Braille Monitor                                                                  November 1985

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**100th Anniversary:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

"The year 1986 marks the 100th anniversary of the Washington State School for the Blind. We are trying to locate as many alumni--staff and students--as we can find to share in the celebration and festivities that we have planned in commemoration. If you have attended or worked at the Washington State School for the Blind, or know of someone who has, please contact Tina Corey at: Washington State School for the Blind, 2214 East 13th Street, Vancouver, Washington 98661."

**New Magazine:

Paul Burkhardt, a member of the NFB of Massachusetts, writes:

"Fred Vobbe, 706 MacKenzie, Lima, Ohio 45805-1835, has inaugurated a new service to blind AM radio enthusiasts. It is called 'The DX Audio Service,' and is a regular feature of the National Radio Club. The publication has been in existence since April, 1985, but Fred is looking for ways to get the news out about his new cassette service. The subscription price for twelve issues is $25 per year. If interested, contact Fred Vobbe."

**Dies:

Homer Jackson, President of the National Federation of the Blind of Toledo, died on the morning of April 10. For many years Homer had been one of the principal leaders of the NFB of Ohio. As Barbara Pierce said in the August, 1985, Buckeye Bulletin:

"Homer served for years as the chair of the Ohio affiliate's Pre-Authorized Check (PAC) Plan Committee. Homer understood the real need to find ways to encourage our own members to contribute steadily to the financial support of our movement. In his quiet and persistent way, Homer talked with people and urged them to take the step of arranging to have an established contribution withdrawn from their checking accounts every month. In such steady ways did Homer Jackson live his Federationism. We will miss him deeply, and it will be a long time before we will find ways to fill his shoes. Let us all remember Homer and his faith in us and what we stand for."

**Talking File Box:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

"John J. Dragona will soon be introducing The Talking File Box, a resource guide for people wishing to write about blindness--and eventually other disabilities. The File Box will contain the names of disability-related publications, popular magazines which also accept this type of material from free lancers, and a list of books devoted to writing, getting your work published, etc. Members of The File Box family are also asked to contribute resources to keep this free service going. For more information, send a cassette tape, with a return envelope, to John J. Dragona, 238 - 75th Street, North Bergen, New Jersey 07047, or call 201-662-0956."

**Appointed:

NFB Board Member Ronald Byrd (Dallas, Texas) was on June 28, 1985, commissioned by Governor Mark White to be "a member of the Client Assistance Program Citizens Advisory Committee" of the state of Texas.

**Tappan Announces:

We recently received a news release from Tappan Appliances. It says in part:

"In an effort to contribute to a barrier free cooking environment in the home, Tappan Appliances is working with the Vision Center of Central Ohio. Braille templates for microwave ovens are being made and the Tappan Microwave Cooking Guide and Owner's Manual are being transferred onto cassette tapes. Cassettes and Braille controls for Tappan models 56-4274, 56-4474, and 564884 are available free of charge to Tappan's visually handicapped customers by writing to: T. E. Nixon, PR Department, Tappan Appliance Division, 222 Chambers Road, Mansfield, Ohio 44906."

**Plans to be Released:

We have received the following release from Fred Gissoni, Technical Services Administrator, Kentucky Department for the Blind:

The Technical Services Unit of Kentucky's Department for the Blind is ready to release the construction manual for the Kentucky PortaBraille and Kentucky PocketBraille.

The PortaBraille is an interactive Braille computer terminal with a 20-cell refreshable Braille display, Braille writer keyboard and up to 56K of memory. Intended as a less expensive note taking and writing system, the Pocket Braille can be used as "paperless Braillewriter." Contents of its memory can be transmitted to a host computer and edited there. Plans are under development for equipping the Pocket Braille with speech output.

The construction manual contains complete information for construction of either device, a full parts list as well as a list of sources for obtaining parts.

Anyone requesting a manual should accompany the request with a check or money order for $5.00. These should be made payable to: "Kentucky State Treasury--Department for the Blind."

**Assertive Consumer:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

"The Assertive Consumer," an audio consumer education series featuring nationally prominent specialists, is available from In-Touch Networks, Inc. Production of the series was made possible by a grant from the American Express Foundation.

The series consists of six 45-minute seminars, recorded on three cassettes. Topics include educated shopping, marketing methods, financial services, health care, and estate planning. Participants represent the federal agencies, consumer coalitions, the educational community, and the private sector.

"The Assertive Consumer" is available from In-Touch Networks, 322 West 48th Street, New York, New York 10036 for $12.00 prepaid.

** Ditto Dot:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

"Ditto Dot Industries of Jackson, Michigan, has recently introduced a thermoform duplicating material similar to Brailon. This material, called DITTO DOT, is considered a generic duplicating product, but its reproduction and performance are equal to anything currently being used. The one real difference is that DITTO DOT is up to 25 percent less expensive than other duplicating materials. For additional information and samples, contact: Ditto Dot Industries, P.O. Box 142, Jackson, Michigan 49204."

**Contracts Completed--Action Needed:

The research contracts on Signage and Detectable Tactile Surfaces conducted by Georgia Tech on behalf of the U.S. Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board have now been completed. The final reports of these projects are available for distribution, and the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board is seeking comments on the projects from interested persons and organizations. At its meeting on September 11 the Board voted to publish 500 print copies each of the two reports and to make them available on disk or tape. The office of Technical Services at the Board is sending copies of the report to a predetermined mailing list of persons favorably disposed to the research projects. It is very important that Federationists should request copies of the reports and send their comments to the Board as soon as possible. A resolution condemning this so-called "research" was passed unanimously at our 1984 convention. To obtain copies of the reports and to make comments, write to: Sally Free, Office of Technical Services, Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board, 330 C Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20202.

**Large Print Book Club:

Doubleday is starting a large print book club (said to be the first in the United States). It will offer hardcover best sellers for those who have difficulty with regular size print. For information, write: Doubleday Large Print Home Library, Customer Service Center, 501 Franklin Avenue, Garden City, New York 11530.

**North Carolina Convention:

We have received a report on the 1985 NFB of North Carolina convention from Hazel Staley. The convention was held in Charlotte during the weekend of September 13-15. Six resolutions were passed:

1. That those teaching blind children be required to teach Braille, using the slate and stylus as well as the Braille writer.

2. That the General Assembly enact legislation granting unemployment compensation to sheltered shop workers.

3. That funding be sought through the General Assembly for a statewide Radio Reading Program.

4. That the General Assembly amend the Handicapped Persons Employment Act removing the five percent of employee's salary as the criteria for reasonable accommodation.

5. That our White Cane Law be amended to include penalties for violations. 6. That the General Assembly repeal the law passed in its 1985 session requiring "assistance dogs"--i.e. dog guides for the blind, hearing dogs for the deaf, etc.--to wear "blazed orange harnesses, leashes, and collars." The resolution further states that the blind refuse to register with any department for a dog or for any other purpose. Marc Maurer attended the convention as the national representative. Hazel says: Susan Ford of our Parents Division spoke to the parents of blind children. One of our members plans to work with Susan in organizing a parents group in North Carolina." The 1986 convention will be held in Raleigh.

**Orchid Letter:

Federationist Wes Blackman works as a Reservation Sales Agent. Recently he received the following memorandum:

August 21, 1985

TO: Wesley Blackman

FROM: Sales Supervisor

SUBJECT: Orchid Letter

Wes, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for the genuine interest you have in your customers. Ms. Valerie Werner from Pinellas Park, Florida, dropped Continental Airlines a note to congratulate us on the fine group of Reservation Agents we have in our Denver office. She went on to say how polite and courteous you had been with her travel needs and wanted Continental to know what a fine asset she felt you were to the Company.

I would also like to say thanks again Wes for the extra efforts you put forth for your customers and how glad we are to have you with Continental Airlines.

**New Division:

The Diabetic Division of the National Federation of the Blind met during our national convention in Louisville, Kentucky. Karen Mayry was elected President; Eileen O'Brien, First Vice President; Ed Bryant, Second Vice President; Carl Nimis, Treasurer; and Patty Arocho, Secretary. If anyone is interested in joining the NFB Diabetic Division, please contact Karen Mayry, 919 Main Street, Suite 15, Rapid City, South Dakota 57701; phone 605-348-8418.

**Want Perkins Brailler:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

Want to buy second hand Perkins Brailler, price negotiable. Please write: M.S. Willett,1402, 2332 Brown Oaks Drive, Arlington, Texas 76011.

**Proclaims:

Ken Velkovich reports that the Mayor of Cincinnati, Charles Luken, proclaimed June 8, 1985, through July 8, 1985, National Federation of the Blind Month in Cincinnati. This was done in honor of the convention of the National Federation of the Blind, which was held in Louisville.

**New Arrival:

Michael and Gloria Taylor, active Federationists from Salt Lake City, write:

Dear Federation Friends:

This little girl has been waited for now ten years. She was born on July 24, 1985, adopted August 19th, at 6:15 a.m. She's 20 1/2 inches long and weighs 8 pounds, 7 ounces. Her name is Aleesha Taylor. Proud parents, Michael and Gloria Taylor.