Monitor Miniatures

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Victory in the Cheap Tickets, Inc., Skirmish:

In late summer an ad began appearing on CNN and other TV networks for a company called Cheap Tickets, Inc., which sells low-cost airline tickets. The ad opened with a blind beggar sitting on a bench with a jar containing some money. A well-dressed business woman comes along and drops a bill into the jar and then makes change for herself. The man sits looking perplexed about what is happening. The voice-over says that everyone is a little cheap.

As soon as the spot began to air, NFB listservs heated up with descriptions of this commercial and fury at its depiction of blind people. Nathanael Wales of California dug up the name and contact information for the company's CEO and an e-mail address for customers to use. Then the deluge began. In two days Paul Izanstark, Senior Vice President of the advertising agency that created the ad, called several Federation leaders who had contacted the company and wrote the following letter:

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August 27, 1999,

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As Senior Vice President of Colby, Effler and Partners, the advertising agency for Cheap Tickets, Inc., I'd like to respond to your concern regarding our television commercial entitled "Donation."

I'd like to apologize for the misunderstanding and make it clear your concern is understood. The commercial was never intended to exploit or humiliate the visually impaired. Our intent was to simply reinforce that there is a little cheapness in all of us by poking fun at the main principal within the commercial, the woman making the donation.

Cheap Tickets, Inc., is a highly reputable company with a strong interest in helping many organizations, including the Easter Seals Society, Association for the Mentally Handicapped, and the homeless.

With that said, we take your comments very seriously, apologize if our actions were misinterpreted, and will discontinue airing the commercial.

Sincerely,

Paul Izanstark

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Regardless of Mr. Izanstark's effort to suggest that the insult to blind people was only in our minds and not in the message of the ad, Cheap Tickets, Inc., had clearly gotten the message and directed the agency to cut their losses by pulling the spot immediately. It's been a long time since we had such a clear and speedy example of the value of coordinated action by numbers of Federationists.

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2000 Catalog Available:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

Ann Morris Enterprises, Inc., announces its 2000 catalog with over 220 new items inside. Talking VCR, Windows games, lady's talking watch, and Potato Express are just a few. Call (800) 454-3175 if you are not already on the mailing list. Request your free copy in either large print, 4-track cassette, or computer disk. Braille is $10. E-mail <annmor@webspan.net> or visit the new shopping cart online at <www.annmorris.com>.

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Photo of Carl and Charlotte Miller

Carl and Charlotte Miller display their award and certificate.

Honored:

Recently Carl and Charlotte Miller of the St. Lucie Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of Florida were honored by the J. C. Penney Golden Rule organization as Volunteers of the Year. Carl is the President of the St. Lucie Chapter, and Charlotte is the Secretary. Carl has been blind for thirty years and was the founder and first president of the Prairie State Chapter of the Illinois affiliate. He is the immediate past president of the Ft. Pierce, Florida, Lions Club, and Charlotte is the current treasurer of the Ft. Pierce club. The Millers have been Federationists since 1974. Charlotte has driven thousands of miles taking Federationists to local, state, and national meetings and conventions. In addition to the trophy shown in the picture, the chapter received a $1,000 cash award. Congratulations to the Millers.

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Clarification:

In the June issue we published a notice that was misleading. Mary Ann Lareau is the Secretary of the NFB of Massachusetts. She says that this is the text that should have been sent to us:

For this year only we are making available to NFB members only the opportunity to have a Braillewriter cleaned for $25. Be advised that repairs must be charged according to the cost of the repaired part. These machines can be mailed free matter for the blind, but potential customers are reminded that insurance is available at the post office even for items shipped free matter. Send your machines or letters of inquiry to Mary Ann Lareau, 27 Gilbert Street, Waltham, Massachusetts 02453, or call (781) 899-3745 during normal business hours.

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New Services Available from I Can See Books:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

I Can See Books, the Braille and cassette book store, is proud to announce that we now accept orders paid by VISA. With one thousand books listed in our current 1999 catalog, we can virtually guarantee that any popular book that you wish to read is available in Braille or on audio cassette. Our books are high-quality and low-cost. Many of them have never been produced in alternate format before now.

In addition to providing the books listed in our catalog, we will perform very reasonable transcription services of any pocket book onto audio cassette. We will also produce any article from the World Book Encyclopedia in Braille or on tape, as well as offering two dozen speech-friendly computer games and utilities written by our expert computer programmer. Programs include Talking Typing Teacher, Battleship, Monopoly, Dominoes, Electronic Tunes, and Address Keeper, as well as many programs for children.

Our catalog is available at our Web site at <www.ncf.ca/~dr100> or via e-mail by writing to <dr100@ncf.ca>. If you wish to receive a free cassette or computer disk catalog or wish to purchase a Braille or print price list for $10, please contact us through e-mail or by writing to I Can See Books, 88 Captain Morgans Boulevard, Nanaimo, British Columbia, V9R 6R1 Canada, or call (250) 753-3096.

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For Sale:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

14-inch Aladdin Telesensory CCTV under two years old, magnifies up to 25 times original print, has swivel XYZ table. Asking $1,200 plus shipping. Make offer. Call Kathryn Hawkins, (318) 621-1087.

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New Web Site:

The National Federation of the Blind's Deaf-Blind Division is pleased to announce a new Web site that will contain information on deaf-blindness issues and concerns. To look at what we have to offer go to the following site: <www.nfb-db.org>. There you will find a listing of all Board members and contact information, an essay on deaf-blindness, and a few links for additional resources. Keep in mind that this is for information and exchange purposes. No endorsement is being made on any links mentioned. We believe that this information will be helpful when meeting a deaf-blind person. We look forward to communicating with you soon.

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BANA Announcements:

We recently received the following press release. It seems to contain information of interest to many people, so here it is:

On May 2 and 3, 1999, the Board of the Braille Authority of North America (BANA) met in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The meeting was hosted by the National Braille Association.

The General Assembly of the International Council on English Braille (ICEB) will meet in Baltimore, Maryland, November 2 to 5, 1999. The United States delegates will be Betty Niceley (National Federation of the Blind), Kim Charlson (American Council of the Blind), Frances Mary D'Andrea (American Foundation for the Blind), and Phyllis Campana (American Printing House for the Blind). Observers are welcome in the meeting, but space is limited. For more information e-mail Betty Niceley at <bniceley@iglou.com>.

The brochure, "Guidelines for the Production of Braille Materials Through the Use of Braille Translation Software" was approved for publication.

Errata to the print edition of Braille Formats: Principles of Print to Braille Transcription 1997 have now been approved.

The Braille Code for Chemical Notation 1997 is now available from the American Printing House for the Blind for $16 in both print and Braille. Library of Congress certified Nemeth Code transcribers may order a free copy from the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress.

The BANA Board will proceed with outreach and field testing of the Unified Braille Code, the UBC Research Project under the auspices of the ICEB. In the next several months articles transcribed in UBC will appear in Braille magazines produced by BANA member organizations.

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Asian Conference Announced:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

The first joint Asian Conference of two leading world bodies, the International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment and Deafblind International, will be held in Ahmedabad in February, 2000. This is a unique opportunity for people all over Asia to learn about advancements in teaching the deaf-blind and new strategies in the education of the visually impaired. Experts will come to Ahmedabad to share their knowledge, experience, and expertise with approximately 300 participants expected from fifteen countries in Asia.

The Blind People's Association of Ahmedabad has been chosen to host these two conferences because of its track record in organizing international gatherings. A large number of participants from Asia will be sponsored and will be able to participate free in this conference. We are looking for help from donors and well-wishers for meeting our costs and helping us to find motivated sponsors. You may contact Blind People's Association, Vastrapur, Ahmedabad-380 015, Phone: 91-79-644 0082, 644 2070, Fax: 91-79-6560106, e-mail: <bpa@vsnl.com>.

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For Sale:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

I have a Pearlcorder transcription machine Model T2020 for sale. Like new (still in original box). Uses mini and micro tapes. Asking $275 plus shipping. Call Jody Ianuzzi at (603) 352-6790 or e-mail <jody@cheshire.net>.

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Valleyfair Settlement Still Working:

Longtime Monitor readers will recall the Valleyfair case, discussed in detail in the March, 1991, and May, 1994, issues of the Braille Monitor. Minnesota Federationists brought suit against an amusement park for refusing them access to rides that park officials thought dangerous for blind riders. They also insisted on sending blind people back to Customer Service for a lecture and on confiscating canes unnecessarily. When the park lost the case before the Minnesota Human Rights Commission, they eventually worked out a settlement with the National Federation of the Blind. Here is a brief report of how things are going five years later as reported by Tom Scanlan to Curtis Chong:

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You may be interested in knowing that your work with Valleyfair has stuck. On Friday, August 20, 1999, twenty-one staff and students from BLIND, Inc., [Blindness: Learning in New Dimensions, the adult rehabilitation center conducted by the NFB of Minnesota] went to Valleyfair. They had no hassles, and going to Customer Service was never suggested to them. Attendants asked if people wanted them to keep their canes for them but didn't fuss when told no.

The most surprising thing was that our folks even went on the bumper cars. They did give up their canes there, but it worked out OK. As I recall, the bumper cars were originally excluded in the settlement. Even Joyce [Scanlan] went on the bumper cars. Of course the BLIND students didn't see what all the fuss with Valleyfair had been about. After all, they didn't have any problems now.

At any rate, it's nice to know that Valleyfair is still straightened out. And there are still people who ask: "Why the National Federation of the Blind?"

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The 1999 NFB Television PSA's Now Available:

The Materials Center now has tapes containing three thirty-second NFB public service announcements for use in local markets. Contact TV stations in your city, and find out whether they will air our PSA's to assist people losing sight. Learn what format each station uses. We have Beta SP and 3/4- and 1-inch tape versions of the PSA's, so be sure to specify which ones you need. You can make a big difference in spreading word about the work of the National Federation of the Blind while alerting the media in your area to the presence of a local chapter. Contact the Materials Center between 12:30 and 5:00 p.m. Eastern time at (410) 659-9314.

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Recording Available:

Tom Stevens, President of the NFB Writers Division, reports that Dr. Steven Sheeley of Shorter College in Rome, Georgia, delivered a very useful talk at the meeting of the Writers Division during the recent convention. This speech is now available on cassette tape for $5 by contacting Tom at 1203 S. Fairview Road, Columbia, Missouri 65203-0809. Tom also reports that Toby LongFace of Arizona was elected to the division's Board of Directors.

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New Chapter:

NFB of Illinois President Steve Benson writes to say that on August 28, 1999, the NFB of Illinois added another chapter to the affiliate in the Rock Island/Moline area. It is called the Blackhawk Chapter. The new President and Board Members are committed to Federation growth and development in Western Illinois. The following were elected to office: President, Allen Schaefer; Vice President, Lois Montgomery; Secretary, Kath Kelley; Treasurer, Ruth Schaefer; and Board Member, Herb Sullivan. Congratulations. We look forward to working with you as we move into the twenty-first century.

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Cassette Albums for Sale:

Autumn in the Midwest brings cool, crisp nights, shortened days, bountiful harvests, and falling leaves. The leaves tumble and scatter very much like all those stacks of cassettes you have precariously heaped on shelves and in every nook and cranny. The least breeze or disturbance by hand, foot, or pet will send these cassettes tumbling all over the place. The NFB of Illinois has the perfect solution for you. For a mere $3 each you can have your very own attractive white vinyl albums that accommodate a dozen cassettes. Our cassette albums come complete with clear sleeves front and back for print labels and ample space on the spine for Braille labels.

Avoid the dreaded avalanche of cassettes by sending a check or money order, made payable to NFB of Illinois, in the amount of $3 for each cassette album, to Stephen O. Benson, NFB of Illinois, 7020 N. Tahoma, Chicago, Illinois 60646.

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In Memoriam:

We regret to report that on July 30, 1999, Dr. Florence Schroeder, the mother of our friend and colleague Dr. Fred Schroeder, Commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration, died at the age of ninety in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Dr. Schroeder was a remarkable woman, earning a master's degree from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a Ph.D. from New York University, New York. She studied at both the University of Heidelberg, Germany, and the University of London. She raised four children and is survived by them and seven grandchildren. Our sympathy goes to Fred, his brothers, and his sister.

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Elected:

Gintautas Burba reports that the Greater Brockton Chapter of the NFB of Massachusetts conducted elections June 1, 1999. Officers elected were James Daley, President; Linda Brown, Vice President; Sandi Cassidy, Secretary; Brandy Rose, Treasurer; David Keller, Sergeant-at-Arms; and Board Members Mary Szczerba and Richard Downes.

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New Web Site:

Connie Leblond, President of the National Association of Blind Entrepreneurs, reports that the NABE Web site is now online and past its initial growing pains. Visit it at <www.nabentre.org>.

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For Sale:

Bryan Gerritsen of Low Vision Services in Salt Lake City, Utah, asks us to list the following items for sale: Optelec Spectrum Jr. color 14-inch CCTV, eighteen months old, $2,795 or best offer; Humanware Clearview black and white, 17-inch CCTV, $1,995, or best offer; Aurora autofocus black and white headmount camera system, $2,195 or best offer.

The above listed items were used only as demonstrators at a low vision clinic. If interested, call (800) 284-1823, extension 373.

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Elected:

Cindy Hess, Secretary of the Greater Springfield Chapter of the NFB of Massachusetts, reports its June election results. The new officers are Walter Woitasek, President; Celida Zuniga, Vice President; Cindy Hess, Recording Secretary; Keith Barton, Treasurer; and Elwood Adkins and Wanda Stebbins, Members of the Board of Directors.

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New Computer Compilation:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

Computer Bytes is a monthly compendium of items from other newsletters, computer brochures, and magazine articles put out by the Oregon Talking Book and Braille Services. It can be found at <http://www.osl.state.or.us/tbabs/compbytes.html>. You may contact Donna Bensen, Regional Librarian, Talking Book and Braille Services, Oregon State Library, Salem, Oregon 97310-0645, (503) 378-4243, extension 269.

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As Others See Us:

Larry Kettner is a Federationist in Minnesota. He does his job with dignity and dedication. What, you may ask, is exceptional about that? We recently received a note written by one of the many people served in Mr. Kettner's food operation. This is what it said:

One of the people working in our cafeteria is Mr. Larry Kettner. Mr. Kettner is visually impaired; the white cane he uses is a tool as well as a signal to the rest of us regarding his condition. The cafeteria is a frantic, noisy place. Usually I am in a hurry and impatient with lines, anxious to get my lunch, eat, and go on to the many things I have left to do that afternoon. However, occasionally Mr. Kettner will be coming my way with a pile of plates or trays. I know he cannot see me, so I pause, wait for him to pass, then try to clear a broad path so as not to bump into him as he turns around. Whenever this happens, it is amazing but this never feels like a burden or an inconvenience: these few seconds seem like a gift. They remind me of my good fortune of having two good eyes and freedom to move where I wish; they remind me that the limitations that so frustrate me are often minor; and they inspire me as I see a human being going about work that few of us would aspire to with purpose and dignity. Pausing and stepping aside for Mr. Kettner is not an inconvenience; it is a privilege.

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Elected:

Patty Gwizduk, Secretary of the East San Diego County Chapter of the NFB of California, reports the chapter's August 7, 1999, election results: Sheila Johnson, President; Linda Gwizduk, Vice President; David House, Treasurer; Patty Gwizduk, Secretary; and Lisa Irving and Charles Tippie, Board Members.

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For Sale:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

Optacon II, excellent condition, barely used, extra battery pack, tracking aid, Braille manuals, A.C. charger/adaptor. Asking $2,500. Contact S. Oswal with a firm offer in Braille, print, or cassette, at P.O. Box 3927, 200 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford, Connecticut 06117, or e-mail <soswal@hartford.edu>.

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New CD Label:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

Easier Ways International, Inc., has developed a new Braillable label that fits snugly under the tabs on top of the booklet in a CD Jewel Case.

Sharp Braille; will stand up for years, clear perma-plastic. Using Brailler, takes ten lines, fifteen characters per line. Using slate, takes eleven lines, eighteen characters per line. Now ready for shipment. For further information contact Easier Ways International, Inc., 2954 Shady Lane, Highlands Ranch, Colorado 80126, phone (303) 290-0987, or fax (303) 290-6446, e-mail <EasierWays@aol.com>.

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New Book Available:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

Voices of Wolf Lake, the second children's book by Ron Schmidt is now available for $8 per copy, including postage. This 32-page book features the adventures of the author and his guide dog traveling in the wilderness of Michigan's upper peninsula and has excellent black and white illustrations. The National Federation of the Blind will receive 50 cents from the sale of each book. Only print copies of the book are available at this time. Send checks or money orders to Ron Schmidt, 2600 Trumbull Road, Maple City, Michigan 49664.

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For Sale:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

Kurzweil Xerox Reading Edge, model 7315-60, less than two years old with under one hour total use. Originally priced at $5,495, will take $3,500. It's in the box, ready to ship to you. Call Annette Krell at (214) 890-0596 or fax (214) 890-0453 any time soon.

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Elected:

The Kankakee Heartland Chapter of the NFB of Illinois elected new officers at its April 3, 1999 meeting. They are Bill Isaacs, President; Marcia Beck, Vice President; Marjorie Stouffer, Secretary; Ruth Isaacs, Treasurer; and Alice Jordan, Bernie Lulkowski, and David Richmond, Board Members.

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Book Available:

The new girl next door is your age, and she's blind. How will you climb trees, make cookies, play Old Maid with cards, walk to the store, write notes to each other, and enjoy the summer together? Jenny Lee, the girl next door, and Carey do enjoy the summer fun until Jenny is kidnapped. Soon Carey is searching for clues. The Seeing Summer by Jeannette Eyerly, illustrated by Make Ishiwata, is suitable for grades three and up. It is a 153-page paperback and sells for $10, plus $3 shipping and handling. Make checks payable to National Federation of the Blind, 1800 Johnson Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21230. You may call the NFB Materials Center at (410) 659-9314 and use Visa, Discover, or MasterCard. Purchase orders accepted from schools, libraries, and agencies.

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1999 List of Tactile Drawings and Maps (UPDATED LIST):

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

The following tactile maps and drawings are now available from the Princeton Braillists:

Maps of Individual U.S. States: Each booklet contains introductory information and detailed maps showing major cities, rivers, and lakes, major highways, physical features, county boundaries, agricultural and mineral resources. Each booklet costs $6 (shipping by free mail). The states included are Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island, New York State, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Florida.

Basic Human Anatomy: Cross-sections of the head and brain, nose-mouth-throat, tooth, respiratory tract, heart, digestive system, villus, urinary tract, kidney, nephron, nerve cell, eye, ear, skin, male and female reproductive systems, and fetus in the womb. Eighteen drawings with keys, thirty-one pages total, $15 including shipping.

Atlas of North and South America: Three units in four volumes. Maps show boundaries, mountains, rivers and bodies of water, elevation, major cities only, climate, land use, and resources. Each unit is self-contained and can be used alone. Unit 1. Northern North America: Canada and United States, fifty-nine pages. Unit 2. The United States: (2 volumes) divides the country into six regions; maps are shown by region, 124 pages. Unit 3. Middle and South America: 51 pages.

Price of four-volume set is $56, including shipping. Individual volumes: $15, packing and shipping $4 for one or two volumes.

Atlas of the Middle East: covers seventeen countries arranged alphabetically, includes a page of facts and a full-page map for each country. Maps show major cities, physical features, and points of interest. Twenty-five maps with keys, 69 pages total, $20, including shipping.

Maps of Russia and Its Former Republics: shows boundaries, rivers, and major cities as of 1997. Six maps, 16 pages total, $4 (free mail).

Maps of Morocco: Seven maps with keys, 19 pages total, $5 (free mail).

Each booklet is bound with cardboard covers and a multi-ring binder. Send check or purchase order to the Princeton Braillists, 28-B Portsmouth Street, Whiting, New Jersey 08759, (732) 350-3708 (UPDATED ADDRESS). Credit-card and fax service are not available. Please allow four to six weeks for delivery. Further information can be obtained by calling the number given above or (609) 924-5207.

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For Sale:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

Reading Edge Xerox scanner, three years old with the most recent software. It is a stand-alone scanner in good condition. I'd like $1,000 for it, but will consider taking $800. Please e-mail me at <tinabir@concentric.net> or call (480) 884-0812.

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Spring Conference:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

The Mississippi Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision (RRTC) will be conducting its annual training conference entitled "Focus on Access Technology for Persons Who are Blind or Visually Impaired" on March 29 and 30, 2000, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at the Hilton Minneapolis and Towers. For more information, contact John Maxson at (662) 325-7824.

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The graphic for the Peace on Earth Card

The graphic for the Peace on Earth card.

Greeting Cards:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

Kim Christiansen of Christiansen Designs, who makes the popular Braille jewelry, has recently announced their new line of Holiday Braille Greeting cards. The name of the line is "Dot Thots--Just for the Braille of it!"(TM) With a unique combination of full color printing and Braille integrated into the embossed graphic design, these 5- by 7-inch glossy cards are designed for everyone to enjoy. The eight-card boxed set includes two each of four designs of a Christmas tree with colored lights that are actually a Brailled poem, a wreath with Brailled berries saying "Peace on Earth," a colorful peace card that says, "Feel the Peace," and a fun-loving star of David with the message, "Shalom" in Hebrew, Braille, and print. The set is available for $22 and can be ordered from Christiansen Designs by phone, e-mail, or mail: (802) 649-2925 or <kim.christiansen@valley.net> or P.O. Box 583, Hanover, New Hampshire 03755.

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Braille College Spanish Textbook Available:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

A brand new Braille college-level eleven-volume Spanish textbook for intermediate Spanish is now available. The book includes a workbook and contains vocabulary and information about the culture. Asking $400 or best offer. If interested, contact Mr. or Mrs. Orlo Nichols, 1408 Kirkwood Road, Gwynn Oak, Maryland 21207, or call (410) 744-8307.

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Sensory Exploration at New York Hall of Science:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

The New York Hall of Science is testing a new audio tour that may open up hands-on science museums to the visually impaired. Two exhibitions were selected for the pilot study. The initial results were encouraging with comments including "The audio tour gives us our independence, our freedom" and "Unlike a friend, the audio tour doesn't get tired of reading to me." The equipment is simple to operate and uses digital audio technology that delivers multiple levels of information to visitors in several languages. For more information, contact New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th Street, Flushing Meadows, Corona Park, New York 11368, (718) 699-0005, fax (718) 699-1341.

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For Sale:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

New copy of WinVision 97 with DECtalk 32-bit access software-based speech synthesizer, $300 at

<http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=146381776>. It retails for $595 for WinVision 95 and $150 for DECtalk. No speech hardware is needed. It works with most Web browsers, generates speech without distorting the regular Windows 95 environment, and gives voice to mouse, tab cursor, and pop-up windows.

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Home Readers Fall Catalogues:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

Home Readers is beginning its holiday season early with production of its new line of audio catalogues. We currently offer over thirty catalogues and fifteen different cookbooks. Included in our selection is a whole range of name brand catalogues including Lands End Clothes, Sharper Image, Spiegel's, and Tupperware. The cookbook collection is growing and includes 101 Diabetic Recipes, along with many others. For additional information, please contact Home Readers and receive our free audio cassette brochure. Call (913) 893-6939 or write Home Readers, 604 W. Hulett, Edgerton, Kansas 66021. Visit us on the Internet at <www.homereaders.com> or e-mail us at <orders@homereaders.com>.

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Broadcasting Newspapers and Magazines to the Blind:

In Touch Networks, Inc. (ITN) is a national satellite radio reading service for blind, visually impaired, and multi-handicapped people. It is on the air twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. ITN programs include hour-long readings from national newspapers and magazines such as the New York Times, Barron's, the Wall Street Journal, Reader's Digest, Vogue, and Business Week. All programs are read by volunteers, many of whom are professional actors and voice-over artists. In Touch also broadcasts magazine-format shows and conducts interviews with specialists in the fields of medicine, vision care, rehabilitation, and other topics of particular interest to people with disabilities. ITN can be picked up anywhere in the country by satellite and relayed to your home by any of our ninety-nine affiliates.

If you would like to participate in an ITN survey we are currently conducting or would like information on how you can receive In Touch programming no matter where you live, please send a letter or postcard to ITN Survey, In Touch Networks, Inc., 15 West 65th Street, New York, New York 10023. Please remember to give us your name, address, and phone number.

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Donate Your Old Glasses:

Donate your old eye glasses to the Heritage for the Blind. These glasses will be given to the poor in underdeveloped countries. Mark your package, "Glass, handle with care," and mail to Heritage for the Blind, 4045 Sheridan Avenue, Suite 433, Miami Beach, Florida 33140-3665. Do not send broken frames or frames without lenses. If you want an acknowledgement that your package has been received, enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope. IRS regulations do not permit us to place a value on donated merchandise. Consult your tax professional.

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American Bible Society Catalogue:

"New Revised Standard Version of the New Testament and Psalms" available in Braille from the American Bible Society. The five-volume "New Testament" is $225. The two-volume "Psalms" is $44.95. Contact the American Bible Society, 1865 Broadway, New York, New York 10023, or call (800) 322-4253.

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Chocolate for the Holidays:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

Judy Geve from the Chocolate Experience, the original manufacturer of Choco Braille, the thirteen assorted chocolate Brailled greeting cards and chocolate guide dogs, would like to remind you that we still manufacture our chocolates in regular and sugar-free forms. In addition, beginning this year we will sell supplies for you to make your own fund-raising chocolate cards with six assorted messages. Call us toll free at (888) 568-6665 or visit our Web pages: <www.chocobraille.com> (speech friendly) or <www.chocomlet.com>, or e-mail <chocomlet@aol.com>.

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For Sale:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

I have the following items for sale: Navigator 40-cell, eight-dot with Toshiba 200 and touch database program. Manuals on disk and in Braille and print. Carrying case. Asking $3,000 plus shipping, price negotiable.

Office97 (shrink-wrapped) $80 plus shipping.

TeleBraille II (Braille TTY for deaf-blind), $1,500 plus shipping, negotiable.

Talking adding machine from Science for the Blind, $50 plus shipping.

Contact Isaac Obie at 755 Tremont Street, Apartment 205, Boston, Massachusetts 02118, e-mail <Tobie@world.std.com> or call (617) 247-0026.

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NEWSLINE(R) Fresno Opens for Business:

Peggy Chong writes as follows:

One of the most recent NEWSLINE(R) sites to open is in Fresno, California. On Friday, September 10, the Fresno Public Library, which sponsored this NEWSLINE(R) site, and the local chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of California hosted a kickoff event for the new site.

It was well attended by members of the community and the media. Federationists came from other parts of California to wish the Fresno Library well and to stress the importance of this service. The Mayor of Fresno was also on hand to lend his support and good wishes for NEWSLINE(R). Two television stations covered the event. The television news segments showed the Librarian's hands dialing the phone, and the sounds of NEWSLINE(R) could be heard.

At the time of this writing over sixty NEWSLINE(R) sites are in service across the country and Canada. More will be added to the system by the end of the year. By the time you read this, California will have five sites: Fresno, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, and San Francisco.

Other sites coming soon will be in Ohio and South Carolina. Members of these affiliates have been working hard to bring NEWSLINE(R) to their states.

If you travel, as many of us do, or do not have a NEWSLINE(R) site in your community and don't mind calling long distance, you may want to use other NEWSLINE(R) sites around the country. Your NEWSLINE(R) ID number and security code will work with all NEWSLINE(R) sites. To find out where other NEWSLINE(R) sites are located or to learn of new sites on the system and the telephone numbers to access these sites, check out NEWSLINE(R) Network News on your local NEWSLINE(R) system by pressing the three key in the first menu selection. You can locate additional sites alphabetically or by state.

If you are not currently signed up for NEWSLINE(R) and would like an application, contact your state president or the national office at 1800 Johnson Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21230, (410) 659-9314.

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President, Washington State University, Job Notice:

The Board of Regents and Presidential Search Committee invite nominations for and expressions of interest in the position of President of Washington State University. Washington State University (WSU), founded in 1890, is the state's landgrant research university. It enrolls 21,000 undergraduate and graduate students. WSU offers nearly 100 major fields of study and employs over 2,000 faculty, including many with national and international reputations. A leading research institution, WSU also offers a nationally ranked Honors College and nationwide distance learning degrees.

The President will be WSU's chief executive officer with responsibility for all aspects of the University's operations. WSU's budget for fiscal year 1999 was $500 million; its endowment is $168 million. The university is also supported by its land-grant endowment, which is valued at $220 million.

The successful candidate will bring to WSU a strong commitment to academic excellence and the land-grant mission and a clear vision of WSU's future course. He or she should also demonstrate solid senior level management and leadership experience as well as an ability to advance the institution's interest at the state and national level. Ideally the candidate will possess a terminal degree. Superb communication skills and a collegial approach to reaching decisions are essential. An appreciation of the complex nature and needs of a land-grant university with an inclusive and creative mission will be highly valued.

While applications and nominations will be accepted until a selection is made, interested individuals should submit their materials as early as possible to assure optimal consideration. Nominations and expressions of personal interest should be submitted to Presidential Search, c/o WSU Board of Regents, Washington State University, French Administration Building 422, Pullman, Washington 99164-1048.

All applications will be kept in strict confidence. Washington State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action educator and employer. Members of ethnic minorities, women, Vietnam-era disabled veterans, persons of disability, and/or persons age forty and over are encouraged to apply.

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Picture of Joaquin Rodrigo

Joaquin Rodrigo, 1901 to 1999

In Memoriam:

Joaquin Rodrigo, one of Spain's best-known composers, died Tuesday, July 6, in Madrid at the age of ninety-seven. Mr. Rodrigo was blinded by diphtheria at the age of three and, using Braille, learned to play the piano and violin as a child. He became a noted composer, always working in Braille. Culture Minister Mariano Rajoy called Mr. Rodrigo "one of the most relevant figures in Spanish music," adding that next year's celebrations for the centennial of his birth are already being planned, the state-owned news agency Efe reported. Mr. Rodrigo received several awards during his career, including the Prince of Asturias prize for the arts in 1996.

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Correction:

In the "Convention Roundup," which appeared in the August/September issue, we incorrectly identified Mr. Kua Chen Hock's organization in Singapore. The title should have read the Independent Society of the Blind. The Braille Monitor regrets the error.

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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.