Braille Monitor                                                 November 2012

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The October-December Accessible Bulletin Board in the Betsy Zaborowski Conference Room at the NFB Jernigan Institute

This Whozit-color (red, purple, blue, white, and yellow) themed board is flanked by pictures created by students in the various NFB BELL Programs after reading the story of Flat Whozit.

Playing off a popular series of children’s books (Flat Stanley), the title of the latest bulletin board is “Follow Flat Whozit,” which highlights the 2012 NFB BELL (Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning) Programs.

This Whozit-color (red, purple, blue, white, and yellow) themed board is flanked by pictures created by students in the various NFB BELL Programs after reading the story of Flat Whozit. A scalloped blue border defines the top and bottom edges of the board. The title, “Follow Flat Whozit,” serpentines across the top left corner. At the end of the title is a tactile Whozit made from colored craft foam. To Whozit’s right is a craft-foam cut-out of Maryland, representing the beginning of Whozit’s journey. Observers can chart Whozit’s journey through all eleven BELL states by following the string, adorned with mini bells, which starts at Maryland and stops at each of the eleven states in the order they joined the BELL choir: Maryland, Georgia, Utah, Virginia, Texas, North Carolina, Colorado, Idaho, Nebraska, Massachusetts, and Louisiana. Each state is made of craft foam, and above it is a list of statistics in print and Braille about that state’s programs, including location of the program(s), the 2012 dates of the program(s), the year the state hosted its first BELL program, and the number of students this year. The path of Whozit’s journey snakes across the board from right to left and back again. Scattered around the board are pictures from various BELL programs featuring children playing Braille games, learning to use the slate and stylus, and reading Braille. At the very bottom, in the middle of the board, is a pocket folder holding Braille and print versions of the Flat Whozit story the students in the BELL programs read this summer, which visitors can enjoy if they have time.

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