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The Braille Monitor,  November 2001 EditionThis is a line.

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Squeaky Baby Shoes:

We recently received a press release about a product that may be of interest to some of our readers. Here is the information we could glean from the text:

Walking down a busy city street in China, you may hear a toddler or two because their feet squeak. Squeaky baby shoes have been around in China for a long time. Their purpose is to amuse babies. I was fortunate enough to witness this phenomenon during my trip to China while adopting my daughter.

After coming to the U.S., my daughter wore her squeaky shoes everywhere. Anyone who heard her shoes squeak was guaranteed to smile, children and adults alike. As a result I sought out a manufacturer in China and imported several styles. Pip Squeakers began selling baby squeaky shoes in March, 2001, on the Internet at <www.pipsqueakers.com>.

We quickly realized that squeaky baby shoes not only were fun but could actually be of benefit to both parents and babies with vision and mobility impairments. We have received many positive responses from groups dealing with blindness.

Pip Squeakers can serve as motivation for blind and visually impaired babies and toddlers, who learn that moving their feet causes the amusing sounds. As a result they are encouraged to move, explore, and take their first steps. Blind and visually impaired parents use squeaky shoes to track their baby’s movements by sound.

The secret of these shoes is an insole air pocket. As the baby presses a foot against any surface, the air travels through a small squeaker embedded in the rubber sole. The sound is similar to that of a rubber squeak toy. For more information check out the Web site.


Recently the Kitsap County Chapter of the NFB of Washington conducted its election. The new officers are Ivan Weich, President; Michael O’Neal, Vice President; and Bonnie Weich, Secretary/Treasurer.

Attention Georgia Residents:

The NFB of Georgia’s South Fulton Chapter has received a grant to cover the cost of a chartered bus for the 2002 national convention. Because of this grant all members of the NFB of Georgia are welcome to reserve a seat for only $10 a person. Seats are going fast, so call today. For more details call Stephanie Scott, President, at (404) 763-1551 or toll-free, (866) 999-6324. Don’t be left out.

Attention Those Interested in Joining the Travel and Tourism Division:

The Travel and Tourism Division is for blind people interested in traveling and touring educational and recreational places. We are now planning tours for 2002. If you have wondered what it is like to cruise the ocean, walk on the shores of exotic places, tactilely examine beautiful art, this is the division for you. For more information call Stephanie Scott at (404) 763-1551 or toll free, (866) 999-6324.


The National Federation of the Blind of Arizona held its annual convention the weekend of September 7, 2001, in Mesa, Arizona. The following officers and Board members were elected: President, Ruth Swenson; First Vice President, Marcus Schmidt; Second Vice President, Bob Kresmer; Secretary, Connie Ryan; Treasurer, Donna Silba; and Mark Feliz, Lee Kerr, and Tom O’Brien, Board members.

New Braille Music Curriculum:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

Dancing Dots, developer of the GOODFEEL Braille music translator, has published An Introduction to Music for the Blind Student, A Course in Braille Music Reading to meet the basic need of blind music students to become literate in music Braille.

No prior experience needed: Braille music educator David Simpson of the Braille Institute of America addresses the curriculum’s value to sighted teachers and tutors as well as to students. “Sighted teachers who are not Braille-literate can now guide blind students in their musical education. In the process both the student and the teacher learn the Braille music code,” says Simpson. Bill McCann, founder and president of Dancing Dots, says of the intent of the curriculum, “We’ve tried to take away the barrier that Braille music is ‘too hard to teach or learn’ so that all students can receive music instruction in class with everyone else. This is an effort to advance literacy for the blind. Literacy can lead to independence, which is a key to success.”

An Introduction to Music for the Blind Student has a retail price of $299 for three print and four Braille volumes. Further information on ordering the course in Braille music reading is available by contacting Dancing Dots, Braille Music Technology at (610) 783-6692 or e-mail <[email protected] com>.

International Exchange for People with Disabilities:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

Have you ever considered the possibility of participating in an international exchange? Study for a year in France, teach English in China, volunteer in Costa Rica, or conduct research in Zimbabwe. The National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE) can provide information on programs and field-tested tips on how people with disabilities can make these possibilities a reality.

NCDE strives to increase the participation of people with disabilities in the full range of international exchange opportunities by providing free resources and referrals to individuals and disability-related organizations. Form friendships that last a lifetime, learn about other cultures, and offer your skills in other countries.

For more information visit NCDE’s Web site at <www.miusa.org> or contact Pamela Houston at (541) 343-1284 (voice/tty) 343-6812 (fax). The National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange is managed by Mobility International USA and sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State.

For Sale:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

Telesensory Aladdin Classic, six months old, asking $1,200, wonderful for those with macular degeneration. Contact Bryna Paskoff by calling (516) 593-4383.


The Blackhawk Chapter of the NFB of Illinois elected new officers at its September 15, 2001, meeting. They are Lois Montgomery, President; Allen Schaefer, Vice President; Pat Olson, Secretary; Ruth Anne Schaefer, Treasurer; and Robert Gardner, Alma Sowers, and Eric Franck, Board Members.

Anti-Slip Traction Gear for Safe Walking on Ice and Snow:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

Snowy and icy weather can create dangerous walking conditions for anyone exercising, shoveling snow, or just going to the mailbox in the winter. However, everyone can now walk safely with STABILicers easily attachable ice cleats. STABILicers act like snow tires for the feet and will help keep people active and agile despite slippery winter weather. STABILicers look like sandals that attach easily with Velcro® straps over anything from running shoes to boots. Designed with flexible Vibram®, STABILicers have cleats that bite into snow and ice, providing the traction needed to get around with confidence in the worst weather conditions. STABILicers have been used for years by letter carriers, utility line workers, and delivery personnel.

For additional information call (800) 782-2423 or mail to Dave Washburn, 32 North, P.O. Box 5007, Biddeford, Maine 04007-5007.

Inexpensive Computer:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

Windows-based Pentium computers for $50 are available to NFB members. This is a refurbished computer with five-cassette audio step-by-step tutorial on how to use Windows, including e-mail and reading Web pages. Keep track of your tax and insurance files, write letters to friends and family, and keep your own recipes and family genealogy records. Contact Bob Langford at (214) 340-6328, Texas Center for the Physically Impaired, 11330 Quail Run, Dallas, Texas 75238.

For Sale:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

Telesensory Versicolor XL CCD with M-19 high-contrast 19-inch black and white monitor, Model XL4A, asking $1,200 for the entire system. If interested, call David Huskey at (561) 461-2588, 509 Mayflower Lane, Fort Pierce, Florida  34950.

Save On Drug Costs at Canadian Mail-Order Pharmacies:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

If high drug prices are a problem, Canadian mail-order pharmacies can provide an inexpensive solution. People without health insurance or with high insurance co-pays can especially benefit from drug price savings of 30 to 50 percent and more.

Canadameds.com, one of the lowest-cost mail-order pharmacies, serves nationwide thousands of Americans with diabetes, glaucoma, and other health conditions. Stocking most medications made and packaged in the U.S., Canadameds.com sells diabetes drug Glucophage (500mg, 100tab) for US$16.60, a savings of more than 70 percent off traditional retail prices.

To obtain a quick price quote on a drug, visit <www.canadameds.com> or call toll-free (877) 542-3330.  Winnipeg-based Canadameds requires a written prescription and has customers fill out and submit a patient questionnaire and disclaimer form. Prescriptions can be filled for up to a three-month supply at one time and take two to four weeks to receive. Orders are sent airmail to patients’ homes or to the doctor’s office if needed.

Regulated by the Health Canada government regulatory group, Canadameds has customers in all fifty states and more than thirty foreign countries.


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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