Monitor Miniatures


Healthcare Professionals Meeting:

The convention meeting of the Healthcare Professionals group will be held on Tuesday, July 4, from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Topics for discussion will be establishing a new division and nominating officers. For further information please contact Donna Balaski, phone: (203) 753-7174 or email at <[email protected]


Resolutions Reminder:

President Maurer reminds us that any member may introduce a resolution for consideration at this year's convention. Resolutions must be in the hands of President Maurer or of Sharon Maneki, the Resolutions Committee Chairwoman, no later than June 19, 2000, two weeks before the meeting of the committee on July 3. Resolutions may still be brought to the committee for consideration as late as noon of July 3 if three members of the committee agree to sponsor it. No resolution will be considered by the committee, even when it has met these deadlines, if no sponsor is in the room and prepared to speak in support of the resolution at the time it is to be considered. The committee may make minor and uncomplicated changes to a resolution it is considering, but it will not engage in significant rewriting.

Resolutions are brought to the floor of the convention for discussion and a vote if the Resolutions Committee votes recommend do pass; it is not brought to the floor for consideration if the committee recommends against consideration, unless five official Convention delegates agree to sponsor it.

Send resolutions in final form to Sharon Maneki, 5843 Blue Sky, Elkridge, Maryland 21075-5979, fax, (410) 379-6606. Sharon's e-mail address is <[email protected]>. If possible, please attach resolution files to simplify clear reproduction.


For Sale:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

Galileo Reading Machine, two years old, asking $1,500. Also Braille Companion with floppy drive, one year old, asking $1,500. Call (203) 753-7174.


Free Cookbook Available:

Those interested in receiving print or Braille editions of the NFB's Fiftieth Anniversary Cookbook free of charge should contact the Materials Center (410) 659-9314, extension 216, fax, (410) 685-5653. This book includes all the recipes published in the Braille Monitor until 1990. This offer is good for four weeks. Written requests may be sent to the Materials Center, National Federation of the Blind, 1800 Johnson Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21230.


Cassette Albums for Sale:

There is no better testament to the value of a thing than the comments of a satisfied customer: "When tapes are organized, finding the one I want is much easier than groping around for them in a box of mixed tapes, rattling around willy-nilly."

Once again the NFB of Illinois has the perfect solution to groping "willy nilly" in stacks or boxes of mixed tapes. For a mere $3 each you can have your very own attractive, compact, white vinyl albums that accommodate a dozen cassettes. Our cassette albums come complete with clear sleeves front and back for print labels and ample space on the spine for Braille labels.  Find the Illinois table in the exhibit hall at this year's National Convention, and take advantage of an opportunity to free yourself from toppling tapes. If you are unable to attend this Convention, you may still avoid the dreaded cassette avalanche by sending a check or money order, made payable to the NFB of Illinois, in the amount of $3 for each cassette album, to Stephen O. Benson, NFB of Illinois, 7020 N. Tahoma, Chicago, Illinois 60646.


Braille Code Charts Available:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

The idea for producing this unique chart for Grade II Braille came from a Braille student. The items in this chart are not necessarily in alphabetical order but occur in dot-logic order, grouped by dot formation. Also the contracted-word form appears first. This helps the student quickly reference that mysterious dot formation never seen before while reading a book or writing a paper. The sections are arranged in the following order: single-letter words, letter combos, dots and dot combos, lower case formations, mirror images, and final touches. It is not necessary to memorize this chart before reading a good Braille book or magazine of your choice. Talk to your Braille instructor or another Braille user about getting a Braille book, preferably one you've been itching to get your hands on. Also check with your state's agency for the blind or state library serving the blind. NFB members in your area will be happy to help and advise you.

These booklets are approximately five-by-seven inches, thirty-three pages, printed on durable cardstock, and bound on the side. Convenient to carry when you want to study or read while traveling. Final Touch can be purchased for $5 each from Infinidot Access Services, 4303 South M Street, Tacoma, Washington 98408, (253) 471-9248, e-mail <mailto:[email protected]>.


New Shaklee Web Site:

Federationists Loren and Teresa Wakefield have asked us to carry the following announcement:

TLC Distribution invites everyone to check out its new Web site at <>.The site offers a wealth of health information and the opportunity to purchase Shaklee products, which include nutrition, herbs, skin care, environmentally safe cleansers, and water-purification systems. We also have a convention special in which we will donate a percentage of your order to the NFB if you tell us to do so. We look forward to helping people achieve better health and improved lives.


For Sale:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

I have a Voyager CCTV Electronic Visual Aid for sale. It is Model VR2A with a black-and-white ten-inch screen and is in excellent condition. Asking $750. Price negotiable. If interested, contact Barry DeGardner at (763) 786-1372 or e-mail him at <[email protected]>.


Introducing I.D. Mate:

We have been asked to carry the following Announcement:

I.D. Mate is a portable electronic device that allows you to associate a recorded voice message with a bar code number that you scan. Bar codes (or UPC symbols) are already placed on virtually every product sold in stores today. But if a bar code does not exist on a particular item, you can simply attach one, using bar code labels supplied with the I.D. Mate. You don't need to locate the bar code label. You simply rotate the I.D. Mate's built-in scanner around the product to get a read. The scanner can read the bar code in any direction.

The I.D. Mate can be used to identify cans, jars, boxes, bottles, clothing, prescription drugs, compact discs, albums, cassette tapes, diskettes, important papers, file folders, and anything else to which a bar code label can be attached. The entire unit weighs only two-and-one-half pounds and is stored in a convenient carrying case that can be worn on a belt or over the shoulder. Using the carrying case protects the I.D. Mate and the scanner from accidental drops or mishandling. Each removable flash memory card (used to store verbally-recorded information) is about the size of a credit card. The cards come in sizes ranging from four to sixteen megabytes (for reference, a four-megabyte card has about thirty-four minutes of recording time). The cards are removable and can be upgraded to add additional memory as required.

For more information, contact En-Vision America at 1013 Porter Lane, Normal, Illinois 61761, telephone: (800) 890-1180.


New Magazine by Phone:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

You can now pick up the phone and dial direct an audio magazine created and produced specifically for the blind and visually impaired. The USA Connection for the Blind has news, helpful information, interviews, and recorded voices of other blind individuals from across the USA. It offers many other features such as audiobook reviews, described-movie reviews, hiking and biking, guide dogs, inspiration and religion, your poems and short stories.

All that is necessary to access this magazine is an ordinary touch tone telephone. Just dial and listen. You may dial, listen, and then leave your comments and suggestions. To participate in this interaction, dial (918) 365-5655, listen for the table of contents, and press your selection. Listen or press the star button and leave your suggestions and comments. If you prefer, you may send your comments or submissions by e-mail to <[email protected]>. You can fax messages to (918) 627-8867. You may contact the editor, Chuck Ayers, at 5343 South Joplin Avenue, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74135, or e-mail <[email protected]>.


For Sale:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

One Alva Braille terminal model ABT-380, 85-cell refreshable Braille display. This unit has been used very little. It can connect by either serial or parallel interface and comes with carrying case and Braille documentation. Asking $7,000 or best offer. The list price from HumanWare is $10,595 without carrying case. If interested, please contact Loren Mikola, (425) 705-3394 (day), (425) 558-0131 (evening), or e-mail <[email protected]>.

Sharon Maneki making her acceptance remarks. |
Sharon Maneki makes her acceptance
remarks during the awards Banquet.


The Soroptimist International of Arbutus, Maryland, the Baltimore area chapter of a service organization active in communities across the nation, honored Sharon Maneki, President of the NFB of Maryland, as its Woman of Distinction for 2000 at a ceremony on April 13, 2000. The nominating letter for Mrs. Maneki said in part:

Sharon Maneki is a professional writer with a published book. She has successfully served as President of a statewide organization. She and her husband (a Doctor of Mathematics with his own professional career) always present a united front and in other ways illustrate to the observer a well-kept marriage. She is pleasant and civil, even when confronted by ignorant people who are trampling on the rights of blind persons she is helping. She is logical, humorous, unselfish, and deeply sincere in her wish to assist those who have need of her skills (both blind and sighted). Mrs. Sharon Maneki is a wonderful role model for any woman who wants an example of a fulfilling life in service to one's family and community. As a woman who is totally blind, Sharon is also a wonderful role model for young girls and adult women who need to know blindness will not prevent them from living a full life.

The nominating materials went on for pages citing examples of Mrs. Maneki's work through the years to assist and protect the rights of blind people. We congratulate Sharon Maneki on this honor and wish her luck as her nomination moves upward in the Soroptimist competition.


Music Courses for the Visually Impaired:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

Don't let a visual impairment keep you from learning to play the guitar or piano. Intro to the Guitar for the Visually Impaired is a beginning guitar course that talks the student through the basics of guitar playing using no written materials or visual references. The course comes in an attractive bookshelf-quality four-cassette album that is fully Brailled (tapes and album spine) and includes a free "Guitar by Ear" instructional cassette tape. The Library of Congress has at least eighty copies of Intro to the Guitar for the Visually Impaired.

Also available is Introduction to the Piano for the Visually Impaired. It is a beginner-level course similar to the guitar course. It too is a four-cassette album, including a free Piano-by-Ear instructional cassette tape."

Each course is $37, including access to a toll-free number that you can call during business hours if you have questions or tuning problems. To purchase a course with a credit card or for more information, call (912) 249-0628. You may contact Bill Brown, Music V.I., Valdosta Music and Publishing, 704 Habersham Road, Valdosta, Georgia 31602, <[email protected]>.


Deaf-Blind Singles Group:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

I am starting a deaf-blind singles connection. Membership is free. Cassettes are needed. All participants provide is material in either Braille, large dark print, or tapes. Please send some basic information: full name, address, phone (if it is voice, TDD, or TTY), birth date, hobbies, and interests. Do you wish to be listed as a Christian? Which format do you prefer? Please send your information to Donna Jean Webb, 9205 Collinfield Drive, Austin, Texas 78758. If you have questions, you may call (not collect) between 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., Central Daylight Time, (512) 491-8701.


New Family Member:

We recently received the following joyful news:

Keri Stockton, Past President of the West Virginia Parents of Blind Children Division, writes to announce the adoption of their newest family member. Lavender Rose FuDong Stockton was born in July of 1999, and adopted on January 16, 2000. Keri was told her birthday was November 27, 1998, but that turns out to have been according to the Chinese way of counting from conception. Since the family got to choose Rose's birthday celebration day, they decided on July 4. Rose was twenty-three inches tall and weighed seventeen pounds when she met her new mom. She is now several inches taller and weighs about twenty-eight pounds. She has learned to sit, crawl, and walk around furniture. Rose is from Mi Luo, Hunan, China, and has already charmed every American she has met. We all welcome her into the Federation family.


For Sale:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

Juliet Classic interpoint Braille embosser, recently serviced, with the latest features, including enhanced Braille graphics and dynamic Braille scaling (prints micro to jumbo size). Selling at half price or $2,000 plus buyer's choice of shipping. Inquiries preferred from experienced equipment users or serious buyers. Send Braille or typed letters to Constance Griesmer, 836 Santa Barbara Street, Apt. C, Pasadena, California 91101-1233, phone, Pacific Time, weekends or 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. weekdays (626) 793-9684.


First Volume of Art History Through Touch and Sound Now Available:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

Art Education for the Blind has released European Modernism 1900-1940, the first in a ground-breaking multi-volume art history series for the blind and visually impaired. Developed by Art Education for the Blind, Inc., Art History Through Touch and Sound: A Multisensory Guide for the Blind and Visually Impaired is the result of nine years of research, development, and testing. Each volume comprises a bound book of tactile diagrams and a companion audio narrative. The diagrams use a lexicon of seven standardized patterns, enabling the reader to acquire familiarity with the tactile vocabulary. The narrative guides the reader through the diagrams, providing art-historical information and detailed descriptions of the works. The success of this two-part system depends on these complementary components.

Color and black-and-white photographs of the works accompany the tactile illustrations. Image captions--which include attribution, date, media, dimensions, and location or custodian of the work--are provided in both large print and Braille. Additionally, interpretive sound-compositions offer alternative ways of understanding a work of visual art's thematic essence or compositional dynamic. Each volume includes art-appreciation activities and a short bibliography. This first volume explores works by fourteen major artists and seven art movements in twentieth-century Europe.

Early versions of Art History Through Touch and Sound have been used in courses at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and Drew University, New Jersey. Authors for this volume are Art Education for the Blind and Paula L. Gerson with Virginia Hooper. Illustrator is Teresa Kardoulias. Trim size of package is 10-1/2-by-13 inches. It includes spiral-bound soft-cover book and audio-cassettes. The type is eighteen-point Helvetica and transparent Braille. There are thirty-four tactile diagrams and nineteen color and black-and-white photographs. The audio running time is approximately nine hours. The price for this volume is $99. ISBN: 1-890116-07-6.

The innovative methodology developed by the AEB is documented in the brochure, Making Visual Art Accessible to the People Who Are Blind and Visually Impaired. It is available for $25. The brochure must be pre-paid.

The book must also be prepaid. To order, send a check to Art Education for the Blind, Inc., 160 Mercer Street, New York, New York 10012. For more information, please contact AEB staff at (212) 334-3700, (212) 334-8721, or (212) 334-8723. The e-mail address is <[email protected]>, and the Web site is <>.


A Gift That Says Something:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

Give the gift that says something. The new Speak to Me Spring/Summer Catalog features a large variety of best sellers. Featured items include talking VCR's, voice-recognition cordless phones, talking pedometers, talking tape measures, talking calendar/clocks, and a variety of digital recorders. An assortment of talking and musical novelty key chains, magnets, plush animals, and fun novelty gift ideas are also included. Also available is a large assortment of wall and desk clocks from funny talking Loony Tunes wall clocks to more serene talking and musical prayer clocks with hymns, plus plenty of fun games, toys, and children's products. Call (800) 248-9965 to receive your free spring/summer Speak to Me Catalog. Request print, cassette, or IBM floppy disk. To receive an e-mail copy, send your request by e-mail to <[email protected]>.


Old Optacons for Sale:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

Several older Optacons, models R1C and R1D, are available. Accessories also available include Visual Display, lens module, typewrite accessory, and tracking aids. For more information please respond by e-mail to <[email protected]>, or write to Technology Center, NDSB, 500 Stanford Road, Grand Forks, North Dakota 58203-2799, phone, (701) 795-2720.


Arkansas School for the Blind Alumni Reunion:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

The Arkansas School for the Blind Alumni Association will hold its annual convention/reunion at the school during the weekend of June 2 to 4, 2000. All graduates, former students, and friends of the school are invited to attend. For more information contact Travis or Margaret Johnson, 302 Woodford Place, Paragould, Arkansas 72450, (870)236-8498. If you know you will not be able to attend this year but would like to be added to our mailing list, please contact us.



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