THE BRAILLE FORUM Volume XLIX May 2011 No. 11

THE BRAILLE FORUM Volume XLIX May 2011 No. 11 Published by the American Council of the Blind The American Council of the Blind strives to increase the independence, security, equality of opportunity, and to improve quality of life for all blind and visually impaired people. Mitch Pomerantz, President Melanie Brunson, Executive Director Sharon Lovering, Editor National Office: 2200 Wilson Blvd. Suite 650 Arlington, VA 22201 (202) 467-5081 fax: (703) 465-5085 Web site: THE BRAILLE FORUM (TM) is available in braille, large print, half-speed four-track cassette tape, data CD, and via e-mail. Subscription requests, address changes, and items intended for publication should be sent to Sharon Lovering at the address above, or via e-mail to slovering at The American Council of the Blind (TM) is a membership organization made up of more than 70 state and special-interest affiliates. To join, contact the national office at the number listed above. Those much-needed contributions, which are tax-deductible, can be sent to Attn: Treasurer, ACB, 6300 Shingle Creek Pkwy., Suite 195, Brooklyn Center, MN 55430. If you wish to remember a relative or friend, the national office has printed cards available for this purpose. Consider including a gift to ACB in your Last Will and Testament. If your wishes are complex, call the national office. To make a contribution to ACB via the Combined Federal Campaign, use this number: 11155. For the latest in legislative and governmental news, call the "Washington Connection" toll-free at (800) 424-8666, 5 p.m. to midnight Eastern time, or read it online. Copyright 2011 American Council of the Blind TABLE OF CONTENTS President's Message: A New Day at NLS?, by Mitch Pomerantz ACB Honors Legislators for Distinguished Service and Launches New Legislative Initiatives, by Melanie Brunson In Memoriam: Mary Ballard Travel to Spain with ACB and Road Scholar ACB's Golden Year, by Carla Ruschival Will You Meet the DKM Challenge? Your Golden Opportunity to Volunteer at the Information Desk, by Janet Dickelman Gold Diggin' Auction in the Silver State Take Your Mark, Get Set, Go!, by Donna Brown Join the Honor Roll of ACB Life Members, by Charles S.P. Hodge Don't Miss the 2011 FIA Showcase and Cabaret Library Users of America to Host Book Flea Market, by Peggy R. Garrett One Book, One ACB Affiliate News And Two Shall Become One, by Kathy Brockman Here and There, edited by Sue Lichtenfels High Tech Swap Shop FORUM SUBSCRIPTION NOTES You can now get "The Braille Forum" by podcast! To subscribe, go to "The Braille Forum" page on If you do not yet have a podcast client, you can download one from the Forum page. To subscribe to "The Braille Forum" via e-mail, go to ARE YOU MOVING? DO YOU WANT TO CHANGE YOUR SUBSCRIPTION? Contact Sharon Lovering in the ACB national office, 1-800-424-8666, or via e-mail, slovering at Give her the information, and she'll take care of the changes for you.
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