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Braille Monitor

Vol. 58, No. 5                              May 2015

Gary Wunder, Editor

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

The National Federation of the Blind

Mark Riccobono, President

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

THE NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND KNOWS THAT BLINDNESS IS NOT THE CHARACTERISTIC THAT DEFINES YOU OR YOUR FUTURE. EVERY DAY WE RAISE THE EXPECTATIONS OF BLIND PEOPLE, BECAUSE LOW EXPECTATIONS CREATE OBSTACLES BETWEEN BLIND PEOPLE AND OUR DREAMS. YOU CAN LIVE THE LIFE YOU WANT; BLINDNESS IS NOT WHAT HOLDS YOU BACK. THE NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND IS NOT AN ORGANIZATION SPEAKING FOR THE BLIND--IT IS THE BLIND SPEAKING FOR OURSELVES.

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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

NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND
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.
or
___ 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    = ____________

PLEASE NOTE:

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

 

Contents

Vol. 58, No. 5                                                   May 2015

Illustration: STEM2U Hits BostonListen Now (MP3)

Jumping the FireListen Now (MP3)
by Patti Chang

Improving and Augmenting the ADA, Rehabilitation Act, and IDEA—
A Vision for the Next Twenty-Five Years:
Disability and the Law of the Poor
Listen Now (MP3)
by Marc Maurer

Television Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: The Way It Was,
the Way It Is, and the Way It Will Be
Listen Now (MP3)
by Gary Wunder

My West Virginia ExperienceListen Now (MP3)
by Donald C. Capps

Blind People and Talking DogsListen Now (MP3)
by Dick Davis

Highlighting the Innovative Work of Another Affiliate:
The Illinois Internship Program
Listen Now (MP3)
by Patti Chang

Is Literacy Really for Everyone?—
The Numbers Tell a Different Story
Listen Now (MP3)
by Donna W. Hill

Illiterate No MoreListen Now (MP3)
by Ronald A. Owens

The Barrier of the Visible DifferenceListen Now (MP3)
by Kenneth Jernigan

Go-Carts and ScholarshipsListen Now (MP3)
by April Scurlock

My Journey Toward Winning Friends
and Influencing Others
Listen Now (MP3)
by Kelsey Nicolay

Crafting Your Diamond:
The 2015 NOPBC Conference
Listen Now (MP3)
by Carlton Walker

Federation FavoritesListen Now (MP3)
by Joe Ruffalo

Recipes Listen Now (MP3)

Monitor Miniatures Listen Now (MP3)

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