American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults
Future Reflections Winter 2019
Parent-Affiliate Teamwork Program
Contact: Carlton Walker, 717-658-9894
The National Organization of Parents of Blind Children (NOPBC), a proud division of the National Federation of the Blind, announces the creation of the Parent-Affiliate Teamwork Program (PAT). National parent leaders are available to come to your state to speak at events, provide workshops, assist in creating and building a state parents' division, and serve as mentors to families. To take part in the PAT program, the affiliate can request a parent leader and/or let the NOPBC know which topics it would like to cover. The NOPBC can work with the affiliate to identify a parent leader in a nearby area or determine the speaker who would be best for the topics of interest. The affiliate and the NOPBC will work together to determine how best to cover transportation costs, meals, and lodging. To request a speaker, please contact NOPBC President Carlton Walker.
The leadership of the National Association of Blind Students (NABS) wants to provide an outlet for students to voice concerns, seek advice, and learn about resources. NABS now has a phone number where a student leader is on call to speak with blind students across the country. NABS also has an Instagram account, which you can follow at @NABSLink.
Seedlings Braille Books for Children
Seedlings Braille Books for Children just added seven more books in UEB to its collection, bringing the number of UEB titles to 155. One is a brand-new title, Magic Treehouse 34, Season of the Sandstorms. The other six books have been converted from the old Braille code: Ramona and Her Father; Ramona Forever; Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator; Star Wars: The Phantom Menace; Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom; and Walking the Road to Freedom: A Story about Sojourner Truth. All of Seedlings' 310 print/Braille books for younger readers are already in UEB.
The 2019 Book Angel Program
Blind and visually-impaired children ages birth to twenty-one in the US and Canada are eligible to receive three Braille books per year from Seedlings Braille Books for Children free of charge, but they must register for the Book Angel Program annually. List four books of the child's choosing from the Seedlings catalog and three will be selected.
DREAM Weekly News in Disability and Higher Education
Contact: Kim Elmore, [email protected]
DREAM (Disability Rights, Education, Activism, and Mentoring) is charged with advancing the interests of students with disabilities in postsecondary institutions and their allies across the United States. DREAM advocates for student rights, increased accessibility, and social and policy change. It aims to provide support and mentorship to local campus disability groups and individual students. The DREAM Weekly News highlights news stories pertaining to students with disabilities, with links to the full stories in publications from around the world.
The Blind Arduino Project
The Blind Arduino Project grew out of a community effort led by Dr. Josh Miele in late 2015 to better understand barriers faced by blind people who want to participate in the vibrant global culture of DIY hardware prototyping. A blog describing various projects is available at http://blarbl.blogspot.com.
Accessible Philadelphia Guide
Contact: Cara Schneider, 215-599-0789
Philadelphia strives to ensure that all visitors have the ability to explore the city independently. The city's accessibility compliance services work to ensure that residents and visitors with disabilities have the same rights as all Philadelphians. This website includes information about accessible transportation, sensory sensitive performances, and touch tours of museums and historic sites for blind visitors.