The Braille Monitor                                                                                       April 2003

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2003 Convention Attractions

From the Editor: Every year's national convention is an absolutely unique event. The agenda items, the exhibits, the new friends and business acquaintances: all these give each convention its own character and significance. Some activities lend a luster to the convention in part because they do take place every year and provide helpful fixed points in the whirl of events. In this category are the meetings of the Resolutions Committee and the board of directors, the annual banquet, and the many seminars and workshops of the various divisions and committees. Here is a partial list of activities being planned by a number of Federation groups during the 2003 Convention, June 28 through July 4. Presidents of divisions, committee chairpeople, and event presenters have provided the information. The pre-convention agenda will list the locations of all events taking place before convention registration on Sunday, June 29. The convention agenda will contain listings of all events taking place beginning that day.

Agriculture and Equestrian Division

by Fred Chambers

Meeting, Monday, June 30, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. We are growing by leaps and bounds. Come snack on local produce, share stories, network, and meet some locals. Kentucky is one of the eighteen states with an AgrAbility Project. You'll hear from advisors and participating farmers. Learn about resources you can tap into to start or expand a career in agriculture's myriad fields. Our membership has a wide array of interests and a wide geographic distribution. From agroforestry, apiculture, and aquaculture, to composting, gardening, and landscaping, to firearms and hunting, to dairies and milk products, to ranching and riding, to tack and tractors, to vermiculture and zymurgy, we cover the map. Blind people are working, studying, and hobbying in every field while feeding and clothing the world. Put your boots on, roll up your sleeves, and join us.

Tour: Saturday, June 28, 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. and Wednesday, July 2, 1:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Always a highlight and a bargain, our Louisville agriculture and equestrian tours will be announced in an upcoming Braille Monitor. We're adding a tour of gardens and a farm, in addition to returning to Churchill Downs. Our past tours have included horseback riding and touring stables, carriage barns, thoroughbred ranches, urban organic farms, microbreweries, and much more.

For more information contact president, rancher, and riding instructor Diane Starin of Starin Enterprises, 1042 Hawthorne Street, Redding, California 96002, phone (530) 223‑9084; tour coordinator and aquaculturist, Fred Chambers, phone (760) 505‑8500, e-mail <[email protected]>.

BLIND, Inc., Karaoke Night

by Joyce Scanlan

This year, at the national convention in Louisville, don't miss your chance to witness a rare and riveting karaoke performance by none other than vocalist extraordinaire Dr. Marc Maurer! Will he sing country? Broadway? Disco? Swing? or Rap? Come find out for yourself on Saturday, June 28, from 8:00 to midnight, at Karaoke Night. This fun‑filled event is hosted by BLIND, Inc., and admission is only $5. There will be door prizes galore and a cash bar, as well as the best karaoke around by Federationists from all over the country‑‑and maybe even a performance by you. Come join us.

Blind Professional Journalists Group

by Elizabeth Campbell

If you enjoy going places at a moment's notice or if you like asking questions, the Blind Professional Journalists group is a great place to meet others who share your interests. Anyone interested in print or broadcast journalism is welcome to attend our meeting on June 30, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. See the convention agenda for more details.

Students who want to pursue a journalism career can talk to professionals for advice on many topics, including using adaptive equipment efficiently and making good use of readers or drivers.

For more information about the Blind Professional Journalists group, please contact Elizabeth Campbell, chairperson, 3805 Harley Avenue, Fort Worth, Texas 76107-4081, home phone (817) 738-0350, e-mail <[email protected]>, or <[email protected]>. You can also contact Bryan Bashin, co-chair, 409 21st Street, Sacramento, California 95814-1116, home phone (916) 441-4096, e-mail <[email protected]>.

Braille Is Beautiful, It's Fun, and It Works:
A Seminar on How to Get Your Community
Interested in This Versatile Curriculum

On Saturday, June 28, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. seminar attendees will hear from parents, teachers, and NFB leaders about the ways they have promoted the use of the Braille Is Beautiful curriculum in public and private schools and among civic clubs and other organizations. Learn how we can get the word out on how effectively this program introduces sighted kids and adults to the Braille reading and writing system and, in so doing, educates about the capabilities of the blind.

The Colorado Center for the Blind Presents

by Julie Deden

CCB presents a day in the life of a student. To be held on Wednesday evening, July 2, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Includes door prizes and games.

Learn about life in Colorado. Meet the CCB staff and students. Find out what a typical day is like. We have skill-building classes from cane travel to Braille and much, much more. Consider training. It will change your life.

The Kenneth Jernigan Braille Carnival for Children
Back by Popular Demand

by Melody Lindsey

Once again the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children will host a Braille carnival for children between the ages of four and twelve. This exciting and entertaining event will take place on Saturday, June 28, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The activities of the Braille carnival are designed to promote curiosity about Braille and the many fun and creative ways in which it can be used. Both sighted and blind kids will discover fun games and activities. In addition there will also be activities for children with multiple disabilities.

In order to make this event successful, we need affiliates, chapters, and organizations to sponsor activities at the carnival. If you are interested in doing this, please contact Melody Lindsey, coordinator of the Braille carnival, at (269) 388‑2686. The deadline for requesting space for an activity is June 16, 2003, or when all spaces are filled.

We can't wait to show you how much fun Braille can be. Don't miss your opportunity to participate in this creative event highlighting the advantages of reading and writing Braille. Come

Braille Carnival Buddies
Help Wanted

by Robin House

Are you going to the national convention in Louisville, Kentucky, this summer? If so and if you are at least eighteen, please consider helping as a buddy at the annual Braille carnival on Saturday, June 28, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

This is a great opportunity to work with both blind and sighted children while their parents attend meetings. The Braille carnival features many unique and fun Braille reading and writing experiences for novice to advanced Braille readers. Carnival buddies are responsible for guiding children through the maze of Braille activities. There is plenty of help even if you are still working on your own Braille reading skills.

If you can help or have questions, please contact Robin House at <[email protected]>, or call (314) 524‑7308. Your help is greatly appreciated. More details will follow for those who are interested in helping at the Braille carnival, and an orientation meeting will be held on the morning of the carnival.

Committee on Associates

by Tom Stevens

Associate recruiters and everyone interested in this important program will meet on Monday evening, June 30, at 7:00 p.m. Associate updates, individual recognitions, and discussions will take place. Please remember that, just because we are now close to the end of the recruiting year, there is no reason to stop recruiting associates.

Correspondence Committee

by Jerry Whittle

All NFB newsletter editors and other interested people are invited to participate in informative discussions on how to improve state newsletters or how to start one in your state. Discussions often center on the problems of editing and ways to make the newsletter more visually appealing. If these issues are of interest to you, please join us on Monday evening, June 30, at 8:00 p.m.

Deaf-Blind Division

by Richard Edlund

As has been the case during the past several years, the Deaf-Blind Division will conduct both a seminar for those interested in deaf-blind issues and a general business meeting at this year's convention. The seminar will take place Monday evening, June 30, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The business meeting will occur at the same time on Wednesday evening, July 2. If you have an interest in deaf-blind issues, please join us.

Diabetes Action Network Seminar

by Ed Bryant

At the 2003 convention of the National Federation of the Blind, in Louisville, Kentucky, our Diabetes Action Network will have its seminar and business meeting on Monday, June 30, from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. Our keynote speaker will be a registered dietitian who will discuss diabetic foods, the exchange list, and carbohydrate counting. There will be plenty of time for your questions.

Once again we will have our Make the President Pay diabetes quiz game, and I will give a nice donation to the division for each right answer. Our seminar is free and open to the public. Its room location will be posted in the agenda (which is provided when you register).

Educators of Blind Children

by Gail Wagner

Attention all educators of blind children: Let's get together and network at the national convention in Louisville. This is a great time to meet and share ideas with others in our field. Please contact Gail Wagner at <[email protected]> if you are interested. At the convention contact Gail Wagner's room for a recorded message about the date and time of the get‑together. Hope to hear from you.

Ham Radio Group

by D. Curtis Willoughby

In accord with long‑standing tradition, the first meeting of the 2003 convention will be the Emergency Preparedness Seminar conducted by the NFB Ham Radio Group.

The seminar will be held at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 28. We will discuss frequencies to be used during the convention, especially those to be used in the event of an emergency call‑out during the convention. We will also discuss those architectural features of the convention hotels and other information that NFB hams need to know if an emergency response is necessary.

Any Louisville hams willing to do a little frequency scouting before the convention are asked to contact Curtis, KA0VBA (303) 424‑7373, <[email protected]>.

The Ham Radio Group has a service project to serve the Federation by handling the distribution of the special FM receivers to allow hearing-impaired conventioneers to hear a signal directly from the public address system, which is much easier to understand than the sound that normal hearing aids pick up in a meeting. These same receivers are used to allow Spanish speakers (those who do not understand English fluently) to hear a Spanish translation of the convention and the banquet.

We will take some time at the Emergency Preparedness Seminar to prepare for this project as well. It is important that all group members willing to help come to the seminar.

The annual business meeting of the NFB Ham Radio Group will be held at noon on Thursday, July 3.

Human Services Division

by Julie Deden

Are you interested in a career in a human services profession? Do you ever feel bogged down or out of control in your current job? Have you wondered how blind professionals administer psychometric tests?

For answers to these questions and many more, please join us at the Human Services Division meeting on Monday afternoon, June 30, from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. We will have stimulating discussions, and you will have time to meet professionals in a wide spectrum of jobs.

International Braille and Technology Center
Technology Seminars for Everyone

by Allison Joyce, NFB Director of Technology

Last year at the 2002 convention the International Braille and Technology Center for the Blind sponsored a series of technology-related seminars that covered different topics at different user-experience levels. We are pleased to announce that we will have a similar offering this year at the 2003 convention. The seminars will be held on Saturday, June 28. Everyone is welcome to any of the seminars. We will conduct eight ninety-minute sessions, each of which will be held in one of two rooms.

Here is the tentative schedule. Please remember that the final schedule (since the following is subject to change) will appear in your pre-convention agenda, which you will be able to get once you check into the Galt House.

SESSIONS 1 and 2: 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.

*Configuring Windows for Screen-Access Programs (beginning and intermediate users)

*Everyday Audio Software (intermediate and advanced users interested in Nero and RealOne)

SESSIONS 3 and 4: 10:30 a.m. to noon

*E-Books and Other E-Resources (beginning and intermediate users)

*An Internet Odyssey (intermediate and advanced users)

SESSIONS 5 and 6: 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

*Braille Translation and Formatting (for users of Duxbury for Windows Braille translation software)

*NFB-Net Training Seminar (for beginning and intermediate users)

SESSIONS 7 and 8: 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.

*Using Speech with Outlook and Outlook Express (beginning and intermediate users)

*Tactile Graphics: A Touching Experience (for those interested in learning more about tactile graphics and technology)

A Seminar for Job Seekers
Hosted by the Training Centers
of the National Federation of the Blind

Are you looking for a job? Are you trying to figure out what type of work you would like to pursue? Do you need a career change? Do you wonder how to handle all aspects of a job as a blind person?

For information on these topics and many more, you are cordially invited to a seminar on Saturday, June 28, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. You will meet blind people who work in a wide variety of occupations and leave the seminar with the energy required to take control of your job search and career.

Linux Seminars at National Convention

by Curtis Chong

The NFB in Computer Science (NFBCS), the computer science division of the National Federation of the Blind, will be offering a day of seminars on the Linux operating system at the 2003 NFB convention in Louisville. The seminars will be held on Saturday, June 28.

The Linux seminars will be for those who are considering using Linux (and already have at least an intermediate knowledge of computers) as well as for those who are already using Linux and want to learn more about it. The seminars will begin at 9:00 a.m. and run until 5:00 p.m. There will be a lunch break.

The seminars will focus on four topics: (1) handling your e-mail using Pine and Speakup, (2) surfing the Web using Lynx and Speakup, (3) using the shell and various Linux utilities, and (4) installing Linux with Speakup. As time permits throughout the day, we will have some discussion of Linux and Unix systems in general.

The seminars will not require preregistration. They will be of the lecture and demonstration type and will accommodate as many as the room will hold.

[note to reader of recorded edition: Linux is pronounced with a short i and a short u]


Louisiana Center for the Blind Players Present

by Jerry Whittle

The Lousiana Center cast for the 2002 production prepares to take a bow.
The Louisiana Center cast for the 2002 production prepares to take a bow.


The Louisiana Center for the Blind Players present Cajun Moon Rising, an original play by Jerry Whittle. A young Cajun woman faces encroaching blindness and finds hope through the love and devotion of her family and friends. Two performances will take place Monday evening, June 30. Tickets are $5 each. All proceeds help to fund the summer training programs for blind children at the Louisiana Center for the Blind.





National Association of the Blind
in Communities of Faith

by Robert Parrish

An old proverb says, "Where there is no vision, the people perish." This means that we must employ forward thinking and leadership if people are to develop, grow, and prosper. In the religious field this means that emphasis is given to shaping and leading people spiritually. Although it is met with great skepticism, this concept includes the blind as a part of spiritual leadership.

Increasingly the blind are taking important roles in religious leadership and development. But how can the existing gap be bridged more rapidly and effectively? What must blind people do to show that we are more than capable of shaping people's lives religiously? At its annual seminar Monday afternoon, June 30, the communities of faith division will address this issue through various speakers and discussion. The theme for the seminar is "The vision to believe and lead."

As in recent years, the division will coordinate early morning devotionals at the 2003 convention. These are intended to encompass all faiths and are open to everyone. If you wish to have a part in these devotionals, please contact Linda Mentink at (608) 752‑8749. We are looking for people who wish to sing, preach, give dramatic interpretations, or offer any spiritual talents they have. You can also contact Linda at the 2003 convention in Louisville.

National Association of Blind Lawyers

by Scott LaBarre

Each year the National Association of Blind Lawyers (NABL) conducts its annual meeting at the convention of the National Federation of the Blind, and this year is no different. We will meet on Monday, June 30, at the Galt House from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., exact room to be announced. The purpose of our annual meeting and seminar is multifaceted.

We will examine emerging trends in the law that affect blind people and others with disabilities. We will discuss how to practice law most effectively as a blind or visually impaired legal professional. We will have an update on how legal research companies are making their products accessible with screen readers and other assistive technology used by blind lawyers. Undoubtedly we will hear from local law schools and bar associations about their outreach efforts to blind and visually impaired students and legal professionals. Because our agenda covers substantive areas of the law and addresses the practice of law itself, many of our members have applied for and received continuing legal education credits for our seminar.

At the conclusion of the seminar we will hold a reception for NABL members and seminar participants to promote networking and fellowship within our membership. If you are a lawyer, legal professional, or law student or are interested in law, the NABL meeting in Louisville on June 30 is the place to be.

Mock Trial

by Scott LaBarre

The National Association of Blind Lawyers will sponsor its Sixth Annual Mock Trial at the 2003 NFB convention. This trial will reenact an old Federation case. Federation lawyers will be pitted against each other arguing the merits of the two positions.

Although the matter has not been firmly decided, we will very likely revisit an employment discrimination case in which a blind teacher was fired because of her blindness. See your favorite Federation lawyers strut their legal stuff.

You, the audience, will serve as the jury. This year's trial promises to be just as entertaining and thought provoking as the past trials. A nominal charge of $5 per person will benefit the National Association of Blind Lawyers. The trial will take place on Sunday afternoon, June 29, at 4:30 p.m. somewhere in the Galt House. Consult the convention agenda for the exact place.

National Association of Blind Merchants

by Kevan Worley

Saturday afternoon, June 28, at a time and place known only to a few dozen Federation merchants, a secret assembly line will form at the Galt House Hotel to fill variety grab bags of snacks and candy. Yes, the Snack Packs are back, and conventioneers can purchase them at the merchants' table beginning Sunday, June 29, in the Exhibit Hall. Get the energy you need and the goodies you like for only $5, and while you're at our table, we will give you a free drink, and you can buy a ticket for the $1,000 drawing at the banquet Thursday evening, July 3.

The annual meeting of the National Association of Blind Merchants will take place Monday afternoon, June 30, at 1:00. Check the convention agenda for location. This year registration for our division meeting will begin approximately thirty minutes after adjournment of the board of directors meeting. If you are involved in the Randolph‑Sheppard Program or operate a similar business, you won't want to miss this merchants' meeting.

On Wednesday, July 2, from 7:00 until 8:30 p.m., we invite you to our third annual Randolph‑Sheppard reception. Socialize, network, and learn more about Randolph‑Sheppard opportunities. Check the convention agenda for location.

National Association of Blind Musicians

by Linda Mentink

The National Association of Blind Musicians will hold its third seminar on the afternoon of Saturday, June 28. Our annual meeting will take place the evening of Sunday, June 29.

Our annual showcase of talent will take place the evening of Tuesday, July 1. This is our main fundraiser and is very well attended. If you wish to participate, please follow these guidelines: (1) sign up by 12 noon on the day of the showcase; (2) perform one number, no longer than four minutes; (3) if you are using a taped accompaniment, please have it cued up. Do not sing along with a vocal artist; you will be cut off while performing; (4) if you need an accompanist, please make arrangements before the showcase.

If you wish to register for the showcase before the convention, contact Linda Mentink at 1740 Tamarack Lane, Janesville, Wisconsin 53545‑0952; telephone (608) 752‑8749; e-mail <[email protected]>.

Membership dues are $5 per year. If you wish to renew your membership or become a member before the convention, please make your check payable to NABM and send it to Bee Hodgkiss, 1117 Marquette, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403.

National Association of Blind Office Professionals

by Lisa Hall

National Association of Blind Office Professionals (NABOP) will be meeting on Saturday, June 28, 2003, at the Galt House. Please consult your pre-convention agenda for room location. The registration will begin at 6:30 p.m., and the meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. Dues are $5 a year and can be paid at the convention. Plans are underway to provide useful information that everyone can benefit from. Anyone requesting more information about our division should contact Lisa Hall, president, National Association of Blind Office Professionals, 9110 Broadway, Apt. J-102, San Antonio, Texas 78217; home phone (210) 829-4571; voice mail (866) 228-2320; or e-mail <[email protected]>.

The National Association of Blind Piano Tuners

by Don Mitchell

The National Association of Blind Piano Tuners will meet on Monday, June 30, at 3:00 p.m. in Louisville. Consult your convention agenda for the meeting location.

We will be conducting our annual business meeting and election of officers and receiving reports on our division projects. These include the talking electronic tuning device and the grand regulation rack development projects. We hope many Federation piano technicians will plan to attend, and we welcome all those interested in learning about a productive and profitable career. Annual membership dues of $10 will be received at the business meeting. If you are unable to attend, you may send your dues to Connie Ryan, treasurer, 56 N. Extension Road, Apartment 107, Mesa, Arizona 85201. Hope to see you in Louisville.

The National Association of Blind Rehabilitation Professionals

by Shawn Mayo

The National Association of Blind Rehabilitation Professionals will hold its meeting Tuesday, July 1, from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. This year's program will teach us practical ways to bring our Federation philosophy into the agency. We will also learn about training programs for the older blind, examine various outcome measures, and discuss many more critical issues. Dues are $5. Registration begins at 7:00 p.m. Come help shape the future of rehabilitation.

National Association of Blind Students

by Angela Wolfe

The National Association of Blind Students will hold its annual meeting on Sunday, June 29, 2003, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. We will also sponsor Monte Carlo Night on Wednesday, July 2, beginning at 8:00 p.m. We invite everyone to come support the student division, and we urge all students to join NABS and enjoy support and friendship throughout the year.

National Association of Guide Dog Users

by Suzanne Whalen

The National Association of Guide Dog Users (NAGDU) will hold our usual two meetings at this year's convention. Our business meeting will take place from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 28. Registration will be from 6:00 to 7:00. The meeting will start promptly at 7:00, so please come in plenty of time to register and be in the room by 7:00.

The seminar, A Guide Dog in Your Life, will take place from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 2. Please note that we will not have registration on Wednesday. Registration will happen only at the Saturday business meeting. As has been customary the past few years, anyone interested in learning more about guide dogs will have the chance on Wednesday to take Juno walks. These are demonstration walks with instructors to see how it feels to be guided by a harness.

We have several really interesting topics for our meetings this year. During our Wednesday seminar, for example, Mike Hingson will share the experience he and his dog Roselle had escaping from the World Trade Center on September 11. Among other things during the business meeting we will deal with access issues in hotels and restaurants. We are also trying to arrange for Dr. Marty Becker to be with us. I have heard Dr. Becker at another conference, and he is really fantastic. He is a vet, and we will really enjoy what he has to say about the human‑animal bond. Don't forget to bring your $15 dues to registration at the Saturday business meeting if you haven't already sent them to Priscilla Ferris for this year. See you in Louisville.

National Association to Promote the Use of Braille

by Nadine Jacobson

Well, here it is already, that time of year when we all begin anticipating the excitement of our national convention. We in the National Association to Promote the Use of Braille (NAPUB) are particularly pleased this year because we are celebrating the twentieth year of the Braille Readers Are Leaders Contest. Just imagine all the books that children and young adults have read as a direct result of our efforts. We are very proud of these young people and all they have accomplished.

Our NAPUB meeting this year will be at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, June 30. We have an exciting and informative agenda planned, including hearing from some contest winners of past years. Just prior to our meeting and in the same room will be a gathering to celebrate twenty years of the Braille Readers Are Leaders Contest. All those interested in Braille are welcome to attend. This celebration begins at 5:00 p.m. and will include refreshments. At 6:30 p.m. we will be presenting a program honoring those who have participated in the contest. Also at this celebration we will have tables with displays about Braille. One of the really fun events will be a Braille book flea market. We will be initiating a mentoring program for young people in the Braille Readers Are Leaders Contest. Many exciting things are happening, and we encourage all of you to come and celebrate with us.

If you have any questions about the NAPUB meeting, please contact Nadine Jacobson at (952) 927‑7694. We look forward to seeing all of you at our meeting.

NFB Camp: It's More Than Child's Play

by Carla McQuillan

Programs and Activities

During convention week children six weeks through ten years of age are invited to join in the fun and festivities of NFB Camp. NFB Camp offers more than childcare; it is an opportunity for our blind and sighted children to meet and develop lifelong friendships. Our activity schedule is filled with games, crafts, and special performances designed to entertain, educate, and delight. If you are interested in this year's program, please complete and return the registration form provided. Preregistration with payment on or before June 15, 2003, is mandatory for participation in NFB Camp. Space is limited, and last year some families had to be turned away.

About the Staff: NFB Camp is organized and supervised by Carla McQuillan. Carla is the executive director of Main Street Montessori Association, operating two schools, parent education courses, and a teacher training program. Carla is the mother of two children, the president of the National Federation of the Blind of Oregon, and a member of the board of directors of the National Federation of the Blind.

Michelle Ros is this year's activities director for NFB Camp. Michelle is a Montessori teacher employed by Main Street Montessori Association. Carla and Michelle will supervise a staff of experienced childcare workers and volunteers.

All kids enjoy playing with new toys.   Here Mikaella Besson (Massachusetts) explores a tableful of fun.
All kids enjoy playing with new toys. Here Mikaella Besson (Massachusetts) explores a tableful of fun.

Activities and Special Events: The children are divided into groups according to age: infants and toddlers, preschoolers, and school-aged children. Each camp room is equipped with a variety of age-appropriate toys, games, and books, and there will be daily art projects. In addition, school-aged children will have the opportunity to sign up for half-day trips to local area attractions. The planned events include trips to the park (outside play), a zoo exhibit (which will come to camp), the Speed Art Museum, the Louisville Slugger Museum, cookies and milk, and walks to the mall. We are also hoping for a special appearance by blind singer/songwriter Daniel Lamonds. Dates, times, additional fees, and sign-up sheets are available at NFB Camp. Space for special events is limited to enrolled NFB Campers only, on a first come, first served basis.

On the final day of NFB Camp we will have a big toy sale--brand new toys at bargain prices.

Banquet Night: NFB Camp will provide dinner and activities during the banquet. The cost for banquet activities is $15 per child in addition to other camp fees.

NFB Camp will be open during general convention sessions, division and committee meeting day, and the evening of the banquet. Plenty of teens are always available to babysit during evening and lunchtime meetings.

Please use the NFB Camp registration form included.

NFB Camp Schedule

NFB Camp will be open during general convention sessions, division and committee meeting day, and the evening of the banquet. Times listed are the opening and closing times of Kids Camp. Children are not accepted earlier than the times listed, and a late fee of $10 will be assessed for all late pick-ups. NFB Camp provides morning and afternoon snacks. You are responsible to provide lunch for your child(ren) every day.

Date                                                         Kids Camp Hours

Saturday, June 28��                                  8:30 a.m.�5:30 p.m. (lunch provided this day only)

Sunday, June 29��                                    Camp is closed

Monday, June 30 ��                                   8:30 a.m.�5:30 p.m.*

Tuesday, July 1�                                        9:30 a.m.�12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.�5:30 p.m.*

Wednesday, July 2��                                   8:30 a.m.�12:30 p.m.*

Thursday, July 3�                                     � 8:30 a.m.�12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.�5:30 p.m.*

Friday, July 4��                                        � 8:30 a.m.�12:30 p.m. and 1:30�5:30 p.m.*

* You are required to provide lunch for your child(ren) each day.

These times may vary, depending on the timing of the actual convention sessions. NFB Camp will open thirty minutes before the beginning gavel and close thirty minutes after session recess.


NFB Camp Registration Form
Completed form and fees must be received on or before June 15, 2003


Parent�s Name_____________________________________________________________

Address __________________________________________________________________

City _______________________ State ________ ZIP ________ Phone ______________

Child(ren)�s Name(s)

_________________________________________ Date of Birth _________ Age ____

_________________________________________ Date of Birth _________ Age ____

_________________________________________ Date of Birth _________ Age ____

Include description of any disabilities/allergies we should know about: __________ __________________________________________________________________________

Who, other than parents, is allowed to pick up your child? _____________________ __________________________________________________________________________

Per Week: $80 first child; $60 siblings��������� # of children _____$ ________

(Does not include banquet)

Per Day:$20 per child per day��������� # days� ____ x $20/child��� $ ________

(Does not include banquet)

Banquet:$15 per child������������������� # of children ______ x $15��� $ ________

Total Due��� $ ________

We understand that NFB Camp is provided as a service by the NFB to make our convention more enjoyable for both parents and children. We understand the rules we were given and agree to abide by them. We will pick up children immediately following sessions. We understand that, if our child(ren) does not follow the rules or if for any reason staff is unable to care for our child(ren), further access to childcare will be denied.

Parent�s Signature __________________________________ Date __________________

Make checks payable to NFB Camp
Return form to National Federation of the Blind of Oregon
5005 Main Street, Springfield, Oregon 97478, (541) 726-6924

National Federation of the Blind in Computer Science

by Curtis Chong

The 2003 meeting of the National Federation of the Blind in Computer Science will be held on Monday, June 30, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Galt House in Louisville. The precise location of the meeting will be listed in the National Federation of the Blind convention agenda, which you can obtain by registering for the convention. Membership in the NFB in Computer Science costs $5 per year.

Much of our meeting will focus on the needs of blind developers in the information technology field. The ever-increasing shift of the programming environment to more visually robust (graphical) presentations and the growing gap between mainstream and screen-access technology has been a cause of concern to many people. Blind students tell us that computer programming schools are incredibly difficult because many courses teach graphical concepts which are not easily and independently accessed with screen reading software.

Longtime successful programmers worry that a growing percentage of their time is spent developing alternative, nonvisual techniques simply to maintain parity with their sighted colleagues. We will try to have some serious discussion about these issues to determine the extent of the problem and suggest some ways to solve it.

Fortunately, all is not gloom and doom in information technology. We have heard about some success stories. We will try to explore those successes at our meeting. For example, Macromedia, the company which did the work to make the Flash product more accessible to the blind, has also had some success with its Web-development product, Dream Weaver. Dream Weaver could be the most accessible Web-development tool for the blind. Or it may not. We are planning to have some frank discussion with representatives from Macromedia about this.

Come to the 2003 meeting of the NFB in Computer Science and see how Federationism is applied in information technology.

The National Federation of the Blind in Judaism

by Harold Snider

The National Federation of the Blind in Judaism group will meet for a light lunch (dairy‑kosher) from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 28. Consult the pre-convention agenda for the room. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss inclusion of blind Jews in local Jewish community life and the current state of affairs at the Jewish Braille Institute of America. All are welcome. A charge of $10 will be collected at the door from each person attending to pay for lunch. RSVP to Harold Snider by e‑mail at <[email protected]>, or telephone (301) 460‑4142.

National Organization of Blind Educators

by Sheila Koenig

The National Organization of Blind Educators seminar offers an excellent opportunity to network with blind people who are teaching a wide spectrum of grades and subjects. Though some differences may exist in classroom activities, all teachers share some fundamental professional duties. How do we manage student behavior? How do we assess student progress? How do we assert our equal footing with colleagues? During our seminar Monday afternoon, June 30, you will have the opportunity to discuss the strategies and alternative techniques that enable blind people to be successful teachers. If you are a teacher or thinking about teaching at any level as a career, come join us in Louisville. Division dues are $10 a year for students and $20 for teachers.

National Organization of the Senior Blind

by Judy Sanders

A large audience of seniors listens closely to a presentation of the seniors division's 2002 meeting.
A large audience of seniors listens closely to a presentation at the seniors division's 2002 meeting.

Come one, come all to the annual meeting of the National Organization of the Senior Blind (NOSB) on Sunday, June 29, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. You can participate in the first ever silent sale at a convention of blind people. If you are not a regular reader of our NOSB newsletter, you will also learn our new definition of the term "senior moment." We will hear about the latest trends in providing rehabilitation services to blind seniors, progress being made on the legislative front, and initiatives being taken by seniors and for seniors.

If you have matters you wish to add to our agenda, please contact Judy Sanders at (612) 375‑1625, or e‑mail <[email protected]>. See you in Louisville.

Public Employees Division

by Ivan Weich

The Public Employees Division will hold its annual meeting on Sunday, June 29, at 7:00 p.m. We will have a briefing on a very successful case settled in Washington State. If you are a public employee (federal, state, or local government; school system; or public utility) or a retired public employee or if you are interested in a public-sector career, this meeting is for you. If you need more information, contact Ivan Weich at (360) 782‑9575.

Social Security Seminar

by James McCarthy

An outreach seminar, "Social Security and Supplemental Security Income: What Applicants, Advocates, and Recipients Should Know," will take place on Wednesday afternoon, July 2. The purpose of this seminar, which will be conducted by the National Federation of the Blind with support from the Social Security Administration, is to provide information on Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits for the blind, including recent developments such as the Ticket to Work and Expedited Reinstatement.

Seminar presenters will be Jim McCarthy, assistant director of governmental affairs for the National Federation of the Blind, and his wife Terri Uttermohlen, also an NFB member and a training and technical assistance liaison employed by Virginia Commonwealth University to provide training and technical assistance to work incentives specialists as part of a nationwide project. In addition, Wanda Berry will provide a presentation on writing a Plan to Achieve Self Support (PASS). Ms. Berry is one of the PASS cadre in the Atlanta Region, which covers the Louisville area.

Special Events Seminar: Plans and Action Equal Success

A growing number of our affiliates and chapters are conducting special events. We can learn from each other what works and what doesn't. This seminar, Saturday, June 28, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., will provide an opportunity to learn from each other how to plan and conduct successful events. We will discuss everything from sponsorships of the Everest premieres to walk-a-thons and black-tie galas. Special events are never easy but are a great way to make friends in your community and promote our organization while raising funds.

Writers Division

by Tom Stevens

The Writers Division will conduct a poetry-reading session on Saturday afternoon, June 28. See the pre-convention agenda for the location. Participants are invited to read their poetry and very, very short stories. Everyone interested in creative writing is invited to come and listen. Also remember the Writers Division annual meeting, which will take place on Monday afternoon, June 30, and will include presentations about writing, a question and answer period, and some business. For more information contact either Tom Stevens at (573) 445‑6091 or Lori Stayer at (516) 868‑8718.

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