The Flagship Publication of the National Federation of the Blind
2 hr 47 min
Vol. 66, No. 11 December 2023 Contents Illustration: Karla Gilbride Confirmed to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Convention Bulletin 2024 Convention Location Update and Planning by Mark Riccobono Innovation Rocks: Positive Progress Centered on the BlindAn Address Delivered by Mark A. Riccobono, President Securing Equal Protection under the Law: The Essential Role of the Organized Blind Movement by Eve Hill The 2024 Blind Educator of the Year Award by Robin House Shattering Injustice and Raising Expectations: Dedication to Equality by a Blind Attorney by Karla Gilbride Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income Updates for 2024 by Jesse Shirek From California to Illinois—Powered by Braille by Rachel Held O’Rourke Completes 6-week Fundraising Bike Ride for Blind by Amalie Benjamin Pit Stop Party at Kirkwood Library: NHL Referee Dan O’Rourke Bikes Route 66 for Braille Literacy Fundraising by Julie Brown Patton The 2024 Dr. Jacob Bolotin Awards by Everette Bacon It Matters What We Do, Not Who We Are by Geerat J. Vermeij Announcing the NFB 2024 Scholarship Program by Cayte Mendez My Experiences as a Deafblind Participant in our 2023 National Convention by Maurice Mines We Have Work to Do: Reflections on Changing the Blind Employment Paradigm by Mary Fernandez Braille Books and Contest Cash by Sandy Halverson The 2024 Distinguished Educator of Blind Students Award by Carla McQuillan Veteran finishes the Half-Marathon at the Cleveland Marathon, while serving as an Inspiration for Blind Athletes by Irie Harris, Cleveland.com Eleven Seasonal Acts of Kindness by LaShawna Fant Monitor Miniatures Photo and Web List Issue: [DECEMBER 2023] Photos: Hotel for convention bulletin Mark Riccobono Anne Lancaster Eve Hill Robin House Karla Gilbride Jesse Shirek Rachel Held Dan O’Rourke Amalie Benjamin (outside journalist) Julie Brown Patton (outside journalist) Everett Bacon Geerat J. Vermeij Cayte Mendez Maurice Mines Mary Fernandez Sandy Halverson Carla McQuillan Irie Harris (outside journalist) LaShawna Fant Web Links: www.nfb.org www.nfbnet.org Facebook.com/nationalfederationoftheblind YouTube.com/NationsBlind www.nfb.org/planned-giving www.nfb.org/make-gift www.nfb.org/scholarship https://www.ablenrc.org/ https://nfb.org/programs-services/early-childhood-initiatives/santa-letters www.leaderdog.org http://www.west.net/~bpbooks/mhp.html https://nfb.org/bolotin www.actionfund.beanstack.org https://nfb.org/images/nfb/documents/pdf/distinguished-educator-of-blind-students-award-form-fillable.pdf https://nfb.org/get-involved/national-convention/statement-board-directors-federation-community-regarding-location http://www.cityoforlando.net/police/lgbtqsafeplace/ https://socialoffset.org/about-us/
Dec 8, 2023
3 hr 46 min
Vol. 66, No. 10 November 2023 Contents An Apology and Thoughts about What Goes Into an Editorial Note by Gary Wunder A Roller Coaster of Emotion: The Highs and Lows of Federal Regulations on Website Accessibility (or the Lack Thereof) by Kyle Walls Updating and Clarifying the Regulations Implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act by Representative Tony Coelho What is Blind: Reframing the Narrative by Casey Martin Words Matter by Michael Hingson Unlocking the Virtual Front Door—Ensuring Accessible Government Technology for People with Disabilities, Older Adults, and Veterans A Blind Soprano's Experience with Stage Combat by Madie Hendrix Transformation of Jobs in the AbilityOne Program: Disability Advocacy, Leadership, and the Power of Concentrated Action by Chai Feldblum First Convention Experience by Charles Ny From Imagination to Reality: Celebrate the Power of Braille, Community, and Partnerships Progress to Make the Web More Usable and Friendly for the Blind Finding Opportunities That Are Helping Me Live the Life I Want by Hillary McFadden Voices of History: The Pitfall of Speaking for the Dead by Gary Wunder Monitor Miniatures Photo and Web List Issue: [November 2023] Photos: Gary Wunder Kyle Walls Tony Coelho Casey Martin Michael Hingson Ronza Othman Madie Hendrix Chai Feldblum Charles Ny Julie Brown Patton Dan O’Rourke Hillary McFadden Tom Anderson? ---- this is in the miniatures, but was an a death announcement, wasn’t sure if wanted to include a photo or not, will leave up to you and Gary Web Links: www.nfb.org www.nfbnet.org Facebook.com/nationalfederationoftheblind YouTube.com/NationsBlind www.nfb.org/planned-giving www.nfb.org/make-gift NFB.org/Contribute/Ride4Literacy https://www.markey.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/resolution_on_rehabilitation_act_of_1973_-_092623pdf1.pdf https://special.usps.com/testkits/accessible https://acl.gov/DIAL https://youtube.com/@MadieHendrixSoprano?si=SJOnO0AbQz4YvuFw https://www.facebook.com/MadieHendrixSoprano?mibextid=b06tZ0
Nov 3, 2023
2 hr 5 min
Contents Illustration: Celebrating our Work throughout the Movement Together Living Blindfully: Perspectives on the Wisdom of the Shared Blind Community by Jonathan Mosen Blindness, Hope, and Belief from Liberia to Littleton and Back by Dan Burke Idaho’s Blind Share Our Stories on YouTube by Ramona Walhof Yes, Virginia, Chapters Can Pass Resolutions by Daniel Garcia Guillory Presented the National Educator of Blind Children Award by Cathi Cox-Boniol Gary Van Dorn, “Go to Guy” at NFBCO, wins Minoru Yasui Community Volunteer Award by Cindy Piggott Reflecting on the Ten-Year Anniversary of the Marrakesh Treaty by Marc Maurer We Should All Live Ambitiously by John G. Paré Aiming Big to Achieve Our Objectives by Jeff Kaloc Progress on Medical Access and Equal Wages by Justin Young My Journey of Discovery, Risk, and Reward by Jesse Shirek Save the Date: 2024 Washington Seminar by Kyle Walls Monitor Miniatures Photos: Jonathan Mosen Dan Burke Ramona Walhof Daniel Garcia Cathi Cox-Boniol Cindy Piggott Gary Van Dorn Marc Maurer John Pare Jeff Kaloc Justin Young Jesse Shirek Kyle Walls Web Links: www.nfb.org www.nfbnet.org Facebook.com/nationalfederationoftheblind YouTube.com/NationsBlind www.nfb.org/planned-giving www.nfb.org/make-gift https://www.youtube.com/@idahosblind. https://cocenter.org/blindness-hope-and-belief-from-liberia-to-littleton-and-back/ https://www.ndhope.org/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVeCG7_EhrM www.minyasui.org. https://nfb.org/presidential-releases
Oct 6, 2023
2 hr 8 min
Gary Wunder, Editor The Braille Monitor is the flagship publication of the National Federation of the Blind Articles in this issue The 2023 Convention Roundup by Gary Wunder Statement of the Board of Directors to the Federation Community Regarding Location of 2024 National Convention Presidential Report 2023 by Mark A. Riccobono Belief, Courage and Wisdom: Centering on the Blind People’s Movement by Mark A. Riccobono The Dr. Jacobus tenBroek Award Presented by Pam Allen 2023 Jernigan Award Presentation Presented by Mary Ellen Jernigan Blind Educator of the Year Award Presentation Presented by Robin House Distinguished Educator of Blind Students Presentation Presented by Carla McQuillan Presentation of the Dr. Jacob Bolotin Awards Presented by Everette Bacon 2023 National Federation of the Blind Scholarship Awards Presented by Cayte Mendez Distinguished Accessibility Champion Award Presented by John G. Paré Resolutions Passed by the 2023 National Convention Our Passion for Performance Permeates National Convention! by Katelyn MacIntyre Monitor Miniatures Learn more at nfb.org/publications.
Sep 13, 2023
5 hr 56 min
Gary Wunder, Editor The Braille Monitor is the flagship publication of the National Federation of the Blind Articles in this issue Blind Students Win Lawsuit against Los Angeles Community College District: Jury Finds Schools Discriminated and Failed to Make Reasonable Accommodations Define Your Future by Patti Chang National Federation of the Blind 2023 Strategic Plan by Stephanie Cascone The Role of Forgiveness in Advocacy Work by Daniel Hodges What a Blessing to be Givers by Jonathan Franks Cane I Stick Out Anymore?! by Auna Mayes Namkung Call for Articles: Celebrating Blind Equality Achievement Month by Chris Danielsen If Only I Had Braille… by Cricket Bidleman and Gary Wunder The End of an Era by Peggy Chong Taming the Accessibility Wild West by Amy Mason Mastodon: Not Just another Elephant by David Andrews The Nature of Independence by Kenneth Jernigan Uber’s Making it Easier to Hail a Ride—No App Required by Curtis Chong News Release: United States Department of Labor Alert: USA Hire Assessment by John Paré Monitor Miniatures Learn more at nfb.org/publications.
Jun 26, 2023
2 hr 28 min
Gary Wunder, Editor The Braille Monitor is the flagship publication of the National Federation of the Blind Articles in this issue Illustration: Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees Convention Bulletin 2023 Jacob’s Ladder: Hosting Sports Fans in a Rising Career by Jamal Mazrui Transformation in Employment: Smart Partnership to Build the Future Together by Regina Kline Blindness: Handicap or Characteristic by Kenneth Jernigan Blindness: Physical Handicap, Characteristic, Identity, or Something Else by Gary Wunder Gratitude by Curtis Willoughby Creativity Is More Accessible Than Meets the Eye by Rishika Kartik National Federation of the Blind Applauds the Introduction of the Access Technology Affordability Act in the Senate Can We Change the World? by Jo Elizabeth Pinto The Blind Do Lead the Blind by Dr. Jacob Freid Four Leading Brands and The National Federation of the Blind Join Be My Eyes’ Virtual Volunteer Corporate Beta Test Accessible Remote Access with RIM by Karl Belanger and Matt Hackert Lift Up with Lyft Round Up by Patti Chang Summer Tips for Parents of Blind Students by LaShawna Fant Learn more at nfb.org/publications.
May 31, 2023
2 hr 15 min
Gary Wunder, Editor The Braille Monitor is the flagship publication of the National Federation of the Blind. Articles in this issue Illustration: From a Dream to Really Riding in an Autonomous Vehicle A Welcome to Nebraska and Some Inspiration for Us Allby Shane Buresh, Amy Buresh, and Jeremy Fifield A Heart-felt Apology and a Chance to Start Againby Shir Ekerling After the Miracle: The Political Crusades of Helen Keller by Max WallaceReviewed by Gary Wunder Pedaling for Those Who May Think They Are Aloneby Gary Wunder We Need Your Help Going My Way: Driving Accessibility through Innovative Autonomous Transportationby Michelle Peacock More about the Dynamic 2023 Conventionby Norma Crosby #NFB23 Give $20 Drawing—Aira Provides Challenge Grant Resolution Remindersby Donald Porterfield How the Medical Device Nonvisual Accessibility Act Has Turned Me into an Impassioned Advocateby Debbie Wunder Back to Notre DameAn Address Delivered by Marc Maurer Monitor Miniatures Learn more at nfb.org/publications.
May 9, 2023
2 hr 16 min
Gary Wunder, Editor The Braille Monitor is the flagship publication of the National Federation of the Blind. Articles in this issue: Convention Bulletin 2023 Houston, We Don’t Have a Problem by Norma Crosby Celebrating 2023 Women’s History Month: Two Women Share a Historical Position on how a Leader in the National Federation of the Blind has Helped to Shape their Vision into Reality by Suzanne Turner and Rachel Kuntz Growing My Federation Heart Started with a Scholarship by Kinshuk Tella We Need Your Help Normality: The Key to Low Expectations by Cricket Bidleman A Moving Report from the Director of the National Library Service for the Print-Disabled by Jason Broughton Accessible Pharmacy Labeling in Each State by Sharla Glass NFB BELL® Academy: Raising Expectations, Changing Lives by Karen Anderson Federal Tech Is Inaccessible, but Now Blind People Can Do Something about It by Eve Hill Supreme Action to Shatter Low Expectations: Living Blind and Serving on the Bench by Richard Bernstein Cooking Is My Passion by Regina Mitchell The Right to Participate Fully in Twenty-First Century America by Anne Raish Remarkably Unremarkable by David Andrews Lessons from my Federation Family by Cassie McNabb McKinney Monitor Miniatures Learn more at nfb.org/publications.
May 4, 2023
2 hr 15 min
Gary Wunder, Editor The Braille Monitor is the flagship publication of the National Federation of the Blind. Articles in This Issue Convention Bulletin 2023 Illustration: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics are for Blind People Too! Reunion and Recommitment: The Blind Return to Washington, DC by Gary Wunder The Significance of the Washington Seminar 2023 by Mark Riccobono Legislative Agenda of Blind Americans, Priorities for the 118th Congress, First Session Websites and Software Applications Accessibility Act Blind Americans Return to Work Act Medical Device Nonvisual Accessibility Act Celebration of Life: Scott C. LaBarre Remarks by Anahit LaBarre Remarks by Alan Olson Remarks by Mark Riccobono Remarks by Judy Perry Martinez Remarks by Daniel F. Goldstein Remarks by Marc Maurer Remarks by Pam Allen Remarks by Francis Gurry Remarks by Maryanne Diamond Remarks by Julie Reiskin State of Colorado Proclamation You Can Make a Difference Learn more at nfb.org/publications.
Mar 17, 2023
2 hr 7 min