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Braille Monitor

Vol. 58, No. 1                              January 2015

Gary Wunder, Editor

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The National Federation of the Blind

Mark Riccobono, President

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Orlando Site of 2015 NFB Convention

Palm-lined drive leading to front entrance to Rosen Centre HotelThe 2015 convention of the National Federation of the Blind will take place in Orlando, Florida, July 5-10, 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 2015 room rates are singles, doubles, and twins, $82; and triples and quads, $89. 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 June 1, 2015. 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, 2015, 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 2015 convention is: Sunday, July 5 Seminar Day Monday, July 6 Registration Day Tuesday, July 7 Board Meeting and Division Day Wednesday, July 8 Opening Session Thursday, July 9 Business Session Friday, July 10 Banquet Day and Adjournment

Contents

Vol. 58, No. 1                                                    January 2015

 

Illustration: #GivingTuesday Winter Block PartyListen Now (MP3)

Putting Names and Faces to Fight of
the Blind for Educational Equality
Listen Now (MP3)
by Gary Wunder

The TEACH Act: Frequently Asked QuestionsListen Now (MP3)
by Lauren McLarney

The Marrakesh Treaty: From the Visually Impaired
Persons Community’s Perspective
Listen Now (MP3)
by Scott LaBarre

President Obama Proclaims October 15 Blind
Americans Equality Day
Listen Now (MP3)

Attitudes and Expectations in EducationListen Now (MP3)
by Julie McGinnity

James Brown:
Father, Highway Administrator, and Leader
Listen Now (MP3)

Why Braille?Listen Now (MP3)
by Deborah Kendrick

The Secret to Winning a National Federation
of the Blind Scholarship
Listen Now (MP3)
by Patti S. Gregory-Chang

What I Have Given and Received
from the Federation
Listen Now (MP3)
by Tom Bickford

Constitution of the National Federation of the
Blind as Amended 2014
Listen Now (MP3)

Questions from a Curious TeenListen Now (MP3)
by Deborah Kent Stein

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

Recipes Listen Now (MP3)

Monitor MiniaturesListen Now (MP3)

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