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Career Mentoring Seminar

Do you work in a unique or exciting career field?

 

 

If your answer is yes, and you are attending the National Convention this year, why not share your experiences with an up and coming Federationist.

 

This year the NOPBC Youth Track and National Convention is placing a

focus on employment.   Our Career mentoring seminar held on July 3rd

at 3:30 offers our youth the opportunity to connect with employed blind role models working in a diverse array of jobs.

 

If you work in the following career fields, and are attending national convention, we would love to talk with you.

 

 

 

*         Engineering

 

*         Architecture or construction

 

*         Accounting or finance

 

*         Sales and marketing

 

*         Medical or health related fields

 

*         Agriculture and natural resources

 

*         Hospitality and tourism

 

*         Law and public safety

 

*         Scientific research

 

To find out more, or sign up to mentor, Please contact Amy

Porterfield at aporterfield@saavi.us<mailto:aporterfield@saavi.us>.

 

Calling All Students!

Calling All Students!

 

Register for the 2018 NFB Southeast Student Seminar

 

 

 

The 2018 NFB Southeast Regional Student Seminar

 

 

 

An opportunity to sharpen self-advocacy, confidence, and social networking skills for blind students.

 

Eligibility: Blind High School and college students in the southeast states.

Other interested students are welcomed to attend.

 

Activities Include: Engaging workshops with Federation mentors, interactive confidence-building opportunities, and chances to apply NFB philosophy to real world situations.

 

*             When: August 10-12, 2018

*             Where: National Federation of the Blind

 

The Jernigan institute

 

200 East Wells St.

 

Baltimore, MD 21230

 

To register, please contact Robert Parsons, President, Virginia Association of Blind Students, at 804.801.7674 or rob.parso3389@gmail.com.

 

Registration opens on May 15, 2018 and closes on July 15, 2018. For any questions about this event, please contact Robert Parsons at 804.801.7674.

Students that are members of the Virginia Association of Blind Students are eligible to receive a $25 subsidy to assist with travel expenses to the event

New Member Orientation

The National Federation of the Blind of Cleveland is extending a cordial invitation to all Federationists to participate in a New Member Orientation Teleconference Call that will take place on May 14, 2018 at 5:00 to 6:30 PM eastern daylight time.

 

This exciting and educational event is to highlight and promote the mission of the National Federation of the Blind. “Thus, to achieve widespread emotional acceptance and intellectual understanding that the real problem of blindness is not the loss of eyesight but the misconceptions and lack of information which exist. Moreover, The NFB brings blind people together to share successes, to support each other in times of failure, and to create imaginative solutions. Becoming a member of the National Federation of the Blind is easy to do! Membership in the NFB is rewarding because it opens up a network of unparalleled support, friendship, and resources. Together with love, hope, and determination, we help you transform your dreams into reality”.

 

With all that said, if you are a new member or maybe seasoned and would like to tap into the experiences, expertise and knowledge from a distinguish panel of NFB leaders, then attend this teleconference. We will hear from John Pare, Executive director for Advocacy and Policy, Lou Ann Blake, Deputy Director of The Jernigan Institute, Ron Brown, Second Vice President of The National Board of Directors, Richard Payne, President of the Ohio Affiliate, Barbara Pierce, President Emerita of Ohio and Dr. carolyn Peters, Ohio Membership Chairperson.

 

Although, this Teleconference is targeted for Ohio. We encourage anyone who would like to attend to do so. There will be much to learn from the National and State governments. The information is universal and can be poured into the overall membership. If you have new members in your Affiliate, please encourage them to participate.

 

The conference number is:

712-775-7031

Code: 240281423

 

We would encourage you to dial in ten minutes prior to the start of the teleconference. For questions; please direct them to me.

 

Once again, this endeavor is for all members across the country and thank you for continuing to build the federation.!

 

Suzanne Turner, president

NFBOhio-Cleveland

P: (216) 990-6199

E: Smturner.234@gmail.com

 

NFB OF ohio-Cleveland Chapter

Presents

 

New Member Orientation Teleconference Call

 

May 14, 2018

5:00 – 6:30 PM (EST)

 

CALL: (712) 775-7031

Code: 240281423

 

Note! This call will be recorded for future listeners.

 

The Federation’s positive belief system about Blindness.

 

Members of the Federation realized the simple truth, many years ago that blind people are just people who cannot see—we are not broken sighted people. Blind people are as different as sighted people are; that is, we are a cross-section of the broader society and, therefore, are not all alike as some assume. Blindness is a physical characteristic, but it is not the characteristic that defines us or our future. It is low expectations and misconceptions, not blindness itself, that stand between blind people and our dreams.

Given proper training and opportunity, blind people can and do live the lives we want. It is respectable to be blind, and, with the right tools and techniques, blindness may be reduced to the level of a nuisance or inconvenience. To combat the low expectations, misconceptions, and stereotypes that are the true barriers to achieving our dreams, the blind have organized for the same reasons other minorities have—to make positive social change through collective action. The Federation philosophy provides an overall framework for thinking about blindness, what it means, and what it doesn’t mean. However, it is not intended to be rigid or dogmatic. As we just said, blind people are individuals, and we may disagree on any number of things, including how to handle a given situation as blind people. What our philosophy does do is give us a positive way of thinking about our blindness, rather than the negative ways in which we have often been conditioned to think about it by society. Rather than saying that we as blind people can’t do something, we try to find ways that we can, and to challenge each other, in a loving way, to always push the envelope and expand the limits of our independence. As you read further, you’ll discover that, to the extent we need to formulate specific positions about blindness and the policies related to it, we use a democratic process to arrive at these positions.

The National Federation of the Blind also provides encouragement and support to families with blind children and to people who are losing vision or have become blind later in life, by bringing them into a network of tens of thousands of blind people who are living full lives and who can serve as mentors and role models. Together, with love, hope, and determination, the members of the National Federation of the Blind transform dreams into reality.

 

Agenda

 

5:00 PM: Welcome

Suzanne HartfieldTurner, President of NFBOH-Cleveland Chapter

 

5:05 PM: History of the National Federation of the Blind

Barbara Pierce, President Emerita of NFB Ohio

 

5:15 PM: Program and Services

Lou Ann Blake, Deputy Director of The NFB Jernigan Institute,

 

5:25 PM: Legislative Initiatives and Advocacy

John Pare, NFB Executive director for Advocacy and Policy,

 

5:35 PM: Diversity and Inclusion

Ron Brown, 2nd Vice President of the NFB National Board of Directors

 

5:45 PM: Q and A

 

6:00 PM: Membership and Service

Dr. Carolyn Peters, Chairperson of the NFB Ohio Membership Committee

 

6:10 PM: Experiential Reflections

Richard Payne, President of the NFB Ohio Affilliate

 

6:20 PM: Q&A

 

Comments and Remarks

Suzanne HartfieldTurner

 

To learn more about the NFB visit:

WWW.NFB.ORG

 

The NFB Pledge

 

I pledge to participate actively in the effort of the National Federation of the Blind,

to achieve equality, opportunity, and security for the blind;

to support the policies and programs of the Federation; and to abide by its constitution.

 

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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

Braille Monitor

Do you receive the Braille Monitor?  Have you heard of the Braille Monitor?  Anyone can receive this magazine.

 

What is the Braille Monitor? We share what’s going on in the Federation. We talk about the problems blind people face and how they have gotten around them. Why are there so few blind people in the theater and on television. The Braille Monitor has been explaining the problem and looking to the hearts and minds of our people to figure out how to crash through this glass ceiling. When do simulations of blindness help and when do they hurt us? This we have been exploring in the pages of the magazine you and I share. What is it like to feel afraid to travel, and how does it feel when you realize you can? Your magazine tells this story again and again, both because it is an important story and because there are so many variations of it that reach the hearts of blind and sighted people.

 

Please subscribe to your magazine. You can get it in Braille, in print, or on a thumb drive with recorded audio in a great human voice. You can read it on NFB-Newsline, through email, on the web as HTML, or on the web as audio. We make each issue a podcast you can find by searching for the Braille Monitor.

 

How do you subscribe? Start by sending an email to publications@nfb.org and telling us whether you want Braille, audio, print, or email. We will see that you get the Braille Monitor in the form you desire. Don’t forget that we also want your contributions. Send them to me by writing to gwunder@nfb.org. You may also call me at 410-659-9314, extension 2360.

 

We enjoy a common bond in the Federation, and our joint effort works best when we share our knowledge, our hopes, and our dreams. Our magazine tries to do this, and we need you as readers and contributors. Thank you for inviting me into your chapter meeting and for giving me the time to ask that you talk about and subscribe to the magazine that is for you and depends on your readership and your written contributions.

 

 

Warmly,

 

Gary Wunder, editor

gwunder@nfb.org

 

Code of Conduct

Frank Coppel, President

NFB of SC

 

NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND OF SOUTH CAROLINA CODE OF CONDUCT

 

  1. Introduction

The National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina is part of a nationwide community of members and friends who believe in the hopes and dreams of the nation’s blind. The Federation 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. To help carry out the Federation’s vital mission, this Code of Conduct sets forth policies and standards that all members, especially Federation leaders, are expected to adopt and follow.

 

  1. Diversity Policy

The National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina embraces diversity and full participation as core values in its mission to achieve equality, opportunity, and security for the blind. We are committed to building and maintaining a statewide organization with local chapters and divisions that is unified in its priorities and programs and is directed by the membership. We respect differences of opinion, beliefs, identities, and other characteristics that demonstrate that blind people are a diverse cross section of society. Furthermore, the organization is dedicated to continuing to establish new methods of membership and leadership development that reflect the diversity of the entire blind community. In promoting a diverse and growing organization, we expect integrity and honesty in our relationships with each other and openness to learning about and experiencing cultural diversity. We believe that these qualities are crucial to fostering social and intellectual maturity. Intellectual maturity also requires individual struggle with unfamiliar ideas. We recognize that our views and convictions will be challenged, and we expect this challenge to take place in a climate of tolerance and mutual respect in order to maintain a united organization. While we encourage the exchange of differing ideas and experiences, we do not condone the use of demeaning, derogatory, or discriminatory language, action, or any other form of expression intended to marginalize an individual or group. The National Federation of the Blind does not tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, marital status, age, genetic information, disability, or any other characteristic or intersectionality of characteristics.

 

III. Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy

The National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina will not tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, marital status, age, genetic information, disability, or any other characteristic or intersectionality of characteristics. Harassment on the basis of any of these characteristics similarly will not be tolerated. Although this Code of Conduct establishes a minimum standard prohibiting discrimination and harassment, nothing in this Code should be interpreted to limit in any way a person’s right to report abuse or harassment to law enforcement when appropriate.

Sexual harassment is prohibited by state and federal law and also will not be tolerated by the National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina. Complaints of harassment may be lodged by a female against a male, by a female against a female, by a male against a male, or by a male against a female. Sexual harassment is defined as “unwelcome sexual advances, request for sexual favors, sexually motivated physical contact, or other verbal or physical conduct or communication of a sexual nature.” The following conduct is either considered conduct that by itself is sexual harassment, or that has the potential risk of causing sexual harassment to occur, and this conduct is therefore prohibited:

  • unwelcome inappropriate physical contact or touching;
  • repeating of sexually suggestive jokes/references/innuendoes and comments about an individual’s body/sexual prowess/physical attributes/dress;
  • the use of sexually derogatory language/pictures/videos toward/about another person;
  • the use of inappropriate sexual gestures;
  • sexually suggestive propositions; and
  • explicit or implicit threats that failure to submit will have negative consequences.

 

Under this policy, harassment can be verbal, written, or physical conduct that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual because of his or her race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, marital status, citizenship, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law; or that of his or her relatives, friends, or associates, and that a) has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment; b) has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s performance or involvement in the organization; or c) otherwise adversely affects an individual’s opportunities for participation/advancement in the organization.

Harassing conduct includes epithets, slurs, or negative stereotyping; threatening, intimidating or hostile acts including bullying; denigrating jokes; and written or graphic material that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual or group that is placed on walls or elsewhere on the organization’s premises or circulated by email, phone (including voice messages), text messages, social networking sites, or other means.

 

 

 

  1. Social Media and Web Policy

All members of the Federation, but especially officers and board members of the National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina as well as those in leadership positions such as chapter and division presidents, should follow these recommended guidelines when making comments online, posting to a blog, using Facebook/Twitter/LinkedIn/YouTube/Pinterest/Instagram/similar tools, and/or using other platforms that fall under the definition of social media:

  • Promote the mission and branding message of the organization in comments/posts.
  • Recognize that you are morally and legally responsible for comments/pictures posted online.
  • Be aware that the audience includes members and nonmembers of the NFB, both youth and adults, representing diverse cultures and backgrounds.
  • Refrain from using profanity/derogatory language.
  • Post/respond with integrity. Though you may disagree with a post, be respectful and factual. Do not fight or air personal grievances online.
  • Do not post materials that are inappropriate for children/minors to view/share/read.

 

  1. Conflict of Interest Policy

Each NFB of South Carolina officer, board member, or chapter or division president (hereafter Federation leader) is expected to take appropriate responsibility to protect the Federation from misappropriation or mismanagement of Federation funds (including funds of the affiliate, chapter, or division in which the Federation leader assumes a leadership role).

Each Federation leader is expected to disclose the existence of any potentially conflicting personal financial interest or relationship to the full National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina  Board of Directors and seek its review and approval, as specified below. For example:

  • A Federation leader must seek board review and approval of his or her receipt of salary or compensation of any kind from the Federation (including an affiliate, chapter, or division).
  • A Federation leader must seek board review and approval of receipt by his or her spouse, parent, child, sibling, or other close relative of salary or compensation of any kind from the Federation (including an affiliate, chapter, or division).
  • A Federation leader must seek board review and approval of any ownership interest exceeding 5 percent in or of any salary, compensation, commission, or significant tangible gift from any commercial venture doing business or seeking to do business with the Federation (including an affiliate, chapter, or division). This process will also apply to the review of such interests involving spouses, parents, children, siblings, or other close relatives.
  • In reviewing matters brought pursuant to this section, the officer or board member seeking state board review and approval will refrain from voting.
  • Each Federation leader shall take appropriate steps to avoid unauthorized or inaccurate appearances or official endorsement by the Federation (including an affiliate, chapter, or division) of any product, service, or activity that has not been so endorsed. For example, because the Federation never endorses political parties or candidates for elected office, any Federation leader participating in the political process must take care to avoid creating an appearance of official Federation endorsement.

 

  1. Policy While Interacting with Minors

For purposes of this Code of Conduct and consistent with most legal standards, a minor is any individual under the age of eighteen. While interacting with any minor, a state officer, board member, or chapter or division president (hereafter Federation leader) shall recognize that a minor cannot legally give consent for any purpose even if said minor is verbally or otherwise expressing consent. For example, a minor may say that he/ or she consents to physical interaction. However, such consent is not valid or legal and should not be accepted. A parent or guardian must be informed and consulted about any action requiring consent from the minor. A Federation leader shall report any inappropriate interactions between adults and minors to the minor’s parents and law enforcement when appropriate.

 

VII. Alcohol and Drug Policy

Although alcoholic beverages are served at some Federation social functions, members and Federation leaders may not participate in any such functions in a condition that prevents them from participating safely and from conducting Federation business effectively or that might cause embarrassment to or damage the reputation of the Federation. The Federation prohibits the possession, sale, purchase, delivery, dispensing, use, or transfer of illegal substances on Federation property or at Federation functions.

 

VIII. Other General Principles

In addition to the other policies and standards set-forth herein, state officers, state board members, and chapter and division presidents (hereafter Federation leaders) shall adhere to the following standards:

 

  • Federation leaders shall practice accountability and transparency in all activities and transactions.
  • Federation leaders shall foster a welcoming environment at NFB meetings, events, and conferences that is a cooperative and productive atmosphere for all members and nonmembers.
  • Federation leaders shall interact with NFB staff in a professional manner and follow proper channels of authority and communication.
  • Federation leaders shall positively promote the NFB through verbal and written communication.
  • Whenever possible, Federation leaders and members are strongly encouraged to handle conflicts or complaints involving other members privately, directly, and respectfully. Nothing in this standard is intended to limit a Federation leader’s or member’s right to pursue organizational change through appropriate methods or to limit anyone’s right to file a complaint for violation of this Code when necessary.

 

  1. Violations and Complaint Procedure

Violations of this Code of Conduct, after first being established through the process set-forth below, are subject to disciplinary action by the Federation. Such disciplinary actions may include but are not limited to counselling, verbal and/or written reprimand, probation, suspension or termination of officer/leadership duties, and/or suspension or expulsion from the Federation.

  • Any complaint for a violation of this Code of Conduct shall be filed with the state president. The state president shall appoint a committee of no more than four persons to investigate the complaint and provide a recommendation for action or lack thereof. The committee shall be comprised of persons not directly involved in the matters being raised and who can be completely unbiased about the individuals and issues addressed in the complaint. Every effort shall be made to appoint a committee reflecting the broad diversity of individuals in the Federation. The state president shall inform the national President in a timely fashion of any complaints filed and report on the resolution of such complaints.
  • Complaints shall be treated as confidential in order to protect the identity and reputation of the person about whom the complaint is filed and the person filing the complaint.
  • All complaints shall be filed as promptly as possible. Except under extreme circumstances, no complaint shall be accepted or investigated after a year from the time of the alleged violation of this Code.
  • Complaints that turn out to be false and used for the purpose of harassing, intimidating, or retaliating against someone will be subject to the same kind of disciplinary action enumerated above.
  • Any person dissatisfied with the resolution of a complaint may file an appeal with the National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina Board of Directors, which may, in its discretion, take such action as it deems necessary. If a person is still dissatisfied, such person may raise the matter to the national board of directors, which may, in its discretion, take whatever action it deems necessary. No national or state board member shall participate in the consideration of an appeal under this Code if such board member is the subject of the complaint or if such board member cannot be completely unbiased, impartial, and fair while considering the matter.

 

  1. Minimum Standard

This Code of Conduct is intended to recite a minimum set of standards expected of Federation members. It sets forth the spirit that the Federation expects of all of its participants toward each other and toward those who work with the Federation at all of its levels. It is intended to be interpreted broadly to instill a respectful, cooperative, and welcoming spirit in members and in the activities of the Federation.

 

  1. Federation Pledge and Acknowledgement of Code of Conduct

I, (Federation leader), pledge to participate actively in the efforts of the National Federation of the Blind to achieve equality, opportunity, and security for the blind; to support the policies and programs of the Federation; and to abide by its Constitution. I further acknowledge that I have read this Code of Conduct and that I will follow its policies, standards, and principles.

 

 

Note: The Board of Directors of the National Federation of the Blind unanimously adopted this Code of Conduct on January 26, 2018. In adopting this Code, the Board expressed its clear intent that this Code shall be reviewed annually or at any other time as necessary.

The Art of Seeing

THE ART OF SEEING

 

The startup is the brainchild of photographer John Olson, who says he wanted to help blind people experience visual art. Olson began his career as a war photographer at age 21, and was the youngest photographer ever hired to the staff of Life magazine.

 

Museums hire 3DPhotoWorks to give tactile surfaces to artworks in their collection. However, the company converted Van Gogh’s Portrait of Dr. Gachet and Emanuel Leutze’s Washington Crossing the Delaware to tactile art as proof-of-concept pieces.

 

To create the tactile art, Olson hired Quattrociocchi, who was designing digital printers at the time. Quattrociocchi created a printer for the startup that could provide tactile details “down to the brushstroke.”

 

A graphic designer replicates a painting’s brushstrokes on a computer program. When printed, the brushstrokes are several millimeters deep—large enough to be felt.

 

Quattrociocchi essentially reengineered a large inkjet printer to add more depth and detail. The company holds multiple patents for the technology.

 

The first part of the printing process requires a bit of manual work. A high-resolution, color-perfect copy of the original artwork is first uploaded to a computer. Then, a 3-D conversion specialist augments the piece by digitally adding depth so the art appears three-dimensional. For a portrait, for example, facial features become more sculpted and contoured.

 

The updated 2-D file is then printed at a size of 150 by 300 centimeters, at depths of up to 50 mm. Most printers allow for depths to only 5 mm.

 

Based on feedback from those who have touched the works, the team learned that people are more sensitive to textures than to shapes. Textures provide stronger mental images, so Quattrociocchi is working on adding greater texture to his pieces.

 

The works might be more vivid for those who became blind or visually impaired later in life—they’re able to recall colors and objects they’ve seen before. However, the works also can help those born blind to “see” art for the first time.

 

 

ACCESS FOR ALL

 

Why does 3DPhotoWorks make its tactile art pieces in color? The exhibits are for sighted people, too, Quattrociocchi notes. They also can experience the art by feeling it. And most legally blind people have some degree of vision, however slight, he adds.

 

The company hopes to work with science centers and zoos in the coming years, helping students learn about science, technology, engineering, and math through touch.

 

The original idea for the company was to develop artwork that people could buy to hang in their homes, but the process has proven too expensive. As Quattrociocchi continues to automate his approach, however, he hopes the art will become more affordable.

 

Click on the below link for a video.

 

https://vimeo.com/264628086

 

Message from President Riccobono to the NFB of SC

As I wrote in the April 11, Positive note, those of us who attended our National Center the weekend of April 6-8, listened to an excellent message delivered by President Riccobono as he officially welcomed us to the National Center.  Please listen to the below audio file.  I think you will find it very informative and meaningful. 

 

 

message to south carolina

Rideshare

Dear fellow Federationists:   The National Federation of the Blind has created a rideshare testing program to measure Lyft and Uber’s efforts to eliminate driver discrimination against riders with guide dogs or service animals. Recent agreements with these two major ridesharing companies require the National Federation of the Blind to provide feedback, over the next three to five years, on the efforts they have agreed to undertake to prevent discrimination against service animal users.   Here’s where you come in. If you use Uber or Lyft and have a service animal or travel with someone who has a service animal, we need your help. Fill out our online questionnaire after your next Uber or Lyft ride, and as often as you can after that. We would love feedback from regular Uber and Lyft users at least once a month, about both positive and negative experiences. You will find the questionnaire at https://nfb.org/rideshare-test.   Extensive information about the program is available in the May issue of the Braille Monitor. You can also visit nfb.org/rideshare for more information, including an extensive FAQ, information on how to report discrimination to Uber and Lyft directly as well as through our questionnaire, and a list of the questions we’ll ask so you can be thinking about them when you take your next ride.   Please share this information with fellow Uber and Lyft users with guide dogs or other service animals, including non-members of the National Federation of the Blind.   If you have questions that are not answered by the resources above, contact Valerie Yingling, Legal Program Coordinator, at the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute, at (410) 659-9314 extension 2440, or vyingling@nfb.org.   Thanks in advance for your assistance with this important effort.   Sincerely,   The National Federation of the Blind Communications Team     Christopher S. Danielsen, J.D. Director of Public Relations 200 East Wells Street, Baltimore, MD 21230 (410) 659-9314, Ext. 2330 | cdanielsen@nfb.org

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