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Braille Monitor

Vol. 61, No. 1                                      January 2018

Gary Wunder, Editor

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The National Federation of the Blind

Mark Riccobono, President

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Contents

Vol. 61, No. 1                                     January 2018

Illustration: A New Home
for the Records Center
Listen Now (MP3)

Ending Accreditation without Authenticity: A Call to Action for the
Fourth Generation of the Federation
Listen Now (MP3)
by Mark Riccobono

Accreditation: The Pros and
Woes of Credentialing
Listen Now (MP3)
by Edward Bell

Of Little Faith: A Troubling Trend with
Blindness Professionals
Listen Now (MP3)
by Lisa Ferris

To Teach is to Touch a Life Forever: Jerry Whittle: Cherished Teacher,
Mentor, Author, Advocate, and Leader
Listen Now (MP3)

Our Fight for Literacy Listen Now (MP3)
by Lyn Petro

Building the National Federation
of the Blind Brand
Listen Now (MP3)
by Kirsten Mau

Tax Deductions for the Blind: Are They Something We Deserve,
and Should We Fight for Them?
Listen Now (MP3)
by Mark Riccobono

Driving Blind on the Information Superhighway—
The New and Improved Rules of the Road
Listen Now (MP3)
by Amy Mason

National Convention ReflectionsListen Now (MP3)
by Alyssa Shock

Recipes Listen 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)

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