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Um, check one of the last articles?

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USB Switch: Control and Share USB Devices on Multiple Computers

Posted: 06 Jan 2009 02:55 PM CST

The USB 2.0 Manual Share 4 Port Switch is a great computer system
adapter that allows up to four computers in the same home access to the
same peripheral device such as a printer, scanner or mass storage hard
drive. It can be used to create a network printer that is shared by
everyone or even as a way to share multimedia such as music and videos.

Simply connect a USB peripheral device of your choice to the input of
the switch, then connect up to four computers to the output of the
switch via USB. For long runs of USB cable from a computer to the
switch, a USB balun is sold separately. No software is necessary for
installation; each computer will recognize the switch automatically,
which is confirmed by a solid LED light on the corresponding switch
input. Accessing the shared peripheral is as easy as double clicking the
Scroll Lock key from any of the connected computers. A small investment
in this switch saves you money in the long run, as you won't have the
expense of purchasing, maintaining and consuming energy from the same
type of peripheral for every computer in your home.

Click this link to purchase the USB 2.0 Manual Share 4 Port Switch from website

         Here's Another Idea

Nearly all modern gadgets attach to your computer through a USB
connection. However, not all computers have enough USB inputs to manage
all of these devices, and even if they do, the locations of these inputs
are often difficult to get to. With the USB 2.0 Manual Share Switch Hub,
you can make quick and convenient connections with up to four devices,
and each of those devices can be connected to two computers. In the same
fashion that you would add a power strip for additional outlets, simply
link the hub to a computer (or two computers) with the included USB
cable(s) and add power by connecting the AC adapter. With no software
needed, once the hub has been connected and powered up there are
multiple USB ports available for one or two computers to share.
Connecting a flash drive, camera, card reader, keyboard, mouse, memory
stick, or MP3 player is accessible and easy, and because this unit is
powered, higher end peripherals like external hard drives, printers,
scanners or fax machines can be connected as well. The hub has a
hi-speed USB 2.0 rating offering data transfer speeds up to 480 mbps
while being backward compatible with older USB 1.1 devices. Adding a
compact and lightweight USB hub is an inexpensive and handy solution
that will allow two computers, even laptops, quick access to the same
files and peripheral devices.

Click this link to purchase the USB 2.0 Manual Share Switch Hub from the website

Software Giveaway of the Day

Posted: 06 Jan 2009 02:32 PM CST

This is an awesome site! The only trick to it is that you need to keep
up with it daily to get the most out of it. What this site offers is a
different piece of software that you can get totally free everyday.

No, it's not a free trial offer either. It is the full licensed version
of the software. You get the whole thing. How does it work? Well, they
buy the licenses for their giveaways and you agree to their terms and
conditions, while they provide advertising for the publishers of the
software. You can get a free game everyday as well, with the Game
Giveaway of the Day area.

Not up to the task of checking the site everyday to see if what they
offer is something you can use? Well, then just sign up for either their
free email newsletter or RSS feeds and you'll be kept on top of
everything and won't miss the programs you could actually make good use
of. I immediately subscribed to the RSS feed so I wouldn't miss a thing!

Just remember that you have a limited number of hours to download the
programs, so if you see one that you want, make sure you snag it. After
the time is up, they go back to full price.

You may also want to check out their Freeware Library, which is full of
free software from many different categories. For example, Audio&
Video, Education and Desktop Enhancements, just to name a few. Not all
of this software will be compatible with magnification or screen reading
programs but who knows, you may find something that you can use. I'm
looking at the games section for my oldest son who has perfect vision.
What a cool way to get games for him!

Click this link to visit

         Ultimate List of Free Windows Software from Microsoft

Did you know that Microsoft has over 150 FREE Windows XP, Windows Vista
and MS-Office Programs available for download? Finding them them can be
extremely difficult , but not anymore.

Click this link to visit the Windows Live website to read through the
/Ultimate List of Free Windows Software from Microsoft/

Free Computers for People with Disabilities

Posted: 06 Jan 2009 02:30 PM CST

  From The Official Jim Mullen Web Site:

         Jim Mullen and The Jim Mullen Foundation

On October 16th, 1996, tactical officer James Mullen, a six-year Chicago
Police Veteran, was hit by a bullet that entered his right cheek,
bounced off his jawbone and lodged in his neck, near his spinal cord.
Mullen was initially treated at St. Francis hospital in Evanston before
being transferred to Northwestern Memorial hospital. Jim underwent
extensive rehabilitation at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
(RIC) under the supervision of the Director of Spinal Cord Injury
Rehabilitation at RIC, Dr. David Chen.

Since the injury, Jim has become the focus and the inspiration of
thousands of Chicagoans and well wishers from around the globe.

Some of the highlights of Jim's extra curricular activities since his
injury include:

     * The media has covered the Jim Mullen story extensively. His story
       has appeared repeatedly in every Chicago newspaper and every
       single local television and radio news network. His story has also
       been covered nationally in USA Today, People Magazine, A&E, and
       ABC News.
     * Jim Mullen has become a priority for high-ranking officials in the
       Chicago Archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church. Cardinal
       Bernardin visited with Jim Mullen just weeks before his own
       passing, and Archbishop Francis George (now Cardinal Francis
       George) visited Jim during his very first day in Chicago.
     * In 1997, Jim Mullen lead the City of Chicago's St. Patrick Days
       Parade in his first public appearance outside of the
       Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.
     * Jim was honored by The Chicago White Sox when he threw out the
       very first pitch for the 1997 opening day ceremonies. Jim then
       enjoyed the game from a private sky box with several of his fellow
       Chicago Police officers. Jim has also received support from
       several other Chicago sports teams including the Chicago Cubs, The
       Chicago Bulls, The Chicago Wolves, and The Chicago Bears. Note:
       Jim personally attended several games with his still undefeated
       "Win One For The Copper" banner.
     * Jim teamed with veteran sports agent and attorney Steve Zucker to
       dispute the city's policy to force early disability retirement
       onto any person unable to fire a weapon. Jim subsequently returned
       to his job on the Chicago Police Force on special assignment
       setting a new precedent for the disabled.
     * Jim received the State of Illinois Law Enforcement Medal of Honor,
       the Superintendent's Award of Valor, the City of Chicago's Blue
       Star Award, The Carter Harrison/Lambert Tree Award, Cook County
       Sheriff Michael F. Sheahan's Law Enforcement Award, Chicago's
       Father of the Year, Elmhurst College Speech-Language Hearing
       Clinic Award, Italian American Police Association Award of Valor,
       Glenwood School For Boys Award For Courage, and The Chicago Police
       Officer of the Year Award.
     * Jim has become a well-recognized computer enthusiast. Shortly,
       after his injury, Jim connected with Johnny Internet who taught
       him that anybody can use a computer regardless of any physical
       impairment. Jim owns a specially equipped computer which
       implements voice recognition to receive mouse and keyboard
       commands. Jim uses the computer to manage his personal
       information, send and receive e-mail, surf the web, and administer
       his businesses. He hosts his own Internet web site
       (<>) that has become a
       comprehensive state-of-the-art information repository for all Jim
       Mullen and disability related information.
     * Jim has formulated an alliance with several Chicago area firms
       including Microsoft, IBM, Kemper Insurance, Dell Computers,
       Gateway Computers, Motorola, Dragon Systems, ANET Internet
       Services, 3-Com, Visual Highway, Wheels, Inc., Hobi, Fellows, and
       more. This alliance has organized the largest computer give-away
       for the disabled and the underprivileged in Chicago's history.
     * The JMF computer give-a-ways have transformed the lives of
       hundreds of "differently abled" individuals. JMF has worked
       directly with individuals with over 50 different types of
       impairments including visual, auditory, mobility, cognitive, and
       economic impairments. JMF has also received the support of several
       celebrities including Sammy Sosa, Dan Aykroyd, Reba McEntire,
       Anthony Robbins, John Paxson, Jim McMahon, and Mike Ditka.
     * Jim was selected by Microsoft CEO, Bill Gates, to be featured in
       the Microsoft Windows 98 Launch video in June 1998. This video was
       viewed by over 2 million people in over 200 countries
       simultaneously. Jim also appeared in the Microsoft "Enabled" video
       in March 1998. This video was distributed to over 300,000
       individuals with disabilities or special needs.
     * In February 2001, Jim was selected by President Bush to
       participate in the unveiling of the "New Freedom Initiative" at
       the White House. This legislation provides $1.025 billion for
       people with disabilities. Jim will continue to support his
       legislation as the President seeks the support of the congress.
     * Today, Jim is an inspirational and motivational speaker in high
       demand. His public speeches at seminars, conferences, awards
       banquets cover topics ranging from "overcoming obstacles" to
       "paying it forward through community service."
     * Jim's company, Visual Highway, now works to raise awareness in
       corporate America to make adjustments in the workplace to pave the
       way for people with impairments. His "enabled" vision outlines a
       four-step process (awareness, assessment, adaptation, employment)
       that outlines how an organization can hire individuals regardless
       of their level of ability.

The "enabled" vision may well turn-out to be Jim Mullen's legacy. Jim
has been a servant to the community all of his life. His trademark smile
often accompanies his call to duty^DELthat he is a community servant
whether as a police officer, a philanthropist, or a father, husband, and

         The Jim Mullen Foundation is proud to provide free computers for
         people who have a disability.

They specialize in providing computers for anybody especially for those
individuals who think that they are unable to use one.

Just tell them who you are, the nature of your disability (along with
verification from your doctor), and they say they will provide you with
a free computer, and they will attempt to provide you with the necessary
adaptive hardware and software so that you will be most productive with
your new computer.

If you are in need of a computer click this link to download the JMF
Computer Giveaway Application

Alliance For Technology Access (ATA)

Posted: 06 Jan 2009 02:29 PM CST

The Alliance for Technology Access (ATA) is comprised of networks of
community-based Resource Centers, Affiliates, Associates, Developers and
Vendors dedicated to providing information and support services to
children and adults with disabilities, and increasing their use of
standard, assistive, and information technologies. These ATA Members can
be found all across the country.

Headquartered in San Rafael, CA, the Alliance for Technology Access is a
national network of technology resource centers and technology vendors:
41 community-based technology centers in 27 states and the Virgin
Islands, and 60 technology designers and developers.

ATA technology Resource Centers are non-profit organizations, driven by
collaboration among people with disabilities, family members, and
professionals in related fields.

All Alliance Resource Centers are accessible to people with
disabilities. They are barrier-free, in terms of architecture as well as
attitude. Everyone is welcome. No one is turned away. People of all
ages, and with any disability, are encouraged to participate.

*Guided exploration and consultations:*
Children or adults with disabilities, their parents or other family
members, as well as teachers and other professionals who serve people
with disabilities, can make an appointment to visit an ATA Resource
Center. Staff will listen to your dreams, goals, challenges, questions,
and preferences, and will then guide you in trying out a variety of
computer products which might interest you. Staff will give you
information you will need to make informed choices. They will not sell
you any devices. They are there to help you explore as many options as
you like. You will then evaluate the software and hardware. Staff will
help you to find where you can make purchases, and identify potential
funding sources. You can be assured that staff members are constantly
updating their knowledge and skills, so that they have the latest

If you are interested in a more comprehensive consultation, that can be
arranged. For example, some parents of children receiving special
education services seek a consultation which will result in the center
staff member working collaboratively with the school to arrange for
appropriate technology to ensure the full inclusion and participation of
the student in the classroom with non-disabled peers.

*Information and referral services:*
Alliance Resource Centers love networking. They make connections in
local communities and across the continent, with technology developers,
advocacy resources, funding resources, experienced computer users of all
ages with a wide variety of disabilities, parents, teachers, therapists,
anyone in your community you might need to know. They are familiar with
rights and legal mandates, as well as the most current technology. If
you need more information than they can provide, they will know where to
refer you.

The people at Alliance Resource Centers use telecommunications as an
important tool in their work. They use on line services to learn and to
share. They can post a question or problem on line, and in a few short
hours, suggestions will appear from all over the country via email. They
are competent in using bulletin board systems, on line data bases,
search tools, and the World Wide Web. They are aware of the amazing
benefits telecommunications can bring to people with disabilities, and
they know how to help people to learn to use these new tools.

*Technical support services:*
You can call an Alliance Resource Center for help with your computer and
assistive technology. Someone will know how to help you as you deal with
frustrations or choices, and will know where to refer you for additional
help. At the same time, ATA Resource Centers are committed to the notion
that people with disabilities want to make their own choices and control
their own lives.

*Product demonstrations:*
All Alliance Resource Centers provide product demonstrations for the
public. Computers, adaptive devices, and software can be seen and
evaluated on an individual basis or during a workshop. Developers and
vendors frequently visit ATA Resource Centers to demonstrate the latest

*Participation in product development and testing:*
Many ATA Resource Centers work collaboratively with hardware and
software developers to assure access to people with various
disabilities. Centers frequently conduct testing of new devices and
software with the goal of universal access in mind.

*Public Awareness presentations:*
All Alliance Resource Centers have staff or volunteers available to
provide public awareness presentations for parent groups, school groups,
teacher groups, organizations, support groups, university classes, and

All Alliance Resource Centers provide workshops for parents, teachers,
therapists, adult services providers, and others interested in learning
more about assistive technology. Many Centers also provide training
sessions or technology play sessions for children.

*User groups:*
Some Alliance Resource Centers support user groups with special
interests in common, which meet on a regular basis.

*Professional development:*
Some Alliance Resource Centers have staff members with vast experience
in providing training for teachers, adult service providers, therapists,
and other professionals who wish to increase their knowledge and skills
when it comes to assistive technology. You can contact your nearest
Center to contract for these services.

*Open access -- Resource day:*
Many Alliance Resource Centers have regular times during the week when
anyone can drop in, without an appointment, to become acquainted with
the services of the Center and the available equipment and software.
Call the Center to see if they have this service.

*Lending library services:*
Some Alliance Resource Centers maintain software and/or hardware lending
libraries. Others have adapted toy lending libraries, or video
libraries. Please call your local Center to see if these services are

Alliance Resource Centers publish newsletters which can inform you of
developments in the technology world and technology news in your local area.

*Outreach activities:*
Every Alliance Resource Center conducts activities designed to improve
access to assistive technology for people who are generally underserved,
because of geographical, language, cultural, or financial barriers.

*Special projects and initiatives:*
Alliance Resource Centers have a great deal in common. They are also
unique, in that they engage in projects based on local needs. Often,
projects are focused on inclusion of students with disabilities in
typical classrooms, curriculum adaptation, transition from school to
work, work-site accommodation, and outreach to underserved groups of people.

Alliance for Technology Access
2175 East Francisco Blvd., Suite L
San Rafael, CA 94901
Phone: 415-455-4575
TTY: 415-455-0491
Fax: 415-455-0654
Email: ATAinfo@xxxxxxxxxxxx<mailto:ATAinfo@xxxxxxxxxxxx>

Video Described Movies and TV

Posted: 06 Jan 2009 01:24 PM CST

By Carla Ruschival<>

Descriptive Video Service, or DVS, National Captioning Institute, or
NCI, and others provide video description so blind people can "see" what
is happening in movies and on TV. Audio description is used with live
plays in the same way.

Imagine watching your favorite movie with your eyes shut. No peeking
allowed. The movie's a mystery; the clues are mostly visual - a
handwritten note shown on the screen but not read aloud, someone looking
in a window, a man moving silently down a dark street. Music plays at
the end of the movie, but there is no conversation; you don't know who

Frustrating, to say the least!

What's the answer?

Ask someone? Okay, providing there is someone around who wants to watch
the same movie at the same time.

But what if that someone isn't good at describing things? What if she
gets caught up in the story and makes such uninformative remarks as "Oh!
Look at that!" or "That is just TOO funny!". By the time all the useless
comments are over, you have missed a lot of action. Or what if someone
talking in a quiet theater disturbs other people?

Just as closed captioning gives a deaf person information about what is
being said, so video and audio description gives a blind or visually
impaired person information about what is being seen on the stage or

How does it work?

Video description isn't just someone talking over the movie or program.
It is a carefully-written script, professionally recorded on its own

When video description is included on TV programs, it usually can only
be heard on the SAP channel (the one that may carry Spanish translations
or other information of interest to a specific group of viewers). In
theaters, special equipment must be in place for visually impaired
customers to hear the track, and headsets are used so as not to disturb

Video description is also available on more than 200 home videos. No
special equipment is needed - just a TV and a VCR or DVD player.

Live plays are audio described in many theaters. Since live performances
may not be exactly the same every time, with tiny changes in timing
etc., live audio describers are needed. The describer doesn't just show
up and explain what's happening; many hours of preparation are necessary
to create the descriptive script and to practice speaking it at just the
right moments throughout the play.

Find out if theaters in your area offer audio-described plays by giving
them a call. Make sure that you ask for the dates the description is

Many Talking Book libraries have DVS and other video-described movies
available for free loan to their blind and visually impaired patrons.
Call your Talking Book library or visit its website to check on
available movies.

For more information about TV programs, home videos, DVD's, and movie
theaters with video description, go to the WGBH website

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