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My Path to Leadership through the National Federation of the Blind’s National Conventions

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Rounding out our series of posts from our summer interns is one from Jerad Nylin. Jerad comes to us from Iowa and in this post, he writes about what it's like to learn and grow within the Federation through attending national convention. 

 

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Singing to the Rhythm of Our Movement

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In the second entry in our series of blogs from our summer interns, Julie McGinnity from Missouri writes about performing, learning about leadership, and looking toward the future.

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KNFB Reader: The Convention Chronicles

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The KNFB Reader can be used in a variety of situations. Keep reading to learn how one might use the app at national convention. The KNFB Reader is a smartphone app which converts printed text into synthetic speech or Braille. Moments after taking a picture with the camera of a mobile device, the content of previously inaccessible documents can be read with ease.  As you will see below, KNFB Reader is a game changer for anyone who is blind or otherwise print disabled.  To find out more about KNFB Reader, go to www.knfbreader.com

 

By Joel Zimba

I was relieved to find the schedule for the airport shuttle on the company website.  I was only mildly dismayed to find it was an inaccessible PDF document.  One pass through KNFB Reader and I was good to go.

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Twin Perspectives, One Objective

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Every summer, the NFB Jernigan Institute hosts a group of summer interns to stay in Baltimore for several weeks to learn about the inner workings of the national organization, to gain a better understanding of our philosophy, and to work on personal growth. Over the next month, we will be featuring blog posts from this year's interns. First up is Michael Ausbun from Nevada.

 

As the case is with most millennials, my attention was divided between the material world and my phone. I was anticipating an email; the results determining my proximal future. If, by chance, the email was in affirmation, then I would be spending my summer in Baltimore, Maryland. If the email reflected rejection, I would be doing the same old thing that I normally do–school, school, and more school.

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Making the News

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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)

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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

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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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