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Braille Monitor

Vol. 60, No. 3                                      March 2017

Gary Wunder, Editor

Distributed by email, in inkprint, in Braille, and on USB flash drive, by the

The National Federation of the Blind

Mark Riccobono, President

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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 2017 NFB Convention

Palm-lined drive leading to front entrance of Rosen Shingle Creek ResortThe 2017 convention of the National Federation of the Blind will take place in Orlando, Florida, July 10 to July 15, 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 2017 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 12.5 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, 2017. 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, 2017, 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 service, 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 2017 convention is:

Monday, July 10         Seminar Day
Tuesday, July 11         Registration and Resolutions Day
Wednesday, July 12    Board Meeting and Division Day
Thursday, July 13        Opening Session
Friday, July 14            Business Session
Saturday, July 15        Banquet Day and Adjournment

Contents

Vol. 60, No. 3                                      March 2017

Illustration: The 2017 Presidents SeminarListen Now (MP3)

The 2017 Washington SeminarListen Now (MP3)
by Gary Wunder

Washington Seminar Legislative Agenda of Blind Americans Priorities for the 115th
Congress, First Session
Listen Now (MP3)

Accessible Instructional Materials in Higher Education
(AIM HE) Act
Listen Now (MP3)

Access Technology Affordability ActListen Now (MP3)

Appropriation to the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS)
for the Purchase of Refreshable Braille Devices
Listen Now (MP3)

The Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind,
Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled
(“Marrakesh Treaty”)
Listen Now (MP3)

The Future of Refreshable Braille is Refreshing!Listen Now (MP3)
by Amy Mason

In Rememberance of June MaurerListen Now (MP3)
by Marc Maurer

A Dream is BornListen Now (MP3)
by Ray McAllister

Stand UpListen Now (MP3)
by Courtney Cole

Community Service Division Works with
Habitat for Humanity
Listen Now (MP3)
by Darian Smith

Across the WorldListen Now (MP3)
by Matt Jepsen

Dots from Space!: Voices from the PastListen Now (MP3)
by Amy Mason and Anna Kresmer

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

Independence Market CornerListen Now (MP3)

RecipesListen Now (MP3)

Monitor Miniatures Listen Now (MP3)

         Complete Braille Monitor

         Complete Braille Monitor (Zipped Word Version)

         Complete Braille Monitor Audio File (Zipped MP3 Version)

         Complete DAISY Audio File (Zipped MP3 Version)

Copyright 2017 by the National Federation of the Blind