Braille Monitor                                                                                           June, 2002

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Building Our E-Mail List:

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Even if you are certain that we have your correct e-mail address, please take a moment to send us this information in this way. We are building a new list electronically, so providing us the information again will be extremely helpful. Remember that your message must be sent from the address you wish us to use, because the address you use will be the one our system will pick up.

Larry McKeever
Larry McKeever

Attention Affiliates, Agencies, and Centers:

An experienced reader will read and record any print material onto the sound medium of your choice. If print copy is e-mailed, usually a twenty-four- to forty-eight-hour turnaround. Masters furnished on either cassette or CD for $75 per ninety-minute recording.

Currently reading Ohio, Minnesota, and California newsletters. Write to Larry A. McKeever, 7255 El Rancho Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa, 50322, e-mail to <[email protected]>, or see me at convention in the Jernigan Suite.


On habd for the ATM opening announcement were(from left to right) Nandita Bakhski, Fleet Executive Vice President, George Salpietro, Executive Director of the Fidelco Guide Dig Foundation; Betty Woodward, President of the National Federation of the Blind of Connecticut; Chandler Howard, President of Fleet in Connecticut; and Bruce Woodward, Treasurer of the National Federation of the Blind of Connecticut.
On hand for the ATM opening announcement were (from left to right) Nandita Bakhski, Fleet Executive Vice President; George Salpietro, Executive Director of the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation; Betty Woodward, President of the National Federation of the Blind of Connecticut; Chandler Howard, President of Fleet in Connecticut; and Bruce Woodward, Treasurer of the National Federation of the Blind of Connecticut.

Talking ATMs in Connecticut:

February 7, 2002, found NFB of Connecticut members, Services for the Blind staff, other members of the blind community, bank employees, and press representatives gathered in the lobby of the downtown Hartford Fleet Bank. We were there to celebrate the newly installed talking ATM machine. Private and independent banking is now possible for blind and visually impaired people in Hartford and in fourteen other Fleet Banks. Twenty more talking ATMs are expected to be installed in Connecticut and 1,700 throughout New England by the end of the year.

The National Federation of the Blind of Connecticut figured prominently in the arrangements and in the program itself. The invitation went out from the NFBC and Fleet Bank, and our NFBC banner hung with Fleet Bank's banner. Betty Woodward, President of the NFB of Connecticut, discussed the talking ATM and the fact that it gives blind people independence and privacy while they take care of banking needs. Refreshments were served. The event was covered by the Wethersfield Post, thanks to Tom Barretta, NFB Board Member and New Britain chapter president, who works for that paper's publisher.


Seville Allen
Seville Allen

On April 11, 2002, Governor Mark Warner of Virginia appointed NFB of Virginia First Vice President Seville Allen to be Deputy Commissioner of the Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired. We can all rejoice that a person with Seville's extraordinary ability and positive philosophy will now occupy a post of critical importance to the blind of Virginia. Congratulations to Seville and to all those who worked hard to promote her candidacy.

New Chapter:

Sturgis, South Dakota, became the site of South Dakota's sixth NFB chapter. Elected were Mary Young, President; Laura Compton, Vice President; Irene Millin, Secretary; and Wayne Erickson, Treasurer.

Attention Lions and Kiwanians:

If you are a member of either the Lions or the Kiwanis, please take note of this announcement:

NFB members who are also Lions will have a meeting at National Convention on Monday, July 8, at 7:30 a.m. Joe Ruffalo will coordinate the meeting.

NFB members who are also members of Kiwanis will have a meeting at National Convention on Tuesday, July 9, at 7:30 a.m. Charlie Brown will coordinate. We look forward to seeing you.

New Chapter:

We are delighted to report that the Flatirons Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of Colorado was formed on May 4, 2002. The officers are Steve Jenkins, President; Curtis Wyman, Vice President; Robert Smithtro, Secretary; Crissy McLaughlin, Treasurer; and Mitzie Parker, Board Member. Congratulations.

New Baby:

Carlos David Andrews
Carlos David Andrews

We are delighted to report that in late April David and Michelle Andrews brought home their new son Carlos David Andrews from Guatemala to their home just outside St. Paul, Minnesota. Carlos was born on November 10, 2001. Dave Andrews is the system operator of the NFB computer bulletin board service and manages most of the NFB listservs. Congratulations to the entire Andrews family.



On March 9, 2002, the Fresno Chapter of the NFB of California elected Shirley Harper, president; Toni Eames, Vice President; Jan Kafton, Secretary; Ed Eames, Treasurer; and Olivia Ostergaard and Annette Carter, Board Members.


Lloyd Jernigan, August 4, 1923, to April 16, 2002
Lloyd Jernigan, August 4, 1923, to April 16, 2002

Death of a Friend:† Lloyd Jernigan

On April 16, 2002, a man who had become a good friend and fierce supporter of the National Federation of the Blind, Lloyd Jernigan, died.† He was the brother of Dr. Kenneth Jernigan, the most dramatic builder of programming for the blind of the twentieth century and the long-time president of the National Federation of the Blind.

Lloyd Jernigan was born in Tennessee in 1921.† He served in the army in the Pacific during World War II.† After the war he became an autoworker building cars in Detroit for much of the remainder of his working life.

These are a few of the facts about Lloyd Jernigan, but they do not give a complete picture of the spirit of the man.† He was blunt-spoken but generous and intellectually curious.† He loved America and the spirit of the American people.† He believed in Yankee ingenuity, and he thought he could build anything.

Though he loved his brother, he grew up in a time when blindness was not well understood.† Lloyd Jerniganís parents indicated to him at one point that he should be prepared to take care of his blind brother.† He wanted to live his own life, and he did not know how to care for a blind man.† The notion of caring for his brother made him nervous and uneasy.† As a consequence the two men did not spend as much time with each other during a portion of their mature years as they might have.† However, Lloyd Jernigan discovered his brotherís work during the latter part of his life when he had leisure to consider such things.† He admired it very much, and he decided to do his part to help.† For the past fifteen or twenty years Lloyd Jernigan has been a member of the National Federation of the Blind.† He has worked diligently to bring people into the organization.† Part of his effort has been identifying blind students in school and connecting them with people inside the organization.

In 1998 Lloyd Jernigan suggested to the convention of the National Federation of the Blind that we establish the Kenneth Jernigan Fund.† This fund is used to assist blind people to participate fully in Federation activities--especially first-timers, who have not had a chance previously to come to the convention.†

Lloyd Jernigan was a sergeant during World War II who participated in some of the heaviest fighting in the defeat of the Japanese.† He saw the horror of war.† However, he believed that wars are fought to protect those who cannot protect themselves and to preserve decency and fairness.† He was pleased that he had been able to serve his country.† Although he was modest enough not to boast about such things, Lloyd Jernigan was decorated for his service in the war.† He was our good friend, and we will miss him.

New Baby:

We are delighted to report that on May 9, 2002, Katrina Nerys Beasley, daughter of longtime Federationists Jeremiah and Andrea Gashel Beasley and first granddaughter of James Gashel and Arlene Hill, was born in Denver, Colorado. She weighed seven pounds, one ounce and was nineteen and three-quarters inches long. Everyone is doing well. Congratulations to the whole family.


In Brief

Notices and information in this section may be of interest to Monitor readers. We are not responsible for the accuracy of the information; we have edited only for space and clarity.

Computer Job Training and Placement:

Lift is a nonprofit company that recruits, qualifies, trains, and hires information technology professionals with physical disabilities and places them with major corporations. Johnson & Johnson and Verizon Wireless are two of more than eighty corporate clients that Lift has served.

If you are interested in more information about Lift, please visit its Website at <www.lift‑>, or call Lift at (908) 707‑9840 or (800) 552‑5438.

Attention Animal Lovers:

Lauren Merryfield extends two invitations to you:

The CATLINES MEWsletter for catlovers and biz‑kittens (work‑at‑home newbies) is into its third edition as of this printing. Sign up free at <> Catly writings welcome. Actually, petly writings are fine; we love other animals too as long as they stay clear of the cats. Find enlightenment and entertainment with us at the CATLINES MEWsletter.

Second, do you know what to do when your animal's joints are obviously painful, something they look up to you to fix? The answer is at <>. Please do this for your pet's sake. Working dogs could be of service to you with much less pain and for a longer time.

Address Change:

The Music Section of the Library of Congress is no longer receiving regular mail at the Taylor Street address in Washington, D.C., and it will not be receiving mail for the foreseeable future. All music materials will continue to be sent out from this facility, but returns will be made to the MultiState Center East until further notice. The return address to use is Music Section, Library of Congress, MultiState Center, 685 Redna Terrace, Cincinnati, Ohio 45215-1190.

If at all possible, patrons should use the telephone, e-mail, or fax to communicate with the Music Section, as below. If you normally send in requests by mail, you must now use UPS or Fedex, or we will not receive your request. Telephone (800) 424-8567, e-mail <[email protected]>, fax (202) 707-0712.

Medical Transcription Career Opportunities Anywhere:

Medical transcriptionists (MTs) can now take advantage of high-tech innovations to build and expand businesses while traveling and living in remote locations. The steps to worldwide MT success are clearly and comprehensively described in the fully revised fourth edition of The Independent Medical Transcriptionist, a Comprehensive Guidebook for Career Success in a Medical Transcription Business by Donna Avila-Weil, RHIT, and Mary Glaccum, ISBN 1-877810-52-5. Cost of the 528-page book is $39.95. It can be purchased at bookstores or from Rayve Productions, (800) 852-4890 or by contacting the Website, <>.

Los Angeles County Metro Railway Finder Kit:

This kit includes the Metro subway lines in Braille and large print as well as two cassettes describing how to enter the rail stations. Also included is a large map of the Red, Green, and Blue Lines, showing all of the stops.

This kit is available from the Southern California M.T.A. or in the library of Christian Services for the Blind, P.O. Box 26, South Pasadena, California 91030‑0026, phone (626) 799‑3935, fax (626) 403‑9460, e-mail <[email protected]>.

This kit would be a great help for disabled travelers, especially those from out of town. Please contact Christian Services for the Blind or the M.T.A. for a copy.

Also, if readers are interested, Christian Services for the Blind has a library of Braille books and tapes available for borrowing. Write to us at the above address to request a free catalog on tape, in Braille, or in print. We have a large list of blind and deaf‑blind people who subscribe to our books, so we are trying to preserve the Braille editions of our materials.

P.S. Thanks to all of those good and generous people who have sent us reusable cassettes. They are much appreciated.

New Book Available:

The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision is pleased to announce the availability of a new publication, Consumer and Employer Strategies for Overcoming Employment Barriers. This book explores strategies and methods for rehabilitation providers and employers assisting blind people in overcoming employment barriers. The publication is available in print as well as on cassette and disk for $20 per copy. Orders should be directed to Ms. Kelly Schaefer at (662) 325-1363 or <[email protected]>.

Like to Cook?:

Looking for an exotic or ethnic herb or spice? I make my own blends, which I can ship with transparent Braille labels applied over the print labels. I also stock a large selection of spices, herbs, botanicals, hot sauces, chili peppers, massage oils, teas, chai, tisanes, and more. Please visit my Web address at <> and when you are there and you find something you would like to order, go to the details box and toggle the "Braille labels" button before adding the item to your shopping cart. My ever-popular chili recipe can be found under the entry for oregano, Mexican. I accept MasterCard, Visa, or personal checks (made out to the Crystal Connection) and mailed to Auntie Arwen's Spice Blends, P.O. Box 123, Haddam, Connecticut 06438.

Business Opportunity:

Are you blind and unemployed? Want to get off SSI or SSDI? Watkins may be the answer for you. By having a Watkins home-based business, you can earn significant income for college, family, vacations, or whatever. Watkins is a 134-year-old direct sales company, specializing in specialty food items, cleaning supplies, health care products, and much more. Also Watkins can be a great fund raiser for your chapter or affiliate or for you personally. For more information call Olivia Ostergaard, Watkins Associate, at (559) 226-4557, or e-mail <[email protected]>.

Monitor Mart

The notices in this section have been edited for clarity, but we can pass along only the information we were given. We are not responsible for the accuracy of the statements made or the quality of the products for sale.

Two Perkins Braillers for Sale:

Robert Schafer, (256) 350‑9723, has two reconditioned Perkins Braillewriters for sale. He is asking $300 each.

Two Computers for Sale:

I am interested in selling two computers. The first is a Pentium III with a 500 MHZ processor, 20 gig hard drive, 128 MB RAM, Sound Blaster live sound card, CD ROM, speakers, fifteen-inch color monitor, Windows 98 second edition operating system, hot keys set up for blind users, mouse, Office 2000 installed, and 3-1/2-inch floppy drive, in excellent condition. Asking $700 plus shipping.

The second is a Pentium III, with a 500 MHZ processor, 20 gig hard drive, 256 MB RAM, Sound Blaster live sound card, CDRW writer, speakers, fifteen-inch color monitor, Windows 98 second edition operating system, hot keys set up for blind users, mouse, Office 2000 installed, and 3-1/2-inch floppy drive, excellent condition. Asking $800 plus shipping.

Those making serious inquiries should contact Laura Ann at (877) 633‑8553.

Software Available:

Jerry Richer is a Federationist in northern New York who is an adaptive technology vendor and intermittent adaptive technology trainer for the New York Commission for the Blind. His company is BA Software. He says:

Window Eyes version 4.2 is available from BA Software in the United States for $595 Standard, and $795 Professional. Triple Talk is available from us worldwide for $350 PCI Internal, and $450 USB External. Prices include shipping in the United States. Reach BA Software in northern New York at (260) 359‑8538, <[email protected]>, or <www.ChirpingBat.Com>.

For Sale:

Perkins Braillewriter, completely rebuilt, asking $325.

Bicycle built for two, about five years old and ridden very little. Comes loaded with all accessories like speedometer, lights, air pump, fenders, lock, extra set of tires, etc. It is in excellent condition. Asking $500. Contact Nino Pacini, 5237 Hillcrest Street, Detroit, Michigan 48236-2103, (313) 885-7330, e-mail <[email protected]>.

For Sale:

Reconditioned Perkins Brailler in excellent condition including vinyl dust cover, asking $300.

Braille 'n Speak Scholar, one year old, but used very little, including extra software, leather carrying case, battery charger, A/C adapter, serial interface cable for connection to PC, parallel printer cable, PC disk and large-print manual, Braille and large-print reference guide, audio tape tutorial, asking $400.

IBM NetVista desktop computer with Magic 8.0 magnification and speech already installed, one year old, in excellent condition. It has an Intel Celeron 667 MHz CPU, 64 megabytes of RAM, ten gigabyte hard drive, 56 KBps V.90 modem, 48 x CD ROM drive, 3.5-inch floppy drive, with matching IBM 17-inch monitor, keyboard, speakers, and mouse, asking $300.

Shipping costs for each item are the actual cost, or I will mail the Brailler and Braille 'n Speak as free matter, if you prefer. Insurance, if desired, is extra. For more information, contact Bobbie Evans at (309) 755-0828 or e-mail <[email protected]>.

For Sale:

The Optelec 20/20 enables people with low vision to read and write easily. Designed for use at home, in the classroom, or at work, the 20/20 is perfect for reading mail and newspapers. It magnifies from three to sixty times and requires fourteen inches of table space. Original price is $3,433, asking $800. Contact John Mills, (573) 339-0933, 61 Garnet Lane, Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701, or e-mail <[email protected]>.

Have you made your campaign pledge yet? We need everyoneís help.† Please take this opportunity to complete your pledge form. Without you our job will be just that much harder.

The Campaign to Change What It Means to Be Blind

Capital Campaign Pledge Intention


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Please list (my) our names in all Campaign Reports and on the Campaign Wall of Honor in the appropriate Giving Circle as follows:††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

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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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