Greetings from the National Association of Blind Students (NABS)! The spring semester is well on its way, and by now, you are all anxiously awaiting the last days of school! For those of you who will be graduating from high school or college, congratulations and best wishes on your next adventure! To the rest of you, hang on! Summer is almost here, and you will get a well-deserved break!
NABS has been busy over the past year. Last spring, we participated in a conference
at Ohio State University, where we presented on the rights and responsibilities
of blind students in relation to Disabled Student Services offices. Because
we received such a positive response from that conference, we have been researching
other similar opportunities. Next fall, we will be presenting to the AHEAD conference,
sponsored by the leading professional organization for individuals who work
with people with disabilities in higher education. By participating in such
events, we have the opportunity to help disability professionals understand
the perspective of blind students, as well as share with them best practices
for working with blind students.
Along the same lines, NABS is continuing to work on the development of a student manual that will outline best practices for both blind students and disability professionals. The intent of this handbook is to help blind students better understand their rights and responsibilities when dealing with entities such as Vocational Rehabilitation and Disabled Student Services offices. It is also meant to give professionals a better idea of how to work with blind students, as well as how to best support blind students on their way to success.
In February, the National Association of Blind Students held its annual student seminar in Washington, D.C. The seminar focused on charting a successful future. Anil Lewis delivered an outstanding banquet address, and all of the presenters on the agenda provided sound, practical advice. During the seminar, Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFB&D) had a surprise for us! Everyone who was in the meeting room that was a member of RFB&D, a member of NABS, and a current student was given a voucher for a free digital book player. We want to thank RFB&D for their generosity, and we would like to thank all of those who supported the student division by donating items or funds to the NABS auction!
Now that Washington Seminar is behind us, it is time to look ahead to the NFB national convention that will be taking place in Louisville, Kentucky. NABS will conduct its annual division meeting on Sunday, July 3, 2005 from 7:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. Registration is $5.00 and will begin at 6:00 P.M. We will also be hosting Monte Carlo Night on Wednesday, July 6 from 8:00 P.M. until midnight. Come network with other students, gather great information, and support the student division!
In addition to all of these endeavors, the National Association of Blind Students continues to host the NABS-L listserv, where students from across the country can discuss pertinent issues on-line. We are also in the process of updating and revamping our website, so keep visiting us to see the changes we are making. As always, we are taking submissions for our next publication of The Student Slate, and we welcome you to share your experiences as a blind student with us! I would like to give special thanks to Allison Hilliker and Kimberly Aguillard for helping to edit this issue of the Slate, as well as to those who submitted articles. The members of NABS are working diligently to better the lives of all blind students, and we hope you will continue to join us in our efforts!
President, National Association of Blind Students
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