Future Reflections

Volume 34 Number 1                                    Winter 2015

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.

Deborah Kent Stein, Editor

Amy Bishop heads off on the first day of school. See "In the Event of an Emergency"

ISSN-0883-3419

Copyright © 2015 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/nopbcnfb@nfb.orgdkent5817@att.net

 

Orlando Site of 2015 NFB Convention

The 2015 convention of the National Federation of the Blind will take place in Orlando, Florida, July 5-10, at the Rosen Centre Hotel at 9840 International Drive, Orlando, Florida 32819. Make your room reservation as soon as possible with the Rosen Centre staff only. Call (800) 204-7234.

The 2015 room rates are singles, doubles, and twins, $82; and triples and quads, $89. In addition to the room rates there will be a tax, which at present is 13.5 percent. No charge will be made for children under seventeen in the room with parents as long as no extra bed is requested. The hotel is accepting reservations now. A $95-per-room deposit is required to make a reservation. Fifty percent of the deposit will be refunded if notice is given to the hotel of a reservation cancellation before June 1, 2015. The other 50 percent is not refundable.

Rooms will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations may be made before June 1, 2015, assuming that rooms are still available. After that time the hotel will not hold our room block for the convention. In other words, you should get your reservation in soon.

Guest-room amenities include cable television; in-room safe; coffeemaker; hairdryer; and, for a fee, high-speed Internet access. Guests can also enjoy a swimming pool, fitness center, and on-site spa. The Rosen Centre Hotel offers fine dining at Executive Chef Michael Rumplik’s award-winning Everglades Restaurant. In addition, there is an array of dining options from sushi to tapas to a 24-hour deli. The hotel has first-rate amenities and shuttle service to the Orlando airport.

The schedule for the 2015 convention is:

Sunday, July 5            Seminar Day
Monday, July 6           Registration Day
Tuesday, July 7           Board Meeting and Division Day
Wednesday, July 8      Opening Session
Thursday, July 9          Business Session
Friday, July 10            Banquet Day and Adjournment


Contents

FEATURE

Hands On? Hands Off!Listen Now (MP3)
by Carlton Anne Cook Walker

BRAILLE

From No Access to Full AccessListen Now (MP3)
by Sheena Manuel and Leesa Wallace

Ode to the Code: How One Student Came to Love BrailleListen Now (MP3)
by Kaitlin Shelton

Let BELL Ring ForeverListen Now (MP3)
by Amy Albin

The Joshua ProjectListen Now (MP3)
by Christie Goldenberg

TRANSITIONS

From Pediatrics to Adult Health Care: Making the Transition with a
Child Who Has Special Health Care Needs
Listen Now (MP3)
by Diane Frazee

COMMUNICATION

Our Journey ContinuesListen Now (MP3)
by Barbara Hammel

NONVISUAL ACCESS

The Tactile Graphics Revolution: Year TwoListen Now (MP3)
by Al Maneki

LibraryLyna: Bringing 3D Printing into the ClassroomListen Now (MP3)
by Kevin Yang

TRAVEL

Sighted/Human Guide: One Instructor's PerspectiveListen Now (MP3)
by Merry-Noel Chamberlain

Over ThereListen Now (MP3)
by CathyAnne Murtha

ADVOCACY

In the Event of an EmergencyListen Now (MP3)
by Sandra Bishop

IDEAS AND PERSPECTIVES

CalibrationListen Now (MP3)
by Jennifer Dunnam

PROGRAMS

The Slate Pal OpportunityListen Now (MP3)
by Deborah Kent Stein

REVIEWS

All the Light We Cannot SeeListen Now (MP3)
by Anthony Doerr, Reviewed by Molly Faerber

BlindListen Now (MP3)
by Rachel Dewoskin, Reviewed by Deborah Kent Stein

My Three Best Friends and Me, ZulayListen Now (MP3)
by Cari Best, Reviewed by Janna Stein

ANNOUNCEMENTSListen Now (MP3)

ODDS AND ENDSListen Now (MP3)

     Complete Future Reflections

     Complete Future Reflections Audio File (Zipped MP3 Version)

     Complete DAISY Audio File (Zipped MP3 Version)

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 fifty 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
•  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
President@nopbc.org
<www.nopbc.org>

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