[blindkid] [Nfbc-info] Fw: iBRAL

DrV icdx1111 at gmail.com
Tue Oct 28 02:35:33 UTC 2014

Dear Rob, Nicki, & All,

I whole-heartedly agree with Nicki & echo her sentiments.

The Braille Readers Are Leaders contest was, in my opinion, one of the
best, most functional & most motivating early braille literacy initiative
programs out there.

I know that my kids & many others really looked forward every year to
November 1st, the start of the contest. I am ever-so-grateful that my boys
were able to both enjoy & benefit from this NFB program’s efforts for so
many years.

Participation in the contest lead to real-world tangible results.
Especially early on, in the beginnings of their independent-reading phase,
each of my boys made very noticeable strides each year in their reading
fluency over the 2-3 month contest (length of contest varied over time).

I know that for some families, participation in the contest was the first
exposure to the NFB.

The fizzling out of the Braille Readers Are Leaders has left a void that is
waiting to be filled.

It's was & still can be a win-win-win program: a golden baton – a baton
than is waiting for someone to pick it up & carry it across the finish

Importantly, the potential beneficiaries are the potential future members &
leaders of the NFB.

Humbly yours,

The father of 2 braille-readers

On Mon, Oct 27, 2014 at 2:53 PM, Rob Kaiser via Nfbc-info <
nfbc-info at nfbnet.org> wrote:

> This messsage, for whatever reason was sent to me. I am forwarding it to
> the California list serve.
> Rob Kaiser, President National Federation of the Blind of California
> Orange County Chapter cell#(760)792-0525 email;
> rcubfank at sbcglobal.net
> From: Nicki Manthos
> Sent: Monday, October 27, 2014 2:41 PM
> To: rcubfank at sbcglobal.net
> Subject: iBRAL
> Hello Mr. Kaiser,
> Just wondering if anyone at NFB of California has been interested in
> starting a braille reading contest in California like NFB did in Illinois
> (iBRAL)?
> I really miss Braille Readers are Leaders
> Nicki Q. Manthos
> Teacher for Students with Visual Impairments
> Sweetwater Union High School District – Special Services
> 619 519-3537
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