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 to Host Web Accessibility Training DayDevelopers, Product Managers, and Others Invited
Baltimore, Maryland (August 25, 2011): The National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute and the Maryland Department of Disabilities Technology Assistance Program will present the second annual Web Accessibility Training Day on Monday, September 19, 2011. The day-long event will present valuable information about creating accessible web content that complies with federal and state regulations. It will feature both general sessions and breakout sessions on specific technical and policy topics. Presenters include representatives from Adobe, eBay, Oracle, the Access Board, the USDA Target Center, and the World Wide Web Consortium.
Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said: "Access to the information and services contained on the Internet is just as critical for those who are blind or have other disabilities as it is for our sighted colleagues and peers. Barriers to accessibility are usually not the result of a deliberate intent to exclude us, but rather the result of a lack of knowledge about the proper tools and techniques to implement and evaluate accessibility. Web Accessibility Training Day will present the business case for accessibility and make private companies, government entities, and others aware of simple and effective ways to make their services and information available to all Americans."
Anne Taylor, director of access technology for the National Federation of the Blind, said: "This year's Web Accessibility Training Day will be a terrific event. We have assembled a panel of top technical and policy experts from across the country. The sessions will give participants tools and techniques for tackling accessibility that they can implement immediately in their businesses and organizations. We are also excited that exhibitors will be sharing resources and demonstrating accessible products and tools to evaluate and improve accessibility."
For more information or to register, please visit www.nfb.org/webaccessibility or contact Clara Van Gerven by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at (410) 659-9314, extension 2410.
About the National Federation of the Blind
With more than 50,000 members, the National Federation of the Blind is the largest and most influential membership organization of blind people in the United States. The NFB improves blind people's lives through advocacy, education, research, technology, and programs encouraging independence and self-confidence. It is the leading force in the blindness field today and the voice of the nation's blind. In January 2004 the NFB opened the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute, the first research and training center in the United States for the blind led by the blind.
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.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Monday, August 29, 2011
First, the Athens Community Council on Aging is hosting a wine and cheese on Wednesday from 5:15 - 6:15. This is a membership drive event, designed to promote volunteer opportunities in the agency. Contact the ACCA at 706-549-4850 for more information.
On September 3, the Butterfly Dreams Farm Therapeutic Riding Program will host a 5K in Watkinsville. This fundraiser will provide scholarships and fund maintenance at the farm. The Butterfly Dreams Farm provides therapy for children with special needs. You can register online at www.active.com.
Information was taken from the August 29 edition of Online Athens:
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
The Center for Financial Independence & Innovation
"Making Independence Affordable for Georgians with Disabilities"
Financial Education and Asset Building
Persons with Disabilities
AUGUST 31, 2011 @ 2PM EST
Please be sure to register for the next IRS Webinar on Financial Education and Asset Building for Persons with Disabilities, scheduled for Wednesday, August 31 at 2 p.m. EST. In addition to the introduction from IRS W&I Commissioner Rick Byrd, this 40-minute Webinar showcases the work of three IRS partners who are expanding their efforts to help individuals with disabilities build assets and help maximize their financial goals. You'll hear about the efforts of the National Disability Institute's Real Economic Impact Tour; the asset-building initiatives of the Administration for Children and Families' Assets for Independence Program; and about specific opportunities offered by the Center for Financial Independence & Innovation, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals and families advance their financial independence. Please share this Webinar information with your appropriate partners and affiliates.
Note: When registering, you will be asked to select either "Flash" or "Windows Media Player"; you should select "Windows Media Player"
Link to register - http://www.visualwebcaster.com/IRS/81788/reg.asp?id=81788
Monday, August 22, 2011
Evan Moss, a 7-year-old with epilepsy, wrote an essay for his application to get a service dog. To defray some of the $13,000 cost of getting the dog, his parents published the essay as a small book. To date, nearly $26,000 has been generated from the sales - enough for Evan to get his dog and help someone else get one as well.
To read the MSNBC article about Evan and his book, please visit: http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/44150861/ns/today-today_health/.
Friday, August 19, 2011
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Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Monday, August 15, 2011
Once upon a midnight dreary,
while I listened, weak and weary,
To many a quaint and curious
volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping,
suddenly I heard a tapping,
As of something gently snapping—
snapping from my player’s core.
“’Tis the tape”, I sadly muttered,
as a quiet curse I swore,
“Just the tape—and nothing more.”
Ah, distinctly I remember,
it was in the bleak December,
As I in a fit of temper threw
that tape upon the floor,
So many times my player failed me,
with frustration it had ailed me,
Many new ones they had mailed me,
saying “this one’s good for sure,”
But each time I’d press that button, it
seemed that it was all for nothing,
“Would I ever find that something
lets me listen?”, I implored,
“To my books forevermore?”
Eagerly I wished for morrow—
for perhaps, surcease of sorrow
Would come with the next tape I would
borrow—Without hiss or pop or roar,
Without stop, or twist, or tangle,
maybe it would play me more.
Dare I hope that I could someday hear
a book straight through once more?
One day sit, relax, and listen,
find my reading joy restored
By a book forevermore?
I woke next morning, after dreaming,
in my room the sunlight streaming,
Tried again to play that tape
I’d thrown upon the floor.
Then I heard a quiet tapping,
as of someone gently rapping,
’Twas the postal carrier tapping,
tapping on my dwelling’s door.
“Friend,” he said, with smile of greeting,
“this is such a merry meeting,
For I bring the gift of reading—
reading that is now restored
By digital books forevermore!”
I took the package that he gave me—
could this package truly save me
From the anguished cries I made when
my books would play nevermore?
I opened up the package, beaming;
inside a black machine was gleaming,
And a small white cartridge, seeming
much too small one book to hold,
But I put that cartridge in it, and
within a single minute,
I knew that this machine would win
it—win my heart forevermore.
And cassette tapes? Nevermore!
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
The device is designed for people who have an intact optic nerve, such as those with retinitis pigmentosa, but a newer version with more widespread capabilities is in development now.
To read about this amazing invention, please visit www.thefiscaltimes.com/Articles/2011/06/24/Bionic-Eyes-That-Can-Help-the-Blind-See.aspx.
Monday, August 8, 2011
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Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Drexel University recently opened their new Library Learning Terrace, a large room with lots of computers and tables, and no printed books in sight. With ebooks, downloadable books, and audiobooks gaining in popularity, this could become a more common occurrence. But can you call these centers "libraries"?
Read the debate from Time magazine: www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,2079800,00.html.
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