The Braille Monitor                                                                                       April 2003

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News from the Federation Family

Building a List of E-Mail Addresses:

We are still working to build an accurate list of e-mail addresses for Federationists across the country. During the convention the volunteers staffing the Jernigan suite will be collecting e-mail addresses from all those who want to provide them. They will also be happy to take lists of addresses provided to them in print or Braille.

Braille Is Beautiful package cover
Braille Is Beautiful package cover

Disability Awareness Curriculum for Schools:

Braille Is Beautiful is a disability-awareness curriculum for sighted students in grades 4 and up. It is a fun program with workbooks for the kids, videos, lots of handouts, word games, exercises, and ideas for Braille service projects. It has everything a regular classroom teacher or youth leader needs to show sighted students how to read and write Braille letters and numbers.

Schools, libraries, youth clubs, and community service organizations will want to know about this wonderful, fun educational program. For a short time you can order several different Braille Is Beautiful packages of materials and videos at rates beginning as low as $25 (plus shipping and handling). To order or to request more information, go to <> and click on "Why Braille Is Important," or call the National Federation of the Blind at (410) 659-9314.

Attention Friends of Arthur Segal and Shirley Trexler:

The National Association of Blind Merchants and the Segal/Trexler Memorial Fund Committee are proud to cosponsor an especially tasty event at this year's convention. In memory of Arthur Segal and Shirley Trexler, longtime Federation leaders, everyone is invited to participate in honoring our friends at a Caribbean culinary feast, only a short, free trolley ride away from the Galt House. On Tuesday, July 1, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Cafe Kilimanjaro will host a price‑fixed dinner for Arthur and Shirley's friends and colleagues over the years and across the miles to come together and celebrate their lives.

Participants are asked to make a contribution of whatever size they wish to the Segal/Trexler Memorial Fund, which has been established to add Arthur and Shirley's names to the Wall of Honor at the National Federation of the Blind Research and Training Institute for the Blind. The cost for dinner and gratuity is $24 a person. Reservations with accompanying checks are being accepted now by Sharon Maneki, 9013 Nelson Way, Columbia, Maryland 21045-5148. Seating is limited, so hurry and reserve now. Want more information? Contact Mary Brady at <[email protected]>

Dream Trip Drawing:

The Florida affiliate is selling tickets for a $2,000 design-it-yourself trip package. Out of Sight Travel Inc., specializing in accessible tours for the blind and disabled, will work with the winner to maximize the trip package. Tickets are $5 each, and the winning ticket will be drawn at the national convention in July. The package is good for a year, so you can pick the time and place to suit yourself. Go anywhere. Stay anywhere. Have the best vacation of your life.

For more information contact David Evans at (561) 482‑5684; e‑mail <[email protected]>. Checks should be made payable to NFBF and mailed to David Evans, 19601 Carolina Circle, Boca Raton, Florida 33434. Do it today; you could be our winner, enjoying a sunny beach, a mountain lake, or a fantastic city. For more details, visit the NFB of Florida Web site, <>.


The Austin Chapter of the NFB of Texas elected officers at its January meeting. Elected were Margaret (Cokie) Craig, president; Jeff Pearcy, first vice president; Jim Shaffer, second vice president; Norma Gonzales Baker, secretary; Brandy Wojcik, treasurer; and Mark Noble and Sharon Klug, board members.

In Brief

Notices and information in this section may be of interest to Monitor readers. We are not responsible for the accuracy of the information; we have edited only for space and clarity.

Attention Young Women between Fifteen and Twenty-Five:

From August 15 to 18 you have a unique opportunity to gather with other women from the United States, Canada, and the English-speaking countries of the Caribbean on the campus of Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, just above Buffalo, New York. The conference, Vision Quest 2003, will build confidence, sharpen skills, and explore issues of importance to blind women. If you are interested, complete the registration form and send it and your check to the address provided. If you have questions or would like further information, contact Barbara Pierce, member of the organizing committee, at <[email protected]>.


Committee on the Status of Blind Women North American/Caribbean Region

Vision Quest 2003:
A Self-Discovery Conference for Young Blind Women
August 15-18, 2003

Registration Form

Name_________________________________Home Phone________________________


Will you be attending the conference with a parent _____ a teacher _____ on my own _____ other__________?

If attending with an adult, please provide that person�s name_____________________ (Note: A separate program will be provided for parents, teachers, and others. They must register for the conference.)

Conference materials: Braille____Large Print____Electronic_____

Your conference registration includes all accommodation (double occupancy) and meals, activities, and receptions. Please let us know the following:

Do you have any dietary restrictions?____yes____no. If so, please specify:______________________________________________________.

Do you wish to room with a specific person?____yes____no. If so, please provide name:�� ________________________________________.

Please forward this registration form along with your registration fee (check to be made out to World Blind Union of Canada)� $220 US_______$300 CA_______

Mail your registration form with payment enclosed� by July 15th to:

Sandra Millington
CNIB Ontario Division
1929 Bayview Avenue
Toronto, ON M4G 3E8 CANADA
Tel # 416-480-7468� Fax # 416-480-7140
<[email protected]>

Looking for Old‑Time Radio and Other Services?

Thank you for your orders. We still have Top 40 songs by the year from 1937 through 1963. Any single year $5 or your choice of five different years for $20. The real deal--all twenty-nine CDs for $100. We can also restore your records, eight‑tracks, and reel‑to‑reel tapes and put them on CD. Interested in old‑time radio? We have it. Visit <> for our OTR listings or call (720) 334‑1482.


We are pleased to announce, a new online directory of worldwide resources for and about people with combined vision and hearing loss. The site is sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division, but is designed to be useful to people around the world.

Helen Keller is a household name. But do you know about Laura Bridgman, Danny Delcambre, or your elderly neighbor? the modern technology and communication methods deaf-blind people use in daily life? where to find information and assistance if you experience vision and hearing loss?

The general public has little knowledge about what it is like to be deaf-blind. People who are deaf-blind themselves have limited access to information. This new Web site, <>, is designed to close the information gap for both populations. showcases a vast collection of deaf-blindness information and resources in Minnesota and from around the world. Its Consumer Resource Guides aim to inform and empower adults, youth, families, and senior citizens with dual sensory impairment. Contact Marisa Bennett, Webmaster, e-mail <[email protected]>.

New Collaboration between Pulse Data and Benetech:

On February 24 we received a joint news release announcing that will now be easy to access using the Pulse Data electronic notetakers. Here in part is the announcement:

Pulse Data International, the world's leading manufacturer of products designed for people who are blind and visually impaired, and Benetech, the Silicon Valley technology nonprofit formerly known as Arkenstone, today announced a formal collaboration integrating Benetech's initiative with Pulse Data's BrailleNote family of products. is a subscription service that provides an extensive online library of accessible digital books to U.S. residents with severe visual, reading, and mobility disabilities. The BrailleNote Family is the first suite of personal data assistants designed for blind people. Since last September the Windows-CE-based KeyWeb Internet Browser has been integrated into the entire range of BrailleNote products.

This collaboration allows BrailleNote users with a subscription to browse the Web site using the BrailleNote, select one of the 12,000 books already available from this site, and download it directly to the device. The user can then press Enter on the downloaded book and will be prompted for a user name and password. The BrailleNote will then seamlessly unpack the downloaded book to the BrailleNote's bookreader to be read off-line. This unpacking scheme preserves the book's copyright protection.

In celebration of this new partnership, Pulse Data HumanWare is offering a $100 discount to all subscribers who purchase a BrailleNote or a VoiceNote, while Benetech is offering new members who upgrade or purchase a new BrailleNote/VoiceNote $25 off the purchase of an annual subscription to's rapidly growing collection of accessible digital books.

Rex Disposable Talking Bottles:

The Rex recorder and disposable bottle.
The Rex recorder and disposable bottle.

Developed by MedivoxRx Technologies, Inc., this talking bottle provides prescriptive label information in a human voice. The bottles can be used anywhere and do not require additional equipment to access.

There are two ways to record Rex. When a pharmacist fills the prescription, he or she records all information on the printed label, including medication name, prescribed dosage, directions for taking, potential side effects, etc. Or people can purchase their own recorder and record the information themselves. Rex is then ready to communicate its information at home, in the car, at a restaurant, in an airplane, anywhere at all. The voice labeling system in Rex accepts all spoken languages, making this a multilingual product as well.

Pharmacies in Tops Friendly Markets are the first to make Rex Disposable Talking Bottles available to the public. Over 100 Tops pharmacies are located in upstate New York; Cleveland, Ohio; and Erie, Pennsylvania. They are ready to fill prescriptions using Rex right now. VA Medical Centers in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, and Danville, Illinois, are also now providing the Rex disposable bottles, and they are expected to become available through other veterans groups, hospitals, clinics, and drug companies in the health-care field throughout the country.

We are pleased to announce that home care versions of this product are now available through the National Federation of the Blind by contacting the Materials Center at (410) 659-9314 or at <[email protected]>. You can also visit the company's Web site at <>, or call (866) RX TALKS (866-798-2557).

Seminar for Blind College Students and Invitation to Teachers:

The National Resource Center for Blind Musicians is holding a Summer Braille Music Intensive, July 12 to 19, at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia. The intensive is for serious music students about to start or already in college who need to develop their Braille music and theory skills and to be able to harness technology for submitting assignments. Applications will also be considered from students going into their senior year of high school who will be taking a theory or equivalent course offered by their school. Students should request an application package. Tuition is $900, and scholarships of up to $400 are available.

The Resource Center also invites teachers of students of all ages to write or call if they would be interested in participating in a training workshop before the intensive begins or to explore other options, such as arranging to bring a younger student for a short evaluation and guidance. Note that the three‑week summer institute for high school students that was held in Connecticut is not being offered this year.

For more information about the current Georgia program or for a growing wealth of music resource information online, visit <>. To request an application package or to reach the National Resource Center for Blind Musicians, contact David Goldstein, phone (203) 366‑3300, e‑mail <[email protected]>.

Bike Racing Training Camp:

We recently received a news release of interest to those serious about tandem bicycle racing. Here is the information:

The U.S. Association of Blind Athletes, in conjunction with Disabled Sports USA and the National Disabled Sports Association, will host the 2003 U.S. Disabled Cycling Introduction to Racing Camp, June 15 to 22, at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Cyclists with physical disabilities, ages seventeen and older, are invited to the training center to hone skills primarily in road racing, but with instruction in track racing as well. Athletes eligible for participation include blind and visually impaired cyclists who race on tandem bikes with a sighted partner, cyclists with cerebral palsy or head injury who use both standard bikes and tricycles, and amputee cyclists who ride single bikes.

Camp staff members will include certified cycling coaches, a U.S. Cycling Federation-certified mechanic, and guest speakers from a variety of sports-related fields. Riders attending camp can expect to be on their bikes twice a day on average, participating in skill drills and practicing race simulations. There will also be some evening lectures and fitness testing.

While some subsidy will be provided to most riders, the individual attendees will be responsible for a portion of the camp cost. Food and housing will be provided at the U.S. Olympic Training Center as part of the camp. Riders are asked to bring their own bikes and gear to the camp. Tandem riders are encouraged to bring their own partners.

For more information or to request an application, contact Pam Fernandes at <[email protected]> or call (781) 449-9563. Interested riders may also soon visit USABA's Web site, <>, for more information and a downloadable application.

Monitor Mart

The notices in this section have been edited for clarity, but we can pass along only the information we were given. We are not responsible for the accuracy of the statements made or the quality of the products for sale.

For Sale:

James Konechne has a Braille Lite 40 for sale. It comes with new battery; print, Braille, and cassette manuals; and all cables. This would be a great unit for a high school or college student or for anyone who wants an affordable personal notetaker. He is asking $3,000, but that is negotiable. He will also work out a payment plan with anyone interested. Call (605) 995‑2666 or e‑mail <[email protected]>.

BrailleNote 32 for Sale:

Virtually unused. Included are a printed copy of the user's manual, a Brailled quick reference guide, a printed copy of the BrailleNote Command Summary, a tutorial on cassette, a BrailleNote Family PC Software CD, an AC Adapter, a serial port connector, and a specially made headset for the BrailleNote 32. Will sell for $5,200. Contact Doug Doyle at (801) 596‑0422.

For Sale:

New Optelec 700 Camera Magnifier for sale. This is the top of the line model with all the abilities to hook easily into any Mac or PC computer or TV monitor and display its magnified image on the whole or split image between magnified image and computer display image. It also has a very nice auto focus and glass lens. It has more features, so please see <>. This is new, in the box; on the Web page it sells for $3,300, but we are asking $1,995 or best offer. Contact Jay Victor at <[email protected]> with questions or offers.


I pledge to participate actively in the efforts of the National Federation of the Blind to achieve equality, opportunity, and security for the blind; to support the policies and programs of the Federation; and to abide by its constitution.

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