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NASA Internships

NASA is looking to increase the number of students with disabilities pursuing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers through our regular internship programs. This is not a program for students with disabilities. We are trying to recruit more students with disabilities into our regular internship programs. Disability means both physical and mental disabilities. Internships are a good way to get real-world experience. However, this is not an employment program. NASA jobs can be found at <http://www.usajobs.gov>. Students can apply for Summer 2018 now! The deadline for submitting applications will be Thursday, March 1, 2018. We will begin extending offers to students in mid-to-late January and will continue until all positions are filled. If you would like to subscribe to an announcement-only list about NASA internships for persons with disabilities, please send an E-mail to nasainterns-request@freelists.org<mailto:nasainterns-request@freelists.org>

with ‘subscribe’ in the Subject field, OR by visiting the list page at http://www.freelists.org/list/nasainterns.

 

We encourage you to apply early because the best opportunities are likely to be filled early.

Plus, your likelihood of being selected decreases the longer you wait. Don’t be surprised if you don’t see many internship opportunities in November. They start to appear in numbers in mid-to-late December. You can register for an account anytime at http://intern.nasa.gov/. All material that you wish to have considered must be uploaded to the OSSI website. No documentation will be accepted that is E-mailed or snail mailed.

 

Internships run for ten weeks for undergraduate and graduate students. Internships run for six weeks for high school students. The exact starting and ending dates are not known yet. All student interns get paid. The 2018 stipend

amounts are not known yet.   The high school

stipend for Summer 2017 was $2,100.00 for a six-week internship. The Summer 2017 undergraduate stipend for a ten-week internship was $6,000.00. The Summer 2017 graduate stipend for a ten-week internship was $7,500.00. As an intern, you are responsible for your own housing.

NASA internships for college and high school students are also offered during Spring, Fall and Year Long Sessions at http://intern.nasa.gov/.

 

NASA has internships for high school students and for rising freshmen through doctoral students in STEM fields. A rising freshman is a high school student who has been accepted to an accredited institution of higher learning, i.e., a college or university, at the time of the internship.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 for college and 3.0 for high school; however, applicants must understand that the competition for internships is keen. High school students must be at least sixteen years old at the time the internship begins.

 

Internships are available at all NASA centers nationwide. It is important to remember that applying is a two-step process. The first step is to fill out everything in the online application. The second step is to select and apply to specific internship opportunities.

Students can submit a completed application whether they apply to an opportunity or not.

However, applying to opportunities has the advantage of allowing applicants to be considered by mentors who work in disciplines of interest and at a particular center. Applicants may apply to as many as fifteen opportunities.

 

Not applying to an opportunity means that prospective interns will be hoping that a mentor happens to read their applications rather than directing their applications to mentors in fields and at centers of interest.

 

Students who are selected for Summer internships will receive an offer letter by E-mail sometime after mid-January 2018. They will then have five calendar days to either accept or reject the offer through their account. The offer will automatically expire after five calendar days if no action is taken.

 

Please feel free to contact me for more information or help with applying.

 

Kenneth A. Silberman, Esq.

U.S. Supreme Court, Maryland, & Patent Bars B.A., M.Eng., J.D.

NASA Engineer & Registered Patent Attorney Education Office Code 160 NASA/GSFC Mailstop 160 Bldg. 28 Rm. N165 Greenbelt, MD 20771, USA

Voice: (301) 286-9281

Fax: (301) 286-1655

E-mail: kenneth.a.silberman@nasa.gov<mailto:kenneth.a.silberman@nasa.gov>

Office Location:                 Building 28 Room W151

The National Association to Promote the Use of Braille

The National Association to Promote the Use of Braille (NAPUB), is pleased to announce its first Telephone conference presentation/discussion on issues surrounding braille in the United States. On Thursday, November 9, 2017, NAPUB will be pleased to have Curtis Chong share his experiences with the Orbit Reader 20–The Orbit Reader 20 is a twenty-cell, eight-dot refreshable Braille display.

 

To participate in the call on November 9, 2017 at 8pm Eastern Time,6pm Mountain time, dial 1-605-472-5772. Enter code 154426#.

 

Curtis Chong is the retired president of the NFB in Computer Science, having given up that title in the summer of 2016. He now serves as the organization’s treasurer. In addition he serves as the treasurer for the NFB of New Mexico, since January of 2014. For pay, Curtis works as the manager of assistive technology at the New Mexico Commission for the Blind, where he continues to push for nonvisual access in education, recreation, and employment.

 

In the October issue of the Braille Monitor, Curtis has an article describing the Orbit Reader 20. If you are not sure what the Orbit Reader 20 is, you may wish to read his article in the October Braille Monitor before the call.

 

NAPUB hopes to hear you on November 9.

 

Peggy Chong

NAPUB Treasurer

peggychong@earthlink.net

Positive Note 1627

October 18, 2017

Memo To:  Executive Officers, Board Members, Chapter & Division Presidents & Others

From:  Frank Coppel, President

Positive Note 1627

Greetings Fellow Federationists:

 

I hope many of you are planning to attend The 2017 Christmas Board Retreat which will occur at Rocky Bottom the weekend of December 1, 2, and3.  This will be a busy time since we will be holding two Board meetings beginning with the RBRCCB Board of Directors meeting Saturday, December 2, at 9:30 a.m. and ending with the NFB of SC Board meeting at 2:00 p.m.  Saturday evening will be a time for observing the Christmas season, singing carols, fellowship, and eating delicious desserts.  I hope we will have a large turnout.  Make plans to be there!

I trust all of you are working very hard to sell your 2018 Orlando National Convention bus tickets.  I am hopeful ticket sales and what we charge for each seat will cover the cost for the chartered bus.  Remember, the drawing will be held at the conclusion of the Statewide Seminar on January 6, 2018.  The individual who purchases the winning ticket will receive $300, the seller of the winning ticket will receive $100 and the chapter who sells the most tickets will receive $300.

We have an announcement from Demetrius Williford, vice President of the Anderson chapter. “I wanted to inform every one of our annual walk that took place on October 14, 2017. We had a wonderful time and a large showing. Also, I want to inform everyone we are still hosting our first dance affair on November 4 2017 at the American Legion in Anderson South Carolina. The time will be 6 PM until

10 PM the ticket sales are $15 for adults $10 for kids. We will be having a banquet as well as a live DJ and door prizes.”

On Thursday evening October 12, the Columbia Chapter held elections of officers for 2018.  Congratulations to the following individuals who were elected to office.

 

President – Tiffiny Mitchell

First Vice President – Steve Cook

Second Vice President – Isaiah Nelson

Secretary – Dorothy Barksdale

Treasurer – Kattie Jackson

Board Members – Karen Jones and Jennifer Bazer

 

The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines you or your future.  Every day, we raise the expectations of blind people because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams.  You can live the life you want:  blindness is not what holds you back.  Joining me for comments in this Positive Note is the President Emeritus of the NFB of SC.  Here is Dr. Capps.

This week’s spotlight falls upon a longtime member and Loris Chapter President, none other than Alma Lee Doyle.  Alma Lee was raised and has lived in the Loris area all her life.  She attended school in Loris as well.  Her parents had eleven children, seven girls and four boys.  Alma Lee married B. D. Doyle in 1952.  B. D. was President of the Loris Chapter as well for several years until his death.  They had four children, two boys and two girls.  Alma Lee says that today she has seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.  She worked on a farm until 1960 when she secured a job with Public Works for over 40 years.  B. D. and Alma Lee joined the federation in 1979 and were members of the Conway Chapter until the Loris Chapter was organized.  They were chapter presidents in Loris ever since.  While Alma Lee Doyle has attended over two decades of state conventions, she has not attended a national convention as yet.  She has attended many Statewide Seminars at the Federation Center of the Blind in Columbia.  She loves Rocky Bottom and has worked many a Fun Day Festival and attended several Rocky Bottom Christmas Board Retreats.  In order for her to attend Rocky Bottom she must drive across the state from almost Myrtle Beach to get to RBRCCB, a distance of 300 miles one way.  She usually brings two or three others with her from Loris as well.  Her hobbies include gardening, canning and making a variety of preserves.  Her fig preserves are especially good.  In fact, she sells her preserves at the Old Country Store as a Fun Day fundraiser each year.  Alma Lee has raised much funding over the years for RBRCCB.  In fact, a few years ago, she single handedly sold more $5 Fun Day tickets than any other chapter in the state, yes, even Columbia, in order to receive $300 for the Loris Chapter treasury.  She also provides transportation for those who need it on a voluntary basis.  She is a member of the Macedonia Baptist Church and she really loves the Lord.  As you can see, Alma Lee Doyle is an active federationist and does much for the blind both locally and statewide.  Congratulations Alma Lee!

 

Final Thought:  Living the life you want means not letting others tell you it can’t be done.  It can be done if you are creative and don’t quit.

Bingo Fund Raiser

Saturday, November 11 Fundraising BINGO

There will be a BINGO Fundraiser on Saturday, November 11 at the Federation Centerof the Blind at 119 S Kilbourne Road.  Food will be served between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and the $6 menu is as follows: Your choice of a Hot Dog Basket, Hamburger Basket or Wing Basket with a salad.  The fundraising BINGO takes place between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.  BINGO Cards will cost $4 for one, $7 for two and $10 for three cards.

Calendar Events for the NFB of SC

Calendar of Events for the NFB ofSC

 

Christmas Board Retreat

 

December 1-3, 2017

Christmas Board Retreat

Location: Rocky Bottom Retreat and Conference Center of the Blind

RBRCCB Board of Directors meeting, Saturday morning, December 2, (9:30 until noon),

NFB of SC Board of Directors meeting, (2:00-5:00)

Christmas party (6:30 p.m.

All leaders of the NFB of SC are welcome

Call (803) 254-3777 for room reservations

 

State wide Seminar

 

January 6, 2018

State wide Seminar

Location: Federation Center of the blind

Time: 10:00a.m. To 4:00 p.m.)

Midyear conference for the NFB of SC

Lunch is provided, call (803) 254-377 to RSVP

All members of the NFB of SC are welcome

 

Sweetheart Dance

 

February 17, 2018

Third annual Sweetheart Dance

Location: Federation Center of the Blind

Time (6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.)

Cost: $25 per person, $40 per couple

Fund raiser for the NFB of SC

Join us for fun, food, fellowship, dancing, and door prizes!

 

Leadership Seminar

 

March 17, 2018

State wide Leadership Seminar

Location: Federation Center of the Blind

Time. 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Lunch provided

Learn about the history of the NFB and NFB of SC, your rights and responsibilities as a consumer of the South Carolina Commission of the Blind, Social Security benefits, and any general chapter issues you would like to discuss

Seminar is open to all members of the NFB of SC

 

Board Meetings

 

April 22, 2018

Third quarter meetings of the Rocky Bottom Board of Directors and the National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina

Location: Federation Center of the Blind

Time: RBRCCB board of Directors meeting, (10:00 a.m. until noon)

NFB of SC Board of Directors meeting (1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Open to all members

 

Spring Senior Camp

 

May 20-24, 2018 Spring Senior Camp

Location: Rocky Bottom Retreat and Conference Center of the Blind

Requirements: must be legally blind and 55 years of age or older

Activities: walks, group discussions on topics regarding blindness issues, blindness skill training if requested, field trip, bingo, and fellowship with other blind seniors from across the state

For further information contact Frank or Shelley Coppel at (803) 796-8662 or email frankandshelley51@gmail.com

 

National Federation of the Blind National Convention

 

July 3-8 2018

National Federation of the Blind National Convention

Location: Orlando Florida

 

National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina State convention

 

August 2018

National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina State convention

Date and location to be announced

 

Fun Day Festival

 

August 31-September 3,2018

Fun Day Festival

Location: Rocky Bottom Retreat and Conference Center of the Blind

Fund raiser for rocky Bottom

Activities: selling of camp merchant dice, crafts and baked items, yard sale, auction, outdoor activities for children, delicious food, and a $500 drawing

 

Fall Senior Camp

 

September 16-20 2018

Fall Senior Camp

Location: Rocky Bottom Retreat and Conference Center of the blind

 

Christmas Board Retreat

 

November 30, to December 2, 2018

Christmas Board Retreat

Location: Rocky Bottom Retreat and Conference Center of the blind

White Cane Safety Day

 

“State of South Carolina – Governor’s Proclamation

 

WHEREAS, the white cane is a simple yet effective tool of independence that contributes to the self-sufficiency of the blind and visually impaired and symbolizes their ability to achieve a full and independent life and their capacity to work productively in competitive employment; and

WHEREAS, the white cane is a symbol of dignity and determination as well as a tangible reminder that individuals with impaired eyesight are able to go, to move, to be, to compete and to contribute with all others in society and to lead full, independent and productive lives; and

WHEREAS, established by the National Federation of the Blind, the annual observance of “White Cane Safety Day” emphasizes the need for all Americans to be aware of the presence of disabled persons in our communities and to work together to keep the streets, highways, sidewalks, walkways, public buildings and facilities, and places of public accommodation amusement and resort safe and functional for the disabled; and

WHEREAS, the 2017 observance of “White Cane Safety Day” provides an opportunity for people across the Palmetto State and the nation to renew their dedication to eliminating barriers for the blind and visually impaired and to recognize their value as individuals, employees and productive members of our communities.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Henry McMaster, Governor of the great state of South Carolina, do hereby proclaim October 15, 2017, as WHITE CANE SAFETY DAY throughout the state and encourage all South Carolinians to show respect for those who carry the white cane, to honor their many achievements, and to reaffirm our commitment to improve access to basic services and opportunities for blind and visually impaired persons.

Henry McMaster, Governor, State of South Carolina”

 

November Sumter Chapter Meeting

 

The Sumter Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina will meet on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at Shiloh-Randolph Manor, 125 W. Bartlette Street, Sumter, S. C. 29150.

 

OCTOBER-BLIND AWARENESS MONTH.

 

We will celebrate Christmas at the November meeting with gift exchange among members and potential members, catered dinner and lots of give-a-ways.

 

The spotlight is shining on William Davis and the associate member is Runette Williams.

 

If you know a blind person, please contact Debra Canty chapter president at (803) 775-5792 or (debra.canty@frontier.com).

 

Donations are welcome and please mailed to:

NFB Sumter Chapter

  1. O. Box 641

Sumter, SC 29151

 

Google Debra Canty’s story on YouTube…

https://youtu.be/WggZwy5-mrE

 

 

Positive Note 1626

October 11, 2017

Memo To:  Executive Officers, Board Members, Chapter & Division Presidents & Others

From:  Frank Coppel, President

Positive Note 1626

Greetings Fellow Federationists:

 

This past Wednesday afternoon, October 4, at approximately 4:40 p.m., a very special and wonderful event occurred in the Coppel family.  Our son, Matt and his wife, Brielle had their third child, Norah Brielle, who entered this world weighing six pounds ten ounces, and who was twenty inches long.  Mom, Dad, and Norah came home Friday and are all doing well.  Shelley and I feel very blessed to now be the grandparents of four grandchildren (Asher seven, Eli, four, Aubrey, three and Norah).

We have an announcement from Debra Canty, President of our Sumter Chapter regarding Meet the Blind Month.  “We are joining with our national organization and observing, October as Blind Awareness Month and October 15th as White Cane Safety Day as well. Kudos to Lee and Laura Colclough-James, chairpersons for decorating the fair booth. We hosted a booth at the Sumter County Fair where we raised blind awareness in the community. We shared information, received info about people who are blind, passed out brochures, flyers, pamphlets, Kernel Books, offered bus fund tickets and a variety of complimentary candy to show our appreciation for them stopping by the fair booth to learn more about blindness.

Several chapter members will attend churches during the month to bring blind awareness to the faith based community through their attendance and church bulletins.  I will be a guest on the Good Morning Sumter radio show to share information about Blind Awareness and White Cane Safety Day as well.”

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the chapters who have already sponsored, or who are planning to sponsor, a Meet the Blind Month activity in their respective community during the month of October.  As I stated in previous Positive Note, a Meet the Blind Month activity is a great way to educate the public about blindness and to recruit new members to your chapter.

Governor McMaster has proclaimed October 15, 2017, as White Cane Safety Day.  Below, is his proclamation:

 

“State of South Carolina – Governor’s Proclamation

 

WHEREAS, the white cane is a simple yet effective tool of independence that contributes to the self-sufficiency of the blind and visually impaired and symbolizes their ability to achieve a full and independent life and their capacity to work productively in competitive employment; and

WHEREAS, the white cane is a symbol of dignity and determination as well as a tangible reminder that individuals with impaired eyesight are able to go, to move, to be, to compete and to contribute with all others in society and to lead full, independent and productive lives; and

WHEREAS, established by the National Federation of the Blind, the annual observance of “White Cane Safety Day” emphasizes the need for all Americans to be aware of the presence of disabled persons in our communities and to work together to keep the streets, highways, sidewalks, walkways, public buildings and facilities, and places of public accommodation amusement and resort safe and functional for the disabled; and

WHEREAS, the 2017 observance of “White Cane Safety Day” provides an opportunity for people across the Palmetto State and the nation to renew their dedication to eliminating barriers for the blind and visually impaired and to recognize their value as individuals, employees and productive members of our communities.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Henry McMaster, Governor of the great state of South Carolina, do hereby proclaim October 15, 2017, as WHITE CANE SAFETY DAY throughout the state and encourage all South Carolinians to show respect for those who carry the white cane, to honor their many achievements, and to reaffirm our commitment to improve access to basic services and opportunities for blind and visually impaired persons.

Henry McMaster, Governor, State of South Carolina”

 

The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines you or your future.  Every day, we raise the expectations of blind people because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams.  You can live the life you want:  blindness is not what holds you back.  Joining me for comments in this Positive Note is the President Emeritus of the NFB of SC.  Here is Dr. Capps.

In this Positive Note we are spotlighting another active supporter of the Federation.  I am speaking of Loretta Green who is the President of the Upper Dorchester Chapter and a member of the NFB of SC Board of Directors.  Loretta Green was born in New York City and moved to South Carolina when she was 13 years old.  Loretta is married to Henry Green.  They have two sons, Henry Montrell and Andre Lashaun.  They also have seven grandchildren. Loretta has five brothers and seven sisters and she is the daughter of Alma Brown and Philip Morant.  She attended Saint George high school and furthered her education at Miller Mott Technical College.  While attending there Loretta was on the Dean’s List and President’s List.  She worked for the South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs in the Dorchester School Districts Two and Four.  Loretta also worked with the Wells Fargo Mortgage Company, and currently is employed by the NFB of SC Successful Transitions team.

Loretta Green found out about the NFB from the MUSC’ low vision clinic.  She has been a part of the federation family for 10 years.  She is the President of the Upper Dorchester Chapter of the NFB of SC and is on the Board of Directors for the NFB of SC. She also resides on the South Carolina State Library Board of Directors.   She also attends Rocky Bottom Children’s Camps as a Counselor.  Loretta has attended eight national conventions and seven state conventions.  Her hobbies include cooking, travel, and spending time with her grandchildren.  She attends Saint Matthews Baptist Church in Reevesville where she is a member of the Pastor’s Eight Board.  She loves working with the youth for they are our future.  As adults we need to continue to show them how to love and respect each other.  Loretta truly is living the life she wants and sharing what she has learned with others.  Congratulations Loretta Green for a job well done!

We regret to report of the death of Harry Lee “Red” Goodwin on last Friday, October 6.  He was 90 years old.  At the time of his death he resided in Chesnee, SC.  “Red” was a widower but he was survived by seven children, nine grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.  He was a student at the SC School for the Blind for a number of years.  I knew him as I was also a student there at that time.  To the best of my knowledge I have not seen “Red” since he was in School in 1944.  Occasionally I would hear from someone who knew about his activities.  We extend sincere condolences to his family.

 

Final Thought:  Are you living the life you want?  If not, why not?

Governor McMaster Makes Proclamation

Governor McMaster Makes Proclamation

 

Governor McMaster Proclaims October 2017 as Disability Employment Awareness Month!

 

How will YOU celebrate this month?

The SC Governor proclaimed that people with disabilities are capable, contributing members of society worthy of full access and inclusion in South Carolina’s workforce.  Let’s rally to show all of South Carolina that people with disabilities CAN work and WANT to work!  Share what employment means to you on Social Media using the hashtag: #NDEAM Held each October, NDEAM aims to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. NDEAM is led by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, but its true spirit lies in the many observances held at the grassroots level across the nation every year. Learn how you can support NDEAM by visiting the ODEP website by clicking here.

 

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Positive Note 1625

October 4, 2017

Memo To:  Executive Officers, Board Members, Chapter & Division Presidents & Others

From:  Frank Coppel, President

Positive Note 1625

Greetings Fellow Federationists:

 

Yesterday, October 3, I had the pleasure of attending and participating in a day long workshop entitled “Insight into Blindness; A Celebration of Blindness Awareness Month” sponsored by the SC Talking Book Services.  Robbie Copp, Director of Advocacy and Community Access; ABLE SC, discussed the ADA and Accommodation.  I along with Shannon Cook and Cali Sandel participated on a panel entitled “Blindness Sensitivity and Service Animal Etiquette “.  The keynote speaker for the workshop was Erica Powell, Inspirational Professional Speaker, Disability Advocate, and EQUIP Coordinator; ABLE SC.  Many of you may remember Ms. Powell speaking at our 2016 State Wide Seminar on her experiences as a blind cheerleader for Clemson University.  The last agenda item of the day was a presentation by Steve Cook entitled “JAWS and Computer Accessibility”.  The NFB of SC and NFB of SC Successful Transitions were two of the many exhibitors who were present at the workshop.  Hats off to Kaitlyn Hodges, staff member of the SC Talking Book Services, for doing an excellent job planning and conducting this very worthwhile event.

We have an announcement from Loretta Green, President of the Upper Dorchester County Chapter, regarding her chapter’s activity for Meet the Blind Month.  “The Upper Dorchester Chapter will sponsor their annual walkathon on Saturday, October 7 at 9 AM at the Woodland High School track field.  We are asking for five dollars for every half mile walked.  Our goal is to walk 2 miles.   Anyone interested in pledging or participating in the walk please contact Loretta Green, chapter president.”  We also have an announcement from   Lenora Robertson, President of the Rock Hill Chapter regarding her chapter’s activities for Meet the Blind Month.  “The Rock Hill Chapter kicked off Meet the Blind Month Saturday evening, September 30, by participating in “Dancing with the Stars”. The chapter also plans to sell World’s Finest Chocolate bars, and they will hold a pancake breakfast at Fatz Café on Saturday morning, October 14.  I believe hosting a Meet the Blind Month activity in your community is extremely important and this is why I take time to share this type of information with all of you in the Positive Note.

I apologize for not reporting who won the Fun Day ticket raffle held on September 2, during the Fun Day Festival held at Rocky Bottom.  Jim Carter, a friend of the Rock Hill Chapter, won $50 as he sold the winning ticket to his five month old granddaughter.  The Carter family donated their $550 winnings to the Rock Hill Chapter van fund.

The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines you or your future.  Every day, we raise the expectations of blind people because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams.  You can live the life you want:  blindness is not what holds you back.  Joining me for comments in this Positive Note is the President Emeritus of the NFB of SC.  Here is Dr. Capps.

Today we are pleased to spotlight another excellent chapter President in the Positive Note, namely Constance Miller, President of our Belvedere Chapter.  You will recall a few years ago when RBRCCB began to raise funds for the new mattresses and box springs in the Ellenburg Lodge bedrooms that Constance Miller and the Belvedere Chapter members were the first to chip in, raising $500 toward this worthy project.  The Belvedere Chapter has always loved and supported Rocky Bottom over the years.  Constance Miller was raised in Augusta, Georgia, and graduated from Westside High School in 1981.  She had worked in retail for many years. When she lost her driving privileges due to Retinitis Pigmentosa, a co-worker from another job recommended that she apply for Housekeeping at University Hospital so that she could move to the downtown area of Augusta, and be within walking distance of her job, and public transportation. Constance applied and eventually was hired for employment with the hospital.  It was during this time she met her husband, Carey Miller, and with great support from him, family and friends, she went through adjustment with blindness training, eventually graduating from Augusta State University in 1999.

Constance Miller moved to North Augusta in 2000, and met Mrs. Kaney, who was then President of our Belvedere Chapter, and she encouraged Constance to join.  Constance also started to work with the Older Blind Program at the SC Commission for the Blind in 2001. She learned many valuable lessons in the Older Blind Program and through the Belvedere Chapter. She left the Belvedere Chapter in 2004 and left the Commission in 2005.

Her husband Carey has two sons, Kevin is married to Tomasina and they live in New Ellenton, SC.  Tomasina has helped our Chapter from time to time with fundraisers.  Carey’s other son is Jason, and his wife is Robin, they live in Seneca, SC.  Jason had served in the Army Reserves for many years.  Carey and Constance have enjoyed their travels throughout the United States and have met many people along the way. They both enjoy photography and helping out wherever they could. They support the NFB, as well as community organizations.

Throughout all of this time, Mrs. Kaney maintained contact with Constance and Carey, demonstrating and talking about the benefits of coming back to the NFB.  Constance and Carey both joined in 2013.  They went to the National Convention this year, and it was a blessing to see so many Federationists in one area, with great enthusiasm and independence, as well as relying upon each other for support. They also attended the State Convention in Greenville, and listened to our dedicated members and keynote speakers informing us of what is going on with our Federation and the other opportunities that are available to us. Taking note that we must continue to build membership to get the word out about the NFB, we cannot be individual chapters without continuing the movement and being a part of the State and National. We discussed the need to continue to support Rocky Bottom Retreat and Conference Center as well.

Carey and Constance attend Grace United Methodist Church in North Augusta, SC. This is the church her husband grew up in and they were married in 2004. During their last NFB Belvedere Christmas gathering the chapter attended our church for “Return to Bethlehem”. A joyful time indeed.  At this writing Constance Miller says there are times when she reflects back on who our past chapter presidents have been, and all of our members.  She is truly in awe of them, and of their dedication through the years to the NFB of SC and the Belvedere Chapter.  Yes, like the rest of our fellow Federationisst she is still learning, and that’s the best mode to be in!!!!

 

Final Thought:  When was the last time you spoke to a blind person about the Federation and how they can learn to “Live the life they want?’