Braille Monitor

Vol. 50, No. 1                                                                    January 2007

Barbara Pierce, editor

Published in inkprint, in Braille, and on cassette by

The National Federation of the Blind
Marc Maurer, president


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Atlanta Site of 2007 NFB Convention

The Atlanta Marriott Marquis HotelThe 2007 convention of the National Federation of the Blind will take place in Atlanta, Georgia, June 30 through July 6, at the Marriott Marquis Hotel at 265 Peachtree Center Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia 30303. For room reservations call (404) 521-0000.

The 2007 room rates are singles, doubles, and twins $61 and triples and quads $66 a night, plus a 15 percent sales tax. The hotel is 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, 2007. The other 50 percent is not refundable.

Rooms will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations may be made before June 1, 2007, assuming that rooms are still available. After that time the hotel will not hold our block of rooms for the convention. In other words you should get your reservation in as soon as possible.

Guestroom amenities include cable television, coffee pot, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, and high-speed Internet access. The Marriott has several excellent restaurants. The hotel is currently undergoing renovations that will result in some alteration in the configuration of these. We will report on the changes as the convention draws near. It still features indoor and outdoor pools, solarium, health club, whirlpool, and sauna.

We strongly recommend preregistering for the convention itself online or by mail any time starting March 1 and ending May 31. The 2007 convention will follow what many think of as our usual schedule:

Saturday, June 30 Seminar Day
Sunday, July 1 Registration Day
Monday, July 2 Board Meeting and Division Day
Tuesday, July 3 March for Independence and Opening Session
Wednesday, July 4 Tour Day
Thursday, July 5 Banquet Day
Friday, July 6 Business Session



Vol. 50, No. 1                                                                       January 2007


Lead Photo

Who Are the Blind Who Lead the Blind?

Jacobus tenBroek
Kenneth Jernigan
Marc Maurer
Fredric Schroeder
Peggy Elliott
Gary Wunder
Pam Allen
Ron Brown
Amy Buresh
Dan Burke
Donald Capps
Sam Gleese
Carl Jacobsen
Cathy Jackson
Anil Lewis
Chris McKenzie
Alpidio Rolón
Joe Ruffalo
Dan Wenzel

In the Spotlight

To Live Is to Give--My Experience in the Middle East
by Rebekah Jakeman

America Online: An Internet Service that the Blind Can Use
by Curtis Chong

Of Harvests and Gears: Fundraising for the NFB
by Jennifer Bose

Fifth Annual Meet-the-Blind-Month Campaign
by Jerry Lazarus


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