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FALL 2011 Volume LIII, No. 2
The official publicaTion of The
California Transcribers and Educators for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Message from the Editor
Hello to All CTEBVI Members,
2012 Conference will be here before you know it. If you have an idea for a great workshop, or know of someone you’d like to have present a workshop, Call for Workshop Proposals application can be found on pages 6-9. If you’re able to volunteer your time at conference as a workshop monitor, help out at the registration desk, or be on a committee, please contact any of the board members to find out what you can do to help. Your support is needed for a successful conference.
June 2011 Braille Challenge was once again an exciting and inspiring event. Finalists’ names can be found at www.braillechallenge.org. If you have a child or student you feel could benefit from participating, check out the website to get information on how to register for 2012.
In this issue we have Part 1 of “The Evolution of Braille” from BANA. It’s very interesting reading, so don’t miss it.
Also, please be sure to read an important announcement from Judi Biller, CTEBVI Membership Chair, on page 11.
An apology to Pat Leader whose name was inadvertently omitted from the Life Member list in the Spring 2011 issue of the JOURNAL.
Contra Costa Braille Transcribers
The CTEBVI JOURNAL is published three times a year by the California Transcribers and Educators for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Inc., 741 North Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90029. ©2011 by California Transcribers and Educators for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Inc. except where noted. All rights reserved. No part of this periodical may be reproduced without the consent of the publishers.
Editorial office for the CTEBVI JOURNAL and all other CTEBVI publications is:
Marcy Ponzio, CTEBVI Publications
Braille Institute of America
741 N. Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90029-3594
Phone: (323) 666-2211
(For MESSAGES ONLY and recorded information
about 2012 CTEBVI Conference)
Deadlines for submission of articles:
November 21, 2011
April 18, 2012
August 6, 2012
November 19, 2012
PRINTED ON RECYCLED PAPER
fall 2011 Volume liii, No. 2
President’s Message 4
CTEBVI Conference Flyer 5
2011 Call for Workshop Proposals 6
CTEBVI Membership Application 10
Save a Tree 11
CTEBVI Donna Coffee Youth Scholarship Application 12
CTEBVI Katie Sibert Memorial Scholarship Application 14
Gifts and Tributes 16
Bettye Maxwell Krolick 18
Jane O’Connor Verhage 19
Explore the Code of Raised Dots 20
NBA Conference / Getting in Touch with Literacy Conference 21
The Evolution of Braille: Part 1 submitted by Jana Hertz 22
Our Specialists Say:
Braille Mathematics – Mary Denault
Synthetic Division 28
Computer-Generated Tactiles – Jim Barker
Live Paint 30
Music In Education -- Richard Taesch
A Different Kind of Bar-Over-Bar Teaching 32
Textbook Formats – Joanna E. Venneri
Don’t Get Lost in Translation 37
Foreign Language – Saralyn Borboa
Superscripts and Ordinal Numbers in Foreign Language Text 40
Business Column – Bob Walling
Woe is Me 43
Education K-12 – Keith Christian
Technology, Do We Really Need To Introduce It Now, Or Can It Wait? 44
Infant/Preschool – Beth Moore and Sue Parker-Strafaci
Back to School 46
Tactile Illustration – Katrina Ostby
Guidelines and Standards for Tactile Graphics 48
CTEBVI Awards, Presidents & Editors 49
CTEBVI Executive Board and Board of Directors 50
CTEBVI Committee Chairs 51
Bridging the Gap is the theme for Conference 2012, March 15-18 at the LAX Marriott.
CTEBVI is an extraordinary organization comprised of many fields of professional expertise encompassing a common goal of providing and advocating for the education of all blind and visually impaired students. Achieving this goal relies on the success of the interaction, support, communication and cooperation among our various fields. As innovations in technology continue to compliment and enhance the accessibility of materials, there remains a gap between these advents and the hard copy texts that provide the cornerstone of classroom education. The gap between transcribers and educators and the state agencies that set the standards to which we must adhere is one that can be bridged through open dialogue. Our conference is renowned like no other for bringing all aspects of the industry together. The idea of Bridging the Gap could not be more timely.
Typically and historically, when federal, state and civic finances are stressed, the resulting budget cuts translate into diminished services for those most in need. Education in general and special education in particular often suffer as a result.
As of August 15, opening day for many California schools, there has been no response from Governor Brown to our letter (published in the spring JOURNAL) or to letters from others outlining our concerns regarding the timely distribution of required state adopted textbooks in braille and large print formats throughout the California public school system. Our intent was to open a dialogue with the California Department of Education and in doing so offer our vast professional perspective to help address the cause of what many of our members consider a very serious problem. By the time this JOURNAL is published, a follow-up letter will have been sent to Governor Brown, and we anticipate a response.
On reviewing our 2011-12 budget, it was brought to the attention of the Executive Board that many thousands of dollars could be saved annually in printing and mailing costs by increasing the number of members (currently 20 percent) who receive the JOURNAL electronically. I encourage you to consider this option by contacting Judi Biller at email@example.com
Our annual membership drive will take place early October. Staying current as a member in good standing helps keep the cost of membership down, which in turn will help in attracting new members.
Finally, a word about our Distinguished Member Bettye Krolick, who passed away August 5. (See Memoriam on page 18.) Bettye was a true pioneer in the world of braille music and education. Her insight to the needs of blind music students came from a musician’s perspective. She touched so many in a profound and lasting way, answering questions with a direct and simple clarity that only great teachers can. I think it safe to say that for those who knew Bettye, the very thought of her always brings with it a fond smile.
Bettye was the brightest of lights in helping to show the way to a fuller life through music for countless blind musicians. Her legacy will continue for generations to come.
CTEBVI 2012 Annual Conference
March 15 -18, 2012
Los Angeles Airport Marriott
5855 West Century Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Come join us for great workshops, our usual compliment of fascinating speakers, wonderful entertainment, food, and social gatherings. And, of course, our Silent Auction and 50/50 Raffle.
As a pre-conference event on March 15, we're offering a spectacular day at the new Getty Museum where you'll be able to immerse yourself in the world of art, and also enjoy the beautiful gardens and courtyards.
At our Sunday brunch we'll present a panel discussion with parents whose children have attended The Braille Challenge finals. They will share their stories on ways they have helped their kids develop strong social and academic skills. Challenge finalists are kids who personify a well rounded and successful student, and are all highly motivated and involved in both academic and extracurricular pursuits.
It proves to be another amazing conference. Hope to see you all there!
Visit www.ctebvi.org after January 1, 2012, for online registration packet and detailed information about workshops and events
Call for Workshop Proposals
CALL FOR WORKSHOP PROPOSALS
53nd ANNUAL CTEBVI CONFERENCE 2012 March 15-18, 2012 LAX Marriott
The theme for 2012 is Bridging the Gap. From where to where? That’s up to you. These times require ingenuity and the ability to do more with less.
We are looking for workshops that offer practical solutions, interactive activities, and usable information to help make conference participants’ lives and jobs easier, and possibly a little something more - that “wouldn’t this be nice?” or “I’d love to see this happen” idea.
Participants should walk away with techniques and follow-up ideas that can be demonstrated during the workshop and carried over into the competing priorities of their busy lives.
There are three workshop strands targeting specific interest areas: Transcribers (braille transcribers and tactile graphics experts), Educators (teachers and mobility specialists), and Parents (self-explanatory). Your workshop should target a specific strand (although participants from other strands may attend).
As a starting point, here are possible workshop topics (not an exclusive list) for each strand, recommended by our workshop-strand chairs:
Standards (how they drive instruction and goals)
Parents, Families, and Students:
If your proposal is accepted for a workshop session, handouts or accompanying materials can be provided electronically (details for submittal will be provided at acceptance). Materials will be uploaded onto our website after conference. If your workshop is approved, the due date for submitting your handouts is
March 11, 2012.
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