Braille Monitor                                             December 2015

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News from the Federation Family

A Brief Report from the National Organization of Blind Educators:
At our national convention, we were privileged to hear from several successful blind educators from a variety of fields. Sheila Koenig shared her experiences as a ninth grade English teacher, Carla McQuillan described her journey from the classroom to an administrative position, Mrs. Patricia Maurer gave us insights into her days as a substitute teacher, and Dr. David Ticchi passed along his expertise in creating an ethical and respectful classroom and schoolwide community.

In addition to the opportunity to hear this fantastic panel, the division took time to network in small groups by grade and subject level and to plan for future outreach and fundraisers on behalf of the division.

In Brief

Notices and information in this section may be of interest to Monitor readers. We are not responsible for the accuracy of the information; we have edited only for space and clarity.

Information Available on NASA Internships:
If you would like to subscribe to an announcement-only list about NASA internships for people with disabilities, please send an email to <[email protected]> with “subscribe” in the Subject field, or by visiting the list page at <>.

Coloring Books and More from New Business:
Ambron Products is a newly formed business whose main purpose is to produce and sell books and other items that can be shared by the blind and the sighted in the community. The company was started by two members of the Colorado Center for the Blind Senior Support Group.

 Our first product is a Braille and large print coloring book with tactile pictures for blind and sighted children and adults to share. The book is: I am a Crayon. What Color am I? by John Batron. John has been an active member of the NFB for many years. Part of his inspiration for this book was his desire to share with his five grandchildren.

 We are also offering a 2016 calendar, produced by Tactile Vision Graphics Inc. The theme of the calendar is the history of the automobile. Each month has the Braille and large print name and date of a different car, with a tactile representation of the car. The dates on the calendar are in Braille. After the first of the year, the price of the calendar will be discounted. We will also offer discounts for quantity purchases.

If you would like more information or are interested in purchasing one or more of these items, please contact Estelle at Ambron Products: (303) 789-7538 or by emailing <[email protected]>. Blessings, and thanks for your interest and support!

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The notice in this section has been edited for clarity, but we can pass along only the information we were given. We are not responsible for the accuracy of the statements made or the quality of the products for sale.

For Sale:

I have a PowerBraille 40 with cables in good condition and a Perkins Braille Writer also in good condition. Both are for sale, either together or separately. Call Vincent Tagliarino at (716) 681-1645 to make a reasonable offer on one or both items.

NFB Pledge

I pledge to participate actively in the efforts of the National Federation of the Blind to achieve equality, opportunity, and security for the blind; to support the policies and programs of the Federation; and to abide by its constitution.

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