Moving and Motivating

Charlie Steele
proves amputation
doesn’t have to
slow you down

Vol. 23, No. 1
Winter Edition 2008

Coping With a
Hospital Stay

Dealing with

Voice of the Diabetic:  Charlie Steele is on the move motivating others. 
Photograph by Todd Plitt.


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Eileen Rivera Ley

Elizabeth Lunt

Suzanne Shaffer

Gail Brashers-Krug
Ann S. Williams
Gary Scheiner

Thomas Ley

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Moving and Motivating
Charlie Steele proves amputation doesn’t have to slow you down

by Elizabeth Lunt

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Talking Meter Gets A+ in New NFB Program
by Gail Brashers-Krug

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Pumper’s Voice
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The New Prodigy Voice – A Quick Comparison with the Old VoiceMate
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Healthy Home Cooking

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If Blindness Comes

Applying Blood to the Prodigy Voice Test Strip without Sight
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Resolution 2007-04
Regarding Development of an Accessible Insulin Pump

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What Blind People Should Know About Social Security,
Social Security Disability Insurance, and Supplemental Security Insurance in 2008

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The Washington Seminar

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Leaders of the Diabetes Action Network of the National Federation of the Blind
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NFB State Conventions for Spring of 2008
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FDA Requires Confusing New Warnings on Avandia Labels

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Pfizer Discontinues Inhaled Insulin

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Diabetes and Depression – Don’t Let Them Get You Down
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New Year, New You
Tips for resolving to take care of your health

by Lynn Bailiff

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Going to the Hospital?
Bring along a bit of advocacy

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Resource Roundup Listen now Download mp3
Ask the Doctor: Q & A with Dr. John Bowker Listen now Download mp3
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Posted: January 2008