THE
Braille Forum
Volume XLIII Winter 2005 No. 4
Published By
The American Council of the Blind
THE AMERICAN COUNCIL OF THE BLIND STRIVES TO INCREASE THE INDEPENDENCE, SECURITY, EQUALITY OF OPPORTUNITY, AND QUALITY OF LIFE FOR ALL BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED PEOPLE.
Christopher Gray, President
Melanie Brunson, Executive Director
Sharon Lovering, Acting Editor
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Those much-needed contributions, which are tax-deductible, can be sent to Ardis Bazyn at the above mailing address. If you wish to remember a relative or friend, the national office can make printed cards available for this purpose. To remember the American Council of the Blind in your Last Will and Testament, you may include a special paragraph for that purpose. If your wishes are complex, contact the ACB national office.

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Copyright 2004
American Council of the Blind

TABLE OF CONTENTS

President's Message: A Time to Celebrate, by Christopher Gray
ACB Scholarships Available to Blind Students
Elvis Has Left the Building! A Look at the Upcoming 2005 Vegas Convention, by Cynthia Towers
Time to Make Plans to Make Tracks to the U.S. Southwest, by Berl Colley
The Power of a Small Child's Love, by Kazuko Renes
Christmas Is Coming -- Yikes!, by Carol Edwards
Notes from a First-Timer, by Cheryl Stewart
Birmingham: A Smorgasbord of Meetings, Meals, Music and Southern Hospitality, Part II, by Sharon Lovering
Summary of 2004 Resolutions
In Memoriam: Forrest R. Goodenough, by C.J. Evans
Affiliate News
Letters to the Editor
Here and There, by Sarah Blake
High Tech Swap Shop
ACB Board of Directors, Board of Publications, and ACB Officers
Happy holidays!
Happy new year! Best wishes for 2005!


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