THE BRAILLE FORUM Volume L July-August 2011 No. 1

THE BRAILLE FORUM Volume L July-August 2011 No. 1 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: Presidential Potpourri, by Mitch Pomerantz Legislative News and a Request from the National Office, by Melanie Brunson MLK Library, DCPS and BRS Unite to Benefit Students with Print Disabilities, by John M. Williams Old Attitudes Die Hard, by Carl Jarvis The Accessibility Lesson Which My Co-Workers and I Learned During Dinner, by Ron Brooks 15 Ways to Maximize Your ACB Membership, by Kenneth Semien Sr. Affiliate News Passings Letter to the Editor Set Your Course Here and There, edited by Sue Lichtenfels High Tech Swap Shop CORRECTION Due to an editing error, there were references in "ACB's Audio Description Project Updates" (June 2011) to the year 2010. They should have read "2011." We regret the error. 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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