Braille Monitor

Vol. 56, No. 8                                                     August/September 2013

Gary Wunder, Editor

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Marc Maurer, President

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Vol. 56, No. 8                                                     August/September 2013


Illustration: Braille Book Fair Listen Now (MP3)

Convention Roundup Listen Now (MP3)
by Gary Wunder

Presidential Report 2013 Listen Now (MP3)
by Marc Maurer

Awards Presented at the 2013 Convention of the
National Federation of the Blind
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The 2013 Bolotin Awards Listen Now (MP3)
by James Gashel

Meet the 2013 National Federation
of the Blind Scholarship Class
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The Power of Belonging Listen Now (MP3)
by Marc Maurer

Themes in History and the
National Federation of the Blind
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by Raymond Kurzweil

Reinterpreting and Expanding
“The Right to Live in the World”
Listen Now (MP3)
by Adrienne Asch

Literacy for the Blind Without Borders:
Ending the Book Famine
Listen Now (MP3)
by Fredric K. Schroeder

Literacy Without Borders:
The Road to Marrakesh
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by Scott C. LaBarre

Perseverance, Progress, and Possibilities:
The 2013 Convention Resolutions
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by Sharon Maneki

The 2013 Resolutions of the National
Federation of the Blind
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Convention 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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