The Braille Monitor

Vol. 47, No. 1                                                                        January 2004

Barbara Pierce, Editor

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The National Federation of the Blind
Marc Maurer, President

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Atlanta Site of 2004 NFB Convention

The 2004 convention of the National Federation of the Blind will take place in Atlanta, Georgia, June 29 through July 5. We will conduct the convention at the Marriott Marquis Hotel, a first-class convention hotel located at 265 Peachtree Center Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia 30303. The overflow hotel is the Hilton Atlanta and Towers, just across Courtland from the Marriott Marquis. Room rates for this year's convention are excellent: singles, doubles, and twins $59 and triples and quads $65 a night, plus tax of 14 percent at present. The hotels are accepting reservations now. A $60-per-room deposit is required to make a reservation. Fifty percent of the deposit will be refunded if notice is given to the hotel of a reservation cancellation before June 1, 2004. The other 50 percent is not refundable. For reservations call the Marriott Marquis at (404) 521-0000 and the Hilton Atlanta and Towers at (404) 659-2000.

Rooms will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations may be made to secure these rooms before June 1, 2004, assuming that rooms are still available. After that time the hotels will not hold their blocks of rooms for the convention. In other words, you should get your reservation in soon.

The Marquis is a beautiful fifty-story atrium hotel with a panoramic view of Atlanta, and the Hilton has beautifully appointed guest rooms and five superb restaurants. They are twelve miles north of the Atlanta-Hartsfield International Airport and are conveniently located off Interstate 85. Take Exit 96, International Boulevard, turn left onto International Boulevard, go to Peachtree Center Avenue, and turn right. The Marriott Marquis is on the right in the second block. To get to the Hilton, turn left onto International Boulevard, go to Piedmont Avenue, and turn right. The Hilton is on the left. The Marriott has three excellent restaurants and features indoor and outdoor pools, solarium, health club, whirlpool, and sauna. Guest-room amenities in both hotels include cable television, coffee pot, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, and dataport.

The schedule for the 2004 convention is a bit unusual:

Tuesday, June 29                         Seminar Day

Wednesday, June 30                    Registration Day

Thursday, July 1                          Board Meeting and Division Day

Friday, July 2                              Opening Session

Saturday, July 3                           Tour Day

Sunday, July 4                             Banquet Day

Monday, July 5                            Business Session

Plan to be in Atlanta;
The action of the convention will be there


Vol. 47, No. 1                                                                                                     January, 2004


NFB Research and Training Institute Director Named
     by Barbara Pierce

Consumer Organizations as Partners in the Rehabilitation Process
     by Rosemary Lerdahl

Another Perspective on Guide Dogs and Training Centers
by Angie Matney

State Braille Standards for Teachers of Students
Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired: A National Survey
by Barry B. Frieman

Barriers Fall for Disabled Medical Students
by Linda Villarosa

Open Letter to a Blind Person: How to Get a Job
by Mike Bullis

Learning Braille: Notes from the Trenches
      by Heidi Lasher Oakes

Appropriate Use of the Electronic Notetaker in School
by Curtis Chong

Georgia on My Mind
by Anil Lewis

The Cane and I
by Judy Sanders

Blind Run TV Show Illustrates Capabilities of the Nonsighted
by Stacey Palevsky

A Labor of Love
by Lee Frazier

For the Thrill of It
by Lohr McKinstry

Don't Shoot the Piano Tuner: Should We Avoid the Blind Trades?
by John Bailey

Research Report
      by John Jay Frank

Convention Scholarships Available
by Allen Harris


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