Braille Monitor                                                   February 2010

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News from the Federation Family


In the January 2010 issue we incorrectly printed the name of the city in the mailing address to which letters for NFB Jernigan Scholarships should be sent. The correct city is Pinson, Alabama. The correct address appears in the announcement printed elsewhere in this issue. We regret the error.

Marley Jane RuppNew Baby:

Terri Rupp, president of our Nevada affiliate, gave birth to a daughter, Marley Jane Rupp, on Friday, November 6, 2009, at 1:12 p.m. The baby weighed seven pounds and measured 19.25 inches. Proud parents Terri and Aaron as well as Marley Jane are all doing well.

Performing Arts Scholarship Available:

The Performing Arts Division of the National Federation of the Blind is now accepting applications for its Mary Anne Parks Performing Arts Scholarship. The winner of this award will receive one thousand dollars and an all-expense paid trip to the NFB national convention in Dallas, July 3 to 8. Visit <> to download the application. The deadline to apply for this scholarship is March 31, 2010. If you have any questions, contact Lisa Ostro, scholarship coordinator, at <>.

2010 Jacobus tenBroek Law Symposium:

The 2010 Jacobus tenBroek Law Symposium, “Equality, Difference, and the Right to Live in the World,” will occur on April 15 and 16, 2010, at the NFB Jernigan Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Tom Perez and former Congressman Tony Coelho head the list of distinguished law professors, practitioners, and advocates who will discuss the concepts of equality and difference as they relate to the disabled in employment, education, medical treatment, and access to technology. With an expanded format to incorporate workshops, the 2010 symposium will provide more time for discussion, collaboration, and networking.

The 2010 plenary session presenters include:

The 2010 workshop facilitators include:

Documentation for continuing legal education credits will be provided. The registration fee for the symposium is $175; registering students pay $25. A limited number of scholarships to cover the registration fee will be available to those with demonstrated financial need. To learn more about the symposium and sponsorship opportunities, view the agenda, and register online, visit <>. There you may also download a registration form to mail or fax. Hotel information is available on the symposium Website. For additional information contact Lou Ann Blake at (410) 659-9314, ext. 2221; <>.

Communicating with NFB-NEWSLINE:

In order to communicate better with our subscribers, NFB-NEWSLINE® is now on Twitter. Our posts, or tweets, advise subscribers of new publications added and new features or system enhancements, such as the ability with NFB NEWSLINE Online to view publications on our Website or download them to your digital Talking Book player. We also occasionally post tweets bringing attention to interesting articles that subscribers might enjoy. If you would like to follow us, visit <>. We also have a subscriber newsletter providing more information about NFB-NEWSLINE and to help our subscribers find the most value in our service. If you’d like to receive this newsletter, called the Newsliner, email Renee West at <>.

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.

Announcing Independence 2010:

Blind Industries and Services of Maryland is pleased to announce Independence 2010--a six-week residential summer program for blind and vision-impaired high school teenagers, operating from June 20 to August 1. Students enrolled in Independence 2010 will participate in an action-packed, comprehensive program that will focus on teaching the nonvisual skills that must be mastered before transitioning from high school to college or employment. Independence 2010 participants will live in apartments supervised by blind mentors and instructors who will help students with budgeting, maintaining a home, preparing meals, doing laundry, and shopping for groceries.

Program courses will include cane travel, independent living skills, assistive technology, Braille, physical fitness, blindness philosophy, and career exploration. Students will be expected to participate in several confidence-building exercises, including playing goalball, attending a summer festival, watching movies under the stars, and exploring Baltimore's Inner Harbor and Little Italy. Attending the NFB national convention in Dallas, Texas, will be the ultimate confidence-building exercise and opportunity to apply the practiced blindness skills learned during the program. Legally blind high school students (sophomore level and higher) who have either an open case with their state's vocational rehabilitation agency or an alternative funding source may apply. For further information contact Amy Phelps at <>; (410) 737-2642.

Participants for an Academic Study Survey Needed:

Caitlin Singletary, a doctoral student at Louisiana Tech University, is completing her dissertation with the help of NFB training centers. Specifically she is looking at psychological characteristics and how they are related to blindness skill sets. She is working with six national training centers, including the three NFB centers, using current students as study subjects. She also needs participants who have not been to a residential training center as a control group. If you have not attended a residential training center and would like to participate or to receive more information, contact her at <> or (337) 263-2812. The survey takes approximately twenty to twenty-five minutes to complete on the telephone. Please note that, if you have completed blindness training through public school or summer programs, you can still help.

Hall of Fame Nominations Needed:

The Kenneth Jernigan print and Braille plaque in the APH Hall of FameBlindness field Hall of Fame nominations for 2010 are now being accepted. Who should next be inducted into the Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field? If you are interested in learning more about the qualifications for nominees or the process for submitting a nominee to join the forty-four current inductees, visit <>. The nomination process will close Friday, March 26.

The Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field is dedicated to preserving, honoring, and promoting the tradition of excellence that the specific inductees manifest and to showcasing the history of outstanding services provided to people who are blind or vision impaired. Visit the Hall of Fame Website <> to learn more about the hall and those it honors. For further information contact Jim Deremeik, chairman of the Hall of Fame governing board, at <> or Bob Brasher, Hall of Fame curator, at <>.

Summer Braille Music Institute:

The National Resource Center for Blind Musicians is accepting applications for its seminar for blind college-bound musicians, which will be held July 11 to 17 at the Overbrook School for the Blind in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Designed for serious Braille-reading music students preparing for or already in college (average age seventeen to twenty-one), the program tailors instruction to each person's need to develop Braille music and theory skills and to learn to use technology to submit music assignments in print notation. Applicants must have already studied some music theory, have had several years of music lessons, and be able to present a polished and pleasing performance. They must be willing to put effort into Braille music study and demonstrate a commitment to use the Braille music and computer skills they will learn at the Institute when they return to school. Applicants must also show they have begun thinking realistically about reachable goals and that they have the independence skills, social readiness, and maturity to be a contributing part of a close-knit group.

Contact the resource center regarding the application and audition procedure. Deadline for all application materials to be completed and in the resource center office is May 5. We are happy to correspond with students, parents, music and vision teachers, or college students with an interest in working with blind students. We also invite parents and teachers of younger students to discuss visiting the Summer Institute for an evaluation and guidance. The resource center can help arrange customized distance learning throughout the year. Visit <>. Contact David Goldstein at (203) 366-3300, ext. 229 or at <>.

Onkyo Braille Literacy Essay Contest:

Again this year the National Federation of the Blind will administer the Onkyo Braille Literacy Essay Contest in the United States on behalf of the North America/Caribbean Region of the World Blind Union. The contest was created to promote Braille literacy and to encourage the exchange of social and cultural information. Blind people in the United States and Canada are eligible to apply.

Essays must be written in Braille and must pertain either to the way one gains knowledge or independence through Braille or to world peace from the perspective of a disabled person. The contest has two categories: one for people twenty-five and younger and the other for people above twenty-five. Seven cash prizes will be awarded. The contest began February 1, 2010, and will end April 30, 2010. All entries must be received by April 30.

For more information about the Onkyo Braille Literacy Essay Contest or to obtain the entire application package, contact Trisha Tatam at (410) 659-9314, ext. 2510, or at <>.

Camp Siloam for the Blind:

The 2010 Camp Siloam for the Blind will be held from Saturday, May 22, to Saturday, May 29, at the Golden Cross Ranch in New Caney, Texas. New Caney is thirty miles north of Houston. The week of camp features daily Bible studies with Rev. Bruce Coonce and evening sessions with Rev. George Gray. This year's camp theme is "A Passion for Christ Is a Passion for Life." Other activities for the week include two hayrides, horseback riding, swimming, a field trip, games, and campfire time. You will remember the food and fellowship for the rest of your life.

The camp registration fee is $25. The total cost for the week is $220. Assistance with air transportation cost is available for first-time campers. For further information call toll-free (866) 251-5165 and enter mailbox number 7128 to learn more about Camp Siloam.

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 am selling a Juliet interpoint Braille embosser with its original carton (serial number J0056) in excellent working condition. The unit comes with its power cable, parallel and serial cables, and instruction manual. The unit's original price was $5,000; I am asking $2,500. For further information contact Albert Sanchez at (252) 757-3023 or at <>.

For Sale:

I have the following items for sale: PAC Mate XQ400 with carrying case and strap, Quick Start cards in Braille and print, Quick Start guide, companion CD (contains MS ActiveSync 3.7 and Outlook 2002 software for desktop PC), AC adapter, mini to USB Cable, and user's documentation CD. Used only a few hours--too much for an old guy. Asking $1,700 plus $20 for shipping and insurance.

Brytech Noteteller2. It usually does not identify the new $5 bills. You sometimes have to tap it lightly to make it work, but otherwise it works superbly. Asking $150.

Canon CanoScan LiDE 25 Color Image Scanner. Asking $30, no charge for shipping and handling. Contact Larry Railey at <> or (281) 444-0907.

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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