Braille Monitor

Vol. 55, No. 6                                                        June 2012

Gary Wunder, Editor

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Marc Maurer, President

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Dallas Site of 2012
NFB Convention
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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



Vol. 55, No. 6                                                        June 2012


Illustration: Learning about
Braille from an Expert
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Can We Erase Our Mistakes? The Need for
Enhanced Tactile Graphics
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by Al Maneki

From the NFB of Minnesota President’s Desk Listen Now (MP3)
by Jennifer Dunnam

Braille Notetakers—Determining
Your Perfect Fit
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by Amy Mason

Blind Man Experiences Weightlessness Listen Now (MP3)
by Mark Riccobono

Skills Lead to Service Listen Now (MP3)
by Darian Smith

Choices for the Future of Braille
A Comparison between Unified English Braille, the Nemeth Code,
and the Nemeth Uniform Braille System
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by Antonio Guimaraes

Is Reading a Privilege? Listen Now (MP3)
by Ann Wai-Yee Kwong

Getting Information:
Are Human Readers Still Important?
Listen Now (MP3)
by Gary Wunder

The 2012 Youth Track:
A More In-Depth Look
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by Meleah Jensen

Wings for Our Stories Listen Now (MP3)
by Donna W. Hill

Blind Students Get Down to
Business with the Chamber
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by Terry McElhaney

Notice of Proposed Settlement of Class Action
and Fairness Hearing
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Living Well with Diabetes Listen Now (MP3)
by Mike Freeman

A Reverse Sundial Listen Now (MP3)
by Father Ephraim

Federation Envisions Brighter
Future for the Blind
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by Steve Prisament

Featured Book from the tenBroek Library Listen Now (MP3)
Reviewed by Ed Morman

Recipes Listen Now (MP3)

Monitor Miniatures Listen Now (MP3)

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