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Braille Monitor

Vol. 58, No. 11                              December 2015

Gary Wunder, Editor

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Contents

Vol. 58, No. 11                                       December 2015

Illustration: Opening Museums to the BlindListen Now (MP3)

Convention Bulletin 2016 Listen Now (MP3)

Building from the Outside InListen Now (MP3)
by Barbara Pierce

A Cry for Unity in Creating Textbooks
for the Blind
Listen Now (MP3)
by Carlton Anne Cook Walker

Protecting the Bonds of Love: Progress in
Defending Our Right to Parent
Listen Now (MP3)
by Sharon Krevor-Weisbaum

The Alice Cogswell and Anne Sullivan Macy ActListen Now (MP3)
by Gabe Cazares

The Rights of Guide Dog Owners in
British Columbia under Attack
Listen Now (MP3)
by Mary Ellen Gabias

Longtime NFB Member Gives Leadership Service
in Her Religious Congregation
Listen Now (MP3)
by Gary Wunder

And the Winner is . . . ?Listen Now (MP3)
by Andrea Jenkins

On Structured DiscoveryListen Now (MP3)
by Jeffrey T. Altman

Bringing Hope to HopeListen Now (MP3)
by Rick Reed

Social Security, SSI, and Medicare
Facts for 2016
Listen Now (MP3)
by Parnell Diggs

The Dr. Jacob Bolotin AwardsListen Now (MP3)
by James Gashel

My Adventurous Commute to Work Listen Now (MP3)
by Syed Yousufuddin

The 2016 Blind Educator of the Year AwardListen Now (MP3)
by Edward Bell

Ladder Desk—A Creation Story Listen Now (MP3)
by Joe Schissler

The 2016 Distinguished Educator of Blind
Students Award
Listen Now (MP3)
by Carla McQuillan

RecipesListen Now (MP3)

Monitor Miniatures Listen Now (MP3)

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