NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND - The NFB Scholarship Program application is available online. This national scholarship program is available to persons who are legally blind and living in the United States and Puerto Rico. There are 30 awards, from $12,000 to $3,000. In addition, each winner will be assisted to attend the NFB Annual Convention for 2011 in Orlando, Florida. The annual contest began the first week of November 2010; all documents required from the applicants must be postmarked by the March 31, 2011, deadline.
Applications and full details are available online at:
Questions may be emailed to: email@example.com
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.
Monday, February 28, 2011
Friday, February 25, 2011
This text came from the NYSL Fall 2007 newsletter, found here:
We have explained this in the past, but it bears repeating. Your choice here is really important as it has a great effect on whether your library service works for you or not. There are two basic service options—how you receive books from the library—and we encourage you to make sure that we know which best suits your needs. This choice was presented to you when you completed the application to join the library, but perhaps you misunderstood or your requirements have changed since then. Call us at (800) 531-2063 to discuss or change your service options.
1. Automatic Subject Selection:
We send you a book from your request list for each one you return to the library. We encourage you to send your own requests, and these will receive priority attention, but whenever you are due for service and your request list is either empty or contains only books that are not available to be mailed because all copies are in circulation, our computer will choose for you. It is obviously vital that we know what your reading interests are, and also whether or not you will accept books containing sex, strong, language, and violence.
We recommend this type of service to those who (a) want a regular supply of books, (b) have difficulty using the catalogs and choosing books, and (c) have a problem contacting the library.
2. Request Only:
You send us lists of the books you want to read, and from your list we send you books up to your personal basic book supply. We send only the specific books that you request, though what we send is randomly selected based on availability. Of course, if your list is empty or the books it contains are all out to other borrowers, we can’t send you anything. Your request list should, therefore, match your reading pace and the longer the list the greater the likelihood that something you want will be available. You can add to your list at any time, by contacting us directly and by using our online catalog.
We recommend this type of service to those who (a) want only their own selections, (b) have no problem choosing books and contacting the library, and (c) understand that there may be delays in service should their specific requests not be immediately available.
Basic Book Supply
Your basic book supply is also an important feature of your service options, and impacts both kinds of service described above. It is usually referred to as your “quota” or “maximum.”
Your basic book supply limits the number of books that are charged out to you through the automatic process, though it can easily be exceeded by staff any time you want an extra supply of books. Your basic supply can be any number that suits your personal reading needs, and we encourage you to inform us what this should be for you. If you often ask for more books, it may be that your maximum is too low. We initially assigned you a fairly low number when you joined the library so as not to overwhelm you immediately, but perhaps now you need more. Once you become familiar with the service, you may want to fine-tune this maximum.
In choosing your maximum, please bear in mind that you probably won’t have all these books on hand all the time. Many of the books charged out to you will often be in the mail, going in both directions, and because of this the ideal maximum for you is probably larger than you may think.
We can change this on your instruction at any time, so contact us at (800) 531-2063 to discuss what your basic supply should be.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
The Athens Banner-Herald ran an article with these and other facts and figures about the crisis. Please visit the article at the following link: www.onlineathens.com/stories/020711/new_782016712.shtml.
In local news, the Athens Meals on Wheels program has about 100 people on the waiting list.
Monday, February 21, 2011
for students with disabilities and their families
Saturday, March 5, 2011
9:00am - 1:00pm
Loganville High School
100 Trident Trail
Loganville, GA 30052
There will be over 50 Exhibits/Vendors open from 9:00am - 12:00pm. These include support groups, independent living, employment options, service providers, estate/will information, financial options, respite care, summer camps, and more!
The Talking Book Center will be hosting a vendor table - come by and say hi!
For more information, contact: Sandy McDonald (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Teresa Johnson (email@example.com) or call 770-207-3372.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
To read the story about Mr. Stevens, please visit: http://www.aolnews.com/2011/02/01/blind-martial-arts-champion-sees-future-as-scrimshaw-artist/?icid=maing|main5|dl8|sec1_lnk2|40546
Monday, February 14, 2011
TBC will be hosting booths at the following upcoming events - come see us!
Saturday, February 26
8am - 1pm
Walton Co. Resource/Transition Fair
Saturday, March 5
9am - 1pm
Loganville High School
Gwinnett Co. Transition Fair
Saturday, March 19
9am - 2pm
Peachtree Ridge High School
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Heath Fair
Saturday, March 26
9:30am - 1pm
Hill Chapel Baptist Church
Thursday, February 10, 2011
- Did you know that our legislators are trying to raise the retirement age and cut benefits to Social Security? Let your voice and opinions be heard at the Town Hall Meeting for Social Security.
February 22, 2011
6 - 8 p.m.
801 Riverhill Dr.
RSVP to Jessica Bankston
Visit www.accaging.org/nasi.php for more information.
- March For Meals 5K - March 26, 2011
In 2010, our Meals on Wheels program celebrated with a Mayors for Meals campaign. Join us for the First Annual 5K Run/Walk to end senior hunger in our community.
- Railroad Days - April 16, 2011
Each year, the community gathers to participate in fun train-related activities. Join us this year, and bring the kids!
- Ms. Senior Athens - May 21, 2011
Join us for the First Annual pageant celebrating distinguished older women in the community.
- Did you know that we're now holding classes in Winterville?
Classes will include:
-Introduction to Computers
Visit our website for more information: www.accaging.org/winterville.php
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Before putting your book cases in the mail, please double check that the correct book is in it. If we receive an empty case from you, we will send it back with a note inside. Please replace the book and return it to the library.
Monday, February 7, 2011
Friday, February 4, 2011
IRS provides assistance for people with disabilities
Hundreds of the most popular federal tax forms and publications are available for download from IRS.gov for sight impaired individuals. These products range from talking tax forms to Braille formats, and are accessible using screen reading software, refreshable Braille displays and voice recognition software.
More Help is Available
The IRS also offers customer service assistance for persons who are deaf or who have hearing disabilities. People with TTY equipment may call 800-829-4059, which is a toll-free number, for assistance.
People who are unable to complete their tax return because of a physical disability may get assistance from an IRS office, or through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) sponsored by IRS. Taxpayers can find a nearby location by calling 1-800-906-9887.
Publication 907, Tax Highlights for Persons with Disabilities, explains the tax implications of certain disability benefits and other issues, and is available at IRS.gov.
Visit www.IRS.gov and click on the word “accessibility” for help and information.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
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