessibility coordinator and an accessibility committee.

Additionally, Ticketmaster will continue to work with officials of the National Federation of the Blind to ensure that the Ticketmaster services remain accessible to the blind. Ticketmaster will submit its Website to the NFB Nonvisual Accessibility (NFB-NVA) Web Certification program, a rigorous procedure by which Websites and applications that have made efforts to be accessible to the blind can be identified and recognized. The NFB-NVA Web Certification program continuously monitors participating sites to ensure that they remain compliant with certification criteria. If a site remains accessible, its certification is renewed on an annual or a version basis. If accessibility issues arise, the National Federation of the Blind will work with the site developers to remedy them.

Spiritual Materials Available:
Message of Hope, a ministry of Unity, provides the following services free of charge to the blind and visually impaired:

1. Daily Word Magazine on CD and in Braille and the Daily Word message of the day using email;
2. Nondenominational spirituality-centered books, pamphlets, and literature through an audio lending library, a hardcopy Braille book lending library, and by email in BRF format;
3. Follow-up letters of prayer support on cassette or in Braille.

For more information contact Message of Hope at (866) 421-3066 or send email to <message-of-hope@unityonline.org>. Follow us on Facebook at <http://www.facebook.com/messageofhope/>. A transdenominational organization located in Unity Village, Missouri, Unity is dedicated to supporting people of all faiths on their spiritual journeys and to helping them apply positive spiritual principles in their daily lives. Unity is on the Internet at <http://www.unityonline.org>.

Contributions from Blind Writers Wanted:
Magnets and Ladders, a literary Internet magazine from the Behind Our Eyes writers with disabilities group, is seeking short fiction, memoirs, poetry, essays, and articles about the writing craft. The deadline for the Fall/Winter issue is August 15. Visit <www.magnetsandladders.org> to read our magazine; find submission guidelines; and join our list to access telephone conferences for workshops, speakers, and camaraderie.

Braille Literacy Scholarship Program:
All parents want the best for their children, and Braille literacy is fundamental to a blind child's success. Starting blind children on the road to literacy as early as they are able and choosing the right tools is key to their success. By using modern and appropriate tools, very young children can start scribbling with dots, should be having fun, and can begin to learn through experimentation and play. Parents can become actively involved in their child's literacy development. Appropriate expectations for children can result from giving them independence to learn and explore.

A Mountbatten Learning System and all associated software and accessories will be awarded to one child in the United States. Entries on behalf of children between the ages of three and eight years who are learning Braille or are assessed as future Braille learners will be accepted. In one thousand words or fewer, tell us why you believe Braille literacy will be key to your child's success and describe the role you think the Mountbatten Learning System will play in his or her future. The winner will receive a Mountbatten Learning System educational pack containing MB Learning System, Mimic Display, keyboard, and MB comm PC to MB communication software. Essays must be submitted with the written support of an early childhood or early intervention professional. Parents and professionals are welcome to provide supporting material to their applications.

All applicants must reside in the United States or its territories. Winners must be willing to participate in promotional events or to attend a public award ceremony. Entries should be emailed to <sharon.spiker@humanware.com> or sent by mail to HumanWare, 2011 Braille Literacy Scholarship Program, 5128 Oak Point Way, Fair Oaks, CA 95628, United States of America. Entries must be submitted before December 31, 2011.

Attention Camp Wapanacki Lovers:
Many may remember this camp nestled in Vermont’s Green Mountains at the base of Mount Mansfield. It hosted blind campers for over fifty years. Many memories were made, and lifetime experiences still live in the minds and hearts of those who attended.

Currently Seek the Son Ministries, Inc., is seriously considering making this property accessible year-round for disabled people and their families. This would be a dream come true for many. Wapanacki is located in Hardwick, Vermont, and sits on 350 acres of rolling hills and beautiful forests. A twenty-two-acre lake is owned by the camp.

Some of the original buildings, like the recreation hall, dining hall, and the historic Trout Lodge, where Calvin Coolidge stayed when fishing on Lake Wapanacki, are still standing. Some wonderful improvements, including a horse stable and corral, are also functional. Trails wind around the property, including along the lake. The beauty of Vermont can’t get any better than these 350 acres.

If you are interested in helping Seek the Son purchase this property, please go to our Website at <www.seektheson.org>. We would love to talk to you, so please feel free to shoot an email to <theresa@seektheson.org> or <ken@seektheson.org>, or give us a call at (763) 691-9584.

Study Participants Needed:
My name is Jessica Beecham, and I am working toward a master’s degree in exercise science at Middle Tennessee State University. A thesis study is required in partial requirement for completion of this degree. As a member of the National Federation of the Blind and as a blind woman who will soon be seeking full-time employment, I am immensely interested in narrowing the employment gap between people who are blind and sighted. Please consider participating in my study this summer at the national convention in Orlando, Florida. Data will be collected at the Tennessee table in the Exhibit Hall. This study will take only a few minutes but will provide groundbreaking research on the relationship between obesity and employment for blind people.
According to 1999 data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, over 30 percent of people in the United States are obese, which is a condition defined by the American College of Sports Medicine as having an excess amount of nonessential body fat. Overconsumption of food, poor nutrition, and reduced physical activity have led to the astonishingly rapid increase of obesity in the United States over the last thirty years. Data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reveal that blind people exhibit double the propensity for obesity. The long list of serious health risks associated with obesity includes cancer, Type II diabetes, gallbladder disease, sleep apnea, gynecological problems, and osteoarthritis. Studies have also shown that obesity is linked to an increase in eye diseases such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, maculopathy, and glaucoma.

Barriers to employment, including poor health, discrimination, and unequal earnings, are common issues which affect individuals who are obese and blind. Obese people, for example, are 34 percent more likely to collect disability payments and disability insurance in their lifetimes and are up to 25 percent less likely to be employed than those who are not obese. Similarly, the percentage of individuals who are blind and employed is approximately 30 percent, a much lower figure than the 84 percent of the general population who are employed. A study concluded that individuals who are blind and report that they perceive their health as good are employed at a level of 60 percent, whereas those who indicate that they perceive their health as poor are employed at a rate of 18 percent. When measured against the current backdrop of high adult U.S. obesity rates, the findings lend credence to the notion that those who are both blind and obese exhibit poor health and may be employed at substantially lower rates when compared to those who are merely blind.

While there is some information about employment trends about those who are blind or obese, relatively little is known about employment trends for those who are both blind and obese. Please stop by the Tennessee table at national convention in Orlando in order to document the relationship between weight and employment in those who are blind. Each participant will be asked to complete a brief survey as well as have height and weight measurements taken. Participant names will be entered in a drawing to win a prize, so please come see us.

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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:
We have several great things to sell that are not getting used:

We can accept payment by PayPal or any credit card or debit card or whatever other way you'd like. Contact CJ Sampson at (321) 282-6376 or email <homemail1@gmail.com>.

For Sale:
ET Braille embosser, five years old, rarely used, single- and double-sided embossing, accommodates wide paper. Asking $1,000. Call Gladys at (480) 472-0678.

Hoping to Buy:
Wanted, classic NFB rigid cane, aluminum, not fiberglass. Any length over fifty inches will do. I will pay $20 towards packing, shipping, and handling—Free Matter for the Blind. I believe the post office has mailing tubes of various lengths. Contact me at <kwatkins21@nc.rr.com>.

KnfbReader Mobile for Sale:
I have a knfbReader Mobile with N-86 phone, never used. Asking $900 or best offer. Call Antonio Guimaraes at (617) 744-9716.


NFB Pledge

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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