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Braille Monitor

Vol. 58, No. 6                              June 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. At this time the Rosen does not have any rooms during convention, but there is an alternative. There is an NFB hotel block at the Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at Seaworld. Located at 10100 International Drive Orlando, Florida, the Doubletree is less than a mile from the Rosen Centre.

Rates at the Doubletree are $89 for the nights of July 7-9, $159 per night for July 3-6, and $179 per night for July 10-11. Amenities at the Doubletree include flat-screen televisions and microwaves in the rooms, a swimming pool, and several on-property restaurants. To make a reservation, call (800) 327-0363 and ask for group code NFB.

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. 6                                                   June 2015

Illustration: Federation Recognized at ConcertListen Now (MP3)

Decisions, Bad Choices, and ForgivenessListen Now (MP3)
by Ronald Brown

The KNFB Reader Becomes the
Property of the Nation’s Blind
Listen Now (MP3)
by Marc Maurer

Civil Rights and the Disabled:
A Report from the Department of Justice
Listen Now (MP3)
by Vanita Gupta

People with Disabilities: The Orphan MinorityListen Now (MP3)
by Fredric K. Schroeder

Once Upon a Time: Becoming a TeacherListen Now (MP3)
by Harold Wilson

Our Latest Battle in the Right to Read:
The Blind Strive for Access to 40 Million Titles
Listen Now (MP3)
by Gary Wunder

The Federation at Twenty-Five:
Postview and Preview
Listen Now (MP3)
by Jacobus tenBroek

Human Rights versus Legal RightsListen Now (MP3)
by Ed Vaughan

A Letter to the New Summer InternsListen Now (MP3)
by Justin Salisbury

Federation AlphabetListen Now (MP3)
by Joe Ruffalo

Recipes Listen Now (MP3)

Monitor Miniatures Listen Now (MP3)

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