Braille Monitor                                                                                                        April 2004

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2004 Convention Attractions

President Maurer talks with staff and volunteers as they prepare to unload the trucks and set up the NFB store in the exhibit hall.
President Maurer talks with staff and volunteers as they prepare to unload the trucks and set up the NFB store in the exhibit hall.

From the Editor: Every year's national convention is an absolutely unique event. The agenda items, the exhibits, the new friends and business acquaintances: all these give each convention its own character and significance. Some activities lend a luster to the convention in part because they do take place every year and provide helpful fixed points in the whirl of events. In this category are the meetings of the Resolutions Committee and the board of directors, the annual banquet, and the many seminars and workshops of the various divisions and committees. Here is a partial list of activities being planned by a number of Federation groups during the 2004 Convention, June 29 through July 5. Presidents of divisions, committee chairpeople, and event presenters have provided the information. The preconvention agenda will list the locations of all events taking place before convention registration on Wednesday, June 30. The convention agenda will contain listings of all events taking place beginning that day.

The Agriculture and Equestrian Division

by Fred Chambers

The meeting of the Agriculture and Equestrian Division will take place Thursday, July 1. Check-in starts at 5:30 p.m. We will hear from Bill Gibson, a Utah vocational rehabilitation counselor and cattle rancher. We are growing by leaps and bounds. Come snack on bioregional produce, network, share stories, and meet some locals. Georgia is home to a diverse agriculture industry. Learn about resources you can tap into to start or expand a career in agriculture's myriad fields.

Our membership has a wide array of interests and a wide geographic distribution. From agroforestry, apiculture, and aquaculture to composting, gardening, and landscaping; from firearms and hunting to dairies and milk products; from ranching and riding to tack and tractors and vermiculture and zymurgy--we cover the map. Blind people are working, studying, and hobbying in every field, while feeding and clothing the world. Put your boots on, roll up your sleeves, and join us!


Tuesday, June 29, 1:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, July 3, 1:00 to 6:00 p.m.

We are going back to our two-tour format, one on set-up day and the other on tour day. These tours are always a highlight and a bargain. Details of our Atlanta Agriculture and Equestrian Division tours will be in the May Braille Monitor. Our past tours have included horseback riding and touring historic homes, stables, carriage barns, thoroughbred ranches, urban organic farms, microbreweries, and much more. Stay tuned or contact the tour coordinator.

President, Rancher, and Riding Instructor, Diane Starin, (530) 223-9084, 1042 Hawthorne Avenue, Redding, California 96002, email <[email protected]>. Tour Coordinator and Aquaculturist, Fred Chambers, (760) 505-8500, email <[email protected]>.

BLIND, Incorporated, Karaoke Night

by Shawn Mayo

Come hear Dr. Maurer sing at BLIND, Incorporated's Karaoke night. Whether you form a group, sing solo, or cheer on your fellow Federationists, you will want to be part of this fun-filled night on Tuesday, June 29, from 8:00 p.m. to midnight. And, if that's not enough, come find out what song the BLIND, Incorporated, staff and students will sing this year. Meet current students and alumni as they share their experiences from training. There will be a cash bar and many door prizes. Admission is only $5. Song lists will be available in Braille that night, or you can check our Web page at <>, where the song list will be posted when we get closer to convention.

The Colorado Center for the Blind Night

by Julie Deden

Have you wondered what it would be like to be a student at the Colorado Center for the Blind? Are you interested in job training? Join the students and staff Saturday, July 3, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. to discover what your future could hold. Meet our employment specialist and find out what career might be right for you. Try hands-on demonstrations from cane travel to Braille. See what it's like to rock climb and create sculpture. Consider blindness training; it can change your life.

Braille Carnival Buddies
Help Wanted

by Melissa Riccobono

Are you going to the national convention in Atlanta this summer? If so and if you are at least eighteen, please consider helping as a buddy at the annual Braille carnival on Tuesday, June 29, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

This is a great opportunity to work with both blind and sighted children while their parents attend meetings. The Braille carnival features many unique and fun Braille reading and writing experiences for novice to advanced Braille readers. Carnival buddies are responsible for guiding children through the maze of Braille activities. There is plenty of help even if you are still working on your own Braille reading skills.

If you can help or have questions, please contact Melissa Riccobono at <[email protected]>, or call (410) 837-0707. Your help is greatly appreciated. More details will follow for those who are interested in helping at the Braille carnival, and an orientation meeting will be held on the morning of the carnival.

Editors Workshop
Sponsored by the Correspondence Committee

by Jerry Whittle

The Correspondence Committee, the oldest NFB committee, presents an annual workshop for newsletter editors and discusses issues concerned in editing NFB affiliate and division newsletters. In an effort to allow more editors to attend this workshop, we will hold it this year from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 29. Consult your preconvention agenda for the room. Barbara Pierce, editor of the Braille Monitor, will be on hand to lead many of the discussions and exercises. Other speakers will lend their expertise in areas such as layout and using photographs. All NFB newsletter editors are encouraged to attend.

Deaf-Blind Division

by Richard Edlund

The National Federation of the Blind Deaf-Blind Division will conduct its annual meetings July 2 and 3 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Registration will begin at 6:15 p.m. on July 2 and at 6:30 p.m. on July 3. The meetings begin promptly at 7:00. Check the convention agenda for the location.

The meeting on July 2 will cover topics concerning deaf-blindness such as Braille, computers, independent travel as a deaf-blind person, and techniques for effective job searches and appropriate job placements. The business meeting will take place on July 3. The first hour will focus on division business, including elections. The second hour will be an open-ended discussion by the audience on any issues associated with deaf-blindness.

Interpreter services will be provided on request to those who submit their requests by May 15, 2004, to Maurice A. Mines. Send email to him at <[email protected]>, or write him at 3805 West 26th Avenue, Apartment 105, Denver, Colorado 80211, or phone (720) 855-0309.

For more information about deaf-blindness and the activities of the NFB's Deaf-Blind Division, contact President Dick Edlund, 6734 Montana Court, Kansas City, Kansas 66111, call (913) 299-3201, or send email to <[email protected]>.

Division dues are $5 a year and can be sent to Treasurer Kimberley Johnson, Colorado Center for the Blind, 2233 West Shepperd Avenue, Littleton, Colorado 80120, call (303) 778-1130, (ext. 212), fax (303) 778-1598, or send email to <[email protected]>.

Come one and all, and learn what we are doing to change what it means to be deaf-blind. See you in Atlanta from June 29 to July 5.

Diabetes Action Network

by Paul Price

The Diabetes Action Network will hold its annual seminar on Thursday, July 1, 2004, in Atlanta from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. We have two keynote speakers; Dr. Frank Vinicor, the director of diabetes translation at the Centers for Disease Control, and Jinan Saaddine, an ophthalmologist at the CDC. He is probably the most knowledgeable person in the world about diabetes statistics and research. We will also have door prizes.

Educators of Blind Children

by Gail Wagner

Attention educators of blind children. Often we are the only teachers in our area and don't have others nearby to share with. Let's get together and chat at the convention. When you get into Atlanta, call Gail Wagner's room for day, time, and place. Please email her privately if you will be attending the convention: <[email protected]>. Hope to see you in Atlanta.

Ham Radio Group Emergency Preparedness Seminar

by Curtis Willoughby

In accord with long-standing tradition, the first meeting of the 2004 convention will be the Emergency Preparedness Seminar conducted by the NFB Ham Radio Group.

The seminar will be held at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 29. We will discuss frequencies to be used during the convention, especially those to be used in the event of an emergency call-out during the convention. We will also discuss those architectural features of the convention hotels and other information that NFB hams need to know if an emergency response is necessary. Any Atlanta hams who would be willing to do a little frequency scouting before the convention are asked to contact Curtis, KA0VBA (303) 424-7373, <[email protected]>.

The Ham Radio Group has a Federation service project of handling the distribution of the special FM receivers to allow hearing-impaired conventioneers to hear a signal directly from the public address system, which is much easier to understand than the sound that normal hearing aids pick up in a meeting. These same receivers are used to allow Spanish speakers (those who do not understand English fluently) to hear a Spanish translation of the convention and the banquet.

We will take some time at the Emergency Preparedness Seminar to prepare for this project as well. It is important that all group members willing to help come to the seminar.

The annual business meeting of the NFB Ham Radio Group will be held at noon on Sunday, July 4.

Health Professionals Division

by Abio Sokari

Attention all Federationists in health professions or interested in careers in the health professions. The Health Professional Division will meet from 2 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 1, at our national convention. We will conduct a division program and a business meeting, including elections, at this time. For more information contact Abio Sokari, M.D., Ph.D., at <[email protected]>

The Human Services Division

by Melissa Riccobono

The Human Services Division will meet July 1, 2004, for our annual seminar and business meeting. Registration will begin at 1:30 p.m., and the seminar/business meeting will be held from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

The Human Services Division was formed in order to allow blind psychologists, social workers, counselors, other human service workers, and those interested in human service fields to network, ask questions, and share techniques with one another. This year our seminar will address many topics involved in finding employment, including job interviews and internships. We will also discuss techniques blind human service workers use in order to get the job done.

Please join us for this informative seminar. Dues are $5. If you have any questions, contact Melissa Riccobono, president, National Federation of the Blind Human Services Division, by phone at (410) 837-0707 or by email at <[email protected]>.

2004 IBTC-Sponsored Technology Seminars

by Brad Hodges

Last year at the convention in Louisville the International Braille and Technology Center for the Blind sponsored a series of technology-related seminars. These presentations covered a spectrum of technology topics at different user-experience levels.

We are pleased to announce that we will have a similar offering this year in Atlanta. The seminars will be held on Tuesday, June 29. Anyone is welcome to attend any of the eight ninety-minute presentations.

Each seminar will be conducted in one of two rooms. For room locations and to confirm topic details, consult your preconvention agenda, which you will be able to obtain upon check-in at the Marriott Marquis.

Session 1: 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.

A: Microsoft Word XP for Beginners (beginning and intermediate users)

B: Braille from the Ether (intermediate and advanced Duxbury users interested in learning tips and tricks for formatting materials from the Net and beyond)

Session 2: 10:30 a.m. to noon

C: Microsoft Word XP: The Rest of the Story (intermediate and advanced users of Word XP and those moving from Word 2000 to XP)

D: EBooks: Are Cassettes a Thing of the Past (for all interested in the latest developments in playback equipment, sources, and the future of eBooks)

Session 3: 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

E: Tactile Graphics: A Touching Experience (cosponsored by the IBTC and NOPBC for parents, teachers, and all who are interested in learning about specialized graphics technology intended for the blind)

F: Excel for Beginners (beginning and intermediate users)

Session 4: 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.

G: Tactile Graphics: More Touching Experiences (for parents, teachers, and all who are interested in using models, construction toys, and other techniques to create hands-on experiences)

H: Notetakers and your Desktop (beginner to intermediate users of Braille notetakers who want to learn about connecting them to a desktop computer)

The Louisiana Center for the Blind Players Present:
The Long and Winding Trail

by Jerry Whittle

This original drama depicts a young blind man who must run away from home to find trust and loyalty on the streets of New Orleans. Tickets are $5. All proceeds are used to help fund the summer training programs for blind children at the Louisiana Center for the Blind. You can see the play at either 7:00 or 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 1.

Mining Local Foundations for Your Affiliate

by Mary Brady

On Tuesday, June 29, from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. Mary Brady, M.S., program officer, National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute, will offer a seminar on grant writing. Participants will receive current sources of information on private foundations that want to fund projects in their states. Ms. Brady will also circulate model applications for Radio Shack Foundation, Wal-Mart Foundation, and Starbucks Foundation. We will discuss information on application guidelines and the seven secret characteristics of a winning proposal.

National Association of the Blind
in Communities of Faith

by Tom Anderson

The National Association of the Blind in Communities of Faith will hold its annual meeting on Thursday, July 1, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Registration for this meeting will start at 12:30 p.m. This year's theme for the meeting will be "Resources for Empowerment." We plan to have representatives from various faith-based libraries and publishing houses describe what their organizations do. There will be time for questions. We will then have speakers who will discuss how they use their spiritual resources to succeed in their endeavors.

We may also have a discussion about problems members may be having with full participation in their places of worship. A brief business meeting will follow these discussions. In this business meeting we will work to set goals for the next year.

Please feel free to contact me with matters of concern regarding this division. My address is 5628 South Fox Circle, Apartment A, Littleton, Colorado 80120. My phone number is (303) 794-5006. My work number is (303) 778-1130, extension 220. My email address is <[email protected]>.

As in recent years, the division will coordinate early morning devotionals at the 2004 convention. These are intended to encompass all faiths and are open to everyone. We will conduct these devotional services from Friday through Monday, July 2 to 5. Consult the convention agenda for the time and place. If you wish to take part in leading these devotionals, please contact me at the above address. We are looking for people who wish to sing or preach. You can also contact me at the 2004 convention in Atlanta.

National Association of Blind Entrepreneurs

by James R. Bonerbo

The division's annual seminar will be held on June 29 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. We will discuss the formation and operation of small business organizations, the business plan, financing, accounting, tax matters, etc. Don Capps, who chairs the NFB's small business loans committee, will address the seminar. We hope that you can join us.

National Association of Blind Lawyers

by Scott LaBarre

Each year the National Association of Blind Lawyers (NABL) conducts its annual meeting at the convention of the National Federation of the Blind, and this year is no different. We will meet on Thursday, July 1, at the Marriott Marquis from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., exact room to be announced. The purpose of our annual meeting and seminar is multifaceted.

We will examine emerging trends in the law that affect blind people and others with disabilities. We will discuss how to practice law most effectively as a blind or visually impaired legal professional. We will have an update on the way legal research companies are making their products accessible with screen readers and other assistive technology used by blind lawyers. Undoubtedly we will hear from local law schools and bar associations about their outreach efforts to blind and visually impaired students and legal professionals. Because our agenda covers substantive areas of the law and addresses the practice of law itself, many of our members have applied for and received continuing legal education credits for our seminar.

At the conclusion of the seminar we will hold a reception for NABL members and seminar participants to promote networking and fellowship within our membership. If you are a lawyer, legal professional, or law student or are interested in law, the NABL meeting in Atlanta on July 1 is the place to be.

Mock Trial

by Scott LaBarre

The National Association of Blind Lawyers will sponsor its Seventh Annual Mock Trial at the 2004 NFB convention. This trial will reenact an old Federation case. Federation lawyers will be pitted against each other arguing the merits of the two positions.

Although the matter has not been firmly decided, we will very likely revisit an employment discrimination case in which a blind factory worker was fired because of his blindness. See your favorite Federation lawyers strut their legal stuff.

You, the audience, will serve as the jury. This year's trial promises to be just as entertaining and thought provoking as the past trials. A nominal charge of $5 per person will benefit the National Association of Blind Lawyers. The trial will take place on Wednesday afternoon, June 30, at 4:30 p.m. somewhere in the Marriott Marquis. Consult the convention agenda for the exact place.

National Association of Blind Merchants

by Kevan Worley

The National Association of Blind Merchants would like to thank our loyal snack pack customers over the past seven years. Snack Pack has not only been a lot of fun and a great fundraiser for our division; it has also helped many conventioneers on a tight budget to snack pretty well. This year we regret to say that we will be unable to provide snack packs, but we are working on an exciting alternative. So come to our table in the exhibit hall, enjoy a small cool drink, buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win $1,000, and prepare to be surprised and delighted by our latest entrepreneurial venture.

The annual meeting of the National Association of Blind Merchants will take place Thursday afternoon, July 1, at 1:00 p.m. Check the convention agenda for location. This year registration for our division meeting will begin approximately thirty minutes after adjournment of the board of directors meeting. If you are involved in the Randolph-Sheppard Program or operate a similar business, you won't want to miss this merchants' meeting. On Saturday, July 3, from 7:00 until 8:30 p.m., we invite you to our fourth annual Randolph-Sheppard reception. Socialize, network, and learn more about Randolph-Sheppard opportunities. Check the convention agenda for location.

National Association of Blind Musicians

by Linda Mentink

The National Association of Blind Musicians (NABM) will hold its annual seminar on Tuesday, June 29, from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. Bill McCann will give an overview of the products available from Dancing Dots. Then he will do a mini training session with those who want to learn to use GoodFeel, his Braille Music Translation software program. If you'd like to be trained, please contact me immediately so that we know how many computers to have available.

Our annual business meeting is scheduled for Wednesday evening, June 30. Registration will begin at 6:30, and the meeting will begin at 7:00. This is an election year.

NABM will hold its annual showcase of talent on Friday evening, July 2. This is our fundraiser and very well attended. Admission is $5 at the door. If you wish to participate, please follow these guidelines:

1. Sign up by 12 noon on the day of the showcase.

2. Perform one number, no longer than four minutes.

3. If you are using a taped accompaniment, please have it cued up. Do not sing with the artist; you will be cut off while performing.

4. If you need an accompanist, please make arrangements before the showcase.

If you wish to register for the showcase before the convention, contact Linda Mentink, 1740 Tamarack Lane, Janesville, Wisconsin 53545-0952; telephone (608) 752-8749; email <[email protected]>.

Membership dues are $5 per year. If you wish to renew your membership or become a member before the convention, please make your check payable to NABM and send it to Bee Hodgkiss, 1117 Marquette, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403.

National Association of Blind Office Professionals

by Lisa Hall

The National Association of Blind Office Professionals (NABOP) will conduct its annual meeting on Tuesday, June 29. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m., and the meeting begins promptly at 7:00 p.m. Plans are underway to discuss interesting topics such as an update on Braille-transcription training programs, an informative presentation on the Microsoft Office User Specialist Certification Program, and a host of other topics. This is an election year, so come one and all and give feedback on what you would like to see change in NABOP. Consult your convention agenda for the meeting location.

Membership dues are $5 a year, and dues can be sent to Carol Clark, treasurer, 10 Summitcrest Drive, Kansas City, Kansas 66101; home phone (913) 621-3551; work phone (913) 281-3308. Her email address is <[email protected]>.

Anyone wanting more information about the National Association of Blind Office Professionals can contact Lisa Hall, president, 9110 Broadway, Apartment j-102, San Antonio, Texas 78217, (210) 829-4571, or send email to <[email protected]>.

See everyone in Atlanta during the week of June 29 to July 5.

National Association of Blind Piano Technicians

by Don Mitchell

The National Association of Blind Piano Technicians will hold its annual meeting on Thursday, July 1, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Please consult your convention agenda for room location. Come learn about the new Veratuner electronic piano-tuning machine, which has been developed by the piano technicians division, Smith Kettlewell, and Veratuner, Inc. This is an exciting new device developed for blind piano technicians. Join us at our meeting and help us change what it means to be a blind piano technician.

Also stop by the blind piano technicians' booth in the exhibit hall and talk about piano technology. You can sign up to win a Type 'n Speak notetaker. Hope to see you there.

The National Association of Blind Rehabilitation Professionals

by Shawn Mayo

The National Association of Blind Rehabilitation Professionals will hold our annual meeting Friday, July 2, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. As always, this year's program will include practical ways to bring our Federation philosophy into our work in the blindness field. We will also examine ways of working with youth, find out what's new at RSA, look into how the workforce centers are affecting rehabilitation, and discuss other critical issues. Whether you are a rehabilitation teacher, counselor, agency director, or advocate wanting to inform others back in your state, this seminar is for you. Membership dues are $5.

National Association of Blind Students

by Angela Wolf

The National Association of Blind Students will conduct its annual student division meeting on Wednesday, June 30, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the NFB national convention. Registration will begin at 6:00 p.m. We will also be hosting Monte Carlo Night on Saturday, July 3, from 8:00 p.m. until midnight. Monte Carlo Night is a fundraiser for the student division, and this year it will be bigger and better than ever. Come support the students and have fun at the same time.

For more information contact Angela Wolf, president, (512) 417-8190, <[email protected]>.

National Association of Guide Dog Users

by Suzanne Whalen

The National Association of Guide Dog Users (NAGDU) invites all interested convention attendees to its two meetings to be held at our national convention in Atlanta. As always we will host two sessions this year. The first will be held Tuesday, June 29. This meeting is our convention business meeting. Although not all arrangements for our meeting have been completed yet, one of our activities will be our biennial election of division officers. Registration will be conducted from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., and the meeting is scheduled to begin promptly at 7:00 and end at 10:00 p.m.

As has been the case for several years, our second meeting is entitled "A Guide Dog in Your Life." It will be held on Saturday, July 3, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. During the first two hours we will focus on questions of primary interest to cane users contemplating becoming guide dog users, although everyone is invited to participate. Experienced guide dog users can answer questions posed by cane users, and potential guide dog users can hear real-life stories from us in the division who use guide dogs every day. We also expect that guide dog instructors will be available from several schools to give Juno walks for those who want them. This is the preliminary walk given to all new guide dog students before matching is done with a guide dog.

As many of you know from reading Harness Up, our newsletter, the Canine Concerns Committee has undergone major changes. We are asking for volunteers to help organize and supervise the relief areas. Anyone in the Atlanta area who can make telephone calls for us would be especially welcome. If you are interested in helping, please contact Suzanne Whalen, president, at (214) 357-2829.

We look forward to seeing all of you at this year's convention. We know that, as always, we will all come away inspired.

National Association to Promote the Use of Braille

by Nadine Jacobson

It's hard to believe that our national convention is just around the corner. While you are considering which meetings to attend, we hope you will choose NAPUB, the National Association to Promote the Use of Braille. The time for the meeting is 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 1.

We have an exciting agenda planned. If you want to know what's going on with Braille, we hope you can come to our meeting. Before the meeting begins, we will again this year conduct a Braille book flea market. It will begin at 5:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served, and we are sure that everyone will have as much fun as we did last year. If you have any books you would like to contribute to the flea market, consult the first Monitor Miniature in this issue for the exact address to which books should be shipped. Remember, all of the proceeds from the Braille book flea market will go to fund the Braille mentoring program. If you wish to learn more about any NAPUB activities, I can be reached by telephone at (952) 927-7694. My email address is <[email protected]>. We look forward to seeing all of you in Atlanta.

NFB Camp: It's More Than Child's Play

by Carla McQuillan

Programs and Activities

Children and NFB Camp staff members play on the floor/
Children and NFB Camp staff members play on the floor.

During convention week children six weeks through ten years of age are invited to join in the fun and festivities of NFB Camp. NFB Camp offers more than just childcare; it is an opportunity for our blind and sighted children to meet and develop lifelong friendships. Our activity schedule is filled with games, crafts, and special performances designed to entertain, educate, and delight. If you are interested in this year's program, please complete and return the registration form provided at the end of this notice. Preregistration with payment on or before June 15, 2004, is mandatory for participation in NFB Camp. Space is limited, and each year some families have to be turned away.

About the Staff: NFB Camp is organized and supervised by Carla McQuillan, the executive director of Main Street Montessori Association, operating two schools, parent education courses, and a teacher-training program. Carla is the mother of two children, the president of the National Federation of the Blind of Oregon, and a member of the board of directors of the National Federation of the Blind.

Michelle Ros, NFB Camp's activities director since 1999, will not be available this year because of the birth of her second child, due mid-June. Michelle regrets her absence and promises to be with us next year, babe in arms. Instead Alison McQuillan--camp worker and teacher since 1998--will be our activities director this year. Over the years we have recruited professional childcare workers from the local community to staff NFB Camp. Recently we have determined that recruiting from our Federation families results in workers with proper philosophy and attitudes about our blind children. Carla and Alison will be supervising camp workers and all related activities.

Activities and Special Events: The children are divided into groups according to age: infants and toddlers, preschoolers, and school-aged children. Each camp room is equipped with a variety of age-appropriate toys, games, and books, and we will have daily art projects. In addition school-aged children will have the opportunity to sign up for half-day trips to local area attractions.

The planned events include trips to underground Atlanta for ice cream, a tour of the Coca Cola museum, a visit to the Atlanta Center for Puppetry Arts, and more. Our field trip supervisor this year will be 2002 scholarship winner Nicolas Crisosto. Dates, times, additional fees, and sign-up sheets for field trips will be available at NFB Camp. Space for special events is limited to enrolled NFB Campers only, on a first-come, first-served basis. On the final day of NFB Camp we will conduct a big toy sale--brand new toys at bargain prices.

Banquet Night: NFB Camp will provide dinner and activities during the banquet. The cost for banquet activities is $15 per child in addition to other camp fees.

NFB Camp will be open during general convention sessions, division and committee meeting day, and the evening of the banquet. Plenty of teens are always available to baby-sit during evening and lunchtime meetings.

Please use the NFB Camp registration form.

NFB Camp Schedule

NFB Camp will be open during general convention sessions, division and committee meeting day, and the evening of the banquet. Times listed are the opening and closing times of NFB Camp. Children are not accepted earlier than the times listed, and a late fee of $10 will be assessed for all late pick-ups. NFB Camp provides morning and afternoon snacks. You are responsible to provide lunch for your child(ren) every day except Tuesday.

Date                                        NFB Camp Hours

Tuesday, June 29                      8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 30                 Camp is closed.

Thursday, July 1                       8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Friday, July 2                            9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 3                        8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 4                          8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

                                                Banquet: 6:30 p.m.

Monday, July 5                         8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-5:30 p.m.

You are required to provide lunch for your child(ren) each day except Tuesday.

These times may vary, depending on the timing of the actual convention sessions. NFB Camp will open thirty minutes before the beginning gavel and close thirty minutes after session recess.


NFB Camp Registration Form
Completed form and fees must be received on or before June 15, 2004


Parent’s Name_________________________________________________________

Address _____________________________________________________________

City _______________________ State _____ Zip ________ Phone ______________

Child(ren)’s Name(s)

 _________________________________________Date of Birth _________ Age ____

_________________________________________ Date of Birth _________ Age ____

_________________________________________ Date of Birth _________ Age ____

Include description of any disabilities/allergies we should know about:


Who, other than parents, is allowed to pick up your child? _____________________________________________________________________

Per Week:      $80 first child; $60 siblings                # of children _____    $ ________

             (Does not include banquet)

Per Day:        $20 per child per day                         # days  ____ x $20/child    $ ________

            (Does not include banquet)

Banquet:        $15 per child                                     # of children _____ x $15    $ ________

                                       Total Due   $ ________

We understand that NFB Camp is being provided as a service by the NFB to make our convention more enjoyable for both parents and children. We understand the rules we were given and agree to abide by them. We will pick up children immediately following sessions. We understand that if our child(ren) does not follow the rules or if for any reason staff are unable to care for our child(ren), further access to childcare will be denied.

Parent’s Signature __________________________________ Date _______________

Make checks payable to NFB Camp.

Return form to National Federation of the Blind of Oregon
5005 Main Street, Springfield, OR 97478, (541) 726-6924.

National Federation of the Blind in Computer Science

by Curtis Chong

This year's meeting of the National Federation of the Blind in Computer Science will be held on Thursday, July 1, at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. This being an even-numbered year, members of the division will have an opportunity to elect officers and board members.

Of late we have received disturbing information about difficulties blind people have experienced with reasonable accommodations when trying to take various computerized certification tests. In one instance a blind test-taker was denied the opportunity to bring a Braillewriter and blank paper into the testing area, and in another questions arose about whether or not it was reasonable for screen-magnification software to be installed on the testing computer to be used by a person with low vision. Another issue that we are wrestling with in this area has to do with the compatibility of testing software with screen-access technology and the willingness of developers of testing software to ensure that the programs they create work with the programs that the blind use to operate the computer. Accordingly, at this year's meeting we will be speaking with representatives from some of the larger testing companies such as Prometric and Certiport.

Other program items being considered include an update from Microsoft and other companies about their continuing efforts to maintain or improve accessibility to their products; a discussion with some of the more egregious purveyors of the graphical text-verification technology, which shuts out many blind people from important services; Java (as used with Windows screen readers); and a technical roundtable for PC and mainframe computer programmers.

For more information about the meeting contact Curtis Chong, president, National Federation of the Blind in Computer Science, 3000 Grand Avenue, Apartment 916, Des Moines, Iowa 50312, phone (515) 277-1288, email <[email protected]>.

The National Federation of the Blind in Judaism

by Harold Snider

The NFB in Judaism will meet on Friday, July 2, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. This is a half-hour after the close of the general convention session. During the business meeting we will discuss the situation of blind Jews in their communities and the ongoing problems with JBI International. After the meeting those members who wish to do so may join in an Oneg Shabbat celebration and meal which will be kosher. The approximate cost of the catered meal will be $30 a person, including tax and gratuity. Those wishing to attend the Oneg Shabbat must make advance reservations by June 25, 2004, in order to guarantee a meal. Please contact Harold Snider, chairman, NFB in Judaism, at 4921 Bel Pre Road, Rockville, Maryland 20853, phone (301) 460-4142, or email <[email protected]>.

National Organization of Blind Educators

by Sheila Koenig

On July 1 the National Organization of Blind Educators (NOBE) will conduct its annual meeting from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Registration begins at 1:00 p.m. NOBE is a network of blind teachers and those interested in careers in education. Our meeting will offer an opportunity to meet blind people teaching in various grade levels and content areas.

Many questions arise as people contemplate and realize their dreams of teaching: how will potential employers react to a blind applicant? How does a blind person manage students in a classroom? How does one accomplish the daily duties as well as the "other duties as assigned" for which teachers are contracted? During our seminar at the 2004 convention in Atlanta, successful blind teachers will discuss such questions. Seminar participants will also meet in small groups specific to grade level and content areas of interest. In this way we can create a network of mentors extending beyond our meeting.

Education is a profession rich in possibility. As we continue to take on additional roles both inside and outside the classroom, we must continue to develop the alternative techniques essential to our success. Whether you are currently teaching or are interested in the profession of education, we invite you to our seminar on July 1 in Atlanta.

National Organization of the Senior Blind

by Judy Sanders

Medicare defines a senior as someone who is over sixty-five, or is it sixty-seven? RSA (the Rehabilitation Services Administration) says that people are seniors when they are over fifty-five. AARP wants folks when they reach fifty. The National Organization of the Senior Blind (NOSB) wants you at any age.

We will open the doors at 6:00 p.m. on June 30 to begin registration and our ever popular somewhat silent auction. To make the auction work, we are once again counting on generous contributions by Federationists both in items for the auction and in emptying of wallets and checkbooks. Please make sure your items arrive in time for consideration by eager bidders.

Our meeting will be packed full of information from and for blind seniors. Here's an example: Dr. Abio Sokario is employed as a medical consultant to the Topeka Center for the Blind in Kansas. As an enthusiastic Federationist he wants to share his knowledge. He will present an item called "Memory Boosters or Busters." If you are wondering what this will entail, you are not alone. I'm wondering too. We'll all have to show up to find out.

The meeting will adjourn no later than 10:00 p.m. If you have questions or suggestions for the agenda, call Judy Sanders at (612) 375-1625. Email: <[email protected]>. One final thing: leave your ID in your hotel room; you won't need it to get in.

Public Employees Division

by Ivan Weich

The Public Employees Division will meet Wednesday, June 30, at 7:00 p.m. If you have questions about the division or the program, you should contact Ivan Weich, division president, at (360) 782-9575.

Roman Catholic Mass

Fr. Gregory Paul, C.P., plans to be with us again at this year's convention and will celebrate Mass on Sunday morning, July 4, at 6:45 a.m. The room assignment will be listed in the agenda.


Shaping the Programs
Of the Jernigan Institute:
A Topical Conversation Among NFB Members

Now that the Jernigan Institute is a reality, we want to be sure that member ideas, concerns, and needs
play a part in our planning. To this end we will conduct a series of topical discussions on Tuesday, June 29. Moderators will be Executive Director Betsy Zaborowski and Director of Programs Ruth Martin, National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute. Consult the preconvention agenda for locations.

1:00 to 2:00 p.m., Session I
Topic: Seniors

2:15 to 3:15 p.m., Session II
Topic: Rehabilitation and Employment

3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Session III
Topic: Education

4:45 to 5:45 p.m., Session IV
Topic: Technology

Where do your interests lie? What issues are important for us to consider? Join us for the discussion.

Social Security Seminar

by James McCarthy and Teresa Uttermohlen

An outreach seminar, "Social Security and Supplemental Security Income: What Applicants, Advocates, and Recipients Should Know," will take place Saturday afternoon, July 3. Conducted by the National Federation of the Blind with the assistance of the Social Security Administration, the seminar will provide information on Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits for the blind. Seminar presenters will be James McCarthy, director of governmental affairs for the National Federation of the Blind, and his wife Teresa Uttermohlen, an NFB member and a training and technical assistance liaison employed by Virginia Commonwealth University. Social Security representatives will make helpful publications available to those who attend and share useful information about communicating with the Social Security Administration.

Teen Hospitality Room

by Gail Wagner

Attention all teens! If you are between the ages of twelve and seventeen, we have the place for you. Come to the Teen Hospitality Room to hang out, eat snacks, play games, and visit with old and new friends. This room will be open during most of the NOPBC meetings, plus other times throughout the week. Check for fliers on information tables and at NOPBC activities. Or call Gail Wagner's room at the hotel for last-minute information with dates and times.

Parents: this room will be discreetly chaperoned by NFB members.

Travel and Tourism Division

by Stephanie Scott

You are cordially invited to convene with the Travel and Tourism Division on Thursday, July 1, from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. The order of business will be as follows:

1. Elections: all seats are vacant

2. Reception

3. Travel seminar

Light refreshments will be served during the Travel and Tourism Seminar. The seminar will feature a travel information table and a host of distinguished speakers from governmental entities, Delta Airlines, Greyhound, Amtrak, and Carnival Cruise Line.

Seating is limited to Travel and Tourism members only, so become a member today. Membership dues are only $10 a person and should be forwarded to the attention of Travel and Tourism Division President Douglas M. Johnson, P.O. Box 597, Manchester, Washington 98353, home phone (360) 871-3731, email <[email protected]>.

For more information about the festivities at convention, call Stephanie Scott at (800) 449-6324 or email <[email protected]>.

Webmasters Workshop

by Chris Danielsen

On February 1, 2004, just prior to the NFB's annual Washington seminar, members from several states gathered to discuss how each NFB affiliate could enhance its presence on the World Wide Web. The topics ranged from registering domain names and shopping for a good Web host to the particulars of exciting Web-development software, which Macromedia, Inc., a leading manufacturer of such products, has generously donated to the NFB for the use of its affiliates and divisions. The discussion was so lively and productive that the group has planned a similar meeting for the national convention.

Our tentative agenda includes a discussion of how to use Macromedia's powerful Contribute software to allow affiliate leaders to post material to Web sites without having to become fluent in HTML; the kinds of content members and guests may find useful on an affiliate Web site; and the way NFB Web sites can achieve a uniform look and feel, while still insuring that each affiliate's site reflects its own unique voice.

If some of the terminology used here has left you scratching your head, don't worry; you don't have to be a veteran Web jockey to attend. Join the NFB Webmasters at convention and learn how this great movement of ours can harness the power of the Internet to reach more people and make our movement even stronger. Check the preconvention agenda for the details of time and location.

Writers Division

by Tom Stephens

The Writers Division will conduct a workshop on communications and media at 1:45 p.m. on Tuesday, June 29. The objective will be to give participants ideas about media coverage. The workshop will last until 3:00 p.m. The division will also hold a come-one-come-all poetry reading from 3:15 till 4:30 p.m.

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