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Braille Monitor

Vol. 63, No. 3                                   March 2020

Gary Wunder, Editor

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The National Federation of the Blind

Mark Riccobono, President

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THE NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND KNOWS THAT BLINDNESS IS NOT THE CHARACTERISTIC THAT DEFINES YOU OR YOUR FUTURE. EVERY DAY WE RAISE THE EXPECTATIONS OF BLIND PEOPLE, BECAUSE LOW EXPECTATIONS CREATE OBSTACLES BETWEEN BLIND PEOPLE AND OUR DREAMS. YOU CAN LIVE THE LIFE YOU WANT; BLINDNESS IS NOT WHAT HOLDS YOU BACK. THE NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND IS NOT AN ORGANIZATION SPEAKING FOR THE BLIND--IT IS THE BLIND SPEAKING FOR OURSELVES.

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Houston Site of 2020 NFB Convention

The 2020 convention of the National Federation of the Blind will take place in Houston, Texas, July 14 to July 19, at the Hilton Americas—Houston hotel, 1600 Lamar Street, Houston, TX 77010. Make your room reservation as soon as possible with the Hilton Americas—Houston staff only. Call 1-800-236-2905 to reserve your room in the main hotel. If you wish to stay in our overflow hotel, the Marriott Marquis Houston, the number to call is 1-877-688-4323.

The 2020 room rate at our main hotel is $105.00 per night and applies to singles and doubles as well as triples and quads. Hotel and sales taxes are 13.38 percent and 8.25 percent, respectively. The rate for the overflow Marriott Marquis is slightly higher at $119 and includes Hotel and sales taxes of 13.38 percent and 8.25 percent, respectively. As with our main hotel, this rate is good for up to four in a room. Both hotels will take a deposit of the first night’s room rate for each room and will require a credit card or a personal check. If you use a credit card, the deposit will be charged against your card immediately. If a reservation is cancelled before Friday, June 1, 2020, half of the deposit will be returned. Otherwise refunds will not be made.

Rooms will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations may be made before June 1, 2020, assuming that rooms are still available. After that time the hotels will not hold our room block for the convention. In other words, you should get your reservation in soon.

The schedule for the 2020 convention is:

Tuesday, July 14          Seminar Day
Wednesday, July 15    Registration and Resolutions Day
Thursday, July 16        Board Meeting and Division Day
Friday, July 17              Opening Session
Saturday, July 18         Business Session
Sunday, July 19            Banquet Day and Adjournment


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Contents

Vol. 63, No. 3                                   March 2020

Houston Site of 2020 NFB Convention (HTML)
Houston Site of 2020 NFB Convention (MP3)

Participate in Braille Monitor Survey (HTML)
Participate in Braille Monitor Survey (MP3)

Blind and Respectable in Ancient Rome: Unearthing the Forgotten Genius of Appius Claudius Caecus (HTML)
Blind and Respectable in Ancient Rome: Unearthing the Forgotten Genius of Appius Claudius Caecus (MP3)
by Kane Brolin

The Journey Worth Sharing: Marching Together Toward the Lives We Want (HTML)
The Journey Worth Sharing: Marching Together Toward the Lives We Want (MP3)
by Mark A. Riccobono

My Thoughts on Living the Life You Want (HTML)
My Thoughts on Living the Life You Want(MP3)
by Scott LaBarre

Live the Life You Want: A Choice or a Prescription for Being an Elite Blind Person (HTML)
Live the Life You Want: A Choice or a Prescription for Being an Elite Blind Person (MP3)
by Gary Wunder

What Living the Life You Want Means to a Computer Professional, Athlete, Cook, and Leader (HTML)
What Living the Life You Want Means to a Computer Professional, Athlete, Cook, and Leader (MP3)
by Randi Strunk

Living the Life I Want: A Dream I Thought Might Never be Possible (HTML)
Living the Life I Want: A Dream I Thought Might Never be Possible (MP3)
by Amy Wilson

The Supreme Court of Massachusetts Affirms Blind People are the Peers of Sighted People (HTML)
The Supreme Court of Massachusetts Affirms Blind People are the Peers of Sighted People (MP3)
by Marc Maurer

Commonwealth vs. Lawrence L. Heywood (HTML)
Commonwealth vs. Lawrence L. Heywood (MP3)

More Interesting Thoughts about Sighted Privilege (HTML)
More Interesting Thoughts about Sighted Privilege (MP3)

Keeping My Balance (HTML)
Keeping My Balance (MP3)
by Annie Schlesinger

The Trouble with Inclusion (HTML)
The Trouble with Inclusion (MP3)
by Peter Slatin

The BlindShell: An Accessible Cell Phone with Real Buttons (HTML)
The BlindShell: An Accessible Cell Phone with Real Buttons (MP3)
by Curtis Chong

John Langston Gwaltney (HTML)
John Langston Gwaltney (MP3)
by Peggy Chong

The Extra Effort to Be a Blind Person: What Part Myth, What Part Reality? (HTML)
The Extra Effort to Be a Blind Person: What Part Myth, What Part Reality? (MP3)
by Gary Wunder

My Shot (HTML)
My Shot (MP3)
by Brooke Tousley

An Apology to a Fine Humorist and One of Our Own (HTML)
An Apology to a Fine Humorist and One of Our Own (MP3)
by Gary Wunder

Living the Life I Want is a Work in Progress (HTML)
Living the Life I Want is a Work in Progress (MP3)
by Carolyn Corrigan

Dream Makers Circle (HTML)
Dream Makers Circle (MP3)
by Patti Chang

Kenneth Jernigan Convention Scholarship (HTML)
Kenneth Jernigan Convention Scholarship (MP3)
by Tracy Soforenko

Recipes (HTML)
Recipes (MP3)

Monitor Miniatures (HTML)
Monitor Miniatures (MP3)

         Complete Braille Monitor

         Complete Braille Monitor (Zipped Word Version)

         Complete Braille Monitor (Braille Version, Volume 1 and Braille Version, Volume 2)

         Complete Braille Monitor Audio File (Zipped MP3 Version)

         Complete DAISY Audio File (Zipped MP3 Version)

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