Future Reflections         Summer 2010

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Journal of Blindness Innovation and Research
The NFB Jernigan Institute announces the launch of the Journal of Blindness Innovation and Research (JBIR). The JBIR is a peer-reviewed research journal that will bring meaningful research into the mainstream of the blindness field. It will be available online free of charge. The main focus of the journal will be qualitative and quantitative research. There will also be sections for practice-based and philosophical pieces.


Research on the Brain
Marina Bedny
(617) 286-2341
The Saxe Laboratory at MIT is studying how the brain develops in blind and sighted children. The researchers are seeking totally blind children between the ages of four and fourteen. During the study children will play games and listen to stories while noninvasive MRI images of the brain are taken. Children who participate will learn about neuroscience and will receive gift certificates and other small prizes. Out-of-state travel expenses for children and their families will be reimbursed.


National Leadership Consortium in Sensory Disabilities (NLCSD)
Tina Fitzpatrick
(215) 780-1501
NLCSD, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, is accepting applications to doctoral programs in the areas of blindness/visual impairment, deafness/hard of hearing, and deafblindness. Full tuition and a minimum of $20,000 annual living stipend will be provided to NLCSD fellows for up to four years of full-time, on-campus study while they earn their doctorates at any of twenty-five consortium universities. Applications for the cohort beginning in fall 2011 must be received by December 31, 2010. Applicants will be notified by March 15, 2011.


Hermansky-Pudlak Syndrome Network (HPS Network)
Donna Appell
(516) 922-4022
HPS Network is working with the Jewish Guild for the Blind to offer a support group to Spanish-speaking parents of children with HPS. HPS is one of the most common genetic disorders among people of Puerto Rican heritage. It is a rare form of albinism that can cause a bleeding disorder, digestive problems, and hardening of the lungs. The support group will meet via toll-free conference call.


The 2010-2011 Braille Challenge
Braille Institute of America
741 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90029
(323) 663-1111
Registration Period: November 1–December 17, 2010
The Braille Challenge is an academic competition unlike any other. This two-stage contest is designed to motivate blind students to emphasize their study of Braille, rewarding their success with a fun-filled and challenging weekend of events. Students throughout the United States and Canada are encouraged to participate in the preliminary round. Contestants may take the preliminary contest challenge any time during the first two months of the year. Once the contests are scored, the top eligible students are invited to Los Angeles, where they match skills with the top Braille readers in the nation at the National Braille Challenge.


Rick Colton
3881 Silver Spur Circle, Park City, UT 84098
(435) 649-4835 H or (435) 901-0803 C
With his daughters, Katie and Kristie, Rick Colton is providing assistance to the Pacelli School for the Blind in Surulere, Lagos, Nigeria, which serves students in grades K-10. Please send used canes and slates and styluses to Rick, who travels regularly to Nigeria. Your help will be greatly appreciated!

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