Braille Monitor                          March 2019

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Washington State At-Large Chapter Elections:
The Washington State chapter-at-large held its elections January 10, and officers are as follows: president, Kris Colcock; vice president, Jenelle Landgraf; secretary, Judy Jones; treasurer, Niki Palmer; board member, Chris Jones.

The chapter is growing, and we have also had out-of-state attendance. We were successful in our fundraiser, held at our state convention in October, and Kris and Jenelle did much to make that happen. Our state president, Marci Carpenter, continues to be wonderful support and help to the chapter and each of us as individuals. We all have been working together to help this chapter succeed and are looking forward to a great 2019.

Thanks for Here’s Hank:
Matthew Jepsen wrote to tell us: “Just thought you would like to know that my 10-year-old daughter Elizabeth (an avid Braille reader) has been loving the new Here's Hank books she's been getting in the mail from the American Action Fund these past few weeks. She reads them everywhere, including our local coffee shop.”

Great Radio by Blind People:
Hello friends. I am Ken Lawrence from the New Jersey affiliate. Would you like to listen to some great radio made by blind people with all musical tastes in mind? Well, why not try Out of Sight Radio. This is a radio station linked to the voicechat site where some of the members are hosts of radio shows. We have among others two great oldies shows, plus specific shows for the 60s, 70s, and 80s. We have country and jazz standards and much, much more—including my regular show the Rock and Soul Review. And when there’s no live show, there’s great music in the automated stream. To listen to our station just visit, and click the high quality stream if you are on a computer, or if you are away from Wi-Fi the lower bit rate mobile stream. We are also on TuneIn radio so you can listen on the Amazon Echo or a Google Home speaker. Just ask Alexa or your Google Home to play Out of Sight net radio. Since we are also on the ooTunes database, you can even hear Out of Sight Radio on a Victor Reader Stream. So come in and tune in anytime for the best mix of music anywhere whether on terrestrial radio or internet. It’s like I say on my show, Out of Sight Radio, your blind spot on the internet is your hot spot on the internet.

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.

New Year, New Titles in UEB from Seedlings!
Seedlings Braille Books for Children just added seven more books to its Unified English Braille collection for independent readers, bringing the total to 155! One is a new title, Magic Tree House #34: Season of the Sandstorms.

The other six are books converted from the old Braille code: Ramona and her Father, Ramona Forever, Charlie & the Great Glass Elevator, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom, and Walking the Road to Freedom: A Story about Sojourner Truth.

To see all 155 of Seedlings' books in contracted UEB for older children, go to Check back often as we are regularly adding additional titles to our UEB collection for independent readers.

All of Seedlings' 310 print-and-braille books for younger readers are already in UEB. See our online catalog at

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:
Two Freedom Scientific Braille Blazers for sale. They have the following features: serial or parallel connections to a PC (A USB-to-Serial cable may be used with these embossers on machines which don't have serial or parallel ports); carrying case (built-in); standard computer power cord; embosses on 8.5-by-11-inch fanfold tractor-feed paper; embosses standard Braille in portrait or landscape mode; embosses graphics; is supported by most Braille translation software, including Duxbury Systems; configuration is accomplished through voice-guided instructions; may be used as a speech synthesizer as well as a Braille embosser. The user manual is available at: We are asking $400 each. Contact Sheryl Pickering at 830-743-7655.

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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