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Braille Monitor

Vol. 60, No. 11                                      December 2017

Gary Wunder, Editor

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Contents

Vol. 60, No. 11                                     December 2017

Illustration: Technological Team-Up: The Federation
Sponsors Its First Hackathon
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Convention Bulletin 2018 Listen Now (MP3)

The Wall-to-Wall ThanksgivingListen Now (MP3)
by Barbara Pierce

Merchants’ BLAST Conference Soars
to New Heights
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by Terry Smith

Why Not Hire Yourself?Listen Now (MP3)
by Mike Bullis

The Secret to Winning a
National Federation of the Blind Scholarship
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by Cayte Mendez

Social Security, SSI, and Medicare
Facts for 2018
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by John Paré

The Dr. Jacob Bolotin AwardsListen Now (MP3)
by James Gashel

National Federation of the Blind and Automakers Host
Conference on the Promise of Autonomous
Vehicles and the Disability Community
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The 2018 Blind Educator of the Year AwardListen Now (MP3)
by Edward Bell

Confrontation at the Capitol:
The Fight to Stop H.R. 620
Listen Now (MP3)
by Kyle Walls

The Blind Can Participate in Worship
and Bible Study
Listen Now (MP3)
by Susan Povinelli

Running to Catch the Elusive Dream of
Fitness and Accomplishment
Listen Now (MP3)
by Jessica Beecham

The Power of the Mind: Research Exploring the
Capacity of the Blind
Listen Now (MP3)
by Marina Bedny

Preparing His Granddaughter for a
Life Without Sight
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by Jon Tevlin

Teachers Talk: Working with Parents
Who Happen to be Blind
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by Melissa Riccobono

The Story of EleListen Now (MP3)
by Naomi Mills

Make a Difference Listen Now (MP3)
by Patti Chang and Anna Adler

The Kenneth Jernigan Convention
Scholarship Fund
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by Allen Harris

The 2018 Distinguished Educator of Blind
Students Award
Listen Now (MP3)
by Carla McQuillan

The Holman Prize Sets Sail: Who Won This Year’s Prize for “Blind Ambition,”
and Why
Listen Now (MP3)
by Sheri Wells-Jensen

Supporting Equality for Blind Americans: A New Sheriff
in the United States House of Representatives
Listen Now (MP3)
by Val Demings

Independence Market CornerListen Now (MP3)
by Ellen Ringlein

Meet the Blind Month and White Cane
Awareness Day in Cincinnati
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by Annie McEachirn Carson

RecipesListen Now (MP3)

Monitor Miniatures Listen Now (MP3)

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