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Braille Monitor

Vol. 55, No. 3                                                         March 2012

Gary Wunder, Editor

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The National Federation of the Blind

Marc Maurer, President

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Dallas Site of
2012 NFB Convention
Listen Now

The Hilton Anatole HotelThe 2012 convention of the National Federation of the Blind will take place in Dallas, Texas, June 30-July 5, at the Hilton Anatole Hotel at 2201 Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, Texas 75207. Make your room reservation as soon as possible with the Hilton Anatole staff only, not Hilton general reservations. Call (214) 761-7500.

The 2012 room rates are singles, doubles, and twins $63 and triples and quads $68 a night, plus a 15 percent sales 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, 2012. The other 50 percent is not refundable.

Rooms will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations may be made before June 1, 2012, assuming that rooms are still available. After that time the hotel will not hold our block of rooms for the convention. In other words, you should get your reservation in soon.

Guestroom amenities include cable television; coffeepot; iron and ironing board; hair dryer; and, for a fee, high-speed Internet access. The Hilton Anatole has several excellent restaurants, twenty-four-hour-a-day room service, first-rate meeting space, and other top-notch facilities. It is in downtown Dallas with shuttle service to both the Dallas/Ft. Worth Airport and Love Field.

The schedule for the 2012 convention will follow our usual pattern:

Saturday, June 30        Seminar Day
Sunday, July 1             Registration Day
Monday, July 2            Board Meeting and Division Day
Tuesday, July 3           Opening Session
Wednesday, July 4      Business Session
Thursday, July 5          Banquet Day and Adjournment

 

NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND
2012 National Convention Preregistration FormListen Now

Please register online at <www.nfb.org/registration> or use this mail-in form.  Print legibly, provide all requested information, and mail form and payment to:

National Federation of the Blind
Attn: Convention Registration
200 East Wells Street
Baltimore, MD 21230

Please register only one person per registration form; however, one check or money order may cover multiple registrations.  Check or money order (sorry, no credit cards) must be enclosed with registration(s).

Registrant Name ______________________________________________
Address _____________________________________________________
City ______________________   State _____________    Zip ___________    
Phone ____________    Email ____________________________________

___ I will pick up my registration packet at convention.
or
___ The following person will pick up my registration packet:
        Pickup Name ______________________________________

Number of preregistrations ___ x $25                      = ____________
Number of pre-purchased banquet tickets ___ x $50         = ____________
Number of pre-purchased barbeque tickets ___ x $40       = ____________
                                                            Total                      = ____________

PLEASE NOTE:

  1. Preconvention registration, banquet, and barbeque sales are final (no refunds).
 All preregistration mail-in forms must be postmarked by May 31.

 


Contents

Vol. 55, No. 3                                                        March 2012

 

Illustrations: Federationists at work on the HillListen Now (MP3)

The 2012 Washington Seminar in ReviewListen Now (MP3)
by Gary Wunder

Legislative Agenda of Blind Americans:
Priorities for the 112th Congress, Second Session
Listen Now (MP3)

The Fair Wages for Workers with
Disabilities Act of 2011
Listen Now (MP3)

The Home Appliance Accessibility ActListen Now (MP3)

The Americans with Disabilities
Business Opportunity Act
Listen Now (MP3)

Testimony for the Hearing on “The Promise of Accessible Technology:
Challenges and Opportunities”
Listen Now (MP3)
by Mark A. Riccobono

Why Is It Important to Join an Organization of the Blind?
Some Views from Our Lists
Listen Now (MP3)

Tearing Taffany to PiecesListen Now (MP3)
by Daniel B. Frye

A Different Country—No Passport NeededListen Now (MP3)
by Norma Crosby

NEWSLINE on My JobListen Now (MP3)
by Deborah Kendrick

Should the Sound of Silence Be a
Bird's Tweet or a Jet's Roar?
Listen Now (MP3)
by Mike Ramsey

Remembering Margaret WarrenListen Now (MP3)
by Anna Kresmer

Rare Sleep Disorder Leaves Some
Who Are Blind Out of Sync
Listen Now (MP3)

White House Reaffirms Importance of Randolph-Sheppard Program
and Urges Full Compliance
Listen Now (MP3)
by Nicky Gacos

Convention Scholarships AvailableListen Now (MP3)
by Allen Harris

Recipes Listen Now (MP3)

Monitor Miniatures Listen Now (MP3)

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