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Subject:        Fred's Head Companion - American Printing House for the Blind
Date:   Sat, 07 Mar 2009 13:24:35 +0000
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 Fred's Head Companion - American Printing House for the Blind

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WinZoom Screen Magnifier and Reader <>

Posted: 06 Mar 2009 01:10 PM PST

Clarity is a developer of innovative, portable products for people on the go who have some type of low vision condition. Whether it is students, business executives or the older population, many have found Clarity products to fit their lifestyle and improve their independence.

Clarity has announced the introduction of WinZoom, a plug and play Screen Magnifier and Reader. WinZoom contains several proprietary advancements like ClearPoint font smoothing which keeps the crystal clear text quality regardless of the zoom level. SmartAlign technology allows the user to re-align entire paragraphs to fit on the screen with a simple mouse click.

In addition, WinZoom supports 8 different viewing modes, ensuring a perfect zoom mode for any situation; contains several locators which allow the user to know where they are on the page at anytime; and has several mouse enhancements available to allow the user to customize their mouse size and color.

WinZoom USB is portable and will install on any Windows compatible computer with no software installation required. Simply plug WinZoom USB in and the autoplay function will launch the application immediately and let you use it without having to download any software or drivers. There is no administrative privileges required which is key when using a public computer, such as, ones at a hotel, library, school or even at a friends house. When you are done, just unplug WinZoom and there is no trace left on the computer.


   * XP and Vista compatible (including 64 bit)
   * 100% portable (USB Version)
   * Magnifier and Reader for one low price
   * Provides magnification between 1.5x-36x
   * Font smoothing for clear text
   * No administration privileges required
   * Zoom scroll bars
   * Reduces glare

For additional information or a FREE TRIAL, contact:: Clarity
6776 Preston Ave, Suite B
Livermore, CA 94551
Phone: 925-449-2000
x204 Toll Free: 800-575-1456 x204 Email: ivu@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:ivu@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

Accessible Freebie Finder Websites <>

Posted: 06 Mar 2009 12:53 PM PST

Who doesn't like to get things for free? It can be done if you know where to look, or where to go in this case. Here's three great sites for the delivery of sample products direct to your mailbox!

Freebie Finder is an automated free stuff aggregator. It has been designed to collect free offers from top freebie sites, while filtering out most scams and referral pyramids. Your feedback on freebies is used to improve the listings. This site is in beta, so your suggestions are always appreciated.

Remember to bookmark this site or subscribe to their email alerts or RSS feeds because there are updates every few hours! If you have any questions, click this link to read Tips for using Freebie Finder <>!

Click this link to visit the Freebie Finder home page: <>.

       Freebies From Wal-Mart

One of the sites that Freebie Finder tracks is Wal-Mart Free Samples. I have been taking advantage of the Wal-Mart free samples page for a long time. From hair care and deodorant, to free contact lenses and dietary supplements, there are a lot of great samples.

The sample page is updated on a regular basis with new offers. I usually check the page once every week to see what new samples are available. You can choose to take advantage of just one sample, or sign up to receive all of the samples. Signing up is easy, and there are no long surveys to fill out or hidden offers that you must complete. You may be asked three or four quick questions, such as your age and your favorite brand of product, but the questions are quick and easy to answer.

One of the nice things about the Wal-Mart free offers page is that after signing up for samples, I have not been bombarded with spam or multiple email offers. The only change I have noticed is the fact that I now seem to be on the postal mailing list for Wal-Mart's weekly flyer. All of the samples I "ordered" came quickly and in generous sizes. One time, I actually received a full-size bottle of a product.

Click this link to visit the Wal-Mart Free Samples website <>.

       Freebies From Costco

Costco, like other warehouse stores likes to give out free food samples while you shop. Now, you don't have to visit a store to get some great samples. Simply fill out a quick form online and the samples come to you.

At the time of this entry, Costco doesn't have a dedicated page for its samples, so you have to search for them. Hopefully they will get a sample page soon, and make it easier on us. For now, just go to the Costco site and type "sample" in the search box. That should bring up the current samples. And just like for Wal-Mart, you'll have to keep checking back for new offers.

Click this link to visit the Costco website: <>.


There are always good deals on all kinds of items, you just need to know where to look. You could search thousands of websites and look for special codes, or you could visit CouponChief and let them do all the work.

According to the site: "Here at Coupon Chief, we strive to provide a one stop coupon deal and discount resource for our Website visitors. Our focus on customer support and providing up to date coupon codes and promotional deals and discounts is unparalleled in the online shopping e-commerce industry. You can be assured we are always on the lookout for the latest deals and offers from our extensive list of web merchants. We are constantly adding new merchants and coupon codes, promotion codes, and offers, so come back and visit us again and again for all your online shopping purchases!"

I do have to say that their RSS feed updates quite frequently and the deals are good. I would advise anyone to subscribe to the RSS feed, you'll get the latest deals and its easier to navigate with a screen reader. Click this link to check out <>.

National Exhibits By Blind Artists (NEBA) <>

Posted: 06 Mar 2009 11:37 AM PST

National Exhibits by Blind Artists, Inc. (NEBA) is a Philadelphia-based nonprofit, volunteer organization dedicated to showcasing the work of legally blind artists. Exhibits of outstanding pieces have created 19 highly successful juried shows presented in prominent museums and galleries in the United States and abroad. In 1988, NEBA was honored to accept an invitation to exhibit at the Megura Museum of Art in Tokyo.

In 1975, as "National Exhibits of Art by the Blind," the project was founded in Philadelphia on the premise that talented blind artists deserve as much recognition as blind musicians, authors and athletes. Its two primary objectives have been to educate and acquaint the public with the quality and potential of work by the visually impaired, and to create a demand in the professional field of art, thus furthering their careers and enabling them to join in the mainstream of life.

National Exhibits by Blind Artists (NEBA)
919 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Toll Free: 800-222-1754
Phone: 215-925-3213
Email: info@xxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:info@xxxxxxxxxxx>

Accessible Accounting Software for the Blind <>

Posted: 06 Mar 2009 11:11 AM PST

In what is believed to be a world first, a New Zealand software company, Accomplish Ltd , has created an accessible accounting software package called CashManager. It has been specially modified to enable efficient use by the blind and visually impaired.

Obviously, this is attracting a lot of interest from organisations serving the blind and visually impaired, not only in New Zealand, but also in Australia, the United Kingdom and the USA. The accessibility of the product is endorsed by Neil Jarvis, Executive Director, Access, Innovation and Enterprise for the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind. In 2008, RNFB undertook a software audit of CashManager 2009, examining a series of tasks by sighted and blind testers who don't usually use financial software. It worked well with adaptive technology software and, in terms of accessibility, they now recommend the product to blind or partially sighted people for managing their small business finances.

Originally founded in Australia almost 20 years ago, Accomplish today is headquartered in Auckland and serves some 25,000 small to medium business enterprises with accounting software designed specifically for New Zealand, Australian and United Kingdom needs.

For additional information on CashManager, visit this link: <>.

Goalball or Torball? <>

Posted: 06 Mar 2009 09:12 AM PST

The following article was originally posted on the <> website and is reposted here for your convenience.


By Satguru Rathi

Torball is a game developed in the 1970's for blind and visually impaired people. The game suits men and women of all ages. There are lots of facilities in this game for rehabilitation activities as well as leisure, school and top level sport.

Torball is played on a rectangular court of 16 metres in length and 7 metres in width. On the court are six players from two teams, i.e. three players per team. A goal is erected at either end of the rectangular court. The game is played with a bell ball, which must be thrown underneath three cords tightened across the court. The object of the game is for each team to throw the ball across the opponent's goal line while the other team attempts to prevent this from happening. Then, the former defending team takes on the attacking play and former attackers in turn defend their goal.

A particularity of the game is the ball, which weighs only 500 grams and is filled with air. Its qualities allow playing very tricky and fast. Torball demands concentration and quick response by the players. Torball has got what it takes to spread even further and become a Paralympics sport. Torball is a speedy and dynamic game. It is enormously popular in Central Europe and Latin America. Thus it is also played on the other Continents, Asia, African and Oceania. Torball is presumably played in about 30 countries by almost 1,200 people.


The origin of the game is not totally clear. The game known as Torball today was developed in the 1970s on the basis of Goalball (then known as Torball), which in turn is based on Rollball. As a result there were two varieties of Torball in central Europe. The older version was played with a ball that weighed two kilograms and was later called Goalball (the English translation of the German name Torball), whereas the newer one used a ball of 500 grams and kept the name Torball. Torball can also be played by sighted people.

Click this link for a detailed rule book on Torball <>.

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