Braille Monitor                                    May 2018

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The Southeast Iowa Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of Iowa held elections at our regular chapter meeting in December 2017. The following were elected: president, Christie Steele; vice president, Jerry Jackson; secretary, Richard Webb; treasurer, Mark Schowalter; and board members Jim McElderry and Kim Brown.

New List for Small Appliances:
I am pleased to announce a new list on It is called "Small-Appliance-Cooking" and deals with blind people using small appliances for food preparation. Here is the official description of the list and instructions on how to join:

This list is sponsored by the National Federation of the Blind and the Krafters' Division of the NFB. It is for the discussion and sharing of ideas by blind, visually impaired, and deaf-blind people in using small appliances for food preparation.

Many people choose to use small appliances because of blindness-related issues, convenience, space savings, economics, and many other reasons. Small appliances include but are not limited to crockpots (slow cookers), the Instant Pot® and other pressure cookers, microwave ovens, toaster ovens, air fryers, and other devices.

Discussion can include ideas, accessibility tips and questions, recipes, and anything related to the use of small appliances by blind and other disabled people.

The moderator of the list is David Andrews. You can reach him at [email protected]. You should also contact him if you are having any technical problems with the list.

To subscribe to the list, either go to or send an email to [email protected] and put the word Subscribe on the subject line by itself.

The At-Large Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of Illinois is pleased to announce the results of its recent election: president, Marilyn Green; vice president, Danny Mandrell; secretary/treasurer, Charlene Elder; and board members Linda Hendel and Debbie Pittman.

NFB Employment Committee Tools for Getting a Job:
Many people have been asking about how to write resumes and other topics that are covered with materials on our NFB Employment Committee website. The following things may be helpful if you are looking for a job.

The first is the link to our NFB Employment Committee webpage, which is It has links to a number of resources: the signup for the NFB Jobs listserv, contact information for employers who have attended our past Job Fairs, and resources for job seekers.

Here is the link to the complete recording of our 2018 Job Seeker Seminar and some of the other things mentioned above. You can listen to the seminar in its entirety or choose what parts of it are of interest to you: Also available on this page is a link to read or download the 2017 NFB Job Seeker Resume Writing and Interviewing Presentation. This is a great resource from Wells Fargo on how to write a resume. You can also listen to the recording of the presentation.

You can find a lot of job seeking, resume writing, and cover letter writing tips at the following link:

Where the Blind Work had 2,500 contacts last year. It is a list of blind people who are working in a wide range of jobs. There is detailed information about what they do and how they do it.

I hope this helps a number of you. We are currently working on making our website more user friendly and will be adding more information to it in the future. Check it out to learn more about what we are doing at this year’s national convention.

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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.

Braille Display for Sale:
My name is Francisco Salvador Crespo, and I'm trying to sell my Varioultra 40. It has a year of use but is intact. I'm providing it with the leather case and original charger.

I'm from Argentina, but I can ship it abroad with the firmware in the language of your choice. I will also be in Orlando for the NFB convention from June 30 through July 10. I could deliver it at convention or ship from there to a US address. I'm asking $2,500. We can negotiate the price, and I can accept payment in cash or Paypal.

If interested, please email me privately at [email protected].

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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