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Fall 2016 Buckeye Bulletin

A publication of the National Federation of the Blind of Ohio

Barbara Pierce, Editor
198 Kendal Drive
Oberlin, OH 44074
(440) 774-8077


Richard Payne, President
1019 Wilmington Ave., Apt. 43,
Kettering, OH 45420
(937) 396-5573

The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise expectations, because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams. Live the life you want. Blindness is not what holds you back.

The National Federation of the Blind of Ohio is a 501 (c) 3 consumer organization comprised of blind and sighted people committed to changing what it means to be blind. Though blindness is still all too often a tragedy to those who face it, we know from our personal experience that with training and opportunity it can be reduced to the level of a physical nuisance. We work to see that blind people receive the services and training to which they are entitled and that parents of blind children receive the advice and support they need to help their youngsters grow up to be happy, productive adults. We believe that first-class citizenship means that people have both rights and responsibilities, and we are determined to see that blind people become first-class citizens of these United States, enjoying their rights and fulfilling their responsibilities. The most serious problems we face have less to do with our lack of vision than with discrimination based on the public’s ignorance and misinformation about blindness. Join us in educating Ohioans about the abilities and aspirations of Ohio’s blind citizens. We are changing what it means to be blind.

The NFB of Ohio has eight local chapters, one for at-large members, and special divisions for diabetics, merchants, seniors, guide dog users, and those interested in Braille. This newsletter appears three times a year and is circulated by email, posted on NFB-NEWSLINE®, our digitized newspaper-reading service by phone, and can be read or downloaded from our website, For information about the National Federation of the Blind of Ohio or to make address changes or be added to the mailing list, call (440) 774-8077 or email For information about NFB-NEWSLINE, our free digitized newspaper-reading service, call (866) 504-7300. Local NEWSLINE numbers are: 330-247-1241 (Akron), 330-409-1900 (Canton), 513-297-1521 (Cincinnati), 216-453-2090 (Cleveland), and 614-448-1673 (Columbus).

The NFB now has a vehicle donation program. For complete information go to or call our toll-free vehicle donation number (855) 659-9314.


From the President’s Desk
by Richard Payne

70th Annual Convention of the NFB of Ohio: Don’t Miss It!
by Sheri Albers

Introduction to the DoubleTree
by Barbara Pierce

Meet Anil Lewis: Counselor, Advocate, and Father

Introducing the 2016 Scholarship Winners
by Deborah Kendrick

Meet a Federation Family: Michael, Heather, and Alex Leiterman
by Barbara Pierce

BELL Academy 2016
by Marianne Denning and Debra Baker

2016 NFBO BELL Academy Evening Activities
by Sheri Albers

Editor’s Musing
by Barbara Pierce

My First NFB National Convention
by Heather Leiterman

Let’s Dance: How I Dealt with Choreography
by Kelsey Nicolay

A Good Read

Recipe Corner

Buckeye Briefs

Activities Calendar

National Federation of the Blind of Ohio – 2016 Convention Printable Pre-Registration Form

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