Welcome to the home of the National Federation of the Blind of Wisconsin Parents of Blind Children.


Our Mission:

The mission of the National Federation of the Blind is to achieve widespread emotional acceptance and intellectual understanding that the real problem of blindness is not the loss of eyesight but the misconceptions and lack of information which exist. We do this by bringing blind people together to share successes, to support each other in times of failure, and to create imaginative solutions.


Voice of the Nation's Blind


Future Reflections – Vol. 33, No. 2 Special Issue on Low Vision


Future Reflections – Vol. 33, No. 2 Special Issue on Low Vision

Grace sits in a wagon holding a lollipop. See article: Finding Our Way with Grace

ISSN-0883-3419

Copyright © 2014 American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults

For more information about blindness and children contact:
National Organization of Parents of Blind Children
200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place, Baltimore, MD 21230 • (410) 659-9314
www.nfb.org/nopbcnfb@nfb.orgdkent5817@att.net

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Orlando Site of 2014 NFB Convention

The 2014 convention of the National Federation of the Blind will take place in Orlando, Florida, July 1-6, at the Rosen Centre Hotel at 9840 International Drive, Orlando, Florida 32819. Make your room reservation as soon as possible with the Rosen Centre staff only. Call (800) 204-7234.

The 2014 room rates are singles, doubles, and twins, $82; and triples and quads, $88. In addition to the room rates there will be a tax, which at present is 13.5 percent. No charge will be made for children under seventeen in the room with parents, as long as no extra bed is requested. The hotel is accepting reservations now. A $95-per-room deposit is required to make a reservation. Fifty percent of the deposit will be refunded if notice is given to the hotel of a reservation cancellation before May 28, 2014. The other 50 percent is not refundable.

Rooms will be available on a first-come, first-served basis until our block is filled or until May 28, whichever comes first. After our block is filled and/or after May 28, the hotel has no obligation to accept any further reservations, but may do so if it has rooms available. In other words, you should get your reservation in soon.

Guest-room amenities include cable television; in-room safe; coffeemaker; hairdryer; and, for a fee, high-speed Internet access. Guests can also enjoy a swimming pool, fitness center, and on-site spa. The Rosen Centre Hotel offers fine dining at Executive Chef Michael Rumplik's award-winning Everglades Restaurant. In addition, there is an array of dining options from sushi to tapas to a 24-hour deli. The hotel has first-rate amenities and shuttle service to the Orlando airport.

The schedule for the 2014 convention is:

Tuesday, July 1           Seminar Day
Wednesday, July 2      Registration Day
Thursday, July 3          Board Meeting and Division Day
Friday, July 4              Opening Session
Saturday, July 5          Business Session
Sunday, July 6            Banquet Day and Adjournment

National Federation of the Blind
2014 National Convention Preregistration Form

Please register online at <www.nfb.org/registration> or use this mail-in form.  Print legibly, provide all requested information, and mail form and payment to:

National Federation of the Blind
Attn: Convention Registration
200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place
Baltimore, MD 21230

Please register only one person per registration form; however, one check or money order may cover multiple registrations.  Check or money order (sorry, no credit cards) must be enclosed with registration(s).

Registrant Name ________________________________________________________
Address _______________________________________________________________
City ________________________________ State _____________ Zip ___________    
Phone ______________________________ Email ______________________________

___ I will pick up my registration packet at convention.
or
___ The following person will pick up my registration packet:
        Pickup Name _________________________________________________

Number of preregistrations                                                     x $25   = ____________
Number of pre-purchased banquet tickets                              x $55   = ____________
                                                                                                Total    = ____________
PLEASE NOTE:
1.  Preconvention registration and banquet sales are final (no refunds).
2.  All preregistration mail-in forms must be postmarked by May 31.

IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT YOUR SUBSCRIPTION!Listen Now (MP3)

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

Closing the DivideListen Now (MP3)
by Deborah Kent Stein

FEATURE

Why Do You Want to Make That Child Blind?Listen Now (MP3)
by Carol Castellano

PARENTS' PERSPECTIVES

Blind Enough for a Cane?Listen Now (MP3)
by Carrie Gilmer

Finding Our Way with GraceListen Now (MP3)
by Anna Wallis

Marley and Me Musical ChairsListen Now (MP3)
by Terri Rupp

READING

Dual Media Learning: A Blessing or a Curse?Listen Now (MP3)
by Tammy Parson

Print or Braille? I Use Both!Listen Now (MP3)
by Charles Brown

IDENTITY

Learning the Hard WayListen Now (MP3)
by Carla McQuillan

My Long Journey from Partially
Sighted to Really Blind
Listen Now (MP3)
by Michele Denise Michaels

TRAINING

The Hierarchy of SightListen Now (MP3)
by Eric Guillory

Expanding the ChoicesListen Now (MP3)
by Brent Batron and Dan Burke

A New Kind of TrustListen Now (MP3)
by Charlene Guggisberg

ADVOCACY

Blindness Advocacy: Power Tools in the ToolboxListen Now (MP3)
by Sharon Krevor-Weisbaum, Esq.; Natalie Shaheen; and Jayne S. Wesler, LCSW, Esq.

TECHNOLOGY

A Small Tablet War: Reading (and a Few Other Things)
on the iPad Mini and Nexus 7
Listen Now (MP3)
by Clara Van Gerven

NFB CONVENTION 2014

Taking the Next Step: The 2014 National Organization of Parents of Blind Children
(NOPBC) Conference for Families and Teachers
Listen Now (MP3)
by Carlton Anne Walker and Carol Castellano

NFB Camp Convention AdventuresListen Now (MP3)
by Carla McQuillan

NFB Camp RegistrationListen Now (MP3)

ANNOUNCEMENTSListen Now (MP3)

ODDS AND ENDSListen Now (MP3)

     Complete Future Reflections

     Complete Future Reflections Audio File (Zipped MP3 Version)

     Complete DAISY Audio File (Zipped MP3 Version)

Subscription Information

Future Reflections is a magazine for parents and teachers of blind children. It is published quarterly by the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults in partnership with the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children. Future Reflections is available free of charge to subscriber addresses in the U.S. in regular print and audio formats and via email, or it can be read online on the NFB website. Canadian subscriptions are $35.00 per year, and other foreign subscriptions are $75.00 U.S. per year. Checks should be made payable to the National Federation of the Blind and sent to the NFB, Attention Future Reflections, 200 E. Wells Street at Jernigan Place, Baltimore, MD 21230.

For an email subscription to Future Reflections, visit <www.nfbcal.org/listserv-signup.html> and follow the instructions.

To subscribe to Future Reflections in print or audio format, send an email to ParentOutreach@nfb.org. Put "Subscribe to FR" in the subject line and include your preferred medium in the body. Please include your address, whether you are the parent of a blind child, a teacher, or other subscriber. If you are a parent, include your child's name and birth date.

URL:  <https://nfb.org/future-reflections>

Why Join the NOPBC?

Are you the parent of a blind or visually impaired child?  Don’t know where to turn? 

Founded in 1983, the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children (NOPBC) is a membership organization of parents, educators, and friends of blind children reaching out to give each other vital support, encouragement, and information. We have thousands of members in all fifty states plus Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.

The NOPBC offers hope, encouragement, information, and resources for parents of blind or visually impaired children.  NOPBC provides emotional support and a network of other families dealing with the same challenges you are facing.  We also provide information, training, and resources to empower you to take an active role in guiding your child’s development and education.  We can provide information on your child’s rights and on the laws and legislative issues that will enable you and your child to become strong and effective advocates. 

Have you ever wondered what your blind or visually impaired child will be capable of when he or she grows up?  The answer to that question is that blindness/visual impairment does not have to stop your child from doing anything he or she wants to do.  We can connect you with other families and blind adults who can serve as positive mentors and role models. They can teach you the attitudes and techniques that will enable your child to become independent and to succeed in life.  

What is different about the NOPBC?

Our status as a division of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the largest and most influential organization of blind people in the world, provides many benefits. Our members are well informed about the societal, legislative, and technological issues that affect blind people. We also enjoy the resources, support, and expertise of fifty thousand blind people who can serve as mentors and role models for us and our children. Finally, as our children grow up, they have the Federation to belong to.

No other organization for parents of blind/visually impaired children offers more programs, activities, and training to families, children, and youth.  One of our most exciting activities is our annual conference.  Every year since it was established, the NOPBC has conducted an annual conference for parents and teachers of blind children as part of the national convention of the NFB.  The program has grown to include five exciting days of workshops, training sessions, activities for all family members, including sighted siblings, and countless opportunities to meet blind adults and other families and children from around the country.

What is the mission of the NOPBC?

The purpose of the NOPBC is to:

•  create a climate of opportunity for blind children in home and society.
•  provide information and support to parents of blind children.
•  facilitate the sharing of experience and concerns among parents of blind children.
•  develop and expand resources available to parents and their children.
•  help parents of blind children gain understanding and perspective through partnership and contact with blind adults.
•  function as an integral part of the National Federation of the Blind in its ongoing effort to achieve equality and opportunity for all blind persons.

Most states have an NOPBC affiliate chapter.  You can find your state chapter at <www.nopbc.org>.  If your state does not have a chapter and you would like to start one, please contact us.  We may be able to offer training and other assistance to start a state NOPBC chapter.

What are the programs, activities, publications, and resources of the NOPBC?

•  National and State Parent Seminars and Conferences
•  Future Reflections Magazine
•  NOPBC Website
•  Books and Videos
•  Blindkid & Other Listservs
•  Early Childhood Conferences
•  Pop-Up IEP Website
•  Braille Readers Are Leaders Contest
•  Slate Pals Pen Pal Program
•  AAF Free Braille Books Program
•  Share Braille Book Exchange
•  Writing Contests
•  Junior Science Academy
•  Youth Slam High School Science Academy
•  National Center for Blind Youth in Science Web site
•  NFB-NEWSLINE® Newspaper Service
•  Where the Blind Work Website
•  Free White Cane Program
•  Blindness 411 Facebook Group for Teens
•  NFB-LINK Mentoring Program
•  Scholarship Program
•  Straight Talk about Blindness Video Series
•  Parent Leadership Program (PLP)

Contact Us:
National Organization of Parents of Blind Children
nopbcpres@gmail.com
<www.nopbc.org>


Future Reflections – Vol. 33, No. 1 Winter 2014

Chelsey sits on a wall with a medieval Moroccan fort in the background.

ISSN-0883-3419

Copyright © 2014 American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults

For more information about blindness and children contact:
National Organization of Parents of Blind Children
200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place, Baltimore, MD 21230 • (410) 659-9314
www.nfb.org/nopbcnfb@nfb.orgdkent5817@att.net

Skip to Contents

Orlando Site of 2014 NFB Convention

The 2014 convention of the National Federation of the Blind will take place in Orlando, Florida, July 1-6, at the Rosen Centre Hotel at 9840 International Drive, Orlando, Florida 32819. Make your room reservation as soon as possible with the Rosen Centre staff only. Call (800) 204-7234.

The 2014 room rates are singles, doubles, and twins, $82; and triples and quads, $88. In addition to the room rates there will be a tax, which at present is 13.5 percent. No charge will be made for children under seventeen in the room with parents, as long as no extra bed is requested. The hotel is accepting reservations now. A $95-per-room deposit is required to make a reservation. Fifty percent of the deposit will be refunded if notice is given to the hotel of a reservation cancellation before May 28, 2014. The other 50 percent is not refundable.

Rooms will be available on a first-come, first-served basis until our block is filled or until May 28, whichever comes first. After our block is filled and/or after May 28, the hotel has no obligation to accept any further reservations, but may do so if it has rooms available. In other words, you should get your reservation in soon.

Guest-room amenities include cable television; in-room safe; coffeemaker; hairdryer; and, for a fee, high-speed Internet access. Guests can also enjoy a swimming pool, fitness center, and on-site spa. The Rosen Centre Hotel offers fine dining at Executive Chef Michael Rumplik's award-winning Everglades Restaurant. In addition, there is an array of dining options from sushi to tapas to a 24-hour deli. The hotel has first-rate amenities and shuttle service to the Orlando airport.

The schedule for the 2014 convention is:

Tuesday, July 1           Seminar Day
Wednesday, July 2      Registration Day
Thursday, July 3          Board Meeting and Division Day
Friday, July 4              Opening Session
Saturday, July 5          Business Session
Sunday, July 6            Banquet Day and Adjournment

FEATURE

Reinterpreting and Expanding
"The Right to Live in the World"
Listen Now (MP3)
by Dr. Adrienne Asch

EARLY CHILDHOOD

Social Skills for the Younger Years:
Interaction and Play
Listen Now (MP3)
by Conchita Hernandez

TRANSITIONS

Having the Transition Conversation:
Setting Goals for the Future
Listen Now (MP3)
by Lydia Schuck

120 Minutes: How the Federation Helped
One Student Bound for College
Listen Now (MP3)
by Deborah Kendrick

TESTING

College Board Testing Accommodations:
What You Need to Know
Listen Now (MP3)
by Jill Green

Common Core State Standards-Aligned Testing:
Will Your Child Have Access to Accommodations?
Listen Now (MP3)
by Valerie Yingling, Megan Sidhu, Esq., and Melissa Riccobono

CAREERS

Life Lessons from a TreeListen Now (MP3)
by Cayte Mendez

An Unusual and Demanding ProfessionListen Now (MP3)
by Cassandra McNabb-McKinney

Emilie Gossiaux, School of Art Senior Blinded in 2010,
Wins National Art Award
Listen Now (MP3)

TRAVEL

Frequent Flyer: Preparing Your Child for Independent
Travel with the Airlines
Listen Now (MP3)
by Faith Rosenshein Young

Self-Advocacy in Spain:
Curiosity, Confidence, and Commitment
Listen Now (MP3)
by Chelsey Duranleau

TECHNOLOGY

Producing Tactile Materials: An UpdateListen Now (MP3)
by Robert Jaquiss

IDEAS AND PERSPECTIVES

The Horse Sense of Proper TrainingListen Now (MP3)
by Dr. Matthew Maurer

Of Parallels, Learning, and New ParadigmsListen Now (MP3)
by Carlton Anne Cook Walker

PROGRAMS

Science, Technology, Engineering, and
Math to the Extreme
Listen Now (MP3)
by Natalie Shaheen

Behind the Scenes at Temple Beth El
Sisterhood Braille Bindery
Listen Now (MP3)
an Interview with Barbara Mandelbaum

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Summer ProgramsListen Now (MP3)

Scholarships, Awards, and MoreListen Now (MP3)

ODDS AND ENDSListen Now (MP3)

     Complete Future Reflections

     Complete Future Reflections Audio File (Zipped MP3 Version)

     Complete DAISY Audio File (Zipped MP3 Version)

Subscription Information

Future Reflections is a magazine for parents and teachers of blind children. It is published quarterly by the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults in partnership with the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children. Future Reflections is available free of charge to subscriber addresses in the U.S. in regular print and audio formats and via email, or it can be read online on the NFB website. Canadian subscriptions are $35.00 per year, and other foreign subscriptions are $75.00 U.S. per year. Checks should be made payable to the National Federation of the Blind and sent to the NFB, Attention Future Reflections, 200 E. Wells Street at Jernigan Place, Baltimore, MD 21230.

For an email subscription to Future Reflections, visit <www.nfbcal.org/listserv-signup.html> and follow the instructions.

To subscribe to Future Reflections in print or audio format, send an email to ParentOutreach@nfb.org. Put "Subscribe to FR" in the subject line and include your preferred medium in the body. Please include your address, whether you are the parent of a blind child, a teacher, or other subscriber. If you are a parent, include your child's name and birth date.

URL:  <https://nfb.org/future-reflections>

Why Join the NOPBC?

Are you the parent of a blind or visually impaired child?  Don’t know where to turn? 

Founded in 1983, the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children (NOPBC) is a membership organization of parents, educators, and friends of blind children reaching out to give each other vital support, encouragement, and information. We have thousands of members in all 50 states plus Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.

The NOPBC offers hope, encouragement, information, and resources for parents of blind or visually impaired children.  NOPBC provides emotional support and a network of other families dealing with the same challenges you are facing.  We also provide information, training, and resources to empower you to take an active role in guiding your child’s development and education.  We can provide information on your child’s rights and on the laws and legislative issues that will enable you and your child to become strong and effective advocates. 

Have you ever wondered what your blind or visually impaired child will be capable of when he or she grows up?  The answer to that question is that blindness/visual impairment does not have to stop your child from doing anything he or she wants to do.  We can connect you with other families and blind adults who can serve as positive mentors and role models. They can teach you the attitudes and techniques that will enable your child to become independent and to succeed in life.  

What is different about the NOPBC?

Our status as a division of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the largest and most influential organization of blind people in the world, provides many benefits. Our members are well informed about the societal, legislative, and technological issues that affect blind people. We also enjoy the resources, support, and expertise of fifty thousand blind people who can serve as mentors and role models for us and our children. Finally, as our children grow up, they have the Federation to belong to.

No other organization for parents of blind/visually impaired children offers more programs, activities, and training to families, children, and youth.  One of our most exciting activities is our annual conference.  Every year since it was established, the NOPBC has conducted an annual conference for parents and teachers of blind children as part of the national convention of the NFB.  The program has grown to include five exciting days of workshops, training sessions, activities for all family members, including sighted siblings, and countless opportunities to meet blind adults and other families and children from around the country.

What is the mission of the NOPBC?

The purpose of the NOPBC is to:

•  create a climate of opportunity for blind children in home and society.
•  provide information and support to parents of blind children.
•  facilitate the sharing of experience and concerns among parents of blind children.
•  develop and expand resources available to parents and their children.
•  help parents of blind children gain understanding and perspective through partnership and contact with blind adults.
•  function as an integral part of the National Federation of the Blind in its ongoing effort to achieve equality and opportunity for all blind persons.

Most states have an NOPBC affiliate chapter.  You can find your state chapter at <www.nopbc.org>.  If your state does not have a chapter and you would like to start one, please contact us.  We may be able to offer training and other assistance to start a state NOPBC chapter.

What are the programs, activities, publications, and resources of the NOPBC?

•  National and State Parent Seminars and Conferences
•  Future Reflections Magazine
•  NOPBC Website
•  Books and Videos
•  Blindkid & Other Listservs
•  Early Childhood Conferences
•  Pop-Up IEP Website
•  Braille Readers Are Leaders Contest
•  Slate Pals Pen Pal Program
•  AAF Free Braille Books Program
•  Share Braille Book Exchange
•  Writing Contests
•  Junior Science Academy
•  Youth Slam High School Science Academy
•  National Center for Blind Youth in Science Web site
•  NFB-NEWSLINE® Newspaper Service
•  Where the Blind Work Website
•  Free White Cane Program
•  Blindness 411 Facebook Group for Teens
•  NFB-LINK Mentoring Program
•  Scholarship Program
•  Straight Talk about Blindness Video Series
•  Parent Leadership Program (PLP)

Contact Us:
National Organization of Parents of Blind Children
President@nopbc.org
<www.nopbc.org>


Future Reflections – Vol. 32, No. 4 Convention Issue 2013

Julia Gebert and Nick Oliver at the NOPBC Fashion Show™

ISSN-0883-3419

Copyright © 2013 American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults

For more information about blindness and children contact:
National Organization of Parents of Blind Children
200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place, Baltimore, MD 21230 • (410) 659-9314
www.nfb.org/nopbcnfb@nfb.orgdkent5817@att.net

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Taengkwa Sturgell examines books at the Braille Book Fair

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

Flinging Open the Closet
by Deborah Kent Stein

NO LIMITS

Nurturing Your Pearl
by Carlton Walker

Be Blessed, Be Loving, Be Active!
by Anil Lewis

Talent, Training, and Trust
by Dr. Jessica Ewell

A Life without Limits
by Lindsay Yazallino

WORKSHOPS AND ACTIVITIES

The Dawn of the Age of Tactile Fluency: Let the Revolution Begin!
by Al Maneki

Exploring Life's Playgrounds: Independent Movement for Young Blind Children
by Mary Jo Hartle

Riding the Youth Track with Recorded Sounds and Model Trains
by Steve Hastalis

GENERAL SESSIONS

Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning (BELL):
Changing Expectations for the Blind of America

by Mark A. Riccobono, Sandy Halverson, Kayleigh Joiner, and Raveena Alli

Ending the Book Famine: Literacy for the Blind without Borders
by Dr. Fredric K. Schroeder

STUDENT PERSPECTIVES

Kids for Independence!
by Anna Walker and Ethan Solano

A Letter to My Nine-year-old Self
by Kristie Colton

A Passion for Research
by Mark Colasurdo

GROWNUP WISDOM

Gifts My Father Gave Me
by Adrienne Asch

How High Can Tomato Plants Grow?
by Janna Stein

Parent Power
by Rosina Foster

CONVENTION CAMEOS

Opening Our Eyes in Orlando
by Amy Roberts Darlington

Reverse Inclusion: Taking a Sighted Child to an NFB Convention
by Faye Corman

AWARDS

Sand and Shoelaces: The 2013 Distinguished Educator of Blind Children Award
by J.C. Mushington-Anderson

The 2013 Bolotin Awards
presented by Jim Gashel

The 2013 National Federation of the Blind Scholarship Class
presented by Patti Gregory-Chang

ANNOUNCEMENTS

ODDS AND ENDS

     Complete Future Reflections

     Complete Future Reflections Audio File (Zipped MP3 Version) Coming Soon!

     Complete DAISY Audio File (Zipped MP3 Version) Coming Soon!

Subscription Information

Future Reflections is a magazine for parents and teachers of blind children. It is published quarterly by the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults in partnership with the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children. Future Reflections is available free of charge to subscriber addresses in the US in regular print and audio formats and via email, or it can be read online on the NFB website. Canadian subscriptions are $35.00 per year, and other foreign subscriptions are $75.00 USD per year. Checks should be made payable to the National Federation of the Blind and sent to the NFB, Attention Future Reflections, 200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place, Baltimore, MD 21230.

For an email subscription to Future Reflections, visit <www.nfbcal.org/listserv-signup.html> and follow the instructions.

To subscribe to or unsubscribe from Future Reflections in print or audio formats, send an email to nfbpublications@nfb.org. Put “Subscribe to FR” in the subject line and include your preferred medium in the body. Please include your address, whether you are the parent of a blind child, a teacher, or other subscriber. If you are a parent, include your child’s name and birth date.

URL:  <https://nfb.org/future-reflections>

Why Join the NOPBC?

Are you the parent of a blind or visually impaired child?  Don’t know where to turn? 

Founded in 1983, the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children (NOPBC) is a membership organization of parents, educators, and friends of blind children reaching out to give each other vital support, encouragement, and information. We have thousands of members in all 50 states plus Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico.

The NOPBC offers hope, encouragement, information, and resources for parents of blind or visually impaired children.  NOPBC provides emotional support and a network of other families dealing with the same challenges you are facing.  We also provide information, training, and resources to empower you to take an active role in guiding your child’s development and education.  We can provide information on your child’s rights and on the laws and legislative issues that will enable you and your child to become strong and effective advocates. 

Have you ever wondered what your blind or visually impaired child will be capable of when he or she grows up?  The answer to that question is that blindness/visual impairment does not have to stop your child from doing anything he or she wants to do.  We can connect you with other families and blind adults who can serve as positive mentors and role models. They can teach you the attitudes and techniques that will enable your child to become independent and to succeed in life.  

What is different about the NOPBC?

Our status as a division of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the largest and most influential organization of blind people in the world, provides many benefits. Our members are well informed about the societal, legislative, and technological issues that affect blind people. We also enjoy the resources, support, and expertise of fifty thousand blind people who can serve as mentors and role models for us and our children. Finally, as our children grow up, they have the Federation to belong to.

No other organization for parents of blind/visually impaired children offers more programs, activities, and training to families, children, and youth.  One of our most exciting activities is our annual conference.  Every year since it was established, the NOPBC has conducted an annual conference for parents and teachers of blind children as part of the national convention of the NFB.  The program has grown to include five exciting days of workshops, training sessions, activities for all family members, including sighted siblings, and countless opportunities to meet blind adults and other families and children from around the country.

What is the mission of the NOPBC?

The purpose of the NOPBC is to:

•  create a climate of opportunity for blind children in home and society.
•  provide information and support to parents of blind children.
•  facilitate the sharing of experience and concerns among parents of blind children.
•  develop and expand resources available to parents and their children.
•  help parents of blind children gain understanding and perspective through partnership and contact with blind adults.
•  function as an integral part of the National Federation of the Blind in its ongoing effort to achieve equality and opportunity for all blind persons.

Most states have an NOPBC affiliate chapter.  You can find your state chapter at <www.nopbc.org>.  If your state does not have a chapter and you would like to start one, please contact us.  We may be able to offer training and other assistance to start a state NOPBC chapter.

What are the programs, activities, publications, and resources of the NOPBC?

•  National and State Parent Seminars and Conferences
•  Future Reflections Magazine
•  NOPBC Website
•  Books and Videos
•  Blindkid & Other Listservs
•  Early Childhood Conferences
•  Pop-Up IEP Website
•  Braille Readers Are Leaders Contest
•  Slate Pals Pen Pal Program
•  AAF Free Braille Books Program
•  Share Braille Book Exchange
•  Writing Contests
•  Junior Science Academy
•  Youth Slam High School Science Academy
•  National Center for Blind Youth in Science Web site
•  NFB-NEWSLINE® Newspaper Service
•  Where the Blind Work Website
•  Free White Cane Program
•  Blindness 411 Facebook Group for Teens
•  NFB-LINK Mentoring Program
•  Scholarship Program
•  Straight Talk about Blindness Video Series
•  Parent Leadership Program (PLP)

Contact Us:
National Organization of Parents of Blind Children
President@nopbc.org
<www.nopbc.org>


Future Reflections – Vol. 32, No. 3 Summer 2013

Horizontal to the ground, Rose Sloan vaults over a horse. Read My Life as a High Partial

ISSN-0883-3419

Copyright © 2013 American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults

For more information about blindness and children contact:
National Organization of Parents of Blind Children
200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place, Baltimore, MD 21230 • (410) 659-9314
www.nfb.org/nopbcnfb@nfb.orgdkent5817@att.net

Skip to Contents

 

FEATURE

The Letter of the Law: How Decisive Correspondence Can Provide Greater Literacy
Opportunities for Blind and Visually Impaired Children

by Krystal Guillory

EARLY LEARNING

Adventure Walks: Helping Your Child Who Is Blind Move Around Outdoors
by Susan Shier Lowry

BRAILLE

Who Is Teaching Your Child Braille? National Certification
in Literary Braille for Teachers of the Visually Impaired

by Casey L. Robertson

SCIENCE

Hands-on Science: Experiences in the STEM Subjects for Students
in Kindergarten and Elementary School

by Dr. Lillian Rankel and Marilyn Winograd

eTouchSciences Apps: A New Way to Interact with Science and Math Content
by Dr. Marjorie Darrah

Testing the Current
An Interview with Amy Bower

LOW VISION

From Eyes to Hands: Introducing Braille to a Student with Low Vision
by Heather Field

My Life As a High Partial
by Rose Sloan

CANE TRAVEL

Orientation and Mobility, One Instructor's Perspective
by Merry-Noel Chamberlain

TRANSITION

Starting the Transition Conversation: What's Next?
by Lydia Schuck

From Requirement to Desire: Why Community Service Is Important
by Kaiti Shelton

SELF-IMAGE

What Worked and What Didn't
by Rick Fox

SPORTS AND RECREATION

Finishing Is Winning
by José Nogueras

Out of the Box
by Jerry Whittle

FINANCE

APH Quota Funds: How to Access Free Educational
Materials for Blind and Deaf-Blind Students

by Amber Bobnar

PROGRAMS AND CONFERENCES

The Coolest Camp on the Map
by Ana Martinez Larumbe

It's a Happy Story: The 2013 Braille Summit, A Parent's Perspective
by Penny Duffy

Strive for Independence
by Rena Smith

NOPBC NEWS

News from Parents of Blind Children of New Jersey
by Carol Castellano

New NOPBC Board Elected

REVIEW

Integrating Print and Braille: A Recipe for Literacy
Edited by Sharon Maneki
Reviewed by Lynda Zwinger

ANNOUNCEMENTS

ODDS AND ENDS

     Complete Future Reflections

     Complete Future Reflections Audio File (Zipped MP3 Version) Coming Soon!

     Complete DAISY Audio File (Zipped MP3 Version) Coming Soon!

Subscription Information

Future Reflections is a magazine for parents and teachers of blind children. It is published quarterly by the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults in partnership with the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children. Future Reflections is available free of charge to subscriber addresses in the US in regular print and audio formats and via email, or it can be read online on the NFB website. Canadian subscriptions are $35.00 per year, and other foreign subscriptions are $75.00 US per year. Checks should be made payable to the National Federation of the Blind and sent to the NFB, Attention Future Reflections, 200 E. Wells Street at Jernigan Place, Baltimore, MD 21230.

For an email subscription to Future Reflections, visit <www.nfbcal.org/listserv-signup.html> and follow the instructions.

To subscribe to Future Reflections in print or audio format, send an email to ParentOutreach@nfb.org. Put "Subscribe to FR" in the subject line and include your preferred medium in the body. Please include your address, whether you are the parent of a blind child, a teacher, or other subscriber. If you are a parent, include your child's name and birth date.

URL:  <https://nfb.org/future-reflections>

Why Join the NOPBC?

Are you the parent of a blind or visually impaired child?  Don’t know where to turn? 

Founded in 1983, the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children (NOPBC) is a membership organization of parents, educators, and friends of blind children reaching out to give each other vital support, encouragement, and information. We have thousands of members in all 50 states plus Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico.

The NOPBC offers hope, encouragement, information, and resources for parents of blind or visually impaired children.  NOPBC provides emotional support and a network of other families dealing with the same challenges you are facing.  We also provide information, training, and resources to empower you to take an active role in guiding your child’s development and education.  We can provide information on your child’s rights and on the laws and legislative issues that will enable you and your child to become strong and effective advocates. 

Have you ever wondered what your blind or visually impaired child will be capable of when he or she grows up?  The answer to that question is that blindness/visual impairment does not have to stop your child from doing anything he or she wants to do.  We can connect you with other families and blind adults who can serve as positive mentors and role models. They can teach you the attitudes and techniques that will enable your child to become independent and to succeed in life.  

What is different about the NOPBC?

Our status as a division of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the largest and most influential organization of blind people in the world, provides many benefits. Our members are well informed about the societal, legislative, and technological issues that affect blind people. We also enjoy the resources, support, and expertise of fifty thousand blind people who can serve as mentors and role models for us and our children. Finally, as our children grow up, they have the Federation to belong to.

No other organization for parents of blind/visually impaired children offers more programs, activities, and training to families, children, and youth.  One of our most exciting activities is our annual conference.  Every year since it was established, the NOPBC has conducted an annual conference for parents and teachers of blind children as part of the national convention of the NFB.  The program has grown to include five exciting days of workshops, training sessions, activities for all family members, including sighted siblings, and countless opportunities to meet blind adults and other families and children from around the country.

What is the mission of the NOPBC?

The purpose of the NOPBC is to:

•  create a climate of opportunity for blind children in home and society.
•  provide information and support to parents of blind children.
•  facilitate the sharing of experience and concerns among parents of blind children.
•  develop and expand resources available to parents and their children.
•  help parents of blind children gain understanding and perspective through partnership and contact with blind adults.
•  function as an integral part of the National Federation of the Blind in its ongoing effort to achieve equality and opportunity for all blind persons.

Most states have an NOPBC affiliate chapter.  You can find your state chapter at <www.nopbc.org>.  If your state does not have a chapter and you would like to start one, please contact us.  We may be able to offer training and other assistance to start a state NOPBC chapter.

What are the programs, activities, publications, and resources of the NOPBC?

•  National and State Parent Seminars and Conferences
•  Future Reflections Magazine
•  NOPBC Website
•  Books and Videos
•  Blindkid & Other Listservs
•  Early Childhood Conferences
•  Pop-Up IEP Website
•  Braille Readers Are Leaders Contest
•  Slate Pals Pen Pal Program
•  AAF Free Braille Books Program
•  Share Braille Book Exchange
•  Writing Contests
•  Junior Science Academy
•  Youth Slam High School Science Academy
•  National Center for Blind Youth in Science Web site
•  NFB-NEWSLINE® Newspaper Service
•  Where the Blind Work Website
•  Free White Cane Program
•  Blindness 411 Facebook Group for Teens
•  NFB-LINK Mentoring Program
•  Scholarship Program
•  Straight Talk about Blindness Video Series
•  Parent Leadership Program (PLP)

Contact Us:
National Organization of Parents of Blind Children
President@nopbc.org
<www.nopbc.org>


Future Reflections – Vol. 32, No. 2 Special Issue on Advocacy

Terri O’Neill and her daughter, Jeni

ISSN-0883-3419

Copyright © 2013 American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults

For more information about blindness and children contact:
National Organization of Parents of Blind Children
200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place, Baltimore, MD 21230 • (410) 659-9314
www.nfb.org/nopbcnfb@nfb.orgdkent5817@att.net

Skip to Contents

National Federation of the Blind National Convention 2013

Monday, July 1--Saturday, July 6, 2013
Rosen Centre Hotel
9840 International Dr.
Orlando, FL 32819
Reservations: (800) 204-7234

The 2013 convention of the National Federation of the Blind will take place in Orlando, Florida, July 1-6, at the Rosen Centre Hotel at 9840 International Dr., Orlando, FL 32819. Make your room reservation as soon as possible with the Rosen Centre staff only. Call (800) 204-7234.

The 2013 room rates are singles, doubles, and twins, $79; and triples and quads, $85. In addition to the room rates there will be a tax, which at present is 13.5 percent. No charge will be made for children under seventeen in the room with parents as long as no extra bed is requested. The hotel is accepting reservations now. A $90-per-room deposit is required to make a reservation. Fifty percent of the deposit will be refunded if notice is given to the hotel of a reservation cancellation before May 28, 2013. The other 50 percent is not refundable.

Rooms will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations may be made before June 1, 2013, assuming that rooms are still available. After that time the hotel will not hold our room block for the convention. In other words, you should get your reservation in soon.

Guest room amenities include cable television; in-room safe; coffeemaker; hairdryer; and, for a fee, high-speed Internet access. Guests can also enjoy a swimming pool, fitness center, and on-site spa. The Rosen Centre Hotel offers fine dining at Executive Chef Michael Rumplik's award-winning Everglades Restaurant. In addition, there is an array of dining options from sushi to tapas to a 24-hour deli. The hotel has first-rate amenities and shuttle service to the Orlando Airport.

SCHEDULE

Monday, July 1--Seminar Day
Tuesday, July 2--Registration Day
Wednesday, July 3--Board Meeting and Division Day
Thursday, July 4--Opening Session
Friday, July 5--Business Session
Saturday, July 6--Banquet Day and Adjournment

First Timer's Guide to the NFB National Convention

View our beginner's guide to the NFB National Convention, intended to give the first-time convention attendee some important information about national conventions of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB). Read the First Timer's Guide at <https://nfb.org/convention-first-timers>.

INTRODUCTION

A Letter from the Editor Listen Now (MP3)
by Deborah Kent Stein

Terms and Acronyms Listen Now (MP3)

FEATURE
 
Protecting the Rights of Blind Individuals
in the United States
Listen Now (MP3)
by Dan Goldstein

EDUCATION AND THE LAW

Weapons of Meaningful Education Listen Now (MP3)
by Carlton Cook Walker

INDIVIDUALIZED EDUCATION PROGRAMS (IEPs)

Just Forget They're Blind: A Philosophy-Based Approach
to the Education of Blind Children and the IEP
Listen Now (MP3)
by Carol Castellano

Transition Is Never Easy:
IEP Advice to a Middle-School Teacher
Listen Now (MP3)
by Michael Gosse

From Control to Autonomy:
Our Quest to Homeschool Our Daughter
Listen Now (MP3)
by Terri O'Neill

THE FEDERATION IN ACTION

Braille Standards for the State of Maryland Listen Now (MP3)
by Melissa Riccobono

Amazon Kindle: Is It Coming to a School Near You? Listen Now (MP3)
by Mehgan Sidhu and Valerie Yingling

SELF ADVOCACY

Developing Self-Advocacy Skills, or,
The Pursuit of a Normal Life
Listen Now (MP3)
by Carol Castellano

The Courage to Fight for Chocolate Cake Listen Now (MP3)
by Haben Girma

Blind and Gifted? Blind and Gifted! Listen Now (MP3)
by Stephanie Kieszak-Holloway

Cane Denied: When Good Policy Isn't Enough Listen Now (MP3)
by Penny Duffy

Katie Can Sit Where She Pleases Listen Now (MP3)
by Heather Fritz

NFB CONVENTION 2013

NFB Kids Camp Adventure Listen Now (MP3)
by Carla McQuillan

No Limits! 2013 National Organization of Parents of Blind Children (NOPBC)
Conference for Families and Teachers
Listen Now (MP3)
by Carlton Cook Walker

PROGRAM

Calling in the Cars Listen Now (MP3)
by Joanne Wilson

ANNOUNCEMENTS Listen Now (MP3)

ODDS AND ENDSListen Now (MP3)

     Complete Future Reflections

     Complete Future Reflections Audio File (Zipped MP3 Version)

     Complete DAISY Audio File (Zipped MP3 Version)

Subscription Information

Future Reflections is a magazine for parents and teachers of blind children. It is published quarterly by the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults in partnership with the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children. Future Reflections is available free of charge to subscriber addresses in the U.S. in regular print and audio formats and via email, or it can be read online on the NFB website. Canadian subscriptions are $35.00 per year, and other foreign subscriptions are $75.00 U.S. per year. Checks should be made payable to the National Federation of the Blind and sent to the NFB, Attention Future Reflections, 200 E. Wells Street at Jernigan Place, Baltimore, MD 21230.

For an email subscription to Future Reflections, visit <www.nfbcal.org/listserv-signup.html> and follow the instructions.

To subscribe to Future Reflections in print or audio format, send an email to ParentOutreach@nfb.org. Put "Subscribe to FR" in the subject line and include your preferred medium in the body. Please include your address, whether you are the parent of a blind child, a teacher, or other subscriber. If you are a parent, include your child's name and birth date.

URL:  <https://nfb.org/future-reflections>

Why Join the NOPBC?

Are you the parent of a blind or visually impaired child?  Don’t know where to turn? 

Founded in 1983, the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children (NOPBC) is a membership organization of parents, educators, and friends of blind children reaching out to give each other vital support, encouragement, and information. We have thousands of members in all 50 states plus Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.

The NOPBC offers hope, encouragement, information, and resources for parents of blind or visually impaired children.  NOPBC provides emotional support and a network of other families dealing with the same challenges you are facing.  We also provide information, training, and resources to empower you to take an active role in guiding your child’s development and education.  We can provide information on your child’s rights and on the laws and legislative issues that will enable you and your child to become strong and effective advocates. 

Have you ever wondered what your blind or visually impaired child will be capable of when he or she grows up?  The answer to that question is that blindness/visual impairment does not have to stop your child from doing anything he or she wants to do.  We can connect you with other families and blind adults who can serve as positive mentors and role models. They can teach you the attitudes and techniques that will enable your child to become independent and to succeed in life.  

What is different about the NOPBC?

Our status as a division of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the largest and most influential organization of blind people in the world, provides many benefits. Our members are well informed about the societal, legislative, and technological issues that affect blind people. We also enjoy the resources, support, and expertise of fifty thousand blind people who can serve as mentors and role models for us and our children. Finally, as our children grow up, they have the Federation to belong to.

No other organization for parents of blind/visually impaired children offers more programs, activities, and training to families, children, and youth.  One of our most exciting activities is our annual conference.  Every year since it was established, the NOPBC has conducted an annual conference for parents and teachers of blind children as part of the national convention of the NFB.  The program has grown to include five exciting days of workshops, training sessions, activities for all family members, including sighted siblings, and countless opportunities to meet blind adults and other families and children from around the country.

What is the mission of the NOPBC?

The purpose of the NOPBC is to:

•  create a climate of opportunity for blind children in home and society.
•  provide information and support to parents of blind children.
•  facilitate the sharing of experience and concerns among parents of blind children.
•  develop and expand resources available to parents and their children.
•  help parents of blind children gain understanding and perspective through partnership and contact with blind adults.
•  function as an integral part of the National Federation of the Blind in its ongoing effort to achieve equality and opportunity for all blind persons.

Most states have an NOPBC affiliate chapter.  You can find your state chapter at <www.nopbc.org>.  If your state does not have a chapter and you would like to start one, please contact us.  We may be able to offer training and other assistance to start a state NOPBC chapter.

What are the programs, activities, publications, and resources of the NOPBC?

•  National and State Parent Seminars and Conferences
•  Future Reflections Magazine
•  NOPBC Website
•  Books and Videos
•  Blindkid & Other Listservs
•  Early Childhood Conferences
•  Pop-Up IEP Website
•  Braille Readers Are Leaders Contest
•  Slate Pals Pen Pal Program
•  AAF Free Braille Books Program
•  Share Braille Book Exchange
•  Writing Contests
•  Junior Science Academy
•  Youth Slam High School Science Academy
•  National Center for Blind Youth in Science Web site
•  NFB-NEWSLINE® Newspaper Service
•  Where the Blind Work Website
•  Free White Cane Program
•  Blindness 411 Facebook Group for Teens
•  NFB-LINK Mentoring Program
•  Scholarship Program
•  Straight Talk about Blindness Video Series
•  Parent Leadership Program (PLP)

Contact Us:
National Organization of Parents of Blind Children
President@nopbc.org
<www.nopbc.org>


Future Reflections – Vol. 32, No. 1 Winter 2013

Layla Hildenbrand and her parents gather pumpkins

ISSN-0883-3419

Copyright © 2013 American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults

For more information about blindness and children contact:
National Organization of Parents of Blind Children
200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place, Baltimore, MD 21230 • (410) 659-9314
www.nfb.org/nopbcnfb@nfb.orgdkent5817@att.net

Skip to Contents

NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND NATIONAL CONVENTION 2013

Monday, July 1--Saturday, July 6, 2013
Rosen Centre Hotel
9840 International Dr.
Orlando, FL 32819
Reservations: (800) 204-7234

The 2013 convention of the National Federation of the Blind will take place in Orlando, Florida, July 1-6, at the Rosen Centre Hotel at 9840 International Dr., Orlando, FL 32819. Make your room reservation as soon as possible with the Rosen Centre staff only. Call (800) 204-7234.

The 2013 room rates are singles, doubles, and twins, $79; and triples and quads, $85. In addition to the room rates there will be a tax, which at present is 13.5 percent. No charge will be made for children under seventeen in the room with parents as long as no extra bed is requested. The hotel is accepting reservations now. A $90-per-room deposit is required to make a reservation. Fifty percent of the deposit will be refunded if notice is given to the hotel of a reservation cancellation before May 28, 2013. The other 50 percent is not refundable.

Rooms will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations may be made before June 1, 2013, assuming that rooms are still available. After that time the hotel will not hold our room block for the convention. In other words, you should get your reservation in soon.

Guest room amenities include cable television; in-room safe; coffeemaker; hairdryer; and, for a fee, high-speed Internet access. Guests can also enjoy a swimming pool, fitness center, and on-site spa. The Rosen Centre Hotel offers fine dining at Executive Chef Michael Rumplik's award-winning Everglades Restaurant. In addition, there is an array of dining options from sushi to tapas to a 24-hour deli. The hotel has first-rate amenities and shuttle service to the Orlando Airport.

SCHEDULE

Monday, July 1--Seminar Day
Tuesday, July 2--Registration Day
Wednesday, July 3--Board Meeting and Division Day
Thursday, July 4--Opening Session
Friday, July 5--Business Session
Saturday, July 6--Banquet Day and Adjournment

First Timer's Guide to the NFB National Convention

View our beginner's guide to the NFB National Convention, intended to give the first-time convention attendee some important information about national conventions of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB). Read the First Timer's Guide at <https://nfb.org/convention-first-timers>.

National Federation of the Blind
2013 National Convention Preregistration Form

Please register online at <www.nfb.org/registration> or use this mail-in form. Print legibly, provide all requested information, and mail form and payment to:

National Federation of the Blind
Attn: Convention Registration
200 East Wells Street
Baltimore, MD 21230

Please register only one person per registration form; however, one check or money order may cover multiple registrations. Check or money order (sorry, no credit cards) must be enclosed with registration(s).

Registrant Name _______________________________________________________
Address ______________________________________________________________
City ____________________________ State _____________ Zip ___________
Phone ____________________________ Email _______________________________

___ I will pick up my registration packet at convention.
or
___ The following person will pick up my registration packet:
    Pickup Name ______________________________________

Number of preregistrations                                         _____ x $25    = ____________
Number of pre-purchased banquet tickets               _____ x $50    = ____________
                                                                                                       Total    = ____________

PLEASE NOTE:
1.  Preconvention registration and banquet sales are final (no refunds).
2.  All preregistration mail-in forms must be postmarked by May 31.

 

FEATURE

The Federation in Your Journey: The Courage to Try
by Mary Ellen Gabias

READING

The National Reading Media Assessment
by Carol Castellano

Contracted or Uncontracted Braille: Which Should Blind Children Learn First?
by Heather Field

TRAVEL

Echolocation with the Long White Cane
by Merry-Noel Chamberlain

TACTILE GRAPHICS

Discover the Body: 3D Printing and Teaching Materials for Blind and Visually Impaired Children
by Halla Sigridur Margretardottir Haugen

INTERESTS AND PASSIONS

iPhoneography: Photography for All
by Luis Pérez

Triumph at Fleadh Ceoil
by Amy Safko

Bitten by the Space Bug
by Chelsea Cook

Seeing beyond the Impossible
by Hai Nguyen Ly

CAREERS

Word of Mouth
by Mary Fernandez

Sifting through the Past
by William Nutt

TECHNOLOGY

iOS Accessibility: Teaching the Teachers
by Diane Brauner and Ed Summers

IDEAS AND ATTITUDES

Teaching Math Skills and Building Relationships
by Gloria Isidro-Villamizar

One Email at a Time
by Stacey Hildenbrand

A Matter of Perspective
by Katie Vescelus

PROGRAMS

Charting Our Own Course: Project Innovation 2012
by Natalie Shaheen

Louder and Prouder Still: Four More States Join the BELL Choir
by Eric Guillory, Jackie Otwell, Casey West, Carlton Walker, and Meleah Jensen

NOPBC UPDATE

The Nightmare and the Dream
by Carlton Anne Cook Walker

ANNOUNCEMENTS

     Complete Future Reflections

     Complete Future Reflections Audio File (Zipped MP3 Version) Coming Soon!

     Complete DAISY Audio File (Zipped MP3 Version) Coming Soon!

Subscription Information

Future Reflections is a magazine for parents and teachers of blind children. It is published quarterly by the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults in partnership with the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children. Future Reflections is available free of charge to subscriber addresses in the U.S. in regular print and audio formats and via email, or it can be read online on the NFB website. Canadian subscriptions are $35.00 per year, and other foreign subscriptions are $75.00 U.S. per year. Checks should be made payable to the National Federation of the Blind and sent to the NFB, Attention Future Reflections, 200 E. Wells Street at Jernigan Place, Baltimore, MD 21230.

For an email subscription to Future Reflections, visit <www.nfbcal.org/listserv-signup.html> and follow the instructions.

To subscribe to Future Reflections in print or audio format, send an email to ParentOutreach@nfb.org. Put "Subscribe to FR" in the subject line and include your preferred medium in the body. Please include your address, whether you are the parent of a blind child, a teacher, or other subscriber. If you are a parent, include your child's name and birth date.

URL:  <https://nfb.org/future-reflections>

Why Join the NOPBC?

Are you the parent of a blind or visually impaired child?  Don’t know where to turn? 

Founded in 1983, the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children (NOPBC) is a membership organization of parents, educators, and friends of blind children reaching out to give each other vital support, encouragement, and information. We have thousands of members in all 50 states plus Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.

The NOPBC offers hope, encouragement, information, and resources for parents of blind or visually impaired children.  NOPBC provides emotional support and a network of other families dealing with the same challenges you are facing.  We also provide information, training, and resources to empower you to take an active role in guiding your child’s development and education.  We can provide information on your child’s rights and on the laws and legislative issues that will enable you and your child to become strong and effective advocates. 

Have you ever wondered what your blind or visually impaired child will be capable of when he or she grows up?  The answer to that question is that blindness/visual impairment does not have to stop your child from doing anything he or she wants to do.  We can connect you with other families and blind adults who can serve as positive mentors and role models. They can teach you the attitudes and techniques that will enable your child to become independent and to succeed in life.  

What is different about the NOPBC?

Our status as a division of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the largest and most influential organization of blind people in the world, provides many benefits. Our members are well informed about the societal, legislative, and technological issues that affect blind people. We also enjoy the resources, support, and expertise of fifty thousand blind people who can serve as mentors and role models for us and our children. Finally, as our children grow up, they have the Federation to belong to.

No other organization for parents of blind/visually impaired children offers more programs, activities, and training to families, children, and youth.  One of our most exciting activities is our annual conference.  Every year since it was established, the NOPBC has conducted an annual conference for parents and teachers of blind children as part of the national convention of the NFB.  The program has grown to include five exciting days of workshops, training sessions, activities for all family members, including sighted siblings, and countless opportunities to meet blind adults and other families and children from around the country.

What is the mission of the NOPBC?

The purpose of the NOPBC is to:

•  create a climate of opportunity for blind children in home and society.
•  provide information and support to parents of blind children.
•  facilitate the sharing of experience and concerns among parents of blind children.
•  develop and expand resources available to parents and their children.
•  help parents of blind children gain understanding and perspective through partnership and contact with blind adults.
•  function as an integral part of the National Federation of the Blind in its ongoing effort to achieve equality and opportunity for all blind persons.

Most states have an NOPBC affiliate chapter.  You can find your state chapter at <www.nopbc.org>.  If your state does not have a chapter and you would like to start one, please contact us.  We may be able to offer training and other assistance to start a state NOPBC chapter.

What are the programs, activities, publications, and resources of the NOPBC?

•  National and State Parent Seminars and Conferences
•  Future Reflections Magazine
•  NOPBC Website
•  Books and Videos
•  Blindkid & Other Listservs
•  Early Childhood Conferences
•  Pop-Up IEP Website
•  Braille Readers Are Leaders Contest
•  Slate Pals Pen Pal Program
•  AAF Free Braille Books Program
•  Share Braille Book Exchange
•  Writing Contests
•  Junior Science Academy
•  Youth Slam High School Science Academy
•  National Center for Blind Youth in Science Web site
•  NFB-NEWSLINE® Newspaper Service
•  Where the Blind Work Website
•  Free White Cane Program
•  Blindness 411 Facebook Group for Teens
•  NFB-LINK Mentoring Program
•  Scholarship Program
•  Straight Talk about Blindness Video Series
•  Parent Leadership Program (PLP)

Contact Us:
National Organization of Parents of Blind Children
President@nopbc.org
<www.nopbc.org>


Future Reflections – Vol. 31, No. 4 Convention Report 2012

ISSN-0883-3419

Copyright © 2012 American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults

For more information about blindness and children contact:
National Organization of Parents of Blind Children
200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place, Baltimore, MD 21230 • (410) 659-9314
www.nfb.org/nopbcnfb@nfb.orgdkent5817@att.net

 

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

Convention RevisitedListen Now (MP3)
by Deborah Kent Stein

STUDENT PERSPECTIVES

Skills and ConfidenceListen Now (MP3)
by Gabe Cazares

Roots and WingsListen Now (MP3)
by Kayleigh Joiner

Don't Deprive Those Sighted Kids!Listen Now (MP3)
by Julia Gebert

ADULTS IN THE MAINSTREAM

What I Learned in Physics ClassListen Now (MP3)
by Barbara Pierce

Watering the BullListen Now (MP3)
by Gary Wunder

The Trap in the Back YardListen Now (MP3)
by Deborah Kent Stein

Do Something, No Matter What It Is!Listen Now (MP3)
by Parnell Diggs

PARENT POWER

We All Have a VoiceListen Now (MP3)
by Penny Duffy

The Tools We NeedListen Now (MP3)
by Chantal Alberhasky

One Family at a TimeListen Now (MP3)
by Kim Cunningham

ACCESS

Descriptive Video Exchange: Enhancing the
Experience by Empowering the Consumer
Listen Now (MP3)
by Joshua A. Miele

Making Chemistry Accessible to the Blind,
One Atom at a Time
Listen Now (MP3)
by Henry Wedler

BRAILLE

Reading Issues: Getting to the
Root of the Problem
Listen Now (MP3)
by Carol Castellano

The Democratization of BrailleListen Now (MP3)
by Kevin Carey

EARLY CHILDHOOD

The Active Learning Approach: Using the Resonance Board and the Little Room with Young Blind and Visually Impaired ChildrenListen Now (MP3)
by Gigi Newton

HIGHLIGHTS AND REFLECTIONS

Out of This WorldListen Now (MP3)
by David Hurd

Walking the Runway: The First NOPBC Style ShowListen Now (MP3)
by Kim Cunningham

Starting at Zero: Our NFB Convention ExperienceListen Now (MP3)
by Natae Jones-Beasley

A Place Where We BelongListen Now (MP3)
by Frances Benally

AWARDS

Spheres of Influence: Distinguished
Educator of Blind Children Award
Listen Now (MP3)
by Casey L. Robertson

The 2012 Bolotin AwardsListen Now (MP3)
Presented by James Gashel

Meet the 2012 National Federation
of the Blind Scholarship Class
Listen Now (MP3)
Presented by Patti Gregory-Chang

REVIEW

Do You Dream in Color? Insights from a Girl without Sight,
by Laurie Rubin
Listen Now (MP3)
Reviewed by Deborah Kent Stein

ANNOUNCEMENTSListen Now (MP3)

ODDS AND ENDSListen Now (MP3)

     Complete Future Reflections

     Complete Future Reflections Audio File (Zipped MP3 Version)

     Complete DAISY Audio File (Zipped MP3 Version)

The Holiday Giving Book

Contributions to the NFB through the Holiday Giving Book can be made by personal check, credit card payment, telephone, and online by visiting www.nfb.org/holiday-giving-book

Checks should be made payable to: National Federation of the Blind and sent to the following address:

National Federation of the Blind
Attn: Holiday Campaign
200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place
Baltimore, MD 21230

Credit card contributions can be made online by visiting www.nfb.org/holiday-giving-book or by mailing the following information to the address above:

Name on card:
Card number:
Expiration date:
Security code (three digit code found on the back of the card):
Billing address:
Billing city:
Billing state:
Billing zip:
E-mail address:
Telephone number:

To make a credit card contribution over the phone, please call (410) 659-9314, extension 2423.

Please indicate if you would like to make your gift anonymously either in the memo line of the check or by including the statement, “I want to make my gift anonymously” when mailing your credit card information. If you are contributing online or over the phone, you will be asked to indicate your preference to give anonymously.

If you have questions or would like more information, please call (410) 659-9314, extension 2423.

Thank you for supporting the NFB!

Subscription Information

Future Reflections is a magazine for parents and teachers of blind children. It is published quarterly by the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults in partnership with the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children. Future Reflections is available free of charge to subscriber addresses in the U.S. in regular print and audio formats and via email, or it can be read online on the NFB website. Canadian subscriptions are $35.00 per year, and other foreign subscriptions are $75.00 U.S. per year. Checks should be made payable to the National Federation of the Blind and sent to the NFB, Attention Future Reflections, 200 E. Wells Street at Jernigan Place, Baltimore, MD 21230.

For an email subscription to Future Reflections, visit <www.nfbcal.org/listserv-signup.html> and follow the instructions.

To subscribe to Future Reflections in print or audio format, send an email to ParentOutreach@nfb.org. Put "Subscribe to FR" in the subject line and include your preferred medium in the body. Please include your address, whether you are the parent of a blind child, a teacher, or other subscriber. If you are a parent, include your child's name and birth date.

URL:  <https://nfb.org/future-reflections>

Why Join the NOPBC?

Are you the parent of a blind or visually impaired child?  Don’t know where to turn? 

Founded in 1983, the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children (NOPBC) is a membership organization of parents, educators, and friends of blind children reaching out to give each other vital support, encouragement, and information. We have thousands of members in all 50 states plus Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.

The NOPBC offers hope, encouragement, information, and resources for parents of blind or visually impaired children.  NOPBC provides emotional support and a network of other families dealing with the same challenges you are facing.  We also provide information, training, and resources to empower you to take an active role in guiding your child’s development and education.  We can provide information on your child’s rights and on the laws and legislative issues that will enable you and your child to become strong and effective advocates. 

Have you ever wondered what your blind or visually impaired child will be capable of when he or she grows up?  The answer to that question is that blindness/visual impairment does not have to stop your child from doing anything he or she wants to do.  We can connect you with other families and blind adults who can serve as positive mentors and role models. They can teach you the attitudes and techniques that will enable your child to become independent and to succeed in life.  

What is different about the NOPBC?

Our status as a division of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the largest and most influential organization of blind people in the world, provides many benefits. Our members are well informed about the societal, legislative, and technological issues that affect blind people. We also enjoy the resources, support, and expertise of fifty thousand blind people who can serve as mentors and role models for us and our children. Finally, as our children grow up, they have the Federation to belong to.

No other organization for parents of blind/visually impaired children offers more programs, activities, and training to families, children, and youth.  One of our most exciting activities is our annual conference.  Every year since it was established, the NOPBC has conducted an annual conference for parents and teachers of blind children as part of the national convention of the NFB.  The program has grown to include five exciting days of workshops, training sessions, activities for all family members, including sighted siblings, and countless opportunities to meet blind adults and other families and children from around the country.

What is the mission of the NOPBC?

The purpose of the NOPBC is to:

•  create a climate of opportunity for blind children in home and society.
•  provide information and support to parents of blind children.
•  facilitate the sharing of experience and concerns among parents of blind children.
•  develop and expand resources available to parents and their children.
•  help parents of blind children gain understanding and perspective through partnership and contact with blind adults.
•  function as an integral part of the National Federation of the Blind in its ongoing effort to achieve equality and opportunity for all blind persons.

Most states have an NOPBC affiliate chapter.  You can find your state chapter at <www.nopbc.org>.  If your state does not have a chapter and you would like to start one, please contact us.  We may be able to offer training and other assistance to start a state NOPBC chapter.

What are the programs, activities, publications, and resources of the NOPBC?

•  National and State Parent Seminars and Conferences
•  Future Reflections Magazine
•  NOPBC Website
•  Books and Videos
•  Blindkid & Other Listservs
•  Early Childhood Conferences
•  Pop-Up IEP Website
•  Braille Readers Are Leaders Contest
•  Slate Pals Pen Pal Program
•  AAF Free Braille Books Program
•  Share Braille Book Exchange
•  Writing Contests
•  Junior Science Academy
•  Youth Slam High School Science Academy
•  National Center for Blind Youth in Science Web site
•  NFB-NEWSLINE® Newspaper Service
•  Where the Blind Work Website
•  Free White Cane Program
•  Blindness 411 Facebook Group for Teens
•  NFB-LINK Mentoring Program
•  Scholarship Program
•  Straight Talk about Blindness Video Series
•  Parent Leadership Program (PLP)

Contact Us:
National Organization of Parents of Blind Children
President@nopbc.org
<www.nopbc.org>


Get The November 2012 Braille Monitor

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Vol. 55, No. 10                                                       November 2012

Gary Wunder, Editor

Distributed by email, in inkprint, in Braille, and on USB flash drive (see below) by

The National Federation of the Blind

Marc Maurer, President

National Office
200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place
Baltimore, Maryland  21230
telephone: (410) 659-9314
email address: nfb@nfb.org
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Letters to the president, address changes,
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should be sent to the national office.
Articles for the Monitor and letters to the editor may also
be sent to the national office or may be emailed to gwunder@nfb.org.

Monitor subscriptions cost the Federation about forty dollars per year. Members are invited,
and nonmembers are requested, to cover the subscription cost. Donations should be
made payable to National Federation of the Blind and sent to:

National Federation of the Blind
200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place
Baltimore, Maryland 21230-4998

THE NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND IS NOT AN ORGANIZATION
SPEAKING FOR THE BLIND--IT IS THE BLIND SPEAKING FOR THEMSELVES

        ISSN 0006-8829

Each issue is recorded on a thumb drive (also called a memory stick or USB flash drive).  You can read this audio edition using a computer or a National Library Service digital player.  The NLS machine has two slots--the familiar book-cartridge slot just above the retractable carrying handle and a second slot located on the right side near the headphone jack. This smaller slot is used to play thumb drives. Remove the protective rubber pad covering this slot and insert the thumb drive. It will insert only in one position. If you encounter resistance, flip the drive over and try again. (Note: If the cartridge slot is not empty when you insert the thumb drive, the digital player will ignore the thumb drive.) Once the thumb drive is inserted, the player buttons will function as usual for reading digital materials. If you remove the thumb drive to use the player for cartridges, when you insert it again, reading should resume at the point you stopped.

You can transfer the recording of each issue from the thumb drive to your computer or preserve it on the thumb drive. However, because thumb drives can be used hundreds of times, we would appreciate their return in order to stretch our funding. Please use the return label enclosed with the drive when you return the device.


Vol. 55, No. 10                                                       November 2012

Illustration: The October-December Accessible Bulletin Board in the Betsy Zaborowski Conference
Room at the NFB Jernigan Institute
Listen Now (MP3)

The Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium:
A Forum for Collaboration in the Struggle for the
Right to Live in the World
Listen Now (MP3)
by Lou Ann Blake

Democratizing Braille: A World ViewListen Now (MP3)
by Kevin Carey

My Journey to Genetics: Changing What it Means
to Be a Blind Genetic Counselor
Listen Now (MP3)
by Ronit Ovadia-Mazzoni

The DAISY Consortium Global Partnership:
Working with the NFB to End the Book Famine
Listen Now (MP3)
by Stephen King

The Federation in Your Journey:
The Courage to Try
Listen Now (MP3)
by Mary Ellen Gabias

The New iBill®:
Is it Worth the Extra $20?
Listen Now (MP3)
by Curtis Chong

A Reader Takes the Braille Monitor to TaskListen Now (MP3)

Working with Blind Seniors in Support GroupsListen Now (MP3)
by Rebecca Irvin

Learning to Use a White Cane as a SeniorListen Now (MP3)
by Jonathan Ice

Remembering the NickelListen Now (MP3)
by Judy Sanders

Axis 360: Making Books Accessible
at a Library Near You
Listen Now (MP3)
by Michael Bills

Paw Prints on the Barricades Listen Now (MP3)
by Anna Kresmer

A Library for the Price of a Book Listen Now (MP3)

Newel Perry: More Profiles and California School for the Blind Politics
An Interview with Newel Perry
Listen Now (MP3)
Conducted by Willa Baum

Bob Hunt DiesListen Now (MP3)

Recipes Listen Now (MP3)

Monitor Miniatures Listen Now (MP3)

         Complete Braille Monitor

         Complete Braille Monitor (Download Zipped Word Version)

         Complete Braille Monitor Audio File (Zipped MP3 Version)

         Complete DAISY Audio File (Zipped MP3 Version)

Copyright 2012 by the National Federation of the Blind


Get The November 2012 Braille Monitor

_______________________________________________________________________________

Vol. 55, No. 10                                                       November 2012

Gary Wunder, Editor

Distributed by email, in inkprint, in Braille, and on USB flash drive (see below) by

The National Federation of the Blind

Marc Maurer, President

National Office
200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place
Baltimore, Maryland  21230
telephone: (410) 659-9314
email address: nfb@nfb.org
Website address: http://www.nfb.org
NFBnet.org: http://www.nfbnet.org
NFB-NEWSLINE® information: (866) 504-7300

Letters to the president, address changes,
subscription requests, and orders for NFB literature
should be sent to the national office.
Articles for the Monitor and letters to the editor may also
be sent to the national office or may be emailed to gwunder@nfb.org.

Monitor subscriptions cost the Federation about forty dollars per year. Members are invited,
and nonmembers are requested, to cover the subscription cost. Donations should be
made payable to National Federation of the Blind and sent to:

National Federation of the Blind
200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place
Baltimore, Maryland 21230-4998

THE NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND IS NOT AN ORGANIZATION
SPEAKING FOR THE BLIND--IT IS THE BLIND SPEAKING FOR THEMSELVES

        ISSN 0006-8829

Each issue is recorded on a thumb drive (also called a memory stick or USB flash drive).  You can read this audio edition using a computer or a National Library Service digital player.  The NLS machine has two slots--the familiar book-cartridge slot just above the retractable carrying handle and a second slot located on the right side near the headphone jack. This smaller slot is used to play thumb drives. Remove the protective rubber pad covering this slot and insert the thumb drive. It will insert only in one position. If you encounter resistance, flip the drive over and try again. (Note: If the cartridge slot is not empty when you insert the thumb drive, the digital player will ignore the thumb drive.) Once the thumb drive is inserted, the player buttons will function as usual for reading digital materials. If you remove the thumb drive to use the player for cartridges, when you insert it again, reading should resume at the point you stopped.

You can transfer the recording of each issue from the thumb drive to your computer or preserve it on the thumb drive. However, because thumb drives can be used hundreds of times, we would appreciate their return in order to stretch our funding. Please use the return label enclosed with the drive when you return the device.


Vol. 55, No. 10                                                       November 2012

Illustration: The October-December Accessible Bulletin Board in the Betsy Zaborowski Conference
Room at the NFB Jernigan Institute

The Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium:
A Forum for Collaboration in the Struggle for the
Right to Live in the World

by Lou Ann Blake

Democratizing Braille: A World View
by Kevin Carey

My Journey to Genetics: Changing What it Means
to Be a Blind Genetic Counselor

by Ronit Ovadia-Mazzoni

The DAISY Consortium Global Partnership:
Working with the NFB to End the Book Famine

by Stephen King

The Federation in Your Journey:
The Courage to Try

by Mary Ellen Gabias

The New iBill®:
Is it Worth the Extra $20?

by Curtis Chong

A Reader Takes the Braille Monitor to Task

Working with Blind Seniors in Support Groups
by Rebecca Irvin

Learning to Use a White Cane as a Senior
by Jonathan Ice

Remembering the Nickel
by Judy Sanders

Axis 360: Making Books Accessible
at a Library Near You

by Michael Bills

Paw Prints on the Barricades
by Anna Kresmer

A Library for the Price of a Book

Newel Perry: More Profiles and California School for the Blind Politics
An Interview with Newel Perry

Conducted by Willa Baum

Bob Hunt Dies

Recipes

Monitor Miniatures

         Complete Braille Monitor

         Complete Braille Monitor (Download Zipped Word Version)

         Complete Braille Monitor Audio File (Zipped MP3 Version) Coming Soon!

         Complete DAISY Audio File (Zipped MP3 Version) Coming Soon!

Copyright 2012 by the National Federation of the Blind


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