Future Reflections March/ April 1983, Vol. 2 No. 2

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The American Camping Association has available the 1983 Parents' Cuide to Accredited Campa. The guide describes, state by state, over 2,000 camps and included names and address of camp directors and owners, camp fees, length of season, camping popilation and program specialties for each camp. It also indicates which camps mainstream, and which deal with specific groups, such as blind, diabetic, mentally retarded, etc. The guide costs $5.95, and can be obtained from your local American Camping Association office, or from ACA Parents' Guide, 110 Bradford Woods, Martinsville, IN 46151.


Reprinted from the December 1982, The Month's News, a publication of the N.F.B. of Illinois.

The John W. Myers Scholarship (a $500 award available to qualified blind students in Illinois) is presented annually at the NFBI convention banquet. No completed applications have been received by the Scholarship Committee to date.

Deadline for receipt of applications is June 1, 1983. For scholarship applications, contact your chapter president or Tony Burda, Scholarship Committee Chairman, 1803 South Central Avenue, Cicero, IL 60650.

An excellent 4-page pamphlet "NFB Scholarship for Illinois Students," outlining all three national scholarships and the Myers scholarship, along with general information about NFB and our philosophy, will soon be available for distribution to students, school counselors, and financial aid departments. Contact Tony Burda for more information.


Reprinted from the May-June, 1983 Braille Monitor

The first issue of the Student Division Newsletter (the publication of the NFB Student Division) has been published. Cassette or print subscriptions are available for $2.00 per year by writing: Tami Dodd, 3822 - 52nd Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50310. This publication, which will appear twice each year, is one more example of the vitality and activity of our movement and, particularly of our Student Division.


By Joanne Fernandes, Seminar Chairperson

"We believe in your child." This was the message heard over and over again at the very successful N.F.B. of Louisiana sponsored seminar for parents and educators of blind children held on Saturday, March 5, 1983, in Monroe, Louisiana. The seminar was attended by over 30 families of blind children from all areas of the state, members of the staff of Blind Services from three regional offices, many teachers (including the entire staff from the Shreveport School System that works with blind children), and, of course, by many Louisiana federationists.

The seminar provided a means of educating parents and teachers about the philosophy and beliefs about blindness that are held by the N.F.B. The cumulative experiences and feelings held by thousands of blind adults who grew up as blind children were presented. Parents, teachers, workers with the blind, and independent blind adults had an opportunity to share and exchange ideas and feelings.

The seminar also received extensive publicity. Before the seminar there were two front-page feature stories in both the Monroe News Star and the Shreveport Journal. Joanne Fernandes and Barbara Cheadle, two of the seminar speakers, were interviewed on television talk shows in Monroe and Shreveport. We received good radio coverage across north Louisianna. The seminar was also on a featured news story on KNOE television in Monroe.

What was this seminar all about? The following thought from the seminar says it all.

"Sometimes I think about how those childhood years might have been. I also think about the young people who are living my experiences right now, and about their parents who are worried and don't know what to do. If this seminar reaches you and helps any of you in one small way, those years of worry and embarrassment will have all been worth it! Parents, your children who are partially or totally blind do have the opportunity to become independent, happy and successful individuals. It is respectable to be blind."


Reprinted from the March, 1983, Braille Monitor

The National Federation of the Blind has led the way in bringing down the prices of aids and appliances for the blind. The talking clock and the talking calculator are good examples. A number of agencies in the field were planning to sell these items at much higher prices than they now cost. These agencies were prevented from doing this by the actions of the Federation. We are pleased to be able to announce still further reductions in the price of talking clocks and calculators.

We have been selling the original talking clock (the CT660E, which is the one that many of us still prefer and the CT-665E, which is the thinner clock) at $58.00. We have been able to make some good buys and are able to reduce prices accordingly. We now sell these two talking clocks at $45.00 per clock. There is no change in the talking calculator ($50.00) or the combination clock/calculator ($70.00).


The Nebraska Rehabilitation Services for the Visually Impaired has asked that we make the following announcement.

Announcing what is to be an annual tradition: E.T. (Extra Training), a summer program for blind and visually impaired children and teenagers. Learning and fun will be combined in a dynamic new program. Children (ages 5-11): June 11-24. Teens (ages 12-20): July 18-29. There will be instruction and activities for each group. Best of all, there will be no fee for this program. Registration deadline: May 1, 1983. For further information contact the Nebraska Services for the Visually Impaired, 1313 Farnam, Omaha, Nebraska 68102. Phone (402) 554-2041.

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