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Braille Monitor

Vol. 62, No. 3                                    March 2019

Gary Wunder, Editor

Distributed by email, in inkprint, in Braille, and on USB flash drive, by the

The National Federation of the Blind

Mark Riccobono, President

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Las Vegas Site of 2019 NFB Convention

Mandalay Bay ResortThe 2019 convention of the National Federation of the Blind will take place July 7 to July 12, at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, 3950 South Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, Nevada 89119. Make your room reservation as soon as possible with the Mandalay Bay Resort staff only. Call 877-632-9001.

The 2019 room rate of $99 per night applies to singles and doubles as well as triples and quads. Hotel and sales taxes are 13.38 percent and 8.25 percent, respectively. The resort fee (normally $37 a night) will be waived for NFB convention attendees. However, fees for internet access, local and toll-free calls, and fitness center access may apply. The hotel will take a deposit of the first night’s room rate for each room and will require a credit card or a personal check. If you use a credit card, the deposit will be charged against your card immediately. If a reservation is cancelled before Friday, June 1, 2019, half of the deposit will be returned. Otherwise refunds will not be made.

Rooms will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations may be made before June 1, 2019, assuming that rooms are still available. After that time the hotel will not hold our room block for the convention. In other words, you should get your reservation in soon.

Among its features is an aquatic playground called Mandalay Bay Beach which has real sand, a wave pool, and a lazy river. The hotel is also home to an aquarium with more than 2,000 animals including sharks, green sea turtles, and a Komodo dragon. Plus, it offers top-notch entertainment including Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil.

The schedule for the 2019 convention is:

Sunday, July 7              Seminar Day
Monday, July 8            Registration and Resolutions Day
Tuesday, July 9            Board Meeting and Division Day
Wednesday, July 10    Opening Session
Thursday, July 11        Business Session
Friday, July 12              Banquet Day and Adjournment

Contents

Vol. 62, No. 3                                    March 2019

Illustration: World Braille Day: The World Acknowledges
the Value of Literacy for the Blind
Listen Now (MP3)

The 2019 Washington SeminarListen Now (MP3)
by Gary Wunder

Legislative Agenda of Blind Americans: Priorities for
the 116th Congress, First Session
Listen Now (MP3)

Access Technology Affordability ActListen Now (MP3)

Greater Accessibility and Independence
through Nonvisual Access Technology
Listen Now (MP3)

Disability Employment ActListen Now (MP3)

We Will Not be Shut DownListen Now (MP3)
by Mark Riccobono

How the Marrakesh Treaty Came to be Policy:
The Perspective from a Longtime Legislator
Listen Now (MP3)
by Senator Charles Grassley

National Federation of the Blind Celebrates
Ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty
Listen Now (MP3)
by Chris Danielsen

Growing Comfortable with the UncomfortableListen Now (MP3)
by Trisha Kulkarni

Leave a LegacyListen Now (MP3)

Braille Readers Are Leaders Contest ResultsListen Now (MP3)
by Deborah Kent Stein

Summer Youth ProgramsListen Now (MP3)

A Network of Support Listen Now (MP3)
by Mary Lou Grunwald

Tactile Graphics in Education and CareersListen Now (MP3)
by Stacie Dubnow

The Fifty-Year Perspective:
An Interview with Ramona Walhof
Listen Now (MP3)

TO-ed at the OTListen Now (MP3)
by Lauren Merryfield

The Kenneth Jernigan Convention
Scholarship Fund
Listen Now (MP3)
by Allen Harris

RecipesListen Now (MP3)

Monitor Miniatures Listen Now (MP3)

         Complete Braille Monitor

         Complete Braille Monitor (Zipped Word Version)

         Complete Braille Monitor Audio File (Zipped MP3 Version)

         Complete DAISY Audio File (Zipped MP3 Version)

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