Braille Monitor                                     May 2017

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Independence Market Corner

The National Federation of the Blind Independence Market is the conduit through which our organization distributes our empowering literature to our members, friends, and the general public. As a service we also operate a blindness products store, which sells mostly low-tech items, designed to enhance the everyday independence of blind men and women. With spring well underway and summer just around the corner, we want to highlight a few products that promote outdoor activity.

We carry two different ringing balls, namely a basketball and a football. These balls contain two bells that jingle while the ball is in motion. More recently we replaced our ringing soccer ball with a rattle soccer ball. The rattles in this ball make more noise than the bells do, so it is better for outdoor play. We also have a beeping Frisbee, which emits a continuous beeping sound when turned on. This Frisbee, while not quite possessing the aerodynamic properties of a traditional one, is a foam disk covered with a bright orange nylon sleeve and includes a removable sound source, which is operated by one AA battery. Since the Frisbee is soft, it is suitable for both indoor and outdoor play by children of all ages. The Beeper Box is also sold separately. One may use it as a sound source for games and training situations.

And if you want to keep track of your steps and don't have a smartphone, our basic talking pedometer may be for you. After you determine your average step length and select this number in the setup, the pedometer will keep track of your steps and convert it to miles. It also announces the time and features an alarm.

Now all you have to do is go outside and have some fun!

For more information about the products and literature available from the Independence Market or to request a catalog in Braille or in print, visit us online at You may also contact us using email at [email protected] or by phone at (410) 659-9314, extension 2216, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. eastern time. Our staff will be glad to assist you.

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