The Braille Monitor                                                                                       May 2003

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News from the Federation Family


In the lead photographs of the March issue we incorrectly identified Congressman Bob Beauprez as Congressman Scott McGinnis. We regret the error.

Attention Members of the Planned Giving Committee:

Committee chairman Richard Crawford has arranged for the committee to meet at 8:00 a.m. on July 1 in the Galt House, room to be announced. Please plan to attend.

New Baby:

Meredith McClain
Meredith McClain

We are delighted to report that at 12:29 p.m. on Saturday, March 29, 2003, Meredith Paige McClain was born to Crystal and Mark McClain. Crystal is president of the Parents of Blind Children division of the NFB of Ohio, and Mark is a member of the National Organization of Blind Children board of directors. Meredith weighed seven pounds, four ounces and measured nineteen and a half inches. Everyone at the McClain house is doing well. Congratulations to the entire family.



Children's Braille Books and Volunteers Needed for Flea Market:

Do you have children's Braille books you no longer want, but you can't bear the thought of throwing away? Donate them to the Braille Readers Are Leaders first annual Children's Braille Book Flea Market. The flea market will be part of the twentieth Braille Readers Are Leaders Contest Anniversary Celebration from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, June 30, 2003, at the NFB convention in Louisville. Donations generated by this project will allow us to expand our 2003-2004 Braille Readers Are Leaders Contest program.

Please help by sending your formerly cherished but no longer read Braille books to the address below. Be sure to write "Braille books enclosed" on each address label. The address is NFB of Kentucky, c/o UPS, 1400 North Hurstbourne Parkway, Louisville, Kentucky 42203.

Books must be sent no later than Friday, June 13, 2003, to give our UPS volunteers time to organize their transport to the Galt House Hotel in Louisville. For more information contact Sandy Halverson, Chairman, Braille Readers Are Leaders Twentieth Anniversary Celebration, 3 South Montague Street, Arlington, Virginia 22204, phone (703) 379-1141, e-mail <[email protected]>.

Also the National Association to Promote the Use of Braille (NAPUB) and the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children (NOPBC) are seeking positive, Braille-reading blind role models who plan to attend the 2003 NFB national convention. If you will be in Louisville on Monday, June 30, and are willing to work informally with blind students, their families, and teachers to identify sources of Braille reading matter, discuss your favorite books, and otherwise promote Braille and the Braille Readers Are Leaders Contest, contact Sandy Halverson as indicated above.

New Chapter:

In November of 2002 the NFB of Mississippi organized a new chapter in Natchez, Mississippi. According to the affiliate president, Sam Gleese, the following officers were elected: Lucille Fair, president; Willie Moore, vice president; Sharon Moore, secretary; Laura Harris, treasurer; and Robert Fair, board member. Congratulations and welcome to this new chapter.

Job Exchange Committee Gatherings at Convention:

Fatos Floyd announces that on Monday, June 30, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., and on Wednesday, July 2, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m., the newly formed Job Exchange Committee will be meeting with interested convention attendees. The committee will coordinate connections between available job seekers and employers with job openings, as well as between those currently employed and those needing insight into the world of work. The committee encourages all to attend and share their r�sum�s and job postings. We especially hope people will provide information about current employment and volunteer to serve as contacts for others interested in careers in their fields.


At its January meeting the NFB of Lake County, Ohio, elected the following officers: Virginia Mann, president; Trish Wright, vice president and secretary; and Debbie Mann, treasurer.

Attention Country Music Fans:

Alice Lockwood and Jeannie Romeo
Alice Lockwood and Jeannie Romeo

Federationist Alice Lockwood writes to say that Romeo and Lockwood, a country music duo will be performing live at the dance Tuesday evening, July 1, at the national convention in Louisville. They have just released a CD of country originals recorded in Nashville with top musicians who play with Lori Morgan, Loretta Lynn, and Reba McEntire. The CD, entitled Heartfelt, has been receiving airplay throughout the country. One of the songs was nominated for an award at the Tennessee Country Music Alliance Award Show held April 18 to 20 in Nashville.

Come enjoy their music at the convention. They will make a short presentation at the board meeting on Monday morning, June 30. The July 1 performance will include familiar material as well as originals. CD's will be for sale for $15, of which $1 is a contribution to the NFB. For more information call (631) 273-3577, or visit the Web site <>. Alice's e-mail address is <[email protected]>. See you in Louisville!


The Cumberland County Chapter of the NFB of North Carolina recently elected new officers. They are Amelia Skipper, president; Frank Dallas, vice president; Judy Bordeaux, secretary; Boyce Locklear, treasurer; and George Moxley and Edna Dawson, board members.

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.

Asian Children Looking for Families:

Pathamon has just turned seven and is looking for a home.
Pathamon has just turned seven and is looking for a home.

Pathamon is an affectionate girl who is very close to her caregivers. She has shown remarkable progress, considering that she is blind, with slight perception of light, and hearing impaired. Pathamon communicates her needs by signing and requires a bit of assistance with her self-care skills. Because of her special needs, she receives extra attention from her caregivers, but she desperately needs a family of her own so she can reach her full potential.

WACAP Family Finders Program would also like to share information about a six-year-old boy from Asia who is vision impaired and available for adoption. We cannot provide a photo to print, but please call or e-mail us for more information at (206) 575-4550 or <[email protected]>.

This little boy is optimistic and extroverted and befriends other children easily. His favorite activity is playing the drums. He wishes to go to music school so he can really learn to play the drums and bring happiness to everyone in the world. Can your family help this sweet boy realize his dream?


Helpful Convention Information:

Cathy Jackson has some helpful information to pass along for those who may need wheelchairs or other medical equipment and supplies while in Louisville. Listed here are the names, addresses, and phone numbers of agencies and pharmacies that either lend or rent such equipment. You must make your own arrangements with the provider for when, where, and how the equipment will be delivered and returned, as well as method of payment.

Any chairs the Kentucky affiliate acquires are intended for emergencies only and are not to be claimed by an individual for personal use. Likewise the hotel has a few chairs that can be requested for transporting someone to his or her room or in an emergency. However, if you are a chair user and do not wish to haul it across the country or if you believe a chair will make life more comfortable for you during your stay, you should make the necessary arrangements now.

        Center for Accessible Living: 981 S. 3rd Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40203, (502) 589-6620. The Center has wheelchairs to loan on a first-come, first-served basis.

        Harrison Medical, Inc.: 721 S. Preston, Louisville, Kentucky 40203, (502) 589-9325

        Holdaway Medical Services: 11305 Bluegrass Parkway, Louisville, Kentucky 40299, (502) 266-0092

        Rehab Design: 11700 Commonwealth Dr., Louisville, Kentucky 40299, (502) 266-9061

        Hume Pharmacy: 10216 Taylorsville Rd., Louisville, Kentucky 40299, (502) 267-7453

        Stephens Drugs, Inc.: 4200 Shelbyville Road, Louisville, Kentucky 40207, (502) 895-5446

Perkins Brailler Repairs Available:

The Selective Doctor, Inc., is a repair service for all IBM typewriters and Perkins BrailleWriters. Located in Baltimore, the service has done work for the Maryland School for the Blind and a number of other organizations in Maryland. They accept Perkins Braillers sent to them from around the country. They advertise top-quality service at yesterday's prices.

They also request a phone call before shipment of Braillers and ask that equipment be insured in the mails. Please note that the cost for insurance has increased to $7.20 for $600. For more information contact the Selective Doctor, Inc., P. O. Box 28432, Baltimore, Maryland 21234, or call (410) 668-1143. Visit the Web site at <> or e-mail to <[email protected]>.

Voice Internet Service by InternetSpeech's NetECHO:

Talk and listen to the Internet using any phone; no computer necessary. Use InternetSpeech's netECHO�, the only voice Internet service to give you access to the entire Web. Surf and browse any Web site, read and respond to your e-mail, search any subject--pretty much anything you can do with a computer and visual browser can now be done in your own voice using any phone.

The rates are also affordable:

        Program A: $9.95 a month, unlimited use. Call a toll number in the 408 area code.

        Program B: $19.95 a month, includes 3 hours of use. Call a toll-free number. After 3 hours, 2.50 for every thirty additional minutes.

Both programs have a one-time set-up fee of $20. Just call (877) 312-4638 or (408) 360-7730 to take advantage of our introductory specials or go to <>.

Intro to Window-Eyes Training Seminar at Convention:

We recently received the following announcement from GW Micro:

GW Micro, the creator of Window-Eyes, will conduct two Intro to Window-Eyes training sessions on Saturday morning, June 28, at convention. The first session will be held at 8:30 and the second at 10:30. Check the agenda listings for the location.

Here are some of the things that you will learn:

        New, easy-to-use (and user-definable) navigation keys for the Internet

        New Window-Eyes hotkey layout--access hotkeys quickly and easily

        Reading the screen with the mouse for those non-screen-reader-friendly applications

If you bring your laptop and headphones, you can turn this presentation into a hands-on session.

If you are interested in attending one of these sessions, please e-mail <[email protected]>, or call her at (260) 489-3671 to reserve a chair. Space is limited, so please call today.

Jazz Camp for Teens:

We recently received the following notice:

Applications are now being accepted for the August 8 to 17, 2003, TRAC Creative Music and Jazz Camp, a summer residential program for blind and visually impaired teen musicians. The camp, sponsored by University of New Orleans Training, Resource, and Assistive-technology Center (TRAC), will give fledgling musicians the opportunity to study, perform, write, compose, and edit music using a variety of special computer technologies, plus a unique environment to learn about jazz. The camp will also focus on leadership skills, independent living skills, and an introduction to careers in music.

The camp is open to blind and visually impaired musicians ages twelve to nineteen. Requirements include at least two years of musical training, basic computer literacy, a submitted performance tape, and a recommendation from a music instructor. Scholarships are available to all participants and include classes, food, recreational activities, and sleeping accommodations in staff-supervised residential rooms at the TRAC facility. Students must supply their own transportation to and from New Orleans. Positions are limited and students will be chosen based on skills and experience. Applications are due by May 30.

Composer and pianist Henry Butler, who has been blind since birth, will serve as camp creative director. Butler, who performs all over the world, has a successful recording career and has also taught workshops throughout the country.

The camp faculty will include well-known sighted and visually impaired musicians, a physical movement specialist, music business professionals, and music technology experts. Classes and recreational activities will also be led by members of the TRAC staff.

For information on the camp and registration forms contact Rose Angelocci, (504) 280-5705, e-mail <[email protected]> or Denise Jett, (504) 280-5708, e-mail <[email protected]>.

For additional information contact Harriett Davis Cortez, TRAC Community Outreach and Development Specialist, (504) 280-5715, e-mail <[email protected]>, or consult the Web site, <>.

Reminder about North American Van Lines:

Now that it is spring, people may be making plans to move. Remember that the NFB has a special arrangement with North American Van Lines. To arrange a move from state to state under the NFB discount, call North American Van Lines at (800) 873- 2673 and talk with Cindy Ruppel at extension 155, or e-mail her at <[email protected]>. You will receive a 61 percent discount on moving costs for state-to-state moves and, if storage is required, a discount of 45 percent on storage costs. An accrual of 2 percent will go to the NFB.

Cassette Edition of Air & Space (Smithsonian) Magazine Available:

For the basic membership fee, members of the Smithsonian who cannot read standard print because of disability can now receive a print copy of the magazine plus the audio version. Contact the Smithsonian Accessibility Program at (888) 783- 0001, and receive your next issue of Air & Space on tape.

New from National Braille Press:

Here are two new releases from National Braille Press that may interest you:

Pillsbury Fast and Healthy Cookbook: Easy Recipes for Everyday by the Pillsbury Company, $12.95

Tired of healthy food that's bland? Are you hoping to eat better not just for your hips but for your tongue as well? Well, look no further. Here are seventy-one low- fat or reduced- fat recipes selected from Pillsbury's Fast and Healthy Cookbook, along with many tips and techniques, information on choosing the best ingredients, and detailed nutrition analyses. Prep times are also given, and most recipes take under thirty minutes. The recipes are organized into these categories: Soups; Poultry; Beef, Pork, and Lamb; Fish and Seafood; Meatless Entrees; and Side Dishes. Even if other healthy books have left you stranded, give this one a try.

Read more about this book- -and the recipe list-- on the NBP Web site at <>.

Also available is a tipping guide. Ever wonder how much to tip the cabbie, your hairdresser, or the bell staff? Here, in a small booklet size, is a brief and elegant guide to tipping procedures in the United States and Canada. This guide is free with orders of $25 or more; otherwise, $5.

To order, send payment to NBP, 88 St. Stephen Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02115- 4302, or call and charge it toll- free at (800) 548- 7323 or at (617) 266- 6160 ext. 20. You can also e- mail your order to <[email protected]>.

Useful Web Site:

The Web site provides government benefit information to citizens to help them determine their potential eligibility. is part of President Bush's eGovernment initiative to make it easier for citizens and businesses to interact with the government. The site consolidates information about hundreds of federal assistance programs and federally funded programs managed by state and local governments currently spread across nearly 31 million federal government Web pages.

For more information contact Denis Gusty, program manager, (202) 693-4205, e-mail <[email protected]>.

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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.

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