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From the President

Dear Students:

Here is the Fall/Winter 2003 issue of The Student Slate! May this issue find you doing well and looking forward to Spring Break, which is just around the corner!

The National Association of Blind Students is proud to report that we just completed another successful student seminar in Washington, D.C., where students from across the country joined together to network, share ideas, and learn techniques about success in college. This year we were also excited to have an issue that directly affected blind students in higher education on the agenda to be discussed with the congressmen and women on Capitol Hill. The proposed legislation would amend the Higher Education Act to ensure that blind students rights are protected when seeking accommodations from Disabled Student Services Offices at colleges and universities. For more information about this issue, please visit www.nfb.org.

In D.C. this year, we also celebrated the Grand Opening of the NFB's Jernigan Institute. The celebration took place on Friday, January 30, and we had a chance to hear about some of the plans of the Institute, such as the development of a hand-held scanner and a car that will be drivable by the blind. A research and training institute developed and administrated by the blind was one of Dr. Jernigans dreams that has now become a reality! As we all know, we have reaped many benefits from the visions of Dr. Kenneth Jernigan, and there is no doubt that this new institute will play an important role in our futures!

Now that the Washington Seminar is behind us, it is time to begin planning for the National Convention, which will be held in Atlanta Georgia. As usual, NABS will be holding its annual meeting during convention. It will take place on Wednesday, June 30, 2004, and NABS will be hosting Monte Carlo Night on Saturday, July 3, 2004. Come join us!

In this issue of The Student Slate, You will find some great articles about taking advantage of opportunities to change misconceptions about blindness through internships and school activities, about having fun with friends outside of the classroom, and about some thought-provoking experiences that have made students contemplate the complex philosophies of themselves and the public. I would like to thank Allison Hilliker and Kimberly Aguillard for helping edit this edition of The Slate, and I want to thank all of the students who submitted articles for this issue. If you are interested in writing an article for the publication, please send it our way! Everyone has an important story to share that can touch our lives and make us think about our own experiences in a different way. We hope you enjoy The Slate, and look forward to seeing articles from you in the near future!

Warmest Regards,
Angela Wolf
President, National Association of Blind Students

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