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  • From: Nimer <nimerjaber1@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: blind_html@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, Brandon Shuttleworth <shuttleworthb01@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 17 Mar 2009 07:39:07 -0600

Look at the second article.

"every time I say something they find hard to hear
they chalk it up to my anger
and never to their own fear"
Ani Difranco: I'm Not A Pretty Girl 1995

Nimer M. Jaber

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Low Vision Aid for People with Macular Degeneration and Retinitis Pigmentosa <>

Posted: 16 Mar 2009 11:19 AM PDT

Millions of people in the US have age related Macular Degeneration, and other low vision diseases that have caused permanent loss of central vision. The SightMate LV920 viewer can help many of these individuals with inoperable visual impairments improve their visual acuity and quality of life.

The SightMate LV920 viewer is a portable, lightweight video magnifier that optimizes residual peripheral vision. Private clinical trials show that people with between 20/70 to 20/200 acuity in their best eye have been able to increase their reading and distance acuity to 20/40 or even 20/20!

By a combination of edge detection (contrast enhancement), color blindness compensation and a zoom capability of 20x, the SightMate LV920 viewer will also assist people with Diabetic Retinopathy or Glaucoma who have suffered a gradual loss over the entire vision field.

SightMate is intended to be worn while sitting. It is not designed to be used in mobile activities of any kind such as walking, playing sports or driving. SightMate is not designed to restore vision, correct eye conditions or halt degenerative vision loss. Please see your vision professional to determine if SightMate is appropriate for you.

Click this link to learn more about the SightMate LV920: <>.

The SENSEsational Alphabet Book <>

Posted: 16 Mar 2009 09:34 AM PDT

From the publisher: "This is a completely interactive ABC picture book, focusing on integrated sensory methods to learning. This enables all students, regardless of their strengths and weaknesses, to build a basis for fundamental communication skill development. The book incorporates visual stimuli, movement, touch, smell, sound, braille, and sign language, with each page having a unique feature. Learning the alphabet has never been more exciting and stimulating! This fun and engaging book lets students feel the different textures of the Horse and Lizard, smell the distinctive aromas of Apples and Roses, move the hands of the Watch, pull the Zipper, and much more! Learn the entire alphabet and many beginning words in sign language and braille. Touch the corresponding key pad and recite the letters and words along with the book. A portion of all proceeds is donated to various children's charitable organizations and educational facilities across America".

This book is truly a "multi-sensory" book. Every picture is visual and tactile. Every word is in print, braille, sign and spoken English (when you press the button). Many pages are scented. Perhaps best of all is the comparatively low price tag for a "special education" item.

Click this link to purchase /The SENSEsational Alphabet Book/ from eNasco <;jsessionid=68119AAD322E676BBF0C168FBF46209A?sku=SN02880CQ>.

MathPlayer: A Math reader for Blind Students <>

Posted: 16 Mar 2009 08:10 AM PDT

Design Science has developed a product called MathPlayer to help the visually impaired. The player reads mathematical text aloud, and you can alter the way it reads certain functions (for example, you may prefer close parens or you might like it to just say parenthesis). The program understands the need to know whether a portion of a fraction is the numerator or the denominator, it understands that you would need to know when the argument of the square root ends, etc.

MathPlayer enables Microsoft Internet Explorer to display mathematical notation in web pages. It is based on MathML technology and requires Internet Explorer for Windows version 6.0 and later. "We make MathPlayer available for free in order to foster the adoption of MathML in the math, science, and education communities".

Right-click on an equation and see what MathPlayer lets you do with it! You can cut-and-paste math into any one of a growing number of MathML-compatible software packages, such as Maple and Mathematica. You can open it in our WebEQ and MathType products for further editing, reuse in your own documents, and much more>.

Click this link to visit a demonstration page where you can hear JAWS for Windows read a website with and without MathPlayer <>. Click this link to download MathPlayer <>.

Social Security Retirement: Prepare for the Unexpected <>

Posted: 16 Mar 2009 06:06 AM PDT

by Tim Moore

If you are now at the age where you find it prudent to consider planning for the "inevitable", meaning your golden years of retirement, you^D>'re probably thinking about investments and your retirement savings. You^D>'re probably not thinking about the unexpected things that can happen to affect your retirement.

No one wants to think about the unexpected, such as spousal death, divorce, or a major medical condition developing like a stroke or cancer. Unfortunately, a new study suggests that is exactly what you should be thinking about when you plan for retirement.

The study was funded by the National Institute on Aging and consisted of a ten-year study period of adults ages 51 through 61. The study, named the Health and Retirement study, was held between the years 1992 and 2002. During that time, researchers took a look at what ^D<'unexpected^D>' events occurred in the lives of those seniors who were nearing retirement age. Surprisingly, seven out of every ten experienced a major setback that was not planned for, such as an employment layoff, divorce, death of a spouse, health problems that forced them to cut back on work, and major medical issues, such as diabetes, cancer, heart problems, a stroke, or a psychiatric condition.

In all cases these contingencies were not taken into consideration when planning retirement, though with the statistical likelihood of seven in ten, researchers are saying they should have been.

If you are currently planning for retirement, there are a few things you could think about that might help your retirement nest egg stay strong. While everyone knows that they should start saving early and save as much as possible, another thing you could do is update your resume to show the skills and work experience that you have under your belt. Having an updated resume is handy, and you might even want to show it to your current employer.. If not, take a look at your updated skills and qualifications you have and see how they might transfer to a home-based business. If you have this information ready and available, a layoff might not come as such a hard blow.

It is also wise to invest in disability and life insurance. Disability insurance is becoming more common, and in many cases could be more important than life insurance. If you can, get both, and remember to upgrade coverage as your income rises. Life insurance will be crucial if you experience the death of a spouse, and disability insurance could be a life-saver if you develop a severe medical condition such as cancer or diabetes.

Lastly, one of the best things you can do in life is to maintain your health. Eating healthy, exercising, and getting adequate sleep can not only help you feel better and live longer, but it also helps stress levels and can help you deal with anything unexpected that may pop up. It may sound simple, but maintaining your health is some of the best insurance money can^D>'t buy.

Reference: Tim Moore is a former Examiner for the Social Security Administration. He has a website that provides information on the SSD and SSI disability system and which also provides a Social Security Disability FAQ <>.

SSD and the Impact of a Claimant's Age <>

Posted: 16 Mar 2009 05:46 AM PDT

by Tim Moore

Occasionally, applicants for SSD will broach the issue of age and how it may affect an application for SSD. Age will have some impact on the majority of disability applicants, regardless of whether their application is for SSD or SSI. When it comes to being able to perform ^D<"other work,^D>" an SSD applicant^D>'s age can affect a disability examiner^D>'s decision to approve (or deny) benefits. Why? Because the younger an applicant is, the more likely it is that he or she will be able to find other types of employment in the national economy.

Therefore, the older a person is at the time of filing for disability, the better his or her chances of receiving benefits.

However, age is truly an important factor in disability cases only for those who are age 55 and older, simply because it is recognized that, at this stage in life, learning new work skills, relocating to a different area where jobs are more plentiful, or getting hired for any job for that matter, can be more difficult than for younger workers.

That said, it is important to note here that there is another, more obvious way that an individual^D>'s age can impact their disability case, because social security has a completely different method of evaluating disability in children versus adults.

Adults are considered disabled if their impairment prevents them from earning a living wage (this amount is known as the SGA [substantial gainful activity] amount and it is determined annually by social security). And for this reason, an SSD application filed by an adult will be evaluated in terms of medical treatment history and in terms of work history.

Children, by contrast, are considered disabled if they are unable to perform age-appropriate activities, both academic and social. This determination may be based on a review of medical records, but also a review of school information as well.

The official social security impairment handbook reflects this difference, and has separate listings of impairments that it recognizes as disabling for children. Thus, a child must meet different criteria in order to prove disability, and a child with a particular medical condition (ADHD comes to mind) may be approved for benefits, while an adult suffering from the same condition may be denied.

However, aside from the differences that separate the way adult disability claims and child disability claims are processed, age is not nearly as important a factor in the disability evaluation process as many claimants might assume. And for the most part, unless an individual can be categorized as "approaching advanced age" or being of "advanced age", age may actually have little impact on the outcome of their case.

Reference: Tim Moore is a former Examiner for the Social Security Administration. He has a website that provides information on the SSD and SSI disability system and which also provides a Social Security Disability FAQ <>.

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