Braille Monitor                         July 2021

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News from the Federation Family

A Miracle in Our Midst:
As the editor of the Braille Monitor, I receive many pieces of good news in my incoming mail. This one is particularly good. It is from Joe Ruffalo, and he certainly has experienced his share of illness. Here is what he said in response to an error he found in the Braille Monitor and my response:

Gary, thanks. Yes, feeling great. I still have several doctor appointments over the next several weeks, but here is the beautiful news: After the thirteen-hour surgery, all stage four and stage five cancer was removed. When one of the doctors provided this news, in addition five additional specialists all agreed that no cancer was remaining, and no chemo and radiation would be needed, I was called the miracle man. I owe the miracle to God and the many prayers I received from my Federation family throughout the country. My son and sister received nearly four hundred emails providing prayer and positive thoughts. Many provided personal stories when I met them at chapter meetings, over the phone, and at state and national conventions.

After spending 141 days in several hospitals and rehab facilities, coming home was like being reborn. Gary, I am blessed that God has given me an additional opportunity to care, share, grow, and to make a difference to raise expectations to live the life we want. I will forever be grateful to Him and to all of my extended family.
Convention Concert:
The National Federation of the Blind and its Performing Arts Division present: One Voice, a fundraising convention concert!

Join us Tuesday, July 6, at 8 p.m. eastern, anywhere and everywhere to watch blind performers of all styles showcase their abilities on our virtual stage. Enjoy a night of performance and support our work changing what it means to be blind, one stage at a time. It'll be an event that you won't want to miss, so gather the whole family.

To get tickets visit: Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online or by calling the Independence Market.

We share one voice. We are stronger together. We unite for #NFB21!

The Tidewater chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of Virginia held elections on April 17, 2021, and the following officers were elected: Stewart Prost, president; Jennifer Blinsmon, vice president; Deborah Prost, secretary; Matt Albright, treasurer; and board members Renee Rogers and Earl Chapman. Congratulations to the newly elected board members.

New Book Available:
Peggy Chong writes: It is finally here—what you have all been asking for: my first book in print. Get your copy today! Read Don Mahoney, Television Star, about a man who decided to keep his blindness a secret and did so for almost ten years. Please get yours, and encourage others to purchase a copy today. This book is a great story for school and public libraries to include in their persons with disabilities collection. Here is the link to the print copy: Don Mahoney: Television Star: Chong, Peggy: 9781098082956: Books ( Here is my ebook series online: Smashwords – The Blind History Lady Presents—a Series by Peggy Chong (

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Victor Reader Stream for Sale:
I recently acquired a Victor Reader Trek and am enjoying it so far. With that said, I am ready to part with my ever reliable, dependable Victor Reader Stream 2nd generation, which has been serving me well for seven years.

The Stream is in good working order with one minor glitch. (It is a senior you know!) In order to hear the sound, you need to plug in either a pair of headphones or an external speaker via the headphone jack located directly to the right of the SD card slot. I am including with the Stream a 4 GB SD card, but it can also take an SD card up to 32 GB. I am asking $100 for it but open to negotiation. If you are interested, please contact Brian at 609-680-8488 or at [email protected]. First come first served! Thank you.

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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