The Braille Monitor

             Vol. 46, No. 1                                                                                  January 2003

Barbara Pierce, Editor

Published in inkprint, in Braille, and on cassette by

The National Federation of the Blind
Marc Maurer, President

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Kentucky scene

Louisville Site of 2003
NFB Convention

The 2003 convention of the National Federation of the Blind will take place in Louisville, Kentucky, June 28-July 5. We will conduct the convention at the Galt House Hotel and the Galt House East Tower, a first-class convention hotel. The Galt House Hotel, familiarly called the Galt House West, is at 140 N. Fourth Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40202. The Galt House East Tower, or Galt House East, is at 141 N. Fourth Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40202. Room rates for this year's convention are excellent: singles, doubles, and twins $57 and triples and quads $63 a night, plus tax. The hotel is accepting reservations now. A $60-per-room deposit is required to make a reservation. Fifty percent of the deposit will be refunded if notice is given to the hotel of a reservation cancellation before June 1, 2003. The other 50 percent is not refundable. For reservations call the hotel at (502) 589-5200.

Rooms will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations may be made to secure these rooms before June 1, 2003, assuming that rooms are still available. After that time the hotel will not hold the block of rooms for the convention. In other words, you should get your reservation in soon.

Our overflow hotel is the Hyatt Regency at 320 W. Jefferson Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40202, phone (502) 587-3434.

Those who attended the 2002 convention can testify to the gracious hospitality of the Galt House. This hotel has excellent restaurants, first-rate meeting space, and other top-notch facilities. It is in downtown Louisville, close to the Ohio River and only seven miles from the Louisville Airport.

The 2003 convention will follow what many think of as our usual schedule:

Saturday, June 28 Seminar Day

Sunday, June 29 Registration Day

Monday, June 30 Board Meeting and Division Day

Tuesday, July 1 Opening Session

Wednesday, July 2 Tour Day

Thursday, July 3 Banquet Day

Friday, July 4 Business Session

Plan to be in Louisville;
The action of the convention will be there!


         Vol. 46, No. 1                                                                                          January 2003


         The Federation Is Attacked
         for Seeking to Enhance Mobility and Safety
            by Marc Maurer

        Saying No to Detectable Warnings Everywhere
            by Carla McQuillan

         Comments to the Access Board on Detectable Warnings
            by Michael Freeman

         Eaperanza's Story: An Oral History
            by Debbie Kent Stein

         Getting theWords Down in Braille
            by Bill Kaufman

         NFB National Convention
         Louisville, Kentucky
         Take Two
            by Kathy Jackson

            by Sheila Koenig

         Computer Aids for the Blind
            by Stacey Hirsh

         Equal Access to a Black and White World
            by Ryan Osentowski 

         At Sound of the Bell, Mom Comes Running
            by Tom Keyser

         Dividend for a Blind Mom
            by Judy Jones


         Monitor Miniatures

         Complete Monitor (text only)
         Complete Monitor (text only, zipped) (download)

         Copyright © 2002 National Federation of the Blind