[NFBOK-Talk] Imagineering Our Future

Jeannie Massay jmassay1 at cox.net
Tue Sep 6 17:43:29 UTC 2016

Enjoy the latest issue of the National Federation of the Blind National
Newsletter   <http://nfb.org/images/nfb/images/image/nfb_logo_2.jpg> 

Imagineering Our Future

  Issue 89 

September 2016   

In this issue:
Message from the President <> 
What's News at the NFB <> 
Braille Certification Training Program <> 
>From the tenBroek Library <> 
Education <> 
Independence Market <> 
Advocacy <> 
Access Technology <> 
NFB Calendar <> 
Citation <> 


Message from the President

Dear Friends:

This summer I am celebrating my twentieth anniversary as a member of the
National Federation of the Blind. I learned about the Federation when
attending the national convention in Anaheim, California, right around the
corner from Disneyland. My new Federation family members took me to
Disneyland and gave me a true lesson in the Federation philosophy. We raced
around the park using our long white canes, asking questions to get
directions, and having a lot of fun. I was amazed that any blind person
would think this was something they could do without sighted assistance. I
did not know the empowering philosophy of the Federation nor did I have the
skills to do it myself-myfriends in the Federation were modeling it for me.

I remember that the "It's a Small World" ride was the one everyone loved.
Maybe it was the music, the animatronics, the concept of world peace, being
able to relax for a moment, or the combination of all of the above that made
it so special to so many people. As I was reflecting upon what to write
about this month, I found myself reflecting upon the meetings of the World
Blind Union and the International Council for the Education of the Visually
Impaired that the National Federation of the Blind hosted in Orlando in
August. In meeting blind people from around the world, discussing our common
interests and the barriers we face, and dreaming of how we cancontinue to
improve public perception of the blind, my first experience at Disneyland
came to mind. It truly is a small world. Although the experience for me as a
blind person in the United States in 2016 is different from the current
experience of blind people in many developing countries today, there still
are many commonalities. The most significant commonality being that we all
battle against the persistent low expectations that come from misconceptions
about blindness. One difference is that in the United States we in the
National Federation of the Blind have pioneered the best training available
to the blind anywhere in the world through our affiliated training centers:
, the Colorado Center for the Blind
, and the Louisiana Center for the Blind
. During the world meetings in Orlando I was talking to blind people from
around the world, and sometimes answering the questions I was asking twenty
years ago during my adventure to Disneyland. It was truly inspiring
towitness staff and graduates of our training programs here in the United
States passing on their experience and skills to blind people all around the

When you come right down to it, the world is small. Yet, in the National
Federation of the Blind we work daily to make sure that there are no
artificial limits on the horizons for blind people. By sharing our
experience and learning from other blind people around the world, we find
new ways to expand those horizons. It was a great experience to host the
world meetings in the United States for the first time. I hope that in
twenty years when I look back on this experience, I will still feel the
closeness to others from around the world that I experienced last month. I
know that with our continued work together, the National Federation of the
Blind will still be expanding thehorizons twenty years from today.



Mark A. Riccobono, President
National Federation of the Blind


What's News at the NFB

Wichita State University Agreement

We, along with Emily Schlenker, a blind student, have entered into an
agreement with Wichita State University (WSU) to improve opportunities for
blind students attending WSU. The agreement resolves concerns raised by Ms.
Schlenker with faculty and staff at the university. More information can be
found in the press release

Space Available Program Update

The National Federation of the Blind of Texas commented on the inclusion of
language that would allow more veterans with disabilities to participate in
the Space Available program in the House version of the National Defense
Authorization Act (NDAA) by Congressman Mac Thornberry, chairman of the
House Committee on Armed Services. You can read the comments at

A letter of thanks to Representative Thornberry will give him support when
he seeks inclusion of his language in the final joint House and Senate bill
when the conference committee meets in September. A webform has been created
to help with simple thank you notes. It can be found at


Braille Certification Training Program

Under a contract with the National Library Service for the Blind and
Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress (NLS), the National Federation
of the Blind administers the courses leading to NLS certification of Braille
transcribers and proofreaders.

Starting in January 2015, all new students in the literary
transcribing/proofreading courses began learning under the rules of Unified
English Braille (UEB), and students who had been working in the older
version of the course were switched to the new version during the year.

Successful completion of these rigorous courses requires a great deal of
time and effort on the part of the students. We congratulate the following
individuals who earned certification in literary transcribing during the
month of June 2016, achieving certificates under the rules of Unified
English Braille:


Misteer Greene, Burlington


Jay Matthew Dailey, Macon


Arletta Joyce Shenfeld, Mechanicsburg

The updating of the Nemeth and music courses to align with UEB is ongoing.
Congratulations to the following student who achieved certification in the
current version of the Nemeth transcribing course during the month of June:


Ernest Phillip Crider, Jefferson City

For transcribers and proofreaders who were certified prior to the adoption
of UEB and need to update their credentials, a test was developed to allow
them to earn a letter of proficiency in UEB, which is an add-on credential
to an existing certificate. As of this writing, 160 individuals have earned
this letter of proficiency in Unified English Braille from the Library of


>From the tenBroek Library

The tenBroek Library welcomes all researchers interested in the non-medical
aspects of blindness. Our collections cover areas including the education of
blind children, disability law and policy, the history of attitudes toward
the blind, and literary works by blind authors. We provide facilities for
using our collections, regardless of format, to both sighted and blind

The tenBroek Library looks after the history of blind people in many ways,
including collecting NFB literature, maintaining the Federation's archives,
and building our collections of archival papers and published works. We also
recognize that much of the history of the blind resides in the lived
experience of the blind, and we are committed to documenting those
experiences through our Oral History program.

Researchers can access the holdings of the tenBroek Library through our
fully accessible online portals. The Cane Tip
is our database for finding aids that describe the manuscript and archival
collections held by the library, including the personal and professional
papers of NFB founder Jacobus tenBroek, the papers of past NFB President
Kenneth Jernigan, and the NFB Institutional Archives, as well as several
smaller collections. The Blind Cat
is our online public access catalog (OPAC) where researchers can search our
collection of published materials. The scope of our published
materials-largely in print, but also in talking book, Braille, and digital
formats-extends to all facets of blindness and the lives of blind people,
with the exception of the medical treatment and prevention of blindness.

The tenBroek Library also holds-and makes available to researchers-extensive
collections of archival photographs, sound recordings, and audiovisual
material. At this time there is no public catalog or finding aid of this
material. However, we will happily respond to inquiries by mail, phone, or

To learn more about the holdings of the Jacobus tenBroek Library, please
visit the Cane Tip, the Blind Cat, or send us an email at jtblibrary at nfb.org
<mailto:jtblibrary at nfb.org> .



NFB BELL Academy

The NFB BELL Academy (Braille Enrichment for Learning and Literacy) provides
blind children with quality summer instruction in Braille and other
nonvisual skills while having a lot of fun, exercising other skills like
independent travel, and working with blind adult role models from a variety
of backgrounds. During this summer, thirty-one affiliates have offered
forty-five NFB BELL Academy sites providing more than sixteen thousand hours
of instruction to more than three hundred blind youth.

This fall, the Jernigan Institute will be holding two training seminars to
prepare for the NFB BELL Academy next summer. Additionally, we will provide
NFB BELL Academy teacher training via distance education beginning this
winter and continuing through the spring of 2017.


Independence Market

The Independence Market
is the National Federation of the Blind's conduit for distributing our
organizational literature to members and friends as well as to the general
public. We also sell various, mostly low-tech, blindness products.

It's that time of year when many are starting to look for next year's
calendar. Since not everyone is using digital calendars yet, the
Independence Market still offers the following Braille and large-print

2017 American Action Fund Braille Calendar

This comb-bound, pocket-sized Braille calendar measures 6 x 6 1/2 inches.
Each calendar page includes the days of the month and lists major holidays.
A page for personal notes is in the back. This calendar is available free of

2017 Large-Print Calendar

This spiral-bound, large-print appointment calendar measures 8 1/2 x 11
inches and has inside pockets. Each month is displayed on two facing pages
and features 2-inch blocks for each day of the month. The months are tabbed
and include a section for monthly notes as well as a three-month calendar
overview. The calendar costs $10.00, plus shipping and handling.  

2017 EZ2See Large-Print Planner

This organizer designed with low-vision professionals in mind features
easy-to-read large print. The spiral-bound planner with laminated covers,
measuring 8 1/2 x 11 inches, features a page for each month as well as
two-page weekly views from the end of December 2016 through the beginning of
January 2018. Major holidays are listed on both the monthly and weekly
views. The weekly pages have individual unlined writing areas measuring 3
1/4 by 8 inches and the font on these pages is at least forty point. Some
pages for personal notes are also included. Dark boarders on all the pages
make it easier to see the writing area. The planner costs $20.00, plus
shipping and handling.

Fopydo KNFB Reader Scanning Stand

The newest item available from the Independence Market is the Fopydo KNFB
Reader Scanning Stand. This is a very handy accessory for anyone who uses
the KNFB Reader app on a smartphone. For those who don't know, the KNFB
Reader app
allows the user to take a photo of printed text and have it converted to
speech output in a fraction of a second. If one plans to scan multiple pages
in one reading session or has trouble holding the phone steady, a scanning
stand becomes very helpful, as one can rest the device on the stand. The
lightweight FopydoKNFB Reader Scanning Stand is very portable and easy to
assemble. Its 11 inch height is ideal for reading 8.5 x 11 inch documents,
but the height can be adjusted to accommodate the scanning of larger format
items. The stand is made of corrugated plastic with fold-out metal legs that
can be extended to vary the height. The shelf features a notch to make it
easy to line up the device camera and a sticky strip to keep the device from
sliding. The shelf is even sturdy enough to accommodate an iPad Mini. When
collapsed, the stand measures 11.75 x 9.5 x 0.25 inches. The Fopydo KNFB
Reader Scanning Stand costs $12.00 plus shipping and handling.

Please contact us for more information about products and literature
available through the Independence Market or to request a catalog in print
or in Braille. Our catalog and product information is also available online
. You can reach us via email <mailto:independencemarket at nfb.org>  or by
phone at (410) 659-9314, extension 2216. Our Independence Market staff will
be glad to assist you.



Uber Class Notice

In order to prevent discrimination against service animal users by Uber
drivers, the NFB has proposed a class action settlement that would, among
other things, require Uber to provide additional training to its drivers,
require Uber drivers to acknowledge their responsibility to transport riders
with service animals, and require Uber to terminate drivers that refuse to
transport riders with service animals. View the full notice on the NFB
; this affects your rights as a class member using Uber with a service

An additional summary of the comprehensive settlement terms
from the attorneys for the class can be found on the TRE Legal website. 


Access Technology

For anyone with an interest in accessible web design in the Baltimore area,
on September 29 the NFB Center of Excellence in Nonvisual Access (CENA) to
Education, Public Information, and Commerce will be hosting a boutique on
accessibility in Drupal. For more on that event or to find sign-up
information, visit https://nfb.org/free-accessibility-training-boutiques


NFB Calendar

Upcoming Events

August 31: Deadline for experienced NFB BELL Academy affiliate
representatives to register for the NFB BELL Academy Training Seminar,
September 30-October 2, 2016, registration form

September 8: Deadline for prospective NFB BELL Academy affiliates to apply
to host an NFB BELL Academy for the summer of 2017, application form

September 15: Deadline for representatives from accepted prospective NFB
BELL Academy affiliates to register for the NFB BELL Academy Training
Seminar, October 20-23, 2016, choose: Novice/Intermediate, registration form

September 30-October 2: NFB BELL Academy Training Seminar (Advanced) in
Baltimore, Maryland

October 20-24: NFB BELL Academy Training Seminar (Novice/Intermediate) in
Baltimore, Maryland

State Conventions

- September 9-11

West Virginia
- September 8-11

North Carolina
- September 16-18

North Dakota
- September 17

- September 24

- September 24

- October 1-2

- September 30-October 2

- September 30-October 2

- October 7-8

- October 7-9

- October 7-9

- October 7-9

- October 7-9

- October 7-9

District of Columbia
- October 12-15

- October 14-16

Rhode Island
- October 14-15

- October 14-16

- October 21-23

- October 28-30

- October 28-30

- October 28-29

- October 28-30

- October 28-30

New York
- October 28-30

South Carolina
- October 28-30

- October 29

- November 4-6

- November 4-6

- November 4-6

- November 4-6

New Jersey
- November 10-13

- November 11-13

- November 11-13

- November 11-13

- November 11-13

Puerto Rico
- November 19



We have all the typical and ordinary range of talents and techniques,
attitudes, and aspirations. Our underlying assumption is not-as it is with
some other groups-the intrinsic helplessness and everlasting dependency of
those who happen to lack sight, but rather their innate capacity to nullify
and overrule this disability-to find their place in the community-with the
same degree of success and failure to be found among the general population.

- Professor Jacobus tenBroek. " Cross of Blindness
." 1956 NFB National Convention, New Orleans, Louisiana, July 6, 1956.


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