Future Reflections January 1982, Vol. 1 No. 2
Seminar for Parents of Blind Children
We will have a Seminar for Parents of Blind Children on Saturday, July 3, 1982, at the beginning of the Annual NFB Convention. The seminar, like the Convention, will be held at the Leamington Hotel in Minneapolis. We have plans for an exciting agenda, including topics of special interest to parents of preschool blind children, parents of teenagers and parents with academic concerns. A mmber of blind adults will be present who can deal effectively with a variety of issues. We will have exhibits available during the noon break so that
parents can have a chance to see some of the newest technological advances which have special interest to blind people.
Registration will begin at 9:00 A.M., and sessions will continue till 4:30 P.M., with a two hour break for lunch. There will be a registration fee. Child care will be available for those needing the service.
For those of you planning to stay overnight one of more evenings, you may take advantage of the NFB Convention rates. The rates are: Single rooms, $18.00; doubles and twins, $22.00; and $6.00 for each additional person in the room. There will be no charge for children under the age 12, who stay in the same room with their parents. For each room reservation, send a $20.00 check or money order to: Leamington Hotel, 1014 Third Avenue, South, Minneapolis, RUN 55404. Phone (612) 370-1100. The $20.00 (which is not refundable) will apply toward your room bill.
The seminar is jointly sponsored by the NFB Committee on Parental Concerns and the NFB Teachers' Division. We look forward to an exciting seminar and we expect that many of you will want to plan to attend.
As with new babies, newsletters too go through the business of trying on names before one fits and finally is adopted. We plan to let any of you who wish to do so, help us select the official name for this newsletter. To do this, we are having a name selection contest. The rules for the contest follow:
1. There can be only one winner--the prize to be $250.00, cash. You must be present at the seminar for parents of blind children in July in order to receive that prize. If the winner selected is not present, another winner will be named. The name contributed by the recipient of the prize will be used for the newsletter.
2. Contest entries must be received by May 15, 1982. Entries should be
mailed to: NFB Newsletter for Parents of Blind Children, Box 552, Jefferson
City, MO 65102, or, Susan Ford, 1135 Third Ave. East, Kalispell, MT 59901.
3. Only one entry is permitted from each participant.
4. There will be three judges for the contest--The Chairperson of the Committee on Parental Concerns and the Editor of the newsletter will be two of these. The judges and their immediate families will be considered to be ineligible. Remember, the winning name will be used as the name for our newsletter for parents of blind children.
ATTENTION: Taped Newsletter!
We are aware that there may be readers who would prefer to have this newsletter on tape. If you wish to have a taped copy of the newsletter, please send ymr name and address along with a C90 cassette to Susan Ford, 1135 Third Ave., East, Kalispell, Montana 59901. We will simply make a copy of the newsletter and return your filled tape to you. This seems to be the simplest and least expensive way of filling this need.
The American Brotherhood for the Blind has 1982 calendars available free of charge. You may order one or more calendars by writing to: American Brotherhood for the Blind, 18440 Oxnard Street, Tarzana, CA 91356.
Talking Calculators, Clocks
The National Federation of the Blind is selling a portable talking calculator and a talking clock. Both items are made by Sharp Electronics. The calculator is 5 3/4 inches long, 3 inches wide, and 1/2 inch thick. Its memory is not erased when the machine is turned off, and it has square root and percent keys. The calculator is priced at a very reasonable, $50.00.
The pocket sized talking clock is selling for $58.00. Which is, we believe, the lowest price available from any source. It is about 4 1/2 inches long and 2 1/2 inches wide. There is a visual as well as an audible time display. The clock also has alarm, timer, and stopwatch capabilities. Payment must accompany orders. Send orders to: NFB, 1800 Johnson Street, Baltimore, MD 21230.
The NFB announces a new scholarship which will be awarded at the 1982 Annual NFB Convention. It is the Melva T. Owen Memorial Scholarship and it is offered by the Tarver Memorial Fund. The Scholarship offers $1,000.00 to a blind student, graduate or undergraduate, male or female, in any field of studv with the exception of Religion. For more information or applications, write to: Reverend Howard E. May, NFB Scholarship Committee, RFD 2, West Willington, Connecticut 06279. The deadline for scholarship application is May 1, 1982.
and because we do, we, the National Federation of the Blind, Committee on Parental Concerns, have launched the publication of this newsletter for you, the parents of a blind child. The NFB Newsletter for Parents of Blind Children is published quarterly. There is no subscription fee, although donations are encouraged and appreciated.