Braille Monitor                                     July 2017

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Independence Market Corner

by Ellen Ringlein

2016 NFB Convention Exhibit HallThe 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 individuals.

The staff of the NFB Independence Market has been busily gearing up for our national convention, which will be held this year in Orlando, Florida, at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort from July 10 through 15. In preparation for the convention we are adding new items to our stock and are updating our catalog. At the convention itself almost all our sales products and much of our free literature will be available in the exhibit hall. Convention attendees will have a chance to examine demo items of our products, including the new ones. Check the convention agenda to learn when the Independence Market will be open in the exhibit hall. We will share information about the new products in later issues of the Braille Monitor. If you would like a sneak peak of what's new, visit the page and follow the links for the exhibit hall and the Independence Market.

Many volunteers will help staff our store at convention to assist with demonstrating products to our customers and processing the resulting purchases. Thank you to all of you who are helping out in some capacity. We would not be able to run the Independence Market at convention without you.

We hope to see many of you in Orlando. If you are not able to join us at our convention, check out the Independence Market online or contact us by email or by phone.

Please note that the Independence Market operations in Baltimore will be suspended while we are in Orlando. We will not be able to process any online or telephone orders while we are away at convention.

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 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.

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