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  • From: Nimer <nimerjaber1@xxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2009 09:21:21 -0700

I like this issue. I think there articles in here that will be of interest to everyone.

Nimer J

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Subject:        Fred's Head Companion - American Printing House for the Blind
Date:   Fri, 13 Feb 2009 09:03:29 -0600 (CST)
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 Fred's Head Companion - American Printing House for the Blind

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We're Interested in Your Ideas! <>

Posted: 12 Feb 2009 02:08 PM CST

Message: I am wondering if you can steer me toward resources or organizations that might help me develop a couple of products I've "invented" over the years to help my father, who is almost totally blind from glaucoma. Because he can see a little, though, he had a need for some specific tools that we couldn't find, so I developed them myself.

I would like to figure out a way to manufacture them and make them more available to others. Do you have any ideas?


The American Printing House for the Blind gives serious consideration to ideas for products <#FORM> that improve the lives of persons who are blind or visually impaired. We are especially interested in product ideas that support the "Expanded Core Curriculum," which is essential to the education of students and clients who are blind or visually impaired.

Potential products could address such areas as:

   * Academics
   * Activities of Daily Living (ADL/ILS)
   * Assessment
   * Assistive Technology, Electronics
   * Early Childhood
   * Health, P.E., Recreation, Leisure
   * Literacy, Communication Modes, Tactile Graphics
   * Low Vision, Visual Efficiency Skills
   * Orientation & Mobility, Concept Development
   * Social Skills
   * Vocational Education, Career Education, Transition
   * Your idea

Photo of Picture Maker: Wheatley Tactile Diagramming Kit

The Picture Maker: Wheatley Tactile Diagramming Kit was originally presented to APH by Patty Wheatley, an Orientation and Mobility Specialist from Lexington, KY.

In order to properly evaluate your product idea, please provide the information requested on the form below, and return it to:
Will Evans, Chair
APH Review Committee
American Printing House for the Blind, Inc.
1839 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206
Fax: (502) 899-2363
wevans@xxxxxxx <MAILTO:wevans@xxxxxxx>


   American Printing House for the Blind, Inc.
   Product Idea Submission Form

     1. Tell Us About You*

*APH values your privacy. Your personal information will be kept in the strictest confidence. APH will /not/ sell or distribute this information.

Date Submitted:
Your Name (required):
State: Postal Code:
Email (required):

     2. Tell Us About Your Idea

Your product's name:

Briefly describe your product, its purpose, and how it will be used:

What identified need does your product address? Please be specific. Include indication of target group(s) for product.

Describe how the product promotes good educational principles. Please provide details of any experiments and testing you have done.

List any potential markets you have identified for the product (target audiences).

Provide information about the cost to acquire the rights to produce or distribute the product.

Describe graphical functionality of product and indicate how you envision product will look.

List media you expect product will utilize (Braille, large print, tape, CD, regular print, tactile graphics, etc.

List suggested product components (guidebooks, instructions, binder, storage compartment, labels (tape, CD, video, etc). Include information regarding accompanying support materials (ie teacher's guide).


APH offers a variety of information in accessible media concerning our products and services. Please contact us <../contact.htm> for further information.

Define Confusing Words <>

Posted: 12 Feb 2009 01:49 PM CST

There are a lot of confusing words out there! For example, affect, effect, affluent, effluent, their, they're and there.

I often have trouble using affect and effect correctly. So much trouble that I often double or triple check to make sure I have the right one. If you look around this blog long enough, you may see that one, or some of my other mistakes.

Now I have a really easy resource I can use to check them out! On the Confusing Words Website, you can check out tons of different words. Just type in the word you're unsure about and click Find.

As an example, I looked up affect. Not only does it give the definition for affect, but it gives the definition for effect as well. It also shows examples of how each are used, making it easier for you to see the difference. Also, in the Notes section, it gives you a way of remembering the difference between them. How cool is that?!

I think this is an amazing resource and I hope you enjoy it too!

Click this link to visit <>.

Online Diagram of the Eye <>

Posted: 12 Feb 2009 12:30 PM CST

Have you ever wanted to see the eye up close? Well, if you have enough vision, you can visit the National Eye Institute <> website and check out a great diagram of the eye. "Drag the magnifying glass to explore the eye diagram. Click the targets to see definitions for parts of the eye."

Click this link to see the National Eye Institute's /Diagram of the Eye/ <>.

Brighten Your Spa, Shower or Bathtub with Spa Lights <>

Posted: 12 Feb 2009 12:19 PM CST

Once again, Fred's Head is proving that you can bring light to just about any place using LED technology. Let's say you, or your visually impaired children, need a little extra light in the shower or while getting in the tub. How expensive would it be to put in extra lights on the ceiling of your shower? Don't worry, it doesn't have to be that complicated.

These nifty little battery-operated lights have rubber suckers underneath, enabling you to stick them to any smooth bathroom surface. But here's the good part, Spa Lights are totally waterproof so you can stick them to the inside of the tub. Buy a few and it's like having your very own underwater lighting system.

Here's another great idea. Remove the rubber suction bit and let your Spa Lights float free on the surface of the water. The mellowy, yellowy glow they give off is truly magical and indescribably romantic. Shove on some R&B music and you've got it going on for sure.

Only two AAA batteries are required to power each Spa Light for a whopping 120 hours. That's a lot of bathing and a lot of relaxing.

Spa Lights will add an air of tranquility to baths, showers, shaves or any other bathroom-based shenanigans you'd care to think up.

Click this link to order a set of Spa Lights from UK-based <>.

Looking for something exclusively for the shower? The ECOlight from Sylvania can be easily installed on almost any existing showerhead, and features a bright LED light as well as an illuminated ring that will change color depending on the temperature of the water coming out. Blue indicates the water is less than 78 degrees Fahrenheit, while red indicates it's hotter than 105.8. But the best part is that both lights are powered by the flow of the water via some sort of generator inside, so no batteries or external power sources are ever needed. Cool!

Click this link to purchase the LED shower light from the SYLVANIA Online Store <>.

User Manuals for Any Gadget <>

Posted: 12 Feb 2009 10:43 AM CST


SafeManuals is one of those services that must be bookmarked. This handy site has over eight hundred thousand downloadable user manuals for all kinds of gadgets and appliances. You can search for instruction manuals by manufacturer, by device model number or browse them alphabetically. When your find the manual you need you can instantly download it to your computer (in PDF format). So next time you need to find a user manual for your Blackberry, iPod nano, Nokia N95, some TFT screen or whatever, simply search for it on

Click this link to visit <>.

       The Product Manual Archive

OK gadget lovers, it's time to take a fun trip back in time, thanks to a site called The Product Manual Archive. When I first spotted this site I thought it was just going to be vintage manuals, but it's actually an online gallery of not only manuals, but diagrams, catalogs, and how-to books as well, and if you really want to go all out, The Product Manual Archive even offers high-res images for die-hard vintage ad enthusiasts. Some vision is helpful to enjoy all the features of this site.

Click this link to visit <>.


Find the manual for your product online at OwnerIQ, a site that catalogs thousands of manuals for consumer devices and offers forums for discussing their features and quirks.

OwnerIQ provides not only manuals, but also extended on-site information about your products. You can use the site without registration to quickly locate manuals and accompanying literature for products you own. Registration adds the ability to ask questions in the product forums and create a profile of all your devices and manuals. Additionally, if there's a recall or update for any product you've added to your profile, OwnerIQ will send you an email notification.

Click this link to visit <>.

Radio Talk Show for the Visually Impaired <>

Posted: 12 Feb 2009 10:14 AM CST

By Carla Ruschival <>
BellaOnline's Vision Issues Editor

Sound Prints is a weekly radio talk show all about topics of interest to the blind and visually impaired. It is also a good resource for family members of people who are just losing their vision.

Sound Prints brings you an hour of news and interesting interviews each week. Subjects discussed include:

   * Jobs - It is estimated that nearly 70 per cent of people with low
     vision are unemployed or underemployed. Guests on Sound Prints are
     often blind or visually impaired people who are working
     successfully in a variety of jobs.
   * Technology - Adaptive technology is bringing all kinds of new
     opportunities to the blind. Not only does technology open up new
     jobs, but it also makes it possible for visually impaired people
     to handle many daily tasks much more easily. Talking microwaves,
     talking clocks, accessible games and MP3 players are just a few
     examples of everyday adaptive technology. Computers that talk,
     braille displays, and handheld electronic magnifiers are very
     high-tech and very helpful, both on and off the job. Sound Prints
     listeners learn about the latest in high and low tech.
   * Legislation and Advocacy - Sound Prints keeps you up-to-date on
     the latest bills, court cases and regulations that impact blind
     and visually impaired people. Question-and-answer show segments
     help listeners learn how existing laws apply to their daily lives.
     Topics such as transportation, Social Security, Medicare,
     accessible currency, and accessible textbooks are just some of the
     issues discussed.
   * Daily Living Tips - The show hosts and listeners often share all
     kinds of tips and ideas. Hobbies, cooking tips, and new gadgets
     are often discussed.
   * Upcoming events - Upcoming national events, as well as activities
     of interest to visually impaired Kentuckians, are covered on each
     week's show.

Sound Prints is produced by the Kentucky Council of the Blind <>. It has been on the air since May, 2002. Its co-hosts are Michael McCarty and Carla Ruschival.

Michael is a graduate of the Kentucky School for the Blind <> and the University of Louisville <>; his major was communications. He is currently employed as the Fred's Head Database <> Co-ordinator at the American Printing House for the Blind <>. He is a parent, guide dog user, and president of the Kentucky Council of the Blind and vice president of the Greater Louisville Council of the Blind.

Carla is also a graduate of the Kentucky School for the Blind and the University of Louisville, with a degree in elementary education. She has run her own business, taught children and adults for over 30 years, and currently homeschools her grandson. She is a Lion, a member of the boards of the Guide Dog Users of Kentucky, the KSB Alumni Association, the Council of Families with Visual Impairment, and the Kentucky Council of the Blind. Nationally, she is a director on the Board of the American Council of the Blind <>, and she co-ordinates the ten-day annual ACB convention.

You can listen to Sound Prints in three different ways:

   * Sound Prints is broadcast live each week on Wednesday evenings
     from 6:00 to 7:00 PM Eastern Time. It is heard on WKJK 1080-AM in
     Louisville, Kentucky.
   * Sound Prints is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on the
     Kentucky Council of the Blind website: and follow the Sound Prints link; the
     new show is usually available by 10:00 PM Eastern Time each
     Wednesday evening.
   * Sound Prints is heard on ACB Radio Mainstream, beginning on Sunday
     evening at 9:00 PM Eastern Time and repeating every two hours
     through 7:00 PM Eastern on Monday evening. Click this link to
     visit ACB Radio at
     <> and follow the Mainstream channel link
     to hear the show.

       New Horizons

A similar program can be heard in Australia and on ACB Radio. New Horizons is Blind Citizens Australia's weekly 15 minute radio program. It is broadcast on RPH stations throughout Australia and available for download from their website.

Click this link to listen to New Horizons from the Blind Citizens Australia website: <>.

Blind File Sharing <>

Posted: 12 Feb 2009 09:59 AM CST

By Bernard Maldonado

Have you ever used a File Sharing Service on the Internet? Do you remember the last time you wanted to send someone an attachment but realized it was too big to send via email? Or how about when you wanted to send a large file to many people, but had problems?

A cool service came online in 2008 called Blind File Sharing, which can be found by pointing your browser to <>. It is completely screen reader friendly and is one hundred percent free of advertising and annoying popups. Best of all, it is very affordable, secure, and very flexible, and there is no proprietary software to learn or install on your computer. Please visit the site to learn all the details.

Blind File Sharing was designed for blind people. There are no graphics, capchas, or difficult page formats to navigate. The service allows you to upload files to your private storage area using any FTP client. Once a file is uploaded, you can send the link to others to download the file on blogs, emails, and web pages. There are no limits on bandwidth, storage, or file sizes. And thanks to a suggestion from the Kentucky Council of the Blind <>, Blind File Sharing supports m3u playlist files for streaming audio. You can store any kind of file on Blind File Sharing: music, pictures, radio show audio, databases, and so much more.

Blind File Sharing is based in Dallas, Texas and is a subsidiary of PublicFTP Incorporated. Please contact Bernard Maldonado if you have any questions about the service. My email address is Bernard@xxxxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:Bernard@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> and my phone number is 2 1 4 9 0 8 2 3 1 6. I truly enjoy hearing from users and want to hear your comments, feedback, and suggestions.

At this time, Blind File Sharing is offering a No Obligation and No Risk offer to try the service before you buy it. Simply point your browser to and follow the instructions.

Disability History Museum <>

Posted: 12 Feb 2009 09:33 AM CST

The Disability History Museum's mission is to promote understanding about the historical experience of people with disabilities by recovering, chronicling, and interpreting their stories. The goal is to help foster a deeper understanding of disability and to dispel lingering myths, assumptions, and stereotypes by examining these cultural legacies.

The Disability History Museum is home to a searchable theme-based digital collection of documents and images related to disability history in the United States. These artifacts are drawn from public and private collections around the country. They exist as primary source materials in the Library, and may be interpreted in Museum exhibitions and Education resources.

The staff of the Disability History Museum works closely with a Board of Advisors and the site's Partners to identify goals, methods, and content. This collaboration is key to maintaining an interdisciplinary approach to interpreting, preserving, and disseminating resources related to the history of people with disabilities.

Few of us realize that people with disabilities have a rich and dramatic history that is relevant to all Americans. Disability can happen to any of us at any point in our lives regardless of race, class, or gender. Nearly all of us know someone with a disability, and this has always been the case. Despite changes in the past 25 years that have radically expanded the opportunities available to people with disabilities, traditional stereotypes about disability continue to be taken for granted as do the limited expectations that go with them. These attitudes affect the kinds of jobs people with disabilities get, where they live, and their social experiences. The Civil Rights movement taught us that laws alone don't change attitudes--awareness must be raised and assumptions challenged. The Disability History Museum provides tools that help all Americans, people with and without disabilities, develop a deeper understanding of human differences and how vital to our common life the historical experiences of people with disabilities have been.

Click this link to visit <>.

A Brush with Darkness <>

Posted: 12 Feb 2009 09:13 AM CST

She doesn't see color or distance. She can't see dimension or print. So she does what comes naturally! She paints people in vignettes of life, realistically, in watercolor, oil and mixed media. She paints bold dramatic abstracts, richly detailed and spectacular in color.

The evolution of Lisa Fittipaldi began in the summer of 1995, when to the amazement of everyone, Lisa began painting after being told that her blindness was permanent. Her first work was an astounding accomplishment for an individual without any prior art background or sight. She is a self taught artist who is noted for her unique creativity and a willingness to explore new themes. Her portfolio contains a diversity of material in a magical style that maintains her signature characteristics.^DNB She successfully portrays to the viewer what she "sees" in her mind, rather than what she can not see with her eyes. Her rapid development from painting landscapes and flowers, to complicated figurative studies magnifies her creative gift. Lisa Fittipaldi is hailed as a prodigy with a future of astounding proportions.

Prior to her debut in the world of art, Lisa Fittipaldi was a CPA. She traveled the world observing customs, cultures and experiences of other lands. The foundation for her unique and creative style is based on an 'inner vision' derived from these observations. Her ability to paint a complex subject and capture it's essence, without eyesight, shows a real inner strength. Her paintings have been collected internationally since 1997. She continues to travel the United States, Canada, Europe and Central and Latin America exhibiting her work.

Lisa Fittipaldi is highly honored to have received a gubernatorial appointment, from former Governor / President George W. Bush, to the Texas State Independent Living Council.

To learn more about Lisa Fittipaldi, her art and her foundation we invite you to explore her website: <>. Click this link to order a copy of Lisa Fittipaldi's book /A Brush with Darkness/ from <>.

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