Braille Monitor                                     July 2017

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Daniel Goldstein Receives Lifetime Achievement Award:
The Daily Record is an old and respected Maryland newspaper that launched the Lifetime Achievement category for the 2016 Leadership in Law program. This award recognizes an attorney or judge whose body of work over their career makes them stand out. This person should be well respected in their profession, active in their community, and dedicated to growing the next generation of legal leaders. The Lifetime Achievement award honoree each year will be selected by the Leadership in Law judging panel, comprised of past winners. One of the recipients of the Lifetime Achievement award this year was Daniel Goldstein of Brown, Goldstein & Levy. The following is the profile the Daily Record published on May 16, 2017, about him:

Most people take for granted the privilege to browse the web, read books, and make use of everyday items such as ATMs. However, those everyday tasks can be hard to accomplish for the blind, and Daniel Goldstein has dedicated his career to making access to these kinds of public resources more equitable.

Take for example the case Authors Guild, Inc. v. HathiTrust, which Goldstein considers the most important of his career. “The case arose from the Authors Guild’s challenge to a number of universities who had allowed Google to digitally scan their entire print library collections and, in exchange, [gotten] back a digital copy of those scans,” Goldstein said.

“The court held that it was a fair use to allow unfettered access to the digital scans of these copyrighted works to blind and other print-disabled scholars.” (In addition to blindness, other conditions that can make it hard to access printed text include dyslexia, arthritis, and cerebral palsy, among others.)

The ruling also allowed non-disabled scholars to search and compile data based on the scans, Goldstein said. This created a compelling incentive for more collections to be scanned in the future, “thereby incidentally throwing open still wider the doors for those with print disabilities,” he said.

As counsel for the National Federation of the Blind, Goldstein initiated a national legal campaign to ensure equal access to technology. “Today, most ATMs can be used through voice guidance and a pair of earphones by blind consumers, because, in part, of a series of pioneering lawsuits,” he said. “We have made the internet a more blind-friendly place, with successful resolutions with AOL, Amazon, Target, eBay, Ticketmaster, Scribd and many others.”

Goldstein has also been instrumental in a settlement with the U.S. Department of Education that requires the online forms and notices associated with the student loan program to be equally accessible to blind students and in litigation to ensure blind people are granted the right to vote independently and privately.

What is a key decision you made in your career that made the difference?

“It was not a decision that I made that changed the course of my legal career. It was the decision made by the National Federation of the Blind to engage me as their lawyer that refocused my career and led to thirty years of exciting and meaningful work that brings me joy every day. Having learned so much from my mentors in the National Federation of the Blind and having been so supported by my friends in the blind community, I thank them for the extraordinary honor of representing them.”

Elected:
On Tuesday, March 14, 2017, the Yellowstone County Chapter of the NFB of Montana held elections. The results are as follows: president, Jeff Haworth; vice president, Kristin Byram; secretary, Clayton Kuntz; and treasurer, Pam Haworth.
 
NFB of Missouri Steps up to the Challenge:
Members of the National Federation of the Blind of Missouri are currently participating in the fifth iteration of the National Fitness Challenge (NFC), sponsored by the United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Anthem Foundation. The challenge started in March and runs through the end of November. Twenty-five members of the NFB of Missouri were given a Fitbit Flex 2 and agreed to achieving various goals including walking at least ten thousand steps a day and being physically active for at least thirty minutes every day. The NFB of Missouri is one of thirteen organizations nationwide participating in the challenge and the only blind consumer organization. The first full month of the challenge was April, during which the NFB of Missouri had the third highest number of steps. Though this is certainly a good beginning, members of the National Fitness Challenge in Missouri are encouraging each other and pushing their own personal limits with the aim of ultimately winning the challenge.

In addition to the personal daily goals, the affiliate agreed that members of the NFC would participate in an organized 5k run. To fulfill this pledge, NFC members from across Missouri were in St. Louis on May 7 to run and walk to benefit the Delta Gamma Center for Children with Visual Impairments. This was the twenty-fifth annual fundraiser for the group, and the weather couldn’t have been better.

As a part of our participation, the affiliate will sponsor a Paralympic Day and will hold regular meetings to support and encourage all of our participants. Besides the obvious health benefits for those involved, the NFB’s participation in this event shows both sighted and blind people alike that blindness does not hold us back from being physically active, something which is crucial if we are to live the lives we want.

In Brief

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New Titles for our Children:
Seedlings adds three brand-new titles in UEB to its big-kid book collection!

Seedlings Braille Books for Children has just added three new titles to its all-Braille collection for independent readers: A to Z Mysteries: The Kidnapped King by Ron Roy, A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park, and Magic Tree House 48: A Perfect Time for Pandas by Mary Pope Osborne. All are in contracted UEB!

Seedlings has also made two more of its big-kid books available in UEB: Holes by Louis Sachar and The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. That brings to sixty the number of big-kid books Seedlings offers in contracted UEB! Order today at http://www.seedlings.org/browse.php?cat=12

Seedlings' nearly 300 print-and-Braille books for babies and toddlers and beginning readers are already in UEB. Order at http://www.seedlings.org/order.php

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En-Vision America:
En-Vision America is a pioneer in the assistive technology industry offering accessible products for the visually impaired and blind. En-Vision is the inventor of the ID Mate talking bar code scanner; Galaxy is the latest version which has a brand-new price check feature. We also offer accessible prescription labels through participating pharmacies. Formats include ScripTalk audible labels and prescription readers, large print labels, and Braille labels. These labels are available in seventeen languages. En-Vision America has partnered with pharmacies across the US and Canada, absorbing the cost of accessible labels so that the service is free. We are very excited to be able to offer this service to those who need it most. We strongly believe our product enhances the quality of life for blind and visually impaired people, and it is our great pleasure to be part of that process.

For more information contact us at https://www.envisionamerica.com/ or call us at (309) 452-3088.

You Sit, I Get:
At our national convention do you ever find yourself resting in your room and decide you want some ice cream from downstairs? Do you want something from the gift shop but hate the thought of putting your shoes back on to get it? If you have cash for your item, for a $3 get-and-deliver charge, you've got it. The Grab It Guy is your man!

To use my service simply send a text message to (573) 355-0907 or call at this number. My name is Ethan, and I'll be glad to help in any way I can. My goal is a new guitar, so text or call, and I'll do my best to help.

NFB Pledge
I pledge to participate actively in the efforts of the National Federation of the Blind to achieve equality, opportunity, and security for the blind; to support the policies and programs of the Federation; and to abide by its constitution.

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