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In the December issue we announced the results of the NFB of Colorado election. We should have included Gerry Posey's name in the list of those elected to the Board of Directors. We regret the error.

Moved Again:

The new URL for the Web site of the Greater San Antonio Chapter of the NFB of Texas is Peter Donahue, chapter secretary, reports that they hope to stay put for a while.

For Sale:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

Mountbatten Brailler Deluxe model with interface box, cables, and manuals. Two years old with latest software upgrade. $1800 or best offer plus shipping. Contact Harold Snider, (301) 460-4142, fax (301) 460-4146, e-mail [email protected] or mail to 3224 Beret Lane, Silver Spring, Maryland 20906.

Amway Information in Alternative Media, Maybe:

Pete Donahue writes to say that he and his wife have made serious contacts with the Amway Corporation outlining the problems blind distributors and customers have in getting Amway information they need in alternative formats. The company seems to be seriously interested in providing what is needed and in making its computer software and Internet resources more accessible to blind people. Pete asks everyone concerned about these problems to contact Amway with comments and descriptions of=20 past problems.

Contact Mark Lounsbury, Distributor Relations Department, 56-3c, Amway Corporation, 7575 Fulten Street, East Ada, Michigan 49355, Phone (616) 787-7828, Amvox 248-8609, Fax (616) 787-5730. Distributors should have their ADA Numbers available when calling and include it in faxes or Amvox messages.

Gifts Available:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

Sensational Treasures offers gifts for all occasions: spun glass items, music boxes of all sorts, porcelain dolls, etc. For a catalog contact Sensational Treasures, P.O. Box 1077 Corinth, Mississippi 38835-1077, (601) 286-2807. For a larger catalog include $3.

Braille Transcription Available:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

I do literary Braille transcription. My prices are $1 per Braille page; $2 for binding, book covers, and labeling; and $2 for packaging. No music or math transcription please. Orders will be sent free-matter, unless otherwise requested. Contact Janet Cross at (601) 456-3102.

Wedding Bells:

David Collins writes to announce the marriage of Robert Southerd, a long-time leader and current President of the Tidewater Chapter of the NFB of Virginia, and Linda Midgett on Saturday, August 9, 1997, in Norfolk, Virginia. The couple took an active part in the Virginia convention a few weeks after the wedding. Congratulations to the Southerds.

New Chapter:

Karen Mayry, President of the National Federation of the Blind of South Dakota, reports that the Palace City Chapter in Mitchell, which has just been reorganized, elected the following officers: Dan Lauritsen, President; Lois Vinz, Vice President/Secretary; and Vicki Frey, Treasurer. The chapter will host the 1998 NFB of South Dakota state convention.

Choco-Braille Greeting Cards:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement;

CHOCO-BRAILLE is the original Braille-embossed chocolate

greeting card manufactured by the Chocolate Experience, Inc. We have twelve messages available including "Happy Birthday," "Thank You," "Happy Holidays," "I Love You," "Happy Easter," etc. Each bar costs $2.50 for regular chocolate and $3.50 for sugar-free. We also manufacture chocolate guide dogs (Labs and shepherds).

For more information call Judy Geva at (800) 669-6665. In New

York only, call (718) 461-1873. Our e-mail address is

[email protected]

Our speech-friendly Web site is

Richard Casey Confirmed as Federal Judge:

The Senate recently confirmed the nomination of Richard Casey of New York to a Federal District Court judgeship.

Anita O'Shea

Anita O'Shea

In Memoriam:

Priscilla Ferris, President of the National Federation of the Blind of Massachusetts, wrote recently to say that Anita O'Shea died on October 13, 1997. She had been a long-time member of the National Federation of the Blind of Massachusetts. She joined the organization in the late 1940's. Her accomplishments were many. For many years she served as President and Board member of the Greater Springfield Chapter. She was President of the state affiliate for two terms. She was a true lady and a dedicated Federationist whose priority was helping blind people achieve a first-class life. Her many years as a counselor employed by the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind and those whom she helped are a testament to her caring.

Scholarships for Students With Visual Impairments:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic (RFB&D) sponsors two academic scholarship programs each year. The awards recognize extraordinary leadership, scholarship, enterprise, and service to others.

The Mary P. Oenslager Scholarship Achievement Awards (SAAs) are given annually to legally blind college seniors. Applicants for the 1998 awards must meet the following criteria: 1) member of RFB&D for at least one year prior to February 1, 1998; 2) received a bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the United States between July 1, 1997, and June 30, 1998; and 3) have an academic average of 3.0 or more on a 4.0 scale.

The SAA Awards are given to a total of nine students in three categories—three winners receive $6,000 each, three special honors winners receive $3,000 each, and three honors winners receive $1,000 each.

The Marion Huber Learning Through Listening (LTL) Awards are presented each year to high school seniors who have specific learning disabilities. The LTL Awards are given annually to a total of six students in two categories. Three winners receive $6,000 each, and three special honors winners receive $2,000 each. Applicants for the 1998 awards must also meet the following criteria: 1) member of RFB&D for at least one year prior to February 1, 1998; 2) member of the 1998 graduating class of a public or private high school in the United States; 3) have an overall grade point average of B or above; and 4) plan to continue formal education beyond high school.

For more information on RFB&D's scholarship programs, call (800) 221-4792. The deadline to submit applications for the 1998 awards is February 1, 1998.

Attention Seventh Day Adventists:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

I would like to contact any Braille readers who are members of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. Please contact Albert Sanchez in print, Braille, cassette, or computer disk at 707 East Garland, Spokane, Washington 99207, (509) 487-8959 or e-mail:

[email protected]

Nancy Scott

Nancy Scott


Two poems by Pennsylvania Federationist Nancy Scott, "He Watches the Sky" and "Hearing the Sunrise," appear in a new poetry collection. The press release from the publisher reads in part: "Coming in October from Plume Trade Paperback is Staring Back: The Disability Experience from the Inside Out, edited by Kenny Fries. In this groundbreaking and far-reaching collection, writers such as Andre Dubus, Stanley Elkin, and Adrienne Rich confront what it means to be disabled in our society." For ordering information call (800) 526-0275 or fax (800) 227-9604. For academic marketing fax your request to (212) 366-2933.

Attention State RAC Members:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

The State Rehabilitation Advisory Council's (SRAC) electronic mailing list is now available. Now SRAC members can share information and ideas with other SRAC members throughout the United States. A message sent to the list address [email protected] will be automatically forwarded to each member of the distribution list. You may participate in the electronic discussion by sending your subscription request to [email protected] Simply include the following command in the message body:


You will get a return message asking you to confirm membership in your SRAC. Initially the list will be available to SRAC members only. Others, such as representatives of the Rehabilitation Services Administration, may be invited to contribute to the exchange in the future.

If you experience a problem or have questions about SRAC-L,

you may reach a person by writing to the address

[email protected]

Archives of messages posted to the SRAC-L list will be

available on the WWW in the near future. Point your Internet

browser at the Internet URL

We look forward to having you and your SRAC contribute to this virtual conference by e-mail.

The SRAC-L list has been made possible by St. Johns University of Jamaica, New York, which has donated use of its computer facilities.

In Memoriam:

Don Mitchell, Director of Training at the Emil Fries Piano Hospital, reports that during the first week of June, 1997, the blind community in Washington State mourned the death of Emil B. Fries at the age of ninety-six. He died peacefully in his sleep on June 7. Emil was a member of the first graduating class of the Washington State School for the Blind in 1924. He was also an active Lions Club member.

Using the money he earned tuning pianos, Emil attended and graduated from the University of Washington in 1930. He led a full life of independence and adventure and was active in both the National Association of Piano Tuners (later changed to the Piano Technicians Guild) and in the community of Vancouver, where he lived.

When the School for the Blind dropped its piano-tuning course from its curriculum in 1949, he established the Emil Fries Piano Hospital and Training Center. The Piano Hospital, as it is now known, is still in the business of rehabilitating pianos and training blind people to be piano technicians. In 1980 he wrote a book about his life titled But You Can Feel It, which portrays his positive outlook expressed throughout his entire life.

When the NFB of Washington was working to pass legislation to detach the School for the Blind from the Department of Social and Health Services, Emil, although not a member of the NFB, wanted to know what he could do to help. His support of our efforts was certainly appreciated and helped accomplish the task.

Anyone interested in making contributions to the Hospital in Emil's memory should contact Piano Hospital & Training Center, 2510 E. Evergreen Blvd., Vancouver, Washington 98661, (360) 693-1511.


The Diabetes Action Network of the National Federation of the Blind of California held its biennial election of officers at its meeting on November 1, 1997. The following people were elected: Donovan Cooper, President; Sally York, Vice President;

Helen Dodge, Secretary; Joy Cardinet, Treasurer; and Nancy Smith, Board member.

Kathryn C. Davis

Kathryn C. Davis


Kathy Davis, a member of the Board of Directors of the NFB of Florida and President of the Greater Daytona Beach Chapter, received the 1997 Post-Secondary School Counselor of the Year Award from the Volusia Flagler Counseling Association. She was selected from nominees across the entire state of Florida in recognition of her work as a counseling professional. Kathy has been a counselor at Daytona Beach Community College for the past eighteen years. Congratulations to Kathy.

Blind Americans At Work in 1997:

Did you know a blind person can be a successful trucker who hauls potatoes in an 18-wheel monster or an elementary teacher who teaches handwriting to sighted children or a clinical dietician or a computer programmer? How do they do it? Listen to blind Americans talking about their jobs on your free copy of the "1997 National Job Seminar." This lively seminar is available only on 2-track audio cassette from Job Opportunities for the Blind (JOB), a national service of the National Federation of the Blind in partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor.

If you are blind, do you need a college degree in order to get a decent job? JOB offers you a second new audio publication called, Jobs Blind People Are Doing with a High School Education or Less (2-track, 2 cassettes/set).

Do you need a free subscription to the only recorded job magazine in the United States? Request the "JOB Sample Pack."

Everything is free from JOB. Write to JOB, c/o National

Federation of the Blind, 1800 Johnson Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21230, or call (800) 638-7518, 12:30 to 5:00 p.m. EST.

Microsoft Releases Internet Explorer® Version 4.01:

Readers of the Braille Monitor will remember that in the December, 1997, issue, we published a letter to Bill Gates written by Curtis Chong, President of the National Federation of the Blind in Computer Science. It raised very real concerns about Microsoft's failure to incorporate full accessibility features into its Internet Explorer® Version 4.0 product, released at the end of September. Mr. Chong's letter to Gates was one of many communications expressing unhappiness, cynicism, and anger at Microsoft's failure to ensure full accessibility to its products.

On Tuesday, December 2, 1997, Microsoft announced the general availability of Internet Explorer® Version 4.01. The reason for this new release was clearly to remedy the lack of accessibility in Internet Explorer® Version 4.0. Microsoft has delivered on its promise to fix the accessibility problems of Internet Explorer® 4.0 before the end of the year. Certainly Version 4.01 would not have been released without the hue and cry concerning Version 4.0, which echoed around the world.

However, the accessibility problems surrounding Internet Explorer® have not really been solved. The behavior of Internet Explorer® 4.01 is so different from that of Version 3.02 (the release which still works today with screen-reading programs for the blind) that it renders the software at best difficult to use without some maintenance releases from the screen-access vendors. So, although it is good news that Microsoft has come out with this newest version of Internet Explorer®, we must anxiously await corresponding maintenance releases from the screen-access software companies.


James Antonacci, Secretary of the NFB of Pennsylvania, reports the affiliate's recent election results. The new officers are Ted Young, President; Judy Jobes, First Vice President; Earl Jackson, Second Vice President; Jim Antonacci, Secretary; and Pat Eschbach, Treasurer. Board members are Chris Boone, Rodney Powell, and Michael Wolk.

Talking Caller ID Unit:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

CIDney, the talking caller ID unit, has a voice. It tells you who is calling before you answer the phone. All models available will announce the phone number and/or name of the caller over their own built-in speakers. With most models you can record the name of the caller with your own voice. CIDney logs the caller's name, number, and the time of the call.

Prices start at $59.95, The unit installs in seconds and never needs batteries. There are four models. All products work with Caller ID services available in the U.S. and Canada and come with a one-year limited warranty. For more information or to order CIDney, contact Full Life Products, P.O. Box 490, Mirror Lake, New Hampshire 03853-0490, or call toll-free (800) 400-1540 or (603) 569-2240.

Guide to Windows 95 Keyboard Commands available in Braille:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

The Microsoft Guide to Windows 95 Keyboard Commands is now available in a single volume of Grade II Braille for $25; discounts are available for multiple orders. Call BRL, Inc. at (800) 407-5839 or email [email protected] All major credit cards and purchase orders accepted.


The National Federation of the Blind of Maine recently elected the following officers: Connie Leblond, President; Mike Jacqubouis, First Vice President; Robbie McIninch, Second Vice President; Seth Leblond, Secretary; and Robert Leblond, Treasurer. Board members are Diana Knox and Robert Whitney.

Cards With Feeling:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

Greeting cards for all occasions with tactile design, $3 each, all handmade and each one unique. Larger orders receive a discount. Samples available on request. Correspondence should be in Braille, print, or cassette. Contact Artistic Touch, Tina Blatter, 2600 West 28 Street, Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57105, (605) 335-1736.

Rosye Manning

Rosye Manning

In Memoriam:

Jim Willows, President of the National Federation of the Blind of California, recently passed along the following sad news:

I am very sorry to tell you of the death of Rosye Manning on November 15, 1997. Rosye had been a leader of the NFB of California for many years. At the time of her death she was President of our Pathfinders Chapter and a member of the California Board of Directors. We will miss Rosye's quiet but steadfast dedication to our movement. We offer our sincere condolence to her family, friends, and chapter members.

Technical Internships Available:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) announces Entry Point!, a program which provides opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students with disabilities pursuing technical careers. Summer internships for 1998 are available throughout the country at NASA centers and in private industry, including corporations such as IBM.

Plans for 1998 include expansion to many industries including chemistry, biotechnology, and petrochemical employers. Openings in these fields will depend on the development of partnerships with appropriate employers. Consult AAAS Education and Human Resources (E&HR) Web site, which will be upgraded to reflect the addition of partnering institutions and skill sets.

Eligibility requirements include 1) currently attending an accredited college or university with a major in computer science, engineering, mathematics, or physical science; 2) minimum B average; 3) proof of U.S. citizenship or right-to-work permit.

If interested, please submit the following: 1) letter of introduction indicating geographic preference and the type of assignment which you are seeking that best uses or builds upon your skills and work experience, 2) resume, 3) description of any required work accommodation or assistive technology, 4) two letters of recommendation (one from faculty), and 5) copy of transcript.

Applications are being accepted from October 15, 1997, with anticipated placement completed by April 15, 1998. Internships normally run from May through August, although dates vary by corporation and location.

Interested students are encouraged to apply early to ensure

the best chance of matching location and skill interest with

available internships. Completed packages should be sent by mail,

e-mail, or fax to Laureen Summers, AAAS, Education and Human

Resources, 1200 New York Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20005,

(202) 326-6649, fax (202) 371-9849, e-mail [email protected]

Web site address http//

Writing Contests:

The National Federation of the Blind Writers Division announces its poetry, fiction, and essay contests for 1997-98. All three contests are now open. The deadline for material sent is May 1, 1998. All entries must be accompanied by a $5 entry fee per piece; a stamped, self-addressed envelope; and a cover page with your name, address, and phone number. Rules for each contest follow:

Poetry: Send previously unpublished poetry to Lori Stayer, 2704 Beach Drive, Merrick, New York 11566. Poems may be up to thirty-six lines. Entries must be typed.

Fiction: Send your previously unpublished fiction, typed, double-spaced, 2,000 words or less, to Tom Stevens, 1203 S. Fairview Road, Columbia, Missouri 65203.

Personal Essay: Send your previously unpublished personal essays, 1,000 words or less, to Dr. Patricia Morrow, 1900 Vassar Drive, Columbia, Missouri 65203.

Entrants are asked not to submit contest entries elsewhere while the contest is running or for six months after it ends if the entry wins. Prizes are $40, $25, and $15 for each contest. Winning entries may be published in Slate & Style, the publication of the Writers Division.

Caution: Entries must be postmarked by the contest deadline. Do not send your first draft; proofread your work. Winners will be notified separately. Otherwise winning entries will be announced in the July, 1998, issue of Slate & Style.


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.