The Braille Monitor

             Vol. 46, No. 4                                                                                  April 2003

Barbara Pierce, Editor

Published in inkprint, in Braille, and on cassette by

The National Federation of the Blind
Marc Maurer, President

National Office
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Baltimore, Maryland  21230
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Louisville Site of 2003
NFB Convention


The 2003 convention of the National Federation of the Blind will take place in Louisville, Kentucky, June 28-July 5. We will conduct the convention at the Galt House Hotel and the Galt House East Tower, a first-class convention hotel. The Galt House Hotel, familiarly called the Galt House West, is at 140 N. Fourth Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40202. The Galt House East Tower, or Galt House East, is at 141 N. Fourth Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40202. Room rates for this year's convention are excellent: singles, doubles, and twins $57 and triples and quads $63 a night, plus tax. The hotel is accepting reservations now. A $60-per-room deposit is required to make a reservation. Fifty percent of the deposit will be refunded if notice is given to the hotel of a reservation cancellation before June 1, 2003. The other 50 percent is not refundable. For reservations call the hotel at (502) 589-5200.

Rooms will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations may be made to secure these rooms before June 1, 2003, assuming that rooms are still available. After that time the hotel will not hold the block of rooms for the convention. In other words, you should get your reservation in soon.

Our overflow hotel is the Hyatt Regency at 320 W. Jefferson Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40202, phone (502) 587-3434.

Those who attended the 2002 convention can testify to the gracious hospitality of the Galt House. This hotel has excellent restaurants, first-rate meeting space, and other top-notch facilities. It is in downtown Louisville, close to the Ohio River and only seven miles from the Louisville Airport.

The 2003 convention will follow what many think of as our usual schedule:

Saturday, June 28 Seminar Day

Sunday, June 29 Registration Day

Monday, June 30 Board Meeting and Division Day

Tuesday, July 1 Opening Session

Wednesday, July 2 Tour Day

Thursday, July 3 Banquet Day

Friday, July 4 Business Session

Plan to be in Louisville;
The action of the convention will be there!


         Vol. 46, No. 4                                                                                         April 2003


          Federal Appeals Court Rules against Mandated Described TV
                by Chris Danielsen

          Effective Dialogue in Albuquerque: A Positive Beginning
                by Melody Lindsey

          Blazing a Trail
                by Carissa Richards

          Getting Around Downtown Louisville
                by Dennis Franklin

           Touch the Universe: A Review
                 by Carol Castellano

           Laptop Computers and Electronic Notetakers for the Blind: A Comparison
                  by Curtis Chong

            2003 Convention Attractions

            Schedule of NOPBC-Sponsored Events for Parents,
            Teachers, and Youth at the 2003 NFB Convention

                  by Barbara Cheadle

            NFB Camp Schedule of Events

            NFB Camp Registration Form

            NOPBC 2003 Activities Preregistration

             UPS Delivers More Than Parcels: Braille Readers Are Leaders
Celebrates 20th Anniversary

                   by Sandy Halverson

              Dialysis at National Convention
                   by Ed Bryant


              Monitor Miniature

              Vision Quest 2003: A Self-Discovery Conference for
              Young Blind Women Registration Form

                                  Complete Monitor (text only)

                                  Complete Monitor (text only, zipped) (download)

             Copyright � 2003 National Federation of the Blind