Braille Monitor                                                 January 2012

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News from the Federation Family

At the state convention of the NFB of Maine held in Auburn on October 22, 2011, the following people were elected: president, Patricia C. Estes; first vice president, Walter Woitasek; second vice president, Roger Cusson; treasurer, Leon Proctor Jr.; secretary, Dorothy Woitasek; and board members, (two-year term) David Van Wickler Jr. and (one-year term) Bobbie LaChance Bubier.

NFB Scholarships Available:
Are you a blind postsecondary student who could use up to twelve-thousand dollars?  If so, applying for a National Federation of the Blind scholarship is well worth your time.  The deadline for applications is March 31, 2012.  Awards range from three-thousand dollars to twelve-thousand dollars and will include financial assistance to attend the NFB convention in Dallas, Texas, an opportunity to meet and network with the other twenty-nine top scholars in the country, and a chance to address the largest gathering of blind people that will occur anywhere in the world in 2012.

For more information, go to <> or email: <[email protected]>; call: (410) 659-9314, extension 2415; or send an inquiry to NFB Scholarship Program, National Federation of the Blind, 200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place, Baltimore, MD 21230.

2012 NFB Writing Contest:
Robert Leslie Newman, president of the NFB’s Writers Division, provides the following reminder:

The annual youth and adult writing contests sponsored by the Writers Division of the NFB opened January 1 and will close April 1. Adult contests--poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and stories for youth--are open to all entrants eighteen years of age and over. The Youth Writing Contest--poetry and fiction--promotes Braille literacy and excellence in creative writing. Entries will be judged on creativity and the quality of the Braille. The age groups for these authors are divided by grade levels: elementary, middle school, and high school.

Prizes for contest winners range up to $100 for adult categories and up to $30 for youth categories. All contest winners will be announced at the Writers Division business meeting during the NFB national convention in Dallas, Texas, the first week of July 2012. In addition, shortly after convention a list of winners will appear on the Writers Division website. First-, second-, and third-place winners in each category will be considered for publication in the Writers Division magazine, Slate & Style. For additional contest details and submission guidelines, go to the Writers Division Website, <>.

In Brief

Notices and information in this section may be of interest to Monitor readers. We are not responsible for the accuracy of the information; we have edited only for space and clarity.

Talking MP3 Players Available:
Accessible Electronics offers affordably priced talking MP3 players in four or eight GB units. These players have fully speaking menus, an FM radio, a voice recorder, plus expandable storage capacity. Accessories are also available. Listen to a presentation at <>. For more information visit <> or call (727) 498-0121.

NASA Internships Available:
NASA wants to increase the number of students with disabilities pursuing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers through our internship programs. We have a two-percent hiring goal. Students can apply for summer internships now. The deadline for submitting applications is February 1, 2012. They can register for an account and look for internships anytime at the One Stop Shopping Initiative (OSSI): Student On-Line Application for Recruiting Interns, Fellows and Scholars (SOLAR) at <>. Summer 2012 internships run for ten weeks from early June through early/mid August. NASA internships are also offered during spring and fall and in year-long sessions.

Contact Kenneth A. Silberman if you would like a copy of the recruitment letter, the recruitment flier, and the instructions for how to use the on-line application system. He is also available to provide more information or help with applying. Call voice (301) 286-9281, fax (301) 286-1655, or email <[email protected]>.

Scholarships Available:
The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) administers a scholarship program for deserving students. Each year individuals who are legally blind can apply for financial awards to support their postsecondary educations. Seven scholarships are offered through this program, with a potential of eleven recipients. The application can be filled out online at <>. The 2012 deadline for applications is April 30, 2012.

If you have questions or comments, contact the American Foundation for the Blind Information Center by telephone, toll free, at (800) 232-5463 or by email at <[email protected]>.


Monitor Mart

The notices in this section have been edited for clarity, but we can pass along only the information we were given. We are not responsible for the accuracy of the statements made or the quality of the products for sale.

For Sale:

I have one desktop four-track cassette recorder and three handheld four-track cassette recorders. These items are like new, used only a few times by a special education teacher who no longer teaches. Asking $25 for the desktop and $10 for each handheld. They have rechargeable batteries and AC adapters. Will send several new cassettes with each unit sold. Check or cash required as form of payment. Contact Dana Yates by cell (573) 760-6393 or by email at <[email protected]>.


NFB Pledge

I pledge to participate actively in the efforts of the National Federation of the Blind to achieve equality, opportunity, and security for the blind; to support the policies and programs of the Federation; and to abide by its constitution.

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