Braille Monitor                                                                January 2007


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News from the Federation Family

The National Federation of the Blind of Washington conducted its election on Sunday, November 5. The results were as follows: president, Michael Freeman; first vice president, Bennett Prows; second vice president, Kristina Lawrence; secretary, Kaye Kipp; treasurer, Gary Mackenstadt; and board members, Kyle Parrish, Donald Mitchell, and Maria Bradford.

Employment Shadowing Program Grows:
The following brief article appeared in the October 18, 2006, edition of the Examiner, a publication that circulates in Baltimore and the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C. Yasmin Reyazuddin, who initiated the shadowing program described, is an active member of the NFB of Maryland. Here is the article:

Disabled Students to Follow in County Workers' Footsteps
by Dena Levitz

Montgomery County--About 160 disabled students in Montgomery County will take part in National Disability Mentoring Day today, the majority of them shadowing workers across the county. Program organizers said it's the fourth year the county has taken part in the event. The first year twenty-five students took part in the effort. Now included are 160--including both high schoolers and Montgomery College students.

“It's indicative of the interest and the need and the demand," said Stacy Rodgers, an official with the county's Department of Health and Human Services. She said the chief hope of the event is to change the thinking that people with handicaps can't fit into the workforce. “Students involved get a glimpse into a field they're interested in pursuing in the future; mentors can be reminded of what disabled citizens are capable of achieving.” “We want to help them recognize that colleagues who are disabled are still colleagues,” Rodgers said.

The vision for the event actually came from Rodger's colleague, Yasmin Reyazuddin, who is blind. At Tuesday's County Council meeting, Reyazuddin pointed out the significance of the Americans with Disabilities Act in allowing those like her to hold jobs. Stressing the need for everyone to pay attention to the plight of handicapped workers, she called being disabled "one of those minorities that everyone can potentially join every day.”

The students doing the shadowing today come from all walks of life and have varying disabilities. Of the 160, thirty who are more fascinated by technology will visit Verizon; sixty will follow and learn from county employees. The remaining seventy, who are less certain of their future paths, will take part in a series of career-assessment workshops at Montgomery College.

Angela Washington, the spokeswoman for the county's Human Resources Office, which also helped plan the event, said it's unclear whether there has been an increase in the number of disabled workers locally but that Disability Mentoring Day is about awareness, not simply numbers.

Greg Beach, January 18, 1953, to June 13, 2006

In Memoriam:
With great sadness Connie Norheim, former treasurer of the NFB of North Dakota, reports the death on June 13, 2006, of Greg Beach. Greg died of diabetic complications while under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley in Fargo, North Dakota. He was born January 18, 1953, and at eleven months was diagnosed with diabetes. Greg fought a long and courageous battle against diabetes and its complications. He was elected president of the NFB of North Dakota in 1991 and attended several national conventions. He initiated the use of a pull-tab machine as a source of funding for the NFB of North Dakota. Recognizing the independence and companionship his guide dog provided him, Greg bought and donated several Boxer puppies to be trained as guide dogs. He was a member of the West Fargo Lions Club and owned and managed the computer repair shop, Digital Hospital. North Dakotans will remember Greg for his fierce determination to live an active life despite the many obstacles he faced.

The Weber/Davis Chapter of the NFB of Utah just held elections, and the following officers were elected: president, Chad Wilburn; vice president, Cheralyn Creer; secretary , Erin Wilburn; treasurer, Jeff Smith; and board members, Richard Condie and Dave Mahlstrom.

TV Listings Added to NFB-NEWSLINE®:
TV listings are now part of the NFB-NEWSLINE® package that has arrived just in time for the new year. Now you can find all the TV listings in one place, and they are only a telephone call away. Many NFB-NEWSLINE® subscribers already enjoy this free telephone and electronic newspaper service carrying 242 newspapers and magazines to forty-one states and the District of Columbia. Subscribers can press the 8-key option for interactive TV listings that can control date, time, and channel. After you enter “TV listings,” you can press the pound key for help. To sign up for NFB-NEWSLINE® or for more information, call (866) 504-7300. Look for a feature article with more specific information in the next issue of the Braille Monitor.

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.

Job Opportunities at Envision:
If you are legally blind and looking for work, consider Envision, a not-for-profit agency based in Wichita, Kansas. Envision has jobs in Kansas as well as at our military base stores in nine states. Job opportunities include administration, retail, and manufacturing. At Envision you will earn competitive pay and a generous benefits plan and may be eligible for relocation assistance.

Envision Wichita has immediate job openings for the following: T-shirt bag machine operator, roll bag machine operator, picker, orientation and mobility specialist, senior application developer, and account executive assistant--base service stores. Our base service centers at Peterson AFB in Colorado and Minot AFB in North Dakota are looking for cashier/stockers. Our Tennessee store at Millington NSA is looking for a part-time cashier/stocker. To learn more about these and other positions check our Web site at <>, or call Mark Benson toll-free at (888) 425-7072.

2007 Winter Rehabilitation Conference:
The National Association of Blind Rehabilitation Professionals, the National Blindness Professional Certification Board, and the Professional Development and Research Institute on Blindness are proud to announce the 2007 Winter Rehabilitation Conference on Sunday, January 28, at the Holiday Inn Capitol hotel in Washington, D.C., from 1:30 to 5:00 p.m. Preregistration is available online at <>. The conference fee will be $20 for those who preregister by January 24. The fee will be $25 after January 24 and at the door beginning at 1:30 p.m. on January 28. The room location will be listed in the Washington Seminar list of activities.

This conference will be a training session on contemporary issues facing vocational rehabilitation counselors, rehabilitation teachers, orientation and mobility instructors, and managers and supervisors of rehabilitation programs for the blind. It will also serve as a planning session for the 2007 rehabilitation conference in Atlanta. The conference will be of particular interest to those currently working in the field of rehabilitation for the blind, students in professional preparation programs, those interested in travel training as a career, and those with general interest in rehabilitation for the blind. Conference attendees will be eligible to receive CE units towards the National Orientation and Mobility Certification (NOMC).

For more information about the conference, please contact the Institute on Blindness staff at (318) 257-4554 or email <>.

Wanting to Hire:
Stay-at-home, part-time search specialist needed two hours a day, five days a week. Pays $15 to $20 an hour base plus bonus potential. Job requires pleasant, up-beat phone voice and energetic personality. Must be able to work independently, have a good work ethic, and be dependable. Position includes sourcing candidates and some referencing and credentialing--90 percent phone work and 10 percent computer work. Training and support will be provided.

Job requirements: minimal word-processing skills, sales acumen helpful, DiSC test required. Send resumé to <>, fax (800) 804-8203, phone (800) 933-1884.

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.

For Sale:
I wish to sell the following products:

Blazie Engineering VersaPoint Duo model BP 2B-01, in excellent condition, barely used, will include reams of wide paper, asking $800;
Duxbury 10.5 with original packaging and manuals, asking $400; Double Talk LT, asking $100; Sigma-Martin five-string banjo, clear top, beautiful wood, with hard case, asking $550.

Purchaser pays all shipping fees on above products. Contact Laura Ann Grymes, (979) 680-0022, <>.

For Sale:
Catalina Roisum would like to sell two items: a Braille Lite 2000 with external disk drive, all cables, and Braille instructions. Asking $1,000 or best offer--includes shipping. The unit is in excellent condition.

She is also selling a VoiceNote mPower with an external disk drive, all connections, and cassette instructions. Asking $1,000 or best offer--includes shipping. This unit is in excellent condition. She will accept PayPal or personal checks and will ship items as soon as the check clears or she receives payment from PayPal. If you have any questions, email her at <>.

Optelec CCTV for Sale:
In 1994 I purchased a top-of-the-line Optelec CCTV, and for the last eight years it has sat on the shelf. It has many features, including zoom, reverse image, and more. In excellent condition. Comes with padded carrying case. Asking $950 plus $35 UPS shipping. Contact Joe Morgan by phone at (719) 495-4335 or by email at <>.

Lord Earl Houghton’s Elephant Wall Sculpture for Sale:
This bodacious grey elephant head is well designed and crafted. It measures twenty-eight inches wide by eight-and-a-half inches deep by twenty-two inches high. It is realistic in its representation of an actual elephant. The eyes, deep wrinkles, and ears are an accurate depiction of the beast. The tusks are white and six inches long. This would be a great item for someone with a safari décor or with a passion for elephants. It would make a great conversation piece.

I paid $139 for the elephant head and will sell it for $95, shipping included. Please contact Ed Bryant, 1212 London Drive, Columbia, Missouri 65203; Phone (573) 817-5993; email <>.

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.