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Braille Monitor

Vol. 59, No. 4                                       April 2016

Gary Wunder, Editor

Distributed by email, in inkprint, in Braille, and on USB flash drive, with the audio version being available in both Spanish and English (see reverse side) by

The National Federation of the Blind

Mark Riccobono, President

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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 2016 NFB Convention

Palm-lined drive leading to front entrance to Rosen Shingle Creek ResortThe 2016 convention of the National Federation of the Blind will take place in Orlando, Florida, June 30 to July 5, at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, 9939 Universal Boulevard, Orlando, Florida 32819-9357. Make your room reservation as soon as possible with the Shingle Creek staff only. Call (866) 996-6338.

The 2016 room rates are singles and doubles, $83; and for 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 May 27, 2016. The other 50 percent is not refundable.

Rooms will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations may be made before May 27, 2016, 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.

All Rosen Shingle Creek guestrooms feature amenities that include plush Creek Sleeper beds, 40" flat screen TVs, complimentary high-speed internet capabilities, in-room safes, coffee makers, mini-fridges, and hair dryers. Guests can also enjoy a swimming pool, fitness center, and on-site spa. The Rosen Shingle Creek Resort has a number of dining options, including two award-winning restaurants, and twenty-four-hour-a-day room service.

The schedule for the 2016 convention is:

Thursday, June 30       Seminar Day
Friday, July 1                Registration Day
Saturday, July 2           Board Meeting and Division Day
Sunday, July 3              Opening Session
Monday, July 4            Business Session
Tuesday, July 5            Banquet Day and Adjournment

2016 NFB National Convention Preregistration Form

Please register online at www.nfb.org/preregistration or complete all requested information on this form. Print and mail form to the address below.

Registrant Name:                                                                                                                                           
Address:                                                                                                                                                         
City:                                                                                                                                                               
State:  ________________________________________________  Zip: _________________
Phone:                                                                                                                                                            
Email:                                                                                                                                                            

                      I will pick up my registration packet at convention.
                      The following person will pick up my registration packet:
            Pickup Name:                                                                                                           

Please register only one person per registration form.
One check or money order may cover multiple registrations.
   Check or money order (sorry, no credit cards) must be enclosed with registration form(s).

Number of preregistrations                  x $25 =     _________
Banquet tickets                                        x $60 =   __________

                                                                           Total ___                    

All convention preregistration and banquet sales are final (no refunds).

Mail to: National Federation of the Blind
Attn: Convention Preregistration
200 E. Wells Street at Jernigan Place
Baltimore, MD 21230

Registrations must be postmarked by May 31, 2016.

Contents

Vol. 59, No. 4                                       April 2016

Illustration: Jernigan Institute Hosts
Local Political Debates
Listen Now (MP3)

Where is the Ladies’ Room, Anyway?Listen Now (MP3)
by Deborah Kent Stein

The Lobby of the Anaheim Hilton: The Third
Dimension of the National Convention
Listen Now (MP3)
by Mary Ellen Jernigan

On Careers in the Blindness Field and the
Freedom to Choose
Listen Now (MP3)
by Geerat J. Vermeij

When Assertiveness and Confidence Made
All the Difference
Listen Now (MP3)
by Ever Lee Hairston

An Introduction to Diabetes and Insulin PumpsListen Now (MP3)
by Mike Freeman

Accessibility of Insulin Pumps in 2015Listen Now (MP3)
by Veronica Elsea

Business and Being Blind: One
Man’s Winning Combination
Listen Now (MP3)
by Gary Wunder

How Life Influences the Daughter of a Federationist and
What She Tells the World about It
Listen Now (MP3)
by Ann Sywensky

A Matter of Justice: Our Fight to
Obtain Braille Instruction
Listen Now (MP3)
by Holly Miller

Driving a NailListen Now (MP3)
by Dan J. Hicks

Long-Term TrainingListen Now (MP3)
by Danny R. Robinson

A Thank You for What You Are
Giving to Our Grandson
Listen Now (MP3)
by LaVonne Butler

Amazon, Blind Federation Reach
Agreement on Accessibility
Listen Now (MP3)
by Mark Sherman

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

Recipes Listen Now (MP3)

Monitor Miniatures Listen Now (MP3)

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