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.
Friday, February 27, 2009
These tracking bracelets help rescuers find the individual more quickly if they become lost. Each bracelet is assigned its own frequency, so police and firefighters can tune into that frequency and pinpoint the wearers' location. It can reduce search time from 9 hours to 30 minutes.
The bracelets cost about $300 each, plus a $15 monthly fee. The Classic City Pilot Club raised $16,000 to provide two receivers to the ACC Fire Department, and are working to purchase more bracelets for those in need.
For more information, please read the ABH article here: www.onlineathens.com/stories/022509/new_398263057.shtml or contact the Classic City Pilot Club at (706) 201-6763.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
People of all ages living in north Georgia get excited when the circus comes to town. The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is a spectacular event, filled with animals, clowns, and stunts. But what about children who are blind?
The Ringling Brother's "Blind-Touch Tour" solves the problem. The tour visits about a dozen cities per year and invites visually-impaired children to touch sets, props, and costumes, interact with performers and animals, and learn about the circus through tactile methods.
To read an article from CNN about the Blind-Touch Tour, please visit: www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/02/23/hm.circus.eyesight.kids/index.html
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
The prices are as follows:
$4 per track (approximately 70 minutes)
Additional copies of the book for 50 cents per tape or CD
Literary or Textbook Formatted Braille - $2/page
Proofreading - 10 cents/page
Preformatting - 25 cents/page
Nemeth Braille - $3/page
Tactile Graphics - $5/page
Embossing - 5 cents/page
Binding - $2/volume
Volunteers will disassemble, clean, replace or repair parts and put each Brailler through quality assurance inspections before returning them. Work comes with a 90-day warranty on parts and labor. The average repair cost is $66.
Volunteers of Vacaville
P.O. Box 670
Vacaville, CA 95696
Monday, February 23, 2009
The Oconee Rotary Club spent the past weekend helping a Watkinsville farm serve more disabled people.
The Butterfly Dreams Farm, located in Farmington, is a Therapeutic Riding Program. They offer hippotherapy (using horses as therapy assistants) as well as therapeutic riding. These programs can offer emotional as well as physical therapy for those with disabilities.
However, without a ramp to get to the horses, wheelchair-bound adults and larger children have not been able to participate in the programs. The Rotary Club stepped in and built two ramps: a 20-ft long wheelchair ramp and a 10-ft long "slider" ramp. These will allow many more people to ride and bond with the horses.
The Athens-Banner Herald printed a story about this service mission, which can be read at www.onlineathens.com/stories/022309/new_396826906.shtml.
Dear Victor Reader Stream Friends:
We are receiving reports through our customer service and from NLS that some NLS books are not transferring properly when using the Stream Companion program to copy the book from your computer to the Stream storage card. We have made corrections to the new version of the Companion program that will correct these issues.
The new Companion program will also be able to transfer the new ZIP book formats from Bookshare.org.
These and other improvements will all be part of a new Companion program to be released in a month or so. It will be announced on this newswire. Please encourage anyone who wants to receive this and other announcements to register to the Stream Newswire at:www.humanware.ca/stream_news_form_en/
The HumanWare Team
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
The Board of Regents was recently presented with information about the nearly 9,000 students with various learning disabilities currently attending colleges and universities in the University System of Georgia. That number has increased dramatically in the last eight years and is expected to continue to climb.
To read the article, please visit the following link: www.usg.edu/news/2009/021009-1.phtml
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Director of Public Relations
National Federation of the Blind
(410) 659-9314, extension 2330
(410) 262-1281 (Cell)
National Federation of the Blind Praises Bill to Create Work Incentives and Opportunity Blind Persons Return to Work Act of 2009 Introduced by Congressman Lewis Washington, D.C. (February 8, 2009):
Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) has introduced legislation designed to help blind persons receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) to return to work. The Blind Persons Return to Work Act of 2009 (H.R. 886), will eliminate penalties that prevent blind persons from reentering the workforce and will facilitate their transition to employment.
Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind,which has long advocated this change in policy, said: "This proposal will allow thousands of blind people to rejoin the workforce and become productive, tax-paying citizens. Many blind people are understandably reluctant to take entry-level jobs because they are penalized by an immediate loss of SSDI benefits, and their work income rarely compensates for that loss. This legislation will allow blind persons to make a smooth transition from dependence to opportunity. We will work with Congressman Lewis to ensure the swift passage of this landmark legislation."
Congressman Lewis said: "Americans who are blind deserve the same opportunities as all other Americans. Their blindness does not prevent them from making valuable contributions to our society, as evidenced by the many successful blind people I have personally met over the years. The gifts and opportunities of these citizens should not be hindered by policies that discourage them from entering the workforce. That is why I am proud to stand with my blind brothers and sisters and introduce this much-needed legislation."
Monday, February 9, 2009
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution featured an article on the Gwinnett Heat, a wheelchair basketball team. You can read the article here: www.ajc.com/gwinnett/content/metro/gwinnett/stories/2009/01/11/wheelchair_basketball_gwinnett.html
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
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