The Braille Monitor                                                                                                  May 2005

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News from the Federation Family


The Web address listed in the Monitor Miniature, “Volunteers Needed for National Survey,” in the April issue was incorrect. If you are a blind woman who is interested in taking part in one or both phases of the sleep survey conducted by Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard University, please go to <> to express your interest. The rest of the contact information was correct, so refer to the April Miniature for details.

Resolutions for Convention:

Here is a message from Sharon Maneki, who chairs the NFB Resolutions Committee:

Do you think we should change a government policy, take a stand concerning an agency for the blind, or create new regulations? If you do, consider writing a resolution. At the 2005 national convention the Resolutions Committee meeting will be held on Sunday, July 3. The committee will debate and discuss resolutions on a wide variety of subjects. These resolutions will become the policy statements of the organization.

To ensure that your resolution will be considered by the committee, please send it to President Maurer or to me by June 17, two weeks before the committee meeting. If you miss this deadline, you must get three members of the committee to sponsor your resolution and then get it to the chairman before the meeting begins. I will be pleased to accept resolutions by email, <>; fax, (410) 715-9597; or snail mail, 9013 Nelson Way, Columbia, Maryland 21045.

New Baby:

Noel Nightingale reports with joy that Dexter Cope Peterson was born on January 20, 2005, weighing seven pounds, eleven ounces, to Noel Nightingale and Jim Peterson. He joins his sister Leila, five, and his brother Cosmo, two, in the Peterson family. Everyone is doing well.

Giving for the Future:

At national convention learn about the different planned-giving opportunities available through the National Federation of the Blind, as well as other giving options. Come and meet our panel of experts and get answers to your questions.

Seminar on Charitable Estate Planning and Giving Strategies
Wednesday, July 6, 2005
1:30 to 3:00 p.m.
Room to be announced

Convention Tips

Cathy Jackson, president of the NFB of Kentucky, passes along the following information:

The Kentucky affiliate wants your stay here in Louisville to be a pleasant one. For your convenience here are the names, addresses, and phone numbers of agencies and pharmacies that will lend or rent wheelchairs and other medical equipment and supplies. You are responsible for making the necessary arrangements for delivery, return, and payment for any equipment you use. Any chairs that belong to the hotel or the affiliate are intended for emergencies only and cannot be claimed for personal use during the week of the convention. The time to make these arrangements is now.

•Center for Accessible Living, 305 W. Broadway, Louisville, KY 40203, (502) 589-6620. The Center has wheelchairs to lend on a first-come, first-served basis.

•Harrison Medical, Inc., 721 S. Preston, Louisville, KY 40203, (502) 589-9325

•Holdaway Medical Services, 11305 Bluegrass Parkway, Louisville, KY 40299, (502) 266-0092

•Rehab Design: 1700 Commonwealth Dr., Louisville, KY 40299, (502) 266-9061

• Hume Pharmacy, 10216 Taylorsville Road, Louisville, KY 40299, (502) 267-7453

• Stephens Drugs, Inc., 4200 Shelbyville Road, Louisville, KY 40207, (502) 895-5446.

Annual NAPUB Meeting:

Nadine Jacobson writes to say that the 2005 annual meeting of the National Association to Promote the Use of Braille (NAPUB) will be held in conjunction with our national convention on Monday, July 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Louisville. Join us to catch up on all the latest news concerning Braille and learn who were the winners in this year's Braille Readers are Leaders contest. See you there.

Agriculture and Equestrian Division:

Hope to see y'all in Louisville July 2 through 8. The following is the schedule of activities of the NFB's Agriculture and Equestrian Division during our 2005 convention. You are invited to attend and participate.


Monday, July 4, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.(Dues: $5)

We are growing by leaps and bounds. Come snack on bioregional produce, network, share stories, and meet some locals. Kentucky is one of the nineteen states with an AgrAbility Project. You'll hear from advisors and participating farmers. Learn about resources you can tap into to start or expand a career in agriculture's myriad fields. Our membership has a wide array of interests and a wide geographic distribution. Agroforestry, apiculture and aquaculture, composting, gardening and landscaping, firearms and hunting, dairies and milk products, ranching and riding, tack and tractors, vermiculture and zymurgy: we cover the map. Blind people are working, studying, and hobbying in every field while feeding and clothing the world. Put your boots on, roll up your sleeves, and join us.


Always a highlight and a bargain; Louisville, here we come! We offer two tours: one on seminar day and the other on tour day. Stay tuned or contact one of the officers because our tour arrangements are still up in the air at press time. President, rancher, and riding instructor, Diane Starin, Starin and Johnson Enterprises, 1042 Hawthorne Street, Redding, California 96002, phone (530) 223-9084

Tour coordinator and aquaculturist, Fred Chambers, phone (760) 505-8500, email <>

         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.

For Sale:

Roger Behm is treasurer of both the Rock County Chapter of the NFB of Wisconsin and the affiliate’s merchants division. He frequently contributes training and fundraising items to assist the Wisconsin affiliate. This is what he says:

Want to save $100 and own the rock-solid screen reader, Window-Eyes Professional, and, in doing so, also contribute $100 to the National Federation of the Blind? Contact Adaptive Information Systems, identify yourself as an NFB member, and say that you want the Window-Eyes Professional special for $695. For every copy of Window-Eyes Professional sold to an NFB member at this price, $100 will be contributed to the National Federation of the Blind. This is an ongoing offer until further notice. So to save $100 and give $100 to the NFB, call Adaptive Information Systems at (877) 792-4768.

New VoiceNote QT or BT PDA notetakers and much more from Pulse Data and Adaptive Information Systems for $1,695, including shipping by UPS Ground insured anywhere in the forty-eight lower United States. Quantity is very limited--only three left. These are new (still in the box) with the latest version of Keysoft (version 6.11k), AmbiCom wireless CF card, and all accessories. So don't delay; save $900 off list price. When they are gone, they are gone, so call Adaptive Information Systems at (877) 792-4768.

Braille Greeting Cards Available:

At last! Personalized greeting cards in Braille at an affordable price. Order any number you wish; no minimum order required.

Four cards are currently available:

1. Masculine Birthday (with sailing ship graphic), inside text reads: “Happy Birthday! Hope your day is great!”

2. Feminine Birthday (floral design) with the same message inside.

3. Thank You (star design), inside it reads: “Thank you for your”(choose: “thoughtfulness” or “gift”) “I really appreciate” (“you” or “it”).

4. Graduation (cap and diploma graphic), inside text reads: “Congratulations, Graduate! I’m so proud of you!”

All cards are handcrafted with raised or textured designs, envelopes included. Allow five to seven days for delivery within the U.S. Cost is $3.50 per card plus $1.60 postage for up to three cards. For additional cards, add $.30 per card. Reverse cards may also be ordered. These have the message in print with a Braille notation on the back describing the type of card, e.g., “Feminine Birthday” You may also add a brief personal message and your name at the bottom (in Braille) or request a raised signature line on the printed cards.

When ordering, include your name and mailing address, number and design of cards desired, and a money order made payable to Tammy Burton. Mail to 13120 Ivy Mountain Court, Rapid City, South Dakota 57702. You can also pay using PayPal by emailing <>. Be sure to include postage and any personal message desired. For more information contact Tammy Burton by email. Type the words “Braille Cards” in the subject line.

Twelve-Year-Old Helps Blind Kids:

Back Row: Bill Daugherty, superintendent of the school for the blind; Andy Tompkins, commissioner of education; and Dick Edlund.   Front row: Carol Clark, president of the Johnson County chapter of the NFB; Matt Rayburn; and Raymond Peed.
Back row: Bill Daugherty, superintendent of the school for the blind; Andy Tompkins, commissioner of education; and Dick Edlund. Front row: Carol Clark, president of the Johnson County chapter of the NFB; Matt Rayburn; and Raymond Peed.

The following letter was sent to a family friend and reports on a project to help blind students. Matt Rayburn’s mother and grandfather are blind, which is probably where his interest began. Here is his letter describing his project:Hello, I hope you are doing well. I am working on my Change the World project for the seventh-grade social studies class. I have picked a project to help blind kids get free canes. I am calling my project "Kanes for Kids."

I emailed the National Federation of the Blind and spoke with Mrs. Patricia Maurer, and she donated ten canes from the national office. I also wrote to AmbuTech and spoke with Mr. Terry Russell, and he donated sixteen canes to my project.

I contacted the Kansas State School for the Blind and asked if they would be my partner in setting up a Kansas Cane Bank for kids’ canes. I am working with Mr. Daugherty, the superintendent, and he has agreed to help me run the cane bank out of his school.

The kids at the school already get a cane supplied to them by the school, but there are kids across the state who do not go to school there, and they can use the program. Mr. Daugherty and I are going to put a letter together and send it out to all of these kids and to each public school system in the state telling them about this program and how to use the cane bank.

We are having a lunch next Wednesday, April 6, at 11:00 a.m. Then we are going to have a ceremony where I am going to donate the canes to the program. Some important people are going to be there. The Johnson County NFB President, the Wyandotte County NFB president, a former state representative who is blind named Mr. Edlund, some O and M instructors, and the Kansas State commissioner of education. Also the students and staff of the school will be there. I think my mom is working on getting the local newspaper and TV station there. I am excited.

If you know of anyone who would like to donate a new or used cane to my project, I will take any they want to send me. They can mail it to me free of charge. They can put it in a box unsealed, mark it "Free Matter for the Blind" and mail it to my home address: Matthew Rayburn, 22118 W. 52nd Street, Shawnee, Kansas 66226.

In October is White Cane [Safety] Day, and I am going to go help promote the project. Thank you for all of your advice and help in giving me people and places to contact to help my project. I hope it helps lots of kids.

Preorder Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince:

From National Braille Press: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, by J.K. Rowling, in Braille (anticipated 9 volumes) or PortaBook, special preorder sale price: $17.99 until July 16. (After July 16 the price jumps to $29.99.)

The sixth book in the Harry Potter series--Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince--will be released this summer. In celebration NBP is giving you the chance to preorder the Braille book at a big discount: only $17.99 (it's the same price if you preorder the print version on Please note that we will charge your credit card now if you preorder. We'll send out the Braille books as soon as they're ready in late August and we'll send the PortaBook version as soon as it's ready in late July. And on July 16, the date the print book goes on sale, the price will jump back up to the print price of $29.99, so order now and save.

We've also lowered the prices of the first five Harry Potter novels to reflect the actual paperback book prices. They're all available in either Braille or PortaBook versions. It's an unbelievable deal--here are the new low prices:

 Book 1: Sorcerer's Stone, $6.99

 Book 2: Chamber of Secrets, $6.99

 Book 3: Prisoner of Azkaban, $7.99

 Book 4: Goblet of Fire, $8.99

 Book 5: Order of the Phoenix, $9.99

Or order the whole set for only $40

To read more about the upcoming book--or place an order--visit our Web site: <>, or send payment to NBP, 88 St. Stephen Street, Boston, MA 02115-4302, or call and charge it: (800) 548-7323 toll-free or (617) 266-6160, ext. 20, outside the U.S. and Canada. Fax an order to (617) 437-0456. Please note that a $5 processing fee will be added to all purchase orders; no charge if prepaid.

Experience GraphicAudio:

Experience a new kind of sci fi/action adventure entertainment: GraphicAudio. GraphicAudio is a virtual movie in your mind. It is intense images generated by full-cast action, 3-D sound effects, and original music. GraphicAudio is also fun stuff like ringtones you can download from the Internet from the actual stories. “It’s like Jurassic Park in your mind,” says one listener. These unabridged, vivid series intended for mature audiences include Deathlands, Outlanders, Stonyman and The Executioner. Coming this fall, also in GraphicAudio, the Deathstalker series. You can get GraphicAudio from Potomac Talking Book Services--single purchase or subscription rates--in two formats: 4-track 15/16 IPS and MP3CD. For a free GraphicAudio catalog on cassette, please call (877) 848-4354 or email <>.

New Day in Indiana:

Pam Schnurr, vice president of the NFB of Indiana and a leader in the state’s Business Enterprise Program, writes with the following hopeful news:

 On March 30, 2005, the Indiana Licensed Blind Vendors Committee were informed that the state agency was organizing a conference call later that day. Present on the call with the vendors committee were Peter Bisbecos, director of the Division of Disability, Aging, and Rehabilitative Services; Michael Hedden, deputy director of Vocational Rehabilitative Services; and Kris J. Pierce, director of the Business Enterprise Program. The purpose of the call was to update the committee on Blind and Visually Impaired Services (BVIS) issues. Peter informed the committee that Linda Quarles, deputy director of BVIS, had submitted her resignation.

Peter reassured the committee that he was committed to keeping us informed and part of the process. He said that there is no grand plan for the department. He asked for our views and seemed very receptive to our suggestions. This is a very refreshing change for vendors in Indiana. We are all very excited to see what the future holds for the blind of our state. After many years of asking for change through letters, emails, and phone calls from vendors and members of the state affiliate, I am delighted to report that we are seeing a new beginning in Indiana.

Monitor Mart

The notices in this section have been edited for clarity, but we can pass along only the information we were given. We are not responsible for the accuracy of the statements made or the quality of the products for sale.

Looking to Buy:

I would like to buy two items: 1. A slightly used talking blood pressure monitor and 2. The Grolier's Electronic Encyclopedia to be used with either DOS or Windows. If you have either of these items for sale, contact me at <>..

For Sale:

I am selling a little-used PowerBraille 80 electronic Braille display. It is currently selling at <> for over $10,000, and I will sell it for only $1,925. I also have an Index double-sided embosser with very little use that currently sells for almost $5000. You can have it for $1,950. Call CJ Sampson at (801) 367-2559 or <>.


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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