Straight Talk About Vision Loss
This Web-based video series, hosted by the Executive Director of the NFB Jernigan Institute, focuses on issues surrounding blindness and vision loss. New segments will be added regularly, so be sure to check back!
December 15, 2011: In this special edition, Mark Riccobono talks about the outrageous practice of paying disabled workers less than the federal minimum wage and the legislation posed to end the practice: the Fair Wages for Workers with Disabilities Act (H.R. 3086). Episode 38 Audio only.
February 22, 2011: Mark Riccobono welcomes returning guest Jim Gashel, vice president of marketing for K-NFB Reading Technologies, who reports on new reading technology for the blind. Episode 36 Audio only.
November 29, 2010: Mark Riccobono talks with Scott White about the newest innovations to NFB-NEWSLINE, a free service that provides independent access by print-disabled people to hundreds of local and national publications and TV listings. Episode 35 Audio only.
October 1, 2010: Mark Riccobono interviews Gary Wunder, the new editor of The Braille Monitor. Gary and Mark discuss the monthly publication and the archiving of early issues currently being done in the Jacobus tenBroek Library. Episode 33 audio only.
September 24, 2009: Mary Jo Hartle, the NFB Jernigan Institute's Director of Education, and Natalie Shaheen, Education Program Specialist, talk to Mark Riccobono about the Institute's Braille initiatives, including the Braille Enrichment through Literacy and Learning (BELL) program. Episode 27 audio only.
May 20, 2009: Mark Riccobono, live on location at Virginia Tech University, talks with Associate Professor Dr. Dennis Hong and the Blind Driver Challenge Team, about the technology and design of a vehicle that a blind person can drive. Episode 26 audio only.
March 10, 2009: Mark Riccobono reports live from the 2009 Washington Seminar and speaks with Anil Lewis, chairman of the NFB Scholarship Commmittee, about the NFB's scholarship program. Episode 24 audio only.
January 26, 2009: In this episode, Mark Riccobono is on location at the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and speaks with Mike May, president of the Sendero Group, about mainstream electronics that blind people can use. Episode 23 audio only.
January 27, 2009: Mark Riccobono discusses the importance of Braille music and the NFB's new video Measure for Measure: Achieving Equality Through Braille Music Literacy with vocal artist Jessica Bachicha. Episode 22 audio only.
December 18, 2008: In this holiday episode, Mark Riccobono talks about resources for blind diabetics with Tom and Eileen Ley. Eileen Ley is the director of diabetes initiatives for the NFB and is in charge of the influential publication, Voice of the Diabetic. Episode 21 audio only.
July 26, 2008: Mark Riccobono discusses the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children (NOPBC) and the Jernigan Institute's parent outreach efforts with newly elected NOPBC president Carrie Gilmer. Episode 18 audio only.
May 6, 2008: In the latest episode, Mark Riccobono talks with Melissa Riccobono, president of the Human Services Division, wife, and mother, about parenting as a blind individual. Episode 17 audio only.
April 28, 2008: Mark Riccobono discusses the importance of mentoring with Anil Lewis, president of the NFB of Georgia. They also discuss the NFB's formal mentoring program, the National Center for Mentoring Excellence, which has grown to six states, including Georgia. Episode 16 audio only.
January 11, 2008: Mark Riccobono discusses high-quality rehabilitation training with the directors of the leading training centers for the blind: Shawn Mayo, BLIND, Inc.; Pam Allen, Louisiana Center for the Blind; and Julie Deden, Colorado Center for the Blind. Episode 11 audio only.
March 8, 2007: Dr. Zaborowski discusses the upcoming NFB Youth Slam with Mark Riccobono, Director of Education at the Jernigan Institute. The NFB Youth Slam is a four-day academy for blind high school students focusing on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Episode 6 audio only.
January 31, 2007: Dr. Zaborowski speaks with Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind, regarding the NFB's position on the recent federal court ruling on paper currency. Episode 5 audio only.
December 14, 2006: Dr. Zaborowski discusses some of the latest programs and news regarding the Institute, including the opening of the new Independence Market. Her guest is Ellen Ringlein, Director of the Independence Market.
Episode 2 audio only.
November 25, 2006: Dr. Zaborowski and her guest, James Gashel, NFB's Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives, discuss the Kurzweil - National Federation of the Blind Reader. This new handheld reading machine revolutionizes access to printed materials for the blind. Episode 1 audio only.