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Edited by Danielle Trevino
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Ten Tips for Parents at the National Federation of the Blind Convention

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Carlton Anne Cook Walker is the Manager of braille Education Programs for the NFB Jernigan Institute. She is also the parent of a blind child. In this post, she passes along ten tips for parents attending national convention.

 

By Carlton Anne Cook Walker

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Editor's Pick: Highlights from the Braille Monitor

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The Braille Monitor is the flagship publication of the National Federation of the Blind. Every month, its editor, Gary Wunder, compiles stories that range from educational to inspiring to thought-provoking and everything in between.

For this post, I asked Gary to share some of his favorite kinds of stories that have appeared in the Monitor over the years. Check out his list and if you like, leave a comment telling us what your favorite Monitor stories are.

 

By Gary Wunder

Stories I Love that have Appeared in the Braille Monitor

 

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Behind the Scenes at the World Blind Union

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Last week, we blogged about our preparations for the World Blind Union (WBU) and International Council for the Education of People with Visual Impairments (ICEVI) joint general assembly which will be held in Orlando in August. This week, we wanted to feature the preparations that our friends at the WBU are making for the gathering. Caitlin Reid, Communications Officer for the WBU has written a post which explains a bit of the behind-the-scenes activity going on right now. Remember, you can register to attend the joint general assembly until May 31, 2016 on this website. 

 

By Caitlin Reid

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Browsers: why it matters what you use

By Clara Van Gerven

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The B2G - This Is Not the Droid I’m Looking For… Yet.

By Amy Mason

Seldom have I come across a device that has left me so conflicted. As regular readers know, I have a tendency to gush, or condemn products pretty universally, often with little middle ground. Not so with today’s entry. The B2G is an enigma, wrapped in a mystery, wrapped in a quandary for. I don’t know what to think of it. Hardware, software, and documentation all leave me scratching my head a little. There are things I love about each aspect of the device, and yet, I cannot give my love to it wholeheartedly as I often want to fling my hands up in desperation, and give up on the whole mad experiment of even reviewing it.

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Android 6.0 and Talkback 4.5 Accessibility Improvements

By Karl Belanger
With Android 6.0 and Talkback 4.5, some significant accessibility improvements have been made. The gestures seem more forgiving when inputs aren’t perfect, web browsing is much better, and the overall experience feels more fluid. I’ve attempted to use Android a few times in the past, but have always been frustrated by inconsistent interpretation of my gestures, random focus jumping if any other part of the screen is touched, and a lack of navigation granularity on the web and in other apps. With the current versions, things are much better. While the overall navigation is not as seamless as on iOS, the gap has narrowed significantly. Unfortunately, as Brailleback has not received an update since December and the introduction of Unified English Braille, Braille accessibility was not tested for this review.

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Welcoming the Blind of the World

By Danielle Trevino

It’s common knowledge that the National Federation of the Blind has always been a trail-blazing organization. We’ve made history multiple times over the last seventy-five years and 2016 is no exception. This August, the NFB is proud to host the joint general assembly of the World Blind Union (WBU) and the International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI) in Orlando, Florida. Beginning on August 18 and running through August 25, this event will bring together representatives from more than one hundred eighty countries. Though the precursor to the WBU, the International Federation of the Blind, was founded in Phoenix, Arizona, this will be the first time that the general assembly will be held on American soil in the organization’s history.

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6 Dot Dashing into Summer

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Summer will be here before we know it. The longer days, warmer weather, and beauty of Baltimore truly shine during this time of year. In exactly one month, we will be hosting our fourth annual 6 Dot Dash which benefits the programs of the National Federation of the Blind. If you’re local, there’s still time to sign up. If you’re not in the area, you can participate by following and sharing our posts on social media or sponsoring the event.

 

By Stephanie Eller

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I’m Not Just a “Blind” mom. I’m a (insert adjective here) Mom.

Terri Rupp is a decade long member of the National Federation of the Blind.  She currently serves as President of the Southern Nevada Chapter of the NFB of NV, and is on the Board of Directors of the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children(NOPBC).  Terri shares her trials, triumphs, tears, and travels as a stay at home mom in the suburbs of Sin City through her ever so entertaining blog Blind Mom in the Burbs. To learn more about resources for blind parents, visit www.blindparents.org.

by Terri Rupp

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Choosing to Stand

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Deja Powell wears many hats. She's an O&M instructor in Utah, a Ph.D. student, a wife, a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a friend, an active member of the Federation, a blogger, and so much more. She wears each one of these hats with grace and confidence and when faced with challenges, she approaches them fearlessly. When you join the National Federation of the Blind, you're not only joining a local chapter of people who will stand with you, you're joining a family that is thousands of members strong. Keep reading to find out more about Deja's story of not backing down and finding support from the NFB. 

 

By Deja Powell

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