Braille Monitor

Vol. 56, No. 5                                                      May 2013

Gary Wunder, Editor

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The National Federation of the Blind

Marc Maurer, President

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Orlando Site of 2013 NFB Convention

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 13, 2013. 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, 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

Requests for Accommodations Based on Disability:

The convention of the National Federation of the Blind is designed and implemented to be accessible especially to blind people in that materials are offered in accessible formats and other nonvisual aids are provided. Therefore special requests for these items are not required. If you require specific accommodations based on your disability other than the blindness-related accommodations mentioned above in order to participate fully and equally in the convention, we urge you to let us know as soon as possible. Specific accommodations for which requests are required include requests for deaf or deafblind interpreters.

Due to the size and complexity of this convention, as well as the need to plan appropriately for additional human and other resources, requests for specific accommodations must be submitted no later than May 31, 2013. In order to make a request, please 1) Preregister for the convention by visiting <http://www.nfb.org/registration>; and 2) send your specific request for accommodations in writing to the NFB Jernigan Institute by email at <[email protected]>. Please include your name, the dates you plan to be at the convention, information on the best way to follow up with you, and your specific request.



Vol. 56, No. 5                                                       May 2013

NFB Sponsors Family Engineering Day
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Section 508 and the Blind: One More Battle in the
Fight for Equality in the Workplace
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by Gary Wunder

How Braille Turned Me into a Purse JunkieListen Now (MP3)
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My Historic Recollections of the NFBListen Now (MP3)
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Kenneth Jernigan Library for Blind ChildrenListen Now (MP3)
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Calling in the CarsListen Now (MP3)
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My Search for AccessibilityListen Now (MP3)
by Robert Kingett

From the President’s Mail BasketListen Now (MP3)

A Blind Senior’s Journey to IndependenceListen Now (MP3)
by Diane McGeorge

Deep Sea Fishing AdventureListen Now (MP3)
by Gordon Chan

No Limits! 2013 National Organization of
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