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Braille Monitor

Vol. 56, No. 2                                                      February 2013

Gary Wunder, Editor

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Marc Maurer, President

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Orlando Site of 2013 NFB Convention
Listen Now (MP3)

Palm-lined drive leading to front entrance to Rosen Centre HotelThe 2013 convention of the National Federation of the Blind will take place in Orlando, Florida, July 1-6, at the Rosen Centre Hotel at 9840 International Drive, Orlando, Florida 32819. Make your room reservation as soon as possible with the Rosen Centre staff only. Call (800) 204-7234.

The 2013 room rates are singles, doubles, and twins, $79; and triples and quads, $85. In addition to the room rates there will be a tax, which at present is 13.5 percent. No charge will be made for children under seventeen in the room with parents as long as no extra bed is requested. The hotel is accepting reservations now. A $90-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 May 28, 2013. The other 50 percent is not refundable.

Members attending the 2012 convention check out the sculptures outside the Gossip BarRooms will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations may be made before June 1, 2013, assuming that rooms are still available. After that time the hotel will not hold our room block for the convention. In other words, you should get your reservation in soon.

Guest-room amenities include cable television; in-room safe; coffeemaker; hairdryer; and, for a fee, high-speed Internet access. Guests can also enjoy a swimming pool, fitness center, and on-site spa. The Rosen Centre Hotel offers fine dining at Executive Chef Michael Rumplik’s award-winning Everglades Restaurant. In addition, there is an array of dining options from sushi to tapas to a 24-hour deli. The hotel has first-rate amenities and shuttle service to the Orlando airport.

The schedule for the 2013 convention is:

Monday, July 1            Seminar Day
Tuesday, July 2            Registration Day
Wednesday, July 3      Board Meeting and Division Day
Thursday, July 4           Opening Session
Friday, July 5                 Business Session
Saturday, July 6            Banquet Day and Adjournment

Contents

Vol. 56, No. 2                                                       February 2013

 

Illustration: NFB Protest at
Amazon Headquarters
Listen Now (MP3)

Information and the Right to Live in the World: The Challenge for
the Blind of the Twenty-First Century
Listen Now (MP3)
by Gary Wunder

The Braille Symposium: Providing High-Quality Braille Instruction
to Blind Children and Adults
Listen Now (MP3)
by Natalie Shaheen

My Love Affair with BrailleListen Now (MP3)
by Sandy Halverson

Code Master Methodology for
Teaching Braille to Adults
Listen Now (MP3)
by Emily Wharton and Ryan Strunk

Beginning with Braille: Challenges and ChoicesListen Now (MP3)
by Anna M. Swenson

Teaching English to Blind
Immigrants and Refugees
Listen Now (MP3)
by Sharon Monthei

Setting up Teachers for Success in Their University Braille Courses:
Creating and Maintaining High Standards
Listen Now (MP3)
by Sheila Amato

Braille and TechnologyListen Now (MP3)
by Jennifer Dunnam

How Braille Saved a Blind ChemistListen Now (MP3)
by Henry Wedler

Braille and the IPA: Empowering Careers
in the Language Sciences
Listen Now (MP3)
by Robert Englebretson

Is Braille Still Relevant? Listen Now (MP3)
by Buddy Brannan

Make the Scene in 2013!Listen Now (MP3)
by Dan Hicks

Convention Scholarships Available Listen Now (MP3)
by Allen Harris

Recipes Listen Now (MP3)

Monitor Miniatures Listen Now (MP3)

         Complete Braille Monitor

         Complete Braille Monitor (Download Zipped Word Version)

         Complete Braille Monitor Audio File (Zipped MP3 Version)

         Complete DAISY Audio File (Zipped MP3 Version)

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