Braille Monitor

Vol. 54, No. 1                                                            January 2011

Gary Wunder, editor

Published in inkprint, in Braille, and on cassette by

The National Federation of the Blind

Marc Maurer, president

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Orlando Site of 2011 NFB Convention

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Palm-lined drive leading to front entrance to Rosen Shingle Creek ResortThe 2011 convention of the National Federation of the Blind will take place in Orlando, Florida, July 3-8, at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort at 9939 Universal Boulevard, Orlando, Florida 32819-9357. Make your room reservation as soon as possible with the Rosen Shingle Creek staff only. Call (866) 996-6338.

The 2011 room rates are singles, doubles, and twins, $63; and triples and quads, $67. In addition to the room rates there will be a tax, which at present is 12.5 percent. No charge will be made for children under seventeen in the room with parents as long as no extra bed is requested. The hotel is accepting reservations now. A $75-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, 2011. 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, 2011, assuming that rooms are still available. After that time the hotel will not hold our room block for the convention. In other words, you should get your reservation in soon.

Guestroom amenities include thirty-two-inch flat screen television with NXTV; two telephones; laptop safe; coffeemaker; hairdryer; and, for a fee, high-speed Internet access. The Rosen Shingle Creek Resort has a number of restaurant options, including two award-winning restaurants, and twenty-four-hour-a-day room service. It has first-rate amenities and shuttle service to the Orlando airport.

The schedule for the 2011 convention will follow the dates of last year’s:

Sunday, July 3             Seminar Day
Monday, July 4            Registration Day
Tuesday, July 5           Board Meeting and Division Day
Wednesday, July 6      Opening Session
Thursday, July 7          Business Session
Friday, July 8             Banquet Day and Adjournment



Vol. 54, No. 1                                                            January 2011


Lead Photo Listen Now (MP3)

A Brief History of the Braille MonitorListen Now (MP3)
by Gary Wunder

One Summer, Fifty Blind Children, Five
States, and Six BELLS
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by Natalie Shaheen and Jackie Otwell

Architect Chris Downey Finds Second SightListen Now (MP3)
by Peter Slatin

Blindness: That's How it Is at the Top of the StairsListen Now (MP3)
by Kenneth Jernigan

NFB Teacher of Tomorrow Program:
Partnerships for Success
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by Rosy Carranza

Making Cell Phones Accessible:
Computers in Our Pockets Must Talk
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by Curtis Chong

UI Eyes More Accessible WebsiteListen Now (MP3)
by Max Freund

The Top Ten Benefits of Tactile
Reading for the Sighted
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by Father Ephraim

A Plan That Works for Me Listen Now (MP3)
by David Marrero

Jacobus tenBroek and Kenneth Jernigan:
The Letter That Started it All
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Technology Aids Lives of two Blind St. Cloud Women
Lifelong Friends Talk of Many Changes
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by Kevin Allenspach

Sales Soar as Talking Books Mark 75 Years Listen Now (MP3)
by Emily Dugan

Convention Scholarships AvailableListen Now (MP3)
by Allen Harris

Recipes Listen Now (MP3)

Monitor MiniaturesListen Now (MP3)

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