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The Braille Monitor,  May 2001 Edition
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   In the April issue we listed dialysis sites in the Philadelphia area for use during convention. Our designations about which site was closest to the hotel and which furthest away were incorrect. In fact, the dialysis site at the corner of 7th and Spruce Streets is closest to the hotel, and the one at Spring Garden is further away. We regret the error.


Convention Travel Arrangements;

     We are delighted to report that Sue Kable, our travel agent for many years, is back working with us to make travel arrangements for members of the National Federation of the Blind. She now works for Brunswick Travel, Inc., which has negotiated a special arrangement with U.S. Air for 2001 convention travel of 10 percent below any published fare for tickets purchased more than sixty days in advance and 5 percent below published fares for all other tickets. Call Sue to make your airline reservation, (800) 851-1736. If she is not available, ask for Elsa or Eike. Be sure to mention that you are with the NFB and attending our convention. To get the best fare, call today.


Historic Philadelphia Streetcar Charter:

     Don Gillmore and Steve Hastalis cordially invite fellow mass transit and railroad enthusiasts to join them for a ride on one of Philadelphia's historic streetcars Thursday evening, July 5, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. The trip will begin and end at the Juniper Street SubwayᾭSurface Terminal, under Market Street about a half block west of the Marriott. We are selling tickets for $10 per person for a group of thirty to forty people to cover the cost of chartering the streetcar. We will refund everyone in full if we do not sell enough tickets to cover our cost.

     The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA) now operates PCC (Presidents Conference Committee), cars from the late 1940s through the subway and over portions of other routes for charters such as this trip. You can open the windows and enjoy the breeze as your airᾭconditioning. These cars once provided all the regular passenger service on the SubwayᾭSurface routes.

     For further information call Don Gillmore, (773) 685ᾭ1893. If you leave a message on his voice mail, he will return your call. Otherwise, contact him by e-mail: <[email protected]>.


Peanuts and Crackerjacks Anyone?

     The NFB of Pennsylvania is getting a group of tickets to see the Phillies play the Florida Marlins on Saturday evening, June 30. If you are interested in attending the ball game, contact the NFB of Pennsylvania at (115) 988ᾭ0888 for information. We will go in a group on the subway, which is only two blocks from the hotel and one block from Veterans' Stadium. Play ball!



Jeremiah Beasley and Andrea Gashel
Jeremiah Beasley and Andrea Gashel

Wedding Bells:We are delighted to announce that on May 14, 2001, Andrea Gashel and Jeremiah Beasley, both leaders of the Colorado affiliate, exchanged wedding vows in Denver. Many Federationists were present for the celebration. Congratulations to the newlyweds.





Jobs Available:

     We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

     Freedom Scientific, Inc., a leading international software developer and hiᾭtech hardware manufacturing company, has immediate requirements for the following positions, all of which require computer literacy and two years of assistive-technology experience:

   Technical Support Specialists in our Stuart, Florida, location--answer, evaluate, diagnose, document, and prioritize incoming telephone and voice mail. Must be fluent in Grade II Braille; Inside Sales Representatives in our St. Petersburg, Florida, location--receive, solicit, and answer prospective customers' sales inquiries and qualify leads by explaining types of service and products; and Software Engineers--compile code in C++.

     Comprehensive benefits package and competitive salaries. Send resume and salary history in confidence to Human Resources, Fax: (717) 803ᾭ8001, e-mail: <[email protected]>, <www.freedomscientific.com>. An equal opportunity employer.



     The Cumberland County Chapter of the NFB of North Carolina elected new officers for the coming year. They are Amelia Skipper, President; Levon Harris, Vice President; Judy Bordeaux, Secretary; Boyce Locklear, Treasurer; and Roxanna Clark and Betty Savage, Board Members.


Tom and Eileen Ley with new son Jon Carlos Rivera Ley
Tom and Eileeen Rivera Ley with new son Jon Carlos Rivera Ley

New Baby:

     We are delighted to report that Tom and Eileen Rivera Ley of Baltimore have a brand new baby boy, born on Wednesday, March 11, at 6:01 a.m. His name is JonCarlos Rivera Ley. He weighed seven pounds, fourteen and a fourth ounces and was twenty-one and a half inches long. Everyone is doing well. Congratulations to the entire Ley family.






     The Austin Chapter of the NFB of Texas elected officers at its January meeting. They are Margaret Craig, President; Jeff Pearcy, First Vice President; Angela Sasser, Second Vice President; Norma Gonzales Baker, Secretary; Jim Shaffer, Treasurer; and BrandyWojcik and Diane Domingue, Board Members.


Self-Defense for the Visually Impaired:

     We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

     Cory MacDonald made a big splash at last year's Foundation Fighting Blindness Conference in Orlando, Florida, with his demonstration on innovative self-defense techniques designed for the visually impaired. Now the founder of the Blind Justice System of Self-Defense is offering free seminars to groups of visually impaired people. The seminars will focus on basic techniques for self-defense, both with and without the cane, as well as street smart tips. Mr. MacDonald is legally blind and holds a second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. For more information contact Cory MacDonald at (413) 781-1174 or e-mail him at <[email protected]>.



     Janet Triplett writes to say that the Tulsa chapter of the NFB of Oklahoma held its annual election on Thursday, November 9, 2000. The following officers were elected: President, Joe Triplett; Vice President, Nannnette Murrin; Secretary, Janet Triplett; Treasurer, Arthur Murrin; and Board Member, Sherry Martin. We would like to welcome our new Board member Sherry Martin, who brings a new perspective and enthusiasm to the Board.


In Memoriam:

     Mark Riccobono, President of the NFB of Wisconsin, recently wrote the following: On Friday, January 16, 2001, Sam Day had a massive stroke and died in Madison, Wisconsin, at the age of seventy-four. Sam was a vital force in the NFB of Wisconsin. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Dane County Chapter and in November was elected to the state Board. Sam was a fighter for the Federation up until his sudden death. That same week he had completed an article thoroughly blasting the Wisconsin Rehabilitation System for its lack of adequate training for the blind. He will be deeply missed.


NPR Expert:

     On Friday, March 16, National Public Radio's morning news program, "Morning Edition," did a story about the worsening political and military situation in Macedonia. The story consisted of a live interview with a Fulbright Visiting Professor currently residing in Macedonia. The expert was none other than Federationist Robert Greenberg, a 1984 NFB Scholarship winner and now a professor of Slavic linguistics at the University of North Carolina. We are proud to report that Robert's comments were lucid, balanced, and articulate, just like Robert. You can never tell where you will run across a Federationist next.


Attention Individuals and families with Usher Syndrome or Combined Hearing and Vision Loss:

     We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

     We are conducting a study to find the genes responsible for Usher syndrome (hearing loss and retinitis pigmentosa--vision loss) in Ashkenazi Jews. If a member of your family or you are an Ashkenazi Jew or of Ashkenazic heritage and have Usher syndrome or both hearing loss and vision loss that have no other known cause, you and your family member may be eligible to participate.

     Participation may be as simple as a phone call and giving blood locally or may involve spending a few hours at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York for vision and hearing tests at no cost to you. There may be no direct benefit to you as a participant other than the possible medical advances and greater understanding of Usher syndrome that may result if causative genes are found.

     For more information please call Drs. Ness or Willner at (111) 141ᾭ6947. Contact us by mail at Judith Willner, Department of Human Genetics, Box 1497, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, One Gustave L. Levy Place, New York, New York 15019. Or e-mail Dr. Ness at <[email protected]>.


Abraham Nemeth
Abraham Nemeth


     We recently learned that on April 19, 2001, at the Division on Visual Impairments of the Council for Exceptional Children's annual convention in Kansas City, Missouri, Dr. Abraham Nemeth was presented the DVI Exemplary Advocate award by Stuart Wittenstein, President of the Division on Visual Impairments. We extend hearty congratulations to Dr. Nemeth.




Braille and Large-Print Production:

     We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

 Braille Enterprises is pleased to offer Braille and large-print menus, certificates, programs, brochures, and other service literature. Ask your favorite restaurant to get its menu transcribed into Braille and large print. Reasonable rates and money-back guarantee. Operated by a fellow Federationist. You can check out <www.brailleenterprises.com> or e-mail <[email protected]>. You can also call Bob Watson at (410) 611ᾭ1151.


Seiko Audible Levels for Sale:

     We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

     Fred Leader, President of the Capital Chapter of the NFB of Pennsylvania, writes as follows:

     The ProLevel is a 6-inch audible and visual precision electronic level. In audible mode a high tone indicates left side of level is high; a lower tone indicates right side of level is high; no tone indicates dead on. Similarly, in visual mode LEDs indicate high left, high right, and dead on.

     I bought the remaining inventory after Seiko discontinued manufacturing the levels. I am now selling the ProLevel HC150 for $15 plus $5 shipping and insurance. To order, use Paypal online or send check or money order to Fred Leader, 45 Thundergust Mill Road, Wellsville, Pennsylvania 17365. Now accepting Paypal; phone: (717) 431ᾭ4811, eᾭmail: <[email protected]>.



     On April 7, 2001, the following officers were elected at the NFB of Oklahoma convention: Steve Shelton, President; Donna Jackson, First Vice President; Joe Triplett, Second Vice President; Janet Triplett, Secretary; Kathy Maria Badalamenti, Treasurer; and Cordelia Sanders, Nannette Murrin, and Sue Kendall, Board Members.


QueenᾭSize Quilt Drawing:

     The Idaho affiliate is conducting a drawing for a queen-size quilt. This hand-made quilt includes many colors and materials. The NFB logo appears in the center block. The quilt is absolutely beautiful. The drawing will take place on July 6 in Philidelphia. You need not be present to win.

     If you can't attend the convention, you can purchase your tickets now. They are $1 each or six tickets for $5. You can enter this drawing by sending your name, address, and phone number along with payment to Paula Achter, 5800 W. Northview Street, Boise, Idaho 83704. If you are attending the convention, you will be able to find tickets in the Idaho delegation by asking for Mary Ellen Halverson, Ramona Walhof, Paula Achter, and others. If you win, the quilt will be shipped to you. I guarantee that this quilt will be a wonderful addition to your home. Be assured that, if you purchase tickets by mail, I will personally add your name to the drawing. Make checks payable to the NFBI (National Federation of the Blind of Idaho). If you have any questions, contact me at <[email protected]>.


For Sale:

     We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

     I would like to sell a Romeo RBᾭ15 Braille embosser. It is about five years old. I purchased it when I was attending college, and less than a box and a half of paper has run through it. It is in very good condition, and I have the manuals and cable for it. I will also include threeᾭfourths of a box of paper. I would like to get $1,800 or best offer.

     Please contact Terra Syslo at (401) 498ᾭ4359 or e-mail <[email protected]>.


Participants Needed for Sleep Research:

     We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

     The Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital seek men and women ages eighteen to seventy who do not have light perception for a sleep study. Spend a total of thirty-eight days at the hospital and fifty-six days at home during the ninety-four-day study. Participants can earn up to $5,540. The project is headed by Dr. Charles A. Czeisler, Professor of Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. The project leader will be Dr. Steven Lockley, Research Fellow in Medicine. For more information contact Jamie Isaacson, Research Assistant (617) 731-7194; e-mail: <[email protected]>.

Talking ATM Testers Needed:

     We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

     Blind people are needed to test PNC Bank ATMs in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.  This pilot project involves use of a cell phone to obtain assistance with ATM transactions.  If you would like to participate, please call PNC tollᾭfree at (888) 761ᾭ1501 to register and obtain a PNC cell phone.  If you experience any problems registering, please contact Jana Finder at the Disabilities Law Project, (411) 391ᾭ5115, or e-mail <[email protected]ᾭpa.org>.  Ms. Finder would also like to record your ATM experiences using the PNC cell phone.  You need not be a PNC customer to participate, but nonᾭPNC customers will be charged regular service charges for using PNC ATMs.  Those who are not Philadelphia or Pittsburgh residents but plan to attend the NFB convention in July are encouraged to participate and provide feedback during the convention.  Please call Jana Finder with any questions.     


                          NFB PLEDGE


     I pledge to participate actively in the effort 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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