Northeast Georgia Talking Book Center

Talking Books are a free public library service for the visually, physically, and reading disabled. The Northeast Georgia Talking Book Center is part of the Athens-Clarke County Library and the Georgia Library for Accessible Services. For more information about our service, please visit our website.

The purpose of this blog is to provide information and useful links to our patrons. The Talking Book Center does not endorse any product mentioned on this blog.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Special Needs Carnival

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is sponsoring a Special Needs Carnival on Saturday, April 19 in Lilburn, GA.  This annual event is attended by nearly 150 children and young adults and is FREE of charge!!

Special Needs Carnival

Saturday, April 19

1:00 - 5:00pm

1150 Cole Road Lilburn GA

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Contacting TBC

We apologize for the inconvenience, but we are still having issues with our toll-free phone number.  We hope to have it resolved this week!  You can still reach us at 706-613-3655 or email

Monday, April 7, 2014

"Popular Communications" Ceases Publication

The Braille magazine Popular Communications has ceased publication, and patrons will not receive any more issues.  NLS is currently searching for a replacement, although some of the magazines' features will be absorbed by the online publication CQ Plus.  If you have any questions, please contact your local Talking Book Library.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Tools for Life App Finder

Georgia Tools for Life is an organization that helps people with disabilities research, find, and use assistive technology.  One exciting feature on their website is the App Finder, a tool for locating useful apps for your smart phone.  Give it a try!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Contacting TBC

We are currently experiencing issues with our 1-800 phone number.  You can still reach us at 706-613-3655 or email  We apologize for the inconvenience!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Don't Forget to Complete the Survey!

Don't forget to complete our GLASS Satisfaction Survey if you are a current Georgia Talking Books patron, family member, or caregiver!  Your answers will help us improve the service for all Georgia Talking Books patrons.  We appreciate your help!

The survey will close this Friday, April 4.  You may also contact your Talking Book library to provide survey answers by telephone.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Hospitality Training and Jobs for People with Disabilities

Courtyard by Marriott is constructing a new hotel in Muncie, Indiana, that will be devoted to training and employing people with various disabilities in a wide variety of positions.  The hotel is expected to open in 2015.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Tools for Life Webinar

From Georgia Tools for Life:

Assistive Technology for Aging in Place

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM EST


Carolyn Phillips, Liz Persaud & Martha Rust, Tools for Life - Georgia's Assistive Technology Act Program

The rapid development of assistive technology is identifying new and improved solutions for the disability community, including the aging population. There are many obstacles older individuals encounter daily that can hinder them from remaining at home and in the communities of their choice. Join us for an insightful webinar that will shed some light on assistive technology strategies, solutions and devices that are used to help our aging population and older adults age in place. Presenters will share examples of AT that may assist with fall detection and prevention, hearing, seeing, communication, and computer access. If you are currently working with or have family and friends that would like to age in place with assistive technology, then this webinar will have updated information for you!

Earn Credits for Your Participation!

CEU’s will be administered through Georgia Tech Professional Education

CRCs have been requested by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification

To receive your credit verification form, please send an e-mail with the type of credit you are requesting and include the name and date of the webinar, your full name, organization, email address, and date of birth (DOB) to Liz Persaud at
All handouts for live webinars will be posted the day before the webinar. Handouts typically consist of the complete Power Point presentation, as well as any additional resources presenters make available. Access to handouts is available in the Tools for Life webinar archives.

If you need additional accessibility services, including captioning, please contact two (2) weeks prior to the date of the live webinar.

Instructions on How to Access this Webinar

Click this link to join the meeting:

To sign on, choose the option "Guest" and add your name and organization. Please use the URL above as it is unique to this TFL webinar.

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AT&T and the Wireless RERC Launch Mobile Device Training For People with Disabilities

The AT&T Foundation has donated $50,000 to the Shepherd Center to assist Wireless RERC hold a series of seminars designed to help those with disabilities use mobile devices.  One of these seminars will be held in Atlanta later this year.

The article about these seminars can be found at

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Disney Introduces Braille Menus

Taking a trip to Disney this summer?  Both Disney World and Disneyland have introduced Braille menus at many of their restaurants.  This welcome change accompanies others such as Braille maps, service animal relief areas, and service animal crates.

Monday, March 17, 2014

GLASS Satisfaction Survey

If you are a current Georgia Talking Books patron, or the family member/caregiver of a current Georgia Talking Books patron, we want to hear from YOU!  Please visit and tell us what you think about your Talking Book service.  Your answers will help us improve our service to you in the future.

The survey will be open until April 4.  If you would prefer to give your answers by phone, please contact your Talking Book library.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Athens Council on Aging Focus Group

The Athens Community Council on Aging is seeking participants aged 55+ for a focus group that will help shape a future collaboration between ACCA, the UGA Institute for Leadership Advancement, and the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce.

Below is from the ACCA's email about this group:

These important focus groups will be held at the Athens Community Council on Aging located at 135 Hoyt Street in Athens on the following dates:
  • Monday, March 17 – 2:30pm – 4:30pm (light snacks provided)
  • Wednesday, March 19 – 3:00pm – 4:30pm (light snacks provided)
  • Monday, March 24 – 5:00pm – 7:00pm (light snacks provided)
  • Wednesday, March 26 – 8:30am – 10:30am (light snacks provided)
  • Friday, March 28 – 12:00pm – 2:00pm (for caregivers specifically; lunch provided)
Reason for the Initiative:  Athens is consistently included as one of the top retirement destinations in the US by travel and financial publications.  With that unique moniker, Athens is beginning to experience a major change in the face of aging with the new generation of older adult, the Baby Boomer.  Boomers do not consider themselves as “seniors” and never will. Instead, they are seeking out vital, livable communities and experiences that support their desire to live actively and fully, and also cater to their distinctive needs. With the significant increase in the “new” older adult population, businesses and communities need to prepare themselves for the new needs of this consumer.

The Initiative:  In an effort to deal with this new reality, ACCA plans to become the leader and the go-to-organization in creating an exceptional “age-friendly” community in Athens-Clarke County.  This initiative is designed to support both this new generation of spirited “seniors” and our local Athens businesses in developing one of the first “age-friendly” communities of its size in the nation and in the state of Georgia. Building on their experience and reputation of its services, staff and their ability to represent and serve this “senior” population, ACCA wants to provide expert guidance to the business, healthcare and governing sectors for becoming “age-friendly”, creating a vital “senior” community experience that benefits all. ACCA is working with thirty Leonard Leadership Scholars in constructing a Business Certification for Age Friendly Businesses in the Athens Community as part of this effort.  The Athens Chamber of Commerce has endorsed this project and is excited to partner with ACCA and the Institute for Leadership Advancement at UGA’s Terry College of Business moving forward.

We need you:  One of the key stakeholders in the project is our community members who are over the age of 55. Your input is essential to the success of this initiative.  Please accept this invitation to contribute your comments and ideas. Please RSVP to KaDee Holt for one of the times above at or by phone at 706-549-4850.  Space is limited.

Pre-registration is recommended and care for your loved one and lunch will be provided at no cost to you for the Friday, March 28 group.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Athens Council of the Blind Fundraiser

The 7th Annual Athens Council of the Blind Music Night Concert & Auction will be held later this month.  Come out and see some local performers and support a great cause!

Athens Council of the Blind

Music Night Concert & Auction

Monday, March 24

5:00 - 10:00pm

Blind Pig Tavern - 485 Baldwin St Athens

Entrance Fee: Donation of Your Choice

Featured artists include Red Oak Southern String Band, Dixieland Jazz Band, and the Athens Women Singing Circle.  For more information, call 706-850-4025 or email

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Abilities Expo

Atlanta will host the Abilities Expo next weekend.  This annual event combines workshops, demonstrations, products, services, and fun for people with disabilities, their families, their caregivers, and the community.  The 3-day Expo will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center.

Atlanta Abilities Expo

March 14-16

Georgia World Congress Center

For more information, please visit

Monday, March 3, 2014

Villages Gaining Popularity

This article was shared with us by the Athens Area Village, an organization which utilizes volunteers to help seniors stay in their homes.  Villages are gaining popularity as the population ages, and this is a great article about a village in New Hampshire.

To learn more about the local Athens Village, please call 706-549-4850.

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