Future Reflections         Summer 2011

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Announcements

SURVEYS

Study on Non-24-Hour Sleep Disorder
Vanda Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
9605 Medical Center Dr., Suite 300, Rockville, MD 20850
(888) 389-7033
info@non24registry.com
Blind individuals ages 18-75 who have recurrent sleep problems are sought for an ongoing clinical research study. A short survey can be completed over the phone or online to determine if an individual qualifies for the research project. For each completed survey, $25 will be donated to an organization that helps blind people. Volunteers will be compensated for participation in the clinical study and will receive study-related medication, medical evaluations, and transportation at no cost.

Braille Writing Device
sene.m@husky.neu.edu
(617) 949-0819
Melda Ulusoy is a PhD candidate at Northeastern University in Boston. She is conducting a study to determine the usefulness of an inexpensive, portable, battery-powered Braille writing device. She is interested in the opinions and reactions of parents, students, and teachers.

Adult Rehabilitation and Employment Survey
<www.pdrib.com/ares>
(318) 257-4554
dseilhan@latech.edu
This survey is intended for adults who are blind or visually impaired and who are of employment age. The purpose of the survey is to gain information about individuals' experiences with vocational rehabilitation, adjustment to blindness training, education, and employment. The survey may be completed online or by telephone and should take about ten minutes. The names of those who complete the survey will be entered into a drawing for a Visa gift card worth $100.

BOOKS FROM NOPBC

Contact: Laura Weber
president@nopbc.org
(832) 971-7571
NOPBC is offering three excellent books at a special discount so that state affiliates and parents' chapters can make them available. When you purchase two or more copies of any title from NOPBC, you can buy the books at cost. The three books available at the discount rate are Getting Ready for College Begins in Third Grade: Working toward an Independent Future for Your Blind/VI Child, Pre-K to Middle School, by Carol Castellano; Making It Work: Educating the Blind/Visually Impaired Student in the Regular School, by Carol Castellano; and Independent Movement and Travel in Blind Children: A Promotion Model, by Joe Cutter.

SCHOLARSHIP

HumanWare 2011 Braille Literacy Scholarship Program
<http://www.humanware.ca/web/en/newsletter/281.htm>
HumanWare
2011 Braille Literacy Scholarship Program
5128 Oak Point Way, Fair Oaks, CA 95628
Contact: Sharon Spiker, sharon.spiker@humanware.com
Deadline for Entries: December 31, 2011
HumanWare announces that a Mountbatten Learning System and all associated software and accessories will be awarded to a child in the United States or U.S. territories. Any child between the ages of three and eight who is learning Braille or is assessed as a future Braille learner can qualify. To enter this competition, the parent of a qualifying child should explain in 1,000 words or less why Braille literacy is key to the child's success and describe the role the Mountbatten Learning System will play in the child's future. Essays must be submitted with the written support of an early childhood or early intervention professional.

CONTEST

APH: Typhlo and Tactus Tactile Book Contest 2011
<www.aph.org/edresearch/tactile-book-contest>
American Printing House for the Blind
1839 Frankfort Ave.
Louisville, KY 40206
Attn: Suzette Wright
Deadline for Entries: September 2, 2011
Typhlo and Tactus is an organization that exists to improve the quality and quantity of books with tactile illustrations that are available to young children with visual impairments.  In 2000 the organization began to conduct a biennial tactile book competition that was open to European members. This year's tactile book competition is open to a worldwide audience. APH has agreed to be the contact organization in the United States. A panel of judges at APH will select the top five entries for final adjudication by an international panel of visually impaired children and adults as well as professionals in the blindness field.

NEW NAME

Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFB&D) has changed its name to Learning Ally. The new name reflects the organization's expanded emphasis on people who learn differently. You can visit Learning Ally at <www.learningally.org>.

MENTORING

Employment Mentoring Project
Mississippi State University
Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision
Contact: Jamie O'Mally, rrtc2@colled.msstate.edu
(800) 675-7782
Mississippi State University is conducting research to determine whether pairing blind students with blind mentors in their career fields will help them find employment. The project will match a group of blind professionals with blind mentees. The program will begin in January 2012, and each mentor/mentee pair will remain in contact for a year after the mentee graduates. Prospective mentors can complete an eligibility survey at <http://tiny.cc/mentor-professionals> and prospective mentees can complete a survey at <http://tiny.cc/mentor-students>.

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