Braille Monitor                 June 2022

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News from the Federation Family

At-Home COVID-19 Test Template Letter:
The NFB has created a sample letter members can use or modify when advocating at the state level for distribution of accessible at-home COVID-19 tests. The template letter is available at https://nfb.org/resources/covid-19-resources/covid-19-home-test-information. Please coordinate with your affiliate and chapter presidents if you intend to send a letter to your local government officials.

East Valley Chapter Elections:
The National Federation of the Blind of Arizona's East Valley Chapter held its elections on January 15, and we elected Megan Homrighausen, president; Mark Feliz, first vice president; Justin Hughes, second vice president; Tony Sohl, secretary; Jenny Kasl, treasurer; and board members Connie Ryan, Matt Mazak. Thanks to all of you for your willingness to lead and encourage.

Lincoln Chapter Elects Officers and Directors:
Elections were held at the February meeting of the National Federation of the Blind of Nebraska’s Lincoln Chapter. Elected were Jamie Richey, president; Nancy Coffman, first vice president; Amy Eidenmiller, second vice president; Audra Kramer, treasurer; Tammy Freitag, secretary; and board members Maura Loberg, Cheryl Livingston, and Christine Boone. Congratulations to the 2022 Lincoln Chapter board. We all look forward to working with the chapter and the community to better the lives of the blind in Nebraska!

Social Security Administration Kiosks:
The NFB continues to monitor the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) implementation of our 2020 settlement agreement regarding visitor-intake-processing kiosks. With SSA field offices recently reopening, we are gathering information about the accessibility of SSA’s current visitor-intake-processing methods. If you have visited an SSA field office since their reopening in April 2022, please contact Valerie Yingling at 410-659-9314, extension 2440, or [email protected] to share your experience. We are specifically gathering information on whether the field offices are using kiosk, web-based, or human check-in processes, and whether these processes are accessible to blind individuals.

In Brief

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.

Braille Circulating Library Adds New Books:

Whether you prefer audio books or the feel of a book on your lap and words on the page, the Braille Circulating Library is ready to help you!

Founded over ninety-five years ago, the Library loans both Braille and audio material. Recent additions to the Braille collection include a fiction series and a nonfiction book.

The series, Forever Faithful, by the popular Christian fiction writer Karen Kingsbury, consists of three books and is available for loan in Unified English Braille. Titles include Waiting for Morning, A Moment of Weakness, and Halfway to Forever. If you’ve suffered tragic loss of family or painful separation from beloved childhood friends, you may identify with the characters as you walk through these circumstances with them.

The book Love and Respect, by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs, presents a refreshing view of these basic elements of the marriage relationship. It too, is available in Unified English Braille.

Having been in existence for several decades, the Library also carries many books in standard Braille. There is no membership fee, and all loans are free of charge.

The Library’s website, Braillecirculatinglibrary.org, is an online extension of the Library that was designed for better navigation for those who use assistance software such as JAWS. There, you’ll find the catalog listings and useful links, and you’ll also be able to view the many inspirational items available for loan in Braille and audio formats. By registering on the site, you’ll also be able to access the online audio library.

There are several ways to contact the Library. From the site you have the ability to send a message through the contact page. However, if you prefer not to use a computer, give the library a call at 804-359-3743, or send an email to [email protected]. Whichever method you choose to make contact with the Braille Circulating Library, you’ll find a unique variety of resources not available elsewhere. We look forward to hearing from you!

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