[Nfbnet-members-list] April Braille Monitor Available

David Andrews dandrews at visi.com
Wed Apr 29 15:19:06 UTC 2015

April 2015 Braille Monitor

The April edition of the Braille Monitor is filled with problems, 
possibilities, hope and outstanding examples of leadership.

Some of the problems we encounter are frustrating and take years to 
solve.  The article "The Deaf-blind Dilemma" by Cathy Guillory Miller 
offers insight to help us understand the communication difficulties 
and attitudinal barriers that deaf-blind people face.  As Cathy 
Guillory Miller explains, "We will not overcome the damage that 
history has done unless we first understand what will be required to 
heal the wounds."

There is rarely an issue of the Monitor that does not contain at 
least one article about non-visual access to technologies and 
websites.  The April edition is no exception.   Curtis Chong 
expresses our deep frustration with the lack of progress in his 
article entitled "Accessibility at Microsoft: More Challenges than 

Donna Hill, a blind author, also expressed her frustration with the 
lack of access to eBooks in the article entitled "Local Author to Be 
Featured in ABA Journal."  Hill was outraged when she discovered that 
the promise of over 40 million books contained in the Scribd 
electronic library was denied to her.  The National Federation of the 
Blind took action.  I am sure a future edition of the Braille Monitor 
will describe our recent victory in this case.

For decades blind persons have been vigilant in protecting the right 
to use a guide dog in public accommodations.  Congratulations to 
Donald Porterfield and the Arizona affiliate for their prompt action 
to kill a bill that would have severely limited access to restaurants 
for blind persons who use dog guides.  Read "Service Animal Laws 
Challenged in Arizona" for the specific details.

There are two articles about outstanding Federation leaders that you 
will not want to miss.  The article "Maurer Devotes Career to Serving 
Blind Americans" by Josh Stowe is especially interesting because it 
was reprinted from the University of Notre Dame Alumni Association 
Newsletter.  Jim Omvig's review of Dr. Joanne Wilson's many careers 
is an excellent tribute to her many years of service in the 
Federation.  Be sure to read "Dr. Joanne Wilson Retires: Another 
Jernigan Pioneer Enters a New Phase of Life."

We are fortunate to have outstanding leaders. With love, hope and 
determination we will turn the problems illustrated in the Braille 
Monitor to possibilities of opportunity.  Go to 

Sharon Maneki

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