Braille Monitor

Vol. 55, No. 11                                                       December 2012

Gary Wunder, Editor

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Marc Maurer, President

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Vol. 55, No. 11                                                       December 2012


Illustration: Holiday Party Photo Listen Now (MP3)

CorrectionListen Now (MP3)
by Gary Wunder

Convention Bulletin 2013Listen Now (MP3)

Minimum Wage, Backlash, Shame,
and Determination
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by Marc Maurer

Louder and Prouder Still: Four More States
Join the BELL Choir
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by Eric Guillory, Jackie Otwell, Casey West, Carlton Walker, and Meleah Jensen

Chapter Building, Program Innovation,
and Finance
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by Marc Maurer

A Monument to a Man and Our Movement
Yet One More Honor for Kenneth Jernigan
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by Jim Omvig

Outside the BoxListen Now (MP3)
by Jerry Whittle

NFB Philosophy, a White Cane, and a
Determined Old Street-Dog
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by Pat Munson

Distinguished Educator of Blind
Children Award for 2013
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by Cathy Jackson

Newel Perry and the California
Council for the Blind
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An Interview Conducted by Willa Baum

The 2013 Blind Educator of the Year AwardListen Now (MP3)
by David Ticchi

Blind Woman Files Complaint against Election Commission
Automark's Voting Machine Wasn't
Ready for Early Voters
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by Ryan Luby

The Dr. Jacob Bolotin AwardsListen Now (MP3)
by James Gashel

National Convention from a DistanceListen Now (MP3)
by Raquel Aguirre

Social Security, SSI, and
Medicare Facts for 2013
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by Lauren McLarney

Recipes Listen Now (MP3)

Monitor Miniatures Listen Now (MP3)

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