Future Reflections Fall 1995, Vol. 14 No. 3

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From The Bookshelf

Walking Alone and Marching Together
Edited by Dr. Floyd Matson
Published by the National Federation of the Blind
Review by Barbara Pierce.

Reprinted from the Buckeye Bulletin, newsletter of the NFB of Ohio.

Walking Alone and Marching Together tells the story of the National Federation of the Blind from its beginning in 1940 until its 50th birthday in 1990. This book, written by Dr. Floyd Matson, is absolutely spell-binding. I have always been interested in the history of the blind and, in particular, the history of the blind movement.

Even though I had already read many of Dr. tenBroek's speeches and had certainly read anything that I could get my hands on that had been written by Dr. Jernigan, I could not put this book down once I began reading. I purchased a cassette version of the book during the 1990 National Convention. I refer to it for information from time to time, and I am sure that I will read it from cover to cover again.

This book may be purchased in print, in Braille, or on cassette, with or without the dubbed-in voices delivering the various speeches, by writing or calling the National Center for the Blind. You may also borrow a cassette copy of the book from the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

It goes without saying that this is an excellent source of information for anyone doing research about blindness. It is not too late to see that your local library has a copy of this book. Contact the Materials Center, National Federation of the Blind, 1800 Johnson Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21230, (410) 659-9314. (Calls will only be accepted between 12:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Prepayment is required by check, money order, purchase order, or credit cardCDiscover, Mastercard, or Visa.)

The World Under My Fingers:
Personal Reflections on Braille

Edited by Barbara Pierce
Published by the National Federation of the Blind

There has been a need for some time for a small, easy-to-read compilation of articles about the importance of Braille. Many of the new Braille literacy laws around the country require that parents be given pertinent information about Braille before they are asked to express their opinion in an IEP meeting about whether or not their blind children should be taught Braille. Parents needed an accurate source of information about Braille from those most knowledgeable about its true usefulness in the lives of blind and visually impaired persons. Clearly, those most knowledgeable about Braille are those who use it daily, or, in some cases, those who have suffered because of lack of instruction in this functional reading and writing skill.

The World Under My Fingers, published in large-print paperback and edited by Barbara Pierce, is the National Federation of the Blind's response to this need. Some of the essays were first published in Future Reflections, the National Federation of the Blind Magazine for Parents of Blind Children, and others were written specifically for this publication. It is available from the Materials Center, National Federation of the Blind, 1800 Johnson Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21230, telephone 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern time (410) 659-9314. The cost for a single copy is $1. A carton of fifty is available for $50.

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