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Braille Monitor

Vol. 63, No. 8                 August/September 2020

Gary Wunder, Editor

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Mark Riccobono, President

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Contents

Vol. 63, No. 8                        August/September 2020

Illustration: The BELL Academy Comes to Your Home (HTML)
Illustration: The BELL Academy Comes to Your Home (MP3)

The 2020 Convention Roundup (HTML)
The 2020 Convention Roundup (MP3) by Gary Wunder

The National Federation of the Blind 2020 Convention Principles of Engagement (HTML)
The National Federation of the Blind 2020 Convention Principles of Engagement (MP3)

Presidential Report 2020 (HTML)
Presidential Report 2020 (MP3)
by Mark A. Riccobono

Scholarship Thank You to Sponsors (HTML)
Scholarship Thank You to Sponsors(MP3)

Scholarship Remarks from Our 2020 Finalists (HTML)
Scholarship Remarks from Our 2020 Finalists (MP3)

The 2020 Scholarship Presentation (HTML)
The 2020 Scholarship Presentation (MP3)
by Cayte Mendez

Language, Action, and Destiny: The Lived Experience of the Organized Blind Movement (HTML)
Language, Action, and Destiny: The Lived Experience of the Organized Blind Movement (MP3)
by Mark A. Riccobono

Ray Kurzweil Remarks (HTML)
Ray Kurzweil Remarks (MP3)

The Presentation of the Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award (HTML)
The Presentation of the Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award (MP3)

Interview with Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi (HTML)
Interview with Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi (MP3)

Authentic Intelligence: A Blind Researcher Bringing Wisdom to the Future of Technology Innovations (HTML)
Authentic Intelligence: A Blind Researcher Bringing Wisdom to the Future of Technology Innovations (MP3)
by Cynthia L. Bennett

Not Blind to Color in the Federation: A Panel on the Experience of Black and Blind in America (HTML)
Not Blind to Color in the Federation: A Panel on the Experience of Black and Blind in America (MP3)
by Ever Lee Hairston, Denice Brown, Ron Brown, Bobbi Pompei, and Tarik Williams

Equal Justice under Law: A Blind Clerk Blazes a Trail behind the Scenes at the Supreme Court (HTML)
Equal Justice under Law: A Blind Clerk Blazes a Trail behind the Scenes at the Supreme Court (MP3)
by Laura Wolk

You Can Make a Difference (HTML)
You Can Make a Difference (MP3)

Our Roots: Advancing Human Rights and the Tradition of Serving Our Nation (HTML)
Our Roots: Advancing Human Rights and the Tradition of Serving Our Nation (MP3)
by Mariyam Cementwala

Presenting the Distinguished Educator of Blind Children Award (HTML)
Presenting the Distinguished Educator of Blind Children Award (MP3)
by Carla McQuillan

Convention 2020 Resolutions: A Potpourri of Influences (HTML)
Convention 2020 Resolutions: A Potpourri of Influences (MP3)
by Sharon Maneki

2020 Resolutions (HTML)
2020 Resolutions (MP3)

A Test of Strength and Equality: Blind Students Organized Against the College Board (HTML)
A Test of Strength and Equality: Blind Students Organized Against the College Board (MP3)
by Kaleigh Brendle

Convention Miniatures (HTML)
Convention Miniatures (MP3)

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