General Articles

A Mother's Fears, a Mother's Hope
Future Reflections
Summer/Fall 2005
Author: Terry Wedler
Abstract: Hoby Wedler was a student at the 2004 Rocket On! session of the NFB Science Academy.  His experience changed the way he goes about life and faces challenges.  This is a letter from Terry Wedler, Toby's mom, on just how it has changed Hoby.

Food for Thought: Experience of a Blind Dietitian
Braille Monitor 

December 1997
Author:  Lynn Mattioli
Abstract: Lynn Mattioli was a 1987 NFB scholarship winner. During the years since that first introduction to the organization, she has moved around the country gathering the necessary academic, professional, and blindness tools to do her lifework. At the 1997 convention she told delegates about her adventures in the past ten years as a clinical dietitian at a 250-bed hospital in South Baltimore.

Advice to Blind Student Teachers from a Professor of Education
Author: Homer Page
Abstract: Dr. Homer Page is blind and for many years has been a professor in the Department of Education at the University of Colorado at Boulder. In his career he has been chairman of the Boulder County Board of Commissioners and president of the National Federation of the Blind of Colorado. At the 1993 meeting of the National Association of Blind Educators he had good advice for blind students planning to do student teaching. His remarks were printed in the Spring/Summer 1994 issue of the Blind Educator, the publication of the National Association of Blind Educators.

Transitions - Reflections of a Blind College Student
Future Reflections

Convention 2003 
Author:  Ryan Strunk
Abstract: Ryan Strunk, a college student from Lincoln, Nebraska, and a recent NFB scholarship winner, has been the beneficiary of the NFB philosophy from an early age.  At the 2003 NFB Convention, Ryan was one of four speakers on the student and parent panel at the NOPBC daylong seminar for parents and teachers. The following article is based upon the remarks he made that day about the transition from high school to college.

Blind MIT Student Pushes Past Disability 
The Boston Globe
December 5, 2004
Author: Jenn Abelson
Abstract: Alicia Verlager rapidly began losing her eyesight at college in upstate New York and dropped out when she could no longer read. A few years ago, Verlager packed up and moved to Dorchester, intent on finishing her degree. She graduated this summer from UMass Boston with a GPA of 3.88 and is now one of the first totally blind students in years to enroll in an MIT graduate program. The interview was conducted by Jenn Abelson of the Globe staff.