Braille Monitor                                     August/September 2017

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Screening Opportunities for Do You Dream in Color?:
Convention attendees and readers of the Braille Monitor will know that the joint winners of the top prize in this year’s Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award class were Abigail Fuller and Sarah Ivy. They are the co-directors of a documentary film entitled Do You Dream in Color? This film is a beautiful and powerful chronicle of four blind young people striving to achieve their goals and live the lives they want in the face of the low expectations and misconceptions that too often erect barriers between blind people and our dreams. In particular the film accurately portrays the ways in which our public education system all too often fails blind students. Individuals can see the film by finding it on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Xbox Live, and other streaming services in the United States and Canada. The producers and distributors of this movie are also making it available to affiliates of the National Federation of the Blind to screen in their communities. Screening this film is a great opportunity to inform the public about issues faced by blind youth and what the Federation is doing to help. We are hoping to have the NFB in every state host a screening during October as part of Meet the Blind Month. It is a great way to bring people in the community together and introduce audiences to the stories of these blind individuals.

For more information, including a toolkit to help organize and promote a screening and engage the audience, contact: Jenivieve White, Assistant to the Director of Community Relations, National Federation of the Blind, 200 East Wells Street, Baltimore, MD 21230; by phone at (410) 659-9314, extension 2236; or by email at [email protected].

You can view the film's trailer, find links to the movie on streaming platforms, and learn more at

Apply to Become a National Federation of the Blind BUILD Team Member:
Technologies are being developed every day that affect the way we all live, work, and play. In order for us to ensure access to the ever-evolving technologies that make it possible for blind people to live the lives we want, we need blind users to innovate and lead the design process. The NFB is establishing a database of Blind Users Innovating and Leading Design (BUILD) to evaluate websites, products, and services for accessibility. Apply to become a member of our BUILD team at:

At the general membership meeting of the Timonium, Lutherville, Cockeysville (TLC) chapter of the NFB of Maryland on July 20, 2017, elections were held with the following results: president, Scott White; vice president, Jesse Hartle; secretary, Jenivieve (Jen) White; treasurer, Mary Jo Hartle; and board members Eileen Rivera-Ley, Scott Soldan, and Jim McCarthy.

We look forward to the upcoming year in working on integrating blind people into society on the basis of equality and educating our community that blind people can live the lives we want; blindness is not what holds us back.

On June 10, 2017, the East Central Indiana chapter of the National Federation of the Blind elected a new slate of officers. They are as follows: president, Sarah LaRose; vice president, Sarah Meyer; secretary, Kevin LaRose; treasurer, Zach Lee; board member, Daniel Lowry.

In Brief

Notices and information in this section may be of interest to Monitor readers. We are not responsible for the accuracy of the information; we have edited only for space and clarity.

Get Eight New Braille and Print Picture Books from Seedlings:
Seedlings Braille Books for Children has eight new picture books available in print and Braille. Two are in uncontracted UEB: Animal Friends and Frozen: Anna's Best Friends. Six are in contracted UEB: Biscuit's Pet & Play Bedtime, Five Stinky Socks, My First Mother Goose, Paw Patrol: Rubble to the Rescue, Spot Loves Bedtime,and The World of Sharks.

Prices range from just $4 to $8! Order today at For more information about the books, go to Seedlings now offers more than 150 print-and-Braille picture books for ages zero to five, all at our low, low prices.

To see the complete selection, go to

Ski for Light 2018:
The forty-third annual Ski for Light International Week will take place from Sunday, January 21, through Sunday, January 28, 2018, in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. Participants will ski at the Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area in Truckee, California. One of the top cross-country ski areas in North America, Tahoe Donner has a 100 km trail system with terrain for all ability levels, and an average annual snowfall of 360 inches.

Participants will stay at the Nugget Casino Resort outside Reno in Sparks, Nevada. Ski for Light Inc. is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization founded in 1975. Each year Ski for Light conducts a week-long event where blind and mobility-impaired adults are taught the basics of cross-country skiing. The event attracts upwards of 250 participants and guides. During the week each disabled skier is paired for the entire week with an experienced, sighted, cross-country skier who acts as ski instructor and on-snow guide.

The visually- and mobility-impaired adults who attend each Ski for Light week come from all over the US and from several foreign countries. Many come to Ski for Light with a desire to become more physically active. Through the process of learning how to cross-country ski, most discover that they can accomplish much more than others have told them, and much more than they themselves believed. Many leave Ski for Light with a sense of accomplishment and motivation that carries over to every aspect of their lives.

If you have never before attended what many have called the experience of a lifetime, please consider Ski for Light’s 2018 International Event.

The cost for the week is $950 per person for double-occupancy. This includes room and all meals, round-trip transportation between the Nugget and Tahoe Donner, all trail fees, and all afternoon and evening programs and activities. Skis, boots, and poles will be provided free of charge to first-time visually-impaired participants. Partial stipends based on financial need are also available for first- and second-time visually-impaired participants. While there is no formal deadline for the submission of applications, please note that applications submitted after November 1 may be accepted only on a space available basis.

Additional information, including the application, can be found at and Facebook. Additional information may also be obtained by contacting Visually Impaired Participant Recruitment Committee Chairperson Melinda Hollands by email at [email protected], or by phone at (231) 590-0986. We hope you can join us in the Sierra Nevada mountains!

Monitor Mart

The notices in this section have been edited for clarity, but we can pass along only the information we were given. We are not responsible for the accuracy of the statements made or the quality of the products for sale.

For Sale:
The piano tuning kit that Joe Shaidnagle received after training, never used, is available to anyone who wants it. It is mostly intact save for a few screwdrivers. It is heavy, but can probably be mailed freight rate. I assume that $50 will probably cover the charge.
I also have a copy of Floyd Matson's Walking Alone and Marching Together in two volumes on eight cassettes. Serious readers only: no collectors.

Contact Barbara Shaidnagle at [email protected], or call (832) 818-1560.

For Sale:
I have a HIMS Braille Sense U2 qwerty for sale. It comes with its original box, its charger, a USB cable, a carrying case, and a Braille manual. Version 8.6 most recent firmware is installed. Some Braille dots are faint, but the unit is in excellent condition. I am asking $850. Shipping within the US is free. Interested buyers may call my cell at (903) 946-1459, or email me at: [email protected] or [email protected].

For Sale:
I have a Braille Sense U2 mini with executive case, compact disk in excellent working order. It has the latest software updates. I am interested in selling it. It does not have a maintenance agreement, but it has been recently checked out and found to be in good working order. I would be interested in selling it for a reasonable price, around $1,000.

In addition, I have a Romeo RB40 with Radio Shack USB-to-parallel-print cable for sale. The device is in good working order, but I have found that I cannot use it with my Windows 10 laptop. It worked well with the Windows 8.1 operating system. I am willing to sell it for best offer.

I can be reached by email at [email protected], or by phone at (703) 971-0745.

New Music App:
SD Radio is the world's simplest music app for Android. It plays all of the music that is stored on your SD card inside your Android phone or tablet in a random order each time the app is loaded. Not only that, but when the app is loaded the music automatically begins playing just like you had turned on the radio. There are no complicated menu structures, no setting up to do. Just simply launch the app and let the party begin! The app is accessible and can be used with Talkback on all Android devices. It is only $2.99, and you can go here to get it:

For those who have some vision there is cover art capability, along with the song title and artist name. Using this app is as easy as turning on a radio and listening, and it will handle SD cards of any size. If you really love music, then SD Radio is exactly what you need to get the party going. It can even be launched with your voice too, making it even easier to get the party started.

Affordable Electronic Magnifiers:
The Bierley Vision Club makes magnification as easy as possible. Bierley electronic magnifiers have been helping people with vision loss, macular degeneration, glaucoma, and RP for more than a decade. Starting from just $14.95 per month, members can borrow any product from the Bierley range. For more information, please visit or call us at (800) 985-0535. 

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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