The Braille Monitor                                                                      _______     November 1997

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Leadership Training for Blind Youth:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

Do you know a future leader in the blindness community--a young man or woman, blind or visually impaired, who has the intelligence, energy, and determination to make a difference in the lives of visually impaired persons in your country? The International Program at Overbrook School for the Blind in Philadelphia is open to candidates from throughout the world who demonstrate these leadership qualities and who are interested in participating in a one-year academic and training program.

Now in its twelfth year, the Program announces the start of the admissions process for the 1998-99 academic year. You are invited to nominate candidates who meet the qualifications required for admission and who would benefit from taking part in the program. To qualify, a participant must 1) be blind or partially sighted, 2) be between the ages of sixteen and twenty-one at the start of the program, 3) be in good academic standing, 4) have a basic knowledge of English, 5) be interested in adaptive computer technology for the blind, and 6) demonstrate independence and leadership skills.

The Admissions Committee reviews all nominations and invites appropriate candidates to complete a full application.

The International Program is designed to develop leadership capabilities of young blind and partially sighted individuals from around the world, to provide them with the skills they will need to succeed in higher education and the work place, and to help improve the situation of other blind and visually impaired persons in their countries.

Courses in adaptive computer technology, English as a second language, and leadership development form the core of the curriculum, while emphasis is also placed on learning in an inter-cultural environment. Educational field trips, music programs, and sports activities are also offered.

For information and admissions materials, contact Lawrence F. Campbell, Admissions Committee, International Program, Overbrook School for the Blind, 6333 Malvern Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19151-2597, United States, (215) 878-8700, fax (215) 878-8886, e-mail: [email protected]

In Memoriam:

Jim Willows, President of the NFB of California, recently wrote to report the following sad news:

I deeply regret having to report the passing of two dedicated California Federation members. Larry Rangel died on August 21, 1997, of diabetic complications. Larry was an active member of both our Bay Area (San Francisco) and California Orientation Center for the Blind Alumni Chapters. Larry attended his first National Convention this past summer, shortly before his death. He came home with high enthusiasm and motivation. He asked me to call on him for any help he could offer our affiliate. Dinah Smith died in Denver on September 7, after a long illness. She had moved into a nursing home near her family.

Prior to this move Dinah lived for many years in Santa Barbara, where she had been a twenty-year member and treasurer of the NFB Chapter. Joy Smith, President of the Santa Barbara County Chapter, tells me that she could always count on Dinah for helpin chapter activities. Both Dinah and Larry are the stuff of which this organization is made. They will be greatly missed.

New Catalog of Braille Books for Children Available:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

Seedlings Braille Books for Children announces its new 1998 catalog. This catalog contains over 300 low-cost Braille books for children. Thirty-eight books have been added this year, including for pre-schoolers print-Braille-and-picture books Disney's My Book of ABC, Goodnight Moon, and Pooh All Year Long; for older children Newberry Award winners in Braille such as A Gathering of Days, The Giver, and The Midwife's Apprentice. Other new Braille books include selections from popular series like The Boxcar Children, Hardy Boys, and The American Girls Collection.

For more information check the Seedlings Web page at or write to P.O. Box 51924, Livonia, Michigan 48151-5924, or e-mail: [email protected]

Help Wanted:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

The Clovernook Center in Cincinnati is recruiting for a variety of positions in its production facility. Openings include packers; material handlers; machine operators; and utility, quality assurance, and warehouse personnel. Contact Mike Walsh, Clovernook Center for the Blind, 7000 Hamilton Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45231, (513) 522-3860. The Center is an equal opportunity employer.

Italian Tour:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

Campanian Enterprises plans a trip to Italy for sixteen blind travelers April 26 to May 8, 1998. Several sighted guides will be with us throughout the program.

The tour accents the Touchable Treasures of Northern Italy from the architectural glories of Milan and the landscape surrounding Lake Como to the sounds, smells, and freshness of the Alps and the magnificence of Florence--Giotto, Masaccio, Donatello, Botticelli and Michelangelo. With expert guidance across the majestic boundaries of Northern Italy, we will encounter the history of ancient Rome and the Renaissance and enjoy the food and wines of the local cuisine.

The program includes transatlantic flights from New York to Milan and Florence to New York (add-on fares are available from other cities in the U.S. and Canada; contact us for this information); accommodation at first-class hotels; continental breakfast and dinner daily and one lunch; pullman coach transportation throughout the program; expertly guided tours and professional background lectures; sightseeing and excursions as described in the itinerary; all entrance fees to museums and archaeological sites; and gratuities and service charges. Not included are passport expenses, airport taxes, ten lunches, alcoholic beverages, accident/baggage insurance, personal expenses, laundry, telephone, taxes, and taxis.

For additional information about this tour or shorter American tours to Hyde Park; New York City; Washington, D.C.; New Orleans; and greater Boston, contact Robert Wilhelm, Campanian Enterprises, Inc., P.O. Box 167, Oxford, Ohio 45056, (513) 524-4846, fax (513) 523-0276, e-mail: [email protected] Web site:


We recently received the results of the NFB of Colorado election that took place during the affiliate's September convention. Elected were President Diane McGeorge; First Vice President, Kevan Worley; Second Vice President, Scott LaBarre; Secretary, Julie Deden; Treasurer, Paul Lorensen; and Board Members John Deden, Alice George, Don Hudson, and Dan Wenzel.

Computer Systems Available:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

Cabo Systems, which specializes in niche markets, now builds adaptive computer systems for the blind and visually impaired. We test and benchmark every component that goes into a Cabo computer for speed and reliability based on its own merits and in the way it interacts with other system components.

Every Cabo System comes with a standard two-year parts and labor warranty covering everything from hard drives to rubber feet to mouse pads and with free-for-life technical support. You can call ten years after your purchase and immediately talk to a human being. On-site warranties are also available at a reasonable rate, and in-house repairs are always completed inside twenty-four hours.

Fully configured adaptive computers start at $2,499 for a mid-range pentium with all the bells and whistles. For the power user, however, we also offer Pentium Pro, multi-processor, and RISC based machines. If you can dream it, we can build it.

Call us anytime to order, get additional information, or receive a custom quote. Contact Cabo International Trading, Ltd., 28W066 Commercial Ave, Barrington, Illinois 60010, (847) 381-6000, fax (847) 381-7094, e-mail: [email protected]


In the July, 1997, issue, we printed an article about the new Arizona Braille Law. The story said that Dr. Jane Erin of the University of Arizona devised a provision stipulating that electronic versions of text books for students in community colleges and universities as well as in elementary and secondary schools be available when needed for transcription into Braille. We are told that, while Dr. Erin's Task Force recommended the idea, it was actually Task Force member Terri Hedgpeth from Arizona State University in Tempe who proposed the idea.

Handbook on Reasonable Accommodation Available:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

The Department of Veterans Affairs Blind Rehabilitation Services Committee on Reasonable Accommodations has produced a handbook on reasonable accommodations. This handbook provides a succinct overview of the law, examples of the requests for reasonable accommodation, a definition of reasonable accommodation, and several case laws. For a free copy call Margie Donovan, VIST Coordinator, at (415) 750-6604. Please specify your choice of format: large print or ASCII computer disk.

Skiing Available:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

B.O.L.D., Inc., of Aspen makes it possible for blind people from the U.S. and Canada to ski in Colorado's Rockies. We provide ski instructions, guides, equipment if needed, reduced lift ticket prices, companions for shopping, dining, and the like. Winter activities include Alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, dog sledding, and snow mobiling. For additional information or an application please contact B.O.L.D., Inc., c/o Franchesca Campione, Program Director, 533 E. Main St., Aspen, Colorado 81611, (970) 925-9511.

Hoping to Find:

We have been asked to carry the following request:

We need a voice synthesizer and a screen reader for a 386 IBM-compatible computer. We would prefer a VERT or a Tiny Talk either donated or for a reasonable price. We are a not-for-profit, 501 (c)(3) organization, so any donation made to us is tax-deductible. Contact the Voice of Print of the Northwest Florida Radio Reading Service, Inc., fax (850) 944-3563, (888) 941-2888 (toll free), twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

Please leave your name and phone number.


Mary Willows writes to report that the Ala-Costa chapter of the NFB of California held elections on October 11, 1997. The election results were as follows: President, Donna Sexton; Vice President, Carolyn Truitt; Secretary, Mary Willows; Treasurer, Jim Willows; and Board Members, Steve Peters and Lillian Richardson.

Graduate Training Available:

Louisiana Tech University, in cooperation with the Louisiana Center for the Blind, is seeking qualified applicants interested in a master's degree in orientation and mobility. Scholarships are available for qualified applicants. This program is funded through the U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration, under an Experimental and Innovative Training Grant. For more information contact Dr. Ruby Ryles, (318) 251-2891.

Business Opportunity Available:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

Federation member Turley Richards, an internationally known recording artist, songwriter, and producer, announces a home business opportunity requiring only a telephone, computer or notetaker, and the ability to talk to friends and acquaintances. There are no inventory, meetings, and almost no paperwork. Having started in June of 1997, this network marketing company is growing fast. People who get in early will almost certainly make money. You will be a music promoter dealing in CDs; cassettes; music videos; and, coming soon, CD-ROM products and movie videos.

For information call toll-free (888) 488-4889 and leave Turley Richards' code, AMI9599. If you need more information, call him at (502) 452-9011. Internet address is

The company Internet address is upline is

For Sale:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

Do you experience cassette avalanches? Here's the perfect remedy--the NFB of Illinois is selling cassette albums at $3 each. These sturdy, attractive, white vinyl cassette albums hold twelve cassettes, perfect for one year of the Braille Monitor. The album's spine is wide enough to accommodate Braille labels, and it has a clear plastic sleeve for print label inserts. Orders must be accompanied by a check or money order covering the number of albums purchased. Make checks payable to NFB of Illinois. Send orders to Stephen O. Benson, 7020 N. Tahoma Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60646. If you have questions, please call (773) 594-9977.

Illinois Affiliate Meets:

Steve Benson, President of the NFB of Illinois, reports that Federationists from seven states gathered at the Days Inn in Belleville, Illinois, for the twenty-ninth annual convention of the NFB of Illinois. President Marc Maurer participated fully in the convention agenda and delivered a moving banquet address. Election results are as follows: Pam Provost, Treasurer;

Elizabeth Browne, Secretary; and Bill Reif and Kathie Mathis, Board members. Scholarship awards were presented to Alma Hinkle, Lynn Gosling, Lois Montgomery, and Michelle Koedoot. The parents chapter was infused with Federation energy and spirit by President Maurer and by National Parents Division Second Vice President Carol Castellano. A solid group of parents show real promise for the coming year. The NFB-I Student Chapter election resulted in national scholarship winner Ameenah Ghoston's election as President. She brings tremendous energy and good sense to the office. The NFB of Illinois displayed an extraordinary exhibit called "Keeping in Touch with the World" which consisted of rare historical maps, games, and tools along with new and exciting educational material. Federationists left Belleville looking forward to the Washington Seminar and the 1998 National Convention in Dallas.

International Association of Assistance Dog Partners to Meet:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

Ed Eames, President of the International Association of Assistance Dog Partners (IAADP), a cross-disability consumer advocacy organization of people partnered with guide, hearing, and service dogs, announces that the organization will hold its fourth annual conference in Orlando, Florida, on Saturday, January 10, 1998. For registration and membership information contact Joan Froling, P.O. Box 1326, Sterling Heights, Michigan 48311, (810) 826-3938.

For Sale:

We have been asked to list the following items for sale:

"Moving with Marge," a 50-minute exercise program on cassette tape, produced specifically for the blind and designed to strengthen and tone all major muscle groups, $7.50; "Gospel Music," ten traditional country inspirational favorites sung by Ray and Lois Howard, $7.50; Sunbeam Health Monitor (system with synthesized speech and visual display measures blood pressure, weight, and temperature), $50; Fostec 250, 4-track professional tape recorder with many features, $400; echo chamber, $140; twelve-band equalizer, $60; volume pedal for use with electric guitar, etc., $60; and Yamaha programmable rhythm section, $100. Those interested in any of these items may contact Lois Howard at 61951 High Hill Road, Cambridge, Ohio 43725, (614) 432-2287.

For Sale:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

Reconditioned Perkins Braille writer for sale. Cost is $350. Trade-in accepted. Payment plan negotiable. Call Nino Pacini evenings and weekends at (313) 885-7330.

Holiday Cards Available:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

The Seeing Eye guide dog school offers both traditional and whimsical holiday cards for sale. Both feature reproductions of original watercolors commissioned by the school. "Holiday Hopes" by Patti Falzarano features three realistically rendered Seeing Eye puppies playing with a Seeing Eye harness, surrounded by a decorative border of dog biscuits twined with red ribbon. The greeting says, "May all your hopes and dreams come true."

"Special Delivery" by Pat Garhart, depicts Santa Claus delivering a squirming sackful of stylized puppies to the front door of the Seeing Eye. A few stragglers catch up through the snow on the front path. The inside greeting says, "Delivering warm wishes for the holidays."

Cards are packaged in boxes of 20 with 20 envelopes. Price is $13 per box plus $6.95 postage/handling for the first box, $1.00 handling for each additional box. Orders paid by check or credit card may be sent to the Seeing Eye, c/o Parcel Plus, Chester Springs Shopping Center, Route 206, Chester, New Jersey 07930. Make checks payable to The Seeing Eye; fax credit card orders to (908) 879-5661; or e-mail to [email protected]

Please provide your name, street address, and telephone number and, for credit card orders, the type of card, card number, and expiration date.

911 Dispatcher Training Course:

We have been asked to carry the following announcement:

Over 300,000 Americans serve as police, fire, or emergency medical dispatchers; and an increasing need for qualified, professional public safety communicators is projected in the next century. With quality training, appropriate access technology, and placement support, blind people can be productive, valued contributors in virtually any public safety communication center.

The Vantage Media Group, a new career development organization founded by a blind dispatcher, invites 24 people to San Antonio, Texas, to participate in four weeks of public-safety dispatcher training. Two sessions incorporate internationally respected 40-hour certifying courses along with several support elements. These sessions are scheduled for January 5 through 30 and February 16 through March 13, 1998.

Students will learn the basics of the communication center, the roles of the public safety dispatcher, interactive instruction and emergency 911 call-taking, and radio communication techniques. Also included are introductory classes on computer-aided dispatch systems and regional and national law enforcement networks. Other topics include ethics, liability, and stress management.

Supplementary courses delve into system-access solutions, tactile and electronic mapping, and reasonable accommodation under the ADA. Workshops on resume writing, networking, legal issues, and job-search resources complement our 24-month student placement program.

Applicants must meet the following minimum qualifications:

high school diploma or G.E.D.; good reading, writing, and oral communication skills; typing speed of 35 net wpm; mastery of either speech- and refreshable-Braille-output devices or screen magnification aids; and capacity to pass criminal background and drug screening.

Total tuition cost of $3,995 includes 160 hours certifying public safety communications training, all training materials, double-occupancy lodging, meals, and 24-month student placement program. Although transportation during training is included, travel expenses to San Antonio are not.

Class registration is first-come, first-serve; and only twelve students will be accepted per session. The registration deadlines for the January and February, 1998, sessions are December 1, 1997, and January 1, 1998, respectively. For student registration or other information, contact Program Director Roderick Roberts at (888) 584-8753 or by fax at (210) 805-8830. Internet e-mail should be sent to [email protected]


Barbara Cheadle, Editor of Future Reflections, the quarterly magazine of the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children, recently received the following letter and clipping:

Cross Lanes, West Virginia

September 4, 1997

Dear Staff:

Enclosed please find a true-life funny that appeared in our local newspaper, The Charleston Gazette, on April 17, 1997. I hope your readers will find it interesting.

Also let me say how much I enjoy reading the magazine and how helpful it has been to me as Kanawha County Schools' only Braille transcriptionist.

Thank you,

Kim Aaron

Kim Aaron, wife of TV newsman Bob Aaron, works as a transcriptionist. She turns books into Braille for sight-challenged children for Kanawha County schools.

The Aarons were going to a movie one evening but couldn't decide which film to see. Dad and son Adam wanted to see Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, and Mom wanted Sling Blade. They reached a compromise. Mom was dropped off at Cinema 7, and Bob and Adam went on.

Kim, however, had to wait forty-five minutes for her movie to begin. She came prepared. She had brought some Braille lessons with her and sat in the dimly lit theater studying and awaiting the start of the movie.

A half hour or so later, a couple of women walked down the aisle. One of them stopped and said to the reading woman, "Sweetie, it is too dark in here. You'll go blind reading that book."

The reader smiled at the woman and replied, "It's Braille."

The woman turned to her companion, muttered something about a "smart ass" and went to her seat.

By the way there's also a sequel to the Kim Aaron story. After the movie she explained to the women what she was doing, and they all had a good laugh about it.

"I guess," the transcriptionist said, "you could say I have a real feel for what I do."


I pledge to participate actively in the effort 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.