Braille Monitor                         March 2021

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Independence Market Corner

by Ellen Ringlein

From the Editor: Ellen is a longtime member and serves as the director of our Independence Market. Here is what she has to say about a new innovation to serve the buying public:

As a service to our members and the general public, the National Federation of the Blind operates a blindness products store known as the Independence Market that sells mostly low-tech items designed to enhance everyday independence of blind people. We will be highlighting a different product every month and listing sale products from time to time.


Our former President, Kenneth Jernigan, loved southern fried cornbread, and he devised this kit. If you have stayed at our National Center, you may have had a chance to sample this delicacy. The kit contains a cast iron muffin pan that makes twelve scalloped-shape muffins, an oil measurer, disposable filling cups, and two cooking templates to guide you in getting the batter into the muffin pan. Dr. Jernigan's "NFB cornbread" recipe is included in both Braille and print, and it can be yours for $15.00 plus shipping and handling. Don’t delay. Supplies are limited.
The following items are on close-out special and the prices have been reduced:

NFB Straight Carbon Fiber Long White Cane: $15.00

This lightweight, hollow carbon fiber, long white cane has a metal glide tip. It is somewhat less flexible than the rigid fiberglass cane and is being phased out of our inventory. We have mixed stock of this straight carbon fiber long white cane ranging from 49 to 69 inches. Please call for availability of specific sizes.

SOLITAIRE AND FOX & GEESE (Two Games in One): $10.00

This game kit features two ancient strategy games played on the same board: Solitaire for one player and Fox and Geese for two players. Solitaire is played with thirty-two orange (ten-sided) pegs, which at the start of the game occupy the holes in the cross-shaped play area. The object of Solitaire is to have one game piece left in the middle after having borne off the other pieces by hopping over them. Fox and Geese is played with fifteen orange pegs as the geese and the brown (six-sided) peg as the fox. The geese are supposed to corner the fox so he can no longer make a move. The fox is supposed to capture the geese so he won't get trapped. Braille and print directions are included.

Additional sale items include a cube talking clock for $5.00, an egg separator for $2.00, a 2.8× monocular for $7.50, and a small black cross-body bag with several compartments and adjustable shoulder strap for $5.00.

For more information about the products available from the Independence Market, contact us by email at [email protected] or by phone at (410) 659-9314, extension 2216, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., EST. Our Independence Market staff will be happy to assist.

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