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The Blog of the National Federation of the Blind
Edited by Stephanie Eller
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Making the News

From the Editor:

Chris Danielsen, Director of Public Relations for the National Federation of the Blind has spent the last twelve years building relationships with members of the press to spread the stories of the NFB. In this post, he will share some tips on how to attract reporters and get your chapters, divisions, and affiliates on the news.

 

By Chris Danielsen

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Fatherhood

By Dr. Marc Maurer

I have been a father now for more than thirty years, and I remember very well when this condition came upon me. It was mysterious, scary, and joyous. A brand new human being was my responsibility, and I could imagine all of the things that could go wrong. Many of them did.

Our son David came first, and our daughter Dianna came later. Although both my wife and I are blind, our children are sighted, which has led to a number of interesting discussions.

The job of a father is to give support and love to Mom and the new lives that come to the family. Children are extraordinarily demanding, dramatically expensive, and inconvenient. If it weren’t for love, having children would be close to intolerable. However, every moment comes to be worth the trouble because the love exists.

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Father’s Day Reflections and a Call to Action

By Mark A. Riccobono
President, National Federation of the Blind

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UMI Xblza: H Uld Dhf av Wshf ha Jvucluapvu (NFB Quest: A New Way to Play at Convention)

From the Editor:

Although national convention is jam-packed with seminars, programs, sessions, and workshops, you can rest assured that we make time for games too. In this post, Lisamaria Martinez writes about the NFB Quest, an interactive alternate reality game that will challenge your mind and give you the opportunity to meet other Federationists.

 

By Lisamaria Martinez

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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

From the Editor:

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

From the Editor:

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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