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 Fred's Head Companion - American Printing House for the Blind

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Fighting the War at Home <>

Posted: 17 Feb 2009 02:56 PM CST

They say that raising a family can be like running a war. If that is true, then you should think about establishing a command post in a central area of the house. This will help alleviate a lot of stress when getting ready for the day's activity.

Your command post will be where everyone leaves their books, homework, permission slips, keys, and other items that are needed on a daily basis. If everyone uses backpacks, set up sturdy coat hooks on the wall and hang the backpacksso that they are ready for retreival each morning. Set up an inbox for any papers that need parent consent/authorization and for the mail. Once you have signed the required documents, you can easily place them into the pockets of the backpacks.

This should help alleviate a lot of chaos in the mornings when you're trying to get out the door.

Another Use for the Tackle Box <>

Posted: 17 Feb 2009 01:35 PM CST

If your daughter has tons of brushes, hairclips, rubber bands, jewelry, etc. then you know how crazy it can get to keep it all together in one location and not all over the house. This is an easy tip that will help you keep it a bit more organized.

The next time you're out shopping, stop by the local sporting good or department store and pick up a tackle box with pop up trays.

It has lots of little cubbies for putting smaller items like barrettes and bands, as well as a brush or two in the bottom. It's also portable so that she can take it to friends houses or on trips and have everything right at her fingertips.

The Assemblies of God Center for the Blind <>

Posted: 17 Feb 2009 10:59 AM CST

What do a wringer washing machine, a small farmhouse in Michigan, and a blind girl in Kansas City have in common?

Over fifty years ago, God put a vision in the heart of Mildred Whitney. That vision was to see the Gospel made available to the Blind. With that call of God in her heart, she began her Braille lessons. She hand-punched the "Adult Student Quarterly" into Braille, painted the sheet with shellac, and hung it up to dry to be used as plates. A soaked sheet of paper was placed over the plate and run through a wringer washing machine. These sheets were hung up to dry through out her small farmhouse in Michigan.

This was the beginning of what is now a dynamic ministry that has expanded to include evangelism and discipleship, community relations, convention outreach, and Christian advocacy and education for the blind.

In September 1999, the Adriene Resource Center for Blind Children became a reality. This ministry exists to help fill the nationwide void in Christian literature for blind children with quality, state of the art material. Adriene was born with an extremely rare genetic condition (only 40-50 cases in the history of the human race). She was born without eyes and other results of genetics. Adriene is vivacious! She is realistic about her blindness and does not let it or the misconceptions of others determine who she is. You can Read Adriene's story in the Pentecostal Evangel article, /Through eyes of faith/ <>.

Their vision is that the blind may experience:

   * *Freedom In Salvation*
         o Book of Hope in Braille
         o Descriptive 'Jesus' Video
         o Assortment of tracts in Braille, large print and on cassette
   * *Joy In Belonging*
         o Resources and training packs to promote Blind friendly churches
         o Sunday School materials in Braille and on cassette
   * *Fulfillment In Living*
         o Periodicals, devotionals and other resources for
           discipleship and Christian living
         o Braille and cassette lending library
   * *Honor In Serving*
         o Berean University courses
         o Teacher guides
         o Leadership training materials

Their mission:

   * To produce quality, contemporary Gospel presentations for the
     Blind, and to find creative ways to make them available.
   * To promote Blind-friendly congregations through awareness,
     education, and training materials, and to help these congregations
     provide materials accessible to the Blind.
   * To increase the quality and quantity of Christian books,
     periodicals, and discipleship materials available to the Blind.
   * To provide Berean University courses, and leadership training
     material to equip the Blind for Christian service.
   * To develop and produce quality, contemporary Christian literature
     for Blind children and children of Blind parents using the latest
     techniques in Braille, combination medias (Braille and large
     print, cassette and tactile, etc), and tactile graphics (feelable

For more information, contact:

AG Center for the Blind
1445 N Boonville Ave
Springfield, MO 65802
Phone: 417-831-1964
Fax: 417-862-5120
Email: Blind@xxxxxx <mailto:Blind@xxxxxx>

       Listserv now available for individuals who are blind and in ministry

The Assemblies of God Center for the Blind has created a listserv for individuals who are blind or visually impaired and involved in, training for or considering formal Christian ministry. Center for the Blind Director, Paul Weingartner describes the listserv as a connection point for encouragement, fellowship and learning among those who have shared similar ministry experiences and challenges. The group was created in response to many requests over the years.

Click this link to subscribe to the Center for the Blind's listserv <>. Click this link to learn more about Sacred Texts and where to find them in alternative formats <>.

Making Facebook More Accessible <>

Posted: 17 Feb 2009 09:09 AM CST

A tool to make Facebook more accessible to visually impaired users has been created by Project:Possibility ( <>, a group of not-for-profit software developers in the US. The application allows visually impaired users to log in, navigate and use the site by combining screen reader technology with other coding techniques.

Facebook's popularity has risen dramatically in recent years, with more than 150 million users worldwide. However some users claim it does not fully support assistive technology tools, with several groups active on the site itself pressing for a more accessible service, such as The Official Petition for a More Accessible Facebook which contains almost 1,500 members. Some measures have already been taken by Facebook to accommodate the needs of disabled users, such as releasing screen reader-friendly versions of some of its applications.

Click this link to download the Facebook Accessibility application from <>.

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