Braille Monitor

Vol. 56, No. 11                                                     December 2013

Gary Wunder, Editor

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The National Federation of the Blind

Marc Maurer, President

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Vol. 56, No. 11                                                     December 2013


Illustrations: No Tricks, Just Treats
from the NFB Halloween Party
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Convention Bulletin 2014Listen Now (MP3)

A Journey of SuccessListen Now (MP3)
by Julie Deden

Of Parallels, Learning, and New ParadigmsListen Now (MP3)
by Carlton Anne Cook-Walker

Producing Tactile Materials, an Update Listen Now (MP3)
by Robert Jaquiss

Social Security, SSI, and
Medicare Facts for 2014
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by Lauren McLarney

Blind War Hero’s Next Fight is in CourtListen Now (MP3)
by Tim Elder

A Season for GratitudeListen Now (MP3)
by Barbara Pierce

Strong People Cannot Be DefeatedListen Now (MP3)
by Dolores Reisinger

Santa’s Little HelperListen Now (MP3)
by Darrel Kirby

A Thank-You From a ReaderListen Now (MP3)
by Estelle Shukert

Federation of the Blind Honors
Keyser’s Edgar McDonald
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by Barbara High

New Mexico Federationists Change
What It Means to Be Blind
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by Curtis Chong

Ask Miss WhozitListen Now (MP3)

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

The 2014 Blind Educator of the Year Award Listen Now (MP3)
by David Ticchi

Distinguished Educator of Blind
Children Award for 2014
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by Cathy Jackson

From the President’s Recipe File Listen Now (MP3)
by Marc Maurer

Recipes Listen Now (MP3)

Monitor Miniatures Listen Now (MP3)

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         Complete Braille Monitor (Download Zipped Word Version)

         Complete Braille Monitor Audio File (Zipped MP3 Version)

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