Braille Monitor                          October 2019

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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.

Ski for Light Makes Tracks for Wyoming:
The 45th annual Ski for Light International Week will take place from February 9 through 16, 2020, in Casper, Wyoming. This is a new venue for the all-volunteer nonprofit’s annual event where beginning blind and mobility-impaired skiers are taught the basics of cross-country skiing, while more experienced skiers further hone their skills. All enjoy a variety of après ski activities.

Casper is located in east-central Wyoming at the foot of Casper Mountain along the North Platte River. Participants will stay at the Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center and ski at the Casper Mountain Outdoor Center at McMurry Mountain Park. The Center has 42 kilometers of wide cross-country trails.

The annual week-long event attracts more than 250 skiers, guides, and volunteers from throughout the United States, as well as international participants. During the Ski for Light week, each skier with a disability is paired with an experienced, sighted cross-country skier who acts as ski instructor and on-snow guide. Most blind and/or mobility-impaired adults leave Ski for Light with a sense of accomplishment and motivation that carries over to every aspect of their lives. Many volunteer guides return year after year and most discover that in the process of giving of themselves they get much more back in return.

If you have never before attended what many have called “the experience of a lifetime,” join us on an epic adventure in Wyoming. Additional information can be found at, or you may contact Visually Impaired Participant Recruitment Chair Melinda Hollands at (231) 590-0986 or [email protected] Come discover yourself and make new friends!

State Resource Handbooks Available for Purchase:
I have created forty-eight screen-reader-friendly resource handbooks containing resources for the blind and visually impaired. These are to assist consumers and professionals in finding information about employment, housing, transportation, and more. Handbooks are currently available for: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

The Resource Handbooks are available in the following electronic formats Microsoft Word, PDF, HTML, and Rich Text Format. Since these are electronic formats the requested list will be sent to you by email with an attachment. If a large-print hardcopy is desired, please email me at [email protected] and include in the email which state resource book you want so that I can give you the correct pricing information.

For more information on pricing and formats please contact Insightful Publications by email at [email protected] or by phone at 808-747-1006.

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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