Braille Monitor                                     November 2017

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News from the Federation Family

Eric Duffy and Shelley Johns were married at the NFB Jernigan Institute on Sunday, September 10, 2017. Eric and Shelley have known each other since elementary school at the Ohio State School for the Blind. Eric is the director of access technology at the Jernigan Institute, and Shelley is the receptionist who greets us when we come to the Institute and politely answers our calls when we telephone. Congratulations to the new couple.

The 2017 board of the National Association of Blind Merchants is as follows: president, Nicky Gacos; first vice president, Harold Wilson; second vice president, Edward Birmingham; secretary, Sharon Treadway; treasurer, Pam Schnurr; and board members Gene Fleeman, Melissa Smith, Zachary Snow, Melba J. Taylor, John Fritz, Lewanda Miranda, Joe Higdon, and Debra Smith.

Krafters Korner:
Do you have a favorite craft? Would you like to learn a new craft? Would you like to share your favorite craft with others? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then Krafters Korner is the place for you! Dues are $20 and entitle you to a host of free things throughout the year such as our email listserv where you can network with other blind crafters.

We also offer craft classes over the phone and by email. Classes have included: origami, knitting, crocheting, safety pin crafts, sewing, jewelry, soap-making, and plastic canvas.

Upcoming classes for November and December are listed below:

Wednesday, November 1, Thanksgiving Cloth, email
Thursday, November 2, Pony Bead Christmas Tree, phone
Tuesday, November 7, Pony Bead Indian Corn, phone
Tuesday, November 14, Pony Bead Pumpkin, phone
Wednesday, November 15, Knitted Miniature Cable Sweater Ornament, email
Wednesday, November 15, Pony Bead Snowman, phone
Tuesday, December 5, Holiday Pony Bead, phone
Thursday, December 7, Holiday Craft, phone
  Krafters Korner also holds Monday Chats. Join us at 8:30 PM EST for fun and information about all things crafts. We meet via phone conference and discuss issues related to the division and how others work at their craft from a blindness perspective. Call (605) 475-4000 and enter the code 966659# to join us.

For more information about Krafters Korner, contact President Joyce Kane by phone at (203) 378-8928 or by email at Join Us!

The National Association to Promote the Use of Braille elected the following officers: president, Steven Booth; first vice president, Sandy Halverson; second vice president, Linda Mentink; secretary, Deborah Brown; treasurer, Peggy Chong.

A Group in the Planning:
Come, one and all, blind and visually impaired Federationists who have cerebral palsy, to assist in the development of an active, lively, independent, and vibrant group of blind and visually impaired Americans with cerebral palsy. The purpose of this group will be to provide techniques, networking, mentoring, problem-solving techniques, and mutual support for blind people with both of these disabilities. Our goal is to better understand the challenges these disabilities pose singularly and together.

Meetings will be held by conference call (phone number (712) 831-0000 followed by pin 999999 pound) on the first Monday of each month from 8 to 10 PM EST. The first meeting will be on December 4, 2017.  Exceptions in 2018 are: January’s meeting will be on the 8th; July’s meeting will be on the 30th; and November’s meeting will be on the 26th. 

We hope to hold a face-to-face meeting at the July 2018 national convention in Orlando, Florida. To assist in developing this group, write to Alexander Scott Kaiser in Braille at 52 Meadowbrook Road, Brick Township, NJ 08723-7850. Also, my email address is, and my phone number is (848) 205-0208.

In Brief

Notices and information in this section may be of interest to Monitor readers. We are not responsible for the accuracy of the information; we have edited only for space and clarity.

Seedlings Braille Books for Children's 2018 catalog now available:
Seedlings Braille Books for Children's 2018 catalog is now available! If you have not already received a copy in the mail and would like one sent to you, contact our office at (800) 777-8552 or with your name and address. Or, view our catalog online at for the most up-to-date offerings.

Seedlings' catalog features more than 1,300 classic and contemporary books for children ages birth to twenty-one, including more than 370 titles in UEB.

Introducing the Blind Mice Swap Shop—Sell, Swap, Buy, and Promote Services and Events:
The Mice receive calls every day asking if we buy or can help sell used or unwanted things in Unfortunately the Mice don't deal in used products, but here is the place they have built just for this purpose. The Blind Mice Swap Shop is the place for sellers, traders, and buyers to find each other!

Do you have something you don't want anymore? Post it on the Blind Mice Swap Shop. Have something you just don't use? Post it on the Blind Mice Swap Shop. Got something new to sell? Post it on the Blind Mice Swap Shop. Do you provide a service that might be helpful to other blind and visually impaired folks? Post it on the Blind Mice Swap Shop. Have an announcement about an upcoming event beneficial to the blind and visually impaired community? Post it on the Blind Mice Swap Shop.

Joining is easy and free! Just send a blank email to us at, and you are on your way to the Blind Mice Swap Shop!

Here are some tips for a successful post to the Blind Mice Swap Shop:

Blind Mice Inc., its employees, and affiliates are not responsible for any transaction entered into between list members. All members are solely responsible for all decisions made when conducting business and deals on this list.

NFB Pledge

I pledge to participate actively in the efforts of the National Federation of the Blind to achieve equality, opportunity, and security for the blind; to support the policies and programs of the Federation; and to abide by its constitution.

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