Braille Monitor

Vol. 55, No. 10                                                       November 2012

Gary Wunder, Editor

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Vol. 55, No. 10                                                       November 2012


Illustration: The October-December Accessible Bulletin Board in the Betsy Zaborowski Conference
Room at the NFB Jernigan Institute
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The Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium:
A Forum for Collaboration in the Struggle for the
Right to Live in the World
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by Lou Ann Blake

Democratizing Braille: A World ViewListen Now (MP3)
by Kevin Carey

My Journey to Genetics: Changing What it Means
to Be a Blind Genetic Counselor
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by Ronit Ovadia-Mazzoni

The DAISY Consortium Global Partnership:
Working with the NFB to End the Book Famine
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by Stephen King

The Federation in Your Journey:
The Courage to Try
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by Mary Ellen Gabias

The New iBill®:
Is it Worth the Extra $20?
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by Curtis Chong

A Reader Takes the Braille Monitor to TaskListen Now (MP3)

Working with Blind Seniors in Support GroupsListen Now (MP3)
by Rebecca Irvin

Learning to Use a White Cane as a SeniorListen Now (MP3)
by Jonathan Ice

Remembering the NickelListen Now (MP3)
by Judy Sanders

Axis 360: Making Books Accessible
at a Library Near You
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by Michael Bills

Paw Prints on the Barricades Listen Now (MP3)
by Anna Kresmer

A Library for the Price of a Book Listen Now (MP3)

Newel Perry: More Profiles and California School for the Blind Politics
An Interview with Newel Perry
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Conducted by Willa Baum

Bob Hunt DiesListen Now (MP3)

Recipes Listen Now (MP3)

Monitor Miniatures Listen Now (MP3)

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