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Friday, January 28th, 2011
8:37 am
Read this article
We have worked a great deal to get to this point. As a federation we should be proud of ourselves. Read the article and enjoy.

Blind driver to debut new technologies at Daytona - Yahoo! News


Yahoo! News

Current Mood: ecstatic
Friday, July 2nd, 2010
5:49 pm
Baby Mikaela Please Read!!! It's very important.
On May 21, 2010, a blind couple in Missouri gave birth to their first child, Mikaela. A few hours after Mikaela was born, the mother experienced some difficulty breastfeeding, a common problem for first-time mothers. She asked her nurse for advice, but instead of offering guidance, the nurse called Child Protective Services. That evening, newborn Mikaela was taken into foster care. Why? Not because the parents used drugs, showed signs of abuse or were found to be living in substandard conditions. The only reason CPS cites for their intervention is the mere fact that the parents are blind and, therefore, are not fit parents. This in spite of hundreds of blind parents, including single parents and blind couples, who have successfully raised children to adulthood. Leaders in the National Federation of the Blind of Missouri also interviewed the parents extensively and determined that they are indeed skilled in the adaptive techniques needed to parent without sight.

Amazingly, no federal laws exist at this time to protect disabled parents from this kind of blatant discrimination. So the burden of proof now rests on the parents to demonstrate that they are capable of taking care of their daughter. With the help of the NFB of Missouri, they have hired an attorney at $250 per hour to represent them in court, and are also paying to get official evaluations showing that they are fit to raise a child. We are optimistic that with a sympathetic judge, baby Mikaela will be able to come home. But we need money to continue fighting this battle, not only for Mikaela's family, but also so that people like me will be able to have kids one day without fearing that this tragedy could happen to us as well.

If you would like to make a donation to help defray the tremendous legal expenses, and are going to convention, you can stop by the NFB of Missouri table in the exhibit hall. If you aren't going to convention but would still like to contribute, please send a check to:

Carol Coulter

1613 Blue Ridge

Columbia, MO 65202-1759

Please make checks payable to "National Federation of the Blind of Missouri" and write "baby Mikaela" in the subject line.

I am going to make a contribution, but I can't afford to give as much as I'd like, so I'd appreciate if you can help me out with this. Every little bit, even $5 or $10, can help. Thank you for your time.

Current Mood: angry
Friday, December 5th, 2008
10:27 pm
What to do when you meet a sighted person

People who use their eyes to receive information about the world are called sighted people or "people who are sighted." Legal "sight" means any visual acuity

greater than 20/200 in the better eye without correction or an angle of vision wider than 20 degrees. Sighted people enjoy rich full lives, working, playing,

and raising families. They run businesses, hold public office, and teach your children!


People who are sighted may walk or ride public transportation, but most choose to travel long distances by operating their own motor vehicles.

They have gone through many hours of training to learn the "rules of the road" in order to further their independence. Once that road to freedom has been

mastered, sighted people earn a legal classification and a "Driver's License" which allows them to operate a private vehicle safely and independently.


Sighted people are accustomed to viewing the world in visual terms.

This means that in many situations, they will not be able to communicate orally and may resort to pointing or other gesturing. Subtle facial expressions

may also be used to convey feelings in social situations.

Calmly alert the sighted person to his surroundings by speaking slowly, in a normal tone of voice. Questions directed at the sighted person help focus attention

back on the verbal rather than visual communication.

At times, sighted people may need help finding things, especially when operating a motor vehicle. Your advance knowledge of routes and landmarks, particularly

bumps in the road, turns and traffic lights, will assist the "driver" in finding the way quickly and easily. Your knowledge of building layouts can also

assist the sighted person in navigating complex shopping malls and offices. Sighted people tend to be very proud and will not ask directly for assistance.

Be gentle yet firm.


The person who is sighted relies exclusively on visual information. His or her attention span fades quickly when reading long texts. Computer information

is presented in a "Graphical User Interface" or GUI.

Coordination of hands and eyes is often a problem for sighted people, so the computer mouse, a handy device that slides along the desk top, saves confusing

keystrokes. With one button, the sighted person can move around his or her computer screen quickly and easily. People who are sighted are not accustomed

to synthetic speech and may have great difficulty understanding even the clearest synthesizer. Be patient and prepared to explain many times how your computer

equipment works.


Sighted people read through a system called "Print." This is a series of images drawn in a two dimensional plain. People who are sighted generally have

a poorly developed sense of touch. Braille is completely foreign to the sighted person and he or she will take longer to learn the code and be severely

limited by his or her existing visual senses.

Sighted people cannot function well in low lighting conditions and are generally completely helpless in total darkness. Their homes are usually very brightly

lit at great expense, as are businesses that cater to the sighted consumer.


People who are sighted do not want your charity. They want to live, work and play along with you. The best thing you can do to support sighted people in

your community is to open yourself to their world.

These Americans are vital contributing members to society. Take a sighted person to lunch today!
Sunday, March 16th, 2008
1:32 pm
hello to all NFb Members
Hello everyone. I was wondering about something. Has any of the Members Ever taken there Guide dog to a Nfb Comvention? because i wanted to take myine when i get it. from a new member.  

Current Mood: NFB rocks
Friday, November 30th, 2007
8:33 pm
An Amazing Woman and Federationist
Here is what the Baltimore Sun had to say about Dr. Z in this morning's paper.

Betsy A. Zaborowski

[ Age 58 ] The former executive director of an innovative institute helped blind people pursue independent lives.

By Frederick N. Rasmussen | Sun reporter November 30, 2007

Betsy A. Zaborowski, who had been diagnosed with retinal blastoma at a young age and later became blind, devoted her entire life to fighting the notion that blindness is a tragedy.

Dr. Zaborowski, former executive director of the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute in Baltimore, died early yesterday of cancer at her Denver home. The former Ednor Gardens resident, who had moved to Colorado only this week, was 58.

It was Dr. Zaborowski's wish that she return to the new Denver home that she and her husband had purchased last month, and on Tuesday, she left Baltimore for the last time aboard an air ambulance.

She had served as executive director of the innovative institute, the first of its type in the nation, which provided education, employment and adaptive technology for the blind, from 2003 until this year, when she stepped down because of failing health.

At her death, Dr. Zaborowski was a senior adviser to the NFB.

"Dr. Betsy Zaborowski's service to the blind of the nation was extraordinary," Dr. Marc Maurer, president of the National Federation of the Blind, said in a statement released yesterday.

"As the first director of the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute, she materially increased opportunities for blind youth and blind adults for at least the next generation," he said. "She was an extraordinary leader, and she had a warm heart."

"Betsy's work and accomplishment represents the spirit and imaginative approach she brought to changing lives in a positive way," said Mark Riccobono, who succeeded Dr. Zaborowski as director of the Jernigan Institute in July.

"She was brilliant at thinking of what the next big thing was going to be and how we could put the pieces together, and then she used her leadership skills to make it happen," he said. "She was a dynamic lady that got things done, and I always marveled how she used her Midwestern people skills to that end."

Mr. Riccobono praised the "vigorous attitude" that she brought to whatever she was doing.

"However, there was always a balance in her life between work and play, and she could do both extremely well. She achieved a lot but always recommended that there be a balance and people were to have fun," he said.

Dr. Zaborowski was born Oct. 7, 1949, and raised in Thorp, Wis., where she graduated from high school.

"She was 3 years old when diagnosed with retinal blastoma and was treated at the University of Chicago Medical Center. It's a very rare cancer, and most children diagnosed with it don't survive, but Betsy did," said her husband of 18 years, James Gashel, vice president of marketing for K-NFB Reading Technology Inc. and former executive director for strategic initiatives for the NFB.

"She grew up and functioned as a blind person," he said.

Dr. Zaborowski held a bachelor's and master's degree in educational counseling from the University of Wisconsin in Menomonie, and earned her doctorate in psychology from the University of Denver in 1985.

>From 1970 to 1976, Dr. Zaborowski worked as a junior and senior high
school guidance counselor on Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

In 1976, she moved to Colorado, where she was a mental health and university-based counselor at the University of Colorado at Boulder. In 1980, she worked in the field of health psychology for Kaiser Permanente in Denver, while studying for her doctorate.

After moving to Baltimore in 1987, Dr. Zaborowski, a clinical psychologist, established a private practice specializing in women's issues. She also was an adjunct professor at the Johns Hopkins University's School of Continuing Studies, where she taught a graduate education counseling course.

She also frequently lectured at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Kennedy Krieger Institute.

In 1995, Dr. Zaborowski joined the NFB as director of special programs, a position she held until 2003, when she was named executive director of the Jernigan Institute.

"She was an incredible leader and mentor for all blind Americans and especially for me personally," said John Pare, current director for strategic initiatives for the NFB.

"She was internationally known and even spoke at a United Nations meeting in New York on behalf of the blind concerning Web site accessibility. She has traveled all over the world on behalf of the blind," he said.

"She was a very energetic and vibrant. You'd be sitting in a chair one moment listening to her and the next you'd be on your feet because of her ideas and energy," he said.

In 1998, she was selected one of Maryland's Top 100 Women, and again in 2000, by The Daily Record. In 2004, Smart Woman magazine featured her on its cover, and the next year, Smart CEO featured her as one of 25 admired Maryland leaders.

Then-Gov. Parris N. Glendening appointed her to the Maryland Information Technology Board, and later was the first chairwoman of the Mayor's Commission on Disabilities. She also served two terms on the Baltimore City Women's Commission.

Dr. Zaborowski was an avid gardener and entertainer.

"She had the best flower garden in the 1300 block of East 36th Street,"
her husband said. "And she loved to throw what she called her 'Polish Christmas Party.' She loved the Polish side of her family and would have 80 or 100 people over for a holiday party."

Dr. Zaborowski had been a longtime communicant of SS. Philip and James Roman Catholic Church on North Charles Street.

"Betsy would like to be remembered for three things," Mr. Gashel said.
"That she was Polish, a Roman Catholic and a Packers fan."

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow at St.
Therese' Roman Catholic Church in Aurora, Colo.

Also surviving are a stepson, Eric Gashel of Ruston, La.; two stepdaughters, Andrea Beasley of Littleton, Colo., and Valerie Costanza of Keller, Texas; and two grandchildren.


As one federationist here in Washington put it: it's amazing that she was only fifty-eight, and she did so much. "She'll be sorely missed."

Current Mood: tired
1:32 am
The National Federation of the Blind Remembers Dr. Z
Dr. Z, once the Director of the National federation of the blind's Jernigan Institute, died early yesterday in her new home in Colorado. You will find all of the necessary information below. It should be noted that her contributions will be remembered and missed.

How do you say goodbye to someone you love as much as life itself?

This morning, November 29, at approximately 2:30 a.m. Mountain Time, Betsy Zaborowski left this life after a nine month battle with a rare form of cancer. The Colorado sky was clear, and the moon was shining in the window near her bed. God called Betsy as she went to live with the angels. Her struggle on earth is over.
Betsy's final wish was granted on November 27 when she was flown by air ambulance from Baltimore, Maryland, to Denver, Colorado, where she lived in her new home for two days. She picked the house on a trip to Denver in October.
Living in a new home, back in Colorado, was her goal, which she accomplished in true Betsy Zaborowski style.
Although Betsy will no longer be with us here on earth, the power of her spirit and the contributions of her life will last forever. Funeral arrangements are pending at Saint Therese's Catholic Church in Aurora, Colorado. Her family requests memorial contributions to be made to the National Federation of the Blind Imagination Fund. Written memories of Betsy Zaborowskiâ¬"s life and work may be sent by mail, fax, or e-mail to the National Federation of the Blind in Baltimore, Maryland, at the addresses given below.
National Federation of the Blind
1800 Johnson Street
Baltimore, MD 21230
Fax 410-659-5129
E-mail _DrZMemories@nfb.org_ (mailto:DrZMemories@nfb.org)

Current Mood: tired
Tuesday, August 8th, 2006
10:22 am
accessible voting
Hey everyone,
I am pleased to anounce that I along with other blind persons will have the ability to cast a completely secret and confidential ballot for the very first time today as a result of the accessible voting machines that are placed at every poling place in my county. I will let everyone know how it goes. Hope some of you also get this opportunity. If you want to see an article about the accessible voting machines go to "http://www.columbiatribune.com" and look at the article. You have to click on the news section and you should see it. You want the August 7th issue.
This is awesome!

Current Mood: ecstatic
Friday, June 16th, 2006
2:29 pm
Important Convention-related Links
Hi there. One of the members of the Braille Note community (which I co-maintain) posted some links those of you attending this year's NFB Convention might find useful. Here they are.
The general Convention Link from the NFB website

Here's a link that includes a sort of verbal map of the hotel for your benefit.

Also, here's a link about this Convention's agenda.

Hope this helps. See you in Dallas!!

Current Mood: excited
Sunday, June 4th, 2006
8:29 am
make-up question
Hey guys I was wondering how those of you who are completely blind or who have very low vision put on make-up and if you use a curling iron to curl your hair or do you just use rollers?

Current Mood: curious
Monday, May 15th, 2006
2:32 pm
My podcast has been updated
Hello folks. I just wanted you to know that my Pod Cast has been updated. Check it out at http://www.gcast.com/u/kevinmcfan/main.xml or check it out at http://www.gcast.com/u/kevinmcfan I did some comments on United Flight 93, and some comments on a poast 9-11 world. I will talk to you later.
Thursday, May 4th, 2006
11:54 am
Hi All
Hi everyone, Kerri here. I've been in this community for a while now but haven't written much. But maybe you guys could help me. I'll be going to the National Convention in Dallas this year. This'll be my seventh Convention and the first one I'll be going to by myself. The thing is, I have a room booked and no one to share it with since all my roommate prospects are unavailable. Is anyone going to the Convention and wanting a roommie, or do you know anyone in that situation? I'm looking for female roommates but that's really my only criteria. Guide dogs welcome. Let me know if you know of anyone interested. I already have the room booked, so you'd just have to pay half the price (about $35 per night) for however many nights you're staying. Thanks, Kerri
Sunday, April 30th, 2006
10:00 am
yahoo group giving the blind a bad immage
Hey guys,
A friend of mine asked me to check out this group blind tards because she didn't have a yahoo account to see what kinds of things they were saying about the blind. She and I were both outraged and angry. Here is the description I found on the group.

Welcome to the Blind Tards yahoo group.

Have you ever had to deal with a stupid blind person? Someone so stupid they deserve to be on your better off dead list?

Have you seen someone who has the social grace of a pet rock, the brains of a giant sea turtle, and the common sense of a sunbather in the antarctic?

Well, here's the place to tell the world. We would encourage you to change names where appropriate, but if you don't, then we're not responsible for any

We don't give a rat's a$$ if you like or dislike this list. If you don't like it, then don't subscribe.

Bitching about the subject matter of this list will just get you kicked off, and then we'll talk about you without
mercy. And just imagine that email. Hey, I got kicked off the blind tards mailing list. What will people think?

The only requirement here is that we have to stay on topic. We're not going to be socially conscious, or discuss the merits of one issue or another.

We're here to talk about blind people being idiots. Surely there are plenty of examples.

If you want more information about the group go to this website. "http://groups.yahoo.com/group/blind_tards and see what I am talking about.

Current Mood: angry
Sunday, April 23rd, 2006
12:33 am
My podcast/internet show has been updated.
Hello everyone. My pod cast has been updated. You can copy this link in to your feeder.
Or you can check it out at
This podcast talks about the high gas prices, Audible Traffic Signals, and some great memories of my mother. I think you will like it. You can leave comments
by either emailing me or, dialing 206-984-3558. I will talk to you later.
The broken record goes round and round, spins in a circle without a sound. I wonder what you've been over drawing, you hide in laughter. What's on your
mind? Is it love is it love or after? Why don't you tell me? Is it love is it is it love? Is it love is it love or after? Why can't you tell me? (mr. Mister)
Monday, April 17th, 2006
11:31 am
I have started a new LJ community


Rant about CNIB, HAVE FUN!!!!
Sunday, April 16th, 2006
3:08 am
My new radio show is now on the internet.
It is about 2:31 in the morning as I am righting to you. I had some major technical problems with the show. From the time I started it to the time I mixed
all the files. But now everything is up and running at
It pays to be persistent. The pod cast is also avaylible. Kasondra who is a very active Federationest in Utah discussed how she can be a Federationest and
a Republican. We also made a lot of references to the LDS Church. This is one of the best radio shows I have ever done so far. The best thing you can all
do besides listen to it is, tell your friends about it. I will talk to you later.
The broken record goes round and round, spins in a circle without a sound. I wonder what you've been over drawing, you hide in laughter. What's on your
mind? Is it love is it love or after? Why don't you tell me? Is it love is it is it love? Is it love is it love or after? Why can't you tell me? (mr. Mister)

Current Mood: accomplished
Sunday, April 9th, 2006
12:27 am
My show has offically moved to the internet.
Hello folks. As of tonight my radio show has officially moved to the internet. You will no longer be able to here it out in the phone world at this time.
Maybe sometime when I find out how to put on the phone and the internet at the same time. But for now it is officially out of the Phone World. I have just
updated my show at
I will also give you the podcast address. This way you can download the show with your Pod Cast receiver. That address is,
You can also go to my site and sign up for free email alerts when ever I do a show. This show is called Larry Miller, immigration, KSL, and other things.
I will talk to you later.
The broken record goes round and round, spins in a circle without a sound. I wonder what you've been over drawing, you hide in laughter. What's on your
mind? Is it love is it love or after? Why don't you tell me? Is it love is it is it love? Is it love is it love or after? Why can't you tell me? (mr. Mister)
Sunday, April 2nd, 2006
9:58 am
A brand-new show has been updated.
Hello folks. a brand-new show has been done on the internet. I would say this is the best one yet. I figured how to do it without having the service interrupting
me and it being not so obvious. This show may be a little controversial. I am just warning you right now. But for those with opinion mind minds I think
you will like it. This show talks about some things President Hinckley said at a General Conference meeting. For those of you who are wondering I am not
speaking against any thing he said. But it is also one of those things that will make you think. In fact if you listen to the show I agree with what he
said. I am just harping on ultra conservatives who are old fashioned in there thinking. I also discuss the fact that blind people expect to many handouts.
Go check it out at
Scroll down to where it says The State of the Union and press the play link after it says "This is the pod cast where I speak my mind." Not the other subject
under another thing called The State of the Union. I am still doing testing on this internet who. But I am miles upopv where I was before. I will talk
to you all later.
The broken record goes round and round, spins in a circle without a sound. I wonder what you've been over drawing, you hide in laughter. What's on your
mind? Is it love is it love or after? Why don't you tell me? Is it love is it is it love? Is it love is it love or after? Why can't you tell me? (mr. Mister)
Wednesday, March 29th, 2006
12:44 am
Don't know what to do!
I have been having trouble with this situation for almost a year. It will be a year May 6, 2006, after I have graduated the Colorado Center for the Blind
Independent Training Program. I was in this program for 10 months but ended up only doing the graduation requirements, nothing extra. Since I have graduated,
I have not been able to forgive myself. I have been holding on to the fact that I should have done better. In my logical mind, I'm thinking that the situation
is over, and I should just accept the fact that I didn't get out as much as I wanted in the program. However, my heart and emotional part of my mind won't
forget or forgive this situation. I hope to talk to a previous graduate and my counselor. I hope they can give me some insite on what I should do. I feel
really bad because I want to forgive myself but can't. I also know that I'm judging myself, and I shouldn't do that either. I guess I need to pray about
this because i don't know what else to do. Thoughts? Thanks, and take care.

Current Mood: frustrated
Sunday, March 26th, 2006
8:45 am
An interesting radio show.
There is a very interesting radio show at 206-222-5169. We talk about some softwhere for the blind that not to many people know about. It is called Freedom
Box. I had someone give a demo of it. Then we gave our opinions on it. Go check it out at 206-222-5169.
The broken record goes round and round, spins in a circle without a sound. I wonder what you've been over drawing, you hide in laughter. What's on your
mind? Is it love is it love or after? Why don't you tell me? Is it love is it is it love? Is it love is it love or after? Why can't you tell me? (mr. Mister)
Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006
11:13 pm
2 great shows you can listen to.
Hello folks. There are now 2 great shows you can listen to. One is on the internet at
The other one is at 206-222-5169. Let me warn you once again that on the internet show you are going to have scroll to the second link that says March 22.
Then click on the play link after the second March 22 link. The internet show discusses the misconceptions of blindness. The show at 206-222-5169, discusses
I-tunes for blind people. We talk about the scripts a person can download. We briefly discuss another program called Freedom Box. Check out these fine
shows. I am working to better profectt the internet show. I promise it will improve soon. I will talk to you later.
The broken record goes round and round, spins in a circle without a sound. I wonder what you've been over drawing, you hide in laughter. What's on your
mind? Is it love is it love or after? Why don't you tell me? Is it love is it is it love? Is it love is it love or after? Why can't you tell me? (mr. Mister)
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