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Monitor Miniatures

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A Federationist in Prime Time:

If you were watching CBS's "60 Minutes 2" on Wednesday, April 14, you saw a story about the Hairston family, both black and white. One of the people interviewed and followed for the story was our own Ever Lee Hairston, First Vice President of the NFB of New Jersey. While we were attending the Washington Seminar this year, a CBS camera crew came to film Ever Lee for this segment. The finished story was very interesting, and Ever Lee's poise and courage were powerfully revealed on camera. To learn more about Ever Lee's adventures, see the article by Dr. John W. Smith in the April, 1999, issue of the Braille Monitor.

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For Sale:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

Blazie Engineering Type 'n Speak, one owner for two years, never used. Asking $1,000. For more information call Eldridge Hardy at (334) 418-4940 or toll-free (877) 411-1661.

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Braille International, Inc., Seeks New President:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

Braille International, Inc. in Stuart, Florida is one of the largest producers of Braille materials in the United States, and indeed worldwide. The Board of Directors is seeking a new company president. The job opens because of the planned retirement of the incumbent. The ideal candidate will possess a wide range of business and production skills in addition to the capacity to be the organization's spokesperson in public relations and fund-raising activities during a planned expansion of the company's services. The position could also be attractive to a seasoned executive interested in using his or her talents in a worthy cause. Salary and benefits are commensurate with those of similar small, not-for-profit organizations. Send replies and resumes to Braille International, Inc., P.O. Box 1115, Stuart, FL 34995.

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Wink Services:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

Adelaide Wink's Practical Crafts is making baby sets, baby afghans, and toddlers' sweaters. Call for prices and order information.

Awake and Hope is a Christian support group on cassette. Topics include Quiet Corner, pen pals column, hymns and singing, personal miracles, Bible study, job/business ideas, seek and find, craft corner, cooking corner, pet corner, true needs, etc. A monthly subscription is $12 per year (United States) and $24 overseas.

Ms. Wink wishes to correspond with blind and deaf-blind people who live in nursing homes, hospitals, and mental institutions. Contact Adelaide E. Wink, 59 South Lee Street, Beverly Hills, Florida 34465-9130.

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New Video Magnifier Available:

Telesensory announced the first full-featured video magnifier at this year's CSUN disability-industry convention in Los Angeles. The Aladdin Companion weighs less than twenty pounds and is a compact portable electronic magnifying device for people with low vision (including those who are legally blind). The Companion magnifies any printed or written material using a five- to-one zoom lens. The unit includes built-in lighting, simplified controls, a 9-inch CRT viewing screen, and a built-in handle. It sells for $1,297. For additional information contact Keith Blackey, Vice President Marketing at (800) 804-8004.

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Correspondents Wanted:

I would like to correspond in Braille, on tape, or by e-mail with people who are interested in music, sports, current news, Romance languages, Biblical matters, or pop psychology. Contact Rubens M. Marshall, Caixa Postal 1001, Campinas, Sao Paulo, CEP:13013-070, Brazil, phone 019-232-2279, or e-mail <marshall@supernet.com.br>.

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For Sale:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

I have the following Braille books for sale: Solutions Access Technologies for Persons Who Are Blind by Olga Espinola and Diane Croft, four-volume set, $12; Solutions (the same book minus the volume of appendices), three-volume set, $11; and Financing Adaptive Technology: a Guide to Sources and Strategies for Blind and Visually Impaired Users by Steven B. Mendelsohn, five-volumes bound with soft covers, $15. All books will be shipped using the Free-Matter privilege on a first-come, first-served basis after check or money order is received. Please include your name, address, phone, and the specified book with payment. Make payment to Marie Caputo, 470 Tunnel Road, Vernon, Connecticut 06066.

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Products Available Online:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

Community Services for the Blind and Partially Sighted, a nonprofit vision rehabilitation organization, has launched an online store dedicated to providing products to those who are living with vision loss. Visit the Web site not only to discover products to assist those with vision loss but to explore links to other resources and services. Visit <www.sightconnection.com> to order online, or shop the old-fashioned way by requesting their catalog. The phone number is (206) 525-5556 or (800) 458-4888. The agency Web site is <www.csbps.com>.

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Printing Services Available:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

Braille and ink printing services available at economical rates. For more information contact Tom Davis at (515) 262-2202 or e-mail <tshadow@cris.com>.

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For Sale:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

Forty-character Braille Window Braille display, manuals, cables, and software included. In excellent condition, less than six months old, $5,300 or best offer. Please contact Ann Durber, (718) 335-1788, or write to Ann Durber, 63-25B Bourton Street, 1B, Rego Park, New York 11374.

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Mississippi School for the Blind Reunion:

The Mississippi School for the Blind, formerly located on Capers Avenue in Jackson, Mississippi, is having a reunion and founders' day celebration. This event is scheduled for September 2 to 5, 1999. All former students who attended MSB at any time period are invited to attend. For more information please contact Barbara White Hadnott at 225 Dewitt Avenue, Jackson, Mississippi 39203, (601) 355-6318.

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New Cassette Magazine:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

Sanford Rosenthal invites you to join the Party Line, a monthly cassette magazine. Get a free monthly subscription from the Wilson Tape Lending Library Service, P.O. Box 1836, Mableton, Georgia 30126. If you want to talk on the magazine, send a ninety-minute cassette with your message (up to five minutes) with a $6 annual contribution to Sanford Rosenthal, 3360 N.E. 33rd Street, Apartment 4, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33308.

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[PHOTO/CAPTION: Beulah Sawyer]

Honored:

An article appeared in the February 25, 1999, Beaufort Gazette newspaper titled "Beulah Sawyer is named top ten national community caretaker." The text reads in part:

Beulah McCaston Sawyer of Beaufort, an advocate for the blind, has been chosen as one of the top ten finalists of the 1998 Shaklee Community Caretaker Awards.

Selected from nominations received from throughout the nation, finalists receive a $1,000 contribution to be donated to the nonprofit community organization of their choice. Sawyer has donated her grant to the National Federation of the Blind, an organization she helped to found in 1978.... Sawyer, who has a long record of volunteer work in Beaufort, helped to begin the Beaufort chapter, National Federation of the Blind, after she was temporarily blinded during a fire. Although she continues to have blurred vision, this does not stop her from driving patients, delivering food, and writing grants to obtain more funding for this organization.

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Congratulations to Beulah and the Beaufort Chapter.

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New Web Address for Send Our Silks:

John TeBockhorst, President of the Bix Beiderbecke Chapter of the NFB of Iowa, reports that his business, SOS Silk Flowers, has a new Web site address. The new address is <www.sendoursilks.com>.

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Elected:

At its fall, 1998, convention the NFB of Puerto Rico elected several new officers. They are Tomas Cintron, Second Vice President; Jose A. Rodriguez, Secretary; and Eduardo Gonzalez, Ana Casilda Rodriguez, Marilu Torres, and Carmen Pantojas, Members of the Board of Directors.

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Brailler Bargain:

I have a Braillewriter to sell for a special low rate of $25. Keep in mind that work as well as basic cleaning will cost extra. Braillewriters can be shipped as free matter but must be completely covered in plastic before carefully packing to prevent damage.

To make arrangements or to make further inquiry, phone Mary Ann Lareau at (781) 899-3745 during normal work hours.

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Road Runner at Convention:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

Dr. Peter Scialli of Shrinkwrap Computer Products announces a convention sale on the Road Runner, a tiny, portable reading device that lets you store up to three thousand pages of text for easy reading on the go. You must use the Road Runner in conjunction with a computer. Whether you obtain reading material with your scanner, from the Internet, from RFB and D, or from a friend, the Road Runner, weighing just four ounces, will read to you in a clear, synthetic voice. Read on a bus, on a plane, in a waiting room--anywhere. You can hear a Real Audio demonstration of the Road Runner on the company's Web site at <http://www.readingmachines.com>. The Road Runner is on sale now and through July 31, 1999, for $299. Look for Shrinkwrap and the Road Runner at the NFB Convention in Atlanta; stop in and see them. For more information contact Shrinkwrap Computer Products, 11706 Saddle Crescent Circle, Oakton, Virginia 22124, Phone, (800) 377-0774, or e-mail <Shrink@erols.com>.

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Elected:

The NFB of Oklahoma elected the following officers at its annual convention: Steve Shelton, President; Nannette Murrin, First Vice President; Ron Miller, Second Vice President; Janet Triplett, Secretary; Joe Triplett, Treasurer; and Cordelia Sanders and Sue Lee, Board Members.

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For Sale:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

Kerry Stein has the following items for sale: Braille 'n Speak 640 with instruction manuals and adapter cables--$500 or best offer; 40-cell, 8-dot Navigator with software, instruction manuals, and adapter cables--make an offer; Cranmer Modified Perkins Braille Embosser with instruction manuals and cables--best offer. All equipment is in working condition. Contact me weekdays at (205) 425-0800 or evenings and weekends at (205) 967-4901.

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Talking Caller ID:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

Full Life Products introduces Model 560CW Talking Caller ID. This model will speak the caller's ten-digit telephone number or custom caller category. It works with call waiting deluxe; has a new three-line LCD displaying name, number, date, and time; and introduces a dial-back feature. Model 560CW stores the ninety-nine most recent calls for visual and audible review and has visual and audible message-waiting indicator, adjustable volume control, one-touch audible new-call review, and more. The cost is $49.95 plus shipping and handling. For more information call (800) 400-1540 or <www.superproducts.com>.

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[PHOTO/CAPTION: Martha Harris]

Congratulations:

Martha Harris, a Federation member from Altoona, Pennsylvania, and the blind daughter of long-time Federationist Catherine Harris, has been honored with three awards for her performance on the bowling team for the Special Olympics. On February 28, 1999, she won a gold medal in the local tournament. On March 7 she won a first-place blue ribbon in the regional tournament held in Clearfield, Pennsylvania. And on March 27 she won a second-place silver medal in the central state tournament held in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Martha Harris joined the Special Olympics in September of 1998. Congratulations to her for her excellence.

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Attention Those Working in Rehabilitation:

Fatos Floyd of Nebraska and several other Federationists invite everyone working in the rehabilitation field to get together during convention to share information, ideas, and strategies. The meeting will take place Saturday evening, July 3. Be sure to listen during the general sessions that day for an announcement of the exact time and place.

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NFB PLEDGE

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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.