Future Reflections        Convention Report 2011

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Announcements

SURVEY

NFB Digital Technology and Accessibility in Schools Questionnaire
<www.nfb.org/nfb/directTechAccess_193.asp>
Contact: Clara van Gerven, (410) 659-9314, Ext.  2410
cvangerven@nfb.org
The NFB is seeking information about accessibility barriers in the digital technology used by students, teachers, and administrators in K-12 schools, universities, and colleges in the United States. Teachers, administrators, and parents of blind students are encouraged to complete a questionnaire so that the NFB can learn more about educational technology that either is helping or hindering the learning process for blind students. The NFB will not release identifying information without permission.

CONTEST FOR BRAILLE READERS

Braille Readers Are Leaders Contest
<www.nfb.org/bral>
Contact: Natalie Shaheen, (410) 659-9314, Ext. 2293
BrailleReadersAreLeaders@nfb.org
Contest Period: November 1, 2011, to January 4, 2012
The Braille Readers Are Leaders Contest is a national competition for students who read Braille, kindergarten through twelfth grades, and for all adult Braille readers. The purpose of the program is to promote the joy of reading for pleasure, to promote a pride in Braille as a viable literacy medium equal to print, and to demonstrate the importance of independent reading in the development of Braille literacy skills. Winners in each of six categories will receive cash prizes. To learn more and to register for the contest, visit our website.

SEMINAR

NFB Jernigan Institute Teacher Leader Seminar
<www.nfb.org/tls>
Contact: Emily Gibbs, (410) 659-9314, Ext. 2407
egibbs@nfb.org
Dates: January 27-29, 2012
In an effort to foster learning, interaction, and community among teachers, the NFB is hosting the first ever Teacher Leader Seminar. This three-day conference will include learning sessions and Make and Takes, networking with other teachers and professionals, and discussions on best practice and technology. Teachers will have the chance to influence the content of sessions and to lead discussions. Participants are strongly urged to take advantage of social media before, during, and after the seminar to stay in contact with each other and with teachers in the field. The National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute is collaborating with the National Organization of Professionals in Blindness Education. The conference is open to teachers of blind students, orientation and mobility instructors, classroom teachers, students in graduate programs, and all other blindness professionals. Registration cost is $100 and includes meals during the program. The first fifty teachers to register will be offered on-site accommodations.

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