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Braille Book Fair
UPS/ Attention: Bessie Graham
8901 Atlantic Avenue, Orlando, FL 32824
Donate your gently used but no-longer-needed Braille books to the 2011 Braille Book Fair/Flea Market sponsored by the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children and the National Association to Promote the Use of Braille. Books should be in good condition. Cookbooks, books about sports, print/Braille picture books, and all books suitable for children and youth are needed. Children are so hungry to have their very own books that every year, despite generous donations, most of our books for young children are gone in less than an hour. Search through the boxes in your basement and spare room and get those books shipped to the address above. Peggy Chong has stepped down after many years of building this successful event, and this year's coordinator is Barbara Cheadle. If you have any questions, contact Barbara at (410) 747-3472 or email her at bacheadle@msn.com. This year's event will take place on Tuesday, July 5, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.


On March 15, 2011, the National Federation of the Blind filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice regarding the use of Google Apps for Education and Chrome notebooks by many Oregon schools. These complaints grew out of NFB's concern that, increasingly, public schools are adopting inaccessible technologies that exclude blind students and teachers from school activities. If you would like to report a problem that you have encountered with inaccessible educational technology, please contact the NFB through the new online form at <www.nfb.org/technologyform>.   Complete the questionnaire called "Digital Technology and Accessibility in Schools."


Sleep Study on Blind Infants and Toddlers
Donna Brostek Lee
Assistant Professor, Western Michigan University
Office Phone: (269) 387-5944
Cell: (502) 403-6891
A doctoral candidate at the University of Louisville who currently teaches at Western Michigan University is conducting a research study on sleep problems in young blind children. The study is noninvasive and will not involve any medication. The sleep patterns of participants will be measured through a small device worn on the wrist, and the intervention will consist of an auditory bubble panel to act as a positive sleep association and zeitgeber (time cue). In addition, caregivers will need to log daily sleep information such as the time they put the participant to bed and unusual events during the day. Families will not be paid for participation, but they will be offered the option to keep the bubble panel upon completion of the study. To qualify, a participant must be between nine and thirty-six months of age, must have a sleep problem as identified by caregivers, must be totally blind or have light perception only, and must have no other disabilities or major medical conditions.

Disease Distribution Survey on ONH
Children's Hospital Los Angeles
4650 Sunset Blvd., MS #88, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Contacts: Mark Borchert, MD, and Pamela García Filion, MPH (323) 361-2267
Children's Hospital Los Angeles is conducting an ongoing nationwide survey to gather information on how cases of optic nerve hypoplasia (ONH) are spread across the United States and to determine if there are unique distributions of this disease. Participation is available to families with a child diagnosed with ONH, and it is completely voluntary. Parents of a child with ONH are eligible to complete the survey if the mother lived in the United States three months before becoming pregnant and during her first two trimesters.


National Blindness Professional Certification Board (NBPCB)
101 S. Trenton St., Ruston, LA 71270
Contact: Deja Powell (318) 257-4554
The NBPCB has established rigorous standards for certifying competent professionals who wish to demonstrate their knowledge and proficiency in reading and writing the literary Braille code. Candidates who fulfill all application requirements and successfully pass the National Literary Braille Competency Test (NLBCT) are awarded the National Certification in Literary Braille. Test dates and locations are posted regularly on the Web site, and an applicant may also request a test to be administered in his/her area.

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