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Toll-free Tidbit

If you've ever been frustrated by being unable to reach a toll-free number because it does not work from your area code, BC Tel offers a tip which might help. Instead of dialling 1-800, try dialling 1-880. If you are successfully connected to the number you want, you will be charged 18 cents per minute. This is generally much cheaper than direct dial rates during peak hours.

Beware When Banking

Some banks have begun charging different rates for transactions involving the assistance of a teller and those performed through an ATM. Charges for teller assistance are often higher. Since ATM's are not accessible to blind people without assistance, the difference in charges means extra expense for blind people. Check with your bank to ensure that you are not being unjustly penalized. Your bank may be willing to waive extra charges, or you may be able to save money by signing up for a flat rate, all-inclusive service charge.

Braille Monitor By E-Mail

You can now get The Braille Monitor shipped each month automatically to your e-mail address. To get on the mailing list send an electronic message containing the line "subscribe brl-monitor." Give your full name. Send your request FROM the e-mail address where you wish to receive the electronic text. (The software will use your e-mail return address as the destination address for the Monitor.) Send it to and you will receive an e-mail acknowledgment.For more information, including delivery problems, how to cancel your subscription, or change your address, send e-mail to

To communicate with the NFB itself, contact

Grade One Braille

If you are looking for a source of "grade 1" Braille to practice on while learning "grade 2" the Lutheran Braille Workers Inc. (Box 5000, Yucaipa, CA 92399-1450) has some religious books and books of the Bible available in that format. They even have some in the no longer used "grade 1.5" which has only a limited number of single-cell contractions which you can use for further practice as you advance in "grade 2". NOTE: The last two items of information appeared in the Fall 1996 edition of the New Hampshire Federationist, 18, Vol. 8, No. 2.