Future Reflections Winter/Spring 2007
IT’S A SMALL WORLD WIDE WEB
The Evolution of the NOPBC Web Site: Do you like to surf the Web? Do you also like to learn about how a nationwide parent organization is changing what it means to be blind for their children? Well you’re in luck! The National Organization of Parents of Blind Children has a Web site that continues to evolve and expand to reach its ultimate outreach potential. If you haven’t looked lately, visit <www.nfb.org/nopbc> and take some time to explore. There you will find convention registration info, Future Reflections’ issues online, contact information for your state affiliate, tips for new parents, information divided by topic, upcoming programs and events, and--coming soon--a calendar of parent seminars across the country. Any comments, questions, or suggestions should be directed to Seth Lamkin at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
The March for Independence site is Live! If you are participating in the first-ever March for Independence this summer in Atlanta, Georgia (and you should be), then be sure that you have created your own personal Web page. You should have received an e-mail at the end of February, after you had registered for the March, with your user ID and password. So make sure you log in and create your own page for people to find and sponsor you. It’s fun, it’s easy, and best of all: it really works! So let your creative side run wild and visit <www.marchforindependence.org> to work on your page or visit a friend’s page and sponsor them!
THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE
Want to Save $170? The NOPBC has recently learned that some organizations are selling the Handbook for Itinerant and Resource Teachers of Blind and Visually Impaired Students by Doris Willoughby and Sharon Duffy for over $170! While this wonderful book is certainly worth $200 and beyond, the NOPBC is offering copies for free. If you would like a copy on cassette (2-track only, five tapes in a set); in Braille (eight volumes); or regular print (533 pages), please contact Seth Lamkin at the NFB office in Baltimore, (410) 659-9314, extension 2361, or e-mail <email@example.com>. You may order as many copies as you would like, but NOPBC does request that you send a donation to help defray the shipping costs. So order now while supplies last! The checks should be made payable to NOPBC and mailed to NOPBC Free Offer, 1800 Johnson Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21230.
National Federation of the Blind Divisions: Find a division that matches your interests and get involved! These bodies provide support, information, and resources regarding a wide range of professions, recreational activities, special interests and other areas related to blindness. Please note the full listing of divisions with their appropriate contact information on page _____.
AROUND THE BLOCK
Helpful Items from Here and There
Please note: The NOPBC is not responsible for the accuracy of the information; we have edited only for space and clarity.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Touch and Explore at the Metropolitan Museum of Art: If you get a chance to visit New York City this year, make sure you check out the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Web site before you go. Visit <www.metmuseum.org/events/ev_vis_dis.asp> and click on “For Visitors Who Are Blind or Partially Sighted.” On Saturday, April 21, from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm, the Met will have a workshop for families with blind children entitled “In Touch with Ancient Egypt,” where families and children are encouraged to touch and feel a 3,000-year-old mummy case, sculptures, hieroglyphs, and other ancient objects. Throughout the year, you can call (212) 879-5500, ext. 3561, for information about accessible programs. Be sure to check out the rest of the Touch and Explore events as well as the book, Art and the Alphabet: A Tactile Experience, which introduces masterpieces from the Museum’s collections.
Art Beyond Sight: Multimodal Approaches to Learning Creativity and Communication, September 28-30, 2007, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC: This international conference co-sponsored by Art Education for the Blind, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and UNESCO will address multimodal approaches to learning in art history, contemporary art, and new media; cognitive psychology and neuroscience; universal/human-centered design, products, and environments in the 21st century; and education for people with sensory and other disabilities. The registration fee for this conference is $150 ($75 for students with ID). A registration form will be posted on <www.artbeyondsight.org> after May 1st and can be e-mailed to you by writing <firstname.lastname@example.org> with “September Conference” in the subject line.
HARRY POTTER IN BRAILLE
Pre-Order Deathly Hallows and Save! National Braille Press is offering the seventh, and final, installment of the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling at a discounted price for those that pre-order their copies. Once again, National Braille Press reached an agreement with Scholastic Press and will be releasing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows on the same day it is released in print: July 21st. While the Braille version is normally $34.99, if you pre-order, you will receive the novel for only $18.89. After July 21st, the price will return to $34.99.
Also, if you would like to download the Braille files from the National Braille Press Web site on July 21st, you can pre-order that copy and save as well! Once you pre-order, you will receive a file that explains how to get your copy on July 21st. To order or read more about this book online, visit <http://www.nbp.org/ic/nbp/HALLOWS.html>.
CAN YOU SAY INDEPENDENCE? DORA CAN!
Dora i-crayons™ Talk and Teach: What was developed as an instructional tool to teach kids to learn their colors and how to spell is also being used by blind children as an instrument for independence. Dora i-crayons™ use a battery-operated plastic base to connect to the plastic end of a Dora i-crayon™. Once inserted, Dora exclaims the name of the color and its spelling. She will then say an object that shares the same color as the crayon, followed by the color in Spanish. The same idea has been applied with different Nickelodeon themes including Blue’s Clues and SpongeBob. If you order from Independent Living Aids, they will place Braille labels on each crayon so that your child can also learn the spelling of the color in Braille. The NOPBC recently acquired a set and experienced a few glitches in the product. The crayons have a tendency to break in the plastic head, rendering them useless. You can buy replacement crayons at a lower cost than the full set, but it is still something to note. Also, if the crayon is not inserted fully, the color will be recognized incorrectly.
ETA Cuisenaire®: This tip comes from the New Jersey Parents of Blind Children newsletter. “Check out the ETA Cuisenaire® Math K-12 catalog for an awesome array of hands-on math tools. Contact (800) 445-5985 or visit <www.etacuisenaire.com>.”
IEP on DVD
Self-Determination Using Self-Directed IEPs: This advertisement comes courtesy of Virginia Commonwealth University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Workplace Supports and Job Retention. “In this 90-minute DVD, presenters share strategies for achieving self-determination in the transition planning process.” Recommended practices centered around self-determination are described and backed up by an interview with participants who used this method throughout their IEP process. The DVD is sold for $19.95. To order, contact Roberta Martin at (804) 827-0749 or <email@example.com>. Or write to VCU-RRTC, P. O. Box 842011, Richmond, Virginia 23284.
SPEAK EASY (AND FREE!)
New Screenreader Technology Is Free for Personal Use: Screenreader.net is a nonprofit organization that produces free screenreader computer software for the blind. Their program, Thunder, is a free screenreader that currently operates with Windows XP, 2000, and the new Vista operating system. Screenreader.net guarantees that it will work with Microsoft Word, Outlook Express, and Internet Explorer, and says that it may also work with other programs. For more information, visit <www.screenreader.net>.
NEW TECHNOLOGY FROM LEVELSTAR
Get the Icon Early Bird Edition: LevelStar has announced the early version of their new Icon mobile manager technology for the visually impaired. The Icon stores 1,000s of books and songs as well as a calendar, address book, e-mail, word processor, voice recorder, music player and many more software applications. The Icon’s Web browser is not available for this special offer, but will be provided free of charge to Early Bird participants when the full version of the Icon is released. For more information, call (800) 315-2305 or visit <www.levelstar.com>.
Great News from Creative Adaptations for Learning (CAL): “CAL has drastically reduced its prices! Thanks to the underwriting and sponsorship of its many supporters, CAL is now able to lower its prices, making CAL-tac™ tactile pictures available to a much wider audience of children who are blind, visually impaired, or who have other special needs.” For additional information or to request a catalog in large print or Braille, contact: Creative Adaptations for Learning, 38 Beverly Road, Great Neck, New York 11021. You can contact them by phone at (516) 466-9143, by e-mail at <firstname.lastname@example.org>, and online at <www.cal-s.org>.
National Federation of the Blind Divisions
Divisions are listed alphabetically by name. Details and contact information are provided by the division. If a division listing does not have contact information or is inaccurate, please contact Joanne Wilson, director of Affiliate Action, National Federation of the Blind, at <email@example.com>; (410) 659-9314, extension 2335.
Agriculture and Equestrian Division
President: Fred Chambers
3510 Bedford Circle
Carlsbad, California 92008
Home: (760) 505-8500
Assistive Technology Trainers
President: Michael Barber
3000 Grand Avenue, Apartment 817
Des Moines, Iowa 50312
Home: (515) 284-1569
Work: (515) 281-1305
Classics, Antiques, and Rods (CARS) Division
President: Joseph B. Naulty
11943 Suellen Circle
Wellington, Florida 33414
Home: (561) 753-4700
Fax: (561) 793-1104
Deaf-Blind Division of the National Federation of the
President: Robert Eschbach
1186 North Verbena Place
Casa Grande, Arizona 85222-5440
Phone: (520) 836-3689
Web site: http://www.nfb-db.org/
A membership organization of deaf-blind persons working nationally to improve services, training, and independence for the deaf-blind. Offers personal contact with other deaf-blind individuals knowledgeable in advocacy, education, employment, technology, discrimination, and other issues surrounding deaf-blindness.
Diabetes Action Network for the Blind
President: Lois Williams
3305 Stonebrook Circle Northwest
Huntsville, Alabama 35810
Home: (256) 852-4143
This is the leading support and information organization of persons losing vision due to diabetes. Provides personal contact and resource information with other blind diabetics about nonvisual techniques of independently managing diabetes, monitoring glucose levels, measuring insulin, and other matters concerning diabetes. Publishes Voice of the Diabetic, the leading publication about diabetes and blindness.
Health Care Professionals
President: Abio Sokari
4202 Southwest Colly Creek Court
Topeka, Kansas 66610
Home: (785) 266-7901
Human Services Division
President: Melissa Riccobono
1026 East 36th Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21218
Phone: (410) 235-3073
Membership organization of blind persons working in counseling, personnel, psychology, social work, psychiatry, rehabilitation, and other social science and human resource fields. Dedicated to improving employment opportunities and advancement for blind persons and provides resources regarding blindness-related techniques and methods used in these fields.
Masonic Square Club
President: Fred Flowers
3110 Wisteria Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21214
Home: (410) 598-0155
Blind individuals committed to the sharing of Masonic experiences, goals, and history.
National Association of the Blind in Communities of
President: Tom Anderson
c/o Colorado Center for the Blind
2233 West Sheppard Avenue
Littleton, Colorado 80120-2038
Work: (303) 778-1130
A membership organization of blind persons devoted to work in all faiths, denominations, and religions. Provides support and resources to those interested in these concerns and to all seminary and religious students.
National Association of Blind Entrepreneurs
President: Jim Bonerbo
733 Yonkers Avenue, Suite 304
Yonkers, New York 10704
Phone: (914) 476-8444
Home: (718) 325-8094
Fax: (914) 476-8446
A membership organization of blind persons who are self-employed or are directing personal businesses and those interested in starting their own business. Provides advocacy and resource information and offers support for both the beginner and the established entrepreneur.
National Association of Blind Lawyers
President: Scott LaBarre
1660 South Albion Street, Suite 918
Denver, Colorado 80222-4046
Phone: (303) 504-5979
Fax: (303) 757-3640
Membership organization of blind attorneys, law students, judges, and others in the law field. Provides support and information regarding employment, techniques used by the blind, advocacy, laws affecting the blind, current information about the American Bar Association, and other issues for blind lawyers.
National Association of Blind Merchants
President: Kevan Worley
263 Pyrite Terrace
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80904
Home: (719) 520-1391
Work: (719) 527-0488
Merchant’s Message: (877) 521-8363
Web site: http://www.blindmerchants.org/
Membership organization of blind persons employed in either self-employment work or the Randolph-Sheppard vending program. Provides information regarding rehabilitation, social security, tax, and other issues which directly affect blind merchants. Serves as an advocacy and support group.
National Association of Blind Office Professionals
President: Lisa Hall
9110 Broadway Street, Apartment J-103
San Antonia, Texas 78217-6104
Home phone: (210) 829-4571
Web site: www.zeli.net/nabop.html
Membership organization of blind secretaries and transcribers at all levels, including medical and paralegal transcription, office workers, customer service personnel, and many other similar fields. Addresses issues such as technology, accommodation, career planning, and job training.
National Association of Blind Piano Tuners
President: Don Mitchell
218 St. Louis Way
Vancouver, Washington 98664-1257
Home: (360) 696-1985
Work: (360) 693-1511
Membership organization of blind persons working as professional piano technicians and those interested in pursuing this career. Works with training schools for piano tuning and addresses issues related to the advancement of new technology regarding electronic pianos and keyboard equipment.
National Association of Blind Rehabilitation Professionals
President: Carlos Serván
3800 C Street
Lincoln, Nebraska 68510
Home: (402) 327-0414
Work: (402) 471-8104
National Association of Blind Students
President: Ryan Strunk
647 West 17th Street
Fremont, Nebraska 68025
Home: (402) 730-4092
Web site: http://www.nfbstudents.org/
For over thirty years this national organization of blind students has provided support, information, and encouragement to blind college and university students. Leads the way in offering resources in issues such as national testing, accessible textbooks and materials, overcoming negative attitudes about blindness from school personnel, developing new techniques of accomplishing laboratory or field assignments, and many other college experiences. Offers strong advocacy and motivational support.
National Association of Guide Dog Users
President: Priscilla Ferris
55 Delaware Avenue
Somerset, Massachusetts 02726-3714
Phone: (508) 673-0218
NFB of MA: (508) 679-8543
Web site: http://www.nfb-nagdu.org/
Provides information and support for guide dog users and works to secure high standards in guide dog training. Addresses issues of discrimination of guide dog users and offers public education about guide dog use. Nationwide networking. Publishes magazine for guide dog users.
National Association to Promote the Use of Braille
President: Nadine Jacobson
5805 Kellogg Avenue
Edina, Minnesota 55424-1819
Home: (952) 927-7694
Membership organization of blind persons working in various professions with a common interest in promoting the use of Braille.
National Federation of the Blind in Computer Science
President: Curtis Chong
3000 Grand Avenue, Apartment 810
Des Moines, Iowa 50312-4238
Home: (515) 277-1288
Work: (515) 281-1361
National organization of blind persons knowledgeable in the computer science and technology fields. Works to develop new technologies, to secure access to current technology, and to develop new ways of using current or new technologies by the blind.
National Organization of Blind Educators
President: Sheila Koenig
2214 Emerson Avenue South, Apartment 4
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55405
Home: (612) 977-9110
Membership organization of blind teachers, professors, and instructors in all levels of education. Provides support and information regarding professional responsibilities, classroom techniques, national testing methods, and career obstacles. Publishes the Blind Educator, a national magazine specifically for blind educators.
National Organization of Parents of Blind Children
President: Barbara Cheadle
1800 Johnson Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21230-4998
Work: (410) 659-9314, Extension 2360
Web site: www.nfb.org/nopbc
Support, information, and advocacy organization of parents of blind or visually impaired children. Addresses issues ranging from help to parents of a newborn blind infant, to mobility and Braille instruction, education, social and community participation, development of self-confidence, and other vital factors involved in the growth of a blind child. Strong national network of contacts with other parents offers encouragement and positive philosophical support. Publishes Future Reflections, the leading national magazine for parents and teachers of blind children. The NOPBC also has a listserver for parents of blind children called blindkid.
National Organization of the Senior Blind
President: Judy Sanders
111 Marquette Avenue South, Apartment 503
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401-2027
Home: (612) 375-1625
Membership organization of elderly blind persons providing support and information to other blind seniors. Issues include concerns such as remaining active in community and social life, maintaining private homes or living in retirement communities or nursing homes, learning the techniques used by the blind, independently caring for oneself, and maintaining a positive approach to vision loss.
Performing Arts Division of the National Federation
of the Blind
President: Dennis Holston
111 East 128th Street, Apartment 2T
New York, New York 10035
Home: (212) 933-0688
Web site: http://www.padnfb.starcitynet.com/
An organization of blind persons working in film, television, theater, and other performing arts areas. Addresses issues and concerns related to these fields, provides support and networking, and works to increase opportunities for the blind in these careers. Want to learn more? Join our listserve at <http://www.nfbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/perform-talk>.
Public Employees Division
President: Ivan Weich
4792 Parkhurst Lane Northeast, #230
Bremerton, Washington 98310-3009
Home: (360) 782-9575
Organization of blind persons holding local, state, or federal jobs. Focuses on issues such as changes in governmental hiring and retention practices, new job skills needed for the future, government employment downsizing, new electronic means of finding public sector jobs, self-advocacy, and career planning strategies.
Science and Engineering Division
President: John Miller
10955 Deering Street
San Diego, California 92126
Home: (858) 527-1727
Blind persons with expertise and experience in fields such as genetics, telecommunications, biology, chemistry, physics and nuclear physics, or mechanical, electronic, and chemical engineering. This is a strong support group to encourage blind persons in pursuit of these careers, many of which have been considered not possible for the blind in the past.
Sports and Recreation Division
President: Lisamaria Martinez
900 143rd Avenue, Apartment 186
San Leandro, California 94578
Phone: (510) 289-2577
Travel and Tourism Division
President: Douglas M. Johnson
Post Office Box 534
Manchester, Washington 98353
Home: (360) 871-3731
President: Tom Stevens
1203 South Fairview Road
Columbia, Missouri 65203-0809
Home: (573) 445-6091
Blind writers in all styles, including poetry, short story, fiction, nonfiction, magazine writing, and theatrical work, offer encouragement and support to blind writers and authors. Issues cover various aspects of this business, including selling your work, publishing, technology, motivation, and discovering writing and publishing resources.