The Braille Monitor

Vol. 47, No. 3                                                                        March 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

Atlanta Marriott Marquis Ambassador Albert (Smitty) Smith.
Atlanta Marriott Marquis Ambassador Albert (Smitty) Smith

The 2004 NFB convention will take place in Atlanta, Georgia, June 29 through July 5 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel, 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 are 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 will be refunded if notice of cancellation is given 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 before June 1, assuming that rooms are still available. After that the hotels will not hold their room blocks. So make your reservation now.

Both hotels 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. 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 as follows:

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


Vol. 47, No. 3                                                                                                 March, 2004


2004 Washington Seminar
      by Barbara Pierce

2004 NFB Legislative Agenda and Fact Sheets
by James McCarthy

Federationists Work Hard and Play Hard
by Anil Lewis

The Blind: A Case of Mistaken Identity
by Jacobus tenBroek

Science, Blindness, and Evolution: The Common Theme Is Opportunity
by Geerat J. Vermeij

Cab 452
by Scott C. LaBarre

Blind People Are Just Looking for Social Equality
by Katrilla Martin

Riding in the Streets
by Ramona Walhof

The Art of Albinism
by Brooke Fox

Effective Technology
by Jim Halliday


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Copyright´┐Ż 2004 National Federation of the Blind