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NLS Braille Summit

June 19-21, 2013
Watertown, Massachusetts

The Future of Braille

Welcome

On behalf of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) and the Perkins School for the Blind, welcome to the first Braille Summit.

We have gathered you here to shape the future of braille. As librarians, braille literacy professionals, braille readers, braille producers, technology specialists, and government officials, you are intimately aware of the current state of braille literacy and access. Drawing on your shared experiences and thoughts, we will craft and distribute recommendations to increase braille literacy in the twenty-first century.

We hope that you find the summit productive and enlightening and that you depart refreshed and full of ideas to apply to your own work. If you have any questions or suggestions, please stop by the registration desk or contact one of the summit coordinators.

Sincerely,
Karen Keninger
Director, NLS

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

9:15–9:45 a.m. Lobby, Crowne Plaza
Transportation leaves hotel for tour
10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Lobby, Howe Building
Pre-conference tour of Perkins
Lunch included
12:00–12:30 p.m. Lobby, Crowne Plaza
Transportation leaves hotel for conference
1:00–1:15 p.m. Multipurpose Room, Grousbeck Center
Welcome and Introductions
Judy Dixon, Acting Braille Development Officer, NLS, Washington, D.C.
Karen Keninger, Director, NLS, Washington, D.C.
Steven Rothstein, President, Perkins School for the Blind, Watertown, MA
1:15–1:55 p.m. Multipurpose Room, Grousbeck Center
Keynote Speaker
Peter Osborne, Chief Braille Officer, Royal National Institute of Blind People, United Kingdom
2:00–3:00 p.m. Multipurpose Room, Grousbeck Center
Special Topic: Braille Policy
Janet LaBreck, Presidential Nominee for Commissioner, Rehabilitation Services Administration, Washington, D.C.
Steven Rothstein, Member, Council of Schools and Services for the Blind, Watertown, MA
Michael Yudin, Acting Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Department of Education, Washington, D.C.
3:00–3:15 p.m.
Break
3:15–4:15 p.m. Multipurpose Room, Grousbeck Center
Panel 1: Braille Readers
Daisy Russell, Student, Everett High School, Saugus, MA
Haben Girma, Student, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA
Deborah Kendrick, Writer, Columbus Dispatch, Cincinnati, OH
Tommie Lussier, President, San Francisco Public Library Advisory Committee for the Blind and Print Disabled, San Francisco, CA
4:20–5:20 p.m. Location: see break-out instruction sheet
Break-Out Session 1: Identify Strategic Issues Regarding Braille Readers
5:30–7:30 p.m. Dwight Hall, Howe Building
Reception
6:30–7:45 p.m. Lobby, Grousbeck Center
Transportation leaves conference for hotel

Thursday, June 20, 2013

7:30–8:00 a.m. Lobby, Crowne Plaza
Transportation leaves hotel for conference
8:00–8:30 a.m.
Continental breakfast provided on site
8:30–9:45 a.m. Multipurpose Room, Grousbeck Center
Panel 2: Braille Selection
Paul Edwards, President, Library Users of America, American Council of the Blind, North Miami, FL
David Hyde, Chairman, Library Services Committee, National Federation of the Blind, Janesville, WI
Danielle Miller, Program Manager, Washington Talking Book and Braille Library, Seattle, WA
Ed O'Reilly, Head, Collection Development Section, NLS, Washington, D.C.
9:50–10:50 a.m. Location: see break-out instruction sheet
Break-Out Session 2: Identify Strategic Issues Regarding Braille Selection
10:50–11:10 a.m.
Break
11:10 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Multipurpose Room, Grousbeck Center
Panel 3: Braille Production
Betsy Beaumon, Vice President and General Manager, Benetech, Palo Alto, CA
John Bryant, Head, Production Control Section, NLS, Washington, D.C.
Beth Hirst, Supervisor, Library Materials Production, Iowa Library for the Blind, Des Moines, IA
Tuck Tinsley, President, American Printing House for the Blind, Louisville, KY
12:30–1:30 p.m.
Lunch provided on site
1:30–2:30 p.m. Location: see break-out instruction sheet
Break-Out Session 3: Identify Strategic Issues Regarding Braille Production
2:30–2:45 p.m.
Break
2:45–4:10 p.m. Multipurpose Room, Grousbeck Center
Panel 4: Braille Technology
Curtis Chong, Technology Specialist, New Mexico Commission for the Blind, Albuquerque, NM
Jim Denham, Director of Education Technology, Perkins School for the Blind, Watertown, MA
John Freese, Design Director, Product Development Technologies, Newton, MA
Brian Mac Donald, President, National Braille Press, Boston, MA
4:15–5:15 p.m. Location: see break-out instruction sheet
Break-Out Session 4: Identify Strategic Issues Regarding Braille Technology
5:15–5:45 p.m. Lobby, Grousbeck Center
Transportation leaves conference for hotel
Enjoy Boston on your own!

Friday, June 21, 2013

7:30–8:00 a.m. Lobby, Crowne Plaza
Transportation leaves hotel for conference
8:00–8:30 a.m.
Continental breakfast provided on site
8:30–10:00 a.m. Multipurpose Room, Grousbeck Center
Panel 5: Braille Literacy and Promotion
Kim Charlson, Director, Perkins Library, Watertown, MA
Frances Mary D'Andrea, Chair, Braille Authority of North America, Pittsburgh, PA
Lenore Dillon, Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist, Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, Montgomery, AL
Diane Wormsley, Professor of Special Education in Visual Impairment, North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC
10:00–10:15 a.m.
Break
10:15–11:15 a.m. Location: see break-out instruction sheet
Break-Out Session 5: Identify Strategic Issues Regarding Braille Literacy and Promotion
11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Show and Share
Exhibits exploring new developments and best practices in braille
12:15–1:15 p.m.
Lunch provided on site
1:15–2:30 p.m. Location: see break-out instruction sheet
Final Break-Out Session: Setting Priorities
2:30–2:45 p.m.
Break
2:45–4:00 p.m. Multipurpose Room, Grousbeck Center
Final Plenary Roundtable Session
Mary Nelle McLennan, Facilitation Coordinator, Pittsburgh, PA
4:05–4:30 p.m. Multipurpose Room, Grousbeck Center
Closing Remarks
Karen Keninger, Director, NLS, Washington, D.C.
4:30–5:00 p.m. Lobby, Grousbeck Center
Transportation leaves conference for hotel

Contact Information

Conference Coordinators:

Kim Charlson, kim.charlson@perkins.org
(617) 501-5853
Judy Dixon, jdix@loc.gov
(703) 919-7368
Steve Prine, spri@loc.gov
Claire Rojstaczer, croj@loc.gov

Conference Hotel:
Crowne Plaza Boston—Newton
320 Washington Street
Newton, MA 02458
Phone: (617) 969-3010
Fax: (617) 630-2977
Web: www.crowneplaza.com/bostonnewton link outside of Library of Congress

Conference Facility:
Perkins School for the Blind
Grousbeck Center for Students and Technology
55 Beechwood Avenue
Watertown, MA 02472
Phone: (617) 924-3434
Web: www.perkins.org link outside of Library of Congress

Transportation Company:
McCue's Taxi
Phone: (617) 924-0600
Web: www.mccuestaxi.com link outside of Library of Congress

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Posted on 2013-06-28