Braille Monitor

Vol. 57, No. 4                                                     April 2014

Gary Wunder, Editor

Distributed by email, in inkprint, in Braille, and on USB flash drive (see below) by

The National Federation of the Blind

Marc Maurer, President

National Office
200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place
Baltimore, Maryland  21230
telephone: (410) 659-9314
email address: nfb@nfb.org
website address: https://www.nfb.org
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Letters to the president, address changes,
subscription requests, and orders for NFB literature
should be sent to the national office.
Articles for the Monitor and letters to the editor may also
be sent to the national office or may be emailed to gwunder@nfb.org.

Monitor subscriptions cost the Federation about forty dollars per year. Members are invited,
and nonmembers are requested, to cover the subscription cost. Donations should be
made payable to National Federation of the Blind and sent to:

National Federation of the Blind
200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place
Baltimore, Maryland 21230-4998


        ISSN 0006-8829

Each issue is recorded on a thumb drive (also called a memory stick or USB flash drive). You can read this audio edition using a computer or a National Library Service digital player. The NLS machine has two slots--the familiar book-cartridge slot just above the retractable carrying handle and a second slot located on the right side near the headphone jack. This smaller slot is used to play thumb drives. Remove the protective rubber pad covering this slot and insert the thumb drive. It will insert only in one position. If you encounter resistance, flip the drive over and try again. (Note: If the cartridge slot is not empty when you insert the thumb drive, the digital player will ignore the thumb drive.) Once the thumb drive is inserted, the player buttons will function as usual for reading digital materials. If you remove the thumb drive to use the player for cartridges, when you insert it again, reading should resume at the point you stopped.

You can transfer the recording of each issue from the thumb drive to your computer or preserve it on the thumb drive. However, because thumb drives can be used hundreds of times, we would appreciate their return in order to stretch our funding. Please use the return label enclosed with the drive when you return the device.

Orlando Site of 2014 NFB Convention

Palm-lined drive leading to the front entrance to the Rosen Centre HotelThe 2014 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 2014 room rates are singles, doubles, and twins, $82; and triples and quads, $88. 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 $95-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, 2014. The other 50 percent is not refundable.

Rooms will be available on a first-come, first-served basis until our block is filled or until May 28, whichever comes first. After our block is filled and/or after May 28, the hotel has no obligation to accept any further reservations, but may do so if it has rooms available. 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 2014 convention is:

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


2014 National Convention Preregistration Form

Please register online at <www.nfb.org/registration> or use this mail-in form.  Print legibly, provide all requested information, and mail form and payment to:

National Federation of the Blind
Attn: Convention Registration
200 East Wells Street
Baltimore, MD 21230

Please register only one person per registration form; however, one check or money order may cover multiple registrations.  Check or money order (sorry, no credit cards) must be enclosed with registration(s).

Registrant Name ______________________________________________
Address _____________________________________________________
City ______________________   State _____________    Zip ___________    
Phone ____________    Email ____________________________________

___ I will pick up my registration packet at convention.
___ The following person will pick up my registration packet:
        Pickup Name ______________________________________

Number of preregistrations                                x $25  = ____________
Number of pre-purchased banquet tickets          x $55  = ____________
                                                                                                                             Total = ____________


  1. Preconvention registration and banquet sales are final (no refunds).
  2.  All preregistration mail-in forms must be postmarked by May 31.



Vol. 57, No. 4                                                     April 2014


Illustration: New Service Animals for the BlindListen Now (MP3)

Kernels Take RootListen Now (MP3)

Crying Over Spilled MilkListen Now (MP3)
by Parnell Diggs

Growing Up Blind Listen Now (MP3)
by Jan Bailey

Carol’s Compliment Listen Now (MP3)
by Angela Howard

True Integrity in Providing Wage EquityListen Now (MP3)
by Rose Sloan

Standing On My OwnListen Now (MP3)
by Megan Bening

A Decade of Imaginative
Investment in Our Future
Listen Now (MP3)
by Mark Riccobono

Life Lessons From a TreeListen Now (MP3)
by Cayte Mendez

When Santa Comes to School Listen Now (MP3)
by Jasmine Hunt

Economics of Leadership: Is Power Rival?Listen Now (MP3)
by Justin Salisbury

Apple CoreListen Now (MP3)
by Susan Povinelli

Self-Advocacy in Spain: Curiosity,
Confidence, and Commitment
Listen Now (MP3)
by Chelsey Duranleau

The Challenges in Going Blind and
Learning to Live Again
Listen Now (MP3)
by Kim Tindall

A Review of Close Your EyesListen Now (MP3)
by Grace Warn

Taking the Next Step: 2014 National Organization of Parents of Blind Children
(NOPBC) Conference for Families and Teachers
Listen Now (MP3)
by Carlton Walker

NFB Camp Convention AdventuresListen Now (MP3)

The Kenneth Jernigan Convention
Scholarship Fund
Listen Now (MP3)
by Allen Harris

Recipes Listen Now (MP3)

Monitor Miniatures Listen Now (MP3)

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