The Home Stretch, Kind Of… by Robert Parsons
From the Editor: With the introduction of the Accessible Instructional Materials in Higher Education Act, blind students across the country have been hard at work advocating for our right to an equal education. However, advocacy takes many forms, even when it comes to our own personal journeys. Robert Parsons is pursuing a Masters degree at Western Michigan University in Rehabilitation Counseling and Vision Rehabilitation Therapy.
Perspectives on the NFB National Scholarship Experience by Rashid Deme, Skye Dunfield, and Nina Marranca
From the Editor: As the March 31 deadline for the National scholarship program draws ever closer, this month’s blog post brings together the experiences and advice of three dynamic students from the 2019 scholarship class. We hope that their words of wisdom will help to guide you in the application process, and shed some light on the life-changing impact this program affords to blind students around the nation.
Blind Students Belong on Capitol Hill — The Perspective of a Summer Intern in the United States Senate by Kenia Flores
From the Editor: Kenia Flores is a senior at Furman University, majoring in politics and international affairs. She has spent the past few summers as an intern in the offices of senators, gaining valuable experiences that strengthen her pursuit of advocacy in all areas of her life. She also serves as 2nd Vice President of the National Association of Blind Students.
To See, or Not to See by Arielle Silverman
From the Editor: Arielle Silverman is an activist and social scientist who is passionate about improving public understandings of disability. She obtained a PhD in social psychology, after which she went on to found Disability Wisdom Consulting, and publish several notable research articles relating to disability.
The Magic of Student Seminars in the National Federation of the Blind by Justin Salisbury
From the Editor: Justin Salisbury currently serves as a board member of the National Association of Blind Students. He lives in Hawaii, where he pursues advocacy in all shapes and forms. He finds huge amounts of energy and satisfaction from bringing students together around the country. Below, he writes of his experience with regional student seminars, and the positive impact they can have on blind students everywhere.
The Murano Glass Candle Holder by Kathryn Webster
The Art of Our Playing Field by Tony Gebhard
From the Editor: Tony Gebhard is a born musician, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, producer, travel junky, aviation nerd, and is all about mental health advocacy. He has been involved actively with the Federation since 2017 when he attended his first state convention in Michigan. Tony will be attending school in the Fall and he will major in marketing.
Convention Advice by Vejas Vasiliauskas
From the Editor: Vejas Vasiliauskas is a third-year English major at Loyola Marymount University. When he isn't doing schoolwork, writing articles for his school's newspaper, or spending time with friends, he can often be found shut in his room, writing whatever comes to his mind. He is considered pursuing a paralegal or law career after graduation, and will be interning this summer at Loyola Law School's Coelho Center.
Advice to Self: Five Financial Tips by Joe Orozco
From the Editor: Joe Orozco of Northern Virginia is an Intelligence Analyst for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Originally from Texas, Mr. Orozco received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration and later pursued a Master's degree in Congressional and Presidential Studies. He is an avid writer, incredible father, and natural leader.
Starting and Building a Student Division by Katy Olsen
From the Editor: Katy Olsen is from Iowa and she currently serves as president of the Iowa Association of Blind Students, a proud division of the National Federation of the Blind of Iowa. Here is her story:
Transition to College by Arielle Silverman
From the Editor: Arielle Silverman is the immediate past President of NABS. She has completed her PhD in Social Psychology at the University of Colorado – Bolder. Now, she is serving as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Washington. She frequently posts insightful and thoughtful discussion topics to the NABS discussion list. This one was timely and exceedingly useful, so we snapped it up for the Student Slate Blog.
Being a Ph.D. Student by Cindy Bennett
From the Editor: Cindy has been a member of NFB for 11 years and has held several offices for NABS, the Greater Seattle Chapter and the NFB of Washington. She is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Human Centered Design at the University of Washington. This broadly means that she researches how people use technology.