The Braille Monitor                                                                        December 2005


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News from the Federation Family

New Chapter:

On Saturday, August 20, 2005, the NFB of Mississippi organized the Grenada Chapter. The officers are president, Emma White; vice president, Rosie Ford; secretary, Aileen Richardson; treasurer, Margaret Smith; and directors, Walter Cain and Ryan Commander. Congratulations to this new chapter.


The National Federation of the Blind of New York State held its forty-ninth annual convention the weekend of October 21 to 23, 2005. Sunday, October 23, elections for officers were held. Elected were president, Carl Jacobsen; first vice president, Mindy Fliegelman; second vice president, Michael Robinson; secretary, Julie Phillipson; and treasurer, Raymond Wayne.


The Statewide Chapter on Aging of the NFB of California held elections on October 14, 2005, during the California state convention. Those elected were president, Jim Willows; vice president, Patricia Munson; secretary, Shari Main; treasurer, Greg Phelps; and Mary Willows and Michael Cuohy, board members. Sybil Irvin is a holdover board member.


The National Federation of the Blind of Colorado elected the following leaders: president, Scott LaBarre; first vice president, Kevan Worley; second vice president, Jeremiah Beasley; secretary, Julie Deden; treasurer, Mary Larsen; and members of the board of directors, Diane McGeorge, Eric Woods, Jim Misener, and Melissa Green.

Braille coin key chain
Braille coin key chain

Braille Coins for Sale:

The Cincinnati chapter and the Ohio Organization of Blind Seniors are selling Louis Braille coins. These unique coins have the words "Louis Braille 1809" (the year of Braille's birth) in Braille on one side and a picture of hands reading Braille and the words "Braille Opens Doors" in print on the reverse side. These attractive coins, which can serve as key chains, are ideal for affiliates or chapters to use in promoting Braille Literacy Week in early January. The Louis Braille coins sell for $5 each and will be mailed using the Free Matter privilege. To order, send payment to Paul Dressell, 2714 Ruberg Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45211, (513) 481-7662. Make checks payable to NFB of Cincinnati and mail to the above address.


As we were going to press, Allen Harris notified us that The Band Aid evening of music, dancing, food, and fun recently held by the Iowa Department for the Blind to aid blind hurricane victims raised at least $3,435.50. A bit more may come in, and it will all go to the Louisiana affiliate to help blind Gulf Coast residents who lost homes, jobs, or property in Katrina and Rita. Thank you to Iowans and everyone else who has donated funds to help folks in Mississippi and Louisiana.

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.

Braille Writer Repair Service:

Paul Jackanin is a factory-trained Braille writer service technician. He uses only factory parts. His turnaround time is five to seven days in most cases. He is an authorized vendor for the commission in all fifty states. A cleaning and basic repair is only $65. He buys broken Braillers and also sells reconditioned Braillers starting at $325. If interested, contact Paul Jackanin at (718) 749-3774.

Computers for $100:

Computers are once again available to blind people for $100. Use your Talking Book playback machine to listen to a six-cassette step-by-step tutorial on how to use Windows, from Bryan Hartgen. It includes using email and reading Web pages. The computer comes with a CD drive, sound card, speakers, 56K dial-up modem, and demo copy of Window-Eyes. Keep track of your tax and insurance files. Write letters and email to your friends and family. Keep your own recipes and family genealogy records. An email service, Juno, and a shareware screen enlargement program are provided.

Contact Bob Langford at Texas Center for the Physically Impaired, 11330 Quail Run, Dallas, Texas 75238; (214) 340-6328 during CST business hours. His email address is <[email protected]>.

Seeking Applicants:

The RRTC on Blindness and Low Vision at Mississippi State University is seeking applicants for the vision specialist in vocational rehabilitation ten-week graduate certificate program being held March 20 to May 26, 2006.

The purpose of the program is to provide vocational rehabilitation (VR) counselors and graduate students in VR programs with the expertise to address issues specific to vision impairments. Students receive a stipend which includes tuition and fees, per diem for university housing and meals, and a travel allowance. The program consists of four courses for twelve graduate-level credit hours: rehabilitation for people who are visually impaired; resources for people who are visually impaired; computer access technology for people who are visually impaired; and special projects in rehabilitation of people who are visually impaired.

Applicants must complete and return the application; submit a letter indicating that they are interested in the program; submit two letters of recommendation; and submit a transcript; and upon acceptance into the program be accepted for admission to the graduate school at Mississippi State University. The registration deadline is January 5, 2006. Additional information, including the registration form, can be obtained at <> or by contacting Stacy Butler, phone (662) 325-3304; TTY (662) 325-8693; or email <[email protected]>.


NFB Pledge

I pledge to participate actively in the efforts 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.