Future Reflections

A Magazine for Parents and Teachers of Blind Children published by
the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults in partnership
with the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children.

Volume 31 Number 2                                    Special Issue: Technology

Deborah Kent Stein, Editor


Copyright © 2012 American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults

For more information about blindness and children contact:
National Organization of Parents of Blind Children
200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place, Baltimore, MD 21230 • (410) 659-9314
www.nfb.org/nopbc[email protected][email protected]

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Volume 31 Number 2                                    Special Issue: Technology

Dallas Site of 2012 NFB Convention


A Letter from the EditorListen Now (MP3)


The Promise of Accessible Technology:
Challenges and Opportunities
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by Mark A. Riccobono


A Beginner's Guide to Access
Technology for Blind Students
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by Steve Booth and Clara van Gerven


The Dream of the Past, the Hope for the FutureListen Now (MP3)
by Gary Wunder

Technology and Education in
the Twenty-First Century
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by Dr. Denise M. Robinson


Mainstream Access to E-books: What Works, What Doesn't,
and What Is Still Unclear
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by Amy Mason

The Future of Digital Publishing: An Optimist's ViewListen Now (MP3)
by George Kerscher, PhD

Breaking Down the Barriers: Bookshare Celebrates
a Decade of Digital Access
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by Betsy Burgess and Valerie Chernek


Can We Erase Our Mistakes? The Need for
Enhanced Tactile Graphics
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by Al Maneki

If You Can Imagine It, You Can Draw ItListen Now (MP3)
by Richard Baldwin


LaTeX: What Is It and Why Do We Need It?Listen Now (MP3)
by Al Maneki and Alysha Jeans


What's the Score? Issues in Standardized
Testing for Blind Students
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by Pat Renfranz

You, Me, and the LSAC: Fighting for a Fair Shot on the Law School
Admissions Test, and Winning
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by Sean Whalen


High Tech, Low Tech: Tools that Help Our
Daughter Access the World
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by Richard Holloway

From Handouts to Digital FilesListen Now (MP3)
by Marshall Flax

"Just Do the Best You Can"Listen Now (MP3)
by Trudy Pickrel

My Techno LifeListen Now (MP3)
by Anna Catherine Walker


Life in the MainstreamListen Now (MP3)
by Laura Bostick

Adventures in NFB ChildcareListen Now (MP3)
by Carla McQuillan

The 2012 National Convention Youth TrackListen Now (MP3)
by Meleah Jensen


ODDS AND ENDS Listen Now (MP3)

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Subscription Information

Future Reflections is a magazine for parents and teachers of blind children. It is published quarterly by the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults in partnership with the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children. Future Reflections is available free of charge to subscriber addresses in the U.S. in regular print and audio formats and via email, or it can be read online on the NFB website. Canadian subscriptions are $35.00 per year, and other foreign subscriptions are $75.00 U.S. per year. Checks should be made payable to the National Federation of the Blind and sent to the NFB, Attention Future Reflections, 200 E. Wells Street at Jernigan Place, Baltimore, MD 21230.

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Why Join the NOPBC?

Are you the parent of a blind or visually impaired child?  Don’t know where to turn? 

Founded in 1983, the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children (NOPBC) is a membership organization of parents, educators, and friends of blind children reaching out to give each other vital support, encouragement, and information. We have thousands of members in all 50 states plus Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.

The NOPBC offers hope, encouragement, information, and resources for parents of blind or visually impaired children.  NOPBC provides emotional support and a network of other families dealing with the same challenges you are facing.  We also provide information, training, and resources to empower you to take an active role in guiding your child’s development and education.  We can provide information on your child’s rights and on the laws and legislative issues that will enable you and your child to become strong and effective advocates. 

Have you ever wondered what your blind or visually impaired child will be capable of when he or she grows up?  The answer to that question is that blindness/visual impairment does not have to stop your child from doing anything he or she wants to do.  We can connect you with other families and blind adults who can serve as positive mentors and role models. They can teach you the attitudes and techniques that will enable your child to become independent and to succeed in life.  

What is different about the NOPBC?

Our status as a division of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the largest and most influential organization of blind people in the world, provides many benefits. Our members are well informed about the societal, legislative, and technological issues that affect blind people. We also enjoy the resources, support, and expertise of fifty thousand blind people who can serve as mentors and role models for us and our children. Finally, as our children grow up, they have the Federation to belong to.

No other organization for parents of blind/visually impaired children offers more programs, activities, and training to families, children, and youth.  One of our most exciting activities is our annual conference.  Every year since it was established, the NOPBC has conducted an annual conference for parents and teachers of blind children as part of the national convention of the NFB.  The program has grown to include five exciting days of workshops, training sessions, activities for all family members, including sighted siblings, and countless opportunities to meet blind adults and other families and children from around the country.

What is the mission of the NOPBC?

The purpose of the NOPBC is to:

•  create a climate of opportunity for blind children in home and society.
•  provide information and support to parents of blind children.
•  facilitate the sharing of experience and concerns among parents of blind children.
•  develop and expand resources available to parents and their children.
•  help parents of blind children gain understanding and perspective through partnership and contact with blind adults.
•  function as an integral part of the National Federation of the Blind in its ongoing effort to achieve equality and opportunity for all blind persons.

Most states have an NOPBC affiliate chapter.  You can find your state chapter at <www.nopbc.org>.  If your state does not have a chapter and you would like to start one, please contact us.  We may be able to offer training and other assistance to start a state NOPBC chapter.

What are the programs, activities, publications, and resources of the NOPBC?

•  National and State Parent Seminars and Conferences
•  Future Reflections Magazine
•  NOPBC Website
•  Books and Videos
•  Blindkid & Other Listservs
•  Early Childhood Conferences
•  Pop-Up IEP Website
•  Braille Readers Are Leaders Contest
•  Slate Pals Pen Pal Program
•  AAF Free Braille Books Program
•  Share Braille Book Exchange
•  Writing Contests
•  Junior Science Academy
•  Youth Slam High School Science Academy
•  National Center for Blind Youth in Science Web site
•  NFB-NEWSLINE® Newspaper Service
•  Where the Blind Work Website
•  Free White Cane Program
•  Blindness 411 Facebook Group for Teens
•  NFB-LINK Mentoring Program
•  Scholarship Program
•  Straight Talk about Blindness Video Series
•  Parent Leadership Program (PLP)

Contact Us:
National Organization of Parents of Blind Children
[email protected]