Future Reflections

A Magazine for Parents and Teachers of Blind Children published by
the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults in partnership
with the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children.

Volume 31 Number 4                                    Convention Report 2012

Deborah Kent Stein, Editor


Copyright © 2012 American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults

For more information about blindness and children contact:
National Organization of Parents of Blind Children
200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place, Baltimore, MD 21230 • (410) 659-9314
www.nfb.org/nopbc[email protected][email protected]



Volume 31 Number 4                                    Convention Report 2012


Convention RevisitedListen Now (MP3)
by Deborah Kent Stein


Skills and ConfidenceListen Now (MP3)
by Gabe Cazares

Roots and WingsListen Now (MP3)
by Kayleigh Joiner

Don't Deprive Those Sighted Kids!Listen Now (MP3)
by Julia Gebert


What I Learned in Physics ClassListen Now (MP3)
by Barbara Pierce

Watering the BullListen Now (MP3)
by Gary Wunder

The Trap in the Back YardListen Now (MP3)
by Deborah Kent Stein

Do Something, No Matter What It Is!Listen Now (MP3)
by Parnell Diggs


We All Have a VoiceListen Now (MP3)
by Penny Duffy

The Tools We NeedListen Now (MP3)
by Chantal Alberhasky

One Family at a TimeListen Now (MP3)
by Kim Cunningham


Descriptive Video Exchange: Enhancing the
Experience by Empowering the Consumer
Listen Now (MP3)
by Joshua A. Miele

Making Chemistry Accessible to the Blind,
One Atom at a Time
Listen Now (MP3)
by Henry Wedler


Reading Issues: Getting to the
Root of the Problem
Listen Now (MP3)
by Carol Castellano

The Democratization of BrailleListen Now (MP3)
by Kevin Carey


The Active Learning Approach: Using the Resonance Board and the Little Room with Young Blind and Visually Impaired ChildrenListen Now (MP3)
by Gigi Newton


Out of This WorldListen Now (MP3)
by David Hurd

Walking the Runway: The First NOPBC Style ShowListen Now (MP3)
by Kim Cunningham

Starting at Zero: Our NFB Convention ExperienceListen Now (MP3)
by Natae Jones-Beasley

A Place Where We BelongListen Now (MP3)
by Frances Benally


Spheres of Influence: Distinguished
Educator of Blind Children Award
Listen Now (MP3)
by Casey L. Robertson

The 2012 Bolotin AwardsListen Now (MP3)
Presented by James Gashel

Meet the 2012 National Federation
of the Blind Scholarship Class
Listen Now (MP3)
Presented by Patti Gregory-Chang


Do You Dream in Color? Insights from a Girl without Sight,
by Laurie Rubin
Listen Now (MP3)
Reviewed by Deborah Kent Stein



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Baltimore, MD 21230

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Subscription Information

Future Reflections is a magazine for parents and teachers of blind children. It is published quarterly by the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults in partnership with the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children. Future Reflections is available free of charge to subscriber addresses in the U.S. in regular print and audio formats and via email, or it can be read online on the NFB website. Canadian subscriptions are $35.00 per year, and other foreign subscriptions are $75.00 U.S. per year. Checks should be made payable to the National Federation of the Blind and sent to the NFB, Attention Future Reflections, 200 E. Wells Street at Jernigan Place, Baltimore, MD 21230.

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Why Join the NOPBC?

Are you the parent of a blind or visually impaired child?  Don’t know where to turn? 

Founded in 1983, the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children (NOPBC) is a membership organization of parents, educators, and friends of blind children reaching out to give each other vital support, encouragement, and information. We have thousands of members in all 50 states plus Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.

The NOPBC offers hope, encouragement, information, and resources for parents of blind or visually impaired children.  NOPBC provides emotional support and a network of other families dealing with the same challenges you are facing.  We also provide information, training, and resources to empower you to take an active role in guiding your child’s development and education.  We can provide information on your child’s rights and on the laws and legislative issues that will enable you and your child to become strong and effective advocates. 

Have you ever wondered what your blind or visually impaired child will be capable of when he or she grows up?  The answer to that question is that blindness/visual impairment does not have to stop your child from doing anything he or she wants to do.  We can connect you with other families and blind adults who can serve as positive mentors and role models. They can teach you the attitudes and techniques that will enable your child to become independent and to succeed in life.  

What is different about the NOPBC?

Our status as a division of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the largest and most influential organization of blind people in the world, provides many benefits. Our members are well informed about the societal, legislative, and technological issues that affect blind people. We also enjoy the resources, support, and expertise of fifty thousand blind people who can serve as mentors and role models for us and our children. Finally, as our children grow up, they have the Federation to belong to.

No other organization for parents of blind/visually impaired children offers more programs, activities, and training to families, children, and youth.  One of our most exciting activities is our annual conference.  Every year since it was established, the NOPBC has conducted an annual conference for parents and teachers of blind children as part of the national convention of the NFB.  The program has grown to include five exciting days of workshops, training sessions, activities for all family members, including sighted siblings, and countless opportunities to meet blind adults and other families and children from around the country.

What is the mission of the NOPBC?

The purpose of the NOPBC is to:

•  create a climate of opportunity for blind children in home and society.
•  provide information and support to parents of blind children.
•  facilitate the sharing of experience and concerns among parents of blind children.
•  develop and expand resources available to parents and their children.
•  help parents of blind children gain understanding and perspective through partnership and contact with blind adults.
•  function as an integral part of the National Federation of the Blind in its ongoing effort to achieve equality and opportunity for all blind persons.

Most states have an NOPBC affiliate chapter.  You can find your state chapter at <www.nopbc.org>.  If your state does not have a chapter and you would like to start one, please contact us.  We may be able to offer training and other assistance to start a state NOPBC chapter.

What are the programs, activities, publications, and resources of the NOPBC?

•  National and State Parent Seminars and Conferences
•  Future Reflections Magazine
•  NOPBC Website
•  Books and Videos
•  Blindkid & Other Listservs
•  Early Childhood Conferences
•  Pop-Up IEP Website
•  Braille Readers Are Leaders Contest
•  Slate Pals Pen Pal Program
•  AAF Free Braille Books Program
•  Share Braille Book Exchange
•  Writing Contests
•  Junior Science Academy
•  Youth Slam High School Science Academy
•  National Center for Blind Youth in Science Web site
•  NFB-NEWSLINE® Newspaper Service
•  Where the Blind Work Website
•  Free White Cane Program
•  Blindness 411 Facebook Group for Teens
•  NFB-LINK Mentoring Program
•  Scholarship Program
•  Straight Talk about Blindness Video Series
•  Parent Leadership Program (PLP)

Contact Us:
National Organization of Parents of Blind Children
[email protected]