Braille Monitor

Vol. 55, No. 7                                                        July 2012

Gary Wunder, Editor

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Vol. 55, No. 7                                                        July 2012


Illustration: Highlights of the 2012 Convention
of the NFB of Louisiana
Listen Now (MP3)

Blind Mathematicians? Certainly! Listen Now (MP3)
by Alfred P. Maneki

My Experiences as a Blind Chemistry StudentListen Now (MP3)
by Cary Supalo

LaTeX: What Is it and Why do We Need it?Listen Now (MP3)
by Alfred P. Maneki and Alysha Jeans

Braille Comes Unbound from the Book:
How Technology Can Stop a Literary Crisis
Listen Now (MP3)
by Saabira Chaudhuri

Coupvray Pilgrimage Listen Now (MP3)
by Debbie Kent Stein

The Synchronicity of Braille and Technology Listen Now (MP3)
by Denise M. Robinson

The 2012 NFB LAW Program: Modeling Best Practices
for Incorporating Technology in Learning
Listen Now (MP3)
by Emily Gibbs and Natalie Shaheen

My Thank-You SpeechListen Now (MP3)
by Yadiel Sotomayor

Commentary Listen Now (MP3)
by Deborah Kendrick

Blindness Reframed on a Global Stage: Peering into the
Hidden World of Chen Guangchang
Listen Now (MP3)
by Kane Brolin

GWConnect: A Free and Accessible
Alternative to the Skype Client
Listen Now (MP3)
by Curtis Chong

A Vote of Confidence for Isabelle Grant,
Blind Teacher
Listen Now (MP3)
by Anna Kresmer

Lawrence “Muzzy” Marcellino:
A Fantastic NFB Mentor
Listen Now (MP3)
by Pat Munson

Newel Perry and the California
Council of the Blind
Listen Now (MP3)
An Interview Conducted by Willa Baum

My LifeListen Now (MP3)
by Larry Sebranek

Recipes Listen Now (MP3)

Monitor Miniatures Listen Now (MP3)

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